Actively Getting to Know Western Canada

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White water rafting in downtown Calgary. Wow.

  Mexico has its playas, the Caribbean its beat, but Americans are prone to overlook the charms of the neighbor to the north. I’ve already had a healthy dose of the remedy to that affliction with visits to two of Canada’s largest cities; Calgary and Vancouver. Soon, I’m off on a four day journey back [...]

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Airport Hotels, a View With a Room

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Orlando Hyatt airport

If you saw my story in the Travel section of The New York Times last month, you might get the impression I’m eager to get in and get out of airports as fast as I can. That would be wrong. My affection for airports goes back to the days when my dad would throw the [...]

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Plenty to Love Besides the Candy at Changi

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T3 DEPARTURE HALL

I’ve made no secret of my affection for Singapore’s Changi Airport. But perhaps you don’t know that I also love chocolate. Which is why I was intrigued by a press release sent to me by the airport today announcing that when Americans pass through Singapore’s airport, the thing they most often buy is, you guessed [...]

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Things I Love in Places I Don’t

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Detroit airport monorail

Sometimes I have to travel to places I wouldn’t choose to visit. This was the case recently, when I was asked to speak in Las Vegas. Full disclosure; I hate Las Vegas. I just forgot how much until I got there. And it’s not just me who thinks it’s just too close for comfort to [...]

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Bangkok – a Short Trip from Tuk Tuks to Airport Trains

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The trains to Suvarnabhumi Airport

It should not be surprising that Bangkok, home of the ancient gilded barge, the horse drawn tram, and the famous tuk tuk, should now boast about its large and modern international hub airport. And as the growth in air travel shifts from North America and Europe to the far and Mideast, Bangkok is seeing a [...]

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Frankfurt, an Airport Hub and a Destination

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Everything I preach about enjoying the journey as well as the destination should not be undone when I tell you that on a recent trip to Frankfurt, I flew Lufthansa business class. Yes indeed, that’s a significantly different experience than flying coach. “Sure,” you’re saying, “who doesn’t enjoy the journey when you’re traveling premium class?”  [...]

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