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August 28, 2009

“ALONE: In bad company.” — Ambrose Bierce, “The Devil’s Dictionary,” circa 1900 “Why don’t you write something on your blog about traveling alone?” Renee said. Single travel is the ultimate form of independent travel. It may not be an “issu.../ ➝

August 26, 2009

For travelers, ATMs have supplanted the old travelers check. But if you’re not careful, sneaky bank fees will put the bite on your finances! Travelers checks? That’s so 20th century! Before leaving home, you stand in line at your bank to trade your cash for a fistful of checks, each of w.../ ➝

August 21, 2009

An aerial Cold War relic from the former East Germany lands near Amsterdam…as a hotel for capitalists. Maybe it’s because I’m only recently back from Germany. Maybe it’s because my ventures into the former East Berlin left me feeling as if not all of the Cold War chill has fu.../ ➝

August 21, 2009

That’s how fast this city gets into your system. It might happen the first time you walk along the Thames and catch a glimpse of the world-renowned silhouette of the Houses of Westminster and its clock tower, Big Ben, or the Tower Bridge or the Tower of London. It might happen when you first pull .../ ➝

August 18, 2009

Want to get to the root of our Christmas traditions? Don’t bother with the Holy Land or the North Pole. Head for France, the birthplace of a delightful European tradition called the Christmas market. Okay, so you know all about Christmas, but do you know where the bulk of your Christmas tradit.../ ➝

August 15, 2009

The rules for tipping vary according to where you are in the world. You can save yourself some embarrassment — and some change — by learning them before you go. So I go into a San Diego ice cream shop, and sitting on top of the display case is the usual jar for tips. Only […].../ ➝

August 13, 2009

Marketing gimmick or a genuine bargain? Maybe both! The weekend after Labor Day is the start of one of the “shoulder seasons,” one of those periods between holidays when people don’t travel as much and things take a downturn for the travel industry, especially the airlines. JetBlue.../ ➝

August 11, 2009

“Poverty tourism or poorism, also known as township tourism or slumming [1] is a type of tourism, in which tourists travel to less developed places to observe people living in poverty.[2”] — from Wikipedia Okay, help me out here, because I don’t know which side of this issue .../ ➝

August 8, 2009

See Venice and die? Maybe. See Venice and lose your mind? If you’re photographer, definitely. Whether you’re a photographer, or just a wannabe like me, you can go nuts in Venice. The reason is simple: There is a good shot, or a great one, just about everywhere you look, in any direction,.../ ➝

August 8, 2009

Some parting impressions left by one of the great capitals of Europe: As large as Berlin is, its traffic doesn’t seem to be as dreadful as that of London or as perilous as that of Paris or Rome. A cyclist can get around Berlin without feeling he’s taking his life in his hands. Speaking o.../ ➝