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Weekend Intelligence: November 20-21, 2010

November 21, 2010

The beginning of the wild and wacky holiday season is here. Travel ramps up significantly here in the U.S. as families congregate on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. As always, Weekend Intelligence is here to give you the rundown from the world of travel including helpful tips to get through the crazy travel week ahead.

  • What am I most thankful for this Thanksgiving? That I’m not flying for the holidays, particularly on Wednesday, November 24th which groups opposed to the TSA’s new screening procedures have designated as “National Opt Out Day.” Opt Out activists are encouraging travelers to opt out of being screened by the backscatter scanner and to submit themselves to new “enhanced” pat down in public to educate other passengers about what the physical search really entails. It may turn out to be a very interesting travel day. This holiday travel guide from the Los Angeles Times offers some advice to help your holiday travel go as smoothly as possible.
  • Don’t get busted while traveling abroad. This list courtesy of Budget Travel sums up some unusual laws you might not expect while in foreign lands. From what not to bring into Japan, to why your Finnish cabbie might prefer a silent ride, this compilation provides some great insights into local laws most travelers inevitably overlook.
  • Courtesy of Velvet Escape, some inspiring thoughts by seasoned travelers about lessons learned while traveling. My favorite?  “…humanity knows no limits when it comes to creating food, shelter, dance and drink, yet seems constrained by the snow globe when it comes to souvenirs.” Ha!

Happy travels and Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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