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Know Before You Go: 5 Steps to Take Control of Your Travels
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Know Before You Go: 5 Steps to Take Control of Your Travels

This week, TSA announced a major expansion for Pre-Check, but you don’t necessarily need to pay $85 to beat the crowds and travel like a pro. The secret is to… Read More…

Know Before You Go: 4 Steps to Better Packing
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Know Before You Go: 4 Steps to Better Packing

How do you start the packing process? Do you make lists? Head to your closet for inspiration? Poor packing can derail a trip, but it’s one of the easiest bad… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Tip When You Travel
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Know Before You Go: How to Tip When You Travel

How much do you tip when you travel? For the average traveler, it probably depends on a number of factors: foreign or domestic travel? Hotel, restaurant or cruise service? No… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Get & Replace a US Passport
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Know Before You Go: How to Get & Replace a US Passport

If you’re even thinking of traveling overseas, there’s one essential item: a passport. But right now, more than 60 percent of the U.S. population is ineligible to fly overseas because… Read More…

Know Before You Go: What to Do When Your Flight is Canceled
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Know Before You Go: What to Do When Your Flight is Canceled

Bad news travelers, you can’t count on your flight to take off and arrive on time. Delays and cancellations happen, perhaps more frequently than you might expect. In fact, according… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Protect Yourself from Travel Theft
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Know Before You Go: How to Protect Yourself from Travel Theft

Here’s the bad news, you have to be careful when you travel. Theft happens. And sometimes it’s when you least expect it. There’s luggage theft at the airport, pick pockets… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Pick Seats on the Plane
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Know Before You Go: How to Pick Seats on the Plane

Face it – no one likes being stuck in a middle seat at the very back of the plane. And not all seats are equal – in fact there are… Read More…

Know Before You Go: What to Ask Before Traveling Together
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Know Before You Go: What to Ask Before Traveling Together

People who get along at home don’t always travel well together. If you’re planning your first trip a friend or significant other, it helps to get a sense of the… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Jet Lag
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Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Jet Lag

When you’re switching time zones, jet lag is your biggest enemy. The good news is that there are proven ways to avoid feeling like a zombie for your entire trip…. Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Make Frequent Flyer Miles Work for You
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Know Before You Go: How to Make Frequent Flyer Miles Work for You

The average traveler doesn’t fly very often so cultivating loyalty with an airline mileage program might seem like a challenge. However, frequent flyer programs don’t apply only to business travelers…. Read More…

Know Before You Go: Traveling Home for Summer Vacation
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Know Before You Go: Traveling Home for Summer Vacation

Summer is one of the biggest seasons for travel, as well as prime vacation time from work.  Pressures to travel home to see the family are at an all-time high…. Read More…

Know Before You Go: National Park Camping
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Know Before You Go: National Park Camping

Our national parks have it all, but that doesn’t mean they do all the work for you. Summer is prime time for the parks, so preparation is essential for a… Read More…

Know Before You Go: What to Bring on an Airplane
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Know Before You Go: What to Bring on an Airplane

A carry-on will have all the items you need for your trip, but what about the other “personal item” you bring on the plane?  It’s not just for your computer… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Travel Cool as Temperatures Rise
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Know Before You Go: How to Travel Cool as Temperatures Rise

As the temperatures crawl up, you might be surprised to learn that it’s actually still ski season in Europe’s highest peaks and other parts of the world. This week, we’re… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Airline Fees
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Know Before You Go: How to Avoid Airline Fees

Bad news: TravelNerd looked at the numbers and US airlines have changed 52 fees since 2012. But you don’t have to pay them all.  Checked bags, carry-on bags, boarding passes, even… Read More…

Know Before You Go: 5 Money-Saving Secrets for Summer Travel
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Know Before You Go: 5 Money-Saving Secrets for Summer Travel

We’re headed into the peak summer travel season, but you don’t have to pay a high-season premium. The secret to saving money on the road is to Know Before You… Read More…

Know Before You Go: The Top 5 Airport Travel Secrets
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Know Before You Go: The Top 5 Airport Travel Secrets

We’re headed into the peak summer travel season, but you can beat the crowds. The secret is to Know Before You Go. This week, we’re trying something a bit different…. Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Plan a Road Trip
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Know Before You Go: How to Plan a Road Trip

Road-trip season is almost here, but proper preparation is the key part of any driving vacation.  It might be fun to jump in the car and hit the open road,… Read More…

Know Before You Go: How to Speed through Airport Security
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Know Before You Go: How to Speed through Airport Security

This summer, one of the effects of the sequester may be long delays at airport security. If you’re not one of those lucky travelers who has priority status or TSA… Read More…