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DEK Travel Journal: Bringing the Travel Party to You!

When planning a travel party, be sure that guests bring their travel documents! In December 2013, I created the web site, DEKTravelJournal.com. To this day, the site features articles about my travel experiences, travel news, popular destinations, and valuable traveling tips to inspire fellow travelers’ around the country. In January 2015, I started producing travel …

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New lecture, “The Bahamas: Islands of curiosity” coming soon!

Everyone needs a quick getaway from the stresses of the real world. There’s the  Caribbean, Disney World, and Hawaii. The one tropical destination which invites millions from around the world is the Bahamas. There’s Nassau, Freeport, Lucaya, and Grand Turk. The Bahamas has it all.  Tourism is its driving force. A new presentation is underway. …

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The one-day pass: Life made easy for Metro riders

Springtime is “one-day pass time” in Washington, DC. The cherry blossoms are out in full bloom. The seasonal tours have officially begun. The Spring and Summer months can’t be a better time to visit the nation’s capital. Yes, it’s a great time to visit. Yes, it’s a great opportunity to go museum hopping around the …

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Amtrak Guest Rewards: Keeping ‘track’ of points

Everyone has traveled on Amtrak before. Amtrak provides service in forty-three states, with 21 major routes. Amtrak Guest Rewards is one of the finest passenger loyalty programs in the travel industry. It  allows avid Amtrak travelers to earn points for every trip and every dollar spent on ticket purchases. With the Amtrak Guest Rewards Mastercard, …

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Dear President Trump: End the airline baggage fee madness!

As we have already heard and read, the airlines have imposed new baggage fees. This time, it’s in regards to carry-on baggage. Flying is growing more and more impossible by the year. The airlines keep finding more ways to inconvenience passengers. No more hot meals in coach class, a fee to check in baggage at …

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Theme cruises: Five floating, unmissable extravaganzas

A cruise: a pleasure voyage on a ship, usually with stops at various ports. That’s one definition. The more appropriate definition is “a never-ending floating party on the move”. Cruises offer so much to do, so much to experience, and so many new things to try. Cruises enable people of all ages to break outside their …

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“St. Maarten/Martin: One friendly island-twice the welcome” nearing completion

The Caribbean is the most visited region in the world. Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Aruba, and Barbados, are among the many great destinations that make the Caribbean the perfect home away from home. Every island in the Caribbean has unique characteristics and famous features. Plus, they all have have a storied history. The friendly locals, sugar …

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Hotel reservations: Avoiding the inconvenience of 21st century communication

April 2011, I was attending an alumni event in Washington DC for my college Alma Mater.  I made my reservation at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Crystal Gateway is located just minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport. Regardless of occasion, Washington DC is my favorite city to visit. The alumni event was …

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