Category: Travel Essays

“UNDERWEAR: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT”

“UNDERWEAR: DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT”

“The American Express Card: Don’t Leave Home Without It” was a variation on the advertising slogan “Don’t Leave Home Without Them” promoting American Express Traveler’s Checks that the company launched in 1975.

There was a time my travel mantra should have been: “Underwear: Don’t Leave Home Without It” because I became notorious for arriving at a destination without packing underwear or socks, or leaving entire suitcases in the closet.

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The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

The “Golden Age” of Airline Advertising

(Roger W Flickr Photo)

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 young to have experience the “fun of flying,” or have long since forgotten what it was like “back in the day,” you’ll find this collection of airline advertisements from 1934-1989 beyond belief today when airlines tout low fares rather than luxurious seating and attentive service even in Economy class cabins.

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Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

(Originally published September 21, 2016; last updated April 12, 2018)

“$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.

(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

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 passengers.

Only staying part of one day? Just doing a “drive-thru”? It’s still $30.

Come on a motorcycle and you’ll save $5. Come on foot and keep $15 in your wallet.

Still, it seems like a grandiose fee to see that grand view.

But what about the other national parks? What are the entry fees there?

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