December 2008

Forty-four states are deep in the hole financially and are willing to do anything to raise cash. This includes selling or leasing roads, parks and, in the case of Minnesota, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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Yes, Boston has become one of the first major cities in the nation to ban smoking in the privacy of your hotel room — any hotel room. For years, many rooms have been designated non-smoking because of the lingering odor of tobacco. Now, in Boston, all rooms are non-smoking.

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The winter retail sales in Paris officially begin on January 7, 2009, and continue for six weeks. Now, may be exactly the time to hop on a plane to take advantage of the many savings and the improved exchange rates.

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What a wacky year. Who would have predicted that these would be the most visited stories of 2008? Certainly not us.

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If 2008 was the year of the staycation, then ’09 is bound to be the year of the naycation. As in, nay — we’re not vacationing.

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An airplane seat is one of the most unique spaces in the world — a collection of strangers fit into their stationary positions, so close to one another that they literally are sharing the same oxygen, occupying that same space for hours on end. The travelers with whom we share an armrest all have their own stories.

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The frill is gone flying BMI

by Janice Hough on December 26, 2008

Janice Hough just had a totally “no frill” airline experience. I am not exactly a fan of US Airlines, their customer service and their surcharges, but I just discovered an airline that charges even more fees and gives less service. It is not an unknown third-world low-cost- carrier, it’s a STAR-alliance carrier.

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Charlie LeochaOn a Christmas holiday I began to dream of foods from around the world and ended up with quite a list of foods named after places. Take a look and enjoy the list and add a few more names to the list.

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Thailand will spend $450 million during the next four years to reestablish the country as a destination of choice. Already, it’s adopted an aggressive advertising campaign with the hopes of luring visitors back to Bangkok and its many resorts.

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Here’s a gift every traveler will appreciate.

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