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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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Rental car revelations

05-14-2000

Too often, the biggest rental car surprise is the final bill.
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Banff earns its reputation as great destination for outdoor enthusiasts

05-14-2000

The primary factors behind Banff's well-deserved ranking as one of the world's most magnificent destinations for outdoor enthusiasts have little to do with human development.


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Vanishing reservations

05-07-2000

Several months ago a reader purchased a deeply discounted ticket ($158) for a pre-Christmas round-trip flight on US Airways from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Pittsburgh. As it turned out, instead of flying, she wound up driving north.


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Tourism works for America -- and Allegheny County

05-07-2000

Travel is obviously big business, but are you aware that it's one of the few industries in which the United States has a trade surplus?
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Familiarity breeds complaints about US Airways

04-30-2000

Response regarding US Airways' future ran 5-1 against our carrier, even following the resolution of its labor problems and clearance for take off to London.
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Tips and travel trends for the year ahead

04-23-2000

Two of the nation's more vocal, consumer-oriented observers of the state of modern travel offer tips and waxed eloquent regarding trends they perceive emerging this year.
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Don't let travel expenses tax your sense of reason

04-16-2000

Make sure you know what's legal and what's not.
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Blue skies for US Airways?

04-09-2000

Even if US Airways survives the inevitable agglomeration of airlines, will flying on their planes be a comfortable, reliable pleasure or will we get off their planes feeling gouged, crammed, taken, dreading the next time we have to take a trip.
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A brief history of time

04-02-2000

If you're reading this, it may already be too late.
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Sharing time in time shares

03-26-2000

Time sharing or "vacation ownership" is one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry:
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Travel: See how Spot flies

03-12-2000

For people who own pets, travel always involves extra planning. Take them along or leave them behind? Either way, special arrangements are required.
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Tasting the waters at Berkeley Springs

03-05-2000

The tension was palpable as I lifted the goblet to my lips,
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When motion of the ocean causes despair

02-27-2000

Quite simply, it's a vestibular malfunction that results in gastric dysrhythmia.
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Presidential meanderings

02-20-2000

The holiday observed tomorrow primarily by banks and post offices originated with the birthdays of our first and 16th presidents.
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No vaccines can guard you from malaria

02-17-2000

As several recent travelers to Cancun, Mexico, discovered, malaria is the world's most prevalent parasitic disease.
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An admission from an avid skiier

02-13-2000

When other people are huddling around their furnaces, I'm as likely to be planning to play hooky.
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B&BS MAKE FOR ACCOMMODATING OPTIONS

01-30-2000

Once mainly a European concept, B&Bs have caught on in the United States. More than 20,000 beckon from sea to shining sea.
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A SHORT GUIDE TO GUIDEBOOKS

01-23-2000

The explosion of travel information available over the Internet notwithstanding, this is also the golden age of guidebooks.
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DAZZLING DEALS OFTEN TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

01-09-2000

Have you received an unsolicited offer via mail, telephone, fax, e-mail, or on the Internet regarding an unbelievable deal on an exotic cruise or a travel package to a nifty destination?
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LIGHTEN THE POST-HOLIDAY BLUES

01-02-2000

Here we are, the Sunday morning after the biggest New Year's in a millennium. Now what?
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US AIRWAYS' COMMITMENT TO US

12-12-1999

Since US Airways is the carrier of no other choice for so many area travelers, we thought we'd take a closer look at some of the specifics of its recent commitments to customers.
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EVALUATING PASSENGERS' NEW ` RIGHTS'

12-05-1999

On Dec. 15, the 14 member airlines of the Air Transport Association will implement their 12-point plan to improve passenger service.
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MINIMIZING, PREVENTING THE EFFECTS OF JET LAG

10-17-1999

A recognized medical malaise that affects an estimated 96 percent of travelers, jet lag is caused by disruptions in the circadian rhythms
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WEATHER BAD WEATHER FOR A BARGAIN VACATION

08-29-1999

THE WEATHER: NO ONE LEAVES HOME WITHOUT IT.
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THE BRITISH ARE GOING

08-22-1999

British Airways' Aug. 9 announcement that, on Oct. 31, it will indefinitely suspend its daily, nonstop flight from Pittsburgh to London's Gatwick Airport is certainly a setback for local travelers.

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