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Travel Tips / USA

Travel Tip: Survey Finds the Happiest States in America 2017

What’s your favorite U.S. travel destination—and what metric do you apply to determine that? Is it cost? Entertainment? Activities? How about just how happy the place is? Recently, personal finance… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Luggage & Packing

Travel Tip: How Ugly Suitcase Colors Can Make Traveling Easier

If you absolutely have to check your bags, you might also want some reassurance that your luggage will be on the same flight that you are. Then, when you get… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Hotel Cancellation Policies are Changing
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: How Hotel Cancellation Policies are Changing

Until recently, if you made a hotel reservation, you guaranteed it with a credit card. In almost all cases, if you canceled the reservation—even on the day you were supposed… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: How Discount Airlines Have an Impact on Airfare

In the airline business, it’s called the Southwest Effect. What happens to airline ticket prices when Southwest enters a particular market? Do the fares drop across the board with other… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: New Rules for Airline Priority Boarding

For many airlines, boarding a flight has become tantamount to a performance art play. In the old days, airlines boarded families and those with a physical disability first, then first… Read More…

Travel Tip: One Way You Can Track Your Checked Luggage
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Luggage & Packing

Travel Tip: One Way You Can Track Your Checked Luggage

The next time you check your bags for a flight and the airline gives you a baggage tag, don’t assume anything. Specifically, don’t assume it was tagged correctly. Definitely don’t… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Want to Save Time & Money? Consider Flying Through Canada

Looking to take an international flight from the U.S.? Instead of thinking point to point (e.g., Los Angeles to London), find a flight with one stop through an unexpected hub…. Read More…

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Travel Tips / Family/Kids Travel

Travel Tip: Why Multi-generational Trips Are A Growing Travel Trend

What are the hottest family travel trends? Recently, the luxury travel network Virtuoso surveyed its travel advisers to see what American families are now looking for in a vacation experience…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Pet-Centric Vacations Where You Can Hang Out With Animals
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel with Pets

Travel Tip: Pet-Centric Vacations Where You Can Hang Out With Animals

If you’re a pet lover, you try to travel with your dog or cat. It’s great for the animal, and great for you. But what about folks who don’t travel… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Airports Are Preparing in Case of Cardiac Arrests
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Health & Fitness

Travel Tip: How Airports Are Preparing in Case of Cardiac Arrests

Each year, more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital. About 20 percent of them happen in public places like airports. When that happens, if someone is trained… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Hotels Charge for Bottles of Water
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: How Much Hotels Charge for Bottles of Water

Every time you check into a hotel room, the hotel has a chance to win your loyalty by giving you a great welcome—a clean room, great lighting, connectivity, and of… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Voluntourism / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: How You Can Donate Your Miles to a Good Cause

It’s one thing to earn frequent flyer miles. It’s another challenge to redeem them. Now there’s an alternative—donating your miles to a worthy cause. In many cases, the airlines will… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Health & Fitness

Travel Tip: What You Should Pack in a Travel Medical Kit

The next time you travel, have your doctor prepare an emergency medical kit for you. It’s simple. Ask your doctor to give you a small packet containing well-labeled gastrointestinal medication… Read More…

Travel Tip: Alternate Ways You Can Book A Rental Car Online
Travel Tips / Car Travel

Travel Tip: Alternate Ways You Can Book A Rental Car Online

The next time you rent a car, how will you make that reservation? By calling the company’s toll-free number? By going to its website? Consider alternate websites like Costco Travel,… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Apps & Technology

Travel Tip: New Legislation in Honolulu to Stop “Smartphone Zombies”

We all know about the dangers of texting while driving. But equally dangerous is texting while walking—especially when you’re traveling in unfamiliar locations. Now one popular U.S. vacation city is… Read More…

Travel Tip: Are Travel Gadgets for Coach Seats Helpful?
Travel Tips / Travel Gear / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Are Travel Gadgets for Coach Seats Helpful?

They say necessity is the mother of invention. But sometimes, even for the best reasons, those inventions can cause more trouble than they’re worth. A few years ago, after a… Read More…

Travel Tip: Is Your Personal Information On Your Hotel Key Card?
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Is Your Personal Information On Your Hotel Key Card?

When you check into a hotel and receive your key card, is that card itself a security risk? What can a cyber thief do with that key card that can… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Deceptive Pricing at Hotels
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Deceptive Pricing at Hotels

We’ve all heard complaints—in some cases we’re the complainers—when it comes to airlines being accused of nickel and diming their passengers. Many hotels are now following that airline behavior. It… Read More…

Travel Tip: When Americans Drink Too Much at All-Inclusive Resorts
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Health & Fitness

Travel Tip: When Americans Drink Too Much at All-Inclusive Resorts

You may have heard reports about Americans getting sick or even dying after drinking alcohol at some all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. The charge is that some of these resorts may… Read More…