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TSA Checkpoint in Dallas Outfitted with Couches, Music, Mood Lighting: Corporate Branding Brings Respect

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/23/2013, 3:00 PM

People who use Terminal E in Dallas have experienced the change. Where the TSA checkpoint was once bleak and gunmetal grey, now there is music streaming from Pandora and lavender mood lighting. Hanging on pillars are new flat-screen signs that tell you how much longer you'll have to wait before being processed. No one is barking "Shoes off!" at you—a soothing recorded voice purrs it. And after...

Book Review: National Geographic Issues a Delightful New Coffee Table Tome

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2013, 2:30 PM

Being in the right place at the right time. Some would say that’s the key to a good life, but the editors of National Geographic have a simpler formula: They think choosing the best season to travel will enhance your vacation immensely. Towards that end, they’ve issued a handsome coffee table book called Four Seasons of Travel: 400 Of The World’s Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Su...

I Have Just Returned From a Visit to a Unique Peninsula-Island of America, Of Which I Had Never Heard: The "Eastern Shore" of Virginia

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/18/2013, 6:30 PM

       Because a young acquaintance of ours was getting married there, my wife and I recently ventured to a place of which I had never heard:  the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Technically a peninsula, but looking more like a barrier island, this is a thin strip of land nearly sixty miles long out in the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Virginia, forming Chesapeake Bay on its western side. ...

Was I Right or Wrong to Recommend That You Leave Your Passport in the Hotel Safe While Traveling Abroad?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/17/2013, 10:30 PM

       No recent bit of travel advice has generated more controversy than my recent suggestion to leave your passport in the hotel safe when you leave to go sightseeing on a European trip.  Will you need that document in your daily round of touristic activities?  Only if you wish to change currency at a teller's window in a foreign bank, I responded to a reader's question.  Otherwise, don'...

Eureka! You Can Enjoy a Round-Trip Price of $566 between New York and Paris from November 4 until December 15 on That Reluctant Airline, "XL"

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/16/2013, 6:45 PM

     When you call to make a booking (to 877/496-9889), you often speak to a telephone reservationist whose command of French is better than her grasp of English.  And because of that, they sometimes seem surprised to receive your English-language call.  But if you persist in a booking requests made to XL Airways, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that this French upstart airline is cha...

Three Hot New Travel Inventions Coming to You Soon Through Crowdfunding

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 2:00 PM

The entire Internet is now an episode of Shark Tank. Inventors with a good idea no longer have to go the traditional route and sell out to VCs and banks—they can take the product right to the consumer and test the waters for investment. If you don't already know about the concept, it's called "crowdfunding." You work up a prototype for your product and float the idea out there, and if ther...

Three Hot New Travel Inventions Coming to You Soon Through Crowdfunding

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 2:00 PM

The entire Internet is now an episode of Shark Tank. Inventors with a good idea no longer have to go the traditional route and sell out to VCs and banks—they can take the product right to the consumer and test the waters for investment. If you don't already know about the concept, it's called "crowdfunding." You work up a prototype for your product and float the idea out there, and if ther...

Three Hot New Travel Inventions Coming to You Soon Through Crowdfunding

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 2:00 PM

The entire Internet is now an episode of Shark Tank. Inventors with a good idea no longer have to go the traditional route and sell out to VCs and banks—they can take the product right to the consumer and test the waters for investment. If you don't already know about the concept, it's called "crowdfunding." You work up a prototype for your product and float the idea out there, and if ther...

At Westin, If You Decline Housekeeping, They'll Give You $5 to Spend

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 1:00 PM

If you're cheap, you will now benefit from being a slob, too. Westin, an upscale-ish branch of the giant Starwood group of hotels, has a new idea. If you do something "great for the environment" (its words) and decline maid service, it will either give you a vouncher worth $5 at the hotel's restaurants or you can have 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. In making the "Make a Green...

At Westin, If You Decline Housekeeping, They'll Give You $5 to Spend

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/15/2013, 1:00 PM

If you're cheap, you will now benefit from being a slob, too. Westin, an upscale-ish branch of the giant Starwood group of hotels, has a new idea. If you do something "great for the environment" (its words) and decline maid service, it will either give you a vouncher worth $5 at the hotel's restaurants or you can have 500 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. In making the "Make a Green...

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