Reader Travel Tip of the Day: The Motel Freshener


The Motel Freshener Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Phil R. of West Lafayette, Indiana, who says: “This is a tip from back years ago when I was constantly traveling. I noticed that most of the motel rooms I checked into had […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Know Your Lock


Know Your Lock I recently spent a couple of nights at the Dream Downtown hotel in New York City. I had a lovely stay, but while I was there noticed that the hotel was using a strange new safety lock. The good news is that it prevents thieves from using a tool to quickly unlatch […]

The Best Hotel View in Rome

Palazzo Manfredi Hotel Rome Italy May 2014-026

My dad and I topped off our incredible trip to Europe, which began in Barcelona on the inaugural voyage of Windstar’s Star Pride, with a stay in Rome. Rome is without a doubt one of my top 10 favorite cities in the world and my favorite hotel there is the Palazzo Manfredi (Via Labicana, 125; […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Who Needs an Iron?


Who Needs an Iron? When I arrive to a hotel and have a business meeting, there’s nothing worse than finding my blazer, pants and shirt wrinkled. The quick fix? I hang my wrinkled clothes in the bathroom when I take a hot shower; the steam usually takes the wrinkles right out so I don’t have […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Bag Your Remote


Bag Your Remote By now, everyone probably knows that the dirtiest thing in a hotel room is the TV remote control. I always used to wipe it down with antibacterial wipes but after staying at The Milestone in London, I learned to bring a plastic sandwich (or other) bag to cover the remote. That’s what […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Back-Up Wake-Up Calls

Phone alarm

Back-Up Wake-Up Calls You can’t solely rely on the hotel for a wake-up call, especially if it’s for a really important call or call time that you just can’t miss. Mistakes happen so don’t take any chances. Always carry an alarm or learn how to use the one on your smartphone. These days, I only […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Always Look Twice


Always Look Twice When you travel, always get in the habit of doublechecking the back seat of a taxi, the seatback pocket on the plane and your hotel room for your personal items. I can’t emphasize this enough. So many people leave their phones, wallets and passports behind somewhere and it’s a real pain to […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Turn off the Hotel Alarm Clock

Aria Hotel alarm

Turn off the Hotel Alarm Clock To ensure you get an uninterrupted night’s sleep in your hotel, doublecheck that the hotel alarm is not set. I can’t tell you how many times (including last week) that my room’s alarm clock has gone off super early because the guest the night before never bothered to turn […]