Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Jaywalk

Crosswalk

Don’t Jaywalk Even when I know I can cross the street safely, I don’t jaywalk when I’m traveling because I’ve been seeing a huge crackdown lately all over the world. When I was in Sydney last month, there were officers just hanging out on the curbs, and as I found out from a friend, they […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Avoid Newark Airport This Summer (If You Can)

Newark

Avoid Newark Airport This Summer (If You Can) If you’ll be traveling this summer, I’d suggest avoiding Newark Liberty International Airport if you can as they’ll be closing their Air Train (which connects the airport to the city) between May 1-July 15. That’s during summer’s peak travel season! What were they thinking? Even Amtrak won’t […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Taxis Made Easier

Taxi

Taxis Made Easier When trying to find a taxi during peak times, special events or when it’s raining, instead of standing in one spot, walk to either a hotel and ask the bellman to hail you a cab. Or walk to a popular intersection or drop-off point—and your chances will drastically improve. And of course, […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Dress Appropriately

Vatican

Dress Appropriately As mentioned in Friday’s tip, my friend Lavanya Sunkara wrote an excellent post entitled “Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women.” One of her tips is to dress appropriately on the road and I couldn’t agree more. It’s best to dress conservatively and inconspicuously, especially in non-Western societies. In order to avoid offending local […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Carry a Whistle

Whistle

Carry a Whistle My friend Lavanya Sunkara recently wrote an excellent post entitled “Ten Smart Tips for Solo Women Travelers.” One of her tips is to carry a whistle. She says it’s better at getting attention from others than wielding a Swiss army knife in situations of danger. Plus, you don’t need to explain it […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Divide Your Clothes

Packing

Divide Your Clothes Yesterday’s tip was to not check a bag when making a connection, but I realize that’s sometimes not an option. So, if you’re traveling with another person, my suggestion (beyond putting some clothes in your carry-on) is to put half of your clothes in your companion’s checked bag and put half of their […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Check a Bag When Making a Connection

Ticket counter

Don’t Check a Bag When Making a Connection I rarely check a bag when flying, and it’s not because I want to save on baggage fees (although that would be more important if I didn’t already get two free checked bags because I’m an elite flyer on several airlines). I don’t check bags because: a) […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Consider T-Mobile

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Consider T-Mobile If you travel internationally a lot, you should know that T-Mobile is the best carrier for U.S. travelers as they now give their users free international data and text messaging in over 100 countries—plus all calls in those countries for just 20 cents a minute. I use T-Mobile and it’s awesome, as it […]