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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…

Video Travel Tip: Going to the Middle East During a Travel Alert
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Video Travel Tip: Going to the Middle East During a Travel Alert

The worst four-letter word starting with “f” is “fear,” and Americans know no shortage of it when it comes to making their travel choices.  Visiting the US State Department’s travel… 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…

Watch Out for Hidden Gratuities! The Truth about Tipping
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Watch Out for Hidden Gratuities! The Truth about Tipping

How much do you tip? The definition of tipping once came down to two words: reward and choice. But some restaurants are secretly breaking the mold. In New York it… 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…

Aviation Safety: Are New Pilot Safety Requirements Enough?
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Aviation Safety: Are New Pilot Safety Requirements Enough?

The Colgan Air crash in 2009 was a wake up call for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it was time to look into pilot training and regulations not just… Read More…

Hidden Gems of Panama: The Complete Experience
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Hidden Gems of Panama: The Complete Experience

It splits the Americas and connects two of the world’s great oceans. Where else can you surf the Pacific and sail in the Caribbean on the same day? Imagine a… 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…

Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama
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Why I Don’t Bargain with the Embera: Hidden Gems of Panama

If you go just an hour outside Panama City, you’ll get a chance to meet a very special group of people: the indigenous Embera tribe. The tribe is committed to… 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…

The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama
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The Biggest Surprise in Bocas del Toro: Hidden Gems of Panama

You don’t expect Panama’s most famous beaches to push you out of your comfort zone, but that’s entirely possible in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. Step away from the water… 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…

One of the World’s Greatest Train Rides: Hidden Gems of Panama
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One of the World’s Greatest Train Rides: Hidden Gems of Panama

Most people know that you can sail through the Panama Canal, but not everyone knows you can take the same trip by train. The train tracks were once used to… 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…

The Wild Side of the Panama Canal: Hidden Gems of Panama
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The Wild Side of the Panama Canal: Hidden Gems of Panama

The Panama Canal does not just connect the Atlantic with Pacific. Between these two oceans and the famous locks is a culture unique to the canal. And the Gatun Lake… 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…

Why Low-Cost Carrier Spirit Airlines is a Growing Competitor
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Why Low-Cost Carrier Spirit Airlines is a Growing Competitor

Does an airline need to compete in comfort or cost? That seems to be the question brought on by the growth of Spirit Airlines. Last year, the Department of Transportation… Read More…