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Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S.

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S. Apr 18th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Who thought that Tennessee and New Hampshire would be some of the top towns in the country for art lovers. AmericanStyle magazine just issued the results of its twelfth annual arts destinations poll. Some spots are predictable. Others, like Chattanooga, will just blow your mind. This is the first year Chattanooga made the list, shooting all the way up to second in the mid-sized city category. If...

More airline employees with sticky fingers

More airline employees with sticky fingers Apr 8th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Did you lose a bag at Philadelphia International Airport? Well, there may be a reason. An American Airlines baggage crew chief was arrested and charged with stealing clothes from the luggage he handled. The game appears to have been: (1) steal the clothes, (2) return them to a department store and (3) don't get caught. That last one's the hard part. A passenger on Flight 892 from Dallas to Philly...

A&K and Fairmont Earth Hour ideas will have tangible results

A&K and Fairmont Earth Hour ideas will have tangible results Mar 23rd, 2009 at 1:30PM: Earth Hour is on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. The hospitality and travel industry seems to have embraced this commitment to environmentalism. There are plenty of noteworthy initiatives out there intended to show support for a planet that could probably use our help. Of course, some are more interesting than others. I'm pretty interested in what's going on at Abercrombie & Kent and Fairmont. ...

Galley Gossip: Passenger of the month - Christopher Elliott

Galley Gossip:  Passenger of the month - Christopher Elliott Jan 29th, 2009 at 1:30PM: Name? Christopher Elliott Where do you live? Orlando, Florida Occupation? I'm a travel journalist. Website? Elliott.org City you spend the most time in? Orlando Okay, that makes sense. Bad question. So where do you travel to the most often? New York I love New York. Everyone should visit New York at least once in their lifetime, especially during Christmas. Miles flown this year? Just over...

In which countries are there 7-Elevens and how many are there?

In which countries are there 7-Elevens and how many are there? Nov 30th, 2008 at 2:00PM: In his recent Wallet Pop post on 7-Eleven's move to provide more 7-Eleven private-brand products, Geoff Williams mentioned the U.S. and Canada as two 7-Eleven countries. There are more than that. There are so many that it can make your head spin. With so many companies struggling, here's one that continues to make its mark. The company started up in Dallas, Texas in 1927, and as far as I know, is...

Plastic bag fees in New York City? What about Seattle?

Plastic bag fees in New York City? What about Seattle? Nov 7th, 2008 at 9:30AM: Mayor Bloomberg's office has urged, urged, urged people in New York City to use cloth grocery bags for a long time now. They've cajoled. They've pleaded. His office has set up plastic bag recycling receptacles at various supermarkets around the city in an effort to make the city folk more environmentally conscience. But people just love, love, love those plastic bags. They just can't stop using...

The Most Expensive and Least Expensive Airports in the US

The Most Expensive and Least Expensive Airports in the US Nov 5th, 2008 at 12:30PM: According to the US Department of Transportation, airfares are now at an all time high. The average fare for the 2nd quarter of 2008 was $352. That's up nearly 8% from a year ago. Travelers are definitely feeling the surge in prices. However, the averages for individual airports vary wildly. Cincinnati has it worst. With fares averaging $595, it is the most expensive airport to fly out of in the...

Cockpit Chronicles: Domestic Duties

Cockpit Chronicles: Domestic Duties Apr 28th, 2008 at 9:00AM: I can't wait for our one European destination to come back to Boston in May. These crack of dawn departures don't fit my circadian rhythm at all. I'm convinced in fact, that when I retire I may never again see the sun rise. That said, it's just so amazing to walk down the jet bridge and out the side door to start the preflight inspection and see the sunrise shining down the polished fuselage just...

Cockpit Chronicles: How pilots stay proficient

Cockpit Chronicles: How pilots stay proficient Mar 15th, 2008 at 11:00AM: Last week I accomplished something every pilot dreads. Every nine months we have to go down to Dallas for recurrent training. The FAA lays out its mandates for airline recurrent training and the specific airlines design their courses around these requirements. It seems like every year they're adding more and more subjects that need to be covered. Whether it's in the classroom or in the simulator,...

Holiday Travel Hell Part 3: If you book with Payless Car Rental, make sure your flight is on time

Holiday Travel Hell Part 3: If you book with Payless Car Rental, make sure your flight is on time Jan 9th, 2008 at 9:30AM: As I've written over the past few days, my and my sister Ali's trip to Tampa started about fairly rocky. There was the disinterested and blatantly untruthful American Airlines customer service agent, and then the lost car rental reservation with Expedia and Payless Car Rental (we still don't know who to blame, but Exepedia eventually worked it out for us). But while I sat around the Payless Car...

Now I understand why travelers get angry

Now I understand why travelers get angry Jan 6th, 2008 at 5:30PM: I've always been a patient traveler -- or so I like to think. Missed trains and delayed planes don't normally phase me beyond a general annoyance. I've always regarded the stressed-out angry traveler as someone who needs to take a chill pill and enjoy the journey. I plan to get sick, get robbed, and/or see big insects in my guesthouse; so I don't take valuable items with me, and usually sleep...

Going over the edge in Dallas

Going over the edge in Dallas Dec 20th, 2007 at 8:30AM: If you find yourself in Dallas next year, be sure to check out Hotel Elan, a five-star boutique hotel to be completed next year. At the moment, it's a regular old bank. But what's so special about the building is it's the only structure in the world with a hanging pool, draping eight feet over the edge of the skyscraper. It's on the 10th floor. Several people pointed out that it looks like a...

America's Favorite Cities from Travel & Leisure and CNN

America's Favorite Cities from Travel & Leisure and CNN Oct 11th, 2007 at 9:41AM: 60,000 people chose their favorite towns from 25 choices across the U.S., and the list is in. The results are divided into 9 categories and 14 subcategories, including Shopping, Food and Dining, Culture, and After Dark. The winners are to be expected: New York won a first-place favorite for diversity, ethnic food, and classical music. Also consistently near the top were Washington D.C., Chicago,...

The Best U.S. Cities for Singles

The Best U.S. Cities for Singles Jul 11th, 2007 at 9:39AM: You may recognize this "Singles" map from the February 2007 issue of National Geographic. It ranks the number of single women versus the number of single men in metropolitan areas, and you may be surprised at some of the results. Girls, looking to travel to a bachelor-heavy area? The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metro area, for instance, has the highest population of single males, with...

U.S. Cities With the Worst Traffic Are ...

U.S. Cities With the Worst Traffic Are ... Jun 14th, 2007 at 1:27PM: The U.S. Department of Transportation has recently announced nine of the most congested U.S. cities which are in the running to obtain federal traffic-fighting aid. Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle where the nine semifinalists, with a "winner" set to be announced in August. The winning city will receive $1.1 billion in...

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