Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 April 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 29 April 2016

Good morning Very exciting news this morning.  I’ve regularly been asked to offer another Travel Insider tour of the Eastern Danube, through the Balkans between Budapest and Bucharest.  The 2007 tour I operated was so popular that it sold out and people were on a waitlist for it, but I’ve held off doing […]

Balkan Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest  Aug/Sep 2016

Balkan Cruise from Bucharest to Budapest Aug/Sep 2016

One of the most requested Travel Insider tours has been for a repeat of our 2007 cruise along the Danube east of Budapest. Now, after nine long years of waiting, we have it available again!  (In case you’re wondering why we delayed so long, there were some problems with the itineraries being offered […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 April 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 April 2016

Good morning It was an exciting week this week.  I generally choose to book international travel about three months prior to departure, and so, a little ahead of schedule, I booked the flights for myself and my daughter Anna to go to France for our lovely French river cruise in Bordeaux, this coming […]

Skype - the Traveler's Friend

Skype – the Traveler’s Friend

So there you are, staring glumly at your cell phone, while in a foreign country.  You want to call back home, but to do so will cost you several dollars per minute – money better spent on buying overpriced souvenirs and all the other sundry but expensive costs of international travel! Fortunately, “there’s […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 April 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 April 2016

Good morning and Happy April Fool’s Day I mentioned how frequent flier miles aren’t worth as much as they used to be in last week’s newsletter.  Reader Fran wrote in to say that she tried to book a flight on Delta using miles, from LAX to JFK, 330 days prior to departure.  She […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 March 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 25 March 2016

Good Friday morning Another Easter in this curiously Godless nation.  Even though this is my 31st Easter here, it is still strange to see no official recognition of the event, other than stores full of Easter candy. Earlier this week I was trying to arrange for my daughter’s math club to visit the […]

Security Responses to the Brussels Attacks

Security Responses to the Brussels Attacks

Most media are missing the point of the Brussels bombings on Tuesday 22 March. Meanwhile, naive public pressure for simple fast solutions to a complex problem is encouraging inappropriate responses that attempt to pacify the public by offering greater inconvenience in the hope that will be seen as greater security. First, let’s put the […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 March 2016

Weekly Roundup, Friday 18 March 2016

Good morning The spring or vernal equinox is Sunday and not only do we already have daylight saving but certainly here in the PNW, spring is in the air, blossom is on the trees, and it is hard not to feel a bit of extra vigor in one’s stride. Last week saw a […]

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