Travel

Masked traveler in a lounge in Istanbul airport

Airport survival

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Sometimes an exhausted traveler just has to give in and conk out. You can intend to be productive. You can try to be productive….

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pickpockets in Naples

Coffee with pickpockets in Naples

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Coffee with Thieves An August Sunday in Naples. Holiday time for all of Europe and most shops were shut. We bought bus tickets at…

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Venetian glass beads

Venetian glass beads, blown live in Venice studio

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Serendipitous finds are one of the joys of travel. In Venice, the rule is wander, get lost, and head away from the unbearably crowded…

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Springfield Il airport luggage scale

Springfield IL airport

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Here it is, 2014, and we are in the airport of Springfield IL, the capital of Illinois. I’m amused to see the actual, in-use,…

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Qantas ipad

Qantas iPad for every flyer to use

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Every passenger gets an iPad on Qantas. Yep. Even in economy. Mine never worked, but the airline gets an A for effort. With their…

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Pickpockets in Prague

Pickpockets in Prague

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When in Prague, Czech your Wallet We hit the cobblestones as soon as we had dropped our bags and admired our room in King…

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6 rules for luggage security

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Another ring of airport luggage thieves has been arrested, this time at Los Angeles International Airport. So? Big deal. I’m not impressed. Not relieved….

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Street crime in Guatemala City

Street crime in Guatemala City

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Parque Central Before I speak about the horrendous street crime in Guatemala City, I’d like to dwell on the pleasant aspects of the city….

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Free wifi

Free Wifi! Filtered!

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Free WiFi! Some things are better filtered. Water, for one. Do you like unfiltered sake? Apple juice? What about your internet? I saw this…

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United Airlines' boorish clientele: United begs its airport lounge customers to behave

United Airlines’ boorish clientele

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Just wondering: what kind of clientele does United Airlines have? I mean, is it really necessary to place a formal request on each coffee…

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A Pickpocket in Athens “kicks the poke”

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The moments you’re boarding public transportation are your riskiest in the world of pickpocketry. A pickpocket in Athens shows us just how slick, and…

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Fake jewelry doesn't thwart pickpockets.

Fake jewelry doesn’t thwart pickpockets

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Almost all of the opportunist pickpocket’s dirty work is preventable. I agree, it’s not practical to live in preparation for the worst at any…

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Luggage self-check: The caged suitcase is tipped into a river of luggage.

Luggage self-check at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

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Luggage self-check Luggage self-check? There’s nothing new about self-checking in and getting boarding passes from an airport terminal. The KLM check-in machines at Amsterdam’s…

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Pickpockets in Pisa, on the way to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. On a beautiful summer day, as seen from behind a cherry vendor.

Pickpockets in Pisa

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Pickpockets in Pisa are so active we don’t even have to go looking for them. They’re right there. Are they everywhere? It seems so!…

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Taxi window obstruction

Taxi window obstruction

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This is my view out the taxi window. Or rather, this is my view OF the taxi window. I’m outraged. This is the entire…

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U.S.Airways terminal in airline seat scam

Airline seat scam at U.S. Airways

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I’m ready for lousy treatment from airlines. I expect it. Even from U.S. Airways, a member of the Star Alliance, of which I’m a…

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Hotel shower curtain hung backwards

Hotel oddity #38

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Here’s another hotel oddity. The Marine Plaza Hotel in Mumbai got it a little wrong. The nice fabric shower curtain is on the inside,…

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Four cows in a pickup driving down the road in Egypt.

Four cows in a truck in Egypt

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Four cows appeared like a mirage, sizzling in the squiggly heat waves off the never-ending road. Our hot, monotonous drive across Egypt had dulled…

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Bob Arno on Sonoran Living TV

Avoid becoming victim of theft and scams on vacation

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On the set before filming this live segment for ABC News, Bob Arno stole a wallet from one of the camera operators. The producers…

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Bambi Vincent on stage in costume

Outrageous excuse delays return of found lost luggage

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“We can’t export your found lost-luggage because it contains an artificial hand which requires the permission of the ministry of health.” I’m starting with…

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Bambi Vincent in Khasab, Oman

Pickpockets prefer women. Why and what to do.

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Pickpockets prefer women! It’s not that we’re any less savvy. It’s the darn handbag. It’s simply easier for a pickpocket to slip his fingers…

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Thiefhunters in Paradise. Empty pockets. 404

Theft-proof vacation travel

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Theft-proof vacation Just about now, millions of people are thinking about summer travel. For many, it will be foreign travel. Novice or expert, it…

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Horn OK please

Horn OK please

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“Horn OK Please,” in one form or another, is written prominently on the back of almost every truck—large or small—in Mumbai. The signs intrigued…

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A taxi in Chennai, India.

Traveling? Don’t be Self-Ripped

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Pickpockets, thieves, and con artists aren’t to be blamed for all losses. When you travel, don’t rip yourself off due to ignorance or naiveté….

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The unstolen luggage tag on the bag I check.

Stolen bag tag

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Who steals bag tags, and why? It couldn’t have fallen off. I had just received my Star Alliance 1K tags from United and, having…

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Bambi and Bob in the East Concubine Suite.

Hotel sex sounds survey

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Do you like hearing the sounds of lovemaking from the hotel room next to yours? I’ve had my fair share of overhearing neighbors in…

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Keycard lock

Hotel room theft

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It happens. For the most part, it’s rare. At the risk of tempting fate, I’ll admit that we’ve never been victims of hotel theft,…

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Hotel registry on display

Hotel guests: read all about ’em

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So much personal information on display at quaint, old-fashioned hotels like the one we recently stayed at in Bali. Which rooms are occupied? What…

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Norway train

Scenic tunnels

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Norway is undoubtedly scenic. Spectacular! Though I travel up and down the country every year or so, I rarely take pictures because a camera…

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