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March 4, 2012 | By Stephen P. Nash, For The Inquirer
Maybe for one reason or another you've thought about staying in "eco-friendly" hotels when you travel, but you're not eager to join the League of Environmental Hairsplitters to figure out a conscientious choice. You're not unusual. The most recent industry survey of U.S. travelers - not at all intended to promote the idea - concluded just the same that "green is mainstream. " More than four in 10 considered environmental impact to be important when planning travel. To find out about environmental impact, there are a few useful shortcuts to consider.
NEWS
January 18, 1993 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
There was a guest conductor at 30th Street Station yesterday morning. Mickey Rooney raised a "baton" to direct the High School for Creative and Performing Arts band, which greeted the actor and others when the Celebrity Train stopped in Philadelphia en route to Washington. The train trip started in New York, re-creating the ride taken in 1933 when Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to his inauguration. Some descendants of FDR were among the passengers yesterday.
NEWS
December 17, 1994
Grabbing a bite to eat at Philadelphia International Airport is a completely unsatisfying experience. The food is bad, the prices worse. Better to pick up a fresh pretzel from the vendor at the end of the Schuylkill Expressway than to overpay for a stale imitation from an airport snack bar. So we're pleased to know that Aramark company (formerly ARA Services) - currently responsible for the dreadful, overpriced food at airport concessions - has bowed out. Aramark will be replaced by Marketplace Development Center, a Boston-based airport developer, and Redwood Advisory, which operates the Shops at Liberty Place, and whose owner, Ricardo Dunston, did an excellent job some years ago as manager of the Gallery.
NEWS
October 20, 1991 | By Sydney Trent, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fun doesn't have to end just because summer is over. The Delaware Valley is brimming with things to do in autumn. How about a drive through the covered bridges of Bucks County on a brilliant autumn day? There are few settings more stunning or romantic for viewing the fall foliage. And the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Chester County helps visitors forget that winter is on its way. Children are sure to enjoy a trip to Newlin Mill in Delaware County, where they can watch the giant white-oak wheel of the 18th-century grist mill turn as it grinds corn into meal.
NEWS
December 25, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Peter Tobia
At the Philadelphia airport yesterday, holiday volume, combined with the wintry weather, added up to long waits for many.
NEWS
June 4, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Charles Fox
Supporters of an end to the U.S. embargo of Cuba held a festival in Camden last night for the Ninth Cuban Friendship Caravan. The caravan, which is traveling from Canada to Cuba, is collecting donations for distribution on the island.
NEWS
November 18, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
It's not here yet, but there may soon be a way to bypass those long lines at airport security checkpoints. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at a plan to prescreen passengers who agree in advance to background checks. Those passengers would be issued "smart cards" to show at the screening area and pass through quickly. The plan would depend on a smart technology to verify the card holder's identity using a fingerprint or a retinal scan. The Air Transport Association, which represents the major airlines, has endorsed the smart card idea.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
The holiday week forecast looks good for travelers, high school football games, and Black Friday shopping. For the Philadelphia area, the next five days look rain-free with highs in the mid to upper 50s and lows around 40. In outlying areas west and north of the city, however, freezing or near-freezing overnight temperatures are likely through the weekend, except on Friday night, when the low could be closer to 40. Saturday and Sunday, also...
NEWS
May 9, 1997 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old Gloucester County man was arrested yesterday by FBI agents and Franklin Township police on a federal complaint that he transported approximately $500,000 in stolen travelers checks and money orders over state lines. Special Agent Linda Brookman Vizi, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Office of the FBI, said Joel Kotler was arrested at 7 a.m. at a residence he was renting on Township Line Drive in Franklinville. Vizi said authorities recovered a stolen 1996 Ford Probe at that location.
NEWS
January 28, 1990 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Saul Wurman is an architect and graphic designer best known for his attempts to make information more accessible. His efforts in behalf of ready access have ranged from redesigning the Pacific Bell Yellow Pages to writing Information Anxiety, the best-selling guide to handling the latter-day information glut. With the expertise he obtained developing his Access Guides to cities like Tokyo, Paris and New York, and his passion for atlases, Wurman set about reshaping the U.S. road atlas in a sensible, "user-friendly" way. The result is a new tool for travelers called USATLAS (Prentice Hall, paperback, $12.95)
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July 18, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
BRUSSELS - The terrorist who decimated a holiday crowd in Nice on Bastille Day was the latest incarnation of the nightmare confronting police in Brussels, Paris, Toulouse, Denmark, Orlando, and elsewhere. How do you prevent a lone wolf from wreaking havoc on a community when the police have no previous indication of his terrorist leanings? A team of security experts from Rutgers University, working with community leaders and police in Molenbeek, Brussels, thinks it has come up with an answer.
TRAVEL
July 18, 2016
Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, we experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued. The line to see an agent was two to three hours long, and I was carrying a sleeping child. Agents were yelling, "Call American Airlines!" I had an international cellphone, but called and was told there was a wait time of two hours. Then the agents were yelling at the crowd to use AA.com to rebook their flights.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2016
Q: We recently booked a room at Trilogy at Polo Club in Indio, Calif., for a weekend special. We spoke with an online sales consultant who allowed us to add an additional day to our stay. The very next day, we heard that there was a big concert in Coachella Valley on the same weekend of our stay, featuring the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and Neil Young, among others. We figured this was an opportunity of a lifetime, so I patiently waited online for tickets to go on sale and was able to buy two reserved seat tickets for $750 each.
TRAVEL
July 4, 2016
Q: I am hoping you can assist with an issue I had with my car rental for my son's wedding. Last August, I rented a car from Payless Car Rental in Denver. It was moveĀ­in time for the surrounding colleges, and after waiting in line for almost two hours to rent the car, I was worried about returning the car, since I had a long drive to get back to the airport and a limited amount of time to catch my return flight. So, I decided to prepay for my fuel, at a charge of $35. I also allowed them to talk me into an "upgrade" because I was worried about the cargo space needed for luggage and wedding items.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Americans will hit the road this Independence Day weekend in record numbers, the AAA predicts. The association expects 43 million U.S. residents will take a short break between Thursday and Monday, representing the highest volume of July 4 travelers on record. Of those, 84 percent or 36 million people are expected to drive, and 3.3 million will fly to their destination, the group said. Continued low gas prices has made travel more affordable. The national average for a gallon of gas is $2.30, with about $2.44 in Philadelphia and below $2 in New Jersey, according to AAA. Motorists would be wise to check their battery and tires and bring along an extra set of car keys to avoid joining the 370,000 drivers who will call for roadside assistance over weekend.
TRAVEL
June 27, 2016
Security: High security is obvious at major tourist locations, but especially at the Pantheon area, Trevi Fountain, train station, and outside the walls of Vatican City. I observed uniformed military officers with automatic weapons standing by as crowds thronged, part of an antiterrorism effort, Operation Safe Streets. Regular police were obvious as well, but they mainly were doing normal duties such as shooing away motorbikes and stopping people from climbing into the fountains.
TRAVEL
June 27, 2016
Q: I have had a very tough time dealing with Hotwire to be reimbursed for a flight that was canceled due to weather, and I am hoping that you can help me. I was scheduled to fly from Denpasar, Bali, to New York earlier this year. The flight, operated by Garuda Indonesia and Qatar Airways, was purchased through Hotwire. When I arrived at the airport in Denpasar, I was told that I would not be able to take the flight because of the blizzard in New York. I asked to take the first flight - I had a layover in Qatar - but was told that since the second leg of my trip was canceled, I could not take any part of the trip.
TRAVEL
June 27, 2016
Name: DealRay.com. What it does: A subscription- based travel service that sends you a text message when it finds an exceptionally good flight deal. Free for the first month, then a subscription is $9.99 a month. What's hot: I'm impressed that DealRay keeps its promise to respect the user's privacy. The texts it sends are few enough that it's exciting when one arrives. I got alerts for deals such as "$402 or Less for Round-Trip to Paris from New York, Los Angeles, or Fort Lauderdale from November through March on Norwegian" and "Asia Round-Trips from $379 - Thailand, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Manila & Shanghai from East & West Coasts on Various Airlines.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Airline stocks plunged Friday on an anticipated drop in travel demand after Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union rattled world markets. But the plunging pound - and, to a lesser extent, the euro - should soon make it cheaper for Philadelphia passengers traveling to Europe. American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest carrier, with an international gateway here to Europe, could be hit hardest among the big U.S. airlines. Its stock dropped more than 10 percent Friday to close at $27.05.
TRAVEL
June 20, 2016
Q: I need your help with an Avalon Waterways trip from Amsterdam to Brussels I booked through Vacations to Go. A few days before we were supposed to leave, my husband had a serious biking accident. He spent two days in the intensive care unit. My husband had two small brain bleeds. His cognition is now intact, but he has many physical problems, including broken ribs, a broken nose, multiple stitches to his face, and a swollen knee. For the first time, we did not take insurance - a lesson learned.
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