Online Restaurant and Ride Booking: What’s It Worth?

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Usually stories about technology run on Tales Told From The Road on Fridays, such as how to use an app, how to use a Website, how to use a piece of gear, or how to use technology for travel. But today’s piece offers something different: Commentary and what restaurant booking service, Open Table, and car […]

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Galway: Coffee, Pubs and Rings

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The Irish city of Galway has many enchanting properties, and although I hardly spent a full day there, it was enough to make me decide that I’ll definitely be back one day; hopefully sooner than later. While I might not be able to list everything…

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New Google+ “Stories” – Photo “Scrapbooks”

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Now and then, Google comes up with a really good idea. You go on a trip, shoot a lot of photos with your smartphone or camera, but never get around to sharing more than the odd one or two with friends and family. Google has invented a seemingly effortless way for it to assemble and […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Lassen, A Hidden Gem of a Park

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While growing up in Seattle, I made my first visit to a national park: Mount Rainier. In winter, we’d go sledding by the Paradise Inn. During one summer after college was out for the year, I climbed part way up the mountain from Paradise with a fraternity brother and we skied back down to the […]

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The “Golden Age” of Air Travel Has Flown Away

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Air travel. Today we love to hate it. But there was a time, still clear in the memory of living Americans, when flying was fun, glamorous, and the the way to travel. The plane that changed the travel game for all of us, even those of quite modest means, was envisioned and constructed by a […]

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Lassen: An Undiscovered National Park Gem

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Yellowstone gushing with geysers and populated by herds of bison. Yosemite with waterfalls streaming over granite cliffs. The Grand Canyon with its grand views across the Colorado Plateau. These are the crown jewels of the National Park System in the Western United States. I’ve been there, seen them. But to me, lesser-known Lassen Volcanic National […]

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Getting Onboard with “The Passport Protector”

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You’ve made it through rush hour traffic and arrived at the airport in plenty of time to avoid missing your flight to Europe. You’ve made through the security checkpoint and get to the gate in plenty of time to avoid missing your flight to Europe. You’ve made it all the way to the jetway entrance […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: 150 Years of Yosemite

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With the stroke of a pen, President Abraham Lincoln singed the “Yosemite Grant Act” on June 30, 1864, protecting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove. Twenty-six years later, on October 1, 1890, Yosemite National Park was born. And seventy-eight years after that, I’d make the first of many visits to Yosemite. A good way to […]

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“Driving The Damned Road” – A Cinematic Essay

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A scenic highway runs almost arrow-straight through the Canadian Rockies from Banff to Jasper. It’s the only practical way to travel quickly and easily through that mountainous region. But should I have followed the advice of a “local” I call “The Cowboy” and shunned that road? That’s the question posed by following short film which […]

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Athens From The Sea (Or How I Nearly Died)

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Athens from the Sea, or, How I Nearly Died. (via Finding the Universe) “That’s a big camera!”, exclaimed the Captain. Leaning in, he conspiratorially whispered: “Would you like to go up the mast?” I peered up into […]

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Chromebook vs. iPad: Which is Best for Travel?

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Next week my wife is headed off to Arizona on a 10-day trip. She’s plans to take her 15” MacBook Pro with her so she can stay connected with the “outside world,” so she borrowed a laptop roll-aboard bag from a friend. As you read this story (which I wrote on my desktop computer before […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Yellow-Bellied Varmints

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“Go ahead, make my day. “See what happens if you bite that radiator hose. “Just try gnawing on my car’s wiring. “Go ahead, make my day, you yellow-bellied varmint!” Those lines could have been spoken by Clint Eastwood if he had starred in a movie filmed in a Western U.S national park, playing a character […]

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“Southeast” – A Cinematic Essay

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Southeast Alaska is one of the most remote places where one could live in the United States. No roads connect its few towns, which are scattered wide apart over 35,000 square miles of mountains, forests, glaciers and sea. Should you move there to permanently live, or merely pay it a brief visit on vacation? That’s […]

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York Can Make You Smell Like a Viking

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For about three centuries or so, the Vikings were, as the British would say—and they should know, having been raped and pillaged by them—a “bad lot.” About 800 years after this Scandinavian scourge ceased be a threat to peaceful life in Europe, Hollywood brought th0se scruffy sea-faring rouges to the big-screen in the 1958 movie, […]

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Taking “Tales To Go” on the Road

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For over twenty years, Travelers’ Tales has been publishing anthologies of travel narratives filled with pathos and humor. Co-founder Larry Habegger is a perennial member of the faculty of the prestigious Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference held each August in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company’s Website says that it “…has more […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting Panoramas

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According to Wikipedia, “Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio.” One of the most dramatic “panos” […]

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“All Is Lost” – “Gravity” on Earth

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Outer space. The vast ocean. What do they have in common? Neither is a place to be lost alone. And that’s why the movies Gravity (starring Sandra Bullock) and All Is Lost (Robert Redford’s latest film) are the same basic story set in two different hostile-to-humans-locales. Republish This Article

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Highlights of a Visit to Rio de Janeiro

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As a big fan of killing two birds with one stone (figuratively), I am always pleased when travelling to a location coincides with something else I had wanted to do. Like visiting a friend or relative who happens to live there, or attend a conference…

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Making Mapping Apps Even Better

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Smartphone and tablet mapping apps, such as Google Maps and MapQuest, are among those that I have found most useful when traveling away from home, in part because they are apps that I often use to find my way around the San Francisco Bay Area where I live. So when I saw that both of […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Spring Snow in the Sierra

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May. Snow in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range should be melting, not falling. But as I discovered last week when I walked from my room to my car the morning after arriving at Sequoia National Park, Mother Nature can be very fickle when deciding if winter should end once and for all and spring begin. […]

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“Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl”

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By SHERI RADFORDWhether around the world or around the corner to Grandma’s house, travel can be both scary and exciting for kids. The protagonist in Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player has been everywhere on the globe,…

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New Cape Cod Guide Reveals Treasured Summer Hideaways

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As the weather warms, anticipation builds throughout New England – it’s almost time to escape to the Cape!  Stretching out like a big fist pump, the 70 mile scenic arm of Cape Cod beckons all to come play on its 600 miles of sandy coast.  But…

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