Tripso Weekend/Jan. 27, 2008

by Jon Surmacz on January 27, 2008

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Tripso Columns

6 sure-fire destinations for families
If you have kids, you are always looking for great places to visit. Places like Disney World might be considered a slam dunk, but if you look beyond the Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of other options. This week, John Frenaye, who specializes in family travel and especially single-parent travel, offers six destinations that might have been off your radar screen. (John Frenaye)

The check is not in the mail
A Days Inn property offers a Roman Catholic priest a tax refund. No, that’s not the opening line of a joke — unless playing phone tag and hearing excuses is funny to you. It isn’t funny to Father William Mary Morgenstern, who is just trying to get his $42 back from the hotel. But is anyone listening to him? (Christopher Elliott)

Tourist discount cards: Deal or no deal?
Visit a tourism bureau Web site for a popular city, and you’ll probably see a prominent offer for a discounted museum pass or other attractions card. Is it a deal? Not necessarily. Tim Leffel runs the numbers. (Tim Leffel)

12 travel tips from the flight crew
If you want advice on your pipes, you go to a plumber. Trouble with your wiring? Talk to an electrician. So when it comes to tips on air travel, who better to ask than the flight crew? James Wysong rounds up 10 flight attendants and comes back with 12 tips for travel. (James Wysong)

Jewelry justice? Case solved in Santorini
Last April, Anita Dunham-Potter told the story of an American tourist who spent $24,000 on jewelry for his wife while on a cruise stop in Santorini, Greece. When the couple returned home to Florida, two appraisers valued the jewelry at less than $9,000. Accusations flew, and after Anita’s story was picked up by MSNBC, the case assumed the proportions of an international incident. Find out how it turned out. (Anita Dunham-Potter)

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This week in travel

DOT chief scolds Congress for ‘sitting on the sidelines’
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters blasted Congress for its inability to pass an aviation funding bill the Bush administration says will help ease airline delays.

Virgin unveils spaceship model
Entrepreneur Richard Branson Wednesday unveiled a model of the spaceship he hopes will be the first to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis next year.

Crash of popular Boeing 777 scrutinized
British investigators are sifting through mounds of flight data to find out why a jet’s engines suddenly refused to increase power, causing a Boeing 777 to crash just short of a runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Canada stiffens border checks, lawyers say
Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to get into Canada, as border agents with better access to American criminal databases are turning people back for offenses ranging from assault to drunken driving to shoplifting.

Airports to inspect ID cards with black lights
The newest tool at airport security checkpoints is 3 inches long and costs only a few dollars: a handheld black light.

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