Category: Travel News Updates

How “Brexit” Vote May Affect Travel

How “Brexit” Vote May Affect Travel

The British public has voted to eventually end its participation in the European Union, a process that could take a very long time to complete.

But how might this historic decision affect travel, especially travel to the U.K. and Europe by Americans, especially in the immediate future?

Here’s what some news publications are reporting.

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“Passing” at U.S. National Parks

“Passing” at U.S. National Parks

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 guess it costs $5 to spend time in one of those major parks.

Today I read that the entrance fees for a 1 to 7-day stay in Yosemite will rise to $20-$30, depending on the season in which you visit.

You’ve got these options for paying park fees:

  • Pony up the new fees at one park, then pony up again at another park.
  • Buy an annual pass for a single park, if you plan to visit that park more than once.
  • Buy an annual pass that covers “more than 2,000 federal recreation sites,” including national parks, forests, and BLM lands.
  • Get a free pass “available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.”
  • Buy the $10 Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over (which includes me).

So don’t pass on visiting national parks or other federally managed recreation areas this year.

Just take a pass with you when you go.

(Click here for more information on the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.)


On “The Road to Travel Writing”

On “The Road to Travel Writing”

(Last August, Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, was one of the guests on the travel show, “This Week in Travel.” This past Sunday he made a repeat appearance on the show, this time as it was broadcast via live streaming video as a Google+ Hangout on Air.)

How does one became a “travel writer”? And what does what get out of that seemingly glamorous “career”? Fame? Fortune? Free travel?


To find out, view the discussion on that topic, travel news, and travel apps (featuring “The App Curmudgeon”) between Dick and the show’s three co-hosts, Chris Christensen (“The Amateur Traveler”), Jen Leo (“Web Buzz” columnist for the Los Angeles Times), and the always-on-the-road-to-somewhere Gary Ardnt (Everything Everywhere) who has won three prestigious travel photography awards during the past year.

(No time to watch the video? Not a problem. Listen to the audio podcast of this episode of “This Week in Travel” with Dick Jordan or, better yet, download the $1.99 “This Week in Travel”  iPhone/iPad app or subscribe to the free “This Week in Travel” podcasts so you can listen to any episode of the show while you’re “on the road” or just on-the-go at home.)

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