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Travel Articles by David Bear
Versions of these articles and columns have appeared in newspapers around the county. Please enjoy them for your own use, but if you want to reproduce or publish them in any form, please let us know first by emailing us

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Steering through rental car repairs

10-22-2000

Since breakdowns and accidents happen, here are a few suggestions any automobile renter should keep in mind.
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MINIMIZING, PREVENTING THE EFFECTS OF JET LAG

10-17-2000

A recognized medical malaise that affects an estimated 96 percent of travelers, jet lag is caused by disruptions in the circadian rhythms, what sleep researchers call "external and internal desynchronization." 
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Giving snowdomes a fair shake

10-08-2000

Call them snowdomes, snow globes, shakies or blizzards in a bottle, those hollow glass or plastic, liquid-filled spheres containing figurines and fake flakes may be the ultimate in kitschy travel souvenirs.
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Virtues of contrarian travel

10-01-2000

Many places may not figure on many people's list of dream destinations. places which, for a variety of reasons, have garnered negative reputations.
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On taking pictures at sea

09-24-2000

People who like to take pictures find that cruises provide them with no end of interesting subjects.
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Musings on maps

09-24-2000

Maps can provide the inspiration for travel dreams, as well as introduce different points of view that can be shared with other people and other generations.
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On taking pictures at sea

09-24-2000

People who like to take pictures find that cruises provide them with no end of interesting subjects.
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Driving in foreign countries

09-17-2000

Having the right coverage is crucial whenever you drive both north and south of the border. Otherwise, even a minor fender-bender can cause major problems.
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Fliers caught in air-traffic web

09-03-2000

This weekend portends to be another of those mass migration occasions, when harried travelers pack the nation's skyways and highways to make their way somewhere to celebrate summer's final holiday.
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Weekend pedaling trip proved to be trial by trail

08-27-2000

A world-class recreational opportunity has been steadily approaching Pittsburgh from points east
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Playing the game of airline roulette

08-20-2000

Flying these days can be an adventure in frustration.
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Cinque Terre- following the footpath of love

08-13-2000

Seen from a sailboat tossing far out on the waves, this 2,000-foot-high wall of green seems too steep for human habitation
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Expert advice makes travel abroad memorable

08-06-2000

While there's no way anyone can know everything, it's always comforting to get advice from someone who's been where you want to go.
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A rail's tale

07-30-2000

Since Christmas Eve 1801, when inventor Richard Trevithick drove the first high-pressure, steam-powered carriage around Cornwall, England, rail transportation has transformed the world and its people as no previous invention ever had.
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So much to see, so little time to see it

07-23-2000

It doesn't matter whether the journey is a drive across the state or a flight across 10 time zones -- time's passage takes on new values whenever we leave home.
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Think of air fare fluctuations as like the stock market

07-16-2000

There's no assurance that fares available on Friday, when we finish the section, will still be in effect on Sunday, when you read it, let alone that seats will be available to reserve on the flight you want.
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The skinny on vacationing au naturel

07-09-2000

Today is the start of the 25th annual National Nude Recreation Week, but enjoying the outdoors without clothing has been a popular activity since nudity was normal attire for Homo sapiens.
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Appreciating America's other national treasures

07-05-2000

The National Park System encompasses a bounty of blessings almost beyond belief.
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Where the earth whispers

06-25-2000

Although dude ranches have provided adventuresome travelers with a chance to experience a taste of "life on the range" for more than a century, the popularity of dude ranches has soared in the past 10 years, thanks in part to the "City Slickers" movies.
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The price of airline compassion

06-18-2000

As the airlines have masked the sticker price of their nonrestricted fares with a host of advertised discounts, online specials and last-minute e-savers, regular round-trip ticket prices can be staggering. 
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Do your homework before you go

06-11-2000

No matter the purpose of your journey, whenever you cross the border of a foreign country, it's important to remember that much more than currency, food and language can be different.
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When bad hotel rooms happen to good people

06-04-2000

It's a common lament of travelers.
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A great New experience, by Gauley

06-04-2000

"Grand Canyon of the East' provides a natural high in West Virginia
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United Airlines, US Airways deal gets curiouser and curiouser

05-28-2000

The announcement that United Airlines will buy US Airways came as a surprise because it followed so closely such seemingly positive developments.
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Game of hurry up and wait

05-21-2000

Has anybody else noticed that airline trips are taking longer, when figured on a door-to-door basis?
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