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Travel Tip: Using a Credit Card When You Check In to a Hotel
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: Using a Credit Card When You Check In to a Hotel

When you check in to a hotel, you’re probably already used to the routine. You walk up to the front desk and announce yourself as having a reservation. Generally, the… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: The Problem with Travel Buzzwords

I’m one of those cynics who worries about the continued application of the latest buzzwords to promote travel experiences. More often than not, these words are—even with the best of… Read More…

Luxe Lavs: Over-the-Top Bathrooms on Cruise Ships
Cruise Travel / Luxe Lavs

Luxe Lavs: Over-the-Top Bathrooms on Cruise Ships

Summer is all about the ocean. Whether sitting by the beach or sailing the seas, it’s common for people to flock to the shores—or cruise ships. This month, Luxe Lavs… Read More…

Travel Tip: Kitchens at Large Resorts and on Cruise Ships
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Cruise Travel / Culinary Travel

Travel Tip: Kitchens at Large Resorts and on Cruise Ships

The next time you go to a big resort or sail on a large cruise ship, you might be initially interested to hear about all the signature restaurants: Italian, French,… Read More…

What You Should Know About Personal Safety in Hotels
Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Safety

What You Should Know About Personal Safety in Hotels

Your personal safety in hotels is your responsibility—and it all starts at the front desk. If the front desk clerk verbally announces your room number when handing you your key,… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Do You Choose a Hotel Brand?
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: How Do You Choose a Hotel Brand?

When you make a hotel reservation, how do you shop for that hotel room? Do you search by brand, or do you search by price? Will you book a Hilton,… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Hotels Made for Millennials
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Pop Culture Travel

Travel Tip: New Hotels Made for Millennials

If you haven’t noticed lately, more and more major hotel chains are creating new brands—all geared toward millennials. Hilton has opened Canopy, Marriott has a hotel brand called Moxy, Starwood… Read More…

Hotel With A Past: French Lick Resort
Hotels & Accommodations / Hotels With A Past / Midwest

Hotel With A Past: French Lick Resort

Most people have never heard of French Lick. It’s a small town of 1,800 that some would say is in the middle of nowhere. But it’s located in southern Indiana…. Read More…

Travel Tip: More Bed & Breakfasts Become Kid-Friendly
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Family/Kids Travel

Travel Tip: More Bed & Breakfasts Become Kid-Friendly

When you hear the term Bed & Breakfast, it almost always means adults only. But a growing number of B&Bs across America are now becoming kid-friendly. They’re not just a… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: Questions to Ask Before Booking an All-Inclusive Resort

In a world of increasing nickel and diming by airlines, hotels, and resorts, the term all-inclusive certainly sounds attractive. In theory, all-inclusive means you pay only once and it includes… Read More…

Historic Hotels Around the World
Culture / Luxe Lodgings

Historic Hotels Around the World

When you’re traveling, one way to learn more about a destination is to immerse yourself in its culture and history. Contributing writers Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno discovered eight properties… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Hotels are Incorporating Voluntourism Opportunities
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Voluntourism

Travel Tip: How Hotels are Incorporating Voluntourism Opportunities

Voluntourism—or giving back when you travel—is one of the fastest growing trends in the travel industry. More and more hotels—at the corporate level—are getting involved in supporting local communities in… Read More…

Travel Tip: Hotels with Dog-Friendly Perks
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel with Pets

Travel Tip: Hotels with Dog-Friendly Perks

When it comes to traveling with your pet, the travel industry has finally discovered something that many of us have known all along. Our pets are part of our family,… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Ways to Transfer Your Hotel Reservation
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: New Ways to Transfer Your Hotel Reservation

We’ve all heard about nonrefundable airline fares. But what happens if you have a hotel reservation that the hotel considers nonrefundable? Welcome to the brave new world of hotel resale… Read More…

Travel Tip: Maintaining Your Safety When You’re Staying at a Hotel
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Maintaining Your Safety When You’re Staying at a Hotel

Many of you might remember the Erin Andrews case. In 2008, while Andrews was staying at the Nashville Marriott Hotel, a man in the next room secretly videotaped the sportscaster in… Read More…

Travel Tip: Can Robots Replace Humans in the Hospitality Industry?
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: Can Robots Replace Humans in the Hospitality Industry?

Some think it’s a great idea, and others think it’s cute or just a fad. But a number of hotels and restaurants are employing robots at the front desk and… Read More…

All-Inclusive Resorts: Why You Need to Read the Fine Print
Hotels & Accommodations / CBS News / Money, Currency & Credit

All-Inclusive Resorts: Why You Need to Read the Fine Print

All-inclusive resorts have been around for more than 60 years. In a growing world of nickel and diming, the all-inclusive concept is certainly attractive. But if you’re thinking of staying… Read More…

Travel Tip: Hotels Using Scents in Lobbies & Guest Rooms
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: Hotels Using Scents in Lobbies & Guest Rooms

More and more hotels are trying to improve the feel by scenting them. The hotels are pumping floral, minty, woodsy, and vanilla fragrances into their lobbies, guest rooms, and even… Read More…

All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico
Hotels & Accommodations / Caribbean / Mexico & Central America

All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

Are you thinking of staying at an all-inclusive beach resort? While most include perks beyond an average hotel stay, some all-inclusive resorts are not as inclusive as you might think…. Read More…