Wait a minute, these National Geographic CDs are obsolete!

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When Sean Corcoran’s CD collection becomes obsolete, he turns to National Geographic for help. You’ll never guess what they said.

Question: In 2000, I purchased a 30-disk CD-ROM set from the National Geographic Society with all the issues up to 1998. It was about $200, and it came in a beautiful, red velvet-lined wooden box. I’ve been lugging this box around for 14 years.

I went to use the set the other day with my son, and I learned it was no longer “supported” by the society. No way to view the magazines or search them. An inquiry to the Society resulted in this email:

“Unfortunately, as technology changed and improved, the Complete National Geographic Collection on CD-ROM became outdated and was discontinued in 2002. No updates are available for this version of the software, and we are no longer able to provide any technical support for the CD-ROM collection. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. ”
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How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler

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I’m really excited to announce my next book project, How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler: And Save Time, Money & Hassle. You can pre-order you copy online now.

I know what you’re thinking. No, I’m not claiming be the world’s smartest traveler.

I’ve been helping solve your vacation problems for more than a decade. But these cases didn’t slowly turn me into a travel genius. Instead, with each refund I secured and every botched reservation I helped fix, I learned what not to do when I’m on the road.

I have you, my readers, to thank for that education. I’m beyond grateful for it.

And now it’s time for a little payback.
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