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“Meru”: A Visually Astonishing Documentary

Movie Reviews

In summer nearly fifty years ago, I climbed to up the snow-clad slopes of 14,410-foot high Mount Rainer south of my hometown of Seattle. The plan: Reach 10,000 feet above sea level, then in the company of one of my college fraternity brothers, ski back down over 4,500 feet to Paradise Inn where we had […]

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The Big Apple, From The Top

Destination Updates

If you are headed to New York City, there is a nifty way for you see it both historically, from the 15th century forward, and visually, with sweeping views across the landscape. Take yourself to One World Observatory, atop the One World Trade Center building, on a virtual tour courtesy of this video from CBS’s […]

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“Cuba Libre:” Visualizing Travel to Cuba

Travel By Movie

In the first half of the 20th century, Cuba was a tropical playground for Americans. But the island nation was off-limits to American tourists for three decades from after the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro until the early 1990′s when Americans began to travel to Cuba on “People-to-People” cultural exchange tours. Cuba Libre, an […]

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U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

Destination Updates
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As summer 2015 draws to an official close, kids are back in school, adults are back at work. Before long, rain and snow will begin to fall across the U.S. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are coming up soon. But what most Americans probably aren’t thinking about is an important historical […]

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What Apple’s New Products Mean for Travelers

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A week and a half ago Apple held its fall new product extravaganza. But what does the company’s revised lineup of phones, tablets, apps and operating system mean for travelers? Here’s my quick take on what’s totally new and what’s been updated, based on what I’ve read the tech pundits saying, since I’ve as yet […]

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Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle

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Shortly before leaving on a trip to Seattle last month to see friends and family, my wife and I suddenly learned that plans to meet up with my wife’s cousin and her daughter had gone by the boards, leaving us with an unexpected free day to be tourists in my old hometown. But how should […]

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Remembering 9/11

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On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, I was about to eat breakfast when I turned on the TV news and learned of events that would reshape U.S. history and the experience of air travel forever. I was scheduled to fly to Milan four days later to kick off a nearly month-long trip through […]

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Self-Tagging Your Airline Checked Baggage

Travel Tips
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While reviewing plans for a trip to Seattle later this year, I discovered that airline passengers can now do something only airline staff at airport check-in counters have been been permitted to do in the past: Print out and attach baggage tags to checked luggage. I’m surprised that this development has been so long in […]

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Visual Storytelling Apps: “Slate” Joins The Crowd

App Reviews
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Last June in “How to Tell a Travel Story Visually with Photos,” I reviewed these three options for visual storytelling: Google+ “Stories” Storehouse “Stories” created with an iPad/iPhone app “Posts” using Exposure.co I found too many flaws with Google+ “Stories” to recommend using them to “Show & Tell” people about your trip. On the other […]

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Getting the Most Out of Google Maps

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On Tuesday one of my “directionally challenged” hiking buddies was well off-course driving to the trailhead. He was about to give up and head home, but decided to phone me for help instead. While I verbally guided him on his way, it was the GPS function of his Android phone that made it easy for […]

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Fugu: The World’s Most Innovative Luggage?

Travel Gear
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The operative syllable in “luggage” is “lug.” Even if you travel “light” you’ve still got to lug at least some luggage with you. And how do you stuff enough clothes and other stuff for a two-week or longer trip into an airline “carry-on” size bag that will actually fit into an overhead bin or under […]

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Apple Watch: Get It or Forget It?

Travel Tech
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A new milestone in timekeeping and computing comes to pass today when the eagerly awaited “Apple Watch” becomes available for pre-order online and “demonstration” by-appointment-only at Apple Retail Stores. Deliveries and in-store sales kickoff in two weeks on Friday, April 24th. I published my first take on the Apple Watch back in September when it, […]

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Mamma Mia! Flying Is Fun!

Travel Essays
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As I’ve said before, “The Golden Age of Air Travel,” when the Boeing 707 ruled the skies, has long since passed. Coach seating on aircraft is more cramped than ever. Flights are delayed or cancelled. And the airport experience is one all air travelers wish they could bypass. But for one passenger checking in for […]

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Streaming Video Apps: Meerkat vs. Periscope

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Originally published on March 27, 2015. Updated May 2, 2015. Meerkat? Oh yeah, a cute little weasel-looking critter (which is actually a cousin to the mongoose) that lives in parts of Africa. But I’m not writing about wild animals, but rather about a new app for Apple mobile devices that people are going wild about. […]

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Firefox Browser’s Super Simple Video and Voice Calling

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Video phone calling has been around, at least in concept, if not in practice, for decades. In 1964, U.S. telephone giant, AT&T, premiered its “Picturephone.” But neither that first device or its later iterations caught on. Fast-forward to the present, and thanks to services like Skype, Apple’s FaceTime for both Mac computers and Apple mobile […]

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FAA Says “No!” to YouTube Drone Videos

Travel Tech
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I am both a travel writer who incorporates video into stories posted on Tales Told From The Road and someone who produces “shorts” for airing on public access TV stations. So when I first learned that one could shoot aerial footage with a GoPro camera mounted on a relatively cheap-to-own unmanned drone, I immediately became […]

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Live From The Apple Watch Event!

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Beginning at 10:00 am PDT, Apple will kick off a media event at which it is expected to lay out the details for the Apple Watch which should be available for purchase next month. Tales Told From The Road provides the following live reporting on the event by The Verge. For more on the Apple […]

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Watching Out For The “Apple Watch”

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Back in September when we published our first take on the latest Apple products, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, we noted that you wouldn’t be able to get hands on the “Apple Watch,” the newest gadget to come from the famous Cupertino, California tech company, until sometime in 2015. Well, that sometime is […]

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ApplePay Takes Flight, Lands at Starbucks

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Using a credit card to pay for in-flight purchases such as meals and beverages isn’t new. It’s been in use by airlines for over five years. But up until now, owners of the iPhone 6 models have only been able to use the phones’ ApplePay mobile payment system at land-based merchants whose card readers work […]

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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

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Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public. But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”). The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of […]

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