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5 Ways to Sample Americana in Havana

5 Ways to Sample Americana in Havana

As reported in the LA Times, and as originally reported in the NY Times: How to sample Americana in Havana. Every American dashing to Cuba these days seems to share a goal: to see the island “before we ruin it.” But Havana, the city that awaits a historic visit by President Obama and his family next week, owes […]

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36 Hours in Havana

36 Hours in Havana

As reported in the NY Times, 36 Hours in Havana. Havana is no longer frozen in time, at least not completely. With Cuba’s guarded openness to private enterprise grabbing hold, classic American cars and salsa singers now share the cityscape with new and inventive offerings in food, culture, night life and hospitality. No other city […]

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Another First for Cuba: A Concert by the Rolling Stones

Another First for Cuba: A Concert by the Rolling Stones

As reported in the NY Times:  Another first for Cuba: a concert by the Rolling Stones. HAVANA — Five decades after his music was banned in this Communist country, Mick Jagger stood — and sang, jumped and performed his signature dance moves — before hundreds of thousands of adoring fans Friday night in Cuba and […]

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Where are travelers going in Cuba? These 5 destinations top the list

Where are travelers going in Cuba? These 5 destinations top the list

As reported in the news in the LA Times: Cuba continues to be a hot destination for Americans this year, so where exactly is everyone going? It’s not a perfect science, but TripAdvisor this week looked at searches for Cuban destinations on its website between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 to come up with these five top […]

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Commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba could resume as early as this fall

Commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba could resume as early as this fall

As reported in the news in the LA Times: The Obama administration will allow U.S. air carriers to start regular scheduled commercial flights to and from Cuba as early as this fall for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. officials said Friday. Air travel could resume with up to 20 daily scheduled […]

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What U.S. travelers need to know about new Cuba rules

What U.S. travelers need to know about new Cuba rules

As reported in the news in the LA Times: You no longer have to be part of a group tour to visit Cuba as a tourist. On Tuesday, President Obama again eased restrictions on travel to the island nation, just before his own visit from Sunday through March 22. But don’t plan on plopping down […]

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Cuba – Fear of a closing window, many flee

Cuba – Fear of a closing window, many flee

As reported in the LA Times: President Obama is coming to Cuba today. So why are so many Cubans leaving? For one young couple in Havana, improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba weren’t a sign of hope, but a signal to get out. In January, Leonid Castro used fake papers to travel to Mexico and […]

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Loyalty worth peanuts to airlines

Loyalty worth peanuts to airlines

As reported in the LA Times:  Loyalty worth peanuts to airlines. This was the year in which airline passengers learned where they really stood with the big carriers they’ve been loyal to over the years. Beginning Jan. 1, Delta Air Lines will start handing out frequent-flier miles based not on distance traveled, which is how […]

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The Tricks to Traveling Cheaply – Airfares Are Sky High, but There Are Good Deals on Places to Stay

The Tricks to Traveling Cheaply – Airfares Are Sky High, but There Are Good Deals on Places to Stay

The Tricks to Traveling Cheaply – Airfares Are Sky High, but There Are Good Deals on Places to Stay, as reported in the WS Journal. Got a yen to hit the road this summer? Bargain-basement deals are hard to find at the height of the season, but there are ways to stretch your travel dollar. […]

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New Airline Rules: You May Be Able to Use Electronic Devices from Gate-to-Gate per the newly revised FAQ’s on the FAA website

New Airline Rules: You May Be Able to Use Electronic Devices from Gate-to-Gate per the newly revised FAQ’s on the FAA website

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given airlines the ability to expand the use of personal electronic devices for passengers on board. That means you could soon be able to listen to your music or read books on an e-reader from gate-to-gate on your flight. These are posted on the FAQ’s reproduced below. Individual airlines […]

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Cruise prices sink to all-time lows

Cruise prices sink to all-time lows

As reported in the news of the WS Journal, Cruise prices sink to all-time lows – It may now be cheaper to book a cruise than stay in a Motel 6. Deals on cruises right now are the best they have been in years, insiders say. Louis Ramirez, senior editor at deal aggregator DealNews, says […]

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Where to Change Your Dollars – Travel experts say avoid that currency-exchange booth while traveling abroad

Where to Change Your Dollars – Travel experts say avoid that currency-exchange booth while traveling abroad

As reported in the news of the WS Journal, Where to Change Your Dollars – Travel experts say avoid that currency-exchange booth while traveling abroad.  Here’s the article. Traveling this summer? Need some euros? Have a yen for yen? You might want to skip that airport currency-exchange kiosk. Options for changing money abroad include banks […]

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To Avoid Jet Lag This Summer, Travel Like a Scientist

To Avoid Jet Lag This Summer, Travel Like a Scientist

I recently took a trip and wish I read this article published in the WS Journal, “To Avoid Jet Lag This Summer, Travel Like a Scientist.”  There are some great tips about beating jet lag.  Here’s the article. Scientists are studying a wide range of strategies to help long-distance travelers avoid the dreaded feelings of […]

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10 things cruise lines won’t tell you

10 things cruise lines won’t tell you

As reported in the news of the WS Journal, cruise ships/lines have had their recent share of incidents and disasters.  Here’s some things to keep in mind. 1. “Our ships might sink, but we won’t.“ It’s been a tough couple of seasons for the cruise ship industry. First, the Costa Concordia, a 3,800-passenger ship operated […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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