Are you ready for your next adventure?

Hi, I hope you’re having a terrific summer weekend. This is the last issue of my newsletter before we embark on the next exciting segment of our Away is Home family travel adventure. We are heading up to the Midwest, and we can’t wait! We’re about to pick up our rental car from Hertz this morning and we have our confirmations at the Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola, Fla., our first stop tomorrow.

Can’t wait to find out what happens next? You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook and you can track the Away is Home Twitter and Facebook site. I’ll see you there!

Today’s burning question. What’s the most ridiculous thing about traveling by train in the United States? If you vacation by rail, you have pet peeves. Lots of them, probably. What’s at the top of your list? Send me a note and please don’t forget to include your full name, city and occupation.

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This week on Elliott. I have several fascinating cases, including the traveler who picked the wrong London on Priceline (oops). Find out how it all ended. Here’s a couple that got shortchanged by one night on their cruise; do they deserve a partial refund? And this woman’s cruise line left her high and dry in Naples. Should I mediate her case?

Elsewhere online. Does your cell phone service suck? In my Mint.com column this week, I tell you how to fix it (and if not, how to escape from your onerous contract.) Also, check out my story on tipping traps to avoid on Frommers.com. In the Huffington Post, I talk about the TSA’s obsession with the male organ (viewer discretion is advised). And in the Washington Post, I examine an Olympic vacation rental that may have been too good to be true.

On Away is Home. How do you pack a small sedan with a month’s worth of luggage? Here’s how we did it. We also take a revealing look insider our road trip snack bag. Take a peek — if you dare! And just in case you missed our video of the Holiday Inn Daytona Beach, you can watch it here.

A fond farewell. Today we bid farewell to two of our underwriters, TripInsurance.com and Let’s Fly Cheaper. We’re incredibly grateful for their strong support of the consumer advocacy efforts of this site and newsletter, and we will miss them.

Have an excellent week, everyone. Safe travels!

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