Warning: You need a valid passport to take your dream vacation to Paris

Shelly Clements and her husband recently headed to the airport to take off on their long-awaited trip to Paris. Unfortunately, for her, she didn’t have a valid passport.  In all her planning, she had neglected to check the passport requirements for travel — and the news wasn’t good at the check-in counter. Read more “Warning: You need a valid passport to take your dream vacation to Paris”

Is it safe to travel abroad in the Donald Trump era?

Heather Gorawski says she never lied about her nationality when she visited Nicaragua recently. But she didn’t go out of her way to reveal she was American, either. Read more “Is it safe to travel abroad in the Donald Trump era?”

Trouble on the road? Maybe the government can help (seriously)

Donald Lessard did a double take when he saw the name on his airline ticket: “Donald Jeffries.”
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TSA watch: Exploiting 9/11 for fun and profit

Here we go again.

With just a few days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, everyone who stands anything to gain from the day is amping up the rhetoric.

Let’s start with this curious travel advisory issued yesterday by the State Department, which warns American travelers of “threat” posed by al-Qa’ida and its affiliates.

But read closely.
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Is this enough compensation? Here’s a refund for your airline tickets, but there’s this little fee …

Karlin Lissa and her family planned to return to Sudan for the first time in more than a decade. But their plans were foiled when the State Department issued a travel warning in October, advising US citizens to defer all travel.

The Lissas wanted to go to Sudan — still want to go — but they can’t put their children in harm’s way. The government warning is anything but ambiguous:

U.S. citizens and citizens of European countries have been victims of kidnappings, carjackings, and armed robberies while travelling in Sudan. Armed militias have instigated sporadic violence and attacked locations in Southern Sudan. Threats have been made against foreigners working in the oil industry in Upper Nile state. Land travel at night should be avoided.

Why go to Sudan in the first place, let alone with four young kids?
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