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Trip discounts for 2011

As promised in our last newsletter, here are some more details on the deal you can get on trips next year. When I announced our sabbatical, I got many positive, encouraging responses, but some asked "So you're just going to leave us in the lurch?" ... Read article...

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British Virgin Islands - How to get to the BVI

The British Virgin Islands are a paradise for sailing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, sunning, beachcombing, relaxing, and tropical drinks. Getting to the BVI isn't too hard, but there are options to consider. Here are some tips on how to get to the BVI...
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Travel insurance and swine flu

If there's a disease outbreak like swine flu, what does your travel insurance cover? This recent information release from Travelex (our partner for travel insurance) is great information on what would happen if YOUR trip were to be affected by something like this! Here's a rundown on possible situations... Read article...

Save money on last-minute airfares

How to get cheap last-minute airfare on Priceline

Looking for great deals on last minute air travel? We've all heard the Priceline commercials, but using it for the first time can be a rather scary prospect. As a regular Priceline user, hopefully I can take some of the mystery out of the process! There are 2 options when looking at flights... Read article...

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Spy vest - Product review (video)

This travel vest solves some problems, and makes me feel like a secret agent, too. The video explains it all, showing this travel vest inside and out, and what makes it unique. In the course of my travels, I run across numerous travel problems, and products that solve them (or claim to)... Watch the video...

Earworms for Italian

Using music to learn a language

What is it about melody that helps us memorize words and lyrics? This can be explained by "earworms," which are melodies that get stuck in your head. Advertisers use this with catchy melodic jingles. Now you can use the same technique to help you learn a foreign language... Read article...

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Reader tips - Baggage fees, hauling rocks

After our newsletter went out last week, we got some great contributions from readers... "called Southwest Airlines to confirm the number of bags checked for no charge, the weight, and asked if we could check 50lbs of gravel and dirt on the plane. Of course she got some giggles"... Read article...

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Why we travel, and old-world travel advice

Most people say they travel to get away or to see the world. However, I believe that there is another dimension of travel that can change you forever. It's easy when we stay in one place to come to see that as the center of everything. We know there's a whole world out there, but... Read article...

Outdoor fitness

Fit for adventure: Gym-a-holic or Adventurous Wench?

I have a confession. When I lived in New York City, I was a gym-a-holic. This is more serious than being a gym rat. A gym-a-holic spends most of her time working out at an indoor fitness center. Ask her to go away for a hiking weekend, and... Read article...

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Are you sharing files with everyone in the airport?

Recently when I've turned on my mac while sitting at the airport, I've been surprised to find complete strangers showing up under my "Shared" section in the Finder. Not being nosy, I didn't go poking around in their stuff, but more concerning, were other people able to see (and poke around in) my files? ... Read article...