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How to Keep Your Seat on a Plane: The United Incident and What This Means for Passengers

To assess this situation with 20 years of airline industry knowledge, Rhyse Woodward, Resident Travel Industry Expert and airline retiree, to weigh in. Here are her insights:

A video went viral today of a doctor being forcibly dragged off his flight in an overbooking situation. The video is naturally causing outrage against the airline, staff, crew, and the law enforcement officer(s) involved. It has created a media crap storm for United. Someone may lose their job over this fiasco, but not for the reasons you may think. I’ll get to that later. In this post, I’m not going to delve into where the blame may or may not lie. Instead, I am going to provide a basic layman’s knowledge of what a contract of carriage is, some FAA laws applicable to this situation, and how they apply to us as passengers.

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A Traveler’s Ancestry DNA Results

As a Black American, I have always wondered where I came from. Sure, I knew it was Africa but where specifically. As as traveler with infinite wanderlust, I needed some guidance. I am finally getting back to the Motherland this year, but there are so many areas that I want to visit, and always have. I wanted to visit Egypt…because pyramids. I have also been interested in South Africa, Kenya, and recently Tanzania. And, of course, I have always (even as a child) wanted to visit western African countries like Ghana and Senegal because those were the last ports before the slaves were brought over on the Middle Passage. That has been a passion of mine, to see these various regions and countries in Africa.

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La Fonda Santa Fe Hotel Review

La Fonda on the Plaza is a hotel that I’m really fond-a. Okay, I just couldn’t resist throwing in that corny line. But the sentiment holds true. The famed La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe was an absolute dream come true, with perfect location, a lovely room, and New Mexico charm. I had the opportunity to get a special media rate to experience La Fonda, and I could not have been more thrilled with my choice of hotels in Santa Fe. Keep reading for the full scoop in this La Fonda Santa Fe hotel review, and how they made my birthday special.

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Travel and the Immigration Ban Executive Order

The world around us is changing. Whether we like it or not, the dynamics of international relations are strained, at best. And this affects travel. With the recent drama surrounding the travel immigration ban and its effects on travel, it is something that must be addressed by the travel community.

I am BarrisTourista. The “barris” portion is for barrister, or lawyer. But I am by no means an expert in immigration law. So I called upon one of my attorney colleagues, Lindsay Toczylowski, the Executive Director of Immigration Defenders Law Center. She was on the front lines this past weekend, spearheading the efforts at LAX to get detainees—including children—released from custody even after a federal judge ordered that they could not be held. Her weekend was long and her devoted passion to ensure the rights of immigrants has long been documented even before this weekend. So we asked her to weigh in on the recent legal issues that have arisen and what they mean for travelers.

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2016 Travel Recap Year in Review

2016.

It has been a year. There have been some definite ups and downs throughout the year. I have heard a lot of people state that 2016 has been a horrible year, and at moments I have definitely agreed. We lost icons like Prince and Gwen Ifill. Myself, along with a number of friends and colleagues have suffered personal losses of family members.

I personally have had my own ups and downs. I have had travel triumphs, personal losses, and professional gains. It has truly been a roller coaster year. So while it had some low moments, I can’t totally write off 2016. In some ways, it has been one of my best years’ yet. So here is my 2016 Year in Review.

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Asheville’s Corner Kitchen Delivers Comfort and Dishes Flavor

Having a co-owner who graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America, worked at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and has been the executive chef at places as prestigious as the United Nations in New York, it has every right to put on airs as some restaurants of even lesser credentials do. Yet Corner Kitchen Asheville emanates warmth and aromatic charm the instant you walk up the porch and through its threshold.

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Travel Delays: What To Do When You Get Stuck

This tip is born of experience. Last year, a few days after Christmas, I was one of the unlucky many who got stuck at Chicago O’Hare when freezing rain hit. What should have been a 6-hour trip (with connection) turned into a 21-hour ordeal. That’s right… 21 hours door to door to get from Chicago to the west coast. And if I hadn’t taken some proactive measures, I could have been stuck for days. So here are some tips on what to do when you get stuck due to travel delays.

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