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The Ice Bucket Challenge

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Charitable donations are getting a social boost.

If you’ve been on social media lately you might have noticed the multiple videos of people willingly pouring a bucket of ice cold water over their heads. It’s called the ice bucket challenge, started just months ago to raise money to fight ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. People can either dump a bucket of freezing water over their head or donate $100 to charity. In most cases people are doing both; then you challenge other people.  read more »

Paradise Lost, Paradise Found

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It's expensive for you to go on vacation so you'd better make sure it's worth the trip.

CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg once wrote a book titled "Don't Go There: The Travel Detective's Essential Guide to the Must Miss Places in the World." These places include any city with too much crime, smog or traffic.

But he also has some advice on the best vacation deals right now. For example, Greenberg says now is a great time to visit Argentina because their peso is at an all time low compared to our dollar. But there's another deal that is a little closer to home.  read more »

Tips From The Travel Detective

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It's still winter, but the tourist travel season is fast approaching, first with Easter, then Spring Break and finally Summer vacation. So how can you avoid paying big bucks to travel in prime time?

CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg has made it his career to find the best travel deals, tips and secrets he can pass on to you. Peter says finding the best deals depend on the calendar.

"The real problem with Easter travel is when is Easter? When is Spring Break? They overlap, you have to do your homework ahead of time to make sure you're not stuck in that bubble because if you are you will pay through the roof. The key is to go before Easter, go after Easter or go right in the middle between Easter and Spring Break and you'll be better off."  read more »

The High Cost of Safety

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Today’s consumers are frustrated with the airline industry for their extra fees and declining service. But what about the problems that could cost you more than your paycheck?

According to CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg over twenty six thousand flights take off and land every day without incident. Statistically that means the U.S. is seeing its safest era in aviation history. But Greenberg says we are flying towards a perfect storm of disaster and airlines aren’t scoring higher than an “f” when it comes to aviation safety.

“Think about this, an aging aircraft fleet, poor pilot training, understaffing air traffic control towers, equipment that they’re using that’s 20 years to old, outsourcing of maintenance without proper oversight. Need I say more?”  read more »

State of the Airline Industry

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The airline industry is flying to places no one wants to go. Places like extra fees and hidden charges, places that your wallet isn’t ready for.

Earlier this week American airlines announced that it will start charging passengers fifty dollars to fly coach on stand-by. The airlines says they are trying to ease the congestion caused by stand-by passengers during boarding but do admit there is some revenue involved. And it’s just the latest in the long list of additional charges for bags, blankets, headsets and special meals. CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg says in these low travel times these fees are keeping planes in the sky.  read more »