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Archive for January, 2010

Take the Stress Out of Travel

By Linda Tancs

Taxis, touts, ATMs, currency conversions, visa requirements….It’s enough to make you want to stay home peacefully rather than pull your hair out.  Relax, there’s a way to take the stress out of travel.  Although it may seem like a misnomer, IHateTaxis helps you find the right transportation (taxis included) to your hotel door worldwide and gives other helpful information to you, too, with country profiles.

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A Suite Makeover

By Linda Tancs

Haven’t you always wanted your cruise cabin to feel more like home sweet home?  Crystal Cruises has updated its Symphony suites to include floor-to-ceiling windows, dining space, tech gadgets and–the pièce de résistance–an all crystal pedestal sink in the powder room.  Let’s be crystal clear–this is high luxe on the high seas.

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Help for Haiti

By Linda Tancs

Thoughts and prayers are with those in Haiti and their loved ones as well as with relief workers seeking to do good works amidst such severe devastation.  Godspeed to them all.  Here’s a list of relief organizations to which readers may direct their thoughts or efforts, compiled by NBC.

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Old Charm in Crete

By Linda Tancs

Rethymno, one of the four provinces of Crete, is its third largest city, offering views of the White Mountains in the West and Mount Psiloritis in the East.   There’s more to this metropolis than meets the eye, however.  In fact, there’s plenty of retro in this metro.  Consider the postcard-perfect harbor with its wooden boats.  Or the cobbled streets.  Or the fortress in the old town section, built by the Turks to protect against invaders.  Not to mention the Venetian-style mansions.  All this and great beaches, too.  Festival season starts later this month, so start packing.  Ferries depart daily from Athens.

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Consumer Reports for Travelers

By Linda Tancs

Anyone who has ever been stranded on an airplane for multiple hours may appreciate the new regulations to take effect requiring airlines to limit tarmac delays and provide basic necessities onboard.  These regulations, however, won’t require airlines to post complaint data on their Web sites.  For that you should check the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report.  There you’ll find a host of information concerning flight delays, mishandled baggage, oversales, consumer complaints related to disability or discrimination, customer service reports to the Transportation Security Administration, and reports related to the loss, injury or death of animals.  Check out the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, too, for more information.

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Body Scans at Airports Cause Consternation

By Linda Tancs

In light of recent terror threats against the U.S., the Government has renewed interest in the full body scanners deployed in limited release among U.S. airports as previously reported in this blog.  Moreover, the Government has requested that international airports around the world adopt the devices as well.  London Heathrow will reportedly begin using the machines.  Reports from France indicate that the machines will also be in use in some of their airports, initially to search U.S.-bound travelers.  Contrary to fears, officials report that the machines do not emit harmful radiation and are safe for pregnant women and those with cancer in their health profile.  Of course, health is only one concern; the prospect of one’s contours being up for public inspection has private advocates reeling.  Are you ready for your close-up?  Let’s hear the views–pro and con.

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Traffic Tickets Across Borders

By Linda Tancs

As many international travelers know, vehicular traffic is controlled or limited in many areas.  Woe to the international driver who unwittingly enters a restricted zone.  In some countries, such as Italy, a traffic citation could appear in your mailbox as much as two years after your journey!  That’s because the 360-day notice period there doesn’t run until the car rental company notifies the police of the driver’s identity.  And that notification could take some time.  You can thank those roadside cameras for giving you up to the authorities.  So you better learn to read those signs (like “zona traffico limitato”).  Forewarned is forearmed.

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