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When you need to keep in touch with hosts or friends, verify plans or make reservations while traveling, cheap and accessible telephony is essential. Options for travelers have improved dramatically in the last few years, leaving you beholden neither to the kindness of strangers (or friends) nor to your home mobile carrier charging you [...]

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Today’s post comes courtesy of long time reader, first time guest blogger Dana, currently of North Carolina. Dana blogs regularly at From My Wandering Mind and is head chef at Geek Buffet. You’ll find more descriptions of her recent trip to Japan and China starting here.

Last month, I took a 3-week trip to Asia, [...]

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Senator Barack Obama wraps up his multi-country tour public appearances with Senators Reed and Hagel today in Berlin, where he will be giving an evening speech open to the public following meetings with German government officials.
I’ve been leafletting for three days, getting out the word to Germans and Americans alike. If you’re in the [...]

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I recently discovered a post by the folks over at SkyScanner entitled Satellite Airports – do you know where you’re going?  While I know that Schoenefeld Airport lies 17 rather than 71 km from Berlin, I did think the *idea* was a good one; nevertheless, the chart needed more information:  HOW do you get to and from [...]

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A few months ago, a friend of mine posted a note on an internet BB: “Just in case you were wondering, it IS possible to fly [in the U.S.] without ID. Lots of extra time, searches and questions involved, but it IS possible.”
If you’re a frequent flier, it’s probably not something you think [...]

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From the producer of our poorly-orchestrated increased airline security measures (“Only Terrorists Carry 200 ml of Toothpaste”) and the creator of the color-based national security threat chart (“Like Clockwork, Orange!”), a new move certain to alienate our closest friends and allies:  starting January 12, 2009, all travelers to the U.S. who travel without visa restrictions (15 million [...]

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Today’s quiz: how many of the 13 Canadian provinces and territories can you correctly name? (Extra points if you can identify the one that didn’t exist when you were in school.)
By popular demand and just in time for the summer driving season, find a comprehensive guide to Canadian highway map and tourist information request forms [...]

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RyanAir is making some changes to its fees structure that passengers should be aware of: for all flights booked after May 5, checked baggage fees are increasing to £8/€10 for the first bag booked online (£16/€20 if purchased at the airport), £16/€20 for each additional bag (max. 3 total) whether online or airport. [...]

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Thursday’s post, Saving for Plane Tickets, Part One, broke down airfares to different destinations into a daily, weekly and monthly savings budget. Of course, the most straightforward way to save $3/day is to divert it immediately from your paycheck into a separate account, preferably one earning higher interest and which is difficult for you [...]

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U.S. credit card and bank account holders, today is the last day to submit your Currency Conversion Fee Refund Claim.  It’s at least $25 absolutely free if you used a credit card or ATM abroad (or purchased anything in foreign currency) between 1996 and 2006.
This is totally legit and the easiest money you’ll earn (back [...]

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