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How to search dozens of airports at once to figure out where to travel

Most of the time, we know where we want to fly. We want to find the right price, and we also usually have a little bit of play in the date and time. But what about the times when you want to fly, you have a price limit, and you have a little date/time wiggle … Continue reading »

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Clearing customs before boarding? US preclearance at Dublin Airport

  The standard way to reenter the US when flying is as follows: 1. Check in 2. Go through security 3. Fly 4. Go through customs What this means, in a practical sense is: 1. Wait in line 2. Wait in line 3. Sit in chair 4. Wait in line But what if we could … Continue reading »

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The importance of reconnecting with the joys of flight

  It seems obvious to the point of banality to complain about air travel these days. From the dehumanizing and pointless security to the dehumanized and surly people (both employees and fellow travelers). The lines. The screaming kids. The delays. Insert your own horror story here. I don’t want to minimize any of this, of … Continue reading »

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Become a Trusted Traveler with NEXUS (and get your eyeballs scanned)

  A few months ago, I wrote about my experience signing up for NEXUS, the joint border clearance program between the US and Canada that allows for expedited travel in, out, and between the two countries. The process for getting a NEXUS card is fairly simple: you pay a $50 fee and they run a … Continue reading »

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The best deals are hidden

  I landed at Oslo Airport some weeks ago. My destination was the center of town, but Oslo (like most cities) positioned its main airport way on the outskirts of town (over 20 miles away in this case), so I needed to negotiate my way there. I got there just fine, but in the process … Continue reading »

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Is it worth it to purchase lounge access?

  As mentioned in the discussion of my failed attempt at extending my airline lounge access, I had purchased lounge access for a year, and had enjoyed the experience. But I balked at renewing my membership. It just seemed like a lot of money. And yet, I still contemplate joining up again. So if you’ve … Continue reading »

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How (and why) to avoid taxis when traveling

  I have a few informal rules when traveling. One of them is to never take a taxi. Taxis, to me, equate with a kind of failure. Harsh? Perhaps. But it’s nothing personal, I just see it as a personal challenge to avoid taxis, a challenge that I feel benefits me quite well.

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Why I still opt-out at airports

  (Update: I don’t need to opt-out anymore because I have NEXUS.) In response to the terror attacks of 2001, airport security came under intense scrutiny. In the US, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was formed, which was mandated to make us safer, but without any realistic way of doing this. Instead we got what … Continue reading »

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