Daylight Saving Time for 2018 to Start This Sunday

by Paul Riegler

Even as winter storm after winter storm batters parts of the country, people are still ready for spring to arrive. One sign of spring is the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, which starts this Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. local time in most parts of the United States and Canada.
Clocks should be set ahead by one hour.
In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time, or BST, …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

by Paul Riegler

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what …

Review and Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD

by Paul Riegler

The Nissan Murano is one of the SUVs whose appearance once a year everyone at Frequent Business Traveler/The Green Car Driver looks forward to. We love the Murano not only because it’s good looking but because it offers driver and passengers luxurious surroundings at a very reasonable price.
For 2018, the Murano comes with an impressive array of standard equipment. New for the current model year are an 8” touchscreen with …

The Stafford London, England – Hotel Review

by Blaise Buckley

As the taxi I was riding in approached the Stafford London, I was pondering where in historic St. James the hotel was actually located. I was already familiar with the area, having stayed just up the street on my previous visit. Given its location in such a prime area of central London just around the corner from Buckingham Palace, I was surprised when the driver turned down a street I’d often …

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2018

by Jesse Sokolow

March, the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, was one of the original 31-day months of the first 10-month Roman calendar, along with May, Quintilis (July), and October. The name “March” comes from the Roman god of war, Mars.
On March 10, 1910, William Boeing bought Heath’s Shipyard in Seattle, Washington. The shipyard, located on the Duwamish River, would later become Boeing’s first airplane factory.
Le …

To the Dismay of Some, Spring Comes Early in the U.S.

by Anna Breuer

As Frank Sinatra put it, “It Might as Well Be Spring.”
Indeed, spring has, in many parts of the United States, arrived early and all is not well. Last week, the temperature in the nation’s capital reached 80° or 27° C, a full four weeks ahead of schedule. The city’s cherry trees didn’t bother to consult the calendar and are already starting to bud, while flowers follow in close pursuit.
It isn’t …

Harry Potter Is Crossing the Atlantic. Will Magic Follow?

by Anna Breuer

Not unlike many of our readers, Harry Potter and his family are crossing the Pond. Perhaps uncharacteristically, he’s not boarding a train at Platform 9 3/4 in London’s Kings Cross. Rather, he’s traveling with a somewhat large entourage that includes key members of the original cast of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in the West End.
The play picks up with J.K. Rowling’s beloved characters 19 years after The Deathly …