Travel Tips

2013 Travel Trends, from ETC ’13

by Chris on January 27, 2013

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 […]


2012 in Review: Travel Lessons Learned

by Chris on December 26, 2012

2012 in retrospect: Travel lessons learned after 132 (!!!) nights on the road.
Bear cubs in British Columbia

The week between Christmas and New Year’s always feels like one of reflection. It’s when I think about what went right and wrong during the year, and try to figure out what’s on tap for the future.While I’m not a huge resolution person – I’ve found that as soon as you write a plan, life has […]


Stranded by Sandy – or another winter storm? Here are some tips with how to rebook your flight when weather forces airline cancellations.
Hurricane Sandy path

A fabulous weekend getaway to Napa could have turned sour when Hurricane Sandy forced most of our party’s outgoing flights back to the East Coast to be canceled. Nothing is a bigger buzzkill than airline problems. But the Philly women on the trip – my sister and several of her friends who work for Fortune […]

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What type of travel policy is best for your trip? A breakdown of things to consider, depending on what kind of vacation you’re taking.
Planes at JFK

I recently researched a piece for about what type of travel policy you would consider for various trips. This is an abridged version. Remember, before you buy any policy, check to see if you’re already covered through your credit card or through your homeowners or renters insurance policy.   Visiting family: Comprehensive travel insurance policies […]


Ask Chris: Things to Do in Paris

by Chris on March 7, 2012

Ask Chris: A reader asks for recommendations on things to do in Paris.

This is part of my ongoing  “Ask a travel expert” series. What to do in Paris?  Question: I am writing because I recently won two tickets on Air France to Paris and was wondering if you have any recommendations for what to do with a week in Paris! Eat, see, tour, where to stay on […]


Tips for booking a spring break vacation in the Caribbean for March 2012

Q: I’m looking to plan out a 5/6 night Caribbean March break for my family (wife, two kids, 19 & 22) during spring break 2012. We’re looking for a rest — w/swimming, snorkeling, boating, etc. And we’re on your basic kids-in-college budget. We’re open to going to a variety of locations, just don’t have much […]

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My 2012 Travel Resolutions

by Chris on January 3, 2012

Lessons learned: My travel resolutions for 2012, based on things I didn’t do the year before.
Resolutions 2011

Rigid New Year’s resolutions have a limited place in travel, where patience, understanding and flexibility are the building blocks to a successful trip. Most of the meltdowns I observed on the road in 2011 came when people refused to accept that plans had changed or didn’t do enough research about where they were going. That […]


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 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 […]