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Aug 14

Hotel Commonwealth: The Best Hotel In Boston

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I’ve decided to do something a little different today, and that’s do a hotel review. This one is an update of one that I did last year, but the hotel deserves it. Hotel Commonwealth may be the best hotel in Boston and you’ve likely never heard of it. Enjoy. For years, I drove by the …

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Aug 10

Seniors, Get Your National Parks Lifetime Pass Now

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They tell me that there’s no inflation these days, but that’s not going to be true for much longer as the National Park Service increases the price of its senior lifetime pass from $10 to $80 on August 28. If you don’t have one, now’s the time. See The Country for $10 The National Park …

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Jul 29

US Government Mandates Higher Ticket Prices

An advocacy group has successfully won an appeal, forcing the FAA to take another look at the size of seats on airplanes. Why That’s Bad   I know the arguments. Seat sizes have been getting smaller for ages. It’s uncomfortable. People are getting air ragey. I understand that and don’t like the smaller seats, either. …

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Jul 27

Travel Security Update

Oh covfefe! The TSA is at it again. Airport officials noted that lines were moving too quickly, so the “security” agency announced new checkpoint rules, just to keep us on our toes. “Please Take Potential Explosives Out Of Your Bags…” Add your smaller electronics to the list of items that need to come out of …

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Jul 24

Sometimes, You’re Just Better Off Leaving Things Well Enough Alone…

One of the things that I like most about writing a travel blog is that I’m constantly coming across stories that make me want to do this: So let’s see what’s new in the world of “Weird News Olympics.” The Bronze Medal: The Airport Of The Future Every so often, I see one of these …

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Jul 18

Things To Do In Denver When You’re With Kids

Several years ago, I visited Denver for a work trip. What I remembered most about the city was how friendly and laid-back everyone was. I suppose that, at that altitude, it could have been oxygen deprivation, but I returned there this summer just to make sure. Turns out it’s for real. One other thing that …

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Jul 16

A New Cause Of Flight Cancellations: Global Warming

Oh, good. As if the airports and environment didn’t have enough working against them, here’s one more issue: Global warming could lead to more flight cancellations. Short version: The hotter it is outside, the less lift a plane can generate, meaning the more fuel it needs to carry to get to where it’s going. According …

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Jul 02

Making The Most Of An Overbooked Flight

I’m currently onboard a JetBlue flight to Fort Lauderdale. I’m flying out an hour later than expected, but I’m $250 richer for the trouble. This is the second time in under a year that I’ve volunteered my seat on JetBlue, an airline that doesn’t actually overbook their flights. Of course, they do occasionally have a …

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Jun 29

Travel “Security” Update

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Lots of news over the past 48 hours regarding rules and regs for accessing the United States. Let’s take a look at a couple of the biggest changes: Muslim Ban in Effect Starting at 8 pm tonight, travelers from several countries will be prohibited from entering the US. According to the Supreme Court, visitors from …

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Jun 21

Airlines: The Way We Were

Joe Nocera just published an interesting article on Bloomberg about how the airline business has gotten to where it is, describing it as “Airline Hell.” The basic message is “you get what you pay for” and, while it’s not pleasant, he would likely agree with former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, who told a reporter …

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