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Bermuda Rebounds, Airport Reopens After Hurricane Gonzalo

Where: Bermuda
October 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The typical image of pink sand paradise was disrupted on Friday, October 17, as Hurricane Gonzalo roared over Bermuda. Luckily the storm, which battered the island with winds of 110mph, didn't take the vacation destination by surprise; airlines ad issued travel waivers a week in advance and cruise ships had canceled their calls in advance.

Palm tree were shredded and some smaller boats sunk in harbor, but no lives were lost in the storm and Bermuda is extremely anxious to return to tourism business as usual.

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How One Airplane Got Wrapped Up in the US Ebola Panic

October 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Turn on the TV this week and there's one word you can't go very long without hearing: Ebola.

While the crisis in Africa is still very much that, a crisis, the US has heard more about a single flight than anything else this week. So here are the facts.

On Monday, October 13, Frontier flight 1143 traveled from Cleveland-CLE to Dallas-DFW Airport. The plane was N220FR, a Frontier Airbus A320 ("Finn the Tiger Shark") and one passenger was a nurse who had previously treated . The plane went on to fly four more flights until the connection between the nurse and the plane was made, at which time the plane was removed from service for cleaning.

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What Travelers Should Expect During Reopening of Los Cabos' Damaged Airport

October 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The main airport for Mexico's Cabo San Lucas may have only reopened to commercial flights last week, but it's already welcoming back planeload after planeload of tourists eager to get their sunburns started after damage from Hurricane Odile effectively shut down travel to the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in September.

To show that the destinations is quickly bouncing back, the tourism board is now advocating use of the hashtag "#UnstoppableCabo" on social media, as well as constantly providing recovery news on their Facebook page.

One of the most recent updates involves some important information for travelers who have flights to or from Los Cabos International Airport in the coming weeks:

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Is Travel to Hong Kong Still Safe? An Update from the 'Umbrella Revolution'

October 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the "Umbrella Revoltution" in Hong Kong continues into its second week, is it still safe to visit the city?

Last week we said yes, and this week we stand by that verdict, but now have the first-hand experience to back it up since arriving to HK a couple days ago.

Things we have not seen: violence, police, more than a few closed roads, loud demonstrating.

Things we have seen: signs, a wall of post-it notes with inspirational quotes and Tupac song lyrics, protesters napping or reading in the midday sun, and news crews desperate for new video footage.

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Why We Won't Be Traveling to Morocco

Where: Morocco
October 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

We skimmed the headline at first. "British tourist jailed for 'homosexual acts,'" it read. Our natural assumption was to think the person in question had been caught in public, in flagrante delicto, somewhere in the deep Middle East where any open expression of love is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited.

Alas, we did read the news, only to be shocked to discover that the destination imprisoning a 69-year-old retired Briton, who was arrested while waiting for a bus, is Morocco. The arrest happened in Marrakech, the most popular city with foreign tourists for its major transportation connections, excellent shopping, and historical sites.

Now that the man, Ray Cole, has been sentenced to four months in prison, cries for a boycott of tourism to Morocco are in full swing.

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Is Travel to Hong Kong Safe Right Now?

September 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

In light of this week's mass protests and #OccupyCentral movement in the heart of Hong Kong, some travelers may be worried about disruptions to their travel plans.

Approximately 70 people were arrested in Saturday's protests, and Sunday saw the movement spread to Kowloon, in the always-busy Mongkok neighborhood. An excellent and quick explainer of what's happening in Hong Kong can be found at CNN.com, and also via video on Vox.com. What's most important to remember is that the protesters are not violent; it's about voices, presence, and future freedoms for Hong Kong.

So, should you go? Yes, absolutely still travel to Hong Kong, but do know these things:

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Fire at Chicago FAA Facility Grounds Flights, Worsens Friday Travel Mayhem

September 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Update: 12pm EST Flights into and out of Chicago are resuming at a "reduced rate." It has been stated that the fire which caused today's interruption was deliberately set, but was not an act of terrorism. It was set by a man found with self-inflicted wounds, in the basement of the facility.

Early this morning, smoke began billowing out of an FAA facility in Aurora, IL. The fire, whose cause remains suspicious, nonetheless made an impact on US air travel as all flights set to travel into or out of Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports were delayed or cancelled, along with many others simply set to fly through the Chicago control area. As of 10am EST, FlightStats.com was reporting upwards of 400 cancelled and 300 delayed flights for the airports.

As expected, lines within the airports stretched along with phone wait times for further information. One gate at O'Hare was reported to quote "30 minutes or 3 hours" for the delay, which demonstrates the uncertainties at the time.

If you're scheduled to fly anywhere in the United States today, please check with your airline (we'd recommend via their official Twitter account or website, with posted alerts) before heading to the airport. As always, be sure to embark on travels today with fully-charged electronics, packed snacks, and some flexibility and patience for the tens of thousands of other stuck in a similar position or worse.

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There's a Really Good Reason Not to Hike Alone in the Atacama Desert

August 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

View from the top of Toco Mountain at 18,385 feet on the border of Chile and Bolivia

Beautiful, isn't it? The Atacama offers an awe-inspiring combination of desert landscape, towering peaks, and refreshing lagoons, and travelers should spend as much time as they possibly can exploring these incredible outdoor opportunities. Just make sure you don't do it alone.

Hiking alone, or in a group that lacks someone with knowledge of the area, is never a good idea. It's a pretty basic rule of thumb when it comes to the wilderness. But it's even more true in Atacama. One wrong step, and you could find yourself missing half your leg. No, it's not the monsters from the movie Tremors. The real reason is perhaps even more peculiar: There are thousands of active landmines stashed throughout the region.

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Locals and Tourists Once Again Clash in California at LA's Hollywood Sign

August 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when SF decided to close one of its most infamous tourist attractions, the crooked Lombard Street, on certain weekends due to complaints by locals? Well, its rival city in the south, Los Angeles, is now experiencing similar problems with one of its landmarks, the Hollywood Sign.

According to the LA Times, an impromptu task force consisting of eight police officers has formed in response to "growing complaints from residents who say their neighborhoods are being overrun by tourist vans and rental cars drawn to the sign." Problems include double parking and congestion that has resulted in both physical damage and logistical frustration.

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Throwback Thursday: Peeking Inside a US Passport from 1952

July 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

While rifling though some old documents, we happened upon a US passport issued in 1952. Although there are few stamps over which to "ooh" and "aah," the design and requirements within the tiny book did open our eyes a bit as to how restrictive world travel was for the average American.

As you're no doubt aware, World Wars I and II really messed up international relations. As citizens of one of the victors, US travelers were at least more free than most when it came to crossing borders, but some countries still remained on the hot list.

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Delta Decides That Flying Over Warzones is Definitely Not Happening

July 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

When Delta yesterday announced their decision to stop flights to Tel Aviv, Israel "until further notice," they stood alone.

Within the next two hours, that move was echoed by United and US Airways, and eventually the Federal Aviation Administration themselves, who set forth a 24-hour ban on US airline flights to Israel, a ban which was extended today for a further 24 hours.

Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta, stood in front of the CNBC cameras this morning to explain their early and precedent-setting action, which goes beyond the single incident of the rocket attack nearby Ben Gurion International Airport to address danger due to "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza."

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Breaking: Airlines Cancel Israel Flights 'Until Further Notice'

July 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

BREAKING

Update: 12:30pm EST, July 23: Although yesterday's FAA ban on flights to Israel was originally only for 24 hours, it has been extended to last another 24 at the least. This only applies to US airlines, so flights to Israel on El Al out of JFK are still operating normally.

Update: 1pm EST: FAA has issued a notice (NOTAM) prohibiting US airlines from flying to or from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Int’l Airport for up to 24 hours.

Update: 12pm EST: US Airways, United and American Airlines now join Delta in temporarily suspending Tel Aviv flights.

At approximately 11am EST today, Delta updated their Israel travel adivsory from a warning that flights may be disrupted, to the fact that their flights from New York-JFK to Tel Aviv will not be operating at all "until further notice."

The stoppage is a temporary hiatus necessitated by escalating violence in Israel; the final straw comes with the report of a rocket attack in the vicinity of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport. Naturally the danger calls to mind last week's Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, caused by a ground-to-air missile. While airlines continue to divert their flight paths clear of Ukrainian air space, there are other war zones to consider.

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