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.

Fun Facts from Brussels Airport

If you love Trivial Pursuit and random, fun facts, Brussels Airport has some numbers for you. The airport just released some 2018 statistics, sharing everything from the list of top destinations to how much chocolate is sold in its shops EVERY MINUTE! Yes, it’s more than 6 lbs.kg every minute! Food & Beverage by the Numbers  Chocoholics rejoice! Belgium is the world’s chocolate capital. If you didn’t pick some up in town, don’t worry. There is a great selection at the airport. And don’t forget to sample the world-famous Belgian beer. Airport visitors certainly don’t! Wash your chocolate down...

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Bring Your Own Bottle to SFO Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is launching a war on plastic water bottles. Starting this week, single-use plastic water bottles are no longer being sold at the airport. The new ban includes both vendors and vending machines. If you want to quench your thirst with H2O, you’ll have two options. You can purchase water in recyclable aluminum, recyclable glass or compostable packaging, or you can fill a reusable container at an airport hydration station. Approximately 100 of them are scattered throughout the terminals. For the location of stations, consult the interactive map. The hydration stations are part of the airport’s...

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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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