South America

The staff of Vimeo, the competitor to YouTube for user-generated videos, selected some of the best travel videos posted during this past year. I have collected three of those selected here. The lead video, above, features a trip across the USA in three minutes. The second, a similar journey across South America. The final video here is vision of Chicago by night.

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Ned Levi thought purchasing airline tickets with upgraded economy seating would be easy. It wasn’t. Ned discusses the difficulties he encountered purchasing airline tickets, with upgraded economy seating, through a travel agent, and also directly on an airline website. The difficulties were bad enough on the airline website, that the ticked purchased ended up being on a different airline than originally anticipated.

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While information about recent events in Egypt affecting travelers was available on news outlets and government websites world wide, a dangerous situation in Chilean Patagonia was virtually unknown to travelers. Ned Levi discusses where and how travelers can obtain critical safety information before and during their travels, even when events don’t make the news.

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Anita Dunham-Potter Steve Simmons and his family booked the trip of a lifetime – a South American sailing from Buenos Aires onboard Celebrity Cruises Infinity. The trip was meticulously planned two years in advance and included custom air arrangements. Imagine his dismay one month prior to the cruise to learn the flight schedule had changed separating family members.

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Anita Dunham-PotterLast month, over 100 passengers were denied boarding a Carnival cruise ship to South America for not having Brazilian visas. Sadly, many watched their hard-earned vacation dollars sail off without them. Why and how did this happen? Read about a disturbing cruise travel trend that all boils down to inexperience and ignorance.

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