What you need to know before returning to tourist sites after disasters

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Echoes of WWII — and a loud explosion or two — on a Southern road trip

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A decade after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is back

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is back.
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This “historic” stay was an epic disaster

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The historic Rathbone Mansion offers an “authentic” New Orleans experience, with its antebellum architecture and “warm” Southern hospitality. But it was a little too authentic for Cori Maldonado, who reserved his rooms through Bookit.com.

“Our room was strewn with debris, insects and rodents,” he says. “My partner and I were forced to leave the property and check in elsewhere after management refused to move us.”

A hotel representative scoffed at the guests, chiding them because, “Two grown men could not kill a few bugs.”

Then again, isn’t that what you hire exterminators to do?
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This volunteer vacation to New Orleans ended on a bad note

Erik Szabo is “livid.”

Last spring, he was schedule to fly from Los Angeles to New Orleans for Jazz Fest and to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. He’d booked a package tour, which included airline tickets, hotel and car rental, through Hotwire.

“When I showed up at the airport for my US Airways flight, I was told that my reservation was for a United Airlines flight,” he says.

Ah, another case of codeshare confusion? Yes, but that’s not all.
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