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FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Mail Call December 2023

Dec 1, 2023

Q&A with Hannah Gruen, Administrative Assistant

I love to use events as an excuse to travel. This summer I got to explore Denver while visiting for a concert. Tell us about a time you discovered a new favorite destination because you were there for an event.

In the Sept. 26 issue of eFlyer, we covered the recent implementation of a travel tax to Iceland, as well as a new airport tax at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands. We asked: Do you think countries should be allowed to implement these taxes? One reader wrote in:

Countries are free to charge whatever they wish. My opinion is to pay it or avoid the location. As tourists, we use their resources and tax their infrastructures beyond the benefits they reap from tourism, hotel taxes, tourism jobs, etc.

Duane Weaver, via email

Amsterdam Bans Cruise Liners in City Center; Will Other Cities Soon Follow?

In our Aug. 6 issue of eFlyer, we wrote about Amsterdam’s recent ban on cruise ships docking in the city center. We asked: Do you agree with this ban in Amsterdam and in other cities? One reader wrote in:

I have been to Amsterdam numerous times, as well as Venice and other wonderful and beautiful cities and towns being crushed by hordes of quick stop-in tourists. They disembark, look around, buy a tee or two and get back on the boat. What the tourists don’t overwhelm, the mass of ships and buildings and structures and the environment.

With minimal effort, one can easily enjoy these jewel cities and towns. Reduce the ships and, while we’re at it, the cheap planeloads of “seen it, check it off” folks. Otherwise, what makes these places so sought-after and special will be lost.

By the way, the train from Trieste (current access point near Venice) is a little over an hour away from city center and may cost €15–20, and you get to experience the magic of crossing the causeway and stepping out of the station onto the Grand Canal in Venice.

Jim Heskett, via email

Bedbug Epidemic: Is It Safe to Travel to Paris Right Now? 

In our Oct. 25 issue of eFlyer, we covered the recent bedbug invasion in Paris. We talked about other bedbug infestations across the world and provided tips on how to safely travel and check for the insects. We asked readers if they have an upcoming trip planned for Paris. One reader wrote in:

I don’t have an upcoming trip planned but I was recently in Paris for the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup. I’ve been to Paris before and have never seen the city so crowded. Of course, the bedbug situation sat in the back of my head, and during the course of my time there talking with other match goers, I heard some incidents of cheap hotels suffering from bedbugs.

Fortunately, my hotel and the other hotels nearby didn’t have any incidents. That said, I did check my clothes and other items when I got home and washed them all thoroughly to be safe.

Marian Thompson, via email

What’s Happening on GT Blogs?

Updated daily, our blogs offer readers an inside look at the lives and travels of the GT staff. We featured blogs on sports matches, from a Phillies game to a hockey match in Chicago and a college football game in North Carolina. Other staff members detailed time in Miami, a trip to the pumpkin patch and countless culinary delights. One staff member enjoyed a trip to Mexico City.



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Briggs & Riley: Elevate Your Journey with Quality Luggage

Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.

Feb 19, 2024

5 Reasons to Put Muscat, Oman, on Your Travel List

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Muscat, Oman, with us.

February 2024
Feb 15, 2024

Che Sopresa! Campania, Sannio Produces Wonderful White Wine

For a country referred to as “one big vineyard” for the staggering amount of wine it produces, from the Veneto all the way down to Sicily, you can easily miss the expressions produced in any single region — especially one where the OG pizza demands your attention. But a few hours from Naples in Campania lies Sannio, definitely worth a daytrip or more to explore wines made from red Aglianico and a white variety that’s got appeal in spades.

Why Buy Trip Cancellation Insurance?

Don’t risk losing all the money you’ve spent if you must cancel your trip at the last minute. Allianz Travel Insurance can give you:

February 2024
Feb 14, 2024

The Party gets Started After Nightfall in Cancún

Cancún’s connotation as a wet-and-wild spring break destination comes with revered reason. The Mexican city bordering the Caribbean Sea on the Yucatán Peninsula presents a playground for travelers seeking a judgment- free getaway among fiestas.

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Feb 14, 2024

Kick Off 2024 with This New Chase Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card Offer

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase just announced an elevated offer for new cardmembers to unlock even more travel this year. Through March 27, new cardmembers can earn five Free Night Awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening.

Hit the High Notes in Nashville

Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.

eFlyer Lead
Feb 14, 2024

Delta Air Lines to Debut Premium Lounges in 2024

Coming off a year of five new Delta Sky Clubs and two expanded or reopened locations, Delta Air Lines enters 2024 with vigor, announcing the debut of its highly anticipated premium lounges. The airline plans to introduce the new concept to customers in New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.