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Passport Day in the USA is April 9th

UPDATE – As of 4/8/11 Passport day has been CANCELED.   It’s that time again! On April 9th, 2011, the State Department is hosting its third annual Passport Day in the USA party. Perhaps because of the heightened awareness, or the convenient Saturday positioning, last year’s Passport Day was a success, and once again they’re […]

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Where to stay in Dubai: A travel guide to the best Dubai neighborhoods

Updated September 7, 2016. Deciding where to stay in Dubai doesn’t have to be hard. It’s as easy as deciding on a neighborhood. A six-mile creek splits the city in two: Deira on the north side and Bur Dubai to the south. Further south are Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road. There’s plenty to choose from: the […]

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The Tom Bihn Aeronaut – Form and Function in a Sexy Package

A couple months ago after arranging my Indian adventure I sat down and assessed by luggage situation. It didn’t take long to realize I was in trouble. I couldn’t trust my rolling suitcase beyond glazed airport floors and city sidewalks and my backpack was a ratty mess heldover from the first Bush administration. And because […]

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The Middle East and Your Round-the-World Itinerary

If you’ve been paying any attention to any world news recently you’ve probably seen a list of Middle East and North African countries appearing next to words like violence, tear-gas and “security forces intervened”. There’s a political moment of truth going on and while it’s exciting to see in our time, it may be throwing […]

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Friday Afternoon Palate Cleanser – India in 140 Seconds

It’s not easy to describe the feeling you get while in India, whether in words or otherwise. Probably because it enters all your senses at once, and no form of media can come close to representing that sensation. So we’re left to make our puny attempts with writing, photos, movies, etc. For my money, this […]

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6 Essential Items To Pack for India

Updated  November 8, 2016 Before I went to India I’d heard from other travelers that it wasn’t an “easy” place to travel, that I’d need to take care doing everything from visiting the toilet to having a milkshake. After arriving there I understood what they were talking about, especially when it came to the milkshakes. […]

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The Lonely Planet Effect – Guidebook Love, Guidebook Hate

Updated November 8, 2016 I should start by staying I love Lonely Planet. I really do. And I’m not alone. Their famous blue volumes are probably the most trusted, well-written and exhaustively-researched travel guidebooks around, giving excellent advice for nearly every destination in this great wide world . There’s more than a few reasons they’re […]

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SWISS: A Sweet Way to Fly

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“I Can’t Take This Anymore!” – Traveling Within Your Emotional Range

If you’ve done any traveling in your life you probably know what it’s like to be flabbergasted. Hitting a situation where you’re pushed to the edges of your patience, frustration and composure. Perhaps a blood vessel rises in your forehead as you mouth off at the teller/ticket salesman/hotel desk clerk, storming away in a cloud […]

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My week in Berlin – Part II, the River Spree, Friedrichshain and beyond

A sunny afternoon finds us on the banks of the river Spree, a meandering waterway laden with bridges, cruise boats and fabricated beachfront property. Situated roughly 160 miles from the nearest sea, landlocked Berliners have constructed their very own Riviera along the Spree, dumping tons of imported sand for beaches, erecting sun umbrellas and of […]

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Is Traveler’s Diarrhea on Your Itinerary?

Updated November 18, 2016 This is a guest post by Dr. Michael Kirsch. Traveler’s diarrhea is the most common infectious disease affecting international travelers.  The only surefire way to avoid traveler’s diarrhea is not to travel, but where’s the fun in that? Is Traveler’s Diarrhea Serious? Not usually. While traveler’s diarrhea is usually mild, it […]

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Blog Gone Traveling

Today marks the beginning of a small hiatus for the AirTreks Travel Blog. As with any travel-related periodical the writers of such things need to get into the world so as to keep their energy levels high and their inspiration saturated. For the rest of February and the first half of March I’m off to […]