We’re just back from Bear Country — the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia, and I’ve brought back a question: Where are the best bears in America? You can tell me on National Geographic Traveler’s Intelligent Travel blog. Also, you’ll want to check out my story about what to do when a company lies about its products over at Mint.com.
We’re between trips this week, and if you’re following our adventures on Away is Home, our next stop will be a preview cruise for the Disney Fantasy next week. Stay tuned for that.
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There’s so much to share with you this week. Let’s get right to it:
• I have two Newsweek contributions. One on the value of loyalty points and the other mulling a few interesting TSA statistics. And speaking of the TSA, here’s my weekly rant on the Huffington Post, in which I ask if air travel just got a little more dangerous.
• Over in the Washington Post, I take a hard look at BackBid, a new service that could save you lots of money on your next hotel stay. Find out why the lodging industry doesn’t necessarily like what it’s doing.
• And I have lots of cases you’ll want to read about. Did this cruise passenger get enough compensation? Are online travel agencies fudging their stars? And are airline seat selection policies the equivalent of emotional blackmail?
I’m also ramping up my non-travel cases as I begin merging On Your Side with my site. I have posts on the Wall Street Journal’s controversial opt-out policy, a few provocative thoughts on the scam epidemic, and I ask if I should be able to advocate my own case. Thanks for your continued support.