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Archive: June 3, 2007 - June 9, 2007

Passport Reprieve

Inundated with complaints and angry would-be travelers afraid they'll have to stay home because their passports are so late in arriving, the U.S. State Department yesterday came up with a temporary solution for at least some Americans: From now until the end of September, American citizens who applied for passports...

By Cindy Loose | June 8, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Best Beach Is in . . .

. . . North Carolina! At least that's what Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach" (where do you go to school for that degree anyhow?), was set to announce today. We received a press release late yesterday (from North Carolina tourism, natch) heralding the fact that Ocracoke Island, on the...

By John Deiner | June 8, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (6)

Best Beds for the Buck

Consumer Reports has just released its tally of hotels that offer the best value. These are the results of a 2006 survey of 35,000 CR subscribers. They spent a total of 139,000 nights in hotels. The respondents nominated what they found to be the best hotel deals, determined by value,...

By Gary Lee | June 6, 2007; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

Passport Horror Stories

Pity the poor State Department -- or not? After Congress decreed that Americans would have to have a passport for all flights out of the country, the State Department added staff, expanded hours and pulled retirees into active duty. When it still couldn't keep up with demand, it hired more...

By Cindy Loose | June 6, 2007; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (37)

Tourist Trap or Trip Highlight?

Last month I sat in a large auditorium at the Shanghai Centre Theater, one of many, many Western tourists there to see a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe. Tickets cost $24 (the most I've ever paid for entertainment in China, where you can invite six people out for dinner...

By Anne McDonough | June 5, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (28)

Germs in the Air

It's hard to know where to start with the TB Guy and the poor hapless travelers who sat near him on his transatlantic flights. Leaving aside from the question of whether or not Andrew Speaker was told not to fly by the CDC, how contagious he thought he was, etc.,...

By K.C. Summers | June 4, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (16)

 

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