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There Are Going to Be a Lot of People Traveling for Thanksgiving

54 million is the estimate

(Newser) - Good luck if you're planning to travel for Thanksgiving. According to AAA, a record number of people will be doing so this year. Specifically, more than 54 million people, or the highest number since a record was set in 2005, per Newsday . That number includes Americans traveling more than... More »

Severe Weather Kills 4, Could Snarl Holiday Travel

Storms, tornadoes leave thousands without power in Miss.

(Newser) - There's lousy weather in many parts of the US just before Christmas but it's been especially bad in Mississippi, where tornadoes killed four people yesterday and left thousands of others without power. A state of emergency has been declared in two counties in the southeast of the state.... More »

8 Dead as 'Nordic Outbreak' Blasts Wests, Heads East

Storm is moving eastward, will impact much of the nation: weather service

(Newser) - Stormy weather across the West blamed in eight deaths moved steadily eastward, prompting alerts of wintry conditions in New Mexico and Texas. Forecasters said the storm system in the West would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast in the coming week, causing problems for holiday travelers. The... More »

Holiday Travel Forecast Is Nasty

Central states, Gulf Coast brace today; East after that

(Newser) - Forecasts of snow, sleet, and freezing rain threatened to complicate Christmas Day travel around the nation's midsection today as several Gulf Coast states braced for a chance of twisters and powerful thunderstorms. A blizzard watch was posted for parts of Indiana and western Kentucky amid predictions of up to... More »

Snow Storm May Mess With Post-Christmas Travel

Midwest, East Coast brace for severe weather

(Newser) - Envy jolly old St. Nick: He gets to do all his flying tonight. Americans planning to fly home the day after Christmas, on the other hand, might be in trouble. A huge storm system that has already dumped rain and snow on the West Coast should hit the Midwest and... More »

One in 7 Americans Traveling This Holiday

Estimate of 42.5 million is up over last year despite higher prices

(Newser) - If it seems a little crowded out there on the highways and byways, there's good reason: AAA predicts that 42.5 million Americans will be traveling this holiday via planes, trains, or automobiles, reports AP . That's up 4% from last year and the highest since the recession began... More »

10 Travel Scams You Must Avoid

Extra fees and useless 'deals' abound in travel business

(Newser) - Travel agencies and other travel organizations pull many schemes that are unethical without being illegal—so be wary. The Daily Beast presents 10 of the most common scams you should watch out for:
  • Travel clubs. They can cost thousands of dollars, and give you little but a few discounts to
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The Busiest Turkey Day Airport Will Be ...

Orbitz issues its annual ranking

(Newser) - The City of Angels is expected to have quite the hellish airport this Thanksgiving holiday. According to an annual ranking by Orbitz, LAX will top Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as the nation's busiest this holiday weekend, from Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. Filling out the top five... More »

Post-Christmas Snow Could Sock East Coast

Easy holiday travel may get a little trickier

(Newser) - Fair weather helped make the holiday sojourn a not-so-painful experience in much of the country today, but travelers' good luck might be running out. A storm was expected to bring snow and ice to parts of the heartland tomorrow, a rare white Christmas to Nashville on Saturday, and perhaps sock... More »

Relax: 3 Thanksgiving Travel Myths

It's not as busy as you think

(Newser) - If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, you’re likely bracing yourself for major delays on the road, rails, or in the sky. But take courage: your worries may be unfounded—or at least exaggerated. NPR provides some turkey-related travel myths:
  1. It’s the busiest time of year to travel.
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Complaints on Airport Scans, Pat-Downs Get Louder

Travel industry airs concerns to Homeland Security

(Newser) - Rumblings about full-body scans and airport pat-downs are getting louder, and the travel industry is seriously worried ahead of the holiday travel season, reports CNN . So much so that Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano met with nearly two dozen industry representatives yesterday to hear their concerns. Those reps are not... More »

Blizzard Sweeps Across Midwest

Travel strangled, with accidents killing at least 12

(Newser) - A powerful storm packing heavy snow, sleet, and rain lumbered across the nation's midsection today, glazing roads and disrupting air travel but promising a white Christmas for some. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Oklahoma, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas. It cautioned that travel would be... More »

Cold Strands 4 Trains Under English Channel

Eurostar cites 'severe problems,' sends rescue

(Newser) - Four passenger trains—and some 2,000 passengers—are stuck in the tunnel underneath the English Channel, due to “severe problems” caused by the combination of unseasonable cold outside and the warm air inside. At least three were bound from Paris to London, AFP reports, and, says a Eurostar... More »

Senate Bickers as Storm Bears Down on DC

Republicans vow to stall; Reid targets Christmas Eve health care vote

(Newser) - Even as Harry Reid plans for a Christmas Eve vote on the Senate health care bill, Republicans are vowing to stall, and a massive winter storm is roaring northeast from the Gulf of Mexico with Washington directly in its path. " It is our intention not to pass this bill... More »

Economy Curbs Holiday Travel

Americans stay home or scale back vacation plans

(Newser) - The weak economy is taking a toll on Americans' plans for holiday travel, forcing cash-strapped would-be vacationers to alter trips or abandon them altogether. A recent poll found that, of those who planned to travel more than 100 miles for the holidays, a third said they had been forced to... More »

12-Day Strike Will Ground British Airways

10-day walkout by cabin crew over staffing to cost airline $500M

(Newser) - Passengers of struggling British Airways will be struggling themselves this holiday season if a strike by cabin crews announced today goes forward. Should labor and management not reach a deal, the job action would ground flights between Dec. 22 and Jan. 2. The walkout by 12,500 workers over staffing... More »

Free Holiday Airport WiFi From Google, Microsoft

Fight for market share finds willing fodder in snow-delayed fliers

(Newser) - There’s a new public option in town: free wireless from Google for the holidays. The search giant has partnered to provide WiFi gratis in 47 airports nationwide from now until the middle of January; the generosity even extends to in-flight access on continental Virgin flights, PC World reports. Google... More »

Holiday Fares Headed for Stratosphere

Recession doesn't seem to be dampening travel enthusiasm

(Newser) - If you haven’t booked your holiday airfare yet, stop reading this and do it. Unlike last year, when airlines dropped prices at the last minute to fill unusually empty planes, prices this fall are on a decidedly upward trajectory, the New York Times reports. Last week, overall Thanksgiving fares... More »

Niche Cruises Set Sail

Specialty vacations offer chance to indulge motorbike, fashion and au naturale fantasies

(Newser) - Increasingly popular niche cruises offer seafarers a chance to indulge in all manner of hobbies, fantasies and obsessions on the high seas, reports Travel and Leisure: For instance:
  • Star Trek/Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This week-long cruise offers fan conventions complete with autograph-signing celebs, star-studded karaoke and a chance to dine
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No PDA, Cheating in Muslim Nations, UK Warns Travelers

Booze, drugs are also no-nos, Foreign Office reminds would-be vacationers

(Newser) - Extra-marital sex and public displays of affection might be OK in France or Spain, but it’s a big no-no in Dubai and other Muslim nations, the British government is reminding citizens. The Foreign Office has released a list of do’s and don’ts for Britons planning a trip... More »

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