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Ten random observations about Greece

Ten random observations about Greece Feb 11th, 2012 at 10:00AM: While researching my travel series on Greece I noticed some interesting things that didn't fit into any of the articles. Some of these observations may be obvious to those more familiar with Greece, but odd first impressions are one of the fun things about travel! 1. Flying low over the Aegean as we made our descent into Athens airport, I swear I saw dolphins playing in the blue waters. We were...

Belfast airport now charging for smoking

Belfast airport now charging for smoking May 7th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Belfast International Airport has introduced a new charge. After deciding to charge people £1 ($1.64) to drop off passengers and £1 for a clear plastic bag to put liquids in, now passengers are going to be charged £1 to use the smoking areas. Airport officials defend the charges saying it costs them extra to maintain separate smoking areas, which are used only by a minority of...

Smoking ban takes effect in Spain today

Smoking ban takes effect in Spain today Jan 2nd, 2011 at 9:00AM: Starting today in Spain, it is illegal to smoke in any enclosed space where the public gathers. This includes bars, cafes, and restaurants. It will also be illegal to smoke in school playgrounds and near hospitals. Smoking will even be banned from TV shows. Spain joins a host of countries that have recently toughened up anti-smoking laws, including Finland, Egypt, and Syria. Countries with...

New Wisconsin hotel smoking ban: big fines, no choice

New Wisconsin hotel smoking ban: big fines, no choice Sep 5th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Wisconsin has just cracked down on smokers from out of state. It's only the second state with a smoking ban that applies to every hotel room in the state. This differs from most smoking bans, like the one in Kansas, in which the properties can allow smoking in a certain percentage of guestrooms. Michigan is the only other state with a hotel smoking ban this severe. The hotel business in...

Egypt plans smoking ban

Egypt plans smoking ban Jun 10th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Smokers beware--there will soon be nowhere to run. It started in Europe and North America, and now it's spreading around the world. Country after country is banning the use of tobacco in public places. Some countries are going even further. Finland plans to ban smoking entirely, while more limited laws are appearing in the most surprising places. Even the smoker's haven of the Middle East is...

Five places to puff in Manhattan: Tips for Smokers

Five places to puff in Manhattan: Tips for Smokers Mar 12th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Yes, I know. Every time I write something for the smokers out there, the comments always fill up with an argument over smoking itself. For now, I'm just going to assume that there are some people out there who happen to smoke and travel. I have this sneaking suspicion that I'm not the only one. So, for those of you who enjoy a puff on the road, here are five places where you can smoke in...

Smoke if you got 'em: Washington DC to OK hotel smoking

Smoke if you got 'em: Washington DC to OK hotel smoking Mar 7th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Non-smokers probably won't be too excited by the news, but cigar smokers will rejoice. The Washington DC City Council passed a measure last week that eases smoking restrictions on hotels in our nation's capital. The Special Event Exemption Emergency Act of 2010 carries an amendment that offers a way for hotels to be exempted from the city's smoking ban. If you prefer your hotels sans puffing,...

Turkish smoking ban? Your survival plan

Turkish smoking ban? Your survival plan Apr 19th, 2009 at 1:00PM: I never thought I'd have to write about a smoking ban in Turkey. It just struck me as one of a handful of locations that would never extinguish the flame. But, on July 19, the impossible will come to pass. In part, it exists already. Since May of last year, smoking has not been permitted in Turkish taxes, malls, offices and ferries. Of course, the prohibition does not seem to have been taken...

Smoking hurts on Saudi airline

Smoking hurts on Saudi airline Feb 4th, 2009 at 2:00PM: For a smoker, nothing is more miserable than staring down a long flight without being able to light up. As if air travel isn't enough of a chore, various regulations and health nuts have taken away our preferred coping mechanism. A Sudanese man fought back ... and paid dearly. According to the Daily Mail, the passenger lit a cigarette on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Qurayyat to Jeddah....

10 travel related things you just don't see any more

10 travel related things you just don't see any more Jan 20th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Feeling nostalgic? I've compiled ten travel related things that are no longer around, including a couple of things that really brought back some memories of trips from the past. Read through the 10 things I could think of, and leave a comment with anything you no longer see when you travel. Smoking or Non Smoking? With the possible exception of a few smaller airlines, you won't find an airline in...

Smoke and eat in New York - at the same time

Smoke and eat in New York - at the same time Jan 8th, 2009 at 5:00PM: There are two types of attraction in New York. The surface stuff – like a visit to the Empire State Building and a walk through Times Square – show up in just about every guidebook you can imagine. Dig a little deeper, and you'll find the array of experiences that appeal to both locals and visitors, the destinations and events that often escape notice. The cigar dinners at tobacconist...

Europe struggles to stub out smoking

Europe struggles to stub out smoking Jan 3rd, 2009 at 10:00AM: All across Europe, increasingly health-conscious governments have been banning smoking in public places like hospitals, train stations, bars and restaurants. Austria, one of the few remaining countries in Western Europe to not yet institute a ban, will be tightening their anti-smoking rules beginning in 2009. The halcyon days of carefree European smoking look to be a thing of the past, right?...

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