When we’re tourists, do people really hate us?

When I lived in the Florida Keys, an area heavily dependent on tourism, I remember seeing a bumper sticker a time or two: “If it’s tourist season,” it asked, “why can’t we shoot them?”The men...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Pondering the politics of GeoQuiz

By John PeelHerald Features EditorDid your favorite candidates win?Are you satisfied that this country is now headed in the right direction? Well, the truth is, we here at GeoQuiz don’t care if...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

A picture lasts longer

POIPU, Hawaii – The best part of the best-ever family vacation was practically an afterthought.With just days to go before my parents and I left for a week on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, an...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Did your ancestor fight at Saratoga? You can check

STILLWATER, N.Y. – Descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who fought in one of history’s most important battles can now find their American ancestors in a computer database, and some day they...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Brit says U.S. making excessive demands

LONDON — The chairman of British Airways claims the United States is making excessive demands about screening airline passengers, including insisting on measures it doesn’t require on U.S. domestic...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Paying up front for rental car nicks and scratches

The late-model Chevrolet that Sukumar Thanawala rented from Thrifty Car Rental in Munich in the spring looked “absolutely fine” when he returned it, he said.But a few weeks later, Thanawala, a...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Here’s a bag full of sweet and tasty questions

By John PeelHerald Features EditorHappy Halloween!There, I’ve used up my allotment of exclamation points for the year!So, obviously today’s subject should be ghouls and goblins and witches and...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Katrina’s legacy

NEW ORLEANS – The room is lit by flashlights, an escape hole chopped in the roof with an ax lying nearby. Steps away, rising floodwaters seep down a levee wall; across the way, a storm diary...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

Believe it or not, the travel industry does care about you

On a recent flight from Philadelphia to Phoenix on US Airways, Sarah Andrus left her jacket underneath the seat in front of her. “It was a gift from a friend and unique,” recalled Andrus, a...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

If you have a hard time, just blame King Stan

By John PeelHerald Features EditorCan you name the seven stans?A group of Central Asian countries all end with “stan.” Why? Because King Stan, who ruled the area from 1280-1320, said it should be...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

Arty or industrial?

MILWAUKEE – Many people may own a few of the items in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new exhibition.It includes mass-produced, everyday items like watering cans from Ikea, a Dyson vacuum, a fax machine...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2010 | CATEGORY: Travel

GeoQuiz answers

Answers to the GeoQuiz:1. Turkmenistan. 2. Afghanistan. The capital, as you undoubtedly know, is Kabul.3. Tajikistan. 4. Pakistan. Islamabad, the capital, lies in the northern part of the...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2010 | COLUMN: GeoQuiz

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