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About Charlie Leocha

Charles Leocha is a nationally recognized expert on affordable travel and the publisher of Consumer Traveler. He is the author of Travel Rights and a series of guidebooks covering the USA and Europe. In 2009 he founded the Consumer Travel Alliance together with Christopher Elliott. It was renamed Travelers United in 2014. During his time with Travelers United, he has testified regularly before Congress and serves on consumer advisory committees with DOT and TSA.
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    Sunday musings: Reading your face, tricycles rule, data autos collect

Sunday musings: Reading your face, tricycles rule, data autos collect

Ponder these issues: Reading emotions, new transport proposals and the data that automobiles are collecting about their owners and who owns that data.
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    What we’re watching: Bastard Airlines, National Park love, 22-mile walkable Atlanta corridor

What we’re watching: Bastard Airlines, National Park love, 22-mile walkable Atlanta corridor

Here is an oldie but goodie about airline service from Saturday Night Live. National Park Service focuses on love in the wilderness. And, Atlanta moves forward with a 22-mile pedestrian-friendly corridor to link 45 neighborhoods.
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    Why flight cancellations are not the fault of the tarmac-delay rule

Why flight cancellations are not the fault of the tarmac-delay rule

The airlines would have Congress and regulators believe that the tarmac-delay rule has forced them to cancel thousands of flights this winter. The truth is, they cancel flights for their own good. And, for their passengers' good.

Top 10 Chinatowns for Chinese New Year (Feb. 19, 2015)

In our Western-centered world, New Year's Day has come and gone. But, for millions of others, the "Year of the Goat" is celebrated on February 19th.
By |February 15th, 2015|Today|7 Comments|

A holiday travel sex and romance index

Expedia and LAN commissioned a study that asked 1,000 Americans aged 18 or older about romance and sex while traveling. Here are the results.
By |February 14th, 2015|Surveys|1 Comment|

Charlie’s “Most Romantic in America”

Romance is a yearlong proposal. Every successful couple I know seeks out a bit of romance on every trip

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    Sunday musings: Bike share as public transportation, consequences of cheap gas, fake engine noise

Sunday musings: Bike share as public transportation, consequences of cheap gas, fake engine noise

Musing about: Bike sharing programs as public transportation. Low gas prices vs. the environmnet. Fake muscle car engine sounds.
By |February 8th, 2015|Today|2 Comments|
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    What we’re watching: Playing for Change, Sprucing up TSA in Oakland, Louisiana, Bird’s eye view of London

What we’re watching: Playing for Change, Sprucing up TSA in Oakland, Louisiana, Bird’s eye view of London

We watch music for change, then see Oakland's new TSA checkpoint. Glide across the waters of Southwestern Louisiana and soar over London.
By |February 7th, 2015|Today|4 Comments|

Delta Airline’s trifecta of anti-consumer behavior

Delta Air Lines is engaged in an unprecedented attack on airline consumers. Delta will not disclose extra fees, are restricting publication of airfares and defying DOT rules.
By |February 6th, 2015|Today|2 Comments|
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    Sunday musings: A love for gas guzzlers, jaywalking, instant translations

Sunday musings: A love for gas guzzlers, jaywalking, instant translations

Americans love gas guzzlers — the proof. How car companies invented jaywalking. And, new translation software may kill language phrase books.