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10 Ways to Make Coming Home From a Trip More Pleasant

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You drag in your suitcases and other assorted paraphernalia (especially if you have been on a car trip), drop it all in the middle of the floor, and collapse onto the couch. Your trip was amazing in every way but now you are home, and you are exhausted. After several
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Keeping Safe: 7 Tips For Carrying Your Junk

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In today’s world, it’s difficult to unplug for a week while traveling. We are more and more connected and as a result, all that technology can inadvertently make us more attractive targets for crooks.  It’s not enough anymore to watch your wallet and be conservative about the jewelry you display–thieves
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Cruise or All-Inclusive: Which is Right for You?

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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia; Seen on an NCL Cruise I received an invitation to visit an all-inclusive resort the other day and I carefully saved that email as I thought why, yes, I would love to visit an all-inclusive resort. Because they are completely wonderful in every way. Located in beautiful,
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Five Things You Need To Know Before You Cruise

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Think a cruise is a problem-free, no-hassle vacation? Think again. While the recent accident with the Costs Concordia was an extremely rare occurrence, cruises are ruined for people every day for varying reasons. As with any uncharted waters, danger lurks below the surface. The websites may advertise smooth sailing —
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Nine Tips for Cruise Safety

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Credit: Flickr, Creative Commons — kansasphoto Most of the bases for cruising have already been covered: We know how to keep your floating vacation afloat, how to find the best ships for singles, how to survive a cruise with Norwalk virus and how to cruise with the kids. But, as
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Coming Soon: Whizzing Your Way Through Airport Security

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If you have ever done any air traveling in a post-911 world, the three most dreaded words tend to be “TSA Security Checkpoint”. Well, fear no more. The agency, in a recent press release, has offered some relief to travelers who are wary of taking off their shoes and being
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TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Cheap Suits

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Welcome to the wonderful world of crowdsourcing. Everyone is an expert on everything and thanks to sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Angie’s List there are now platforms for everyone to display their expertise. Well, sort of. First of all, let me be clear, TripAdvisor can be an incredibly valuable tool
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8 Steps To Hotel Safety

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Hotels are a necessary part of the travel experience. Be it one night or several months, a hotel is your temporary home away from home. But the difference between a hotel and your home is that a hotel can be fraught with danger. I don’t mean to be an alarmist,
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3 Travel Scams That Never Die

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“Psst, hey buddy, come here, I got a great deal on a brand new Rolex.” If you are an experienced traveler or have visited a large city in the United States, you have probably been approached with a similar line. Of course, the guy in the trench coat is not
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Your Travel Troubleshooter

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Hello and welcome to Travelhoppers! I am thrilled to have been asked to participate in this project as the Ombudsman for the travel woes of our readers. But, before we get into problem solving, I wanted to take a few moments to outline exactly how I feel an Ombudsman comes
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