New Orleans day trip

In NOLA in January, we rented a car one day took a trip to visit the Barataria Preserve which is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, a US National Park. It’s a great place to take a walk through some of bayou and swamp country. The under-visited park gets a few […]

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Immigration testing for sick passengers

Immigration authorities at some airports are now screening arriving passengers for illness. In the US, this is mostly being done by immigration officials using a human “visual check” method to assess signs of illness. While in Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said farm workers from Mexico will be checked for fever by two doctors and […]

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Alaska Airlines citing health concerns pulls pillows & blankets

Citing concerns about swine flu Alaska Airlines said it has removed pillows and blankets from all its planes. In addition staff are cleaning aircrafts overnight using disinfectant and sanitizer that contain what it called a “virus-killing” cleaner. “Aircraft arriving from Mexico are also receiving an additional, thorough interior surface cleaning before boarding for the next […]

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Paying for things abroad

I often get asked what the best way is to pay for things when traveling internationally. In the old days people used to use travelers checks, but those are dying out. Today people use credit cards for most major purchases and cash for smaller ones, just like we do on a daily basis at home. […]

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What would you like to read?

I haven’t been traveling much recently given the sorry state of the economy, so this blog hasn’t reflected lots of trips. Therefore I thought I’d reach out to you as readers and ask you what else you’d like to see here? Are there specific travel questions that you would like me to try and answer? […]

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Argentina

Recently a friend asked me for a summary of Argentina, so I thought that I’d share my comments here as well. These are quick notes and not a full article, but hopefully might be helpful for you. I went to Argentina in Nov 2005 and spent about 10 days there: 6 in Buenos Aires (BA), […]

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Sorry, buy a second seat

Recently there has been a lot of press about United’s decision to make larger passengers buy a second seat if the seat is full. Most of the blogosphere is saying that it seems fair and is about time, but some are saying it is offensive and discriminatory. You can see a range of comments here. […]

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More than a hassle…

Last month Massport, the operator of Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS), reported an outbreak of scabies amongst some of the TSA workers there. TSA has confirmed that 2 of its transportation safety officers (TSOs) were diagnosed and treated with the parasite, but went on to say that transfer to any passengers was highly unlikely. That seems […]

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Sydney Airport Brawl

Yesterday afternoon there was a huge brawl in the Sydney airport which resulted in the death of one man. Reports say that rival motorcycle gangs which have been warring throughout Sydney were the cause. It seems that a group of arriving bikers were ambushed by another gang waiting for them. About 15 men were involved […]

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Oslo

I went to Oslo for a weekend in August 2005. I had never been to Norway and it seemed like a small enough city to be able to comfortably visit for a long weekend. I also realized that going in August seemed reasonable, whereas I wouldn’t go most of the rest of the year due […]

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