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The first time you tell your traveling companion that you’ll be staying ‘at the Y in Hong Kong’, you’ll have to defend yourself against the assumption that you’ll be sleeping under a bench in a locker room that smells like someone’s sweat.

Believe me, this is not your father’s YMCA. (more…)

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The American Express lounge is a small ray of light in the otherwise death-mongering suffocation that is GRU at night, when you may be unfortunate enough to have your plane arrive. All the more reason for frequent travelers to get that American Express Platinum card or a PriorityPass membership.

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JFK is a terrible way to introduce a visitor to a very nice country. It’s a grimy, worn-out kind of place where many of the employees seem to wish they were somewhere else and you were too.

There is the occasional oasis. Take Delta’s Crown Room Club at Terminal 3, near gate 6. You can usually find outgoing and friendly staffers, always a wonder in New York City though hardly a feature that is entirely absent when sought out. This Crown Room Club would not be mistaken for expansive, yet it has a pleasantly laid-back what-you-see-is-what-you-get quality to it.

Given the alternatives outside, ducking in here is always a pleasant respite.

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Jordan’s principle international airport, on the outskirts of the country’s capital, is the home airport of Royal Jordanian Airways, a recently inducted member of the OneWorld Alliance that is anchored by American Airlines and British Airways. The airport has some growing up to do and, given Jordan’s current economic boom and the government’s eye for international reputation, improvements are likely to happen sooner rather than later. (more…)

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Let’s face it, every minute counts. You don’t have extra ones waiting to be spend in queue at a toll booth with smarter drivers whizzing through at speed to the left of you.

So buy the iPass. (more…)

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Although a handful of stays in a given chain’s hotels—like a single robin and the anticipated Spring—does not a success story make, it at least points in the right direction. During a recent overnight in the Merrillville, Indiana, variant of the Country Inn and Suites, I was reminded that my experience with this brand has been consistently positive. Given the extreme variation that sometimes marks different franchises of the same corporation, this is worth noting. (more…)

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Whether traveling for business or pleasure, you don’t want to waste your time in loud, sweaty departure lounge when for a modest fee the true value of climate control, internet access, healthy nibbling, and comfortable seats are just down the concourse at an airline lounge. (more…)

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Indianapolis International Airport (IND)

    For long-suffering residents of Indianapolis and the hundreds of thousands of race fans that arrive in this surprisingly attractive midwestern city, 2008 can’t come soon enough. That’s when Indy’s new airport is scheduled to open its doors. (more…)

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For business in Africa, Jo’Burg is the place. Not only is it the principal commercial and air transport hub for all of Africa, but its climate and amenities make it a very pleasant place to visit. Direct flights arrive from to Jo’Burg’s modern and pleasant airport from all over the West and Asia. As the country gears up to host soccer’s World Cup in 2010, infrastructure should only improve, a challenge that already has South Africans in a state of nervous industry. (more…)

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Capetown manages to combine one of the world’s most striking natural settings with the cosmopolitan flair of an international tourist and cultural hub. Stay at the Waterfront Holiday Inn (part of the regional Southern Sun chain), a 25-minute ride from the airport on safe and affordable cabs. (more…)

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