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Re: Holiday Flying: How to Beat the Wrap

PortMoresby ·
Just a note of caution, if, as PHeymont suggests, the airport mall tempts you to pick up holiday cheer and other liquids, don't forget connections and possible second trips through security. Just because you bought it at the airport doesn't mean they won't snag it if you have to leave airside to get to your connection. I can imagine very well supplied TSA holiday parties courtesy of some chagrined passengers.
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Re: Holiday Flying: How to Beat the Wrap

PHeymont ·
PM is right, and the caution applies especially to liquids. There are some exceptions for duty-free items sealed in special bags, but not always.
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Re: Holiday Flying: How to Beat the Wrap

Former Member ·
Thanks for the good information. I would not have thought about the airport mall, Amazon Locker or the big box stores. Those are terrific ideas. I have given up on gift wrapping and just toss a few colorful gift bags and some tissue paper into my luggage. Later, I put the gifts in the bags for the big "reveal" for the recipient.
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Re: Cruising through the holidays

IslandMan ·
Looks beautiful, Marilyn. I think I may consider this option for next Christmas (or any time of the year for that matter!)
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Re: Holiday Inn Express to Offer Selfies on Pancakes

PHeymont ·
OMG. The end of the world must be very near.
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Re: Holiday Inn Express to Offer Selfies on Pancakes

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont -- the end will definitely be near if that pancake is delivered at the end of a selfie-stick.
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Re: Holiday Inn Express to Offer Selfies on Pancakes

Travel Rob ·
I'm not an ad executive, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express recently, so that qualifies me to tell them. This is a horrible campaign. Couldn't they of come up with a selfie free breakfast campaign instead?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

DrFumblefinger ·
You would think the cost of all this fraud would be more than enough to validate new chip and PIN rollout in the USA. Can't quite understand why the US banks are so resistent to this PHeymont. Have you an understanding of what their reasons are?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
It's been a long path. For a long time, observers thought it was because they were committed to contactless (RFID) technology as the next step...but that hasn't advances as fast as some predicted, and it has big security issues, too. Now that MC and Visa have set down a "you must comply or you will be responsible for fraudulent charges" rule for next year, we're seeing motion. BUT...so far most issuers have been sticking to chip-and-signature, not and-PIN, which guts the whole process.
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PortMoresby ·
I don't quite see why using a pin would prevent fraud of the type we're seeing on a large scale. Presumably, if the hackers continue to target terminals, the pin would be compromised too. Yes, we could change the pin but it would need to be done immediately, before the damage is done. What am I missing?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

DrFumblefinger ·
As I see it, PM, mostly they are just stealing the data off the magnetic strip. Or the PIN in the card has data that can also be copied, but that's a little hard than just scamming the read off the strip. With a PIN, that data, validated by your unique PIN (which you pick) are encrypted and sent off to the bank for approval. Not just the strip data, but the two together are the key. I have a credit card with a Canadian bank (chip and pin) which I prefer to use over the swipe and sign USA...
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
In the most secure system, the PIN is known to you, the user, but is not in your records at the issuer. That's why if you forget your PIN, a new one can be generated, but no one can send you your "lost" PIN the way that passwords can be. In the PIN system, the first communication takes place at the terminal. The terminal reads the PIN from the chip on your card, and asks you to enter it on the pad. If it matches, the terminal does NOT send the PIN to the clearing house or merchant...it only...
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PortMoresby ·
So, if I understand it then, even if the hackers can read the entered pin keystrokes from the terminal keypad which we enter, it cannot be used without the card with the unique chip, which cannot be duplicated as a magnetic strip can be duplicated?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
That's correct. It is, of course, not totally impossible to create a duplicate chip, but it takes major equipment, not $5 worth of RadioShack parts...and it would also require much more information than can be harvested easily. The relative security (and it is relative) has driven over 80% of the world's credit card fraud toward the U.S. as other areas become more difficult. And once everyone is on board, the Trojan Horse mag stripe can come off the card as well.
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Cruising through the holidays

Marilyn Jones ·
    Every year thousands of passengers find out warm tropical breezes and Christmas festivities mix well aboard a Princess Cruise Line ship.  “We install more than 347 Christmas trees fleet wide. Each vessel has a showcase tree in...
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Season's Greetings from your friends at TravelGumbo!

DrFumblefinger ·
Happy Holidays, everyone!
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Are We bored of Abroad? - Why UK holidays are the Next Big Thing

Christina Woodard ·
Millions of holidaymakers are abandoning the beaches of far flung climes and sticking with a staycation in the UK - and in bigger numbers than ever before. Good news for the domestic economy, holidaying Brits are choosing to spend their hard-earned cash and home. The figures make for great reading… In the first quarter of 2016, 10% more people were holidaying in England than at the same time in 2015, a Rise of some 7.3 million holidaymakers. But why? What has changed to prompt people to stay...
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7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Family

Samantha ·
Samantha shares these 7 tips to surviving the holidays with family. Hopefully they can help keep your family holiday adventure from turning into a holiday nightmare.
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Union Square Holiday Market - Annual New York Tradition

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband spent some time in New York City last Christmas. It was magical and they loved walking around the Union Square Holiday Market. It is a New York City tradition.
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How to Get the Most Bang From Your Travel Cash

ForeignXchange ·
Traveling is hard work! Yes, I’m serious about travelling it really is a lot of work, for starters you need to find flights and accommodation that fit your budget, next you have to think about visas, transport and this is only the tip of the ice-burg. As you can see just creating a checklist for your holiday can take up some valuable time! So how does one go about getting the best rates for their travel currency given the short time frame of going from booking flights to sipping cocktails on...
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December Lights in New York City

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a walk through Manhattan to see some of the Holiday Lights
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Holiday Inn Express to Offer Selfies on Pancakes

Travel Rob ·
  This fall, selected Holiday Inn Express locations will launch the “Pancake Selfie Express.” It will give people the chance to snap a selfie and then have it laser-imprinted on a pancake.   Read More:...
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"Black Saturday" to jam French roads

PHeymont ·
If you're planning to to leave tonight on a vacation road trip in France (don't you wish you were!), tonight and tomorrow may not be your best days, because they are the first day of the traditional French August vacation break. Traffic authorities...
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Rome's Spanish Steps closed for makeover

PHeymont ·
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck meet on the Spanish Steps in Roman Holiday (1953)   Rome has gotten more than its share of criticism in recent years for poorly-maintained monuments, but the pendulum may be swinging the other way. The iconic...
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Easter Holidays Ideas: Uncover French Riviera with a Luxury Yacht Charter

Pratima ·
One of the best ideas to spend the Easter holidays that is a time of joy is to spend it visualizing the natural beauty of French Riviera in your own charter luxury yacht. Having a yacht to oneself is a dream for most of the people. It is not necessary that you buy one in order to have it for yourself during a vacation. There are charter yachts that are available to people who can pay and use these wonderful yachts for a specified period of time. They can have a great weekend or a prolonged...
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Union Square Holiday Market - New York City

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us shopping for holiday presents at the Union Square Market in New York.
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Learn about Yacht Sailing Experience in Greece

All4yachting.com ·
Greece has always been a beautiful country in the Mediterranean region. Several people visit this country year after year to have a wonderful vacation. Unfortunately, when large numbers of people gather on the streets, beaches and other places, many would feel tiresome and this suffocated feeling takes a lot of out of the enjoyment. In such a situation, you can depend on a reliable yacht charter Greece Company to enjoy an inspiring cruise experience. Refreshing experience and world class...
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Sardinia Holidays: The best areas of Sardinia for the perfect summer

Daniel Moore ·
The magical island of Sardinia stands out for its beautiful beaches and impressive landscapes, for its ancestral traditions and its famous horse races, also for the festivities of Sant Efisio (in Cagliari) and we cannot forget the famous “Cavalcata Sarda”. This island, located in insular Italy , give a warm welcome to all visitors who want to discover its magnificent cultural heritage. Sardinia offers a large array of leisure activities such as the opportunity for practising water sports,...
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* Fireworks will Fill the Skies of Dubai *

Travel Rob ·
Dubai says it has over 400,000 fireworks this New Years Eve.Read more about the increbible plans.This will be something to see. http://travel.france24.com/con...rs-eve-firework-show UPDATE:  The show in Dubai is getting rave reviews:...
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Best free hotel breakfast? Survey says Embassy Suites

PHeymont ·
USA Today's testers liked the free breakfast best at three Hilton brands, but had good words for some of the others.
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May 18, 2019: Homes after Dark, Key West

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoyed how beautifully lit many of the older homes in Key West were at night.
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Time To Visit Srinagar Kashmir

Jonhrobinson ·
Silk-sunset, appreciative reminder white, tar concerning the roads, gloom on the far away away side the kerosine lamp free on pinnacle of the lake, ripples within the water, fog upon the mirror, garden of the spring, the palace of the fairies, subject of the poems, emptiness within the eyes, non-attendance of words, for all time in passable things and plus the recent roses upon a breeze, wherever remodel a pedestal arrives in recollections of continuously to liberate us into cartoon...
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Jan. 6, 2019: NYBG Holiday Train Show

Jonathan L ·
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens is a favorite destination of Jonathan L every December
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Christmas Holiday Wedding ideas

Susan California ·
Wedding ideas for a Christmas-themed wedding should be very interesting and fun. Think about going along the corridor, dressed in a real Christmas outfit and enjoy the wedding reception, which is filled with all the comfortable products associated with the season. Think of cinnamon and spices, think about mistletoe and blueberries, and it's best to think about sleighs drawn by horses on the way to the wedding venue. The following are the Christmas holiday wedding ideas: Invitation All brides...
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Samoa - perfect beach holiday destination for couples

Susan California ·
Traveling with a partner is one of the most exciting things in the world. When you go to visit the beautiful places, the bondage with your partner increases. It also casts some positive aspects of the relationship too. The natural environment, the best hotel in Samoa, the sandy beaches – all have made the destination perfect for couples. Once you are there, it would be tough to get rid of the love you will get from the locals. The natural scenarios are profoundly exciting. Besides, the...
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Holiday Flying: How to Beat the Wrap

PHeymont ·
Traveling for Christmas? With presents? You’ll want to read on for some good advice. A couple of weeks ago, TravelGumbo offered advice on “flying through the airport.” We weren’t referring to the old Hertz commercials with...
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Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
White Lodging, which operates hotels under a number of major brands including Westin, Marriott, Sheraton and Holiday Inn, has acknowledged a major theft of customer credit card information including names, numbers, security codes and more. The breach...
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Brits told: world situation will mean cheaper holidays

PHeymont ·
There's always someone to find a silver lining in dark clouds, and this time around it's the travel writers of the Telegraph (UK) who are telling Britons that holidays in Europe and Turkey will be bargains next year because of uncertain times. Nick Trend, in an article  posted Nov. 26, points to two factors in particular: Americans made nervous by the Paris attacks and State Department travel warnings, and Russia's ban on "tourist relations" with Turkey. While the State Department...
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Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens

Jonathan L ·
Every year the NY Botanical Gardens turns the Haupt Conservatory into a model train holiday fantasy.
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Etihad offering free holiday to UK residents if it rains in Abu Dhabi

Travel Rob ·
Etihad is launching a free vacation stay to Abu Dhabi if it rains more than 5mm during the travelers' stay.
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Austria's Easter: 50 million eggs, lots of visitors

PHeymont ·
Austria's Easter season includes 50 million eggs, many visitors and a lot more. Click to read more, and also news about Easter in Spain and Denmark.
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Dec. 20, 2015: Winter at the Greenmarket

PHeymont ·
It's clearly winter now at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, with only a few days left until Christmas, and only the hardiest of crops remaining—but those include lovely piles of scallions with their roots showing, and plenty of turnips, beets and carrots. Not to mention lots of apples of many varieties (no, those aren't tomatoes in the boxes) as well as meats, baked goods and specialty foods. And, of course, it's the season for some non-edibles as well, in the form of holiday...
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Where they're going: NY, Paris top Airbnb New Year list

PHeymont ·
The recent terror attacks in Paris apparently haven't put off its lure for visitors; Airbnb reports it's the top New Year holiday booking in Europe, and second only to New York world-wide. The vacation rental company says it has 45,000 people booked in Paris for the holiday, and 47,000 in New York. The rest of the top 5 are London with 35,000, Sydney with 25,000 and Barcelona with 24,000. The figures indicate a quick and solid comeback for Paris's tourism industry; immediately after the...
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Top 5 Family Holiday Destinations in India

Ruby Daub ·
Choosing the best destination for a family vacation in India, as with other topics, is not an easy task, thanks to the diversity and multitude of options available to the most demanding travelers. There are beaches, wonderful examples of architecture, adventure, culture and fun experiences for a full sense of family in India. Best holiday destinations for families Plan your trip, considering the weather and other conditions. We make sure you have a great time! See this if you travel in...
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Beautiful themed cities of rajasthan

Cot Bags ·
Rajasthan is famous for so many reasons. It has rich history and culture, amazing food, vibrant festivals, towering forts, great tales, and so on, but there is one more reason that makes Rajasthan an interesting state to plan your vacation at. To plan your holiday, book Rajasthan tour packages from a trusted or reliable website
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Jan. 9, 2019: Free Hugs in New York, NY

Samantha ·
Samantha shares a New York minute, and her free hug, during her visit to NY last month.
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A Florida Christmas

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger enjoys some of the Holiday sights he encountered during a recent trip to Florida.
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New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us to this year's Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Gardens
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Gadgets and Apps That Will Rock Your Holiday Experience

Trickiya ·
Science and technology have improved the standard of our life. With the continuous and effortless development in the field, we are now able to come over challenges those assumed to be disabilities or even a curse to some people. Here in this post, we will take a look at few but to must-have gadgets and mobile apps to make our travel more effortless, exploring, exciting, and eventful. Starting with the gadgets, the first in our list is: The Drone Camera : - People travel to experience new...
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Re: Season's Greetings from your friends at TravelGumbo!

GarryRF ·
Some really fun and inspirational photo's DrF. May I wish you and all the TravelGumbo contributors and readers a peaceful and happy New Year. And to all the Gumbo's behind the scenes who put so much effort into keeping us all amused and educated during the year. Greetings from Liverpool, England. - Garry
 
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