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The Texas Public Radio travel program is designed to provide an opportunity for TPR listeners to visit the people and places they hear about everyday.  Since December 2007, more than 150 individuals have participated in 15 tours to diverse countries such as China, Peru, Russia, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Thailand, Costa Rica and Cuba. Texas Public Radio partners primarily with Collette Vacations on these tours.  A family owned and operated travel company, Collette Vacations has been leading tours since 1918.  They focus on the history, culture, architecture, environment, and people of each destination, and they are considered one of the best tour operators in the United States and Canada.

Paul Theroux is a novelist and also internationally renowned for his many books about travel.  He has spent more than 50 years traveling the globe to chronicle the lives of people in distant lands.  This time, he turns his eye on Mexico. 

Norma Martinez / Texas Public Radio

Texans in border communities used to cross back and forth freely with little to no documentation

Much has changed since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The 9/11 Commission in 2004 determined the border crossing rules were too lax, and Congress passed the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which required U.S. border crossers to possess passports or passport cards to cross the international ports of entry. Mexican travelers are required to carry a Border Crossing Card.

The complexities of international travel can be mind-twisting to someone who is new to it.

From Texas Standard.

Tech transformations can have such a dramatic effect on the course of your day that it’s hard to remember your life before the latest gadget. When was the last time you used a paper map when your phone died or lost service? Though he admits his own sense of direction is lacking, Bill Kilday, in his new book, Never Lost Again, tells the story of how a small Texas tech startup named Keyhole eventually became Google Maps as we know it.

From Texas Standard.

Maybe you haven’t considered Abilene for a weekend excursion, but this prairie town has a lot to offer – including some of the best little guesthouses in the state.

It's that time of year — road congestion, delayed flights, and the slow-burning anxiety of heading home for the holidays. More than 100 million Americans travel between Saturday and New Year's Day, AAA predicts - a number that has gone up steadily since 2005. Whether you're driving, flying, or sleighing this year, here are a few things you should know.

1. Watch out for record-breaking traffic

Think Health Science: Summertime Health Hazards

Jun 15, 2017
Nathan Cone / TPR

With summer comes plans for lazy days, vacations at home or abroad, and spending time in the great outdoors. But summer livin’ is also fraught with unique health hazards ranging from mosquito-borne illnesses to sun exposure to contaminated food to all manner of physical injuries due to increased outdoor activities. A single sunburn can increase the risks of developing skin cancer, and five or more sunburns in your life can double the risk of melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer.

'Hearsing Around' On A Cross-Country Trip

Apr 29, 2016
Courtesy Judy Peterson

“My mom loved to travel, but she couldn’t afford to go as often as she liked.”

Judy Peterson recalls her mother’s insatiable desire to travel, put into perspective by her “more practical” aunt Helen.

“Mom kept telling Helen over and over, that she really wanted to travel, she had bad cabin fever, and Helen was more practical, she said ‘Mary, the girls need clothes, you need to buy them clothes.’ And mom said ‘They’ll outgrow the clothes, but they won’t outgrow the trip.’”

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

Frontier Airlines will begin service in San Antonio this year. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Frontier will provide direct flights from San Antonio to Philadelphia, a route not currently offered. It will also add more direct flights to Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Denver, where the company is based.

Last year City Council approved a program to provide financial incentives for airlines to begin serving San Antonio. City Councilman Joe Krier says this announcement shows the program is working, and is an important development for tourists and businesses alike.

Summer is more than half over. What can you do to get the most out of it in Texas?

American Airlines recently unveiled its 787-8 Dreamliner. It carries 226 passengers, 198 of them in coach — and industry insiders have said if you’re not in first class, the airplane is uncomfortable for long trips. But the silver lining could be that when you get to the airport, you might almost mistake it for a shopping mall.