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The Travelers Century Club
Founded in 1954, the Travelers Century club administers the pastime of competitive traveling. For information: www.travelerscenturyclub.org/
The value of a travel agent
Rather than an unnecessary expense, a good travel agent can be cheap insurance and valuable assurance.
Falling asleep in strange beds
Do you ever find yourself tossing and turning all night? Here are some good hints for getting a great night sleep when you're away from home.
Jet lag cures
Jet lag can leave you feeling your worst just when you want to feel your best. We offer some preventative measures.
Going to golf school
A few days of instruction at a golf school provide a better learning experience than occasional lessons from a club pro. FMI: www.usgolfschoolguide.com
Traveler tip tips
Who to tip and how much are two of the most frequently asked travel questions. Here's a quick look at some gratuity customs around the world.
Liberty Island’s lady and Paris’ tower
One man gave the world two of its most famous and visible travel monuments. It's the 175th anniversary of Gustav Eiffel’s birth.
Exploring Chuuk Lagoon
Nowhere else on earth can so many easily dived shipwrecks be found in a single location.
Timely traveling tips
More airplanes take off late or never in winter. This holiday season could be a doozy.
European holiday traditions
Though Christmas is a holiday tradition celebrated in every corner of Europe, the specifics vary from country to country.
Harvesting the past
Staunton, Virginia is the site of a unique living museum that preserves America's agricultural antecedents. FMI: www.frontiermuseum.org
Petting the whales of Baja
Great gray whales can be seen elsewhere, but not so many or with such predictability or for so long. FMI: www.bajawhales.com
Arizona's Petrified Forest
President Theodore Roosevelt recognized this 146-square-mile jewel box as a rare natural wonder. FMI: www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm
On Christmas Eve 233 years ago, a ragtag band of volunteers reenergized the American Revolution with a daring military maneuver. FMI: www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing
The Travelers Aid Society has been helping America’s increasingly mobile society find its way around for more than 150 years. FMI: www.travelersaid.org
The telling of travel tales
The ability to tell a good travel story is a rare gift, but there are tricks that even rank beginners can learn.
In 1513, a Spanish explorer founded the oldest permanent European settlement on the continental US. FMI: www.getaway4florida.com
To reduce airport lines of US immigration and naturalization service now examines travelers’ hands. FMI: www.globalsecurity.org/security/systems/inspass.htm
The long anticipated eve is finally here, and people around the planet are preparing to party down.
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