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Passport Fees Going Up (Again!) – Renew Now

Passport Fees Going Up (Again!) – Renew Now

In this era of escalating fees, the State Department has requested an increase in the cost of obtaining a passport. The new proposed rates would be $135 for a first-time passport application, $110 for a renewal and $82 for additional pages (which are currently free).  It’s hard to believe that the cost of a passport […]

March 3, 2010 | By | Reply More
Interesting New Travel Magazine

Interesting New Travel Magazine

You have to appreciate the youthful exuberance of Greg Sullivan and Joe Diaz, founders of AFAR Magazine.  They have introduced a new travel magazine in a time when well established trade publications are ceasing operation.  AFAR is dedicated to uncommon, surprising and inspiring journeys. I just picked up their 3rd edition, the March/April issue available […]

February 25, 2010 | By | Reply More
Machu Picchu Closed To Tourists

Machu Picchu Closed To Tourists

In recent weeks there are been major damage to the roads, railbeds and trails leading to Machu Picchu in Peru.  Heavy rains have caused mudslides and erosion to roads betweeen Cusco and Agus Calientes.  You may remember recent stories of 2,000 tourists being stranded at Machu Picchu after mudslides closed access roads.  After days of […]

February 24, 2010 | By | Reply More
Handicapped Accessible Hotels Now Searchable On Hotels.com

Handicapped Accessible Hotels Now Searchable On Hotels.com

Thumbs up for Hotels.com that has added a search criteria box for finding accessibility features offered at hotels.  The search block which appears after you have entered your destination and dates of travel, enables you to search for features such as accessibility bathroom, braille signage, roll-in showers etc.  This is good news for anyone who […]

February 16, 2010 | By | Reply More
Meet The Real Van Gogh In London This Spring

Meet The Real Van Gogh In London This Spring

The Royal Academy of Arts in London is presenting meet “The Real Van Gogh“ from now until April 18, 2010.  The exhibition features 35 original letters by Van Gogh displayed along with almost 100 paintings and drawings.  This unique collection provides an intimate view into the complex mind of this talented but troubled artist.

February 13, 2010 | By | Reply More
Couch Surf All The Way To New Zealand With Lie Flat Seats in Coach

Couch Surf All The Way To New Zealand With Lie Flat Seats in Coach

Finally, lie flat sleeping seats are coming to coach class thanks to the imaginative folks at Air New Zealand. The Kiwi’s  will soon be introducing a whole new way to fly in coach class – by ‘Skycouch’!  Their newly designed Boeing 777-300 ER (which will be introduced later this year) features a new style of […]

February 11, 2010 | By | Reply More
How To Fly Without Interruptions

How To Fly Without Interruptions

Here’s a great tip I picked up yesterday at a Air Tahiti Nui (national airlines of Tahiti) meeting.  When you’re on an overnight flight and want to sleep undisturbed, here’s what to do….  Bring along a Post-It note or two and  write “Do Not Wake For Meals” or “Wake For Meals” on the note and […]

January 27, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More
Berlin Apartment Rental For Vacationers

Berlin Apartment Rental For Vacationers

Oliver, one of our ‘Wicked Good’ readers shares this tip for a great apartment rental in Berlin:  “I’ve been recently in Berlin in an excellent apartment. The price-quality relation was unbeatable (65€ per night for 2, for 100 square meters). It is located in one of the most interesting parts of the town, the former […]

January 25, 2010 | By | Reply More
McDonalds Leaps On The Free WiFi Bandwagon

McDonalds Leaps On The Free WiFi Bandwagon

The coffee wars are in full swing in America with McDonalds upping the ante to attract customers away from high priced coffee emporiums.  First it was the switch to premium coffee blends  (Newman’s Own Organics) and now McDonalds is offering free WiFi in all of their locations in the United States.  This is clearly another […]

January 18, 2010 | By | Reply More
Squeeze In A Mini Tour In A Mini Cooper

Squeeze In A Mini Tour In A Mini Cooper

London Sightseeing Tours with a fun twist. The cheeky crew at smallcarBIGCITY in London invite you (up to 3 passengers) to pop into a retro Mini Cooper and take a nostalgic tour of London – nostalgic if you partied in the 60’s  that is!  Your tour guide/driver will be outfitted in 60’s garb that will […]

January 12, 2010 | By | Reply More
Washinton DC Eats It's Own!

Washinton DC Eats It's Own!

It’s time for the Washington carnivores to come out of the smoky back rooms and step out to enjoy Restaurant Week in Washington DC – January 11-17. More than 180 eating establishments will be participating next week. Set price 3 course lunch menus will be $20.10 per person, and 3 course diners $35.10. Beverages, gratuities […]

January 8, 2010 | By | Reply More
Skip Right Past The Long Airport Lines With VIP Assistance

Skip Right Past The Long Airport Lines With VIP Assistance

One of the most tedious aspects of traveling internationally is dealing with the long lines at screening stations, and delays at immigration and customs.  If you could only be treated like a VIP… with an escort to whisk you through… wouldn’t that be great?  Well now you can have an airport assistant at your side […]

January 5, 2010 | By | Reply More
New IRS Mileage Rate for 2010

New IRS Mileage Rate for 2010

Usually at this time of year everyone anticipates a hike in the IRS mileage rate.  Surprise!!  In 2010 the rate is going down – the 55 cent allowance for 2009 is being lowered to 50 cents per mile.  The IRS predicts a generally lower transportation cost for the coming year than for last year.  Let’s […]

December 27, 2009 | By | Reply More
At Last – New Aviation Regulations For Flight Delays

At Last – New Aviation Regulations For Flight Delays

In the midst of all the noise about health care reform and the crush of preparing for the holidays, you may have missed the good news about the new federal aviation regulations that limit the time airline passengers can be delayed on tarmacs to 3 hours.  No longer will you risk being held hostage on […]

December 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
Kayak Launches New Tool To Keep All Your Travel Organized

Kayak Launches New Tool To Keep All Your Travel Organized

The folks at Kayak.com have added a great new service to help keep all your travel reservations and information in one place. Kayak’s free itinerary magagement tool lets you consolidate all your travel elements in one file by forwarding reservation confirmations to your Kayak account.  Kayak Trips will keep track of your airline hotel & […]

December 9, 2009 | By | Reply More
Get Extra Value For Your Shopping Dollars

Get Extra Value For Your Shopping Dollars

Here are two smart ways to shop this holiday season to get extra value for every dollar you spend. #1  GoodShop.com For every dollar you spend, GoodShop will donate a portion of your purchase amount to your favorite charity. #2  Airline Shopping Sites The major US airlines have shopping sites that offer bonus frequent flier […]

November 26, 2009 | By | Reply More
Are You Enjoying The Free WiFi At Airports This Holiday Season?

Are You Enjoying The Free WiFi At Airports This Holiday Season?

Don’t forget to take advantage of Google’s generousity this holiday season.  From now until January 15, 2010, Google will be underwriting the cost of  WiFi at 47 major airports across the USA. When you power up at the airport look for the new free WiFi icon.  If you don’t see it – it’s possible that […]

November 25, 2009 | By | Reply More
What To Do When Flights Are Delayed or Canceled

What To Do When Flights Are Delayed or Canceled

Heads up my friends, we’re heading into the worst travel weeks for flight delays, oversold planes and cancellations – ahhhh the joys of holiday and winter travel! This year there’s a new tool to use – TWITTER!  Many of the airports across the US have their own Twitter pages that will give you the most […]

November 23, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
H1N1 Travel Insurance Explained

H1N1 Travel Insurance Explained

Will standard travel insurance policies cover you for cancellation if you or a family memeber comes down with H1N1 just prior to traveling?  The answers to this question have been changing recently.  Here’s an excellent article by the LA Times that gives an excellent overview of the up-to-date answers.

November 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
New Gluten-Free Allergy Alert Travel Cards

New Gluten-Free Allergy Alert Travel Cards

Staying healthy on the road is a particular challenge for folks with food allergies.  Anyone with significant food sensitivities should visit SelectWisely.com and order their terrific allergy alert cards – available in a wide range of languages. They have recently introduced a new card which alerts restaurant waiters to your Gluten-Free food requirements.  The cards […]

November 18, 2009 | By | Reply More