Top Ten Peru Travel Tips (spoiler: bring your own t. p.

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Top Ten Peru Travel Tips (spoiler: bring your own t.p.)

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Historically, the times that I ve actually known what I was talking about have been few and far between. This is particularly true when it comes to travel, or geography, or really, facts of any kind.

Once, when we were in downtown Seattle, a middle-aged couple stopped Rand and me and asked where they could find a liquor store (at 2pm on a Saturday. I suppose they were putting the magic back in their relationship). I gave them very specific directions that, had the couple followed them to the letter, would have led them not only the wrong way down a one-way street, but nowhere near a liquor store. Rand looked on, in awe he would later tell me that I spoke to the couple with such confidence that, against his better judgement, he didn t question it.

I have no idea what became of that couple. Odds are, they probably gave up, headed home, and promptly divorced. But some small part of me is convinced that they are circling those blocks down which I sent them, doomed to spend an eternity yelling to each other, It must be here. She said it was here. And she sounded so confident.

The lesson is a simple one: asking me for advice is a terrible idea and it will ruin your marriage if not your life. And yet, on a nearly-daily basis, some poor misguided soul sends me an email, asking me what they should do in x country, and where they should stay. My response is usually, HOW THE HELL SHOULD I KNOW? GO ASK THE INTERNET.

And then I realize with no small measure of horror, some people have already done that and ended up on my site. To them, I am  the internet. I am filled with curse words and rude comments and things you weren t looking for.

And on very rare occasions, just like the internet, I have an answer. Like when blog-reader and certified chicken hawk wrangler (I totally made one of those up) Janine mentioned that she was going to be traveling to Peru. Janine sent me a message on Facebook (because she liked the Everywhereist fan page. Hint-hint) and I was quick to reply with some actual useful information, which I ve shared below. Hopefully, I ll was slightly more helpful to Janine than I was to that poor couple looking for liquor. Funny thing, too, because god knows they needed a drink after what I put them through.

  1. Instead of a visa, you will get an Andean Migration Card a little white slip of paper that will be handed to you, rather nonchalantly, at the airport. Like your virginity, no one will impress upon you the importance of it until it is lost. That slip of paper is as important as a visa you will need it when you check into hotels and when you leave the country. So don t get drunk and hand it over to the next guy who comes along.
  2. The sun in Peru is intense, even when it is cloudy. Be sure to wear sunscreen. We all got scorched in Machu Picchu, but that might be because we re pasty Seattlites. Ever lift up a rock and see the bugs underneath writhe around in a panic? That s us on a sunny day.

We expose ourselves to melanoma while enjoying the scenery.

  • Watch your bag. Hold it on your lap in restaurants, and not, say, over the back of a chair. Even though Peru is relatively safe, it s still a good idea to this. Fortunately, my bag weighs roughly the same as a medium-sized anvil, so I would love to see someone try and take it, then throw out their back in the process.
  • Nearly every place accepts either soles or U.S. dollars. So don t panic if you only have American currency it s actually worth something in Peru (and no where else. Seriously. Stupid euro.)
  • If you go to Machu Picchu, you must bring your passport to get in (having dragged it all that way, you can also get a novelty passport stamp from Machu Picchu. I did this, but kind of regretted it the stamp is about the size of a child s foot and takes up valuable real-estate)
  • If you are desperate for food, there are a few chains in Peru that are great one is Pardo s chicken. which is surprisingly authentic and yummy, and the other is Bembo s. which is less fantastic but not bad in a pinch. We had dinner at the former, and dessert at the former and the latter (What? This is me we re talking about).

    Dessert at Bembo s. I was very happy. Rand was very dorky.

  • Haggle like crazy. Really, you shouldn t be paying more than a few dollars American for hats or scarves, depending on the quality. There are lots of little artisan markets in Peru you might want to walk around a couple and see the different prices and compare (in one place, scarves were 10 soles before we even started negotiating in another they were 20 for the exact same scarf. Guess how much I paid for mine? That s right! 25 soles.)
  • Carry tissues with you, and hand sanitizer or wet wipes, if you can get some. A lot of more rural places don t have t.p. and don t have running water or soap to wash your hands. Oh, and did I mention lots of meals are communal? So yeah.
  • In many villages, bakeries are denoted by these hanging baskets. Obviously, this is the most important thing you will need to know when traveling in Peru.

    They also had a bunch of guinea pigs in a pen.

  • Usually your hotel can help set up a tour for you if you want to see stuff in neighboring towns. This is usually incredibly affordable. We spent a day traveling to Moray and Pisac from Cuzco, and they served us a snack and gave us an elaborate tour for $30 U.S. a person. The market at Pisac was absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it.

    Rand with Nicolas, our totally awesome tour guide who spoke English, Spanish, Quechuan, and Japanese.

    So there you go proof that I m not entirely worthless when it comes to giving advice. Unless it involves finding liquor stores in my hometown. Then you re on your own.





  • 28/11/2017

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    For the Cheapest Airfares, Don t Shop on Sundays #cheap #airline

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    For the Cheapest Airfares, Don’t Shop on Sundays

    It’s the age-old question that bedevils airline travelers: Is this a good fare? The Internet is rife with advice on when to buy and when to fly, a mix of maxims that frequently serves to confuse fare shoppers more than they enlighten: Buy on Tuesdays! Avoid Friday flights!

    We have another. (You knew this was coming.) The latest fare study. by a Boston-area travel-tech startup called Hopper, found that Thursday is the cheapest day to purchase a ticket, with weekends the worst. The best fares were found for Wednesday departures, while returns were cheapest on Tuesday for domestic flights and on Wednesday for international trips. Friday was the most expensive day to fly home both domestically and abroad, likely because Friday and Sunday are two of the heaviest traffic days for airlines worldwide.

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    The results are based on fare data from January 2013 to this month, drawn from 11,000 markets with U.S. departures and at least 1,000 weekly searches through travel agents. The biggest difference in methodology was that Hopper looked at the days when airlines offered the most of their lowest fares on these routes, not just average fares.

    Still, as airlines become ever-more sophisticated at pricing—and keep tight checks on seat capacity—savings are relatively narrow. The difference between the “worst” and “best” purchase days was $10 for domestic flights and $25 internationally. Fare differences in departure and return days topped out at $60 for international flights, and even less domestically, according to Hopper. “I think the airlines have just become a lot better at the yield management piece so there’s no longer this predictable way you can outwit them,” says Patrick Surry, Hopper’s data scientist, calling the days of frequent consumer “big wins” largely over.

    Thus, Hopper’s data suggest that fare bargains don’t arise from trying to play the best-time-to-buy game, but in better consumer education about what constitutes a good fare on a particular route. Fly to San Francisco every week or month and it’s not long before the atrocious and decent fares become apparent to you. But plan a trip to Croatia or Santa Fe or Shanghai and you may have zero idea whether the fares around your travel dates are any good from your city. What’s more, your vacation or business trip has specific dates—most travelers do not know how to consider seasonal price fluctuations, or whether a new airline competitor will have an effect, or what happens if you leave two days earlier.

    Upstarts such as Hopper are trying to build new online tools that reduce the information vacuum that often leaves consumers paying more. “It’s really hard to get any kind of big picture,” Surry says. “So I think there’s a lot of power that the airlines exploit in that space.”

    Bachman is an associate editor for Businessweek.com.





    11/11/2017

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    Why the Web Won t Be Nirvana #at #and #t #business


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    Why the Web Won t Be Nirvana

    After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.

    Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

    Consider today’s online world. The Usenet, a worldwide bulletin board, allows anyone to post messages across the nation. Your word gets out, leapfrogging editors and publishers. Every voice can be heard cheaply and instantly. The result? Every voice is heard. The cacophany more closely resembles citizens band radio, complete with handles, harrasment, and anonymous threats. When most everyone shouts, few listen. How about electronic publishing? Try reading a book on disc. At best, it’s an unpleasant chore: the myopic glow of a clunky computer replaces the friendly pages of a book. And you can’t tote that laptop to the beach. Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.

    What the Internet hucksters won’t tell you is tht the Internet is one big ocean of unedited data, without any pretense of completeness. Lacking editors, reviewers or critics, the Internet has become a wasteland of unfiltered data. You don’t know what to ignore and what’s worth reading. Logged onto the World Wide Web, I hunt for the date of the Battle of Trafalgar. Hundreds of files show up, and it takes 15 minutes to unravel them—one’s a biography written by an eighth grader, the second is a computer game that doesn’t work and the third is an image of a London monument. None answers my question, and my search is periodically interrupted by messages like, “Too many connections, try again later.”

    Won’t the Internet be useful in governing? Internet addicts clamor for government reports. But when Andy Spano ran for county executive in Westchester County, N.Y. he put every press release and position paper onto a bulletin board. In that affluent county, with plenty of computer companies, how many voters logged in? Fewer than 30. Not a good omen.

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    Then there are those pushing computers into schools. We’re told that multimedia will make schoolwork easy and fun. Students will happily learn from animated characters while taught by expertly tailored software.Who needs teachers when you’ve got computer-aided education? Bah. These expensive toys are difficult to use in classrooms and require extensive teacher training. Sure, kids love videogames—but think of your own experience: can you recall even one educational filmstrip of decades past? I’ll bet you remember the two or three great teachers who made a difference in your life.

    Then there’s cyberbusiness. We’re promised instant catalog shopping—just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet—which there isn’t—the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

    What’s missing from this electronic wonderland? Human contact. Discount the fawning techno-burble about virtual communities. Computers and networks isolate us from one another. A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee. No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert. And who’d prefer cybersex to the real thing? While the Internet beckons brightly, seductively flashing an icon of knowledge-as-power, this nonplace lures us to surrender our time on earth. A poor substitute it is, this virtual reality where frustration is legion and where—in the holy names of Education and Progress—important aspects of human interactions are relentlessly devalued.


    03/11/2017

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    The European Language Portfolio (ELP) was developed by the Language Policy Unit of the Council of Europe

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    • to allow users to record their language learning achievements and their experience of learning and using languages.

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    Follow this link if you wish to know more about the concept and history of the ELP, download components, or create an ELP of your own, but also to consult the full list of accredited or registered ELP models.

    In this part of the website you will find:

    • documents on the ELP’s origin, guiding principles and history
    • reports on the ELP project at European level
    • reports on international seminars held under the aegis of the Council of Europe
    • lists of ELPs accredited (2000-2010) and registered (2011-2014) by the Council of Europe
    • a guide to compiling an ELP model
    • templates and other resources that can be used when compiling an ELP
    • some key publications on designing and using an ELP

    In view of the large number and wide range of validated and registered models now available, the Council of Europe stopped registering ELPs at the end of 2014.

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    17/10/2017

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    29/09/2017

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    Air Force One Has New Defensive Systems, Antennas #what #is #ptsd,


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    Air Force One Has New Defensive Systems, Antennas

    Plans for a new presidential aircraft by the end of the decade have been set aside, but the current flying White House is constantly being upgraded and has been observed with new communications and defensive systems.

    A new aircraft was once expected sooner. We have recognized for several years now that the Air Force One replacement is out there in our future in the late teens, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said in September 2011. But since then, the recapitalization plan has been put on hiatus.

    The tail cone of Air Force One bristles with defensive systems at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in June 2012. Photo and annotations by John Gourley

    President Barack Obama famously criticized Detroit automobile executives for using business jets to fly to Washington for a Capitol Hill appearance. That, plus a simple absence of funding, means that what the Air Force calls Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization (PAR) is going nowhere. In the past the Air Staff quoted a target date of 2017, and later revised it to 2019. More recently, officials say a new plane for the commander-in-chief is still farther away.

    The Boeing 747-8 and Airbus A380 have been named as possible candidates to replace the existing presidential Boeing 747s. In 2009, Airbus s parent company said it would offer a candidate to any competition for a new Air Force One.

    There appears to be no issue of structural fatigue with the presidential 747s. As of 2009, the last year for which figures were released, each aircraft had flown about 6,500 hours and was expected to log 450 hours per year. A 747 airliner of the same vintage, kept in the air far more often, would have at least ten times as many airframe hours on its structure.

    Bumps and Bulges

    Multi-purpose conformal antennas are almost flush against the fuselage side of this VC-25A presidential aircraft at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in June 2012.
    Photo and annotations by John Gourley

    Air Force One is the radio callsign for any Air Force aircraft with the president aboard. The term is used conversationally to refer to two VC-25As, or Boeing 747-200s (serial numbers 86-28000 and 86-29000) that have pulled presidential transportation duty since 1990. George H. W. Bush was the first president to fly on one of the 747s.

    The aircraft are flown by the Presidential Airlift Group (PAG), and belong to Air Mobility Command s 89th Airlift Wing, based at Andrews AFB, Md.

    During a stop at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. in June, aircraft 86-29000 was seen to be equipped with various items that help keep the president in touch and provide security.

    Not new to the VC-25A:

    • About five AN/ALQ-204 Matador infrared (IR) countermeasures devices are located at the tail and behind the four engines, Previously used on the VC-137C (Boeing 707-320B) presidential aircraft and on airliners and executive aircraft, the device emits pulsed IR signals to foil attacks by heat-seeking missiles.

    Thought to be new or recent additions to the VC-25A:

    • An AN/AAR-54(V) missile launch warning receiver located at the tail is intended to report and track missile threats by zeroing in on their ultraviolet exhaust signature. The receiver is also in use on special-operations warplanes like the MC-130H Combat Talon II.
    • The AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis Directional Infra-Red Counter Measures (DIRCM) system, which can be directed by the AAR-54, fires pulsating flashes of IR energy that confuse a missile s guidance system.
    • Conformal antennas: the VC-25As have been retrofitted with multi-purpose conformal antennas adaptable to satellite communications systems and other purposes. They resemble Band-Aids or patches but are, in fact, antennas that appear to have no effect on the aerodynamic performance of the 747.

    Robert F. Dorr is an author, U.S. Air Force veteran, and retired American diplomat who.


    03/09/2017

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    Low Testosterone: 9 Signs in Men #low #t #symtoms


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    9 Signs of Low Testosterone

    Low testosterone

    Testosterone is a hormone produced by the human body. It’s mainly produced in men by the testicles. Testosterone affects a man’s appearance and sexual development. It stimulates sperm production as well as a man’s sex drive. It also helps build muscle and bone mass.

    Testosterone production typically decreases with age. According to the American Urological Association. about 2 out of 10 men older than 60 years have low testosterone. That increases slightly to 3 out of 10 men in their 70s and 80s.

    Men can experience a range of symptoms if testosterone decreases more than it should. Low testosterone, or low T, is diagnosed when levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). A normal range is typically 300–1000 ng/dL, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A blood test called a serum testosterone test is used to determine your level of circulating testosterone.

    A range of symptoms can occur if testosterone production drastically drops below normal. Signs of low T are often subtle. Keep reading to learn the signs of low T in men.

    1. Low sex drive

    Testosterone plays a key role in libido (sex drive) in men. Some men may experience a decline in sex drive as they age. However, someone with low T will likely experience a more drastic drop in their desire to have sex.

    2. Difficulty with erection

    While testosterone stimulates a man’s sex drive, it also aids in achieving and maintaining an erection. Testosterone alone doesn’t cause an erection, but it stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a molecule that helps trigger a series of chemical reactions necessary for an erection to occur. When testosterone levels are too low, a man may have difficulty achieving an erection prior to sex or having spontaneous erections (for example, during sleep).

    However, testosterone is only one of many factors that aid in adequate erections. Research is inconclusive regarding the role of testosterone replacement in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. In a review of studies that looked at the benefit of testosterone in men with erection difficulties, nearly half showed no improvement with testosterone treatment. Many times, other health problems play a role in erectile difficulties. These can include:

    Men with low T can experience changes in mood. Because testosterone influences many physical processes in the body, it can also influence mood and mental capacity. Research suggests that men with low T are more likely to face depression, irritability, or a lack of focus.

    Outlook

    Unlike women, who experience a rapid drop in hormone levels at menopause, men experience a more gradual decrease of testosterone levels over time. The older the man, the more likely he is to experience below-normal testosterone levels. Men with testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL may experience some degree of low T symptoms. Your doctor can conduct a blood test and recommend treatment if needed. They can discuss the potential benefits and risks of testosterone medication, as well.

    Signs of low testosterone in men younger than 30

    • Araujo, A.B. Wittert, G.A. (2011). Endocrinology of the aging male. Best Practice Research in Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism. 25(2), 303-19. Retrieved from http://www.bprcem.com/article/S1521-690X(10)00174-0/abstract
    • Federal Drug Administration Advisory Committee. (2014, September 17). Advisory committee industry briefing document on testosterone replacement therapy. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/ReproductiveHealthDrugsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM412537.pdf
    • Huo, S. Scialli, A. R. McGarvey, S. Hill, E. Tügertimur, B. Hogenmiller, A. … Fugh-Berman, A. (2016). Treatment of men for “low testosterone”: A systematic review. PLoS ONE. 11 (9). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5031462/
    • Johnson, R. E. Murad, M. H. (2009). Gynecomastia: Pathophysiology, evaluation, and management. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 84 (11), 1010–1015. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2770912/
    • Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014, December 17). Diseases and conditions: Low sex drive in women. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/low-sex-drive-in-women/basics/causes/con-20033229
    • Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014, July 10). Male hypogonadism: Causes. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/male-hypogonadism/basics/causes/con-20014235
    • Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014, July 10). Sexual health: Testosterone therapy – Key to male virility? Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/art-20045728
    • Mayo Clinic Staff. (2015, February 4). Diseases and conditions: Erectile dysfunction. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/basics/causes/con-20034244
    • Santosa, S. Jensen, M.D. (2012, February 20). Effects of male hypogonadism on regional adipose tissue fatty acid storage and lipogenic proteins. PLoS One. Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/related?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0031473
    • Sinnesael, M. Boonen, S. Claessens, F. Gielen, E. Vanderschueren, D. (2011). Testosterone and the Male Skeleton: A Dual Mode of Action. Journal of Osteoporosis. Retrieved from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jos/2011/240328/
    • Surampurdi, P. N. Wang, C. Swerdloff, R. (2012). Hypogonadism in the aging male: Diagnosis, potential benefits, and risks of testosterone replacement therapy. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2012. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312212/
    • Tsujimura, A. (2013). The Relationship between Testosterone Deficiency and Men’s Health. The World Journal of Men’s Health. 31 (2), 126–135. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3770847/
    • What is low testosterone (hypogonadism)? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/low-testosterone-(hypogonadism)
    • What causes ED? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/causes

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    16/08/2017

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    Whatever You Do, Don’t Buy an Airline Ticket On …

    Scott McCartney

    Updated Jan. 27, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET

    Shoppers looking for the cheapest airfare can learn something from stand-up comedians: It’s all about timing.

    Ticket prices are highest on weekends, on average, according to online travel agencies, fare trackers and airline pricing executives.

    When’s the best time to buy? Travel experts have long said Tuesday is when sales are most often in place, which is true. An analysis of domestic fares shows that Wednesday also has good—and occasionally better—ticket prices.

    Though prices fluctuate frequently and the ups and downs of airline prices can frustrate and anger consumers, airline pricing actually does follow a cycle during the week. Many sales, in which some seats are discounted by 15% to 25% typically, are launched Monday night. That was true again this week when AirTran Airways launched a sale to all its destinations. Competitors typically match the lower prices Tuesday morning. By Thursday or Friday, many sales have already expired.

    Two weeks ago, a Chicago-Atlanta round-trip ticket for April travel dates cost $209 on Tuesday and Wednesday on American and Delta, but then $301 for the next four days. When Tuesday rolled around last week, the fare dropped to $219 at both airlines for the April 8-15 itinerary. By Friday it was up to $307 at both American and Delta. Come Tuesday this week, the fare was down to $229.

    Like bread, fares get sort of stale toward the end of the week, said Bob Harrell, a fare consultant who has tracked airline pricing for years.

    For this analysis, Mr. Harrell studied all fares filed by airlines over the past 90 days and found Monday was the busiest day for fare changes, followed by Thursday.

    When airlines want to push through a fare increase, marking up their basic prices across the board usually by $5 or $10, they often do that on Thursday night, then watch to see if competitors match and if the higher rates stick over the weekend. If competitors balk, prices can be rolled back by Monday morning.

    ENLARGE

    Airline pricing follows a cycle during the week. Above, a Southwest Airlines plane in flight in September. Getty Images





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    Travel Scams Here, There and Everywhere

    What do you think of when you hear the words travel scam ? Maybe you think of the faxes advertising amazingly low fares for a vacation that expires that evening. (If you call, you d find out that your travel is free but your hotel stay is charged at an incredibly high rate.)

    Or maybe you think about the mail that comes in express mail-looking envelopes announcing you won a fabulous free cruise in a lottery you don t remember entering. (If you call, you d find out that in order to collect your prize, you d have to attend seminars at your expense, or make purchases for things at highly inflated prices.)

    We ve written in detail about these travel scams and cruise scams before click here.

    But what about travel scams that happen once you arrive at your destination?

    Thieves and tricksters are forever coming up with new ways to scam travelers, so it s important to find out about these scams before you travel.

    We ll discuss three of the most common and sneaky travel scams today; these scams can absolutely ruin an otherwise delightful travel experience.

    1. Front Desk Credit Card Confusion Scam

    Anyone who has tried to see a city in a day and a half or cram 2 days of work into a 12-hour business trip knows what that kind of marathon activity can entail.

    Imagine that it s the end of your long day of frenzy, and you re settling in for the evening in your hotel room. You re drifting off to sleep when the phone rings. It s the front desk clerk asking for your help in verifying some information.

    The front desk clerk (aka scammer) apologizes for the late hour, but explains that at shift change some forms were left unfinished. She needs to confirm that the form she has is yours, and that the information is correct.

    She asks if the last four digits of your credit card are 5678. You groggily reach for your wallet and pull out the card. No, you say, those aren t the last four digits.

    Hmmm, she responds, seeming perplexed. She then asks if you could just read the card number to her. You re sleepy so you don t pause before responding when she asks for the expiration date as well.

    With a joyous Aha, she tells you that she has found your form. She thanks you profusely, apologizes again and assures you that all the information is now straightened out.

    You hang up and drift back to sleep, not realizing that you have just been scammed by a con artist.

    It might only be when your credit card is declined the next time you use it that you realize you ve been scammed.

    Action: Never give your card number out over the phone at a hotel. Ask for the name of someone to speak to and tell the caller that you ll come down in the morning to straighten it out. Don t offer to call the desk from your room and then feel safe giving the card number. For all you know, the thief is calling from a temporarily abandoned front-desk station.

    2. Taxi Cabs or Scam Mobiles?

    Once when leaving the main train station in Rome, Italy, a friend was heading for the Taxi Stand when she looked up to see an incredible line. She estimated that it would be at least a 30-minute wait. Our friend probably sighed, visibly. She was immediately approached by a nicely dressed man who offered her a ride and a bypass of the line by saying, taxi?

    She could have taken the offer. But fortunately, we had told her about this scam beforehand.

    Never take a taxi ride from someone who is not in an official, metered taxi cab. Doing so risks not just your wallet but your safety.

    Scam artists have been known to pose as taxi drivers and take off with your luggage. They have also taken unsuspecting tourists to a deserted area and then robbed and/or assaulted them.

    At the very least, even if you re lucky and avoid violence or theft, you ll still be charged at least 4 or 5 times what the rate should be for the taxi ride.

    Any taxi cab should have the car number and company marked on the outside, a registration and driver information card displayed on or near the dashboard, and should either have on display or offer on request a list of charges.

    Make yourself familiar with the rate list when you first get into the cab. If possible, make your examination of the rate list obvious. Both these actions will help prevent the driver from getting any bright ideas.

    If you re not sure about where to catch a taxi or whether or not you were properly charged, ask at your hotel. If you think you were scammed, try to record identifying information about the driver and/or the vehicle so you can report it to the police.

    Action: Never accept rides from individuals who don t have licensed, metered taxis.

    3. Hotel Representatives

    This scam is similar to the Taxi scam.

    The voices will start as soon as you disembark from the plane, train, boat or bus: Hotel? or Room? You need a room? will begin floating towards you any time you arrive in a major tourist destination transportation hub.

    Much like the taxi cab scam above, be wary of those who approach you offering hotel rooms. These scammers may wear a laminated badge, carry a notebook or even have brochures about their hotels. (Very likely, they made these on their home computer.)

    They ll offer you a great rate, showing you the colorful pictures in the brochures, and then offer to take you to the hotel.

    Once again, you re in danger of losing your luggage or your wallet, and violence can occur with this scam as well.

    Alternatively, once you arrive at the hotel (tired and ready to go to sleep), the hotel clerk will apologetically inform you that the rate promised is magically all filled for the evening but they have rooms ready for you at twice the promised rate.

    Once you wearily agree and head to the room, your representative will be handed a hefty tip by the clerk.

    You re best off making your own reservations by phone and confirming rates with a credit card. Make sure you get a confirmation number that you can show upon checking in.

    Action: If you arrive in a city without a reservation, avoid these lone representatives. Look for the nearest tourist information office or hit the nearest phone booth with your travel guidebook in hand.

    Now that you know about them, you can avoid these three destination travel scams. Have a great and safe week.





    12/06/2017

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    Why can t airline tickets be transferable?

    A TSA officer checks a passenger s airline ticket at Chicago O Hare International Airport on Dec. 20, 2013. (Photo: Nam Y. Huh, AP)

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    As Ralph Santopietro sees it, Delta Air Lines had him over a barrel when he tried to change the dates on a flight from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Hartford, Conn.

    A ticket agent in Myrtle Beach offered to rebook Santopietro, a retired high school teacher, on the new itinerary. But his $238 ticket credit would be all but consumed by a $200 change fee, and then he’d have to pay a $538 fare difference.

    How about transferring the ticket to his cousin, who would take the flight as originally planned? Nope, said the agent, citing security restrictions on ticket name changes.

    “I didn’t like those choices,” he says.

    In an airline industry now dominated by a few oversized carriers, neither do many of his fellow passengers. Domestic airlines collected a record $2.5 billion in ticket change fees in 2012, and Delta led the flock with $778 million, an increase of $11 million from the previous year. Although airlines have valid business reasons for their ticket restrictions, consumer advocates say they are too rigid and avaricious.

    To passengers, the name-change policy in particular seems like a way for airlines to pocket more of their money. Alan Gore, a photographer from Sedona, Ariz. says he feels cornered when he considers his flight options. A fully refundable ticket costs three to four times more than a restricted ticket. And even when passengers have a valid reason to cancel a trip, airlines are unmoved.

    “When life happens and people get sick before a flight, they now have no choice but to take it and give the flu to every other passenger,” he says.

    He says it’s time for the airline industry to let passengers change the name on a ticket.

    Airlines don’t allow name changes for two reasons, according to Victoria Day, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, an industry trade group. The first is airline policy. An airline needs to know who the customer is so it can “provide quality service,” she says. It also relies on tickets being non-changeable in order to manage its seat inventory.

    “Since air transportation is a service that perishes when the aircraft door is closed, it is in both the passengers’ and airline’s interest to closely match the number of passengers to seats available, from both a customer service and revenue management perspective,” Day says.

    The second reason is security, or ensuring that the ticketed passenger is the same person going through the TSA checkpoint and getting screened.

    Those assertions are more or less true. Warren Lieberman, an airline pricing expert and president at Veritec Solutions, says the more true part involves an airline’s ability to make money. If name changes were allowed, then passengers could resell their tickets anytime, subverting an airline’s ability to raise ticket prices as the flight becomes full.

    “That would lead to declines in revenue,” he says.

    The less true part is security. The Transportation Security Administration uses a system called Secure Flight to screen airline passengers, but it’s capable of handling checks instantly, according to the agency. In other words, if airlines relaxed their rules on name changes, the TSA would have no trouble accommodating them.

    “There is no reason why a consumer should not be able to easily transfer her ticket to another person in the event that she cannot travel,” says Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.

    Permitting a name change makes sense to passengers, and not just because an airline won’t incur any security risks or additional expenses. It’s also something that as recently as a few decades ago was common, even among legacy carriers. Veteran air travelers recall a time when tickets could be purchased in the classified section of their newspaper. Somehow, airlines managed to make money even then.

    Given the fact that competition and choice are gradually being drained from our airline network, shouldn’t airlines be compelled to return one of yesteryear’s common courtesies — the ability to let someone else use a passenger’s ticket?

    Until then, it seems even airline employees understand that passengers don’t have any real options. One of them happened to be the kindly ticket agent in Myrtle Beach, who saw the absurdity of Santopietro’s situation. She finally beckoned him to come closer to her station.

    “She looked down and sheepishly whispered that perhaps I could try another airline,” he says. He found a $187 ticket on US Airways.

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    Travel Scams Here, There and Everywhere

    What do you think of when you hear the words travel scam ? Maybe you think of the faxes advertising amazingly low fares for a vacation that expires that evening. (If you call, you d find out that your travel is free but your hotel stay is charged at an incredibly high rate.)

    Or maybe you think about the mail that comes in express mail-looking envelopes announcing you won a fabulous free cruise in a lottery you don t remember entering. (If you call, you d find out that in order to collect your prize, you d have to attend seminars at your expense, or make purchases for things at highly inflated prices.)

    We ve written in detail about these travel scams and cruise scams before click here.

    But what about travel scams that happen once you arrive at your destination?

    Thieves and tricksters are forever coming up with new ways to scam travelers, so it s important to find out about these scams before you travel.

    We ll discuss three of the most common and sneaky travel scams today; these scams can absolutely ruin an otherwise delightful travel experience.

    1. Front Desk Credit Card Confusion Scam

    Anyone who has tried to see a city in a day and a half or cram 2 days of work into a 12-hour business trip knows what that kind of marathon activity can entail.

    Imagine that it s the end of your long day of frenzy, and you re settling in for the evening in your hotel room. You re drifting off to sleep when the phone rings. It s the front desk clerk asking for your help in verifying some information.

    The front desk clerk (aka scammer) apologizes for the late hour, but explains that at shift change some forms were left unfinished. She needs to confirm that the form she has is yours, and that the information is correct.

    She asks if the last four digits of your credit card are 5678. You groggily reach for your wallet and pull out the card. No, you say, those aren t the last four digits.

    Hmmm, she responds, seeming perplexed. She then asks if you could just read the card number to her. You re sleepy so you don t pause before responding when she asks for the expiration date as well.

    With a joyous Aha, she tells you that she has found your form. She thanks you profusely, apologizes again and assures you that all the information is now straightened out.

    You hang up and drift back to sleep, not realizing that you have just been scammed by a con artist.

    It might only be when your credit card is declined the next time you use it that you realize you ve been scammed.

    Action: Never give your card number out over the phone at a hotel. Ask for the name of someone to speak to and tell the caller that you ll come down in the morning to straighten it out. Don t offer to call the desk from your room and then feel safe giving the card number. For all you know, the thief is calling from a temporarily abandoned front-desk station.

    2. Taxi Cabs or Scam Mobiles?

    Once when leaving the main train station in Rome, Italy, a friend was heading for the Taxi Stand when she looked up to see an incredible line. She estimated that it would be at least a 30-minute wait. Our friend probably sighed, visibly. She was immediately approached by a nicely dressed man who offered her a ride and a bypass of the line by saying, taxi?

    She could have taken the offer. But fortunately, we had told her about this scam beforehand.

    Never take a taxi ride from someone who is not in an official, metered taxi cab. Doing so risks not just your wallet but your safety.

    Scam artists have been known to pose as taxi drivers and take off with your luggage. They have also taken unsuspecting tourists to a deserted area and then robbed and/or assaulted them.

    At the very least, even if you re lucky and avoid violence or theft, you ll still be charged at least 4 or 5 times what the rate should be for the taxi ride.

    Any taxi cab should have the car number and company marked on the outside, a registration and driver information card displayed on or near the dashboard, and should either have on display or offer on request a list of charges.

    Make yourself familiar with the rate list when you first get into the cab. If possible, make your examination of the rate list obvious. Both these actions will help prevent the driver from getting any bright ideas.

    If you re not sure about where to catch a taxi or whether or not you were properly charged, ask at your hotel. If you think you were scammed, try to record identifying information about the driver and/or the vehicle so you can report it to the police.

    Action: Never accept rides from individuals who don t have licensed, metered taxis.

    3. Hotel Representatives

    This scam is similar to the Taxi scam.

    The voices will start as soon as you disembark from the plane, train, boat or bus: Hotel? or Room? You need a room? will begin floating towards you any time you arrive in a major tourist destination transportation hub.

    Much like the taxi cab scam above, be wary of those who approach you offering hotel rooms. These scammers may wear a laminated badge, carry a notebook or even have brochures about their hotels. (Very likely, they made these on their home computer.)

    They ll offer you a great rate, showing you the colorful pictures in the brochures, and then offer to take you to the hotel.

    Once again, you re in danger of losing your luggage or your wallet, and violence can occur with this scam as well.

    Alternatively, once you arrive at the hotel (tired and ready to go to sleep), the hotel clerk will apologetically inform you that the rate promised is magically all filled for the evening but they have rooms ready for you at twice the promised rate.

    Once you wearily agree and head to the room, your representative will be handed a hefty tip by the clerk.

    You re best off making your own reservations by phone and confirming rates with a credit card. Make sure you get a confirmation number that you can show upon checking in.

    Action: If you arrive in a city without a reservation, avoid these lone representatives. Look for the nearest tourist information office or hit the nearest phone booth with your travel guidebook in hand.

    Now that you know about them, you can avoid these three destination travel scams. Have a great and safe week.





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    13 Things You Didn – t Know About Online Travel Sites

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    2. Their software doesn’t always hook up to the hotel’s system.

    A guaranteed reservation is almost impossible to come by—but the risk of finding out your flight or hotel is overbooked increases with third-party providers. The middleman’s software isn’t immune to system errors, so always call the hotel or airline to make sure your booking was processed.

    3. Don’t be fooled by packages: Often, they’re low-end items grouped together.

    Ever notice how travel sites recommend one-stop shopping, like a hotel, rental car, and tour package all in one click? These deals usually feature travel that no one wants, like flights with multiple layovers. Check the fine print.

    6. You aren’t likely to build airline or hotel loyalty.

    7. Travel agents often can share exclusive perks.

    Online booking sites are all about dates, rates, and space, meaning their goal is to put heads in beds, says Misty Ewing at Virtuoso luxury travel network. But for the same price, an agent might have connections and special access. “For example, when traveling in Italy, you can take a cooking class with a local resident in her home—a level of authenticity not provided by the Internet,” she says.

    8. Corporate travel needs are probably better done in person.





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    Why can t airline tickets be transferable?

    A TSA officer checks a passenger s airline ticket at Chicago O Hare International Airport on Dec. 20, 2013. (Photo: Nam Y. Huh, AP)

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    As Ralph Santopietro sees it, Delta Air Lines had him over a barrel when he tried to change the dates on a flight from Myrtle Beach, S.C. to Hartford, Conn.

    A ticket agent in Myrtle Beach offered to rebook Santopietro, a retired high school teacher, on the new itinerary. But his $238 ticket credit would be all but consumed by a $200 change fee, and then he’d have to pay a $538 fare difference.

    How about transferring the ticket to his cousin, who would take the flight as originally planned? Nope, said the agent, citing security restrictions on ticket name changes.

    “I didn’t like those choices,” he says.

    In an airline industry now dominated by a few oversized carriers, neither do many of his fellow passengers. Domestic airlines collected a record $2.5 billion in ticket change fees in 2012, and Delta led the flock with $778 million, an increase of $11 million from the previous year. Although airlines have valid business reasons for their ticket restrictions, consumer advocates say they are too rigid and avaricious.

    To passengers, the name-change policy in particular seems like a way for airlines to pocket more of their money. Alan Gore, a photographer from Sedona, Ariz. says he feels cornered when he considers his flight options. A fully refundable ticket costs three to four times more than a restricted ticket. And even when passengers have a valid reason to cancel a trip, airlines are unmoved.

    “When life happens and people get sick before a flight, they now have no choice but to take it and give the flu to every other passenger,” he says.

    He says it’s time for the airline industry to let passengers change the name on a ticket.

    Airlines don’t allow name changes for two reasons, according to Victoria Day, a spokeswoman for Airlines for America, an industry trade group. The first is airline policy. An airline needs to know who the customer is so it can “provide quality service,” she says. It also relies on tickets being non-changeable in order to manage its seat inventory.

    “Since air transportation is a service that perishes when the aircraft door is closed, it is in both the passengers’ and airline’s interest to closely match the number of passengers to seats available, from both a customer service and revenue management perspective,” Day says.

    The second reason is security, or ensuring that the ticketed passenger is the same person going through the TSA checkpoint and getting screened.

    Those assertions are more or less true. Warren Lieberman, an airline pricing expert and president at Veritec Solutions, says the more true part involves an airline’s ability to make money. If name changes were allowed, then passengers could resell their tickets anytime, subverting an airline’s ability to raise ticket prices as the flight becomes full.

    “That would lead to declines in revenue,” he says.

    The less true part is security. The Transportation Security Administration uses a system called Secure Flight to screen airline passengers, but it’s capable of handling checks instantly, according to the agency. In other words, if airlines relaxed their rules on name changes, the TSA would have no trouble accommodating them.

    “There is no reason why a consumer should not be able to easily transfer her ticket to another person in the event that she cannot travel,” says Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.

    Permitting a name change makes sense to passengers, and not just because an airline won’t incur any security risks or additional expenses. It’s also something that as recently as a few decades ago was common, even among legacy carriers. Veteran air travelers recall a time when tickets could be purchased in the classified section of their newspaper. Somehow, airlines managed to make money even then.

    Given the fact that competition and choice are gradually being drained from our airline network, shouldn’t airlines be compelled to return one of yesteryear’s common courtesies — the ability to let someone else use a passenger’s ticket?

    Until then, it seems even airline employees understand that passengers don’t have any real options. One of them happened to be the kindly ticket agent in Myrtle Beach, who saw the absurdity of Santopietro’s situation. She finally beckoned him to come closer to her station.

    “She looked down and sheepishly whispered that perhaps I could try another airline,” he says. He found a $187 ticket on US Airways.

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