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Join Diane as she journeys around the globe from the vantage point of an international flight attendant. She will be offering you tips and tricks from inside the cabin as well as out in the field. Follow her around the world and participate by sending us your recommendations and suggestions. Happy Travels!

 

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  1. 10 Insider Secrets to Booking Airfare

    10 Insider Secrets to Booking Airfare

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    Has it ever occurred to you that sometimes you score a crazy cheap, round-trip flight cross country for only $100, and the next time you browse, you’re forced to pay over $400? Is it starting to feel like airlines are hiding something from us? The truth is, they actually might be. Thanks to some frugal shoppers on the Internet, there are ways to find and book cheaper flights, but of course, these are insider secrets that airlines don’t want to expose. Check out these 10 do’s and don’ts of finding and booking affordable airfare. Also, don’t forget to check out DealsPlus to snag the best deals on your airfare. 

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    Air Patrol

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    Join Diane as she journeys around the globe from the vantage point of an international flight attendant. She will be offering you tips and tricks from inside the cabin as well as out in the field. Follow her around the world and participate by sending us your recommendations and suggestions. Happy Travels!

     

    ExpertFlyer.com - Find Flight Availability, Flight Upgrades & Awards, Frequent Flyer Information and more!

     

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  3. Acropolise at Night

    Athens, Greece: Birthplace of Democracy

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    On a first visit to Athens, one will be surprised to find ancient relics intermixed with new construction of a cafe, hotel or boutique!  I was amazed to enjoy an early morning cappuccino alongside an ancient Roman statue! To build a city among ancient ruins reminds me of just one other city – Jerusalem.  I am amazed that city officials can keep tourists from pilferage these ancient ruins!

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  4. Belfast Gardens

    Belfast, Ireland – “Land of Enchantment”

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    When we try to share our heritage with our grandchildren, many us can trace our roots to the enchanting land of Ireland.  Who doesn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or wear green!  I would encourage you to just plan a three week trip to Ireland, to truly engage this beautiful land, and meet these most friendly people.  40% of the population is under the age of 25!

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  5. Benidorm sunset

    Benidorm, Spain: the Golden Pearl on the Costa Blanca

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    As baby boomers over the years I have shared my travel experiences through the telescope of an avid art connoisseur. However, there are times when I purposely want to indulge in a spa treatment; spend hours on a beach soaking up the heat and sun!  However, when I do plan these ventures, I generally incorporate a few days with a side excursion to Benidorm when traveling in Spain.

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  6. Rome

    Best Christmas Markets in Europe: “Traditions from the Heart”

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    As we begin in earnest to prepare for the upcoming Christmas Season, where else but in Europe will one experience the enchantment and traditions of the holidays!  Strolling through a Christmas Market is where the romance of the holiday will truly rekindle in you a sense of joy and peace!

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  7. Canals

    Birmingham, England: Workshop of the World

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    Birmingham is Britain’s second-largest city, located northwest of London in the West Midlands region of Britain.  It was here that the Industrial Revolution began, thus placing Birmingham dead center as the “workshop of the world.” Here is where James Watt patented the steam engine!

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  8. Brussels, Belgium: Capital of Europe

    Brussels, Belgium: Capital of Europe

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    Brussels in Belgium is often considered the de facto capital of the European Union, though the EU has no official capital.  Brussels hosts however, the official seats of the European Commission, Council of the European Union, and European Council and European Parliament.

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  9. Burj Khalifa: Man's creation – Phoenix Rising

    Burj Khalifa: Man's creation – Phoenix Rising

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    For architecture aficionados, Dubai should be top on your list of cities of the world to visit!  With the World Expo 2020, today you should be planning your trip and securing your reservations while many properties are still affordable!

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  10. Cadiz sunrise

    Cadiz, Andalusia: Link to the New World

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    For those of you who love Espana, together we have ventured out to Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, and the Costa del Sol. I would like to entice you to venture down to the Andalusian area of Spain – you will fall in love with this area as it has breathtaking beaches, perfect year around temperatures and many archaeological and historical sites for those history aficionados!  The best kept secret is that one can own their own hideaway – i.e. retirement home at a fraction of the cost in the U.S.

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  11. Santa's Air Patrol

    Christmas Greetings :The Joy in Giving

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    As avid travelers, one thing we have in common, is our love in learning about different cultures.  We may not understand the language, but we do communicate through our gestures, eye contact and body language.

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  12. Die Hundepension

    Die Hundepension: Pet Hotel at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany

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    Susie is always glad to hear from her canine friends, admirers, and boyfriends, both in the United States and abroad. She just received news from her German Shepherd buddy, Fritz, that there is a dog hotel at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany.  Of course Fritz, a bit on the fresh side, invited Susie to join him in one of the kennels at the hotel. Although Susie will pass on the opportunity for now, who knows what the future holds.

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  13. Ebola – Safety of Travel

    Ebola – Safety of Travel

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    Back in August when the first noted case of Ebola was discovered, all airlines were issued “to treat all fluids of any passenger as an infectious disease” as we have the  protective equipment on board and protocols to follow to protect passengers from further exposure to such harmful and potentially deadly substances. 

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  14. Edinburgh View

    Edinburgh, Scotland: Land of enchantment – A blend of the ancient and science fiction

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    Edinburgh boasts a rich history which welcomes all who venture in to discover this unique world of ancient castles and magnificent architecture, combined with modern buildings and facades. Atmospheric cobbled streets, wonderful architecture, old facedes and wide avenues allow you to imagine yourself transported back in time. The Lothian’s is also steeped in fascinating history, filled with castles, stately homes and battle sites.

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  15. Kelvingrove

    Essential Kelvingrove: A Museum Reflecting Life

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    Glasgow, Scotland is a city rich in culture as described in my previous article featuring the top rated attractions when planning your trip. 

     

    Today I wish to focus on perhaps the most influential and important museum in the world for those art lovers!  A trip to the Kelvingrove should remain top on your list along with the British Museum & the Louvre (Paris).  To be honest, I had not realized the wealth of collections ranging from the Impressionists to the famed Glasgow Boys who revolutionized Scottish painting – similar to the Pre-Raphaelites from the United Kingdom.  

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  16. Flying Etiquette

    Flying Etiquette – A Safety Issue: “Seat Rage”

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    Important that we address a topic that our mother’s never thought would be necessary, for we all have been taught proper manners as children.  Perhaps we are beginning to see the beginning of what happens when manners are not a top priority of parents these days!

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  17. Picadilly

    From Victorian “Cottonopolis” to Modern City: Manchester, United Kingdom

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    Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in North West England with a population of 510,700. Since 2001, population has grown by 20.8%, making it the fastest growing city in Britain. 

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  18. Geneva Panorama

    Geneva, Switzerland: Capital of Peace

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    Geneva is a Swiss city located on the south shore of Lake Geneva.  Many of its’ 200,000 inhabitants are foreigners and also hosts numerous International Organizations, including UN headquarters, Red Cross and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research – the world’s largest particle physics laboratory).  It is also a major international financial centre, known for privacy banking laws.

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  19. Gibraltar

    Gibraltar

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    “the very image of an enormous lion crouched between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean”

                                                             William Makepeace Thackeray 

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  20. Glasgow Square

    Glasgow, Scotland – City of Architecture

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    Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest in the United Kingdom. It is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands.  It won the UK’s City of Architecture & Design in 1999.

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    Glyfada, Greece: The Beverly Hills of Athens

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    Many of us baby boomers have planned multiple travel itineraries not only for domestic but for international travel.  Let's face it – we have done it all from our backpacking/walking adventures to first class travel tours either by land or by sea we are the experts in travel planning!  We were the first generation as college kids to back pack across the world and to revel in our cultural exchanges from people from other lands!

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  22. Hand in hand

    Grandparent’s Pearls of Wisdom – Traveling with Children

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    O.K. you’ve taken the plunge and will be planning an international sojourn with your beloved grandchildren! You have dreams of creating lasting memories that will be life changing, right?

    Well … if you follow these guidelines the answer is YES! I can vividly remember year after year my own little Madison would keep asking me, “Granny, when are we going to Paris?” I would have swept her up in my arms, and off we would go the moment she asked - but as an international flight attendant I was keenly aware of the challenges one faces when traveling with children.

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  23. Health Tips for Traveling Internationally

    Health Tips for Traveling Internationally

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    Little Known Secrets

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  24. Buddha

    Hong Kong: One Country, Two Systems

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    Most of baby boomers are familiar with the history of Hong Kong, especially with the  July 1, 1997 new ruling principle for the Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. With this agreement, China allowed Hong Kong to remain autonomous, keeping their capitalist system and independent judiciary and rule of law – all separate from Mainland China's influence. Free trade and freedom of speech was to be tolerated though recently we have witness the students in the streets, objecting to the policy of China's approvals of politicians running for office in Hong Kong.

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  25. Hotel or Villa?: Travel Home Away from Home

    Hotel or Villa?: Travel Home Away from Home

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    As baby boomers, when deciding where to set up your “retirement home” in addition to making plans for those dream holidays, allow me to share with you my own personal story.


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