Up to 30% off Intercontinental Hotel Group in Europe

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Enjoy more for less when you stay at our hotels this spring, with up to 30% off your booking! Whether you are looking for a weekend city break in Europe to see the sights or just wanting to get away from it all, we have the perfect room for you.

Book now until February 28, for a stay in any of our 500 participating IHG hotels (including Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®) on a Friday or Saturday night between March 1 and May 6, and enjoy up to 30% off your stay. Best of all? You can also enjoy the discount from April 14 to April 25 for the Easter holidays. Simply make sure to look for dates at least 21 days ahead.

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Hotel deals: New Orleans $19, Williamsburg $11 & Ireland $11

Historic Streetcar Inn New Orleans
Historic Streetcar Inn New Orleans $19
Only for June 24-25, 2014. Book at hotelscombined.com
King room, free breakfast and free cancellation. If you are not sure of your plans, just book now and cancel later if you need to.

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Hampton Inn and Suites Williamsburg $11
Only for November 22-23, 2014. Book at hotelscombined.com
Queen Room with Kitchen.

Central Hotel Donegal Ireland
Central Hotel Donegal Ireland $11
Book for September 3-4, 2014. Book at hotelscombined.com
Triple room. Prepaid and Flexible rate available.

“The Book Thief” movie screening

So this isn’t travel related. I just saw the movie screening for “The Book Thief”. Watching the trailer I thought it was mainly about a girl that initially steals a book and falls in love with books and stories. It was not really about that. It was about so much more. Love, peace, human life, death, life, compassion, and much more. I don’t want to give too much information so I will just say that I highly recommend it.

TSA misconduct up 26%

The Transportation Security Administration was created to make sure we are safe in an airport, on our flights, and make sure whoever comes to our cities, states, or country doesn’t do anything to harm us or bring crime.

However, the TSA has had bad reputation for many years. They have been accused of taking bribes, not doing their job effective and stealing from luggage. A new Government Accountability Office report cites that there has been an increase of misconduct by TSA from 2010-2012 by 26%. The report finds employees are skipping important security protocols, are late to work or not showing up to work, making inappropriate comments, and sleeping on the job.

These kind of behaviors reminds me of TSA employees at JFK or LGA airports in New York City. It surprises me that nobody is watching over their work ethics and disciplining them. I have personally experienced them chatting in groups, not even watching the passangers, making sexual/racial comments, being rude and they never seem to be happy even being there. Why did they apply for this job? It’s a serious responsibility they have.

I hope TSA gets their act straight and fix what needs to be done.