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This scoop location is going to be focused on travel tools, tips, and tricks that have been helpful to me. "Texas Traveler" describes me, but I will not be limiting it to Texas travel only.
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Travel's biggest rip-off to end soon?

Travel's biggest rip-off to end soon? | A Texas Traveler | Scoop.it
CNN Travel
Travel's biggest rip-off to end soon?
CNN Travel
Don't take it from us. That's the forecast from one of the world's biggest hotel chains -- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
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As someone who travels for work, I have never understood why a hotel would not have free wifi. Just bake it into the room cost. Especially if it is low bandwidth. I would hate to pay for internet only to find out that it is slow. Some hotels have become smart in their approach. "Free" wifi for everyone, and a paid upgraded service. 

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50 natural wonders: The ultimate list of scenic splendor

50 natural wonders: The ultimate list of scenic splendor | A Texas Traveler | Scoop.it
These awe-inspiring views will make you wish you'd paid attention in geography class (50 natural wonders: The ultimate list of scenic splendor | CNN Travel http://t.co/2X7wQqGbdh)...
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This had me thinking... what is on your bucket list? Any of these 50?

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'Aruba in June 2013' Aruba by ATXtraveler

'Aruba in June 2013' Aruba by ATXtraveler | A Texas Traveler | Scoop.it
'Aruba in June 2013' on VirtualTourist.com
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As many of you know, I contribute quite a bit to VirtualTourist.com and recently added a new page on our trip to Aruba. If you have a couple minutes, feel free to read the tips and rate whether or not they would be helpful. Thanks in advance! 

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Lockhart Smokehouse Expanding to Plano

Lockhart Smokehouse Expanding to Plano | A Texas Traveler | Scoop.it
Brought to you by Texas Monthly magazine, TMBBQ is a multiplatform community of people all over the world who love barbecue.
Mark Carroll's insight:

Thank goodness. I love Lockhart for BBQ... nice to see I won't have to make the drive as often.

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See the BBQ Posse's picks for the tastiest barbecue in Texas

See the BBQ Posse's picks for the tastiest barbecue in Texas | A Texas Traveler | Scoop.it
After hitting 10 spots in 48 hours, our roving meat meisters tell which ’cue joints are worth the drive — and the wait .
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I may or may not have driven out of my way to try Stanley's Famous BBQ in Tyler, TX this weekend. It may have been delicious. OK, it was.

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TripAdvisor Continues Acquisition Spree, Buys GateGuru Mobile App For Real-Time Travel Info | TechCrunch

TripAdvisor Continues Acquisition Spree, Buys GateGuru Mobile App For Real-Time Travel Info | TechCrunch | A Texas Traveler | Scoop.it
Travel portal TripAdvisor continues to push ahead with its mobile and social acquisitions: today the company announced that it has acquired GateGuru, a mobile app that provides real-time information on airports, weather, and flights.
Mark Carroll's insight:

The travel tools market seems a bit overburdened at the moment. I love Yelp, but it is not international. I have not spent a ton of time on TripAdvisor, as I hitched more horse long ago to virtualtourist.com. At this point It looks like TripAdvisor may be taking the lead. 

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