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Don’t Fall for the “Can You Hear Me?” Travel Scam

Travel News Updates
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About five years ago I wrote about a travel scam that typically came by letter or postcard and offered free airfare and a hotel stay any city served by an airline (pick an airline, any airline). The scammers’ plan was to lure you to a meeting where they would aggressively push you to join a […]

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Will Laptop and Tablet In-Flight Ban Affect You?

Travel News Updates
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On Tuesday of this week the U.S. announced that those traveling by plane to the U.S. from ten airports in eight predominately Muslim countries in the Middle East would not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cellphone on board. Those passengers will be required to pack laptops and tablets into checked luggage, […]

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Planning Your National Park Vacation

Destination Updates
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As winter wanes and spring waxes, summer isn’t far in the future. But if you want a visit to a national park in the Western U.S. to be in that future, and haven’t already booked your accommodations, you may find that there is no room at the inn, lodge, or cabins. This isn’t a new […]

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Getting Up the Inside Passage to Southeast Alaska

Destination Updates
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I’m an independent traveler. That means I roam from place to place, and book my lodging and transportation, on my own without paying a tour company to do that for me and without being accompanied by anyone other than my wife. But sometimes working with a tour company to put a trip together makes sense, […]

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Will Trump’s Words and Deeds Scare Off Travelers to the U.S.?

Travel News Updates
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Donald Trump has not been known to mince words, either when he was on the campaign trail or after he entered the White House. He says what’s on his mind without apparent regard for what anyone else thinks. Couple that with his so-far unsuccessful attempt to unilaterally ban residents of certain countries from traveling to […]

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Tales Told From The Road Publisher Wins NATJA Recognition

Travel News Updates
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Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, is pleased to announce the recognition he received the in the 2016 North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism competition:   The “U.S. National Park Series” from Tales Told From The Road was a finalist in the “Travel Series – Online Publication” […]

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Yosemite Closed Due to Impending Winter Storm

Travel News Updates

All roads into Yosemite National Park were closed as of 5:00 p.m., PST, today, Friday, January 6th due to an approaching winter storm that is expected to cause heavy snowfall or rainfall, and possible flooding in and near the park. The park made this announcement on its Website: “All roads leading into Yosemite Valley will […]

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Travel “Rip-Offs” Or “Fair Deals”?

Consumer Alerts
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Q: Is “less” ever “more” when it comes to travel expenses? A: Sometimes, and you aren’t going to be happy when it happens to you. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016 Dick Jordan

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“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

Book Reviews
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In August, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its 100th year protecting the parks and helping park visitors enjoy the country’s scenic and cultural wonders. Since summer vacations have come and gone for the year, thoughts of trips to those parks made this year may already be fading from memories of those who enjoyed what […]

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Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

Travel Essays

“$30 park fee?” That’s what my wife said after reading an article in our local newspaper about what it costs to “get in the door” at Grand Canyon National Park. That sounded high to me, so I checked the park’s Website. Yep, it’s $30 for a 7-day pass for a single non-commercial vehicle and its […]

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“Painting” Photos with The Prisma App

App Reviews
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As I’ve pointed out in the past, sometimes it is possible to “salvage” a less than optimum, blurry, or just plain bad photo and turn it into a “work of art” using special effects features in a photo editing program. And the same software can be used to convert a boring shot into one that […]

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