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Bus Travel Gets ... Cool?

I'm the cheap bus girl (my first story for The Washington Post was a Greyhound/Washington Deluxe faceoff), the hostel girl, the who needs-a-change-of-clothes-while-traveling girl. I'm also rather fond of the Imperial -- one of the places to stay in New Delhi -- and when I randomly got upgraded to business...

By Anne McDonough | August 8, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (10)

Overloaded Camera Bag Seeks New Gadgets to Play With

In researching a piece for our upcoming Photo Contest issue (the winners of our annual contest will be announced in the Aug. 19 issue), I've come across a zillion and one "I want that" photo gadgets and gizmos. At Photojojo.com, for example, I fell in love with " target="new"> this...

By Anne McDonough | July 31, 2007; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wishing for WiFi?

Coming back from a weekend on the beach -- this is the 29th summer I've spent time on the Jersey Shore -- I got to thinking about how much has changed since I was a kid. When we got down to the beach in the morning and realized we'd forgotten...

By Anne McDonough | July 24, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (4)

Hot Summer in the City

To get to the Jersey Shore from Washington this weekend I took a 2 a.m. bus to New York's Chinatown, which was filled almost to capacity, and then walked from Forsyth and Division streets up to Port Authority, where I planned to catch an 8:30 a.m. bus to the shore....

By Anne McDonough | July 16, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

I'm Green. . .When It's Convenient

Wow. If the 1,041 people interviewed for a new survey that came across my desk can be taken to represent the American traveling public, we are not good citizens when it comes to being "green" on the road. The survey included questions that compared at-home green techniques (water conservation, turning...

By Anne McDonough | July 13, 2007; 09:24 AM ET | Comments (12)

Will Wonders Never Cease, Part 2

7/7/07 wasn't just the date that a desperate housewife and a basketball superstar got hitched in Paris . . . it's also when the results of the New Seven Wonders campaign were revealed in Lisbon. More than 100 million votes were cast by folks around the world in this people's...

By Anne McDonough | July 9, 2007; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

I'd Like To Thank...

In these times of passport office woes, canceled flights, summer and holiday traffic and other lovely travel detritus I just want to give a great big shout out to a certain conductor on a recent Amtrak train. I am many things, but I am not a leaver of things on...

By Anne McDonough | July 3, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where to, Uncle Sam?

On our weekly online chat on Monday, someone posed a really simple but good question: Where, relatively locally, have you not yet been but always wanted to visit? That got me thinking about visiting Cape Cod or Martha's Vineyard, two places I've of course heard lots about but never had...

By Anne McDonough | June 26, 2007; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (21)

Wedding Travel 101

The past two weekends I've traveled to Princeton, N.J., and Charleston, S.C., for fabulous family weddings; this time last year I was two down, four to go by September. For 2004-2005, it was somewhere in the ballpark of eight weddings throughout the year, and myriad bridesmaid duties so put the...

By Anne McDonough | June 19, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

On the Road with . . . Borat?

I usually travel with Lonely Planet or Rough Guide titles, and sometimes with a nonfiction book about the place I'm traveling. (I should be careful about that; on last month's trip to China I brought along the fascinating "China Syndrome," by Karl Taro Greenfeld, and scared myself silly thinking about...

By Anne McDonough | June 12, 2007; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

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; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (28)

Nonstop Flights for Fun

Thanks to a nonstop flight on Spirit Air from Atlantic City to Las Vegas that debuted last week, folks can let loose, on the same day and with as little disruption as possible, in the two gambling capitals of the U.S. Personally I can hardly think of a less fulfilling...

By Anne McDonough | May 10, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (7)

Return to Egypt or Bust

Egypt wants its bust back! According to this report, the director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities has requested a loan from Germany of a 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, in order for it to be displayed at the planned Grand Egyptian Museum, near the site of the Great Pyramids...

By Anne McDonough | May 1, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Language Lessons

Anyone who has attempted to learn how to write hanzi (Chinese characters) can appreciate how difficult it can be. Characters are made up of various strokes; get one tiny dot or stroke wrong and your intended word takes on a whole new meaning and very often turns up gibberish--though to...

By Anne McDonough | April 24, 2007; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (8)

What's New at U.S. Airports

Airport tidbits: * Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is apparently now the country's first "Model Port," as designated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The idea is to combine continued safety measures with some welcoming features, such as multilingual signage and videos in an effort to increase the...

By Anne McDonough | April 10, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Get Ready, Get Set . . . Shoot!

It's that time of year again...spring fever sets in (though it's so cold here in Washington today! Bring back the balmy weather!) and we announce the rules for our annual Travel Photo Contest. The winning photos get prime real estate in the Travel section this August, and also will be...

By Anne McDonough | April 5, 2007; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Anne Frank's Tree

I, like many, found a visit to the Anne Frank House a really tough, moving rite of passage when I visited Amsterdam a few years ago. Amidst the art and the bicycles and the open spirit of the city, experiencing the museum (in the building where she hid from the...

By Anne McDonough | March 29, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dead People Flying

It's never happened to me (knock on wood) so I know I shouldn't judge...but the response of a passenger who woke up to find a corpse in the seat next to him on a British Airways flight from Delhi to Heathrow seemed awfully callous to me. This story relates how...

By Anne McDonough | March 19, 2007; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (30)

Photo Finish

One of the best parts of traveling is finding new subjects to shoot. I don't know what it says about me, but I look at what's in front of me so much more intently when I have a camera in hand; details and colors take on a whole new meaning...

By Anne McDonough | March 19, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Calculated Risks

This report from the Associated Press suggests that our daily jobs might be more dangerous than traveling . . . at least when it comes to deep vein thrombosis. Which got me thinking. Not about blood clots per se (fascinating though they are) but about what can be perceived as...

By Anne McDonough | March 13, 2007; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Travelers, Check Your Watches

Daylight Saving Time hits us with an extra hour of sunlight early this year: This Sunday (March 11) at 2 a.m., we spring ahead one hour. Oh what a lovely euphemism for losing an hour of precious sleep on a weekend! So if you're flying from the States this weekend,...

By Anne McDonough | March 9, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Late Night with the City That Never Sleeps

Starting tomorrow (March 1), the observatory at the Empire State Building will remain open until 2 a.m. every night of the week. Since June 22, the extended hours have been offered on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and, according to a press release, have had the lovely effect of reducing...

By Anne McDonough | February 28, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Travelers Aid Wants YOU

How many times have I arrived in a strange place only to have a friendly face point me in the right direction! It's karma; my father volunteered with Travelers Aid International as a college kid, making an introduction to the Big Apple just that much more welcoming for immigrants and...

By Anne McDonough | February 20, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Airport News . . . Get Your Airport News

Just in time for the Presidents' Day holiday, BWI started another parking promotion yesterday: Coupons available on the airport's site will get you parking for no more than $9 a day at the Express Parking lot. The promotion is set to last through May 15, but who knows-the airport's other...

By Anne McDonough | February 16, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Oh, The Things You've Seen

Sure, I'm not a fan of taking off my shoes at security (I do it without complaint but feel badly for those who have to take a whiff of my shoeless feet). But I can't imagine getting so irked by any security measure as to follow the example set by...

By Anne McDonough | February 13, 2007; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Phone Home? No Thanks

When I studied abroad in northeast China, we would spend hours waiting for our Hotmail or Yahoo accounts to load up, and every other week I'd use a phone card to call home (and then hang up once someone answered so they could call back; it was cheaper that way)....

By Anne McDonough | February 6, 2007; 09:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Will Wonders Ever Cease?

You've probably heard something about the move to pick a new set of Seven Wonders (for a fun way to test your knowledge of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World -- I flunked -- go to this site). The Associated Press recently reported that Egypt (home to the only...

By Anne McDonough | January 31, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strike, Out: British Airways Reinstates All Flights

Those booked on British Airways can breathe a sigh of relief: According to a press release issued this afternoon, all British Airways flights will be reinstated tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 30, as the threatened cabin crew strike was called off. But there's still some fine print you need to be aware...

By Anne McDonough | January 29, 2007; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Penny For Your Thoughts on the Demise of the Dime Museum and Its Ilk

Say it ain't so. We were alerted by fax to the closure -- this time for good -- of Baltimore's American Dime Museum, that small repository dedicated to "variety and novelty entertainment, including burlesque, carnival, circus, street magic, old-time medicine shows and vaudeville entertainment." No hoax, this: The museum's official...

By Anne McDonough | January 26, 2007; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (7)

Cheap Bus to NY: Phishing Scam Alert

If you're one of the many folks who use the cheap so-called Chinatown buses between Washington and New York, you might have received an intriguing email on Friday, an offer for further discounts on 2007 travel to thank you for your patronage in 2006. The catch? The email, from "Gotobus....

By Anne McDonough | January 22, 2007; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pretty as a Picture, But Not Quite So Accurate

Last week, Reuters reported something that made this photo researcher's blood run cold. Royal Nepal Airlines printed a poster to encourage tourism to Nepal. Sounds fine, right? Only the poster featured an image of Machu Picchu -- the Inca ruins in Peru. Oops....

By Anne McDonough | January 18, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Anne McDonough

Editorial aide Anne McDonough has camped on the Great Wall, trained with the Shaolin monks and backpacked through Asia and Europe, thrives on cheap eats and sleeps around the world. And yes, this born-and-bred New Yorker has a driver's license...

By | December 8, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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