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Travel Articles by David Bear
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Appalachian Trail hikers provide Web updates

04-16-2006

Up to 3 million people each year hike various stretches of the Appalaichian Trail, most for only a day or two. Like Greg Baltas of Uptown, some 2,000 to 3,000 other determined hikers will be trying to cover all 2,174.6 miles.
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David Bear: Weighing the options of shore excursions

04-09-2006

Although shore excursions generate significant cash for the cruise lines, the actual arrangements are almost always provided by local operators who contract to provide transportation and guides.
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Plastic security when you're abroad

04-02-2006

ATM's offer major advantages to travelers, but there are also risks.
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A big welcome to JetBlue Airlines

03-26-2006

The announcement that JetBlue Airlines plans to introduce nonstop service from Pittsburgh to New York and Boston is wonderful news for local travelers.
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Some ways to beat the high cost of traveling to NYC

03-19-2006

Considering the cost and unreiability of air travel these days, it's no surprise that local travelers have discovered other ways than flying to get to New York City that save both money and headaches. We asked readers for their strategies, and they responded with a flurry of routes:
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Ways to minimize cost of conversion

03-19-2006

It should come as no surprise that both Visa and MasterCard, which together circulate the vast majority of bank-based credit and debit cards, automatically add 1 percent to all transactions that involve a foreign currency exchange.
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Help for planning a family reunion

03-12-2006

Judging by the volume of hotels, resorts, cruise lines and other entities promoting their services to help small groups of people come together, it's easy to understand why reunions are one of the fastest growing segments of the travel business.
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Getting oxygen shouldn't be so hard

03-05-2006

Long trips clearly present logistical challenges for oxygen-dependent passengers, who must ensure they'll have an adequate supply both during the trip and once they arrive.
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Government introducing new e-passports

02-26-2006

If you're among the 230 million citizens who don't have a passport, realize that under new regulations, as of next Jan 1, you'll need one if you want to travel anywhere out of the country by air or sea, including Canada, Mexico and the islands of the Caribbean.
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Sailing around the Mediterranean

02-26-2006

The Wind Surf is the largest of three motor sailing yachts operated by Windstar Cruises.
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Mayan Riviera Rebounds: Large resort proves good choice on this foray into Mexico

02-19-2006

Creation of the resort city of Cancun 40 years ago has transformed the Yucatan's Caribbean coast into one of the world's most magnetic tourism destinations. Even more recent resort development has spread over once-empty stretches of coastline between settlements along the 80 miles south from Cancun airport to the ancient Mayan citadel now called Tulum.


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Barcelo measures up as all-inclusive resort

02-19-2006

The Barcelo Maya Resort occupies more than a mile of beachfront property 47 miles straight south of Cancun airport.
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Snow snafu suggestions

02-19-2006

This winter has been a relatively mild one, and air transportation systems have steadily widened the window in which planes can operate, but serious storm flight delays are always a winter possibility. What do you do when your travel plans are suddenly put on hold?
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A sacrifice to the gods of travel

02-12-2006

Lagniappe, baksheesh, pourboire, dash, cumshaw, palm grease -- there are many terms for that bit of value smart travelers leave behind as a way of saying thanks or ensuring that things go smoothly. deities.
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I caught TD pass at Ford Field

02-05-2006

As my son Ben took the snap and dropped back to elude the two pass rushers, I faked to the left then ran something approaching a fade route, heading toward the right corner of Detroit's Ford Field end zone 20 yards away.
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Yucatan getaway vs. the Super Bowl

01-29-2006

Scheduling trips can be complicated these days.
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Right on Key: Literary seminar hits the right notes in town Hemingway called home

01-22-2006

Held in the early January tourism lull each year since 1981, the Key West Literary Seminar is full weekend series of themed readings, addresses, lectures, panels, conversations, book signings and author receptions attracts a remarkable assemblage of well-known writers and some 400 very interested attendees, from both near and far.
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A highway over the ocean

01-22-2006

Officially designated the Florida Overseas Highway, the two-lane ribbon of the final 126 miles of U.S. Route 1 is a wonder of engineering.
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Keys prove to be resilient

01-22-2006

In the early morning hours of Oct. 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma swept across the straits of Florida, one week after producing the lowest measured barometric pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic, with sustained winds in excess of 180 mph.
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Changes speed up boardings

01-15-2006

There's good news for passengers flying out of Pittsburgh International. Several recent changes seem to be easing the long backups at security that had often formed during peak travel periods.
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Significant change is bound to continue

01-01-2006

As we look backward, it is clear that for Pittsburgh area travelers, 2005 was a year of significant changes, only some of them positive.
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Trying to get there from here

11-20-2005

There's unfortunate irony in two announcements made this week by municipal and state authorities concerning local airline travel.
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Historic marker for pioneering publisher makes its return

10-27-2005

In the course of researching a story on historical markers several years ago, PG Travel Editor David Bear discovered the Scull memorial was missing from its position along the Boulevard of the Allies.
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John Scull marker to be rededicated

10-25-2005

Regular readers may recall a column I wrote last November looking into the matter of a missing historical marker dedicated to John Scull, Pittsburgh's pioneering printer.
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John Scull marker to be rededicated

10-23-2005

In the spring of 1786, the 21-year-old Philadelphian brought a printing press over the mountains of Pennsylvania to the frontier outpost at the forks of the Ohio.
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