Sunday musings: Trains in China, complaining about airlines, etags

High-speed trains challenge airplane in China, complaining about airline service doesn’t pay, etags may mean less lost baggage.

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Alaska’s Denali National Park: Hours of wildlife, wild scenery and wild stories

Denali National Park is larger than the state of Massachusetts and tenderly watched over by Mt. McKinley (called Mt. Denali — “the high one” — by the locals), at over 20,000 feet the highest mountain in North America. Here’s a peek inside.

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View from a window — an airplane window

I have to agree that sometimes a window seat is a wonderful and beautiful thing. For the most part, I am an aisle seat person when I can score one, and better yet, an exit row traveler when the stars aligned. Both types of seats aren’t of much use when viewing the sky panorama and the changing landscapes. However, on some flights I make an effort to sit by the window so that I can check out the view.

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What we’re reading: Legends of Chima comes to Legoland California, Delta’s sleep kits, TSA agent helps woman who fell on tracks

Legends of Chima comes to Legoland California, Delta introduces sleep kits, TSA agent helps woman who fell on tracks

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7 rules for confidently ordering wine at a restaurant

When traveling, drinking wine with meals, especially across the U.S. and Europe, is part of the experience. After a lifetime of drinking wine and then watching friends fumble and stress with ordering wine from restaurant menus, I have some simple suggestions.

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What we’re reading: Westjet converts to metric time, best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts, court rules for airline in FF dispute

Westjet converts to metric time, the best Carribean all-inclusive resorts, court rules for airline in frequent flyer dispute

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A missing vacation refund mystery — and a troubling resolution

If you thought that reading the terms and conditions on your next travel purchase is enough to keep you out of trouble, meet Thomas Hanko. The veteran cruiser had booked an air-inclusive cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Holland America Line for himself, his wife, their daughter and son-in-law to celebrate the Hankos’ 50th wedding anniversary. But several months before the trip, Hanko’s wife died.

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What we’re reading: SAS starts Houston-Stavanger route, Asiana crash factors, best spots for kids

SAS starts Houston-Stavanger route, factors affecting Asiana crash, best spots for kids

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World’s top 10 tallest Ferris wheels

Here is a list and photos of the tallest Ferris wheels in the world. The original Ferris wheel was designed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel later came to be used generically for all such rides.

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The best tip for a great hotel stay — get a human involved

These days, there are all kinds of commercials and online ads for great hotel websites and apps, all intimating that booking through them will get you some glorious room or suite at a good price. While certainly, there are some website deals out there on everything from the smallest rooms to suites, if travelers really care about the room they are reserving, old-fashioned human involvement could be their best bet.

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