What is the state of the American traveler? A few trends that I heard at the annual ETC conference in Orlando.
I spent this weekend at the annual conference put on by the Educational Travel Community (ETC), a place where tour operators and destinations can connect with universities and other entities that offer learning vacations for their alumni. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen trips like this advertised in the back of your alumni magazine. This conference […]
Announcing my newest gig: Blogging for Don George at the Adventure Collection.
When legendary travel writer Don George asked me to become a contributor to the Adventure Collection blog, I laughed. I am not what you’d call an outdoors woman. Let other travel writers mock terms like “glamping;” I see tricked out cabins and outdoor excursions that include wine with dinner as unalienable rights, not luxuries. I would […]
Wondering how you’re going to handle TSA airport security during the holidays? A regulation refresher of what you can and can’t bring.
This post previously appeared on Frommers.com “TSA bans holiday cheer,” read a tweet issued from a Transportation Security Administration (www.tsa.gov) spoof account at the beginning of December. And that’s not so hard to believe, as passengers struggle to endure the busy travel season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. What maddens people most? Long lines at security checkpoints […]
Dreaming of St. Petersburg? Tips for navigating the lengthy Russian tourist visa application.
This article previously ran on Frommers.com. It’s inspired by the application process that I went through for my September trip to St. Petersburg. Because we were traveling independently – yet still as a group – we had to get Russian visas. Several in our group found the process took so long that they weren’t able […]
Thinking about a career break or change that involves travel? Then plan on attending Meet Plan Go! 2011
Looking down the 138 steps inside the Bent Pyramid, I feel a little dizzy. My guide has left me to make the descent into the ancient artifact at Dahshur by myself, and I’m not sure I’m up to the task. A hint of ammonia wafts from the necropolis’ entrance; I’ve been told that the smell […]