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Gutsy Travelers: The Physically Challenged

Handicapped travel, travel for the disabled or travel for the physically challenged -- whatever you call it, people with disabilities are hitting the road, the ski slopes, mountain trails and...

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CityPASS Helps Families Take A Staycation

A weak economy drives families (and all travelers) to seek value-driven vacations, which often means a Staycation, or travel in one’s own back yard. On the positive side,...

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Discovering the Hidden Cozumel, Mexico

This author relishes the other side of Cozumel, Mexico: an island off the Riviera Maya coast of eastern Mexico where a family beach vacation becomes a cultural exploration.It's interesting...

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Sint Maarten and Saint Martin Share A Caribbean Island

Saint Martin is the smallest island in the world to have been partitioned between two different nations, the Netherlands and France, but each side offers a surprising variety of quiet attractions. ...

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My Favorite U.S. Virgin Islands Haunts

Long considered the playground of the tan, the fit and the wealthy, and host to too many toga parties and limbo contests, the U.S. Virgin Islands are saying good bye to hedonism -- and they're welcoming...

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Seduced By The Cayman Island Sisters

Most any novel or movie about corporate bad guys somehow always has shady types furtively wiring funds off shore to the Cayman Islands.Truth is, the...

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Flight Attendants Get No Respect. Can They Do Their Jobs?

Wanted: Someone to push heavy carts along a narrow aisle dispensing Coke (the drink), cookies and conversation, with a smile.Applicant must be able to evacuate a plane, determine, behind closed...

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Ottawa Audio PostCard – Visit Ottawa By Sound

Here's an Ottawa Audio PostCard-Visit Ottawa By Sound.Travel to Ottawa, Canada by sound. Listen to the changing of the guard, the stirring sunset ceremony, visit the multicultural markets with...

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BedBugs Bite, Hotel Reputations Fall: Terminix Rates Your City

The bedbugs keep biting, and the reputations and pocketbooks of hotels and inns are getting infected.A couple of months ago we did a “trending spotting” piece on bedbugs, and the...

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Men And Women Travel Differently. Here’s How

Men and women are different. Who dares argue the point?  So it’s no surprise that we now know they travel differently, seeking different travel experiences.Men and...

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Salamanca: The Soul of Spain

Pleasee watch the 1 minute, sound rich Travel Video PostCard at the end of this post! Salamanca sits at the edge of a greening plane, dominated by a skyline of domed cathedrals and...

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Tips For Taking Your Family To London

(Please watch the 1 minute Travel Video PostCard after the post)Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to...

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Selling the “Polygamy Tour” in Arizona

Twitter Follow And why would we be surprised? We have Medical Tours where travelers combine a few days in a luxury hotel and first class beaches in Thailand,...

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Travel Through The Theatre of the Mind

Twitter FollowListen to a poor Elvis Presley talk about his daddy’s arrest and imprisonment for forging an eight dollar check to feed his hungry...

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In Portugal Port Wine is King

If Vasco do Gama, Magellan and Henry the Navigator fortified themselves with Port, Portugal’s most famous product, it might have made their journeys less horrific.But  Port wasn’t created...

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Nantucket on My Mind

Years after Nantucket’s whaling industry virtually decimated the Atlantic whale population and became fabulously wealthy in the process, Ahab and the White Whale are gone, but the wealth and charm...

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Medical Tourism Biz Booming in India

What was  a footnote in the travel business, Medical Tourism, has grown into a full blown industry. And India is taking the lead in attracting a huge number of patients from around the world to...

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Why Does Airline Food Taste so Awful?

Is it actually the food the airlines serve (when they do) that tastes so bad, or is it the flying experience make the food taste so awful?Wired Magazine reported...

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Audio PostCard From Denmark: Travel By Sound

Come, visit Denmark, Europe’s oldest monarchy with this sound-rich Denmark Audio PostCardThe...

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Travel Video Review: Union Street Inn

Please watch the Video Inn Review at the end of this postYou could almost miss the Union St. Inn blending as it does with the  many...

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The Chaos of Travel: Who Can Help?

While it might have been a bit ambitious for PhosCusWright to call its recent Webinar, Chaos Calls: Philip Wolf Answers, that's exactly what they did. PhoCusWright, a leading travel market...

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Is Your Baby Safe Flying?

 It’s tortured reasoning.The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) position on mandatory child restraint systems (CRS) on planes is, that they’re not necessary.Child...

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Pour A Pint In Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland is a restless place.  It struggles, like the rest of the country and the UK, of which it’s a part, with a failing...

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Selling The Acropolis -Travel Bargains in Greece

Shakespeare's play, Timon of Athens, tells the story of Timon, an extravagant Athenian nobleman spending his money wastefully, until his creditors show up and demand payment to cover his debts. Timon...

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Inn Review – Rabbit Hill Inn, Vermont – A Great Non-Family Family Inn!

The Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, Vermont, right over the New Hampshire border, may not be kid receptive, kids meaning kids up to 14, but it’s still very family friendly, families being all...

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Happy Airports Make More Money

Happy airports make more money. It’s basic economics: happy airport customers spend more money in the airport’s retail shops than do unhappy ones.In fact, global marketing and information...

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Continental and United Say, “I Do,” or At Least, “I’ll Try”

Continental and United Airlines Tie The Knot, Say I Do. Will it Work.It seems the final I do’s or at least I promise to try have been spoken in the long and somewhat rocky...

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Iceland: One-Minute Audio PostCard. Land of Ice and Fire

Amazingly, Iceland’s language and its gene pool have remained unchanged for hundreds and hundreds of years.The "fire and ice” nature of the country finds great expression in the...

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Innkeepers Meet the Social Web: Will They Ever Be The Same?

Brian and Leslie Mulcahy work very hard for their accolades and consistently outstanding reviews by always being there for their guests."It’s not easy,” say the innkeepers of the...

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Best Way To See Portugal

Portugal's Historic Mansions - One of Portugal's greatest gifts (other than its wine) is its vibrant Solares de Portugal ("houses of family heritage),...

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Carbon Offsets – More Hype Than Hope?

Travel honchos in the travel and tourism industry are running a bit scared.With all the hand-wringing about Global Warming, the execs wondered if they are about to become the next Exxon...

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An “All Inclusive” That Works Regardless of Trip Advisor: Wyndham Sugar Bay, St. Thomas

An “All Inclusive” That Works Regardless of Trip Advisor: Wyndham* Sugar Bay, St. Thomas We were alerted to some recent negative reviews about this property posted in Trip Advisor We queried the...

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Isle of Skye, Scotland: Hearts and Highlands

Become a TVP Twitter follower at http://www.twitter.com/travelpostcard“Ah, the Scottish Highlands. We always think of Skye as a spiritual...

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Great Family Fun

Yolo Boarding? Stand up Paddle Boarding or Stand up Surf BoardingNever heard of it?Well Stand Up Paddle Boarding is new thing to do in the Beaches...

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Catch the GeoCaching Fever!

So, we crossed the wooden Cornish-Windsor Bridge from Vermont into New Hampshire, just over a narrow section of the Connecticut River. It’s the longest covered bridge in the world.The bright...

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See, Hear, The Quiet Places of Virginia

The quiet places of Virginia's Northern Neck in Irvington, Virginia, are a pastiche of dandelion fields, and southern breezesLuxuriate for a weekend at the Tides Inn in Virginia.This...

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Trip Advisor Warns of Fake Reviews

In this space, not so long ago, we posted a Blog called: Can You Trust Trip Advisor? It's here, on Family Travel Forum. So we were not so surprised to see an MSNBc report, on July 15,2009...

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Why Travel (and Anything Else) Can Be Free

By Kaleel Sakakeeny with credit to Wired MagazineKing Gillette had the idea first: Give the razor away but charge for the blade.That’s...

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Heading to Virginia: Tides Inn Crab Net Kids Program

One of our favorite places to go, Tides Inn in Virginia’s Northern Neck reintroduces its kids summer vacation package with unlimited golf, tennis, and daily breakfastTides Inn is actually...

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Give Us a Song, Newfoundland

“Give us song,” the dark-haired beauty called out from the doorway of one of the many Celtic pubs and taverns in St. John’s, Newfoundland’s upbeat capital.

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Are Teen Travel Spas Self Indulgent?

The “Teen Spa Program” at Pinehurst Resort

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Carbon Offsets: Real Good or Just Feel Good?

Have a good trip…and don‘t worry that your flight is spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.More...

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Twitter Your Travel Complaints

A woman we knew had to cancel her hotel reservation because she found out she was pregnant…and had pneumonia? As if she didn’t have enough problems, when she tried to cancel, she was told she missed...

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Ziplining in Nicaragua: Sweet Terror

I was terrified.Knee knocking, breath holding terrified, standing on the edge of small tree platform high above the Nicaraguan jungle, looking down at all those treetops.With the...

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Falconing: Sport of Kings and Families

Falconing: The Sport of KingsFor sheer heart stopping beauty, nothing beats the sensation of watching a hawk descend at lightening speed and land on an outstretched, gloved wrist…softly;...

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Do Cheap Hotel Rates Attract Boorish People?

No question, the web is great place for finding hotel and flight deals.But top hotels are complaining that the wrong kinds of guest are filling their rooms because of on line hotel bookings.Call...

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Single Parent Travel

The “bad” news is that the number of single parents seeking quality vacations with their children is growing.The good news is that the number of single parents seeking quality...

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Choosing The Hotel Baby Sitter

So, you're on the road for a family vacation. You've done lots of family-friendly things and now you and your significant other want a night out. Or at least a dinner in the hotel's much touted dinning...

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What Kids Like on Vacation

It’s no surprise that 71% of kids said they need vacations…And half of them said their needs influence their family’s choice of destinations and accommodations.What is surprising,...

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Cambodia: Far from the Killing Fields

Travel Cambodia- Cambodia Travel Video PostCardCambodia and Angkor Wat could easily be one of the 7 wonders of the world, and Cambodia is a powerful emotional experience for visitors.Once...

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Historic Deerfield: Score One For The Native Americans

We think it's great that many of the colonial settlers in historic Deerfield, MA, who were taken captive by "attacking" Native American tribes opted not to return to the ways of the "white man."Perhaps...

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Finding a Good Doc on the Road!

Finding a Doc On The RoadSo, say you've booked the family trip of a lifetime. You've thought of everything, but do you have the name, address, and phone number of a qualified doctor who speaks...

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Women Traveling Alone: Security Issues

Women Road WarriorsWe don’t like the negative image of “woman as victim,” but the reality...

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Family Safaris: Pricey, But a Trip of a Lifetime

Most of us are pretty anxious about our investments and jobs and homes in this economy.Of course Travel is taking a hit, down, but bouncing back.And it never goes away.For...

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For Kids, Travel is the Internet. Period!

Excerpts from  an article in Travel Weekly (a publication of the travel industry. August 20, by Juliet Dennis)Kids tell it how it is: It's web all the wayTeletext...

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Reunions Can Be Tricky: How To Plan One

Travel for reunions is big business and getting bigger as families, communities, organizations and affinity groups  strive to stay in touch in an increasingly complex post 9/11 world.Travel...

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Should Parents Drug Their Kids On Flights?

Would you sedate your child on a flight? Are parents who do so wrong?A Wall Street Journal  article reported that many parents "drug" or sedate their...

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Travel Recipes We Found and Loved

Travel is about food!Sure, it’s about shopping and seeing the sights, but there's no better way to get to know a culture and its people than by sharing their...

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How Not To Travel With Bed Bugs

A few heads were scratched at AOL Travel’s recent story about about bed bugs.We weren’t scratching from the bugs but from curiosity: Why would author Libby Zay do a piece on the...

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Prince Edward Island: The Gentle Province

The first view is of red clay cliffs, gently sloping to the Northumberland Strait. The plane banks slowly… and all of Prince Edward Island (PEI) comes into sight: a patchwork of color...

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