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The Monday Rant: Air Wars, Part II

Let me see if I've got this straight. Airport security lines are longer than ever, flights are more expensive than ever, planes are more crowded than ever and more often delayed than ever. Meanwhile, a second checked bag costs more, food costs more, legroom costs more. And best of all,...

By Scott Vogel | April 14, 2008; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (15)

Monday Rant: The Conductor, the Train Car and the Cell Phone

About a month ago, my parents were on an overnight Amtrak train from Greenville, S.C., to Washington, D.C. The train left Greenville at 11 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Union Station at 10 a.m. Though they hadn't reserved a sleeper car, when they got on the train, the...

By Christina Talcott | March 10, 2008; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (26)

The Monday Rant: Dulles, Metro . . . and Me

A sampling of this week's sales: United, $213 to San Juan. Jet Blue, $199 to Vegas. Air France, $552 to Madrid. You know what all those fare have in common? They leave from Dulles. And you know what that means? If you're without a car, you'd have to beg a...

By Christina Talcott | January 28, 2008; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (45)

Security Lines for Early Flights: A Rude Awakening

When I have a 6 a.m. international flight from Dulles, I expect: 1. No traffic. 2. Easy parking in the airport lot. 3. No security lines. 4. Hot coffee at the concession stand. I was right on three of four accounts; I totally miscalculated on No. 3. Last Friday, I...

By Andrea Sachs | October 11, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (7)

Autumn Colors: Leaf Me Out of It

First, the good news: According to the Vermont Department of Marketing and Tourism, the foliage way up north is looking pretty sharp these days. Here's I learned from a press release received on Thursday afternoon: "The color change is accelerating rapidly at the higher elevations along the spine of the...

By John Deiner | September 24, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cutting in Line

Last time I checked, many months ago, authorities at Reagan National, Dulles and BWI airports were considering a Registered Travelers program -- the mechanism by which you pay about $100, agree to provide info like fingerprints or eye scans, then go through an expedited security line at the airport. Called...

By Cindy Loose | September 12, 2007; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (15)

What Happens in Vegas... Your Kids Shouldn't See

Even for me, two visits to Las Vegas in five weeks was a bit much. But there I was for various reasons, in late July and early September. And a question that's been in the back of my mind for ages finally burst forth: Why do parents bring kids to...

By John Deiner | September 6, 2007; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (32)

Zip-less Rental Cars

When renting a car, I am hardly an auto snob. Though I'd love a GPS to help me navigate foreign roads and an iPod hookup for my road-trip soundtrack, my only real requisites are four tires and at least two doors. I don't need a roof or a European pedigree,...

By Andrea Sachs | August 28, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (19)

Turn It Down

Earlier this week I headed to a fabulous swimming pool with a faux sandy beach at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay with thoughts of relaxing with a book, with hopes of falling into a well-deserved nap after getting up in time to see the sun rise over the Grand Canyon....

By Cindy Loose | June 13, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Snakes a Problem?

A friend whose brother lives in Thailand promised to contact him for advice on where, besides the obvious, well-known places, I should visit on an upcoming trip. Yesterday he came back with info on his favorite place, which he has visited repeatedly: Kao Yai National Park, and most particularly, a...

By Cindy Loose | May 30, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Black History Month: An Anachronism?

Now that February, officially designated as Black History Month, is past, I have been reflecting on whether it is an anachronism. This year, as always, some extraordinary events have been staged commemorating the occasion. The offerings, ranging from the Pan African film festival in L.A. to a reenactment of a...

By Gary Lee | March 6, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (16)

The Master That Must Be Obeyed. Grrrrrr!

Ticketmaster may be the most aptly named organization in the country. They ARE the masters. And travelers are their slaves. Or maybe victims is a better word. It's hard enough to avoid Ticketmaster's usurious fingers even in your hometown (although I've been known to Metro all the way to RFK...

By Steve Hendrix | March 2, 2007; 02:32 PM ET | Comments (0)


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