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The Global Scavenger Hunt

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The World's Greatest Travelers crown and title are up for grabs again.... The 8th annual around the world travel adventure competition that crowns The World’s Greatest Travelers™ is set to start.   It will begin at our opening Bon Voyage Party on Thursday evening, April 12th, 2012, at a top secret North American destination--okay, San Francisco! And then, over the next 23-days, our exclusive group of 20 will travel the globe completing highly interactive cultural scavenges in at least 10 nations—but which ten countries, we're not saying!—as the event is also A Blind Date With The World™ and a once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure like no other. (Okay, not so...

via www.globalscavengerhunt.com


14 Ways to Be Prepared for Anything While Traveling | Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

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When I was a kid, I was a boy scout. I made it pretty far too but then I became a teenager, decided it was “lame” and quit. As a boy scout, I learned how to tie knots, camp outdoors, be a good citizen, play with knives, and got to have cool sleepovers. One of the most important things you learn as a Boy Scout is their motto to always “be prepared”  and as I’ve grown up and traveled the world, I’ve found this to also be a travel truism.

You never know what might happen on the road. Stepping out your door into the unknown is what makes travel so exciting. Each day brings endless possibility, but that possibility is for both good and bad. You may end up enjoying a day sightseeing in Paris — or getting robbed in Berlin. You may spend an amazing day on the beaches of Thailand or suffer food poisoning in Costa Rica.

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My TSA iPhone App and Mobile Website

The mobile optimized MY TSA website and iPhone app provide TSA and FAA airport data.  It offers access to Security Checkpoint Wait Times and Airport Flight Delay times.  Well... That was the intention, but in typical government fashion it doesn't really work....

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A few issues...  When you enter a specific airport code the software takes you to a screen with the option to select from a list containing the one airport you requested. This adds more unneccessary clicks to the navigation process.  And when using a mobile device less is more, fewer clicks and fewer screen downloads make the world a better place.

BUT WHY BOTHER!!!  It appears that every airport has a Security Checkpoint Wait Time of 31+ minutes...   But if you click the link "View More Security Wait Times" you will see more detailed information.  At this moment LAX is listed with a 31+ minute general security delay, the detailed listing shows each terminal, none of which has a wait time longer than 30 minutes.  Right now they range from NO WAIT to 30 minutes.  PROBLEM IS that the screen times show when they were last updated.  The most recent delay update was 20 hours old, the oldest update was for terminal 4 updated 20 DAYS AGO.

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It is important to note that the data displayed is from fellow travelers, not the TSA.  And when your busy getting your personal belongings ready for screening who is going to pull out an app and enter the wait time.  Well, I guess not many.....  Get the iPhone App - The mobile website bit.ly/mytsa


Sunday Travel Section Recap - April 8th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

NY Times: Tunisia After the Revolution

NY Times: Monaco Adds Art to Its Seaside Allure

LA Times: Finding a bargain in Istanbul, Turkey

LA Times: Tracking Wallace Stegner's footprints in Vermont's earth

SF Gate: Finding the quite side of St.Kitts

SF Gate: 5 places where neon is the highlight

Chicago Tribune: A one-night penalty that stuck - Hotels.com

Miami Hearld: Kayaking the Florida Everglades, if you dare

Miami Hearld: On Disney Fantasy, it’s a kids’ world

Dallas Morning News: Wildlife lovers will enjoy visiting the bears in Alaska's Katmai National Park

 

 


Owe the IRS? You're Not Going Anywhere | Fox Business

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A new bill making its way through Congress could allow the federal government to prevent Americans who owe back taxes from leaving the country.

The provision is part of Senate Bill 1813, which was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in November and passed by the Senate on March 14 “to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes.”

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Sunday Travel Section Recap - April 1st

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

New York Times: Rock Cruises, Bright Spot for Cruise and Music Industries

New York Times: Studio Tour Casts Spells Just Like Harry

New York Times: In New Orleans, Hotels Lure a Local Fan Base

LA Times: Making strides along Cotswold Way in England

LA Times: Wales: A walk along Offa's Dyke Path with Bill Bryson

SF Gate: Miami's arts scene getting as hot as its beaches'

SF Gate: Cherry trees blooming in Washington, D.C.

Miami Herald: A tropical gardener's delight - Gulf Coast

Miami Herald: Myanmar struggling to handle new surge in visitors

Baltimore Sun: Theme parks: Gearing up for spring break

Denver Post: Everglades site attracts women posing for pinup photos