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By now you’ve heard and read about the ordeal that thousands of Carnival Triumph passengers endured for several days. All the passengers are off the ill-fated ship now, but their vacation memories will last a lifetime. I’ve taken my family on many cruises, and several on Carnival. I think it’s one of the best ways to relax and sample other countries and cultures. But the closest I’ve ever come to a “cruise… Read More

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Frequent fliers always have their eyes on airfares. The costs of flying has soared recently, so this CNN story caught my attention today: Airfares have hit their lowest levels in 12 months. But you have to book now, because like most deals, these prices won’t last long. Rick Seany of FareCompare says domestic flights over the next 6 weeks are priced 20 to 50-percent cheaper than they were over the holidays. That means a… Read More

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I have a few trips to book in the coming months, so I’ve been checking on airfares in recent weeks. Boy, are they high. And depressing. Until I checked again this week. No doubt about it, flying isn’t cheap. Travelocity says the average price for a domestic roundtrip ticket is $388. That’s up seven percent from last year. But there could be a small window to buy an airline ticket at a pretty good… Read More

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This is the time of year many of you are dreaming of vacation. You may be planning your summer trip now. You’ve earned your time off and it’s important to you, so you don’t want to waste your money or time.  SmarterTravel.com has some tips on making your vacation count. Here are some mistakes to avoid: Booking too late.  Days of the last-minute deals are behind us, at least for airfares.  Travel agents warn… Read More

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Rising gas prices and soaring airfares mean higher costs for your summer vacation. But you can still find some good deals online.There’s no doubt, bargains are harder to come by these days. So it helps to have someone else look for you. I came across some really good travel Websites on Kiplinger. Whether you drive… or fly…. the cost of traveling continues to go up. That also goes for the hotel once you… Read More

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Every year millions of passengers fly in the U.S… and almost everyone has some sort of complaint. Airline passengers know traveling isn’t easy. From running to catch a flight to cramming our bags into the overhead bin, it’s work. Here’s some advice to ease some of our frustrations, and take the pain out of flying. Jennifer Mills is an expert on flying. She should be. Mills is a flight attendant. Her secrets… Read More

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Can you believe it’s almost summer? That means vacation. But with gas prices and airfares so high, are there any deals out there? It’s still April, and the kids are still in school, but the travel agents I talked to today gave me their top 3 pieces of advice as we look ahead to summer: book now, book now, book now. Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard that warning from travel agents before, but… Read More

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Spring break is right around the corner. A lot of you will be heading out-of-town for vacation. If you haven’t made plans yet, are you too late?  For many in Oklahoma, spring break is just two weeks away, and after our record-breaking winter, you may want to put the blizzard and unbearable temperatures behind you.

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Ever have a beef with an airline? Do you know who to complain to… or even how to complain? It’s all in an updated consumer guide put out by the Department of Transportation. If you fly quite a bit, or only occasionally, the “Fly Rights” guide is worth a look. From the best time of the week to find the lowest airfare… which is midweek or Saturday… to what to do if… Read More

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My wife and I love cruise vacations, and recently returned from our latest adventure at sea. All went well, except for when the ship had to take drastic evasive maneuvers to miss several pods of whales heading straight for us.  That happened while we were in the dining room (my steak and lobster plate ended up in front of someone else).  The captain later told me they didn’t want to hit the… Read More

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If you’re into photography and hi-tech toys, packing for vacation isn’t easy. Forget just one cord or cable or charger, and it can throw your trip into a tailspin. Here’s a picture of my backpack that contains most of my stuff for a recent Alaskan cruise. It must have weighed 25 pounds. I got my exercise hauling it through the airports. Here’s an inventory of what’s inside: DSLR camera 2 lenses Lens… Read More

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My rants against airline fees has more ammunition. If you fly this summer, you’re probably paying extra. Airlines have quietly added extra fees for what they’re calling peak travel days. USA Today reports surcharges run from 10 to 30 dollars for each one-way domestic flight. Five big airlines — American, Delta, Continental, United and US Airways— have surcharges on most flights on 73 of 74 days June 10 through Aug. 22. The only day without… Read More

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