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Tips for Traveling to Europe

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(Tales Told From The Road just completed a virtual month-long trip across Europe visiting France’s Alsace and Austria’s Tirol regions, and the cities of Berlin, Dresden and Munich in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic, plus Amsterdam and London. Here are some tips for planning your next European journey.) Here are some things to know […]

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How to Cut Travel Costs by Taking a Group Tour

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I’m not a die-hard travel bargain hunter. And I travel “independently” rather than taking group tours. But last week at a nearby high school I took an “adult-ed” evening class entitled “Travel Bargain Secrets” and learned about a novel way to use a group tour to save on travel expenses, even if you don’t want […]

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Amtrak: A Time and Cost Competitive Mode of Travel?

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I’ve ridden trains back and forth across Europe. Doing so has been easy, comfortable, and reasonably affordable. But train travel in the U.S. is problematic. Few passengers trains run to few places all too few times a day or week. And all are operated by Amtrak. Nevertheless, sometimes you do have the option of taking […]

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How to Fly First Class with Coach Miles

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Frequent flier miles. You’d love to use them to pay for your air travel, wouldn’t you? I sure would. While I’ve read innumerable news stories in which travelers complain they never can redeem their miles for free tickets, I have almost always been able to do so. Booking with miles far in advance of your […]

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EatWith.com: The Airbnb of food

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) EatWith.com: The Airbnb of food (via Matador Network) Tatiana is a graduate of the MatadorU Travel Writing program. I WAS RAISED IN A FAMILY where meals were an event and the more people you shared with, the […]

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Travel With Children: May the iPad Be With You

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Travel…With Children – Part 1 of 2: May the iPad Be With You (via ExpertFlyer Blog) ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway Since we’re still enjoying back-to-school time bliss, our Hot Topic series is all about kids, that is, traveling with the little buggers.  In part 1 of our 2-part series, […]

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The Bookstore: A Literary Oasis for Travelers

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When I travel, I’m always on the lookout for independent bookstores, especially those that feature works by local authors. But as writers will tell you, while it’s very important to have their books sold by those “bricks-and-mortar” vendors of literature, convincing them to give your tome space on a bookshelf can be a hard-sell. Here’s […]

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The Ultimate Travel Deal: The World for Free

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We’re Trained to Chase “Deals” Amazon.com. Costco. Trader Joe’s. They’ve all got us marching to the same drummer, following the Pied Piper in search of the best deals on every imaginable product made under the sun. Companies that step out of line with this approach do so at their peril. J.C. Penny learned this lesson […]

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The Ultimate “Green” Rental Car

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Interested in reducing the carbon footprint of your travels? One solution: Drive a “Green” rental car. Whose Got A “Green” Fleet? Hertz has a Green Collection which it says made up of “fuel efficient, environmentally-friendly cars that are both easy on the wallet and good for the environment” like the Ford Fusion, “smart fortwo,” the […]

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Don’t Travel Without Knowing Credit Card Basics

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Don’t Travel Without Knowing Credit Card Basics (via Credit.com) However, consumers who are planning a vacation should get familiar with the terms and conditions of their credit card accounts so that there are no surprises on their bills when they get back, according to a report from the Arizona Republic. In many cases, a credit […]

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Keeping Your Bags “Locked” When Flying

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When you travel by air you want to make sure that no one but TSA can open your checked luggage and look through it.  One way to secure your bags—and the one I use— is with a TSA-approved lock. But the award-winning San Francisco Chronicle Travel Editor, Spud Hilton, takes this “low-tech” approach: (This video […]

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It’s Not “Your Fathers” United Airlines Anymore

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The United and Continental Airlines merger has just spawned significant changes to the way passengers “interface” electronically with the new, unified carrier. Navigating United’s Home Page United has put together this video to help you find your way around its redesigned Website which went “live” at 1:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on Saturday, March 3rd: […]

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Graduate from Southwest’s “Boarding School”

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My wife just returned from a trip to Southern California, flying on Southwest Airlines. Before she left home, she “graduated” from Southwest’s “Boarding School” after learning how passengers check-in for and board the airline’s flights. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2012 Dick Jordan

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Be A “Radio Star” with Rick Steves

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From Tuesday, January 10th through Wednesday, the 18th, European travel guru, Rick Steves, will be recording new shows for his radio program, “Travel With Rick Steves.”  (Click here for details for these recording sessions). You can participate as a “caller” on these shows, or just listen in as they are recorded “live” for later broadcast. […]

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Holiday Gifts for Travelers

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With less than three weeks left to shop ‘til you drop for holiday gifts, the San Francisco Chronicle has come up with some nifty gift ideas for the travelers on your shopping list. Travel Editor Spud Hilton, contributing travel writers Jill K. Robinson, John Flinn, and Jennifer Blot, and Chronicle “Outdoors” writer Tom Stienstra, pass […]

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Recovering From “Travel Wallet Injury”

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7 Tips for Getting Compensated After a Travel Problem (via Money Talks)

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Travel Tips: Friendly Flying with Kids Aboard

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Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Hawaii’s Sinking Sun

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Watching the sun set over the Pacific while enjoying a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine is a quintessential Hawaiian travel experience that will prompt you to set down your drink, pick up your camera, and shoot a photographic souvenir of your trip.  But catching Sol just as it begins to sink into the sea […]

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Bargain “Bunking” on the Road

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North To Alaska! All Packed and Ready to Go! Not!

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(On the last four Mondays Tales Told From The Road has run a “Special Report” on Alaska travel. Dick Jordan spent two weeks traveling throughout Southeast Alaska in June of 2008.  Here’s an edited excerpt from the blog he wrote during the trip; look for more installments in the near future). No, we’re not packed. […]

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Special Report: Alaska On The Wild Side

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In a three-part series that concluded last Monday, I told you how to travel to and within Alaska, and noted several travel locations that most independent travelers, and even some cruise ship passengers, could easily reach.  Today I took a look at Alaska adventures offered by the Sierra Club Outings program that are a little […]

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