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TSA Voices Opinion

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)  is investigating a report that one of its officers allegedly humiliated a 15-year-old girl wearing leggings, a tank top, and a button-down, telling her she should cover up as she went through an ID-check line in the Los Angeles Airport Sunday.

“She said the officer was ‘glaring’ at her and mumbling. She said, ‘Excuse me?’ and he said, ‘You’re only 15, cover yourself!’ in a hostile tone,” the girl’s father, Mark Frauenfelder, toldYahoo! Shine, echoing what he had written in a Boing Boing blog post describing the incident. “It shook her up,” he added.

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Top 10 Bermuda Triangle Theories

The legend of the Bermuda Triangle probably started some time around 1945, when a squadron of five Navy Avenger airplanes disappeared on a training flight out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Soon, the masses were wondering: Was something amiss in the triangle-shaped stretch of ocean between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico? Today, we’ve all heard of the Bermuda Triangle. And over the years, a whole host of theories, from the wacky to the reasonable, have cropped up to explain its disappearances.

Here are just a few…

See the theories here!

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Traveling With Children

Traveling with children can be difficult. Perhaps we’d head to England, where accents would be our only language hurdle. Or I could take her to Mexico, where I spent a lot of time while growing up in San Diego. Or we could head to France or Belgium, where we have cousins.

I knew my 5-year-old daughter’s first trip abroad could open her eyes to different cultures, music, food and ways of living. Even if she understood the language, she might see for the first time that people live differently than we do. While I had been pondering where to go, spring break in Costa Rica fell into my lap.

My child had to get extra shots, wouldn’t speak the language and occasionally gets picky about food. But that was the point, right? To show her a different way of living. And it turned out the flight was a quick hop, we had excellent hosts and we loved the food and our adventures. By all accounts, the trip was a great success.


Full article here about Traveling With Children

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Why Women Should Travel Alone Once In Her Life

A couple months ago, we posted an article on “Women’s Solo Travel Under Scrutiny”. While that article brings up interesting arguments as to why women shouldn’t travel alone, we found this article that argues the exact opposite. Read this blurb of the article, then continue to read the article by clicking the link below!

“There was a moment, the last time I traveled alone, when I was stuck in a dark alley in Mexico, with two wild dogs and a lazy pony roaming around that I thought, “hmmm… maybe this wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had.”

But, that moment of uncertainty passed. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but, until Michael Fassbender comes along and whisks me away to Paris, it was the best vacation I’ve ever been on.”

Finish the article on Why Women Should Travel Alone…here

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Women’s Health While Traveling

You can find whatever medications you need in Europe, but you already know what works for you in the US. It’s easiest to B.Y.O. pills, whether for cramps, yeast infections, or birth control. Some health-insurance companies issue only a month’s supply of birth control pills at a time; ask for a larger supply for a longer trip. Tampons and pads, widely available in Europe, are sold — for more than the US price — at supermarkets, pharmacies, and convenience stores. You may not see the range of brands and sizes typical in American supermarkets, so if you’re used to a particular type, it’s simpler and cheaper to bring what you’ll need from home.

Click here to read the entire article from Rick Steves’!

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Calculating The Risk Of Buying Insurance

Calculating The Risk of Buying Insurance

Marcelo Almeida doesn’t typically buy travel insurance, though he practically lives on the road.

But the thought of his daughter being stranded in Chicago on Christmas Eve while flying home to Coppell, Texas, last year, led him to change his mind.

The trip went smoothly. But Almeida, a strategic account executive for a global education company, was glad for the protection — just in case.

“Insurance is one of those things that you feel neutral if you got it and didn’t have to use it,” Almeida says, “but regret deeply if you didn’t, and needed it.”

With all that can go wrong on a trip — you wake up too sick to fly or lose your passport along the Champs-Elysees — travel insurance can come in handy.

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Wintry Weather Disrupts Europe Travel

Wintry Weather Disrupts Europe Travel

(CNN) — Travelers are getting back on the move Wednesday, a day after heavy snowfall caused cancellations and delays across much of northern Europe.

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service that connects London, Paris, Brussels and other cities, resumed a limited schedule on Wednesday.

Journey times will be about two hours longer than usual on the trains that are running, the company said.

“Disruption on the high-speed line continues, and we anticipate speed restrictions remaining in place throughout the day,” a statement on its website said.

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8 Great Places To Retire Abroad

8 Great Places To Retire Abroad. Retiring abroad can offer a host of advantages over buying a condo in Florida. Living expenses can be cheaper, cultural experiences richer and the lifestyle more satisfying. But picking the right place to retire for you can be tricky: Climate, cost of living, ease of traveling to the U.S. and access to adequate health care all need to be weighed.

Find out where to retire here!