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TRAVEL BLOGS,
NORTH AMERICA

See a patial list of our travel blog articles featuring places in North America below. For the complete blog archives list please visit our Archives page.

Agua Dulce, CA
Alaska Cruise
Alaska: Musk Ox
Alaskan Interior
Alaska Marine Highway
Alaska Railway
Alaska Small Ship Cruise
Alaska Whale Watching
Aleutians
Amelia Island, FL
Arizona Cowboy College
Aruba
Atlanta, Idaho
Austin, Texas
Avila Beach, CA
Banff
Baja California Sur
Baja Wine Country, Mexico
Belize
Big Bear Lake, CA
British Columbia Tea
Calgary
California Coast
Cambria & Paso Robles
Canadian Cities
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Winter
Catalina Island
Central Coast, California
Charlevoix, Quebec
Cherokee Nation
Chincoteague & Assateague
Claremont, CA
Columbia River
Costa Rica
Costa Rica Cloud Forest
Cozumel, Mexico
Death Valley Pupfish
Denali National Park
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Douglas Complex Fire, OR
Eastern Washington
Edmonton
Fairbanks, Alaska
French Canada Cruise
Glacier Peak, WA
Grand del Mar
Guadalajara, Mexico
Hana Highway, Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii Big Island
Hollywood
Honolulu, Hawaii
Inland Northwest
Jacksonville, Oregon
Juneau, Alaska
Kaua'i 1; Kaua'i 2
Key West
Kona, Hawaii
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX
Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach Images
Lahaina, Hawaii
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Lanai. Hawaii
La Paz, Mexico
La Quinta, Palm Springs, CA
Las Alamandas, Mexico
Las Vegas
Lewis & Clark Expedition
Lexington, Kentucky
Long Beach
Maine
Mammoth Mountain
Maui, Hawaii
Mohonk Mountain House
Molokai, Hawaii
Monterey Bay
Montreal
Montreal Tea
Morongo Resort
Myrtle Beach
Napa Valley
New Brunswick
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New Mexico Images
New Orleans
New York
North Cascades, WA
North Dakota Blizzard
Northern Washington State
Nova Scotia
Oahu
Oceanside, CA
Orange County
Oregon Coast
Olympia, WA
Olympic Peninsula, WA
Oxford, Mississippi
Oxnard, CA
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Palm Springs Museum
Palouse Scenic Byway
Panama
Pasadena, CA
Paso Robles, CA
Pismo Beach, CA
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Prince Rupert/Digby Island
Prudhoe Bay, Canadian Arctic
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Queen Charlotte Islands
Redondo Beach
Rhode Island
Richmond, BC
Riverside, CA
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Route 66
Samish Island, WA
San Diego
San Diego Resort
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo, CA
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Monica, CA
Seattle
Seattle Parade Photos
Sedona, Arizona
Seward Highway, Alaska
Sitka, Alaska
Skagway, Alaska
Sonoma, CA
South Texas
St. Lawrence River, Canada
St. Louis, MO
Sun Valley, ID
Taos & Kit Carson
Taos, New Mexico
Texas Bull Riding
Texas Wine Country
Tongass, Alaska
Toronto
Utah
Vancouver
Ventura, CA
Victoria, BC
Virginia Skydiving
Waco, Texas
Washington D.C.
Washington D.C: Newseum
Western Canada
Westlake Village, CA
Whistler, B.C.

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TRAVEL BLOGS,
EUROPE

Alcala, Spain
Amsterdam
Aran Islands, Ireland
Arnhem, Holland
Assisi, Italy
Athens
Augsburg, Germany
Baltic Sea Nations
Basel. Switzerland
Bavaria
Beira, Portugal
Belgium
Berlin
Bertha Benz Route, Germany
Bled, Slovenia
Brno, Czech Republic
Bruges, Leiden and Dijon
Burgundy, France
Castelluccio di Norcia, Italy
Champagne and Lorraine
Champagne Country, France
Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy
Consuegra, Spain
Copenhagen
Cortona, Italy
Cotswolds, England
County Cork, Ireland
Crete, Greece
Czech Republic
Czech Republic Slideshow
Dolomites, Italy
Duxford Aviation Museum
Eastern Mediterranean
Erfurt, Germany
Europe by Train
Europe's Churches
Europe's Statues
Fairytale Road, Germany
Flanders, Belgium
France
French Alps
Galicia, Spain
German Wine Tours
Germany (Bach)
Germany (small towns)
Germany (4 big cities)
Germany's Great Cities Giverny, France
Graubunden, Switzerland
Graz, Austria
Great Britain Photos
Hamburg
Heroes of Britain
Heroes of Europe
Holland River Cruise
Iceland 1; Iceland 2; Iceland 3
Innsbruck, Austria
Ireland Return
Ireland Tour 1; Ireland Tour 2
Ireland Vacation
Ischia Island, Italy
Kos Island, Greece
Lake Como, Italy
La Mancha, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Libourne, SW France
Liverpool, England
Loch Ness, Scotland
London Tea
London Tour Part 1
London Tour Part 2
London Tour Part 3
London Tour Part 4
Lorraine, France
Lucerne, Switzerland
Madrid
Madrid Tapas
Mediterranean Cruise
Meuse-Argonne, France
Montagne, SW France
Montenegro
Monte Verità, Switzerland
Montpellier, France
Moscow & St, Petersburg
Munich
Nidwalden, Switzerland
Norcia, Umbria, Italy
Normandy Beaches, France
Normandy, France
Northern Italy
North Wales Railway
Norway
Norwegian Arctic
Norwegian Fjords
Offbeat Germany
Off the Beaten Path Europe
Orvieto, Italy
Oslo, Bergen & Trondheim
Paris
Perugia, Italy
Piazza dei Signori, Vicenza
Piovene Rocchette, Italy
Pittormie Castle, Scotland
Pointe du Hoc, Normandy
Poland
Port Meirion, North Wales
Portugal
Prague, Czech Republic
Provence, France
Pyla-sur-Mer, SW France
Pyrenees
Rail Europe
Rhodes Island, Greece
Rhone River, France
Riviera di Ulisse, Italy
Romania
Rome 1; Rome 2
Rouen, France
Saint-Émilion, SW France
Salzburg, Austria
Sarlat, SW France
Saxony, Germany
Schwyz, Switzerland
Scotland 1; Scotland 2
Senigallia, Central Italy
Slovenia
Southern England
Southern France
Southern Italy
Spain
Spain (Edible Books)
Spello, Italy
Stockholm, Sweden
St. Petersburg
Sutri, Lazio, Italy
Switzerland
The Ritz, London
Toledo, Spain
Turkey
Tuscan Farm
Tuscany
Tuscany and Umbria
Valencia, Spain
Vatican Museums
Vicenza, Italy
Vienna 1; Vienna 2
Wales
Wimbledon
Yaroslavl, Russia
Yorkminster, England
Zurich

TravelingBoy's 3 things About Austria
...we didn't know about
AUSTRIA

What are some of the “things” or activities that Austrians do for fun?

map and flag of Austria

This installment of THREE THINGS is courtesy of Peter Katz of the Austrian Tourist Office - Travel Information of the Austrian Tourist Office.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Bohemian Rhapsody: High Noon in Prague's Old Town Square (Dispatch #7)

glassblowing

It's a race against a centuries-old timepiece as the Palladian Traveler hustles his way along the cobble of Prague's historic center in this seventh dispatch filed under Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
Bob Corritore: The Phoenix Rising Son

Tim Mattox with Bob Corritore
Bob Corritore is a busy guy and you get an immediate sense he wouldn't want it any other way. Less than 24 hours ago, Corritore was onstage at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis playing in front of more than 1500 blues fans. Today he's in Clarksdale, MS. sitting in with Diunna Greenleaf and a host of other blues artists at a benefit for the late 'Pinetop' Perkins. Next week he flies to Europe with Henry Gray to promote his latest project appropriately titled, 'Blues Won't Let Me Take My Rest.'

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Mark Ruffalo Interview: On Bipolar Disorder, The Art of Acting, & Family

Mark Ruffalo in 'Infinitely Polar Bear'
Any time Mark Ruffalo's name appears in the cast of any project, you know he will be giving an absolutely perfect performance. Hence, he is one of the most successful, sought after Hollywood actors. His films has earned him Academy Award, SAG, BAFTA and Independent Spirit Award nominations. Ruffalo's latest film is Infinitely Polar Bear, in which he plays Cam Stuart, a man with a serious bipolar condition.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Bohemian Rhapsody: Glassblowing 101 (Dispatch #6)

glassblowing

The Palladian Traveler works up a good sweat as he learns the fine art of glassblowing from an artisan craftsman in this sixth dispatch filed under Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
Anthony Gomes: A Continuing Education in the Blues

Anthony Gomes
Driving across West Texas, that endless stretch of highway where 80 miles an hour just isn't fast enough, the CD player is tracking 'Electric Field Holler,' the 12th and latest project from Anthony Gomes. Turns out, it's the perfect blues propellant to traverse that infinite vastness of blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and oil derricks. With the accelerator to the floor, the opening track is all the GPS you need, 'Don't try to stop me once I start, 'cause I got a blues soul and a rock and roll heart.'

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Greg Aragon's travel blog/review
Living La Vida Lompoc

writer with Choctaw horses
Lompoc has always been a mystery to me – a town I've heard of but never visited, a name on road signs along Highway 1, but never a destination. Well this all changed recently when I visited the town for couple nights of delightful discovery.

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Ed Boitano's travel blog/review
Norway's Fjords: God's Gift to the World

The Geirangerfjord
With its jagged mountain peaks that jolt vertically from the sea, stunning waterways, cascading waterfalls, tiny fishing villages and mountain farmhouses, the fjords of Norway would be my pick for the most beautiful place on the planet. I'm not exactly going out on a limb when I say this. Two of Norway's most famous fjords, the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, have joined the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Grand Canyon as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
Do You Know Who Sergeant York Was? (... and why he is famous?)

Sergeant York

He certainly doesn't look like a movie star!" said a fellow journalist when both of us were recently in a small French village called Chatel-Chehery. To be quite honest, I was also thinking the same thing when, later that day we found a book about American war heroes from WW1 and WW2, that gave us more information about Sergeant York.

Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Bohemian Rhapsody: Crossing Karlův Most (Dispatch #5)

the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, Strahov

The Palladian Traveler artfully dodges artful dodgers as he joins the masses for a photogenic crossing of Prague's iconic Charles Bridge in his fifth dispatch of the Bohemian Rhapsody travel series.

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Tim Mattox's travel article
Young Blood… Old Souls …The Casey Hensley Band

Casey Hensley
Sitting down in an Oceanside coffee house with Casey Hensley and Evan Yearsley you suddenly feel old. Both of these creative artists have been around music their entire, albeit short lives and have experienced more than their share of the emotional highs and lows associated with this chosen profession. Yet, they still maintain an open and energetic enthusiasm for the blues they play and share a deep-rooted respect and admiration for the originators that created it.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Up Close & Personal With Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn
Kathryn Hahn can either make you laugh or cry, as she is equally at home in comedic or dramatic roles. She is also equally at home on stage, screen, or television, having performed in all those genres. She recently had a role in This Is Where I Leave You where she played a woman desperate to get pregnant. In her personal life, she's managed to do that twice. She is married to Ethan Sandler and has two children: her son Leonard and her daughter Mae.

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Greg Aragon's travel blog/review
Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50 Years of Movie-Making Magic

Jurassic Park The Ride, Universal Studios
Great Movies and television can take us away from our daily lives and transport us into fascinating different lands and realms. And when masterfully combined with state-of-the-art thrill rides and special effects, these cinematic experiences can be magical. Such is the case with Universal Studios Hollywood, where film making history meets modern day technology at the summit of imagination.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Bohemian Rhapsody: Storming Pražský Hrad (Dispatch #4)

the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Our Man in Italy takes us back to 9th century Prague, when absolute power was the norm and thrones were kept warm by the kings and emperors, in his fourth dispatch of the Bohemian Rhapsody series.

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Bev Cohn's travel blog
Jack Black & James Marsden: Up Close and Personal

Jack Black and James Marsden
Jack Black is a Santa Monica boy who made it to the top. He attended the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, followed by enrolling in UCLA where he became a member of Tim Robbins' acting ensemble. Since then, Black has racked up a number of film credits including Bernie, for which he won Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations. James Marsden hails from Stillwater, Oklahoma and received his theatrical training at Oklahoma State University. He cut his professional acting teeth by working in episodic television.

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Tom Weber's travel blog/review
Bohemian Rhapsody: Na Zdraví! (Dispatch #3)

the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption, Strahov

Beer mugs give way to wine glasses as our Man in Italy goes underground in Prague to file his third dispatch in the Bohemian Rhapsody series.

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Fyllis Hockman's travel blog/review
Temazcal Sweat Lodge in Cozumel: A Mayan Tradition

inside the Temazcal sweat lodge
I am sweating profusely. My pores are so over-run with liquid that I fear I will float away in a river of my own perspiration. Since I am molting inside a sweat lodge, I figure I can't go very far. Temporarily reassured. And the ritual itself started off innocently enough, despite warnings not to eat or drink to excess beforehand, with Shaman Jesus Eduardo introducing us to Temazcal, a Mayan tradition dating back thousands of years.

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Eric Anderson's travel blog/review
Along Aquitaine's Rivers with Uniworld's River Royale, Part 2

the Grosse Cloche of Bordeaux
Why would you chose a river boat as part of visiting a European city? There are easy answers. You've been moving around with the same bunch of passengers for several days and – like tourists or locals you meet on European trains – many are willing even anxious to give you suggestions on what you do on this vacation in this part of the world.

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John Clayton's travel blog/review
The Best Luxury Resort in England

the spa at Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen's Pimms Number One is the most refreshing drink this side of London. Then, add in that the best local sightseeing is a nearby forest with over 3,000 cuddly, charming and loveable ponies, and you've got (at least in my mind) the best luxury resort in England. Chewton Glen is a gorgeous, romantic and one of a kind hotel, spa and country club located 90 minutes South of London's Heathrow airport...

Richard Carroll's travel blog/review
Branson's Bandbox

a popular music venue in Branson
In 1882, innovative Ruben S. Branson and his wife Mary opened a small general store and post office in a village near the White River, tucked away in the middle of the impressive Missouri Ozark Mountains. Quite possibly, an important page of Ozark history was begun while the couple was sitting near a warm cook stove enjoying hot corn bread prepared in a sizzling iron skillet, seasoned with bacon grease and topped with a slab of butter...

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You have heard the Declaration of Independence with its majestic ending, which is worthy to live forever, which has been hurled at the bones of a fossilized monarch, old King George the III, who has been dead these many years, and which will continue to be hurled at him annually as long as this republic lives.

(an excerpt from Mark Twain's 4th of July speech)

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2015 Travel Weekly Magellan Awards

Travel Weekly is proud to present the premier award for the travel industry, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. From design to marketing to services, the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards honors the best in travel and salutes the outstanding travel professionals behind it all. All winners are featured in a special issue of Travel Weekly in September that will feature a special section dedicated to this year's winners. We have created categories that reflect the different segments of the travel industry. Deadline July 10.

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Visit Zürich


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Discover the culinary side of Switzerland.

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Recreation in Oregon Abounds Despite Drought

SALEM, Ore. – Travel Oregon, in partnership with Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Marine Board, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of State Lands, wants to remind Oregonians and visitors: Recreation abounds throughout the state, whether water-based recreation or otherwise.

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Want to Visit Cuba? Read this First
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Learn exactly what you need to know before planning a Cuba trip.

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Experience Montreal in Two Minutes

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Ecotourism Pioneer Mandip Singh Soin to Serve As 10 Million Better Campaign Ambassador

NEW DELHI, India – Mandip Singh Soin, founder of Ibex Expeditions, India, has been appointed an Ambassador for the industry-wide 10 MILLION BETTER campaign launched by Sustainable Travel International, a US-based nonprofit organization, to improve lives and protect places through travel and tourism.

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Watch the Video Cruising Copenhagen

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Limited Time 2-for-1 Offer on Great Safaris’ Remarkable Cape & Kruger Tour

Book at the Classic, Superior or Luxe Level and the second person travels for free. Award-winning luxury safari outfitter Great Safaris just released a limited time 2-for-1 offer on its popular Cape & Kruger safari. Book this 10-day journey to experience Cape Town and Kruger National Park and the second person will travel for FREE!

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The Power of Nature with Fjord Tours


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How to Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake


10 Secrets to Ultra-Cheap Travel
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Use these proven tips to see the world on the cheap without skimping where it really counts.

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These Packing Cubes Are the Ultimate Space Saver

A three-piece set that organizes every last bit of space in your suitcase.

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Seven Unique Cuba Tours
Courtesy Christine Sarkis, SmarterTravel Staff

Restrictions on travel to Cuba may have been loosened recently, but there are still so many rules about what American tour groups can and can't do, it's no surprise most of the itineraries are pretty similar. These educational, people-to-people trips are quickly creating a beaten path in the small, still-sort-of-off-limits Caribbean country. On most tours, you'll go to a cigar factory, you'll have dinner at a local family restaurant, and you'll visit a colonial city. It's not that these and other iconic activities aren't interesting, it's just that some travelers want something a little different.

Here are seven companies offering just that, tours that provide a unique lens through which to see Cuba.

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Random Acts of Canine Kindness

Cedric

Cedric the Dog takes a well-earned break after organizing a protest at an Alabama puppy mill.

Together in Spirit – The Best Friends Animal Society

At the core of Best Friends' work is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in America's shelters.

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The Genesis of T-Boy’s Cartoons

Known for travel stories that immediately capture the interest of the reader with their colorful creativity, clever use of words and the talent to paint pictures with words about destinations all over the world, TravelingBoy is delighted to announce the riveting success of our hilarious travel cartoons that highlight the foibles and quirks of mankind.

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America's Happiest Airports

Dating site www.MissTravel.com recently polled more than 50,000 people to find out their favorite U.S. airports and came up with a list that delivers on the comfort, convenience, customer service, and cleanliness fronts

  • West Palm Beach, Florida: PBI
  • San Francisco, California: SFO
  • Savannah, Georgia: SAV
  • Portland, Oregon: PDX
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: PHL

Essential Items You Must Pack in Carry-On Luggage

  • Prescription Medications
  • Documentation of Travel Plans
  • Cash & Currency Equivalents
  • Electronics & Other Valuables

The three worst airports for arrivals, with delays exceeding 20 minutes, are Newark, LaGuardia, and O'Hare; JFK is close at 19 minutes.


Deb's poetry break


I Hear America Singing
By Walt Whitman
1819-1892

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,

Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,

The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,

The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,

The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,

The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,

The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,

Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,

The day what belongs to the day – at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,

Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Send Deb your favorite travel poems.



Airbus: Worst Airplane Seat Ever

Airbus filed a patent for what will be the least comfortable airplane seat in the sky. The new design features saddle-like seats that can fold up when not in use. Gone are cushions, padded armrests, tray tables and personal space: The new seating plan, of course, would allow airlines to cram more passengers into the limited space of the cabin.


Airlines with the Most Extra Fees
Courtesy SmarterTravel

The airlines call them ancillary revenues. Travelers call it nickel-and-diming. By whatever name, the dizzying array of fees that airlines now impose for everything from checked bags to carry-on bags to seat selection to ticket reissues is big business.

And it's getting bigger.

A new study by industry consulting firm IdeaWorks found that the airlines' ancillary fees had increased by almost 1,200 percent between 2007 and 2013, from $2.45 billion to $31.5 billion.

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Airlines Are Making Big Bucks!

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5 Things Travel Has Taught Me

The staff at Twenty-Something Travel write about 5 things they’ve learned from travel.

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Operation Homefront

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7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning

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From Norway – Lutefisk

The Lofoten Islands consist of stunning mountain peaks that seem to come right out of the sea, and sheltered inlets populated with little fishing villages. For centuries, fishing has been the very foundation of life on the islands. While on the deck of a vessel outside a Lofoten fishing village, I overheard an American passenger ask a Norwegian what those things were hanging on stilts. The Norwegian replied that it was air-dried cod for making Lutefisk. The American exclaimed, "And the birds don't eat it?" The Norwegian shrugged, 'No, they don't seem to like It.'

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Rory Block
Mick Taylor
SoulSauce
Dennis Jones
Zen Blues Quartet
Rod Piazza
Buddy Guy
Pinetop Perkins
2011 San Diego Blues Festival
The Blues & Lives Well-Lived
Pendleton Warrior
Promise of the Real/Lukas Nelson
Jimmy Carl Black
Stephen Stills
Otis Rush
Little Walter
Johnny Otis
Kinsey, Perkins & Sumlin
Charlie Musselwhite 2
2013 San Diego Blues Festival
Phil Gates
Rod Piazza Birthday 2
JW Jones
Billy Watson
Kim Simmonds (Savoy Brown)
'Iceman' Albert Collins
Lightnin' Malcolm

Travel Humor (partial list) – a collection of jokes (with bits of travel adventures) from graphics artist Raoul Pascual:
Can You Get Married in Heaven?
3 Men, 3 Women and 3 Bears
Dangerous Snake
The Truth About Reindeer
Health Warning
Do You Want to be a Mermaid or a Whale?
Irish Jokes
Outback Half-Wit
Irish Millionaire
Laundry Man
Moses and the Red Sea
Two Norwegians
How the War Between Ireland and France was Averted
Jewish Haikus
Italian Profiling
Paraprosdokians
The Middle Wife
Welsh Holiday
Alberta Snow
Complete and Finished
Alzheimer's Test
Fairy Tale
Agricultural Inspector
News from Libya
Chinese Food
Baby Polar Bear
Spanish Delicacy
Truck
Mexican Jews
British Humor
A Chicken Walks Into a Bar
First Child
Hello?
Irish Babes
Italian Golfer
Sleeping With Bob
The Crows of Massachusetts
Snow Parking
Hamburg Visits Los Angeles CA
Airplane Water Landing
Team Effort
Freeloaders
Leviticus 20:13


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