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Today’s Top Story
At least 5 seriously hurt as trains collide
At least five Amtrak crew members were critically or seriously injured Friday when their train collided with a freight train traveling on the same track, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. (CNN)
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What’s New on Tripso
Yippee kai yay
This week, John Frenaye trades in his boat shoes for some cowboy boots and ventures to a dude ranch with his kids on a Single Parent Travel weekend in New York … yes, New York! Who would have guessed there is a little bit of the Old West just outside of Poughkeepsie called the Rocking Horse Ranch Resort? (John Frenaye)
What’s new in Tripso’s forums? Cuba anyone? A travel agent has clients inquiring about Cuba… but can’t give them help. In fact, it’s illegal for an American citizen to go to Cuba. “But I can get a package from Canada!” Yeah, you can, our travel agent friend says, but the restrictions are on the person, not on how you got there. Read the discussion.
More Travel News
These presents recall travels past
Gifts for the traveler don’t have to come from the luggage store at the mall. Some of the most thoughtful presents are those that spark memories of a vacation well-spent or a locale well-loved. With that in mind, USA TODAY went shopping for items that convey a sense of place. A bonus: These gifts are all available online, far from the shopping-mall fray. (USA Today)
Grand-dame hotels unveiling fresh faces
Dozens of grande-dame hotels around the USA are ready for their close-ups in 2007 or early 2008, having upgraded faded guest-rooms, gutted and spiffed up old-fashioned bathrooms and updated public spaces, restaurants and spas. (USA Today)
Hawaiian Air seeks longer routes with Airbus order
Hawaiian Airlines announced Wednesday that it has signed agreements valued at more than $4 billion to buy as many as 24 new long-range wide-body aircraft. (AP)
How to dress for business travel success
So take it from this eternally rumpled flier on the aisle: Edit your wardrobe both to breeze through security and to survive a week or more on the road with a modicum of style. It’s not about dressing down; it’s about whittling down. (Portfolio)
Tourists prowl India to see tigers before they vanish
India, still home to nearly half of the world’s wild tigers (estimated at fewer than 5,000), banned their hunting in 1970. But the country’s ballooning human population (now 1.1 billion) and corresponding pressure on native habitat, coupled with governmental corruption and poachers responding to an illegal demand for tiger pelts and body parts in China and Southeast Asia, have sent the animal’s ranks plummeting. (USA Today)
Today’s Travel Blogs
Cheatin’ airlines fudge departure times, says government
A just-released government report has found that when it comes to reporting their departure times, some airlines have been cheating. How’s that? If, for some reason, a flight has to return to the gate, carriers have been reporting the second departure — not the first — as their actual departure. (Elliott.org)
Most expensive flight in coach? You tell me
Yesterday I was checking on flights from Newark, USA to Port Moresby, Papa New Guinea. The cheapest economy ticket? $4,000. (Gadling)
Sex sells travel: Virgin America’s in-flight PJ party
In addition to all the ogling that went on–and we hear there was plenty–passengers also got makeovers and take-home totes full of beauty products. Guests also got their own pj sets to wear at a pre-flight reception, though we doubt anyone wore them as well as the Angels. (Jaunted)
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