An Insider's Guide to Travel: News, Tips, Information & Inspiration

Archive for April, 2007

Travel Tips

Learning a Language In-Flight

Have you ever been headed to an exotic, far-off destination and suddenly felt unprepared because of a language barrier? Well, why not learn the language in-flight? Several airlines have teamed… Read More…

Finding Cheap International Flights
Travel News / Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Finding Cheap International Flights

While the number of low-cost airlines has proliferated in recent years, finding flights on them can still be a chore. The truth is, most major travel search engines, such as… Read More…

Travel Tip: Hidden Hotel Fees
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: Hidden Hotel Fees

More and more hotels are tacking on hidden fees to your hotel bill. According to accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, hotels will charge travelers almost $2 billion in hidden fees and surcharges… Read More…

Moscow
Travel News / Destinations / Europe / Off The Brochure

Moscow

Time in Moscow Moscow is a dichotomy of a grand old city steeped in history and culture, and a bustling, modern metropolis filled with flashy cars and flashier models. When… Read More…

Travel Tips / Travel Safety

Travel Emergency Kit

If you’re planning an international trip, especially to a destination that’s not a developed country, keeping a travel emergency kit can be a lifesaver.

Airport Design and You
The Travel Detective® Blog / Airlines & Airports

Airport Design and You

April 25, 2007 So much about U.S. airports and airport design is counterintuitive. Not long ago, I remember seeing a billboard as I was driving to the Fort Lauderdale airport… Read More…

Travel Tips / Women's Travel

Safety Tips for Women Travelers

If you’re a woman who travels alone — or know one who does — check out these important safety tips. Some safety tips for women travelers apply even at home…. Read More…

Literary Tours: Great American Writers
Specialized Travel / Culture / USA

Literary Tours: Great American Writers

Great literature is supposed to spark our imagination, but it can also inspire many of us to travel. In fact, many of us can’t help but want to take a pilgrimage… Read More…

Travel Tips

Avoiding Bed Bugs in Hotels

Want to make sure the bedbugs don’t bite while traveling? Find out what you need to know about the increase in bedbugs in hotels — and how you can avoid… Read More…

Bangkok
Travel News / Destinations / Asia / Off The Brochure

Bangkok

Time in Bangkok From backpacking soul seekers to cosmopolitan business travelers, Bangkok is a mecca for adventure seekers worldwide. The city pulsates with modern life but is inextricably linked with… Read More…

Bye Polar
Eco Travel / Polar Regions

Bye Polar

With tourist traffic increasing dramatically to the Arctic and Antarctic, is it time to say “bye, polar?” Or can tourism be a boost to the farthest reaches of the planet?… Read More…

Travel Tips

Where to Get Stats on Delays, Complaints and “Mishandled” Baggage

The official Transportation Department statistics are in and it’s official: 2006 was a pretty bad year to be an air traveler. Delays are up again this year, and again, Hawaiian… Read More…

Eco-Friendly Volunteer Vacations in Your Own Backyard
Travel News / Voluntourism

Eco-Friendly Volunteer Vacations in Your Own Backyard

As many of you know, Earth Day — a day dedicated to the appreciation and awareness of our environment — was Sunday, April 22. However, if you missed it, don’t… Read More…

Handling “Mishandled” Bags
The Travel Detective® Blog

Handling “Mishandled” Bags

April 19, 2007A few weeks ago, I was flying from Atlanta to Frankfurt, and had to check bags. Those of you who read or watch me regularly know I’ll do… Read More…

Travel Tips

Dry Toiletries for Flights

The TSA’s ban on liquids left many wondering if and how to bring toiletries on board flights. Believe it or not, there’s a way to transport your toiletries with you,… Read More…

Converters, Adapters and Transformers, Oh My! – A Guide to Foreign Electricity
Travel News / Travel Tips / Travel Gear / Travel Gadgets

Converters, Adapters and Transformers, Oh My! – A Guide to Foreign Electricity

In this wired age, travelers want to be plugged in, whether it’s a computer, MP3 player, or simply their hair dryer. And even if most Americans know they might need… Read More…

Basic Fitness for Travelers on the Road
Health & Fitness

Basic Fitness for Travelers on the Road

Editor’s Note: The following is the first of a series of columns about fitness on the road, by personal trainer Annette Lang. It goes without saying that you should always… Read More…

Travel Tips / Budget Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture

Getting a Free Local Guide

Why traipse around an unfamiliar city on your own when you can get a local to guide you instead? And the best part is, in some cities, it’s free. So… Read More…

Travel Tips

Hands-On Learning Vacations

One of the hottest new trends in travel is taking a learning vacation to get hands-on experience. Here are some that are really “hands-on.” The Touchstone Center for Crafts in… Read More…