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Did Trump Change How Americans Travel to Cuba?

Destination Updates
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On Friday, June 16, 2017, Donald Trump made a major policy announcement that could markedly affect the ability of Americans to visit Cuba or do business there. Initially, Trump appeared set to totally scrap the steps President Obama took to discard over a half-century of failed “isolationist” policy toward Cuba and engage the Cuban people […]

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Big Sur’s “Heartbreak Road”

Destination Updates
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A half-century ago, in 1967, San Francisco experienced the “Summer of Love.” A year later, I lived through a personal “summer of love” when on nearly every weekend from June through August I drove California’s scenic and fabled Highway from Monterey, through Big Sur, and down to Pacific Valley to see my girlfriend who was […]

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Potential New Rules on Carrying Electronic Devices Aboard Flights

Travel News Updates
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(Updated 9:00 a.m. PDT Thursdays, June 1, 2017) Personal Electronics on Flights to and From U.S. If you’re planning on taking an international flight into or out oft he U.S. in the near future, you had best check the TSA or Department of Homeland Security Websites to find out if you’ll have to stow your […]

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Dealing with Airline “Bumping” and Flight Cancellations

Travel Tips
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Unless you’ve been living on the dark side of the Moon recently, you have heard about the United Airlines passenger who was dragged off a Chicago-to-Louisville flight after he refused to give up his seat to a member of United’s affiliate, Republic Airlines, who needed to reach Louisville to be available to work on a […]

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Living It Up in Lively London

Destination Updates
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As this hyperlapse video shows, London is a vibrant city. Welcome to London – A Short Hyperlapse Film (UHD – 4K) from Mattia Bicchi Photography on Vimeo. Of course, in “real time,” the pace in the United Kingdom’s capital city is just a wee bit more sedate. If your timing is right, you can be […]

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The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

Travel Essays
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I’ve written before about the “Golden Age” of air travel when passengers actually looked forward to arrival at airports, checking in for flights, walking freely (along with friends or family who weren’t accompanying them on the trip) to the gate, and a relaxing, fun-filled journey to their destinations through “friendly skies.” Whether you are too […]

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Choosing “The Right Camera” for Travel Photography

Travel Photo Thursday
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I’ve had this experience, and perhaps you have, too. You show someone the photos from a trip you’ve just returned from and they say “Wow, what great shots! What kind of camera do you have?”

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Solar Eclipse “Camp Out” in Oregon

Destination Updates
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A couple of months ago, a friend from California asked me (now an Oregonian) for help in finding lodging anywhere near the path that the total solar eclipse will take across Oregon on the morning of August 21, 2017. I had both good and bad news for her. The good news was that there seemed […]

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Preserving Pismo’s Scenic Ridgelands

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For Northern Californians, Pismo Beach, about 180 miles north of Los Angeles, is an eclectic little town that offers a convenient and scenic stopping point along Highway 101 for breaking up one long day’s drive to Greater L.A. into a more manageable and less stressful two-day trip. But what most travelers don’t know, is that […]

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Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

Destination Updates
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I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in Seattle, so it’s only natural that I would write about the city from time to time. For example, four years ago I posted the following video, “Seattle in Motion,” Edward Aites’ “moving portrait” full of familiar-to-me scenes of my old hometown. Seattle in Motion from […]

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

Travel News Updates
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(Updated April 2, 2017). 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 […]

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