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Tools for the Traveler: Taking Advantage of Shoulder Season
Travel Tools / Destinations

Tools for the Traveler: Taking Advantage of Shoulder Season

Contributing writers Natalie Compagno and Greg Freitas find the best Tools for the Traveler each month, mapping out the most efficient ways to see a destination and the best techniques… Read More…

Travel Tip: One Way to Find Out if You Need Travel Insurance
Travel Tips / Travel Insurance

Travel Tip: One Way to Find Out if You Need Travel Insurance

Recent natural disasters, such as earthquakes in Mexico and hurricanes in the Caribbean, raise the issue of travel insurance. What do you need? When you should you buy it? Is… Read More…

Travel Tip: Apps to That Can Help You While You’re Traveling
Travel Tips / Apps & Technology

Travel Tip: Apps to That Can Help You While You’re Traveling

If necessity is truly the mother of invention, then these three travel apps are worthy of your attention. First is something called Jetradar. Very few low cost airlines are displayed… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines & Hotels Make Off Your Added Fees
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines & Hotels Make Off Your Added Fees

It’s a safe bet to describe our airline and hotel experience as living in the home of the brave and the land of the fee. The latest numbers are out,… Read More…

Travel Tip: Apps You Can Use When You’re Traveling in Other Countries
Travel Tips / Apps & Technology

Travel Tip: Apps You Can Use When You’re Traveling in Other Countries

The numbers are, to say the least, staggering. By the end of this year, 30 percent of all travel sales in the U.S. will be made on mobile devices. There… Read More…

Travel Tip: Watch Out For These New Airline Fees
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: Watch Out For These New Airline Fees

Welcome to the home of the brave—and the land of the fee. Just when you thought all those extra airline charges had reached a saturation point, think again. Consider this:… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Hotel Rates & Fees
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Hotel Rates & Fees

If you’re like most travelers booking a hotel, you’re driven by rate. You want the best rate you can get for your room. Hotels are very competitive when it comes… Read More…

Travel Tip: Are You Eating Sustainable Fish? Here’s One Way to Find Out
Travel Tips / Culinary Travel / Apps & Technology

Travel Tip: Are You Eating Sustainable Fish? Here’s One Way to Find Out

If you’re like me, you want to sample different local foods and cuisines every time you travel. I’m not just talking about going out to eat. I try to visit… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Apps & Technology

Travel Tip: Apps That Can Help Make Your Dinner Plans Easier

What’s worse, a restaurant that insists on reservations but then makes you wait, or a restaurant that refuses all reservations and still makes you wait? If necessity is the mother… Read More…

Tools For The Traveler: Where to Go During the Last Days of Summer
Travel Tools / Destinations / Summer

Tools For The Traveler: Where to Go During the Last Days of Summer

Contributing writers Natalie Compagno and Greg Freitas find the best Tools for the Traveler each month, mapping out the most efficient ways to see a destination and the best techniques… 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…

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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: 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…

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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: How You Can Reach Elite Status With Frequent Flyer Programs

In the airline frequent flyer game, it’s all about elite status. I’m talking about earning enough miles or spending enough money to get to that next exalted level. But how… Read More…

Travel Tip: Frequent Stay Hotel Programs Remain Competitive
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: Frequent Stay Hotel Programs Remain Competitive

With airline frequent flyer awards becoming much harder to earn and redeem, hotel frequent stay programs are still remaining competitive. Hyatt recently revamped its program, and you can now earn… Read More…