Postcard from Dublin

DUBLIN, Ireland — On the day we arrived, the tourism board in Kilkenny was holding a training program for workers in the hospitality trade. Among the bits of advice: Never say “no”; always say “no problem.” And this: Look a visitor in the eye, but not for too long, lest he feel intimidated. Try to…

Water Bottle Filling Stations Coming to Airports

(MCT)—The next big travel accessory could be a reusable water bottle. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is installing about 52 free water bottle refilling stations over the next month throughout the concourses and terminals. It’s a way to address two issues: The airport security liquids ban that forces travelers to dump beverages before passing through a checkpoint…

Your Ever-Vigilant Friends at the NSA

Raging Moderate, by Will Durst Dear U.S. Citizen, Please accept our most egregiously sincere apologies for the difficulties and inconveniences the secret monitoring of your phone records and email and GPS units and foreign travel and bank accounts and yes, even your snail mail has evidently caused. Daryl Cagle / Cagle Cartoons (click to view…

Top Secret Tips for Saving Money in London

Whether you live there or you’re just visiting, London is an expensive place and considerably more so than the rest of old Blightey. Not only do you face inflated costs in London whether you’re buying a drink or a house, but the sheer range of things to see and do also make it very hard…

7 Ways to Cut Cost on Airfare

By Barbara Pronin Frequent flyer miles aside – because, as many of us have learned, they may not be available when we need or want them – there are other ways to ensure you get the best possible price on air travel. From Scott Gamm of TheStreet.com, here are five ways you can try: Talk…

10 Travel Tips to Get Your Family Road Ready

As we approach the traditional kick-off of the summer travel season, Rand McNally ‘s editors have compiled a list of Top 10 travel tips to keep the “Are We There Yet’s?” at bay. These easy-to-implement suggestions will help keep families and friends road-ready instead of road-weary. At Home #1: Engage everyone in the planning. If…

The Health Risks of International Travel and How to Prepare

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that over 900 million international journeys are taken each year. Although many of these happen without a hitch, it’s always smart to be aware of potential health risks and take preventative measures to stay happy and healthy while preparing for and enjoying an international destination. Environmental Risks Factors like…

Why Can’t We All Travel To Cuba?

Earlier this month, entertainers Jay-Z and Beyoncé were given a license by the US government to travel to Cuba. Because it is not otherwise legal for Americans to travel to Cuba, this trip was only permitted as a “cultural exchange” by the US Treasury Department. Many suspect that the permission was granted at least partly…

Fly Through The Airport Like A Celebrity

NEW YORK — Cutting lines at airports used to be only for the rich, famous or very frequent fliers. But then airlines started granting fast-track access to anybody with the right credit card or who was willing to shell out a few extra dollars. Now, with the masses clogging up special security and boarding lanes,…

The Worst Airline In America Is…

WASHINGTON — Virgin America did the best job for its customers among leading U.S. airlines last year, a report said Monday, as carriers overall had their second best performance in the more than the two decades since researchers began measuring quality of service. The report ranked the 14 largest U.S. airlines based on on-time arrivals,…

Cruise into Your Very Own Caribbean Paradise

So you’ve always dreamed of sailing around the Caribbean on your own private yacht. Setting your own itinerary, mooring on deserted sandy beaches and watching sunsets from your private deck. This article explores some of the ways this dream can become a reality without winning the lottery. All-inclusive crew yachts The option for complete luxury…