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Travel Tips / Caribbean

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Visiting Cuba Right Now

It took decades, but the first U.S.-based cruise ship has now sailed to Cuba. Many more cruises are about to embark to the once-forbidden island nation. This fall, U.S. airlines… Read More…

Travel Tip: Fees to Watch Out for When You Rent a Car
Travel Tips / Car Travel

Travel Tip: Fees to Watch Out for When You Rent a Car

When planning your next trip, most of you pay close attention to your airline ticket cost, the price of your hotel room, and perhaps the additional cost of extra excursions…. Read More…

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Travel News / Travel Tips / Shopping

Travel Tip: Fewer International Visitors to U.S. Could Impact Economy

What does a sale at your favorite store or mall have to do with a presidential executive order on immigration and visas? As it turns out, a lot. Beware the… Read More…

Travel Tip: Safety Concerns for International Business Travelers
Travel Tips / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Safety Concerns for International Business Travelers

When it comes to terrorism, a good gauge is usually frequent business travelers. The Global Business Travel Association studied the risks on the road—from illness and political instability to outright… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Issue With Checking Luggage at the Gate
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: The Issue With Checking Luggage at the Gate

Since just about every airline charges for checked luggage, passengers have been trying to avoid the charges. How? If their bags can somehow squeeze through the carry-on security conveyor belts,… Read More…

Travel Tip: Airlines Introduce New Seats for Traveling Families
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Airlines Introduce New Seats for Traveling Families

Don’t expect U.S. airlines to make their coach aircraft seats any wider or more comfortable. In fact, not only have airlines reduced width and pitch—the distance between the back of… Read More…

Travel Tip: Common Issues with Hotel Rooms
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations

Travel Tip: Common Issues with Hotel Rooms

There are three things that anger me about hotel rooms and hotel design and function: lighting, connectivity for my electronic devices, and the in-room thermostat. My room is either too… Read More…

Travel Tip: When Airlines Merge & Change Brand Identity
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: When Airlines Merge & Change Brand Identity

Many of you may have read the news that Alaska Airlines bought Virgin America last year. These are two great (but very different) airlines, with different route structures and different… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Can Offer You on Overbooked Flights
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Can Offer You on Overbooked Flights

There are two lessons to be learned in the wake of the United Airlines overbooking incident. One is all about denied boarding compensation, and it’s all about bumping. It goes… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Cruise Destinations You Can Visit This Year
Travel Tips / Cruise Travel

Travel Tip: New Cruise Destinations You Can Visit This Year

Welcome to a boom year in new cruise ships—and cruising to new destinations. Twelve new liners will debut this year, and the newest ship, the Silversea Cruises Silver Muse, has… Read More…

Travel Tip: Know Your Rights When You’re on an Overbooked Flight
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Know Your Rights When You’re on an Overbooked Flight

In the immediate aftermath of the United Airlines fiasco—I can’t call it anything else—when a passenger was dragged off the plane in Chicago, most folks wanted to learn about rights… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Travel is Affected by the Perception of Safety
Travel Tips / Destinations / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: How Travel is Affected by the Perception of Safety

The world of global uncertainty and fear—when it comes to travel—can have a staggering economic impact. Like lost jobs, lost tax base, and lost revenue, the economy feels the sting…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Safety & Security Concerns Over the Electronics Ban
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Safety & Security Concerns Over the Electronics Ban

The recent security rule banning gadgets larger than cell phones in passenger cabins on flights from countries in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf has created a growing backlash with… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You

As travelers, we’re all in constant competition for that coveted seat upgrade. For years, you got an upgrade if you had enough miles. Or, if you’d achieved a high frequent… Read More…

Travel Tip: Which Countries are Considered Safe Destinations Right Now
Travel Tips / Destinations / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Which Countries are Considered Safe Destinations Right Now

Welcome to the brave new world of safe haven travel. What does that mean? In an environment of perceived global instability, security issues, and terrorism, a growing number of people… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety

Travel Tip: Is It Legal for Customs to Inspect Your Electronics?

A growing number of U.S. citizens returning from trips abroad are being stopped at entry points by customs and immigration officers, and are being asked to surrender their cell phones,… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Tax Form 720
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Tax Form 720

Consider this scenario: you buy a nonrefundable airline ticket but you don’t use it. What happens to the taxes and fees you paid on a ticket you never used? Shouldn’t… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why the Electronics Ban Isn’t Just About Inconvenience
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports

Travel Tip: Why the Electronics Ban Isn’t Just About Inconvenience

The recent laptop rule targeting a number of destinations in the Middle East and Persian Gulf prohibits passengers from bringing their laptops in passenger cabins as carry-on items. These items… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport
Travel Tips / Passport, Visa & Customs

Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport

Which countries have the most powerful passports in the world? That question actually comes down to which countries have the least amount of visa requirements for their citizens to travel… Read More…