Posts in Domestic Travel
8 Things You Should Never Do in a Hotel

You may think of it as your “home away from home,” but try not to get too comfortable in that hotel room. Private hotel rooms are a surprisingly public space, shared by hundreds of strangers each year. And whenever you share something with that many people, things are bound to get dicey. For your own sake, we recommend that you avoid these eight activities no matter where you stay.

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Three Easy Ways to Avoid Restaurant Scams

No matter where we wander, everyone needs to eat sometimes. However, ordering food – and more importantly, paying for it – can be a challenge. Considering the language barriers, currency conversion, and different norms for payment, international travelers may run into the occasional waiter who would be more than happy to serve more than food with a smile.

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7 Common Mistakes Made in Airport Travel and How to Avoid Them

There are ways to lower the cost. Some travelers don't pay enough attention to the words "long-term parking" in their haste to get inside the terminal, through security and to the gate. Parking in short-term parking for two weeks will result in a bill of several hundred dollars in most larger airports.

Sometimes it's best to park off the airport property at nearby lots catering to travelers. Parking coupons and other discounts can take a bite out of the bill, just as low-cost carriers help with airfare expenses.

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Do You Know Why Overhead Bins Are So Full On Economy Flights?

The airlines do have a system to stop basic economy fare ticket holders at the gate to check that they do not have a full size carry-on bag, but not necessarily on the plane. While these special fare ticket holders aren’t allowed a full size carry-on bag, they can have a carry-on bag that fits underneath the seat in front of them. Part of the problem is that the flight crew may not police it on the aircraft because they are too hurried to get the flight loaded and away from the gate. Therefore, some of them are putting their bags in the overhead bin.

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10 Most Intriguing Places to Visit in 2018

Are you looking for some new places to visit?  Olympic glory, major celebrations, and out-of-this-world trips—welcome to the most intriguing places to visit in 2018. It will be a year packed with reasons to ditch the daily grind and expand your horizons.

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U.S. Passport Changes are Coming. Are You Ready?

According to Carl Siegmund, the community relations officer for passport services at the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, you should be able to renew your passport online by mid-2018. This comes as the department works to be more “future-focused” and move from a paper process to digital functionality. Special Passport Acceptance Fairs Will Pop Up For First-Time ApplicantsThe U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has begun to hold events around the country to help first-time passport applicants and children obtain their passports earlier and faster. Expect to see events like the ones found here more often in the new year.

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Travel Tip - How to Get Hotel Minibar Items for Less

Have you ever fallen victim to the expensive minibar in your hotel room? After a long flight or late night, all those salty and sweet treats look so good—until you check the price list. But if you’re thirstily eyeing a $5 bottle of water, I have good news for you: There’s a trick that lets you indulge without overpaying.

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How Early Should I Get to the Airport?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does offer a general rule for average flights, but really, there’s no single answer to this question. The time you’ll need to get to your gate will depend on the airport, time of day, and destination. Here’s how much time you should leave for check-in and security, and how to know when you should add (or subtract) more time.

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