What A Trip To Travel

Jane Lasky has covered travel and lifestyle in all media for nearly four decades. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years, her magazine articles have appeared in such publications as Esquire, Metropolitan Home, Vogue and Bon Appetit. She appeared on Oprah as a tipping expert, she commuted between LA and Hong Kong for three years while acting as travel editor for the South China Morning Post's Sunday magazine, and she authored a dozen books, including LA Woman. Jane always travels with her pillow.

Austrian US Embassy Partners with McDonald’s: More Than Fast Food

If you’re an American in Austria and you need help from the US Embassy, you apparently don’t need to figure out how to get aid from this busy enterprise. Believe it or not, all you need do is go to the nearest McDonald’s for assistance. Really. This news comes per the consular section of the US Embassy Vienna. Terms of the new partnership between the US Embassy in Austria and McDonald’s mean that US citizens visiting the country will be able to get in contact with their Embassy at any McDonald’s fast food operation in the European nation. But...

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‘Cheating Husband’ Qatar Flight Diverted After Wife Finds Evidence Aloft

What a quagmire! A so-called “cheating husband” caused a Qatar flight to make an unplanned stop on its way to Bali. A family of three boarded a Bali flight in Doha but did not get very far. Cheating Discovery According to a One India video (below), an irate Iranian woman was on the way to Indonesia when she reportedly discovered that her husband was cheating on her. In fact, this married lady was so undone and so vocal about it that the flight was diverted to Chennai on November 5.     But how was this indiscretion–now trending worldwide–discovered in...

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Manspreading: A Touchy Travel Subject For Airline Passengers

When on a trip, have you been a victim to what has been referred to as manspreading? A term said to be used by “Third-Wave Feminists” and other gender specific sojourners who fall prey to the practice “whereby a man, especially one traveling on public transportation, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats.” Or, as the urban dictionary explains, “Men who spread their legs…to make room for their genitalia.” One of my FaceBook friends explained in detail how this affliction affected her on a recent...

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Finnair Asks How Much You Weigh Before Boarding: Insulting?

Did you hear? Finnair is asking Helsinki passengers how much they weigh. Not only are they asking, but they are supplying the scale as well. Just know this: You don’t have to do this if it offends you or you are simply not game for this particular exercise. “No one is forced on the scale,” states Paivyt Tallqvist, Finnair’s director for media relations. This travel pro explains that these weigh ins, part of a new airline program, are both totally anonymous and completely voluntary. Also, if you decide to take part, know that you also need to have your carry-on...

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Celebrate World Sandwich Day 2017 With Global Versions Worth Downing

World Sandwich Day 2017, set for November 3, means indulging in this global treat no matter where in the world you happen to be traveling. If you’re in the United States on Friday, be sure to try the regional iteration of this go-to food favorite. Visiting Buffalo or anywhere in Western New York? Try the local favorite: beef on weck. Translation: Roast beef on kimmeweck, the latter of which is a soft roll in the German style that is covered with salt and caraway seeds. In Indiana? Order the breaded tenderloin sandwich that always means a lot of pounded...

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Mass Shooting Near Mandalay Bay Puts Las Vegas Visitors On Alert

Before the midnight hour on Sunday an explosion of shots rang out from apparent machine gun fire after at least one gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas festival where Jason Aldean was performing. ET confirmed that the country star and his team are safe following the incident. The shots may have come from the top floors of nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, at which time fans attending the Harvest Country Route 91 Music Festival scattered, trying desperately to find cover. Some reportedly lay on the ground. A number of outlets are reporting that multiple victims have been identified with two reported...

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Theft In The Air: Qatar Airways Inflight Shocker

A colleague was winging her way to the Maldives from Los Angeles on Qatar Airways for a business trip when the unexpected happened. She emerged from the loo only to regret she ever left her seat because when she returned it was just in time to witness her seat mate rifling through her handbag. In other words, the sky-bound victim (we’ll call her Scarlet) caught the up-in-the-air thief (who shall remain nameless) red handed. Scarlet talked about how this horrible incident came down. “I was on my way back from using the bathroom and I was a little too quick...

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Tripping Out On Shoe Envy: What To Wear Where

By Jane Lasky A colleague who traveled with me in Madrid was quite the style maven, a full on fashionista. This sartorial slave changed clothes thrice a day and she changed shoes even more than that. After two transformations in a single morning, I began keeping tabs on this glam business traveler’s footwear. By the end of the four-day trip, I noted twelve different pairs. Comparing my paltry trio of choices with her mighty dozen, I began suffering shoe envy. What I did not suffer was aching feet. After more than three decades on the road–and usually on the run–what...

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Cannabis Firm Tokes On Nipton California To Promote Pot Tourism

A lot of pot smoking-affected eyes are on Nipton, California, a former gold rush and rail town situated on the remote edge of the Mohave National Preserve that has been reduced to hardly anything more than a modest trading post and an even more modest hotel. Oh, and an RV park. Apparently this little known haunt of about a dozen residents (more or less) is about to be revitalized. Pot Company Invasion The interested party? Phoenix-based American Green, Inc, one of the country’s largest cannabis companies, a so-called seed-to-sale innovator that is taking on all 120 acres to reportedly...

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Business Travel Fashion: Dress Your Best On The Road

By Jane Lasky/Illustration by Paul Jackson Dressing your best during a business trip to uncharted territory is probably the best sartorial advice I can give to any uninitiated road warrior. Stressed Out A severely jet-lagged Edward knew this tip all too well. He was beyond stressed regarding what to wear to arguably his most important overseas meeting, a career-making or -breaking gathering in Hong Kong for which all my British colleague could do was worry about which suit he should put on. I told him to focus on something else, like what he wanted to cover during this meeting, but...

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