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Happy May from the Staff at Traveling Boy

We have designated this spring season to think of those who suffer from great sorry and misfortune. Here are some of our favorite charities.

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Facial-Recognition Technology Streamlines Boarding on British Airways

British Airways has used facial-recognition technology to streamline the boarding process for more than 250,000 passengers traveling internationally from US airports. The airline worked closely with US Customs and Border Protection to implement the technology.

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British Airways’ biometric self-boarding gates
British Airways’ biometric self-boarding gates

The future of airport travel is happening now with more than 250,000 British Airways passengers using biometric tech on international flights from the US.

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Passport Book vs. Passport Card: Which Do I Need?

Courtesy Ed Perkins

The U.S. State Department issues two versions of a passport: a traditional passport book vs. a passport card. The passport book has lots of pages for visas and arrival/departure stamps; the passport card is a one-piece credit-card-sized ID card. Which you should get, passport book vs. passport card, depends on how you plan to travel and how much you want to pay for your travel documents.

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Keukenhof Tulip Garden Extends Dates

tulips at Keukenhof
Photo courtesy of Ed Boitano

Will you be visiting Holland in spring? Then be sure to visit Keukenhof, where you will experience the gorgeous views of blooming Dutch tulips and other flowers for which Holland is famous. Keukenhof is the most famous and largest flower park in the world and lies not far from Amsterdam. In 2019 Keukenhof will be open until May 19th. This comes down to a total of 59 days to visit, compared to 53 last year. So you’ll have one week extra to visit the spectacle of 320.0000 square meters full of flowers.

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Machu Picchu Pueblo Becomes the First City in Latin America to Be 100% Sustainable

photos of Peru
Photos courtesy of Deb Roskamp

Inkaterra, Peru’s leading hotel group in sustainable tourism and hotel development, has succeeded in making Machu Picchu Pueblo the first city in Latin America to manage 100% of its solid waste.

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Star Struck: Half of the World’s Star Rated Hotels Located in Europe

distribution of star-rated hotels around the world from BoldData

  • Number of European 5-star hotels have doubled in three years
  • Asia’s star is rising with almost 5.000 new star hotels in three years
  • Falling stars in the United States: decline in 5-star hotels
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10 Secret Beaches to Visit Before the Crowds Do

New Magens Bay
Photo courtesy of Deb Roskamp

If you want a jaw-dropping shoreline without the sunburned tourists and splashing masses, head for one of these lesser-known gems that are just as dazzling — even if you’ve never heard of them.

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A Compact Camera that Will Crush Your Smartphone

Courtesy Caroline Morse Teel

It’s a dilemma for many travelers: You want a better photo than you can take with your smartphone, but you don’t want to lug around a big camera. Sony’s Cyber-Shot RX100 VI solves your problem by putting a high-quality camera into a tiny, pocket-sized package. Upgrade your travel pictures without adding a big camera.

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 VI camera

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Hotel Resort Fees and Other Hidden Charges

Courtesy Ed Perkins

In a big win for Britain’s consumers, the British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has told big online travel agencies that they must include any mandatory charges like hotel “resort” fees (which are often applied by non-resort hotels in big cities, as well) in the up-front listed price. It’s ok, says CMA, for hotels to break the full price into a base charge plus a mandatory fee, but all mandatory fees must be included in the initially displayed cost.

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Overtourism Has Travel Advisors Telling Their Customers to Please Go Somewhere Else

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Overtourism, the result of having too many visitors show up to a place at the same time, is becoming such a problem for popular destinations that both the United Nations and the European Union have recently issued guidelines to reduce tourist overcrowding.

Cheaper international airfares, the growth of the cruise market, and the emergence of cheap accommodation options such as Airbnb are fueling the overtourism phenomenon. Europe, in particular but not exclusively, is feeling the effects, with cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Venice struggling to cope with the huge influx of visitors.

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How to Take Your Own Passport Photo

Courtesy, Caroline Morse Teel, SmarterTravel

taking a passport photo

After paying $15 to have an awkward photoshoot in the aisle of a CVS, only to have my passport photos rejected twice (once for being too dark and once for being too bright), I decided there had to be a better way to take your own passport photo. Turns out, snapping your own passport photo is easier, cheaper, and much more convenient than going to a “professional” (a.k.a., the cashier at your local drugstore). Here’s a few tips:

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The Worst Seats on a Plane (and How to Avoid Them)

Courtesy Sarah Schlichter

You’re crammed into a middle seat at the back of an airplane, with neighbors encroaching on your armrests and an endless chorus of flushing sounds from the lavatory nearby. Alas, you’re stuck in one of the worst seats on a plane, and you have to ask: How did you end up here, and how can you make sure it never happens again?

airline seats

Seat selection can make a huge difference in how comfortable you are in flight, especially on long international trips. I interviewed an expert to help identify the worst airplane seats and explain how you can land yourself a better spot on your next flight.

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Watch Out for These Tourist Traps in All 50 States

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Together in Spirit – The Best Friends Animal Society

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

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7 Things You Should Never Do on a Plane

Courtesy Caroline Costello

behavior to avoid during flights
Photo courtesy of SmarterTravel

When flying, the following seven behaviors should be avoided at all costs.

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Loro Parque’s World Population Clock

Loro Parque Foundation’s World Population Clock

The Loro Parque Foundation warns that there are increasingly more inhabitants and endangered species whilst the forests and animal populations decline, based on estimates by the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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Mexico and the Caribbean Dominate the 10 Most Popular International Summer Destinations for American Travelers in 2019

sacred sinkhole or cenote at Hacienda Selva Maya
A sinkhole (cenote) in Mexico’s Yucatan. Photo by Deb Roskamp

Travel to Cancun Declines, While London and Paris Disappear from Top International Destinations List, Shows Travel Data by Allianz Global Assistance.

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Nearly One In Seven Americans Has Lied About Going On Holiday

New research has revealed that as many as 14% of Americans have lied to someone about going on holiday, with the top reasons being because they’re embarrassed, they’re wanting to seem well-traveled and they may be wanting to impress someone.

woman taking a mobile photo of her food at Mykonos, Greece
Photo courtesy of TravnikovStudio

Along with one in seven lying about the destinations that they’ve travelled to, two thirds of Americans who have been on holiday have also lied about their experiences, with the weather, quality of accommodation and amount of sightseeing done found to be the most common untruths.

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The 9 Worst Decisions You Can Make on a Cruise

decisions you make on a cruise
Photo courtesy of Deb Roskamp

If you know what you’re doing, cruising can be an enriching form of travel. But plenty of people swear off the big ships because of some terrible experience that ruined their first time out. To prevent yourself from becoming yet another cruise hater, take note of these rookie mistakes—and don’t make them.

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What’s New at Nevada Northern Railway in 2019

Signature Weekly Departures and Specialty Themed Events Await

Nevada Northern Railway train

It’s officially train season at Nevada Northern Railway. Nevada Northern Railway is offering train rides now through Oct. 2019. See highlights for this year along with new offerings in the release below.

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What’s Happening at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa and Pualeilani Atrium Shops

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach

Newly Renovated and Now Open

Furusato Sushi: Furusato Sushi reopened its doors following an extensive renovation to both the interior and exterior of its restaurant. The restaurant serves traditional and contemporary styles of sushi using the finest and freshest ingredients. Furusato Sushi is located on the 1st Floor, Diamond Head Tower fronting Kalakaua Avenue.

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The Latest for a Summer in Québec City!

Quebec Summer
Photo courtesy of Jeff Frenette Photography

There’s always a good reason to come to Québec City!

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11 Luxury Destinations That Are Cheaper Than You Think

Courtesy Ashley Rossi

a street scene in Morocco
Photo courtesy of Deb Roskamp
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10 Emerging Places to Visit in Europe For a Crowd-Free Vacation

Courtesy Jamie Ditaranto

As the relentless crowds flock to major tourist sites in cities like Paris and Venice, travelers need to face the truth — we’re wearing each other (and the cities we’re visiting) out. It’s a struggle common across Europe, but that doesn’t mean all of Europe has been overtaken by legions of tourists. There are plenty of exciting destinations that may not be new, but they are emerging as exciting destinations worthy of a visit. Plus, the crowds haven’t gotten to them yet.

Vipava Valley, Slovenia

Vipava Valley, Slovenia

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10 Winter Outfit Necessities for Travel

Courtesy Caroline Morse Teel

These performance pieces will keep you warm from head to toe — but still look so good you’ll find yourself wanting to wear them no matter what the temperature.

Ministry of Supply 3D Print-Knit Sweater Dress

Ministry of Supply 3D Print-Knit Sweater Dress

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Countries That Require Visas for Americans

The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program.

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