January 24, 2011 |
I demand a recount! Or a re-survey! Or some form of redress for the aspersions Travel + Leisure magazine has cast not only on the City of Angels but on all of us Angelenos. The magazine released a survey last week of travelers who, in all their wisdom, concluded that Los Angeles surpasses New York as the rudest city in America. Excuse me? My first reaction was fear that I would never again be able to use the rude New Yorker jokes in my already limited humor repertoire ?
July 11, 2010 |
Value added? Not so much Spain has found a convenient way to ease its troublesome budget deficit. During a May transatlantic cruise, some 750 passengers on Holland America's Prinsendam, including my wife and me, were notified that Spain had imposed a 7% value-added tax on shipboard purchases while in Spanish waters. The Prinsendam docked at the Spanish ports of Cádiz, A Coruña and Bilbao. Of course, the VAT on-board would be in addition to the same tax we were charged for on-shore buys.
February 27, 2011 |
Gulliver traveled. Look where it got him: lashed to the land by little people. Columbus, big traveler, right? Underestimated the circumference of the Earth and died thinking he'd found India. Sure, you can come up with justifications for never leaving the splendid safety of your office chair. Truth is, travel makes us better in many ways: better employees, better buddies, better mates. So, no, in these tough times, you probably don't feel the need to spend the money. But here's why we all should escape somewhere anyway: The anticipation Pros: A vacation begins the second you start to plan it. A study last year found that travelers' moods improved eight weeks before the actual vacation started.
February 9, 1994
Changes in travel patterns are slowly taking place for economic, technological and sociological reasons, according to the 1993 "travel barometer" survey by Maritz Marketing Research Inc. for Budget Rent a Car. Some questions were concerned travel frequency in general while others were specific to the rental car habits.
April 2, 2006
SUSAN SPANO'S take on the inevitable negatives involved in travel ["Disenchantment Tags Along, Even in Enchanting Lands," Her World, March 19] was totally refreshing and a joy to read, particularly coming from the pen/keyboard of such a seasoned trekker. Travelers all know bad stuff happens, yet the cover-up is always creative. For example, a friend describes a pocket-picking incident in Paris that turned out to be an "adventure." Yeah, sure. Sorry I missed the experience. Spano's list of advance planning tips is invaluable; more, please.
May 2, 2011 |
The State Department is warning Americans abroad to stay vigilant and limit their travel outside homes and hotels after the killing of Al Queda leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in Pakistan. The announcement reads in part: "The U.S. Department of State alerts U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to the enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan. Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations.