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Inaugural Exodus

The following is a special message for all you clever types who, for whatever reason, are getting out of Dodge and planning to enjoy the inaugural festivities in some exotic, stress-free locale, fruity drink in hand: Don't come back. Not yet, that is. Not for at least a few days....

By Christina Talcott | January 16, 2009; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Prep, Again

Allow me to indulge in just alittle more Inauguration talk. With houseguests coming, I've got groceries to buy, floors to mop and sofabeds to make, not to mention coordinating plans for Tuesday morning. Braving the cold and crowds to be on the Mall for the swearing-in may seem like lunacy,...

By Christina Talcott | January 15, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

What's in a Name?

Welcome back! I hope you had a nice Christmas, Hanukkah and/or start to Kwanzaa last week, and all your holiday travels went smoothly. Yesterday I read with great interest this story in the Outlook section by Juan Fernando Gómez. Gomez is a Colombian-born international development consultant who keeps getting stopped...

By Christina Talcott | December 29, 2008; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

It Came From the Chat: Summer Savings Tips, Part 2

You know what I love about our Monday chats? Every week, the participants share travel tips and information with each other. There are usually four or more Travel staffers answering questions, and we can usually answer questions authoritatively and at a rapid-fire pace. But sometimes what the chatters themselves advise...

By Christina Talcott | May 13, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

San Diego Shark Attack: Is It Safe to Go Back in the Water?

Last Friday, the Pacific waters off San Diego County were roiled after a shark attacked and killed a retired veterinarian and triathlete. An online report from the San Diego Union-Tribune says experts have confirmed that the predator was a great white shark. (During an autopsy, great white teeth were recovered...

By Andrea Sachs | April 30, 2008; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Checking In: How to Get a Better Room

Imagine yourself in the following situation. Your flight's just been canceled and you've been given a voucher entitling you to a free night's stay at the Red Roof Inn near LAX airport. (I know, pinch yourself!) Just before you enter the property, you notice that one side of the hotel...

By Scott Vogel | April 10, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Park Watch: Beware of Kilauea

If you're headed to Hawaii in the next couple of days, congratulations are in order. But if your destination is the Big Island, be aware that a new eruption at the Kilauea volcano continues to cause some disruptions at Volcanoes National Park. It's the first eruption since 1982. According to...

By John Deiner | March 21, 2008; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Travel Chow: Peanuts, Pretzels or . . . Matzoh?

Next time you're on a flight and bored, play the kosher game. This is how it works: Choose a food item offered by the airlines and guess if it is kosher or not. Then, let Rabbi Safran of the Orthodox Union, a New York-based Jewish organization, shock you with his...

By Andrea Sachs | March 4, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Fare Play in a D.C. Cab?

I haven't flown out of Reagan National in quite some time, but a few weeks ago, I was surprised to step into the cab line and -- just before a taxi whisked me away -- be given the sheet of paper you see here. On it is listed the approximate...

By John Deiner | February 25, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: You, Freezing Rain and Canceled Flights

Not more snow, sleet and freezing rain! The forecast is ominous, and having traveled through the last round a week ago, I feel for anyone traveling in the next 36 hours who may have concerns about whether their flights, or connecting flights, will get off the ground. Let's say they...

By John Deiner | February 21, 2008; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Way to Go: Our Annual Travel Guide

We know, we know. Between airline shenanigans, exorbitant fares, confusing passport requirements, rising fuel costs, terrorist threats and snarky security agents, it's a wonder we all don't stay home. But despite all the above disincentives, we go, because travel is worth it. And to make your next trip go a...

By K.C. Summers | February 1, 2008; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Hurricanes: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Winds?

So, no ill winds blew our way during this year's hurricane season, which ends today. But how scary is that for the future? There's an interesting wrapup on the season -- which caused mayhem in the tropics (more than 200 people died from the 14 storms that formed, and back-to-back...

By John Deiner | November 30, 2007; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the 3-1-1?

The cockeyed optimist in me has found something to love about the TSA regulations on liquids in carry-ons. The whole enterprise is a chance to marry my love of traveling with my zeal for repurposing, and it all started with pimples and mouthwash. I'd been traveling a bunch in the...

By Christina Talcott | November 26, 2007; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (6)

French Transit Strike, Part Deux: What You Need to Know

Got a trip to Paris planned, or already there and wondering how to get around in light of the latest transit strike? Our intrepid correspondent Gayle Keck has been making her way -- on foot -- around the French capital today, and filed this report: Today was a lovely day...

By K.C. Summers | November 14, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Driving Abroad: A Cautionary Tale

Readers of our Coming and Going column might remember an item from last month: A Fort Washington man was able to rent a EuroCar in Spain with just a Maryland driving license, but when Spanish police stopped him they said he couldn't drive another inch because he didn't have an...

By Cindy Loose | October 10, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hurricane Season: Too Risky for Caribbean Travel?

This year should bring a more stormy hurricane season to the Caribbean than 2006, by the account of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In all, we should expect 13 to 17 named storms, seven to 10 hurricanes and three to five major hurricanes, NOAA said in its annual...

By Gary Lee | July 19, 2007; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Survival Tips From the Pros

Our inbox clogs up with travel survival tips this time of year, most of them of the "duh" variety. Don't pack expensive or essential items in your checked luggage. Go easy on the alcohol when flying. Make sure your carry-on will fit in the overhead. Ho hum. But the new...

By K.C. Summers | June 29, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (17)

 

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