Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Wait until the Last Minute to Pack

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Don’t Wait until the Last Minute to Pack Not many people like packing, but I’ve learned over the years to get it done earlier rather than wait until the last minute because inevitably, something will come up and you’ll get sidetracked and unfocused—or worse, you’ll wake up late and end up in a mad rush to catch […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Stand by the Door on the Shuttle Bus

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Stand by the Door on the Shuttle Bus Don’t you hate it when you land after a long international flight and you have to take a shuttle bus to immigration or another gate? When this happens, and you’re in a hurry to make a connection or appointment or to use the bathroom, make sure to get […]

Travel Tip of the Day: British Airways Seat Selection

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British Airways Seat Selection I recently came back from a whirlwind trip to Scotland and London for Wimbledon on British Airways. I’ve flown BA dozens of times, and along the way I’ve picked up a few tricks for flying with them. My number one tip? Instead of paying a fee for an assigned seat, set your alarm for […]

Travel Tip of the Day: The Hotel Food Delivery Scam

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Hotel Food Delivery Scam Keeping with the scam theme from last week (see Wednesday’s and Thursday’s), here’s another one to look out for. Don’t ever order food from a non-hotel menu that was slipped under your hotel room door because it’s most likely a scam. Believe it or not, there are thieves out there who […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: The Motel Freshener

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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: The “Call from the Front Desk” Scam

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The “Call from the Front Desk” Scam Yesterday, I wrote about the “Let’s have a drink” scam. Well, here’s another one that’s making the rounds, including my buddy Peter Greenberg’s newsletter yesterday and DailyFinance.com. The “Call from the front desk” scam is when thieves call your hotel room pretending to be hotel employees who are […]

Travel Tip of the Day: 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 […]