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“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…

Traveling to a new place is supposed to be different. When you leave home you’re usually looking for different experiences than what happens in your everyday world. But of course, that’s a blessing and a curse – being away from your normal environment can leave you out of sorts, lead to disruptions in exercise routines, unhealthy food choices and difficulty…

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…

It seems all of you business travelers are turning into homebodies. Hugo Martin of the Los Angeles Times reports on a new survey conducted by Visa that shows the growth of business travel is slowing. The survey predicts that U.S. businesses will spend about 2.5 percent more on business travel this year compared to last. However, most of that increase…

Phew! Disaster in the sky averted. Now, let’s focus on some of the positives of air travel. Other than the near-miss at Reagan National, the interwebs this week seemed to focus on the luxurious upside of travel. At the Wall Street Journal, Scott McCartney spoke with corporate travel managers to get their inside secrets. He offers 10 tips on how…

This Friday, we look to Europe. With the dollar trading strongly against the Euro, this would appear to be a great summer to vacation in Europe. But not so fast – USA Today’s Kitty Bean Yancey reports that Europe isn’t quite the bargain you might think it is. Travel industry insiders tell her that while the dollar may travel further…

If you’ve seen any newspaper, news website or news program this week you’ve surely seen the headline “Eurozone In Crisis.” These are tumultuous economic and political times in France, Greece and Spain and the repercussions are being felt across Europe. Many are saying this past week’s elections in France and Greece are repudiations of the continent-wide austerity measures, and the…

Experiencing cultural differences and learning about the way people live in other countries is one of the great allures of international travel. But it can also be intimidating trying to navigate another culture without offending the locals. And one custom that changes from country to country and that can seem perplexing is tipping; what’s the proper amount to tip someone…

In a recent post, guest blogger Anthony Garcia suggested that graduate students should get out from behind the books to do some hands on research and enjoy a healthier learning experience. This is true for all stages of education and is a good reason to consider planning an educational holiday for your family.  When sitting in a classroom, it’s easy…

There’s buzz this week about the recent terrorism warnings for Europe issued by government authorities: can travelers put them to use? If not, what’s the point? A quick sampling of the blogosphere seems to indicate that while security experts support the step, travelers are not altering any plans. My take is that we are witnessing a behavior common among those…

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