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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
On a Tuesday in April, Michael Ford, 30, of South Philadelphia, approached two artists stationed at a folding table in one of City Hall's vaulted passageways. From the pocket of his cargo shorts, he pulled out a mosaic tile he'd made from shattered compact discs, part of a series he's calling "CDecopage. " ("It's the perfect medium," he said - or, at least, it's an affordable one as CDs slide into obsolescence.) He said the piece is a memoir in 16 square inches, telling how he quit a job in health care to be an actor and artist.
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.
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TRAVEL
May 16, 2016
Q: I recently booked a vacation rental in Monte Carlo with Airbnb. The place we booked had a strict no­change policy. About three days later, I realized I had made an error in my dates. I contacted the host through Airbnb and asked if I could change the dates. We were still going to stay the same number of days but just needed to shift the arrival and departure within a 10­day time frame. The host said we could do it. I have it in writing. I just needed to fill out a formal change request through Airbnb.com.
TRAVEL
May 16, 2016
Last week, we shared budgeting tips for one of the biggest expenses of long-term travelers: lodging. This week, we discuss ways to save on transportation costs. Planes: A few months back, we shared our tips about searching for the best airfares ( http://bit.ly/1X8YPMR ), but long-term travel requires different considerations than a one- or two-week trip. Unless you plan to stay in a single location for an extended period, you may be booking a series of one-way tickets, which can get pricey.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Fliers are becoming more tolerant of fees to check baggage, and for a seat with extra legroom. In fact, passengers are more satisfied with their air travel experiences than they've been in the last decade, according to J.D. Power's 2016 North America Airlines Satisfaction Study released Wednesday. Because U.S. airlines are profitable, they are spending money on the customer experience, by lowering fares on some routes, achieving better on-time arrivals, reducing the frequency of lost luggage, and enhancing in-flight services with in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi, and seat-side power outlets on board.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
On a Tuesday in April, Michael Ford, 30, of South Philadelphia, approached two artists stationed at a folding table in one of City Hall's vaulted passageways. From the pocket of his cargo shorts, he pulled out a mosaic tile he'd made from shattered compact discs, part of a series he's calling "CDecopage. " ("It's the perfect medium," he said - or, at least, it's an affordable one as CDs slide into obsolescence.) He said the piece is a memoir in 16 square inches, telling how he quit a job in health care to be an actor and artist.
TRAVEL
May 9, 2016
Q: I know you have written about insurance for travel in the past but I wanted to bring a matter to your attention. The United Airlines website offers Allianz travel insurance, but when it came to covering my expenses, I felt it was a "bait and switch" insurance policy that outlines what is covered but in reality does not cover anything beyond travel delay. Here's what happened: A friend and I purchased tickets to fly from Newark to Panama in January. In addition to paying $1,353 for the flight, we purchased the Allianz travel insurance shown on the United Airlines site for an additional $80. The travel insurance indicated it would cover trip cancellation, travel delay, and trip interruption.
TRAVEL
May 9, 2016
People often ask us how we manage to continue our travels for extended periods. If you're not familiar with our story, in 2011 we quit our jobs, sold our house, and gave away most of our possessions to travel around the world for what we thought would be a year. However, after learning to live much more simply on the road, we have stretched our career break into a lifestyle change and are still traveling full-time. The key to long-term travel is keeping costs down and approaching the journey differently from the way you might that annual one- or two-week vacation.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Craig E. Burgess - patriot, poet, proud Audubon resident - has always lived in the bungalow his parents bought in 1938. But on 41 occasions, he's happily left the little house on Washington Terrace behind and gone off to Hawaii. The retired teacher is showcasing his beloved vacation destination in a new book, A Fleeting Glimpse of Paradise - Photographic and Poetic Images of the Hawaiian Islands (Dorrance Publishing). A paean to the Hawaiians whom the gregarious author, prolific public speaker, and lifelong bachelor has embraced, and vice versa, the heartfelt book is something of a family album.
TRAVEL
May 2, 2016
Q: This year, I booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Minneapolis to Shannon, Ireland, for May on Travelocity.com. The next day, Travelocity sent me a message that American Airlines had increased the price. I accepted the increase, wanting to keep the schedule I had. All was well until I received my credit card bill, on which I discovered Travelocity had charged me for both the original reservation which they had modified the next day as well as the final one. I spent the better part of a working day on the phone with Travelocity's customer service department, talking to several people, including a supervisor.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2016
Q: I booked a one-way ticket from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco on eDreams recently. My middle name was incorrect, so I called eDreams to make a correction. That resulted in hours of phone calls. While I was trying to fix my name, I learned that eDreams had reserved a round-trip flight. EDreams denies this, but I have a copy of the Japan Airlines reservation and can verify the ticket number and other information. EDreams says the ticket can't be reissued with a correct name and is nonrefundable.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
This story of entrepreneurial intrepidity can, in part, be traced to a hemorrhoid-treatment procedure. Melissa Lee witnessed one as a high school student who had convinced a family physician to let her tag along to see what being a doctor would be like. She promptly decided it was not for her. Neither, she decided, was "cubicle life," after she spent the end of her senior year interning in the finance department at Bank of New York/Mellon, where her father works. Her calling to start a business instead came while Lee was a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she helped form the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.
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