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Urgent Reader Question: Return Rental Car to Closed Facility on Holiday Weekend?

What happens when you have rented a car for only one day and you want to return it — but the facility from which you rented it is closed for two extra days because of a holiday weekend?

“I have a car rental now… and need to return it today, which is Sunday. As it was a one day rental. After reading these comments I feel very uncomfortable dropping the rental off as…

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8 Iconic Road Trips as Minimalist Maps in the United States

There is nothing quite like the quintessential American road trip along the highways and byways of the United States: seeing residents in small towns going about their businesses; watching children waiting for school buses on a chilly morning; visiting landmarks; and seeing some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world — all of which evoke the inexplicably incomparable feeling of freedom and have inspired countless movies, books and songs…

…and although I have undertaken three major road trips within six months — and enjoying each one of them, accompanied by some of those aforementioned songs — I…

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Reader Question: Work Permit in a Passport Which is Almost Full

“So, we have passports that do not expire until 2025. Our book has only one page left, but we also have work permits for Uganda in our passports. We go frequently to Kenya and can’t be without our passport for any length of time. Not sure how to proceed. The American Embassy here in Uganda clearly does not exist to help American citizens, not sure what to do any help is greatly appreciated.”

What you just read was this question which…

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7 Simple Ways to Reduce the Risk of Luggage Theft and Loss

There are many reasons why I loath to check baggage: the cost of ancillary fees and waiting for it at the carousel in the baggage claim area of the airport at the destinations are only two of those reasons — but the chance of theft of my belongings while they are out of my sight is one of the most significant reasons.

As one of many examples…

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Which of These 8 National Parks of the World Have You Visited?

Famous landmarks, local culture and distinctive cuisine are some of the myriad factors which comprise of a total experience when visiting another land tucked away in some far corner of the world; but the natural topography also lends towards its uniqueness — and what better way is there to acquaint yourself with such wondrous beauty as roaring waterfalls, majestic glaciers, placid lakes, dense jungles and indigenous fauna than to visit a national park?

A series of topographic maps for eight of the most popular national parks in the world has been created — and…

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Advice on How Not to Be Hit With Loss of Use Fees on a Rental Car After an Accident?

One of the benefits of renting a vehicle from a rental car company is that you usually get to drive a car, sport utility vehicle or van which typically ranges from fairly new to practically brand new — complete with that “new car” scent which greets you as you enter inside — and that the experience is typically free of cares and worries when all goes well…

…but when that vehicle is involved in an accident, all of the dynamics change. Do you…

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Debunking the Debunking of 3 Points and Miles Myths — At Least, Partially

A video of the debunking of three myths pertaining to frequent travel loyalty program miles and points was created earlier this week by Andy Luten of Andy’s Travel Blog — I always liked the tagline (imagine a more creative title) — and although I generally agree with his thoughts on the topic, there are exceptions about which you should know.

First, please watch the video to…

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Maldives State of Emergency Extended by 30 Days

“The United States is disappointed by reports that Maldivian President Yameen has extended the state of emergency in that country for an additional 30 days. The United States continues to call on President Yameen to end the state of emergency, uphold the rule of law, permit the full and proper functioning of the Parliament and the judiciary, restore constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people of Maldives, and respect Maldives’ international human rights obligations and commitments.”

What you just read was an official statement from…

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7 Types of Foods You Should Never Buy at the Airport?

At one point or another, you might succumb to the temptation of purchasing food items at an airport — even if you eschew the offerings at various establishments — during a long layover; if you have no access to an airport lounge; or if you had been traveling for 12 straight hours on flights which food options were minimal at best.

Think pretzels or peanuts and a small beverage with that last example.

Reasons why travelers may not entertain the option of partaking in airport fare include…

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