Everybody has to pay and pay

Traveling on highways and having to struggle with toll booths is certainly one of the joys of driving – NOT. If you drive across the USA – especially when you’re a visitor – you will inevitably come upon a highway with toll booths.  But, if you have purchased a toll pass when you rented your car, you might be expecting…

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The “civilized” wilderness of Europe

Europe is many things, but one thing that is consistent across almost all of the European countries is the general approach to tolerance.  Good, mature behaviour is recognised, and rewarded with few limitations or rules.  The  Europeans intrinsically get this. And one area where this all blends together for Europeans is camping.  This article talks about “wild” camping:  pitching your…

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How to beat the seats

As if going slightly insane trying to find the best flights, you sometimes have the same struggles when it comes to choosing your seats without going bankrupt.  It almost feels like there is a Cray supercomputer playing chess with you. Well, here are some tips, courtesy of Entrepreneur.com  that might lower your blood pressure. Finding the best flight is also…

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Nothing up my sleeve, presto!

Your flight tickets will be $550.  Your suitcase will be another $212. Give this man, Bruno, a medal. Overpacked and no room in my carry on, this is the outcome of that predicament – the travel coat: a couple meters of nylon from the Flea Market in two perfect tones of forest green, 29 carefully folded items of clothing, 6.8…

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I’m sorry, Dave – I’m afraid you can’t do that

Sometimes, you wonder where peoples’ minds are. The USA’s TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Blogger Bob Burns once shared funny, but serious, messages with the public.  Now,  Lisa Farbstein and the team on duty now are doing a great job of keeping the public informed with light but serious messages about what can and cannot go through airport security checkpoints. Read…

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More sabor

Tripadvisor fans (like us) get around.  They every corner of the globe to discover the newest, the wildest, the most obscure and the, well,  just plain fun. It’s almost impossible to travel without eating something.  And if your budget permits, the lure of “best of” restaurants is just too strong to resist.  Here, here to that,  we say. So, may…

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Ciao, Alitalia

Who doesn’t love Italy?  We bet that only a few will raise their hands.  Italy, for tourists, seems to bring out all that’s good in traveling. But, sadly, Italy’s official airline, Alitalia has had its troubles in the past and up until now, and, as a result, will be shutting its doors for good. Happily, out of the ashes comes…

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Try not to drool

AirBnB, constant bad press notwithstanding, has created a wonderful new model on how to travel.  Almost everyone wins. VRBO, an Expedia company (and one of our valued affiliate friends,) have taken the model and successfully given AirBnB a run for their money:  in some recent months, they have marched past AirBnB in bookings. But, this post is about something similar,…

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Love triangles?

We have a quiz for you.  No prizes, sadly. In the world of love, we certainly know how and where triangles fit.  But how about in the world of travel? Triangles exist, but it has nothing to do with overexcited pilots and cabin crew.  And there is no connection to the Bermuda Triangle, either.  We’re talking about triangle routes. Triangle…

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Do good, feel good UNESCO style

This is a simple, but very important request.  For those of us who are fortunate enough to travel, this should almost be mandatory. UNESCO has created the Sustainable Tourism Pledge. The pledge takes an industry-first approach to environmental and cultural protection, requiring hotel operators to introduce firm measures to eliminate single-use plastics and promote local culture. The intention is to…

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We are the robots

As mother earth spins faster, and more and more of us spin with her, big changes happen.  New ideas, new materials, new studies, new pharmaceuticals . . all culminating into new “us”? Very soon, we will be presented  with all types of complicated information about the condition of our health, including our individual levels of risk for any number of…

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Epcot thoughts

Whether we want to admit it or not, almost all of us feel a little tingle when we think of Disney parks.  The company knows how to push our buttons, and even lead us to new places. But, one of those places – Epcot – in Florida is a bit of an enigma to many.  Why is it there? What…

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Every breath you take, every move you make

Those with tin foil hats, look away now. People are people and, therefore, unpredictable.  Sometimes that’s fine (and fun) but when it comes to wrangling millions of us at a time, that can be . . not fun. In the UK,  Transport for London is using aggregated and anonymised data from its wi-fi network to provide real-time data on how…

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H2Go!

Nature provides, if we respect her.  And respect is something that seems to be in short supply nowadays.  Automobiles still (mostly) run on 1900’s technology, we still pump fuel out of the ground, which has untold repercussions. The worst thing is that we know better and have the technologies, and yet, we as humans, are slow to adapt. Well, let…

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The menace of Venice

Venice in peril.  If it’s ancient foundations crumbling, and literal hoards of tourists aren’t troubling enough, Venice is now being genuinely threatened by the gargantuan cruise ships that pull up to the ancient city. So much so, that UNESCO has put Venice on its endangered list unless Italy permanently banned cruise ships from docking in the world heritage site.   And…

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But, will we have enough extension cords?

Mother earth is heating up – dangerously – but so is the race to enable humans and animals to live in a world that will not burn to a crisp, like it seems now.  We have the brains and the technology, but our will needs a kick in the pants. Fortunately, more and more evidence of green thinking appears everyday. …

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Too little, too late?

Europeans – and we include the UK here – generally tend to be ahead of the curve when it comes to things like healthcare, social security, immigration  . . . and the environment. The UK has published its Transport Decarbonisation Plan.  The intent to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. Is that too late, given what we’re hearing…

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The campings

Europeans love to camp.  There are literally thousands of them dotted around the continent.  Not only are they plentiful, they are usually in beautiful, if not stunning, locations and are a very cost effective way to holiday. You can enjoy all of the traditional ways of camping, including tents and resorts, but hiring a fuel-efficient European camper is really the…

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20,000 rental campers. 24 countries. 4 continents. Go!

We love camping, and we love campervans even more, especially when they’re the smart new models – good on petrol, good on space, good on the environment. We’re also really happy to welcome our new affiliate friends, CamperDays.com Their portfolio includes up to 20,000 rental vehicles that can be booked directly in 24 countries on four continents. Read more about…

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