Overpacking is by far the biggest mistake most travelers make. And once you have all that stuff with you, the choices are limited: lug it around for the duration of the trip, give it away, or throw it out.Read More
Travelers love to kick back and enjoy alcohol on vacation, but what many individuals may not be aware of is that their drinking could nullify their insurance if they aren’t careful.
For most insurers, intoxication is an exclusion for all plans, from anything like injuries sustained in a personal fall after drinking, or being barred from a flight because a crewmember observes behavior they deem could endanger other passengers.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Can you travel with alcohol? The short answer is “yes,” with some qualifications, and the main concerns are when you fly.
You can freely pack alcoholic beverage bottles in checked baggage. The only restrictions you face are on international flights: liquor import limitations in your flight’s destination country. Your main worry is breakage—a real possibility, given the way checked bags get handled.Read More
When traveling abroad, many people are guilty of mentally converting the cost of everything they see into U.S. dollars and cringing at the thought of paying so much more than what they would have in the States. The exchange rate alone can be enough to make you worry you’ve blown your budget, not even taking into account poor conversions and extra fees. In order to avoid poor conversion rates and fees, consider signing up for a Bank of America, Capital One or CitiBank debit card before your trip.Read More
Do you know that even if you don’t have the miles or money for an upgrade, there are still plenty of affordable indulgences you can pack to make economy class feel more luxurious.
Carry the following items into your carry-on to improve your next flight in economy class.Read More
Everybody likes to save when traveling, but have you ever regretted being cheap while traveling? Here are some parts of travel that may just not be worth it.
Some parts of travel are worth the splurge. Although saving a little cash feels good when you first book that rock-bottom-price plane ticket, that pre-dawn moment when your alarm rings for that 6:00 a.m. flight might make you regret being cheap.Read More
The great thing about group travel is that, while you may be arriving at your destination solo, you won’t be alone once you get there. Traveling in a group means you are sharing the experience with others who have a similar mindset, creating great conversations and bonding experiences. At the same time, you’re widening your circle of companions who share similar interests for free-time exploration. When some of your group decides they really don’t want to see another museum that day, you can grab the other art-lovers to check it out with you.Read More
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.Read More
Bringing souvenirs home or simply flying with gifts may seem like a great idea but there are some rules you have to follow. Here are some TSA rules you should know before you make that purchase—especially if you’re only flying with a carry-on.Read More
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.Read More
It’s good to have options while you’re on vacation. Whether you want curly or straight hair, you just need one tool: this combo straightener/curling iron by AK Pro. It’s dual voltage and travel-sized, so you can take it anywhere. Simply flip a switch to convert it from curler to flat iron; it even comes with an insulated carrying bag so you can pack it safely while it’s still hot.Read More
As a travel consultant, I am beginning to hear that clients want to forego their organized transfer in a foreign country because they think it is less expensive to catch Uber or Lyft. While this is an option, you must take precautions. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when using Uber or Lyft abroad.
If you use Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare services while traveling in new places, there are a few specific safety tips you should keep in mind to avoid dangerous situations.Read More
It is said that your vacation starts at the moment you start the planning process. Searching for the perfect hotel, activities, and tourist destinations should help to excite you before you even leave home.
Whether you are planning a girlfriend getaway, family trip, or destination wedding, here are a few good reasons to visit Cancun.Read More