Elliott’s E-Mail: A missing refund, TSA steals iPads, and fall in Breckenridge, Colo.

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Greetings from Breckenridge, Colo., where we’re experiencing a gorgeous fall, with snow on the mountains and brilliant foliage. Here are a few sights and sounds from our family travel blog.

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Bizarre laws, and how to deal with them. In today’s Mint.com post, I tackle the problems of a strange “tourist” law in Slovenia, and what to do about other rules like it.

Welcome, Keep Your Cooler! I’m thrilled to introduce our newest underwriter, Keep Your Cooler, which offers ideal travel accessories. You’ll find many styles and sizes, perfect for carry on. Here’s more about Keep Your Cooler. I’m very grateful for their support of consumer advocacy, and hope you’ll stop by their site and show them some love.

Big changes! I’ve made some important additions to my site. Also, I reveal the “secret” schedule that’s been hidden in plain view. Here are the details.

On Elliott. What happened to this customer’s ticket refund? I investigate and find her money. Plus, did this reader give up too soon? Maybe you can tell me.

In my consumer Q&A, I answer the question of what to do when your cell phone doesn’t work. Can you get out of your contract? And should I chase down a missing customs stamp? You tell me!

Elsewhere. Are the TSA’s iPad thefts just the tip of the iceberg? In my Huffington Post column, I ask the question. In Newsweek, I issue a warning about fools gold on your credit card and what to do about it. In the Washington Post, I look into the dangers of flying on a bankrupt airline. And on Frommers.com, I have a few words about revenge and air travelers.

On Away is Home. We had quite the adventure in Salt Lake City, which included an amazing hike in Cottonwood Canyon. And Lake Tahoe — wow, just wow. Here’s our full report.

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Have an awesome week, everyone. Safe travels!