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Where did all the polar bears go?

When Carol Majewski plunks down $16,000 on a polar bear photography trip, she expects to come home with an abundance of pictures of these rare animals. So now that she has returned from this excursion, why is her photo album of “The King of the Arctic” virtually empty

A survival guide to air travel in 2018

If you thought 2017 was a challenging year for airline passengers, just wait until you see what’s ahead. The post A survival guide to air travel in 2018 appeared first on Elliott.

Nay Pyi Taw – the new capital of Myanmar

The Lonely Planet Myanmar guide suggests that ‘it can feel soulless – Canberra meets Brasilia with a peculiar Orwellian twist.’ I’ve not been to Brasilia, but that’s very unfair to Canberra.

Italy vacation is in limbo after Norwegian cancels flight

After Inbal Graham’s flight to Oslo is canceled, her airline offers two difficult choices: either a flight one week later or a full refund. Isn’t there a door number three? The post Italy vacation is in limbo after Norwegian cancels flight appeared first on Elliott

Why would I need a U.K. driver’s license to rent a car in Florida?

When Keith Montgomery went to pick up his rental car in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he had his driver’s license handy. But the rental car facility refused to rent him the car for which he’d prepaid, and forced him to pay for a new rental car. That’s because Montgomery is a dual U.S.-U.K

VPNs, Website Blocks & ‘Climbing the Wall’

Oh you’re ‘climbing the wall’ – fan qiang – the Chinese journalist commented. I was indeed, I was using a VPN – Virtual Private Network – to ‘climb over the Great Firewall of China.’ China is the most notorious of the countries in the world which spend a great deal of time and energy preventing their citizens from seeing things they shouldn’t on the internet.

Persistence pays off for this Aer Lingus delay

One delay of Nora Rousso’s Aer Lingus flight from Paris to Dublin leads to another, and now her return flight is delayed an entire day. Is she entitled to any compensation? The post Persistence pays off for this Aer Lingus delay appeared first on Elliott.

The TSA’s new pat-downs get too personal for some

When Barbara Leary went through the full-body scanner at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport recently, her hip replacements set off the alarm. She was directed to another line, where she underwent a physical search by a Transportation Security Administration agent. The post The TSA’s new pat-downs…

In the Age of Laissez Faire regulation, the ground is shifting under consumers. Here’s what it means.

If the recent news from Washington isn’t a little unsettling, maybe you should look again. A new administration has brought some unconventional thinking to the Oval Office, and the repercussions could be felt for years by American consumers. The post In the Age of Laissez Faire regulation, the…

Another lost honeymoon. Who is to blame here?

Jason Clements and his new wife planned the perfect honeymoon in Ireland, including tickets from Phoenix to Dublin via Philadelphia on American Airlines and British Airways, purchased through the online travel site CheapOair (a brand of Fareportal). They even purchased trip protection insurance….