Travel Tip of the Day: How to Spend a Long Layover at Minneapolis-St. Paul

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How to Spend a Long Layover at Minneapolis-St. Paul I recently returned from my third visit to Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota—and for the third time, it blew me away. You can easily spend days/weeks at Mall of America, but it’s also great for travelers since it’s just a few miles from the Minneapolis-St. […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Leave Time for Early Flights, Too

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Leave Time for Early Flights, Too I had a 6:15 am flight recently, and it reminded me that I need to shake the mentality that just because a flight is super early, the airport won’t be crowded. I actually find quite the opposite to be true, and for some crazy reason, I keep forgetting that! Luckily, I […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Week: Know Your Insurance Coverage

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Know Your Insurance Coverage Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Karol H., who shares: “Last weekend my aunt from FL (age 83) came to visit us in CA. She fell and broke both feet, requiring immediate surgery on one foot. She […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Use a VPN

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Use a VPN I admit it, I’m a Wi-Fi junkie. Wi-Fi makes my job so much easier as it lets me essentially work wherever there’s an internet connection. But I also know that most Wi-Fi signals are unencrypted, which means there’s a risk that someone can hack into my computer/phone and steal my files and other […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Buy an Umbrella on the Street

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Don’t Buy an Umbrella on the Street Yesterday’s tip was about always packing a compact umbrella. What I left out, and what I should have mentioned, is that you should never (unless it’s a monsoon) buy a cheap umbrella on the streets of a big city like New York. I made that mistake once as I couldn’t […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Bring an Umbrella

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Bring an Umbrella I was in Florida recently for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival (I was a guest of Certified Angus Beef). As you may have read I didn’t sleep so well, but I still took a lot away—including a travel tip or two. When I asked one of the food bloggers on the trip what her best […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Pack Your Pets by Mistake

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Don’t Pack Your Pets by Mistake A post on the TSA’s Instagram account (yes, it has one) last Friday shared a story in which a woman’s chihuahua turned up in her bag—by accident. Apparently, the tiny dog had climbed in unnoticed while she was packing, and it was only at LaGuardia, when TSA was checking the bag, that the […]

Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Extra Sun Protection

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Extra Sun Protection Each Friday, we’re featuring a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Ed, who responded to my story about my squamous cell carcinoma by saying: “Glad that you’re doing better Johnny. I had a melanoma removed about 10 years ago on my lower back and […]