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RapidRequest: a free day starting in Kobe, Japan: Hiroshima, Osaka, Shikoku

Former classmate and newly minted Michigan State professor J.S. writes: Have you ever been to Kobe (or, failing that, the general Osaka/Kyoto area)? I have a free day after a conference and most of the tourist suggestions I’ve read are insipid. I have been to Kobe and the area. Kobe has not much more for…

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FTU Q&As: credit cards, Delta, cheap Asia flights, favorite countries, and more

FTU is a delightful information exchange. I learned a lot and reciprocated where possible. I owe several answers so am sharing them with you all: Why do you fly Delta? Because Delta works best for me at this point in time, given my personal situation. Diamond status is pretty sweet in many respects. And most…

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RapidRequest: Any suggestions for 5-6 days in Urumqi?

The Rapid Traveler referred reader Jb to the Points, Miles & Martinis award booking service for a stellar Star Alliance business class redemption from New York to Beijing, Urumqi (Xinjiang Province) and Shanghai. Xinjiang is marvelous and Jb’s follow-up question sent The Rapid Traveler into a revelry of Silk Road ruins and cumin-scented kebabs: any…

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RapidRequest: Two days in Cardiff, Wales

Reader V.M. writes: If you found yourself in Cardiff, Wales and had two free days on your hands, what would you do? BTW, I love corgis. The Rapid Traveler has not been to Wales, though has previously waded through 700-pages of tongue-gyrating words in A History of Wales by John Davies. Researching a city for…

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Travel Tax Week: US Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR)

US tax day arrives this week, yet that is the start of the fun for American world travelers and expatriates. A reader wrote: FBAR: blog about FBAR. What is FBAR? Why is there FBAR?  How does it affect expats? What do expats need to do? Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is an…

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RapidRequest: Galapagos in a hurry – is it worth it? Part 2: On the ground

You can get to Galapagos from the US on a long weekend (see part 1), but what can you see, and will you regret it? Each of the Galapagos Islands has its own flora and fauna, so what inspired Darwin is the hardest part of a trip of any length: deciding which islands to visit.…

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RapidRequest: Galapagos in a hurry – is it worth it? Part 1: Planning

Reader Arye writes: hey, I was going through a couple links in your blog and I see you have pictures from your galapagos islands trip.  I’ve actually had an interest in going there for a while now, but there have been a few things holding me back.  First of all, I assumed it needed a…

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Thanksgiving (and weekends) in office park hotels

Office parks are widely viewed as soulless, the last place to spend a holiday or weekend. And that is what often makes them great hunting grounds for hotel value. The Atlanta-based reader who contributed posts on transport for the airports in Beijing and Shanghai, and a humorous quip on tourist traps, asked The Rapid Traveler…

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RapidRequest: Schwab and what else for foreign ATMs?

Chicago Seminars attendee and new buddy Mike C writes: With the extended time you spend abroad, what kind of checking account do you have that gives you flexibility in using foreign ATM’s. I’ve been rocking the Charles Schwab high yield checking. So far I have not found anything that beats it because of the rebated…

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