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When travelers weren’t standing in never-ending airport lines this week, they were talking about the latest news on Avian Flu. The H7N9 strain has killed 22 people and infected more than 100 since late February, and now has been detected in a man in Taiwan, according to the New York Times’ Bree Feng and Denise Grady. That’s a mortality rate of…

“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…

Ten years ago today, a 64-year-old doctor from China’s Guangdong Province checked into a hotel in Hong Kong. He had just treated several patients with “atypical pneumonia.”  The next day he was admitted to a hospital with respiratory failure, and was described as having a “very virulent disease.” It was SARS, and the doctor was a key figure in the…

It’s been a terrific week to be stuck at sea. And by terrific, I mean awful. The dominant story this week is the completely dreadful cruise on the Carnival Triumph, which was crippled by an engine room fire and spent five days stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. As reported by NBC, more than 3,000 passengers were trapped in a…

As we launch ourselves into 2013, you’re very likely focused on losing weight; it’s everybody’s go-to New Year’s Resolution. But if you’re a frequent traveler, you know that losing weight while you’re globetrotting – or even maintaining some semblance of health - is extremely difficult. Obviously, we try to help here at Healthy Travel Blog. And at USA Today, Dara…

As we come to the end of 2012, it’s time to reflect on a year that has been remarkable in many ways. From a travel perspective, 2012 has been the most active year ever – more than one billion travelers crossed international borders this year. The Financial Times’ travel writers celebrate by taking a look this week at some of…

As 2012 draws to a close it’s naturally a time to look back and reflect, and it seems clear that this has been a pretty remarkable year around the globe. There’s been the Euro-crisis, seemingly ever-present tumult in the Middle East, and obvious signs – including natural disasters – that climate change is impacting weather patterns. In a lot of ways,…

You probably already know this, but international travel is hot. The globe is shrinking (don’t freak out – I mean that figuratively) and flying halfway around the world just isn’t as big a deal as it once was. A new report from the Brookings Institution shows that international travel in and out of the United States has more than doubled over the…

For American Airlines, this has been more like “the week in travel and hell.” The airline began seven days of getting smacked around in the public sphere with a weekend OPED piece in the New York Times, in which Gary Shteyngart detailed a horrific 30-hour extravaganza from Paris to New York. The lede (that’s how journalists spell it, ok?) to…

Once upon a time, air travel was elegant and cool. Maybe even comfortable. Those days are long gone, and getting on an airplane is fraught with inconvenience and tension. But wait! Maybe the better-than-miserable in-flight experience is making a comeback! The key is technology. At USA Today, Harriet Baskas writes that the Airline Passenger Experience Association is looking at creating…

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