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Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

April arrives later this week. Summer vacations start just a few months from now. Many are actively investigating summer vacation plans, while others are finalizing their travel plans. There are, of course, many ways to lower one’s costs of vacation and increase their enjoyment too, but there are also many important measures vacationers can and […]


Siberia: In the Middle of Somewhere

I’m not sure what to expect from Siberia — pine and birch forests with an occasional gulag, perhaps — but I’ll soon be experiencing the real thing as my train rolls out of Moscow’s Kazan station and heads east, rattling through a series of switches and out onto the main line. It’s the start of […]


The Road to Hana: The road more traveled — with good reason

Just as the queasiness in my stomach from the continuous onslaught of curves and cutbacks along the narrow uphill road began to subside, we rounded yet another 180-degree bend. The first waterfall with whipped cream waters dripping down deep creviced cleavages appeared by the roadside, its beauty washing away all my remaining reservations. The first […]


Fairytale castles inspire faraway dreams in Germany

Germany has long been the home of many of the fairy tales we heard when growing up. The Brothers Grimm centered almost all of their tales in Germany. Hansel and Grettle, Puss in Boots, Rapunzle, Sleeping Beauty, the Pied Piper, Cinderella, the Frog Prince and Little Red Riding Hood all took place in Germany. And […]


What we’re reading: Mountain bike adventures, Qantas changes FF program, Mississippi casino to close

Three scenic, beginner-friendly mountain bike adventures to try this spring If you like mountain biking, even if you’re just a beginner, check out three adventures you have to try. The Flume Trail is Tahoe’s flagship mountain biking route, taking you along scenic vistas and incredible overlooks of the lake. You don’t have to be incredibly […]


Why you shouldn’t accept your airline’s apology

If you’ve experienced a recent flight delay or service disruption, then you probably know that for better or worse, no one says “I’m sorry” like an airline. A well-crafted apology is often just the beginning. Gift cards, credits and loyalty points — lots of loyalty points — frequently follow. And the mea culpas appear to […]


What we’re reading: TSA union wants guns, Las Vegas has most expensive room service, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum leap

TSA recommends having armed law enforcement at airport security checkpoints TSA is recommending that airport security checkpoints and ticket counters have armed law enforcements to prevent a repeat of the incident at LAX last November. The full report outlines a comprehensive review of policies, procedures and operations following the Nov. 1, 2013, shooting at Los […]


What we’re reading: Washington Monument to reopen in May, opera at Sydney Harbour, Delta launches international Wi-Fi

Washington Monument to reopen in May The National Park Service announced that the Washington Monument will reopen in May after nearly three years of reconstruction. The $15 million restoration project took nearly three years to complete. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall are planning to host a reopening ceremony at […]