The Good, Bad and Ugly about Taking Amtrak’s Acela Express Train

Inside Amtrak Acela Express train (Business Class)

Last week I took Amtrak’s Acela Express train for the first time in a few years and I realized I’d completely forgotten what it was like. I was traveling from New York’s Penn Station (one of America’s worst train stations) to Wilmington, Delaware. Since it had been so long since I’d taken Acela, I actually […]

Travel News: Week of April 9, 2014


Top Travel News Proposed Republican Budget Would End Amtrak Subsidies, Kill Brand USA, Rein In TSA United to add 500 charging stations at U.S. airports Alaska Airlines offers self-tag service Las Vegas Pulling Racist Billboard Near LAX, But Says It Wasn’t A Big Deal Anyway And the world’s busiest airport is… US pilot arrested at […]

Travel News: Week of October 1st, 2012

Passenger sues Southwest Airlines over hot tea spill

Top Travel News Passenger sues Southwest Airlines over hot tea spill American Airlines ticks off U.S. Senator Marco Rubio: Lessons from a Twitter rant 57% of American workers don’t use up their full allotment of vacation days Southwest makes progress toward Hawaii flights Religious Tourism: A Multibillion-Dollar Business Hardline Muslims ‘threaten tourism in the Maldives’ […]

Orlando, Florida


Good news for the economy! According to American Express Travel’s booking data, overall airfare bookings are up 11 percent for domestic trips and 16 percent for international trips this holiday season. The bad news is prices are high and I’m seeing an increase in ridiculous enforcement of carry-on baggage. If you are following me on […]

Halloween in Santa Barbara

By Ben Brown: The Experience in a Nutshell I am walking down Del Playa Street, clothed in long pants, a wife beater, and a large Star of David Necklace. It is a shame I’m not allowed to bring my baseball bat outside, then my Bear Jew costume would be complete. Thankfully it is no matter. […]

Jet to Aspen, CO


All was smooth on my United flight from LAX until the Captain got on the horn about 90 minutes into the 105-minute flight and said that we’d be going into a holding pattern as the Denver International Airport was closed due to tornado warnings. We circled in calm air for 40 minutes with the other […]

Spokane, Washington


Destination: SPOKANE Gateway to the Beautiful Pacific Northwest By Richard Frinta The year is 1871. The first two non-Native American settlers arrive in Spokan Falls (as Spokane was originally called) and stand in awe, gazing at the monumental Spokan Falls. They are greeted by a host of Native Americans who are part of the Spokane […]

Orlando Via Amtrak, Seagate Hotel DelRey Beach


Greetings! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with smooth, safe travels. I sure did, and I discovered possibly the best day of the year to fly within the U.S.: the Friday after Thanksgiving. While everyone was out shopping, I was in the air enjoying some quiet skies and super-cheap deals: My brother bought a […]