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Travel Tip: The Benefits of Traveling During an Election Year
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Travel Tip: The Benefits of Traveling During an Election Year

This election year, as in many past election years, is full of uncertainties. But one thing is fairly certain during national election years around the world. Folks tend to travel… Read More…

Travel Tip: Tipping the Unsung Heroes of the Travel Industry
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Travel Tip: Tipping the Unsung Heroes of the Travel Industry

It remains one of the most confusing aspects of travel. Do I tip? If so, to whom do I tip, and how much? If you’re looking for me to give… Read More…

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Travel Tip: Traveling After Terrorist Attacks

We’ve all witnessed the turmoil and instability in many parts of the world, and the terrible terrorist attacks in Paris, Istanbul, and Brussels. Add to that historically low oil prices… Read More…

How to Avoid Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees
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How to Avoid Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees

Convenience is important when you’re traveling, which is why many of you take your credit cards with you to shop abroad. But then you return home—and receive a serious sticker… Read More…

Travel Tip: Where are the Real Bargains?
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Travel Tip: Where are the Real Bargains?

When you’re traveling you might be tempted to do a little bargain shopping, but where are the real bargains? The answers might surprise you. A new survey from Deutsche Bank… Read More…

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Travel Tip: How to Avoid Hackers that Target Hotels

I’ve reported on this before, but it’s time to check in again on hotels as targets for hackers. Cyber thieves love hotels—and not just the front desk. They target hotel… Read More…

Travel Tip: What the Big Mac Index Means for Exchange Rates
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Travel Tip: What the Big Mac Index Means for Exchange Rates

A number of foreign currencies have dropped against the U.S. Dollar, including the Russian Ruble, Argentinian Peso, and the South African Rand. The Economist released its annual Big Mac Index, a… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Truth About Resort Fees
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Travel Tip: The Truth About Resort Fees

If there’s one fee travelers seem to hate the most—especially when on vacation—it’s the dreaded resort fee. It’s confusing, and some would say insulting. Why do hotels do it? It allows… Read More…

Travel Tip: The U.S. Dollar is Still Strong Worldwide
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Travel Tip: The U.S. Dollar is Still Strong Worldwide

The U.S. Dollar has been strong since last summer, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. The Euro just neared an eight-month low against the U.S. Dollar…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Booking Online? Why the Country of Origin Matters
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Travel Tip: Booking Online? Why the Country of Origin Matters

Smart travelers have discovered an unspoken disparity in airfares on international flights. Because of different fare categories and foreign exchange rates (such as the power of the U.S. Dollar versus… Read More…

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Travel Tip: The Dangers of Going Over Your Travel Budget

It’s not just holidays or popular travel periods that pose a problem for budgets. It’s the month after. Why? Vacations and holidays come with a lot of baggage—otherwise known as… Read More…

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Travel Tip: How Much Does the U.S. Earn from International Visitors?

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently announced that international visitors spent an estimated $18.2 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during the month of September…. Read More…

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Travel Tip: Countries Where the U.S. Dollar Is Strong Right Now

If you’re looking for a great vacation destination, look at countries where the U.S. Dollar is strongest right now. One would be South Africa, where the Rand has dropped about… Read More…

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Travel Tip: How to Avoid ATM Fees When You Travel

The average cost to use an ATM where you don’t bank is now $5, and in some cases the cost can be as high as $8. In just the last… Read More…

Travel Tip: Tricks for Getting Better Exchange Rates
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Travel Tip: Tricks for Getting Better Exchange Rates

For the first time in years, the dollar is now king, especially against the euro, which has fallen about 30 percent in value. This is great news if you’re traveling… Read More…

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

Travel Tip: The Truth About Hidden Fees at Hotels

If you thought the airlines were getting a little out of control—charging passengers all kinds of fees for everything short of breathing—wait until you check into your hotel. Many hotels… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Make From Change & Cancellation Fees
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Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Make From Change & Cancellation Fees

Just when you thought airline fees couldn’t get any worse…fasten your seat belts. I’m talking about ticket change, penalty, and luggage fees. United Airlines has increased its ticket change fees… Read More…

Travel Tip: Most Affordable & Most Expensive Countries to Visit
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Travel Tip: Most Affordable & Most Expensive Countries to Visit

If you want to budget your travel expenses, it’s always a smart idea to do your homework before you buy your airline ticket or book that hotel room. The latest… Read More…

Travel Tip: How You Can Save On Airfare & Hotels in September
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Travel Tip: How You Can Save On Airfare & Hotels in September

Summer’s over, but for smart travelers, September is truly the magic month. Airlines have to fill seats, and that’s when you can save on airfare. They usually start at the… Read More…