Did all you holiday travelers make it home OK? Yesterday's air travel was peppered by big weather delays, ruining what had seemed last Wednesday to be a very smooth start to a busy weekend. If the in-laws drove you screaming home a day early, I know you're thankful. Thanksgiving was only four days ago, but it seems like light years in travel news. Here's where we start on this first day of the last month of the year:

Last week's Mumbai (Bombay) terror attacks left hundreds dead, many more injured and thousands of tourists stranded. Sadly, a former Loyola professor and his young daughter were among the victims. I almost don't know what to say about these tragic events. My general theory is that there are bad people everywhere - and you don't have to travel to to a foreign country to encounter them. However, at the moment I would leave India, Thailand and Pakistan off my travel list. Even if I could afford to stay at some swank, luxury hotel that's supposed to be super safe. That said, there are ways to reduce your risk at hotels, which were targeted in Mumbai. Here's some advice from a travel security company based in Annapolis.

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Speaking of travel risks, most people think cruises are just about one of the safest options. As long as there are no icebergs, what could happen? Well, how about pirates? A group of seagoing riff-raff fired on a cruise ship owned by Oceania as it was cruising the Gulf of Aden. The captain of the Nautica, carrying 684 passengers and 400 crew, had to take evasive action, basically speeding up and outrunning the rebels. But still. Yikes.

And if you had planned to head to Illinois to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, you'll have to scratch some sights off your list. It seems state budget cuts will lead to the closing of 7 historic parks and about a dozen historic sites, inlcuding Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House and Lincoln Log Cabin, an 86-acre re-creation of his farm. Not a nice birthday present.

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