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Embark on Virtual Field Trips

How badly is the recession hitting our pocketbooks, you ask? "TRAVEL BUDGET TIGHT? TAKE KIDS ON VIRTUAL TOURS." So announces a press release from MeetMeAtTheCorner.org, a Web site that hosts 3- to 4-minute video clips it likes to call virtual field trips. The interesting wrinkle here is that while each...

By Christina Talcott | December 18, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

What Not to Pack

If you think you've heard it all, wait till you hear what someone packed while traveling through a New York airport: Yesterday morning, JetBlue had to evacuate a terminal at JFK because officials found suspicious items in someone's checked luggage. What were they? According to Reuters, they were "a couple...

By Christina Talcott | September 23, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

It Came From the Chat: Adventures in Eating

This week's chat revealed as lot about our readers' tastes -- literally -- when we asked for stories of the weirdest thing people ever ate on a trip. Less than an hour later, we were knee-deep in kudu jerky and putrid sharks (well, not literally). Here are a few of...

By Christina Talcott | June 3, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

When in Venice: Feed the Birds, Tuppence (and 1,000 Bucks) a Bag

In pigeon advocacy circles, these are perilous times indeed. For one thing, the birds have been targeted by local governments around the world, many of them tourist hot spots like New York, London, Los Angeles and now ... Venice. Buying a bag of bread crumbs and feeding the winged residents...

By Scott Vogel | May 7, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

It Came From the Chat: Unnecessary Baggage

You never know what's going to strike a nerve during our weekly chat. On Monday's chat, we asked for stories of completely unnecessary things people had taken with them on trips, and we got some interesting responses -- go ahead, pretend you can't relate. Here are some of our favorites:...

By Christina Talcott | April 2, 2008; 01:01 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Grunge Report: One Dirty Hotel in Lancaster, Pa.

Once upon a time, amid the bucolic splendor of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, there was an awful little hotel called the Days Inn Lancaster. Actually, "awful" is too weak a word. Godawful is more like it. The Days Inn, unlike most others in the hotel chain's stable of properties, was the...

By Scott Vogel | March 5, 2008; 07:14 AM ET | Comments (11)

Baby, Say 'Cheese' for the State Department

You're never too young to travel. But first, you have to learn to sit all by yourself. That was the lesson my sister recently learned when she brought Kate, then five weeks old, to have her passport photo snapped. Lisa, her husband and itty-bitty Kate are traveling to Italy in...

By Andrea Sachs | February 21, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

The Odd File: Honey, Did You Pack the Cat?

If you've ever mistakenly grabbed someone else's bag off the airport carousel, it can be quite a shock when you get home, open your luggage and realize: Hey, that isn't my underwear! You might think the hotel laundry botched your order. Or, if you're returning from Vegas, you may wonder...

By Andrea Sachs | January 24, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (36)

The Odd File: In Florida, the Trip of a Lifetime

Travelers often chatter on about where they want to go before they die. But what about where to go after you die? Yes, the travel industry is now marketing to the afterlife. No refunds, of course. At the forefront of Postmortem Travel is the Nepture Society, a cremation company based...

By Andrea Sachs | January 15, 2008; 07:33 AM ET | Comments (13)

Are You More Stupider Than a Fifth-Grader?

Oh, Kellie Pickler, you poor "American Idol" also-ran. I don't watch "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" on Fox, but boy . . . you just have to love this clip of Pickler on the show. I understand that she may not know what Budapest is the capital of,...

By John Deiner | December 12, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

In NYC, a Room With No Loo

Even I was sort of grossed out when I was telling folks about my plans for my visit earlier this week to the Big Apple: I'd be staying two nights (two nights!) in hotel rooms featuring shared baths. Years ago (okay, maybe a decade or two ago) I was happy...

By John Deiner | October 5, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (6)

Southwest and Revealing Outfits, Part Deux

Another one? She hasn't exactly seized the nation's attention like Kyla Ebbert, who was told by Southwest Airlines recently that she was dressed too skankily to fly (she adjusted her clothes and was permitted to take a seat), but a second flier targeted by the airline has surfaced. According to...

By John Deiner | September 12, 2007; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (17)

Global Guy Can Dance -- in D.C.

Matt, where the hell have you been? I only ask because, when Matt Harding and I last talked for a Travel article in October, the then-30-year-old was living in Seattle, recovering from a months-long, gum company-sponsored trip to seven continents, where he performed a little jig alongside elephants in Botswana,...

By Andrea Sachs | September 11, 2007; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Monkey See, Monkey Do Fly

The Transportation Security Administration can unearth a corkscrew buried in a mound of clothes, a piece of wire in a bra and a rusty-old Swiss Army knife that couldn't even cut through pudding. Yet the agency can't find a monkey on a man's head. Here's the news, and it's a...

By Andrea Sachs | August 10, 2007; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Passports in Hot, Cold Water

By design and purpose, passports take a lot of beating. They get tossed into luggage haphazardly, manhandled by immigration officers wielding large stamps and sometimes jettisoned into a busy road in Tijuana (sorry, dear passport, I blame the tequila). Now, we can add to the list of bad treatment the...

By Andrea Sachs | July 11, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Hey, Look! It's, Uh, Andy Dick

Admit it: You still get a kick when you unexpectedly spot a celebrity when you travel. Sometimes, even if the trip is fantastic for any number of reasons, you'll start conversations years from now with, "Hey, remember when we saw Charo in Disney World?" Happened to me recently in San...

By John Deiner | July 6, 2007; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

What About the Munsters?!?

It's one of the goofier polls to be zapped into my e-inbox in a long time, but I have to tell you: It made me think more than I wanted to about its results. According to the email, "Access America partnered with IPSOS Public Affairs to survey Americans about summer...

By John Deiner | July 2, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kitsch and Tell, Part Two

A few months back, I shared some news from Hampton Hotels -- that 2007 was dubbed the year of the "World's Largest Landmarks." In short, the company is working to restore some of those giant roadside eyesores (chairs, elephants, etc.) that we all love so much. Okay, not everyone loves...

By John Deiner | May 25, 2007; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Put Down That Cell Phone

Here's some breaking news from Orbitz: We hate to fly. Wow, who saw that coming? That's the less than shocking result of an Orbitz Travel Survey conducted in late March by the Ipsos Public Affairs Project. According to an Associated Press report, "Asked to cite their 'most problematic' trip experiences,...

By John Deiner | April 17, 2007; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (9)

Careful Where You Cough

Is it fair to kick someone off a flight for coughing? That's what happened to a Hawaii teenager who was on a class trip to New York. As reported in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Rachel Collier, 16, had a coughing fit when her Continental Airlines flight from Newark was about to...

By K.C. Summers | March 30, 2007; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (4)

Public Indecency on Amtrak

I took Amtrak to New York City last weekend and, for me, riding the train is like a good soak in a spa. I find the soft rumble relaxing, as I catch up on my reading or simply space out without frequent "fasten your seatbelt" announcements or bumping beverage carts...

By Andrea Sachs | March 28, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alternative Uses for Barf Bags

Are there circumstances dire enough to justify discreet but public urination in the air? That is the question raised by a report in the Salt Lake Tribune. The pilot of a SkyWest Airlines flight had declared the restroom off-limits on a flight from Boise to Salt Lake City because a...

By Cindy Loose | March 26, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (52)

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)

Porn Convention Riles Reykjavik

Either no one in Austria realized that online pornographers were holding a convention there last year, or no one cared. The citizens of Iceland are taking quite a different view. According to Travel Wire News, many Icelanders who read about this year's planned convention for early March in Reykjavik were...

By Cindy Loose | February 26, 2007; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (13)

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)

 

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