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Several FlyerTalk Forums You Should Visit — Including One Where You Have Chances to Win Prizes

In a recent discussion via e-mail messages with FlyerTalk member SanDiego1K — who is also the community director for FlyerTalk — I asked her which forums she believes should be highlighted here at The Gate. Thinking that “smaller, less traveled forums” should be highlighted, here are her initial recommendations…

This photograph of King’s Road and the English Channel facing west was taken from my room at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel property. Note the pier that appears to have been destroyed. Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Brighton: A Mini Trip Report

I tend to like reading the stories posted at Frugal Travel Guy authored by Christine Krzyszton — and the article pertaining to what to do in England instead of going to London is no exception…but I would like to amend that list — as well as simultaneously start writing and posting trip reports occasionally here at The Gate. I personally would include Dover, Stonehenge and Avebury. I plan on writing short trip reports about those places in the future. I have a passion for travel — always have — and one problem with weblogs these days is that…

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In Canada: Use of Portable Electronic Devices Aboard Aircraft to Be Expanded to Taxi, Takeoff and Landing

Following the decision which was announced on October 31, 2013 from the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and a similar decision which was announced two weeks later by the European Aviation Safety Agency, Lisa Raitt — who is the Minister of Transport in the Cabinet of Canada — released an official announcement which will eventually allow the expansion of the usage of certain portable electronic devices to be used throughout all phases of a flight on aircraft operated by airlines based in Canada. Current rules dictate that portable electronic devices may only be used when the aircraft is flying at an altitude above 10,000 feet during a flight. The revision of the rules will…

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Megabus: My Trip Report

I recently had the opportunity to ride as a passenger aboard Megabus — a express bus service which offers transportation at a low cost between city centers in ten countries throughout North America and Europe — for the first time. A trip from Atlanta to South Florida came up at the last minute for me; and a search for a one-way airfare would minimally cost me $375.00. I searched for a one-way airfare because I was driving back using a rental car at a rate of $9.45 per day plus taxes and fees. The class of rental car was full size because I loaded the car with items I was bringing to a relative. The idea then struck me: I remember reporting on Megabus back in December of 2012 here at The Gate. Why not try that option?…

Photograph by FlyerTalk member JVPhoto. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by JVPhoto.

Thailand Now Under Military Control: How Safe Are You Traveling To or From Thailand?

Due to a coup which occurred yesterday, Thailand is now under the control of Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is the general and chief of its military. Martial law has reportedly been established — complete with a nightly curfew from 10:00 in the evening until 5:00 in the morning until further notice, from which travel to the airport is supposedly exempt — and the constitution of Thailand has supposedly been thrown out…but what does that mean for you in terms of safety when traveling? Well — considering that there has been deadly violence reported in Thailand in the months leading up to the coup — you are probably no more in danger now than earlier this year or since December of 2013 and may even be safer today than yesterday…but let us learn from what FlyerTalk members have reported…

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