Looking for help sharing your vacation photos on Facebook? A few tips that will have you using Facebook like a pro.

This post previously appeared on Pre-Internet, few invitations were more tedious than ones soliciting you to look at vacation photos. Now Facebook allows you to view your friends’ trip pictures from a safe distance, without having to pretend that you’re interested. Sharing photos on Facebook still comes with social mores, however. Just because you have the […]

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How to Use Social Media to Share Vacation Photos

by Don Faust on November 9, 2011

Want to share your travel photos using social media. Some tips to help you get started.

No one enjoys flipping through hundreds of disorganized vacation photos. Follow these tips to organize your best photos and learn how to share travel photos effectively with friends and family. This post previously appeared on Everyone gets a little snap-happy on vacation, some people more than others. On our recent Alaska Inside Passage cruise […]


Tips for finding travel deals on Groupon and other coupon sites.

This post previously appeared on The LivingSocial Escapes ( deal that appeared in my e-mail inbox sounded appealing: A two-night stay for two people at Crystal Lodge in Whistler Village, Vancouver, for $299. The coupon included a three-course dinner and two gondola lift tickets. Then I read the fine print. Turns out that the package went up […]


Tips for getting the most out of travel forums and travel message boards

This post previously appeared on Back in 2007, I planned my three-week honeymoon to Southeast Asia relying solely on information I found on online travel forums. The detailed tips I received from mostly anonymous members proved to be invaluable: Advice on the best rooms at the Bangkok Shangri-La, an outline of customs procedures at the […]

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Intrigued by Airbnb or HomeAway? Some tips on how to rent out your house safely.
Tips for renting 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 […]


How to use Twitter for travel planning and deals: Tips for beginners

This post previously appeared on Talk about bargain shopping: Scanning her Twitter stream last fall, Vancouverite Diane Button discovered an promo code tweeted by @YVRdeals that offered $300 off flight and hotel packages to several cities in the United States, including Las Vegas. “I was not planning a trip to Vegas, but the deal was […]


Canadian Border Crossing Tips

by Chris on June 30, 2011

Crossing the Canadian border? A few tips to make the process less painful.
Canadian border crossing

This post previously appeared on As we packed for a recent road trip to Vancouver, I gave my bags an extra look. Something seemed to be missing. But what? “Did you remember our passports?” my husband called out. D’oh. I grabbed the documents and put them in my purse for easy access. The Canadian […]


Tips for renting a car overseas

by Chris on June 23, 2011

Going on an overseas roadtrip? Some tips for renting a car when you’re on an international vacation.
Driving overseas

This article previously appeared on When our Alfa Romeo sedan scraped against a medieval wall in Montepulciano, my heart sank. Then I remembered that I had added collision insurance to our Italian car rental — and relaxed as we navigated the narrow Tuscan streets. Renting vehicles overseas has a few more pitfalls for Americans than […]


When you go is almost as important as where you go: Tips for scheduling summer travel plans
Summer Travel Plans

This post previously appeared on In Napa Valley, Highway 29 (the main artery of wine country) is already filling up with cars on weekends — and it’s not even Memorial Day. Looking for a reservation at one of Yountville’s famed Michelin-starred restaurants? According to OpenTable (, most times are already taken for the upcoming three-day weekend. […]


Do you have a Foursquare account? Some tips for using social media geolocating service when you travel
Using Foursquare

This post previously appeared on When foursquare ( — a GPS-based mobile app that pinpoints and shares your location — first hit the social media scene, Marla Cimini wasn’t a fan. “I didn’t want people to know where I was,” said the Philadelphia-area travel writer. Her feelings changed during a recent stay at the Eventi Hotel […]