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Flying very frequently turns into a test of patience – you’re excited to get where you’re going but the typical airline experience is almost always a case of hurry-up-and-wait. Lately, it’s been more stress-inducing than usual – whether the delays are weather-induced here in the States, or labor strike-induced in Europe. (Fittingly, as I write this Friday morning, I just…

President Obama was the world’s most prominent traveler this week, with a much discussed trip to Israel. To mark that, we have some dining advice for POTUS, courtesy of the New York Times’ Emily Brennan. She speaks with a chef from Jerusalem who offers guidance on the best places to eat in the ancient city, including where to find the…

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…

Fifty-seven years ago this week, we entered a new era in travel – the dawn of the jet age. Jaunted has the story of the introduction of Boeing’s debut of the precursor to the 707, a plane that changed the way we travel and made the world much smaller. Can you imagine life without the jet? Thanks, Boeing. Of course,…

This Sunday (March 11) is the one year anniversary of the tsunami/earthquake/nuclear disaster in Japan that held the world spellbound for weeks but now somehow seems like a distant memory.  Japan has done a remarkable job of getting back on its feet in just 12 months, and the bounce-back is now being felt in the tourism and travel industry. London’s…

Recent events in Japan, along with the pervasive terrorist threat of “dirty bombs” loaded with radioactive material, have brought radiation sickness -- its detection and treatment -- to the world’s center stage. Attacking radiation sickness requires the same diagnostic and treatment developments that have helped us deal with other illnesses. Diabetics, for instance, have access to sophisticated blood glucose monitors…

Recently, more states have reported detecting trace amounts of iodine-131, the substance whose harmful effects are countered by potassium iodide.  In addition to Hawaii, Washington and California, monitors in Colorado and Oregon recently showed higher than normal readings. It is extremely important to state that the levels reported are not harmful to humans.  In fact, “Americans typically get exposure to…

As the post tsunami drama in Japan unfolds, we thought it would be helpful to place the radiation exposure risk posed by the Fukushima nuclear power plant damage into perspective.  Radiation surrounds us all the time.  At what point do levels become dangerous?  The World Nuclear Association, made up of top nuclear specialists, has produced a guide that may help…

As a parent, I am uncomfortable answering my daughter’s questions about what happened to the people in Japan when the “earth shook” and then the “ocean came and took people away.”  As I struggle to find the words to explain to her what happened, I accept that there is no explanation. And with a heavy heart, I recognize my own…

Good news for travelers throughout Asia.  There is a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis that significantly reduces typical side effects. We all know that mosquitoes transmit some very serious viruses to humans. In addition to malaria and dengue fever, another mosquito-driven disease is Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).  As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) JEV is endemic in parts of…

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