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Self-Tagging Your Airline Checked Baggage

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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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“Passing” at U.S. National Parks

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My first visit to s U.S. National Park was over 50 years ago, maybe even as many as 60. Since then, I’ve been to nearly every one in the Western U.S., and met the woman I’d marry (we’re still together) in Yosemite in 1968. (We’ll run another story about Yosemite tomorrow.) Way back then, I’d […]

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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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