Archive for the "Air Travel" category

Backscatter Whole Body Scanners – Why Research Matters

by Beth Whitman (June 12th, 2012)

Call me paranoid. Call me a conspiracy theorist. Call me crazy. But I won’t walk through a backscatter scanner at airport security. I have 2 primary reasons for this: There hasn’t been enough research done to know what the long-term effects of these x-ray scanners might be. I’ve yet to fully understand how something that […]

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A Monk Walks onto a Plane…

by Beth Whitman (February 14th, 2010)

(True story though some facts are slightly embellished for story-telling purposes.) A Buddhist monk walks onto a plane, returning home from a gathering of monks from around the world. There are many participants from the gathering on this plane but they are seated throughout coach class with only a handful having seats next to one […]

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Knock Knock. Who’s There? The Feds.

by Beth Whitman (January 4th, 2010)

The three-ring circus currently known as the TSA has been issuing directives and statements over the last week+ in an effort, we can only assume, to keep us safe after Umar Farouk AbdulMuttalaban attempted to blow up a NWA flight bound for Detroit. It appears, however, that they’ve only managed to confuse the situation and […]

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One-Way Ticket to Ride

by Beth Whitman (September 21st, 2009)

I recently made reservations for a multi-city domestic trip. Using Expedia, I plugged in my destinations and let it spit out the best fares. I nearly had a heart attack at the final cost. So, I tried something that I hadn’t done in years. I took a look at the cost of the one-way fares […]

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The American Travel Ethos

by Beth Whitman (September 14th, 2009)

This weekend I spoke at the Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA. I gave a talk about Bhutan in the morning and India in the afternoon. As always, some great conversations ensued because everyone loves to talk travel. I asked one gentleman, who was obviously quite traveled (a lot of shaking of the head throughout my […]

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Booking Advice in Today’s Climate

by Beth Whitman (March 30th, 2009)

First, I’ll give you my advice. Then I’ll back up my case. When booking your next flight, book directly with an airline or with a trusted travel agent. If you do choose to book through a booking engine, don’t buy trip insurance. My Reasons I was on the edge of my seat a couple of […]

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Dire Travel Warnings? Nah! Don’t Believe It!

by Beth Whitman (July 2nd, 2008)

I’ve noticed a theme lately. Seems the media would have you believe that we’re quickly in a downward spiral with regards to the world of travel. Sure, the news has not been great. Airlines are charging for checked baggage, air ticket prices are increasing and fuel costs are through the (sun)roof. Here are some of […]

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Traveling with Children – An Observer’s Perspective

by Beth Whitman (March 3rd, 2008)

Last week I flew from Seattle to Newark on a non-stop Alaska Airlines flight. I’m here to attend the New York Times Travel Show and to tape an interview with Women for Hire. All very exciting! Unfortunately, the flight was unexpectedly exciting as well. From the moment we departed Seattle, the child sitting in a […]

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Wanderlust and Divas Do Mix

by Beth Whitman (November 19th, 2007)

Thanks and kudos to the Diva in a Carry On blog for posting an interview I recently did with the Diva herself. Sometimes it’s hard to feel feminine on the road, but Diva has lots of great ideas for tiny little luxuries we can indeed carry on (like LIPSTICK) and make ourselves feel like a […]

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Booking Flights/Making Plans

by Beth Whitman (October 29th, 2007)

When I spoke in Eugene the other night, that gal that shared the “stage” with me was a young(er) traveler named Jude. She had some great tips to share and one of the things that she said was that she loves to book her flights early so that she knows that she’s going and then […]

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