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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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9/11: Where We Were, Where We Are

Travel Essays
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It’s been fifteen years. Fifteen years since hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania. But sometimes it seems like those incomprehensible events took place just yesterday. Today is, of course, the fifteenth anniversary of what the world simply calls “9/11.” Where where we then, and where […]

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iPhone 7: A First Take

Travel Gear
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This past Wednesday Apple unveiled the newest iPhones: The “7” and the “7 Plus.” And because they aren’t markedly different from the last year’s phones, there’s not a lot to report, except for one very major change that may not make iPhone owners, past and future, too happy.

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“Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America National Parks”

Book Reviews
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A to Z. Acadia to Zion, I’ve been to both, and thirty-two of the fifty-seven others in that alphabetical list of U.S. national parks. I’ve never had a year’s paid vacation to visit them. But Mark Woods, author of Lassoing the Sun, did. He was one lucky guy.

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“Venice Never Changes”

Travel Essays
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“Venice Never Changes,” Samantha Durell replied in response to my observation that compared to other Italian cities, such as Florence or Rome, the famous city of canals on the Adriatic Sea looked like a down-at-the-heels in-desperate-need-of-a-cobbler “repair job” to the fading facades of its houses and palazzos. What Venetians meant, she said, is “We like […]

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A Dynamic Duo of Destinations: Cuba and U.S. National Parks

Destination Updates
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In 2016 there are two destinations that are both figuratively and literately “hot” – Cuba and the U.S. National Parks. Things are literally “cooking” in Havana where temperatures and humidity right now are both in the 90s, reminiscent of what I experienced while visiting just-to-the-north-a-bit Miami back in August of 1961. While this week the […]

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Cuba: What It Holds In Store For American Travelers

Destination Updates
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A week ago Sunday podcaster Weston Moody, just back from a trip to Cuba, interviewed Tales Told From Road publisher, Dick Jordan, for his show, “The Locales, “conversations with guests from various countries “talking about the places to go, what to do, issues these places face and how to fit in.” The two discussed what […]

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Cuba: Your Personal Journey and Mine

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For well over a year I’ve been on a personal journey to the island of Cuba. And I’ve literally never arrived. But figuratively, I feel that I’ve spent years living there.

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