Make Sure Your Rental Car Is Good to Go Before You Need It –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from my buddy Dan Nainan, who says:“If you have a rental car that is just sitting...

Look Out for Great Fares on Tuesday (November 27) –

At the end of my segment for KTLA—which we ran as yesterday’s tip—Rich DeMuro offered a great piece of advice for future flyers: Look out for great fares on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (November...

Look Out for Great Fares on Tuesday (November 20) –

At the end of my segment for KTLA—which we ran as yesterday’s tip—Rich DeMuro offered a great piece of advice for future flyers: Look out for great fares on Tuesday! As summed up on...

How to Fight Back Against Robocalls and Calls From Scammers –

One of my biggest pet peeves is unsolicited phone calls and robocalls. They drive me batty, and at one point they were so bad that they drove me and Natalie to cancel our home...

The 4 Travel Websites I Shared on TV This Week –

Posted By: Johnny JetToday’s tip is in fact a collection of tips that I shared in a segment I shot with Rich DeMuro of KTLA (a local news station in L.A.). As you’ll see, the...

U.S. Airlines Are Offering Waivers to Flyers Affected by California Wildfires

Yesterday, in the shadow of the still-raging wildfires in California, we shared a list of suggested dos and don’ts for people moving back home after evacuating. Meanwhile, the Camp Fire (in Northern California) is...

What to Do & Not Do When You Get Home After a Wildfire –

It’s been a rough week for both Northern and Southern California, with deadly wildfires (see them on maps here) and the senseless murders in Thousand Oaks. I live near LAX in Manhattan Beach, which...

You Can Ask for a Microwave at Many Hotels

Did you know that many hotels will provide a microwave free of charge? Of course, availability depends on how many microwaves the specific hotel has on hand, so you never know, but generally speaking...

Bring Chip Clips With You When You Travel

Posted By: Johnny JetEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Ray F., who says:“I travel with chip clips for many...

Don’t Take Sleeping Pills for the First Time on a Plane –

I’ve never taken a sleeping pill, and I don’t recommend doing so as I’m not a doctor. But if your doctor does prescribe you a sleeping pill—for a long flight, for example—you don’t want...

When You Should Wake a Sleeping Baby

TODAY ran a difficult but important segment recently, sharing the heartbreaking story of Lisa Smith’s 17-month-old daughter. Little Mia fell asleep in her carseat after an outing with her caregiver and failed to wake...

What to Do With Your Leftover Halloween Candy –

Do you have a lot of leftover Halloween candy? We sure do, so my wife (@NatalieDiScala) researched where we could donate it. She found a great organization called Operation Gratitude, which sends donated sweet...

Lessons on Avoiding Travel Scams From James McAvoy –

Actor James McAvoy made the news last week when he turned to Instagram to share how he almost got scammed out of $12,000+ while planning a family vacation to Spain. As People reported, McAvoy explained the...

Eat Before You Get to the Airport (Airport Food Is $)

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Frederick, who says:“I’m sure somebody has covered this topic before but we save a...

Bring Home Foreign Candy to Give Trick-or-Treaters

Happy Halloween! Today’s tip—inspired by the holiday—is one for travelers that want to provide for their local trick-or-treaters (next year)…If you travel internationally before and especially right before Halloween, bring back some favorite sweets...

How Safe Is Your Airline According to the FAA?

After the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 near Jakarta on Monday, the New York Times ran an interesting story titled “How Safe Is Your Airline?” It turns out that the FAA does not...

How to Troubleshoot Your T-Mobile International Data Plan Abroad –

One of the things I love about my T-Mobile data plan is that I get free texting and data abroad in 140 countries around the world. Since I go to Canada often, I love...

Confirm Your Hotel Booking With the Hotel Before You Leave –

Travel blogger Ric Garrido recently wrote up an interesting post about a trip he took to Romania, which began with a potential issue worth being aware of. Essentially, Ric arrived at his hotel—booked through...

Bring a Carabiner to Help Keep Your Luggage Secure –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader James M., who says:“I keep a carabiner of the type rock climbers use, clipped...

What Airline Should You Fly When Traveling with a Surfboard? –

Surf’s up! If you hadn’t seen, on August 20, surfing became California’s official state sport. Since we have a lot of subscribers from California, I thought it would appropriate to talk about surfboard-friendly airlines...

Look Out for Two-in-One Crosswalks

Following yesterday’s tip on looking both ways across the street…What always throws me for a loop in Europe—and specifically London and Paris—is that on wider streets there are often two crosswalks within one. Huh?...

Always Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street

When I was growing up, my parents instilled in me the instinct to always look left, right and then left again before crossing any street. Well, I just returned from London, and the painted...

Get to Know the Hotel Shower Before You Hop in –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Benita, who left the following comment on last week’s airplane lavatory tip:“Make sure you...

A Message From the TSA Regarding Duty Free Liquids

I received an email from the TSA this week (they have a newsletter; you can sign up in the bottom-right here) reminding travelers that all oversized liquids—including Duty Free liquors and perfumes without the...

A Tip Related to Flying in Canada With Marijuana –

This morning, Canada became the first major world economy to legalize marijuana. The “national experiment,” as the New York Times called it, will be interesting to follow. Here are the specifics as run down by...

What Legal Marijuana in Canada Means for Border Crossings –

This morning, Canada became the first major world economy to legalize marijuana. The “national experiment,” as the New York Times called it, will be interesting to follow. Here are the specifics as run down by...

How I Handle a Loud A/C Unit in a Hotel Room

If you’re a light sleeper like I am, you’ve probably been annoyed once or twice (or more) by a hotel air conditioning unit going on and off throughout the night. It’s taken me a...

“3 Feet to the Left” by Korry Franke

My buddy Brett Snyder from Cranky Flier just recommended a new aviation book titled “3 Feet to the Left: A New Captain’s Journey from Pursuit to Perspective” by Korry Franke. The Amazon description reads like...

Bring a Bungee Cord for Added Safety

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Fred M., who says:“I have a tip related to baggage snatching. If I have...

Open the Airplane Lavatory Door Slowly

When there’s no line for an airplane lavatory, and it seems unoccupied, I recommend opening the door slowly. Why? Because sometimes people forget to lock it. I’ve only had the door opened on me...

How to Not Be an Ugly Tourist According to Rick Steves –

My buddy and European travel guru Rick Steves recently penned a great article titled “The ugly tourist (and how not to be one).” In the article, he says, “You’ll see plenty of ugly tourists...

Alaska Airlines Now Offers Customer Service via Text Message –

In case you had not heard, Alaska Airlines is officially the first airline to offer customer service via text message. You can now reach an airline rep simply by texting 82008.As my friend and #TravelSkills...

Check Cruise Ship Schedules Online

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Martha D. of Los Altos, CA, who says:“Every city that is a stop for...

An Interactive Guide to When the Leaves Will Change Color in 2018

This time of year, every year, the leaves of America’s leaves are starting to change color. But it’s a little more complicated than that, right? The timing and hues of the fall color change vary...

Why You Shouldn’t Instagram Your Sushi

In a great medium-length read titled “Instagram Is Ruining Sushi in NYC,” Eater recently dove into the colliding cultures of sushi and taking photos of food. Highlighted in the story is the fact that...

Use Antibacterial Wipes on the Hotel’s Bathroom Counter and Faucets –

Today’s tip follows yesterday’s about germy hotel key cards, and it again concerns something I learned in this Reader’s Digest story about the dirtiest things in a hotel room. One of the first things I...

Wipe Down Your Hotel Key Card Every Time

Posted By: Johnny JetToday’s tip concerns the inevitable germiness of hotel rooms, recently written up by Reader’s Digest. Even though I’m a self-diagnosed germaphobe, it never occurred to me that my hotel key card...

There’s a New £10 Note in the U.K.

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Sandra M., who says:“I just returned from London. When I was there last year I...

Ask the Front Desk to Waive Your Resort Fee

Today’s tip comes out of a tweet shared by Richard Kerr of Award Travel 101:A hotel brand telling its own guests to go to the front desk and ask for the ridiculous resort fees...

How to Make a Low-Tech Waterproof Case for Your Phone –

Today’s tip is in the theme of yesterday’s, which focused on what to do if your smartphone gets wet. If you’re traveling somewhere with a lot of sand or water (to the beach, on...

What to Do If Your Smartphone Gets Wet

I can’t imagine traveling without my smartphone. I actually carry my old iPhone as a backup just in case something happens to my current one. But of course smartphones break all the time, often...

Think Twice Before Getting a Fish Pedicure

Years ago my wife and I decided to try a “fish pedicure” (a then-growing fad) in Greece. Natalie and I could barely feel the fish biting our skin, and after it was over, our...

Test the Hairdryer Before You Use It

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Lee L., who says:“Check the power of the hairdryer in your room if you...

Watch Out for Smaller Seats on American Airlines’s New 737-800s –

My buddy and travel blogger Gary Leff has a great tip for American Airlines (AA) passengers that are scheduled to fly on one of the airline’s 737-800. The older 737s are configured with 160...

A Few Tips for Anyone Flying With a Pet

Did you know that this month is National Service Dog Month?As you’re likely aware, there’s a lot of contention around the issue of people abusing airline service animal policies, to the extent that airlines like...

Bring a Small Screwdriver When You Travel

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Jay M. from Tucson, AZ, who says:“When traveling I always carry a small screwdriver,...

Expect Ryanair Cabin Crew to Strike on September 28 –

News broke this morning (U.S. time) that “seven Ryanair cabin crew unions from five countries will hold a 24-hour strike on Sept. 28,” per a Belgian union spokesperson. The five countries affected will be Italy,...

What You Need to Know About Ryanair’s New Baggage Fees –

Ryanair—the low-cost, Ireland-based carrier—announced new changes to its baggage fees last month. What’s the deal? The Telegraph has a great breakdown, which is worth a read. Here’s the gist: “Under the new plans announced this...

Be Prepared for Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Olivia

As you may well have heard, Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the eastern seaboard, prompting mandatory evacuations. Meanwhile, Hurricane Olivia (now Tropical Storm Olivia) is powering toward Hawaii. Both storms warrant serious caution...

Why You Should Watch What You Flush Down the Airplane Toilet –

You might’ve seen on the news that a not-so-quick-thinking American Airlines passenger flushed a diaper down the loo on an August 31 flight from Phoenix to Kona. The other toilet was overflowing, so the...