LOS ANGELES TIMESDo your homework on tour companies
Worried about booking with a tour company you're not familiar with? Be sure to look at how long it's been in business, what it includes in the price of the tour, the names of the hotels it uses (you can then investigate these separately), the number and types of guides, and whether it is a member of various professional groups, such as the U.S. Tour Operators Association.
WASHINGTON POSTOn some flights, US Air offers meal upgrade
US Airways is giving passengers in the economy section on some routes the chance to eat like the well-heeled folks in the front of the plane. Last week, the airline began to offer economy passengers traveling to Europe, the Middle East and South America the choice to upgrade their meals for an extra charge of $19.95 per meal. Wine is included.
LOS ANGELES TIMESA little crank fuels this mini LED flashlight
For gadget lovers, Coghlan's Dynamo Flashlight is a winner.
It's a miniature LED flashlight that is charged by turning a small crank. Though the company says a minute-long wind will give you 30 minutes of bright light, it might give you even more. It sells for $4 to $6 at many online retailers, including Amazon, and in stores with camping equipment.