Travel Tip of the Day: Try Lyft, Get a Free Ride Up to $50


As you know, I’m a huge fan of uberX since it’s much more convenient and cheaper than a regular taxi (here’s a code for $20 off your first ride). I haven’t tried their competitor Lyft yet, but I just downloaded their app because—credit to here—they’re right now offering a free ride (up to $50) for all first-time […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Put Your Feet There


Don’t Put Your Feet There When flying in a bulkhead seat, don’t put your feet on the wall in front of you—especially if you have your shoes on. And when riding a train, don’t put your feet on the seat across from you. It’s rude, dirty and I’ve seen conductors in both New York and […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Keep Insects in the Dark

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Keep Insects in the Dark If you’re staying in the tropics, don’t leave the lights on inside your room at night when you’re not there—especially if the windows are open and there are no screens. I did that once in Fiji and had to learn the hard way what a bad idea it was. When […]

6(+) High-Flying Travel Tips For A Fabulous Flight

Debbi Kickham

By Debbi K. Kickham, contributing from I became a travel writer 25 years ago, when I was an editor at Robb Report, “The Millionaire’s Magazine.” My very first press trip was a first-class affair, on PanAm, to the South of France. Nice work if you can get it, right? But here’s the rub. My very first press […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Close the Bathroom Door


Close the Bathroom Door One of my pet peeves when sitting next to a lavatory on an airplane is that oftentimes, passengers will walk out of it and not check to see if the door closes behind them. Usually, it doesn’t, so the passengers seated near it are treated to a terrible stench. Please close […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Keep Your Voice Down


Lower Your Voice It seems my simple tip to not slam the hotel/cruise door last Friday really resonated with a lot of people. So here’s another no-brainer, which comes from a reader that I totally agree with: Lower your voice in the hallway—especially late at night and early in the morning. It’s the same principle […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Pack a Bathing Suit


Pack a Bathing Suit Always pack a bathing suit even if you’re traveling for business (or into cold weather) because you never know if and when an opportunity to use it will arise…and it doesn’t take up much space in your suitcase, anyway. I always pack swimming trunks that double as workout shorts so I […]

Highlights from the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show

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I just spent the weekend at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Times Travel Show. I spoke on a panel both days with Jen Leo and (Eric Rosen the first day and Brian Kelly the second). Our panel was entitled: More for Your Money: The Best Value for Your Vacation Dollars. Because one of the […]