October 10, 2014

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Ensuring Travel Comfort Means Always Packing Some Key Items

No one likes to travel in discomfort, and frankly, being airplane and airport experts ourselves, you can trust the HI Travel Tales team when we tell you, acquiring select travel comfort items might be the most important travel item purchases you’ll make. Why? Because airlines and more continue to cut back on the frill and comfort […]

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October 6, 2014

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Airline ticket add ons are reaching the absurd

airplane ticket add ons seating chart

Flying on too many airlines in the world these days requires a calculator to determine all the airfare ticket add ons unless you are privileged enough to have more than an average level of frequent flier status. Thanks to one of our intrepid world travelers for providing us so much fodder to create this decidedly, but not […]

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October 3, 2014

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Rocky Mountaineer train tips: Gold, Silver, Red Leaf?

Rocky Mountaineer Train on bridge

The Rocky Mountaineer train across Canada through the Rockies is a great, fantastic adventure of a lifetime, remaining for many a bit of a luxury indulgence, even if you do take advantage of early-booking sales and if you choose the lowest class. So choices are important in making the most of what for many is […]

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September 19, 2014

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Steam and witches mean narrow gauge rail magic to the Harz Brocken summit

The Brockenbahn Train

No visit to the Harz Mountains in Germany should be considered complete without riding the historic and thoroughly magical “Brockenbahn.” The Brocken narrow gauge Harz Mountain train is powered by steam engines and winds its way to the peak of the Brocken, the highest point in the Harz. The train, in former East Germany, traces […]

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September 13, 2014

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Clothing Arts brings touch of style, function to the travel shirt

Finding a great long-sleeved travel shirt that combines lightweight, compact, sun protection, wrinkle resistance and functional pockets with security features isn’t really all that hard. However, finding that same shirt in a style that doesn’t scream “tourist” and make you look and feel as if you’re headed out on a safari is much more challenging. […]

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September 5, 2014

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Soto Helix Coffee Maker a Traveler’s Dream

Soto Helix Coffee Cone in the hand ... compact and wonderful.

We at HI Travel Tales are coffee addicts. Yes, we admit it. But we are also coffee snobs. Just any old cuppa won’t cut it. We want a good, full-bodied one from quality beans. When packing in the backcountry, car camping, or bouncing between hotels and rental abodes, you never know what kinda brew you’re […]

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