Travel Tip of the Week: Beware the “Let’s Have a Drink” Scam

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Beware the “Let’s Have a Drink” Scam I’ve been scammed before in Budapest and there’s a good chance I’ll be scammed again since I travel so much. But my colleague Tom Brosnahan, in his travel guide from Turkey, just alerted me to the “Let’s have a drink” executed by men, which is a new take on […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Pack a Small Bottle of Downey Wrinkle Releaser

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Pack a Small Bottle of Downey Wrinkle Releaser I hate ironing and I’m not very good at it. I try to buy clothes that are wrinkle-free—but even they don’t always seem to be free of wrinkles. (Is it just me or are the people behind these products just a bunch of scammers claiming that the clothes […]

Travel Tip of the Day: TSA Security Fees Going Up

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TSA Security Fees Going Up Beginning today, July 21, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is raising the mandatory passenger fees that help fund security at U.S. airports. The previous fee was $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight, but that will increase to $5.60 for all flights, with any connection over […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Pack a Highlighter

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Pack a Highlighter Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from JoAnn M. of Reno, NV, who’s been full of good tips recently. Today, she says: “Pack a highlighter so the Concierge can highlight your route on your city map. It is much easier to see […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Use the Bathroom When the Seatbelt Sign is On

Seatbelt

Don’t Use the Bathroom When the Seatbelt Sign is On Tuesday’s tip was to check out turbulence forecast maps before or while you fly to get an idea of if and when your flight will be turbulent. These forecasts are especially helpful when you have access to inflight Wi-Fi, as more current data can help you anticipate […]

Travel Tip of the Day: 72-Hour Transit in China without a Visa

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72-Hour Transit in China without a Visa My colleague “Lucky” recently wrote an informative post on dealing with China’s “72-hour transit without a visa” policy. In September 2013, China began allowing certain citizens (including those from the US) to spend up to 72 hours in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu without a Chinese visa if the […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Get the Turbulence Forecast

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Get the Turbulence Forecast Before I fly, I always check the weather forecast for that day. I also check Weather.com’s 10-day forecast so I know what to pack. To make it easier for myself and our loyal readers, I’ve created my own weather resource page, which has all kinds of handy weather maps, including a […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Always Trust Flight Attendants for Ground Info

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Don’t Always Trust Flight Attendants For Ground Info I love flight attendants, and when I fly, I usually bring them a box of chocolates or a Gogo inflight Wi-Fi pass to thank them for their hard work. (I sometimes give the passenger in front of me a Gogo pass too—so they don’t recline!) But I’ve […]