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 […]
Intrigued by Airbnb or HomeAway? Some tips on how to rent out your house safely.
Note: Techcrunch came out with a story yesterday about a blogger who reported that her house was ransacked when an Airbnb client stayed at her house. Weeks ago, Frommer’s had asked me to write this home rental safety column in response to the original post. The victim, known only as EJ on her blog, never […]
What to you do when the weather turns bad on vacation? Some travel advice and tips.
This article previously appeared on Frommers.com My sister called me from her vacation, disgruntled. She had planned a long weekend in Gettysburg with her boyfriend, a history buff who wanted to walk the battlefields. They hadn’t counted on heavy rains keeping them indoors. Between the two of us and Google, we came up with an alternative. […]
Things to think about before booking all-inclusive trips.
This article previously appeared on Frommers.com Once known for tacky wristbands and long buffet lines, all-inclusive resorts have steadily undergone an image change, targeting affluent customers with luxe facilities, better food, and upscale add-ons ranging from personal plunge pools to butler service on the beach. And even though the recession is technically over, the trend […]
Tips for overcoming the communication barriers that happen while traveling
This article previously appeared on Frommers.com If you restricted your movements to the parts of the world where people understand you, you might not get too far. After all, it’s hard enough for an American to decipher directions given by a native Glaswegian, let alone negotiate foreign alphabets on a street sign in Asia. The […]
Heading to a food and wine festival? Here are some tips to get the most out of your experience.
This post previously appeared on Frommers.com It’s a foodie world out there, judging by the popularity of the Food Network and shows such as Top Chef, Ace of Cakes, and Kitchen Nightmares. And Americans now consume more wine than any other nationality, topping France for the first time in 2010, an industry report announced last month. Put these […]
Spring break safety tips, whether you’re with a group of friends for college-style partying or with your kids for some family bonding.
This article previously appeared on Frommers.com For weeks now, there’s been nothing but bad news for people planning spring break getaways. First, the clamor of warnings against going to Mexico rose when the Texas Department of Public Safety discouraged students from crossing the border, due to concerns about the ongoing drug violence. Cruise ships have […]