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 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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1995
Last month I received bad news. I was informed that the U.S.Treasury Department would not allow me to attend the 7th Annual Conference of North American and Cuban Philosophers and Social Scientists, to be held in Havana, June 12-26. My application, complete with my rationale and curriculum vitae, was accepted by the conference. That same application was not accepted by the Treasury Department. When I told numerous friends that the "United States forbids my going to Cuba," they were astounded!
November 27, 2011
Plan your next vacation as if you were designing a feature story in a glossy travel magazine. Name: Travel by Handstand Available for: iPad What it does: The app highlights travel destinations with original content, photos, advice and curated news features from around the Web. Cost : Free. What's hot: I love the drag-and-drop layout for customizing your journey. Go to "hst journeys," create a new journey, then insert maps, notes and photos.