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Two Great Tips for Making Your Vacation Work For You

Snorkeling

I’ve always been surprised by the reluctance many people have to take their annual vacations. Even in the United States, where two to three weeks is a normal allocation for many employees, many avoid taking their allotted days. In most of Europe, oddly enough, the opposite is true: workers often have five or six weeks […]

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April 2, 2013 by | Comments Off on Two Great Tips for Making Your Vacation Work For You

Plan Ahead for the 2012 London Olympics

London Eye

Unless you’ve been living in a submarine these last few months, you won’t have missed the fact that the UK is having a big year. Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee went off with a big — though sometimes rainy — bang, and it’s now only a few weeks to the 2012 London Olympics, which run from […]

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July 13, 2012 by | Comments Off on Plan Ahead for the 2012 London Olympics

Nowhere is Off-Limits—Choosing a Destination for Your Next Trip

Our world is a topsy-turvy place, with no end of unforeseen events sent to try us. War, internal strife, natural and man-made disasters arrive unbidden and deliver untold disruption and suffering. Headlines are typically so dramatic we often overlook some of the less obvious outcomes. Among these, the death of tourism is generally instantaneous, often […]

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July 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment

How to Cope With Vacation Disasters

Ice on plane

Bad things can happen to good people, including you. Sadly, they sometimes happen on vacation. That can make things seem doubly bad, seeing as you’ve paid good money to enjoy yourself, not to hassle with goodness knows what problem fate has decided to drop on your head. So it’s a good idea to have a […]

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June 14, 2012 by | Comments Off on How to Cope With Vacation Disasters

Don’t Let Your Guidebook Rule Your Vacation

Ayers Rock

To be truly happy on vacation, psychologists have found you need to feel in control of the itinerary and activities. This is a subtle but important point for vacationers: for a great vacation, you need to do what you want to do, not what your traveling companions want, and not necessarily what the guidebook suggests.

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May 9, 2012 by | Comments Off on Don’t Let Your Guidebook Rule Your Vacation

Leave Your Worries at Home on Your Next Vacation

Pompeii

If you spend 17 years in the travel industry you end up talking to a lot of travelers, and over time you learn some interesting things about them. One of the most intriguing things I’ve found is that when it comes to thinking about upcoming vacations, it’s just human nature to spend some time worrying […]

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April 12, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Need a Vacation After Vacation? You Need a Different Vacation!

Las Vegas skydive

Many of us set off on our vacations with a single goal in mind: to escape the troubles, worries and stresses of our workaday lives. There’s no shame in that; our western civilization seems to value escapism pretty highly, and if you are going to truly escape, well, you need to put some thought into […]

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March 22, 2012 by | Comments Off on Need a Vacation After Vacation? You Need a Different Vacation!

5 Things Travelers Really Don’t Want To Hear

Luggage

“We’d like to upgrade you to a suite.” “This flight will be arriving early.” “Admission is free today.” Some sentences are music to any traveler’s ears. But for every phrase we long to hear, there’s one we dread just as much. Here are five things you never want to hear as a traveler, and what […]

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March 15, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Athens: Now is the time to visit!

Temple of Poseidon

There is a certain type of traveler—we don’t have a name for them—who have a benevolent streak that co-exists quite happily with a hunger for travel and love for a bargain. This strange mix finds its expression when the opportunity arises to visit a place where some sort of calamity has struck, and they see […]

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March 2, 2012 by | 4 Comments

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo

I have to admit it had been years since I visited a zoo, with concerns about animal rights and the moral issues involved in keeping wild animals in captivity the main things that kept me away. But I had heard good things about Singapore Zoo, and about the changed thinking that was now commonplace amongst […]

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February 16, 2012 by | 1 Comment