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The Hidden Cost of Air Travel
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The Hidden Cost of Air Travel  It’s been a long time since I’ve traveled cross country to see my mother in Florida, so when I got an e-mail from American Airlines the other day noting a fare sale to the Sunshine State, I figured I’d poke around a bit. I plugged in some random dates

Adieu USA? Many Boomers Are Making That Choice
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Adieu USA? Many Boomers Are Making That Choice Some friends of mine, I’ll call them Susan and Bob, knew long ago that their retirement dream involved beachfront living. Unfortunately, when they learned how much that would cost them in their chosen destination of San Diego, they realized they couldn’t afford it. Today, Susan and Bob

We Deserve Good Service
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We Deserve Good Service Delays are unfortunately a way of life when it comes to airline travel. When I learned my flight from Chicago to Washington D.C. would be delayed recently due to an electrical problem with the plane, immediately following disappointment my emotion was grateful…since I surely didn’t want to fly on a plane

Game On in South Africa
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Game On in South Africa  My “bucket list” for international travel includes countries like England, Germany, Italy, and Greece…pretty standard tourist destinations. It’s never included South Africa.  Two things recently happened to make me take another look at South Africa as a travel destination and both have to do with soccer: I saw “Invictus,” and

Summer in Paris
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Some of you might think that summertime in Paris is too crowded and should be avoided. I disagree.    Paris, like many other European cities, is vibrant, young and buzzing with life during the summer. You’ll encounter recent college grads and backpackers trying to locate youth hostels, music festivals and navigating the train for the first time.

Working Holiday Australia
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Thought I’d share this exciting article with you!     Working Holiday Australia by Lisa Valentine Ok, you’ve spent years revising, spent a fortune on beer and take-aways and now you’re anxiously awaiting the results of the exams you’ve just sat, with fingernails bitten away and an unhealthy fear of the sound of the letterbox. The

Is First Class Worth It?
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Is First Class Worth It?  The difference between a first class and coach ticket on an airplane is astronomical; most people sitting at the very front of the plane have probably ended up there as the result of an upgrade or the use of mileage credits. Since everyone arrives at their destination at the same,

Cinque Terre: A region beyond compare
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Cinque Terre: A region beyond compare Five little villages virtually etched into the rocks between the sea and the hills create the Cinque Terre region. There is much to see and do in this area, from hiking and swimming to wine tasting and admiring gorgeous sunsets. Get yourself an Italy Rail Pass and explore each

If you want to see Italy, planning is key
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I thought I’d share this great article I read about Italian travel! If you want to see Italy, planning is key Pittsburgh Business Times – by James Cannon For an art lover, Italy is home. Unfortunately, many people in the world agree and crowd the galleries and museums often making visiting them an ordeal. With

Does the Customer Come First?
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Does the Customer Come First? When you think about great customer service, does the travel industry come to mind? Unfortunately, we hear about travel nightmares way more often than stories of travel professionals who’ve gone above and beyond…but today I have one those “good” tales for you.  I traveled last week from San Diego to