Expat Adventures

Deborah Bernstein began her career as a journalist in upstate New York. She worked in the travel industry for more than two decades, representing airlines, international destinations and hotel companies. A former managing editor for Hotline and Hyatt’s Regency Magazine, her stories and photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the U.S. Deborah, who has lived in London and New York, has traveled to more than 45 countries and the list keeps growing. She now calls Belgium home.

Labor Day Busier than Ever for U.S. Airlines

Labor Day is looming, and more U.S. travelers than ever are expected to take to the sky. A record 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines worldwide from Aug. 28 through Sept. 3, according to Airlines for America (A4A). That’s an increase of 4 percent over the same period last year.  More Seats Airlines are still coping with the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. The grounding resulted in a reduction of more than 300 daily flights, according to A4A. Still, during the holiday weekend, U.S. airlines will add 109,000 seats per day to meet the traffic demand...

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Trash May Power the Planes We Fly in the Future

Today’s dirty diapers, disposable coffee cups and meal packaging could soon power the airplanes we fly. Turning trash into fuel may seem like a fantasy from “Back to the Future,” but British Airways is one step closer to making it a reality. The airline announced submission of plans for a state-of-the-art plant that would convert everyday, non-recyclable waste into cleaner-burning, sustainable aviation fuel. British Airways called it an “important step in the reduction of the airline’s carbon emissions towards the industry targets of carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction by 2050 from 2005 levels.” Fighting Greenhouse Gas The renewable...

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Discover What Flying Will Be Like in 100 Years

Can you imagine what aviation will look like in 100 years? Our forefathers certainly never expected Concorde to jet across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound or a man to set foot on the moon. Can you imagine what the future of flight could bring? Find out at the “BA 2119: Flight of the Future” exhibition. You can catch it at the Saatchi Gallery in London through August 26, 2019 as part of British Airways’s centenary celebration. Louise Evans, Director of External Communications for British Airways, says it is “really important to see where aviation is going...

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What to Do When Your Hotel Bumps You

So, you book a hotel in one city and the hotel chain puts you in another because of “technical problems” at the hotel. Has it ever happened to you? In all my years of traveling, this was a first. I’d always thought the company would offer identical, similar or better accommodations. That isn’t always the case, as we discovered this month.  Bait and Switch We’d planned a relaxing weekend in Normandy and looked forward to staying in Honfleur, France. We booked a room at the Campanile Hotel in La Rivière-Saint-Sauveur, France. It was minutes away from shops and a...

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Tour de France and World Cup Soccer – July Sports in Europe

Hmmmmm..what to do this month? If you are Europe, there are some exciting sports events. Today, Lyon plays host to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It’s guaranteed to be an exciting game. The World Champion American team faces the Netherlands. But what has Belgium abuzz is the 2019 Tour de France. Tour de France Comes to Belgium The Tour started in Brussels this year to honor the 50th anniversary of the win of Belgium’s own Eddy Mercks. He’s a legend here. My little of town of Tervuren was especially festive yesterday since Eddy, the most successful bicycle racer ever,...

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HOTEL REVIEW: Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa – Prague

There’s something slightly worrying about finding a new favorite hotel. You want to share the news with the world, but you worry that once everyone discovers it, you’ll never be able to book a room again due to its growing popularity. That’s how I feel about the five-star Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa in Prague. It was my first trip to Prague and I had no idea what to expect. The photos of the hotel looked interesting, but sometimes those paint a false picture. Not the case here! It was better than it looked online! As the taxi travelled up...

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Travel chaos with ATC strike in France

For the third time this year, air traffic controllers in France are on strike, causing chaos for business and leisure travelers. The 35-hour industrial action started at 7 p.m. last night and is expected to continue through until 5 a.m. tomorrow. The strike is not only affecting flights to and from France. It also affects overflights, flights traversing French airspace. The French Civil Aviation Authority asked airlines flying to and from various French airports to reduce flights by 30% percent. Flights transiting French airspace without landing are being reduced by 50 percent. Airlines for Europe (A4E) says about 75,000...

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