Tim Leffel

Tim LeffelWith airlines cutting back on service and travel companies cutting their ad budgets, your in-flight magazine may be getting lighter than air.

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Tim LeffelLooking at a retirement fund statement can be a painful experience these days, but looking at the international currency charts is much more cheerful for Americans. For the most dramatic travel dollar changes, Tim Leffel says to look for destinations in the “one-third club.”

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Global stock market meltdowns, failing banks, government bailouts — is there any good news out there? Nutty as it seems, your travel dollar is faring quite well around the world.

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Tim LeffelWe are used to cheap or unlimited cell phone and data plans at home. Step out of your home country’s borders however, and you had better have a backup plan. Tim Leffel offers six ways to avoid paying a fortune to your wireless carrier.

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Lost in all the articles about the weak U.S. dollar are the destinations that keep pegging their currency to the greenback. Tim Leffel shows us five locations where you can be sure your money’s worth will stay constant.

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It’s not just gay heroin addicts from West Africa who get shown the door at the bloodmobile. Tim Leffel says if you travel outside the U.S. regularly, you may want to do some research before you make a special trip to go donate blood.

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Tim LeffelThe mountainous regions of British Colombia and Alberta in Canada are places where the journey truly is as exciting as the destination. Winding through the snowy mountains in a train or cruising in a car up the Icefields Parkway, nature displays one unbelievable panorama after another.

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Short-hop flights are bad for the environment (and less enjoyable every month), but driving is also inefficient and steadily more expensive. Tim Leffel sets out on a family vacation covering four cities, using public transportation for 12 days.

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Staycation, schmaycation! Sure, flight prices are going up all over and this is probably not a good year to take a summer trip to Europe. But in Honduras, the travel bargains are as plentiful as tropical fish on a coral reef. Tim Leffel has the details.

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Take a family of four to one of the big corporate theme parks for a weekend and you could easily be looking at a tab of $700 before you even factor in gas and lodging. Tim Leffel says you don’t have to spend the equivalent of two car payments just to ride some roller coasters and hit the Tilt-a-Whirl.

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