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Archive: February 2009

Insta Q&A: Turquoise Coast Is a Turkish Delight

My only regret after spending 10 fantastic days in Turkey last fall is that I didn't experience it by sea. Between the mosques and mystery of Istanbul and the country's spectacularly beautiful interior, I just ran out of time. Reader Carol Stern, on the other hand, is planning a visit...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bird Strikes, Cell Phones on Planes, Refunds and More

Here are some of the latest flying-related stories, big and small: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... Avian Radar! The Seattle-Tacoma Airport is the first airport in the world to install avian radar. The goal is to detect bird movements to avoid avian collisions like the kind that caused...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too Bad Waterford Didn't Make Crystal Balls

For years, visitors to Dublin have been taking side trips (and getting lost on the way, it must be admitted) to the town of Waterford, 100 miles south. Its presence on the Irish dance card was attributable in large part to the world-famous crystal company located there and especially the...

By Christina Talcott | February 18, 2009; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

Get Movin': Travel Deals, Contests

* If you're thinking of heading to Killington, Vt., to ski, take a look at the resort's Web site first. The Killington Deal Grabber offers lift tickets for $50 beginning at 8 a.m. Monday (Feb. 16) for travel the week of Feb . 21-27. Walk-up rates start at $77 for...

By Carol Sottili | February 16, 2009; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Hooking a Fishing Guide

Not being a fisherperson, it's hard for me to appreciate the lure of salmon fishing in Alaska -- but I can definitely appreciate the results. Salmon's not only delicious, it's one of the most healthful foods you can eat. And since the fish is also apparently a lot of fun...

By Christina Talcott | February 13, 2009; 7:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Forbes Magazine Names America's Most Miserable Cities

Every year, Forbes Magazine crunches numbers and comes up with what it deems the "most miserable" cities in the U.S. This year's list holds a few surprises. But first, here's an explanation of the method: We compiled our rankings by looking at the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the...

By Christina Talcott | February 12, 2009; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

EasyHotel: Easy on the Wallet

Everyone knows about EasyJet, the low-cost European airline with a penchant for the color orange that's giving major carriers a run for their money across the pond. But what about EasyHotel? The good news is that it's run by the same folks, the bad news is that the rooms have...

By Christina Talcott | February 12, 2009; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (4)

All Aboard: $1 Bus Tickets to New York

Tripper Bus is the latest discount bus service to offer rides for as little as $1 each way to New York. The bus will begin making the trip Feb. 13. It'll go between Manhattan (34th Street and the northwest corner of 7th Avenue) and Bethesda (7525 Old Georgetown Rd., between...

By Carol Sottili | February 6, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (5)

Insta Q&A: Electronics Enigma

True story: A few years back, while traveling in Italy, I plunged my entire hotel into darkness by plugging my hairdryer into the wrong kind of outlet, or something. Luckily, it was a small hotel. Anyway, I can definitely relate to the question we recently received from Nancey Parker of...

By Christina Talcott | February 4, 2009; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Severe Weather Shuts Down British Airports

While President Obama scoffed at Washington area schools closing because of snow last week, nearly all of Great Britain took a snow day on Monday after the biggest snowstorm in decades. Men create a giant snowball in Kensington Gardens in London. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) Even London's famed Underground had problems...

By Christina Talcott | February 2, 2009; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

 

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