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The Current State of Iran Travel


Known as one of the cradles of civilization, Iran is a destination rich in history and amenities, but cloaked in misconceptions. In this episode, Steve Kutay from IranLuxuryTravel.com visits to talk about the historic locations, ski resorts, and more, while tackling some of these misconceptions. While many Americans assume travel is restricted, you only need a simple visa. Steve also talks about safety and the history of where these misconceptions arose.

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Boingo Launches New Services

Boingo’s Christian Gunning joins Paul and Elizabeth to talk about a new service which will provide VPN security through Boingo when using public wifi hotspots. Boingo continues to add wifi hotspots in more and more airports and other locations around the world.

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Alternatives to Traveling with Liquids

The TSA isn’t a fans of gels or liquids. And there are some alternatives to dealing with the hassle. Here are a few of Elizabeth’s favorites …

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Surfing Securely at Internet Cafes

Nothing ruins a holiday more than identity theft thanks to an unsecured WiFi connection. Check out these details on how to surf securely.


The Dangerous Combination Of Travel And Social Networking

Those who are travel and live their life on social networks, it may come as a surprise to arrive at home and find their house robbed. Such are the perils of using Facebook and Twitter. Social Networking expert Jen Leo explains the potential pitfalls of telling the world you’re not home.


Be Prepared For Travel Emergencies Overseas

With the continuing political upheaval taking place overseas, it’s more important than ever to be prepared to deal with travel emergencies.

Here are some possible steps to take. Each and every emergency situation is different and possibly changing by the day — along with who the official authorities are. You will need creative and thoughtful responses but preparation will often make the difference between safety and danger.

PREPARE AN EXIT PLAN: Learn how to get to the airport in at least one and preferably two different ways. And don’t just think about flying. Rail routes, ships, and even cars can provide alternate ways out. We’ve even heard of people walking to safety. See what we mean about creativity?

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

  • Pack an Emergency Kit. Ours includes a small flashlight, some bandages, antiseptic wipes, and food, such as energy bars. Pack a solar charger for your cell phone, in case electricity is out.
  • Have Contingency Plans. Discuss with your travel companions ahead of time what to do in an emergency. Have a place to meet, in case you’re separated, and leave your itinerary and contact information with a friend at home who can act as a point person.
  • Emergency Contact Methods: Egypt shut down Twitter and Facebook and much of the internet early in the demonstrations. Later, some internet was restored. Cell phone reception was spotty at times and non-existent at other times. Carry landline phone numbers with you and remember, if you can, how to dial an old fashioned phone. They usually work when all else fails.
  • Keep Important Contacts Handy. Program critical information, such as passport number and contact information for your travel agent, airlines, hotels, and cruise lines into your smart phone or keep them on a flash drive. Also keep photocopies. Include information about any loyalty program you belong to, for rebooking flights or hotel rooms. If cell phone service is weak, text.
  • Buy Travel Insurance. Trip cancellation, trip interruption, and trip delay insurance can reimburse you for your nonrefundable prepaid travel expenses if you cancel or interrupt your trip due to a host of unforeseen circumstances. But buy the insurance when you book your trip, or at least within two weeks of booking. If you’ve already booked a trip to Egypt, you can’t buy insurance now that will cover the current protests.
  • Use a Travel Agent. When unforeseen incidents occur, your travel agent can rebook for you. They have relationships with airlines, hotels, and cruise companies that can be very useful in times of emergency. And remember what we said about internet agencies. Fine when the internet is working but what if it isn’t?
  • Always check out the U.S. Department Of State website: www.travel.state.gov
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Traveling After A Disaster

Can tourism help Haiti recover?

When disaster strikes, does tourism dry up? Lonely Planet’s Paul Klamer joins us to talk about the impact of disaster on Haiti’s tourism based economy.

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Security tips …

Travel security will continue to evolve, not always to our liking.

Travel security will continue to evolve, not always to our liking.

Everyone is rethinking what is and isn’t safe to take on a flight. Going with the flow is the path of least resistance. Here’s a few tips on how to endure it all.


Car Trip Safety

Planning ahead can make your next road trip safer and more enjoyable.

Planning ahead can make your next road trip safer and more enjoyable.

Traveling by car while on vacation is still the most popular way to travel in the U.S. Here’s a few tips on traveling safely on a road trip.