Tag: Travel

Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

Say It Ain’t So, Seattle!

I spent the first twenty-one years of my life in Seattle, so it’s only natural that I would write about the city from time to time.

For example, four years ago I posted the following video, “Seattle in Motion,” Edward Aites’ “moving portrait” full of familiar-to-me scenes of my old hometown.

Seattle in Motion from Edward Aites on Vimeo

And a little over two years ago in “Home (to Seattle) for the Holidays” I wrote about the city of my youth and the city of today.

Finally, in September of 2015, after a visit a month earlier, I gave tips for “Being a One-Day Tourist in Seattle.

In recent years, I’ve always assumed that what has sometimes been called the “Emerald City” is a tourist mecca, especially since the streets have always been teeming with visitors when I’ve been in my old hometown. But just like in the movie The Wizard of Oz, not everything that seems to be necessarily proves to be real.

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Don’t Fall for the “Can You Hear Me?” Travel Scam

Don’t Fall for the “Can You Hear Me?” Travel Scam

About five years ago I wrote about a travel scam that typically came by letter or postcard and offered free airfare and a hotel stay any city served by an airline (pick an airline, any airline).

The scammers’ plan was to lure you to a meeting where they would aggressively push you to join a “travel club” with the promise of discounted travel is you would pony up the membership fees.

Over the next three years I updated the story whenever I read about “travel club” promotions of this kind taking place, and I continued to receive postcards and letters with “free” airfare and hotel stays, some involving airlines, others offering travel on cruise ships.

It was quite easy to spot these less-than-forthright offers when they arrived in the mail and then toss them in “the round file.”

But last Thursday I encountered the latest travel scam which came not in the mail, but in a phone call.

Here’s what happened.

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Travel Canada: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys

Travel Canada: Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journeys

(This story was originally published in 2012 and has been updated to reflect changes in classes of service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.)

Now that our “Travel Canada” series has completed its tour of British Columbia, it’s time to head to the Canadian Rockies and the gateway cities of Calgary and Edmonton which lie just to the east.

While you can drive or fly from B.C. to Alberta, think about taking the 21st century version of a 19th century mode of transportation: The train.

Two rail companies can carry you east: The Rocky Mountaineer, an excursion train that runs between British Columbia and Alberta, and Via Rail Canada, which offers coast-to-coast rail service.

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