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

China list

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

Weather

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

Flight attendant

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 […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Photograph Your Bag

reader-travel-tip2

Photograph Your Bag Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Susan S., who says: “I always take pictures of my luggage with my cell phone before each trip so that if my bag gets lost I have picture proof of what it looks like. This […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Rip Current Safety

Riptide

Rip Current Safety It’s summertime, and for many of us that means swimming. But I was recently reminded by my local news station to be wary of powerful rip currents in the water—and just how dangerous they can be. The National Weather Service has a whole page dedicated to rip currents, including a free course and […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Airline Tray Tables and Seatback Pockets Have Tons of Bacteria

Pocket

Airline Tray Tables and Seatback Pockets Have Tons of Bacteria My dad calls me Howard Hughes when we travel because I’m always making him wipe his airplane seat down with alcohol-based wipes, telling him to wash his hands and reminding him to keep his fingers out of his mouth. Well, after this study from the […]

Travel Tip of the Day: JFK Transportation Tip

NYC Air Train JFK

JFK Transportation Tip Last Thursday’s tip was about taking the bus between LGA airport and Manhattan. If you’re flying in or out of New York City’s largest airport, you can take public transportation as well. When I land at JFK, I jump on the AirTrain to Jamaica Station and then take the E train to 53rd Street […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Charge Your Devices Before Flying

Power flask

Charge Your Devices Before Flying If you’ll be flying into the U.S. anytime soon, you’ll want to have the batteries in all of your devices charged before you hit security—because you might be asked to power them up to prove that they’re not a (suspected) new form of explosive device. If your battery is dead […]