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Sailing Off: Cruise Around the World without Getting Sick

Norovirus. It’s the worst nightmare of cruise lines and cruise ship passengers alike. When an outbreak occurs on a ship full of people, the ship’s staff scrambles to contain it and sanitize, passengers deal with the nasty symptoms of the illness or fear catching it, and the cruise line company’s PR department goes into crisis mode. According to the Centers…

“Getting there is half the fun” is not really something that applies to international travel – passing through multiple time zones and dealing with other vagaries of travel can be very stressful. And the stress of flying will very likely be ratcheted up next week. Travelers moving through major U.S. airports will face fairly extreme delays brought about by federal…

Travel news this week was dominated by bad puns about Dreamliners and Nightmares, as a nasty little habit of batteries catching fire grounded Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner  jets. This is more of a business story than a travel story, but it bears watching for travelers. There was a lot of anticipation about the lightweight aircraft but this latest setback is…

Flu season is here, and all across America people are sneezing, coughing and calling in sick. Reuters reports that this is one of the worst flu seasons in years, and supplies of flu vaccine and Tamiflu are low. The outbreak is not confined to the United States; Expat Health’s Bryony Ashcroft reports that the flu season has hit Europe as…

The CDC announced this week that the flu season has arrived early this year and could be worse than usual because of its premature appearance: “We’re seeing the beginning of the uptick start at least a month before we’d generally see it,” cautioned CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden, explaining that flu rates typically start to rise in early January. Readers…

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