Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 August 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 August 2015

Good morning An unusual feature article this week, and in two parts.  Friends visited Tanzania in January, and have been eagerly and excitedly badgering me ever since – to write about it, to go there myself, and perhaps even to take a Travel Insider tour there. As you may have sensed, Africa has […]

Tanzania - Africa's Under-appreciated Gem

Tanzania – Africa’s Under-appreciated Gem

Four friends of mine were regaling me about their January visit to Tanzania – a country I’d not previously considered visiting, and knew very little about (the one factor being linked to the other, of course). Their experiences were very different to – and much more positive than – my uninformed impressions, and […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 August 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 August 2015

Good morning I’ve now upgraded two of my computers to Windows 10 (one previously on Windows 7, the other Win8.1), something that proved to be happily easy and straightforward with only the slightest of minor glitches.  The software itself seems unremarkable, and that is a good thing rather than a bad thing.  No […]

US Airlines Refuse to Carry Legal Safe Baggage

US Airlines Refuse to Carry Legal Safe Baggage

The US airlines (and most other airlines elsewhere in the world as well) are generally considered to be ‘common carriers‘. The other two types of carriers are contract carriers and private carriers, in case you were wondering; and if you want to know even more, being a ‘common carrier’ is a status that […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 July 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 July 2015

Good morning After my extensive travels in May/June, I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get a slightly larger backpack. There seems to be some sort of ‘traveler’s rule’ – the larger the bag, the more stuff you need to put in it, and being bad at packing discipline, rather than force myself […]

Upsizing - and Upgrading - My Carry-on Backpack

Upsizing – and Upgrading – My Carry-on Backpack

I wrote, just over two years ago, about my carry-on epiphany, converting from a hand carried ‘tote’ to a backpack. I’ve continued to take the ECBC Hercules backpack with me everywhere for the last two years, but there’s some sort of universal law that states ‘the more space you have, the more space […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 July 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 July 2015

Good morning I included a short piece last week about your rights if/when hotels are overbooked and refuse to accept your confirmed reservation. It attracted quite a lot of interest, comments and questions, and so I’ve massively increased it in size (now at 4000 words!) and republished it as a standalone article. Unlike […]

Your Rights if a Hotel Refuses Your Confirmed Reservation

Your Rights if a Hotel Refuses Your Confirmed Reservation

I wrote recently about the law relating to airlines bumping passengers and the compensation you are due if that should happen. Hotels sometimes overbook their rooms, the same as airlines oversell their flights, and occasionally they end up being caught short and having too many guests show up and too few rooms to […]

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