Please don’t read this post

trackThey don’t want you to.

And you know who they are. They’re the ones making your life miserable when you travel: The companies who seem to come up with a surcharge for everything. The ones who treat you like cargo, like office furniture, like walking dollar bills.

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They hate this site.

Which is why I’m asking you to do your part to support this blog and newsletter.

Twice a year, I ask readers like you to do your part to fund this project. There are expenses, including ISP bills, paying a Webmaster and the many hours of research that go into making this site one of the leading sources of travel information and consumer advocacy.

I thought about the best way to bring you this message. The funny approach, with pictures of trips gone horribly (or humorously) wrong? Or scare tactics — here’s what could happen if you don’t help? Perhaps a little drama: You absolutely must help or I’ll pull the plug on this site!

But no. The honest approach is the one I like the best.

Please help. You’ll be doing your part to make travel better.

If for no other reason, then do it because they don’t want you to.

Here’s how.

PS: This week, I’m very pleased to offer an online subscription the award-winning travel newsletter Dream of Italy to my supporters. You’ll receive online access to 70 back issues covering cooking schools to villa rentals as well as 10 new issues over the coming year. The first 20 supporters will also receive the DVD “Visions of Italy: The Great Cities” ($20 value). Dream of Italy is offering a very special 2-for-1 holiday gift subscription deal and don’t miss its free, 35-page Christmas in Italy guide.

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