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...

10 Helpful Tips to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

 It’s already September and readers across the country are asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. The bad news is that the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the holidays...

10 Ways to Find Cheap Christmas Flights –

Summer is over and families are now planning their next getaways. Most of my friends and family choose either to travel over Thanksgiving or Christmas and are always looking for cheap flights. The bad...

Is a “Vacation Deficit” Bad for Your Mental Heath? –

Making time for vacation is important, right? Well, according to Allianz‘s 10th annual Vacation Confidence Index (VCI), it may be more important than previously thought. Americans who “think that a vacation is important but are not...

Stand Below Your Bag on an Escalator

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Jeff M., who says:“Stand on the step below your suitcase on an escalator in...

The Swiss Army Knife of Keys –

If you’re one a person that likes to be organized, here’s a travel gadget that might interest you. The new Keyport Pivot is part key organizer, part multi-tool and part tracker (so you never...

This Pet Product Will Help Keep Your Little One Clean While Traveling –

Posted By: Johnny JetWhen we first started traveling with Jack, one of my friends gave me a valuable tip: Buy dog wee mats or disposable baby change pads and pack them for times...

How to Travel to India from the U.S. for $199

Want to travel to India for cheap? WOW air, the Icelandic low-cost airline written about here and here, has announced plans to begin flights to New Delhi, India, via Reykjavik on December 5 from...

How the Port of Seattle Makes Life Easier for Cruisers –

Today’s tip is for the potential Alaska cruisers out there—and everyone interested in smooth traveling. It comes from my buddy Cranky Flier, who recently returned from an Alaskan cruise. As he writes in his trip...

Beware of the Flat Tire Scam, as Seen Here

I truly believe that most people around the world are good, but the small percentage of bad apples out there can still make life difficult for travelers. That’s why it’s important to stay aware...

Consider Costco Travel for Cruise Deals

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Stephanie B., who commented on Monday’s tip about repositioning cruises:“I cruise a lot, and...

Look to Your Seatback Screen on AA Flights for Connecting Gate Info –

On my LAS-LAX flight the other day, my American Airlines flight attendant announced that people with connecting flights could check the “My Flight” feature on their seatback entertainment systems for connecting gate info. I...

The Lesson I Learned When I Lost My Driver’s License –

On a recent trip to Florida, I was planning on renting a car, but then I stupidly lost my driver’s license a few days before. So I had to cancel the reservation. What really...

How to Save Big on a Skiing Vacation This Year

If you’re thinking about a skiing trip this winter, today is a good day. This morning, Snow.com’s 96-Hour Sale began, meaning that stays at tons of ski resorts across the country are up to...

What City Has the Worst Pickpocket Problem?

Pickpockets are a threat to travelers in many places across the world. We’ve written about them in Paris, about “pickpocket-proof pants” and the jackets I wear to keep safe, but a question remains: Where is...

Open the Window When the Taxi Driver is Sick

Whenever I jump in an Uber, Lyft or taxi, one of the first things I do is look to see if the driver is sick. If they’re visibly unwell (it’s happened), I say no...

Tips on Purchasing Travel Insurance If You’re Worried About Terrorism –

The U.S. Travel Insurance Association (UStiA) recently shared some good tips related to the growing threat of terrorism facing travelers today. Naturally, it emphasized the value of having travel insurance in the worst case scenario....

Speak to a Medical Professional Before Taking Medication –

Today’s special Saturday tip is an important addendum to yesterday’s tip about stomach issues: As has been emphasized by a number of readers, cipro—as is the case with other antibiotics—should not be taken without...

More Stomach Help From Two Readers

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from two readers, both of whom chimed in to add to Wednesday’s tip about gastroenteritis:From reader...

A Very Serious Reason to Never Eat Uncooked Chicken –

Today’s tip concerns a terrible and shocking story out of Greece. As reported by Newsweek, a 37-year-old mother (a healthy triathlete to boot) “died on vacation after she ate uncooked chicken” The woman was traveling...

A Question to Ask Your Hotel Before You Arrive

An MSN/Southern Living headline caught my attention recently: “The One Question You Should Always Ask Your Hotel Before You Arrive.” That big question, according to the story: “Ask your hotel (or vacation rental or airbnb...

How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Pro

Posted By: Johnny JetThe New York Times ran a great story a few weeks back called “How to Photograph Fireworks Like a Pro” for the 4th of July. It’s obviously too late for the...

Airline Seat Etiquette From a Thoughtful Reader

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Leigh H., who says:“Since flying can be frustrating, some reminders about how you conduct...

Review Marriott Rewards Redemption Chart Before August 18 –

As detailed in this new contributor post, the post-merger Marriott Rewards program is taking its final shape. On August 18, the Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) programs will become...

16 Tips for Keeping Bed Bugs at Bay

Today’s tip follows yesterday’s about bed bugs on planes. Much more common (though still not too common) are bed bugs in beds, so today we’re featuring a Reader’s Digest list of tips for keeping bed...

Beware of Bed Bugs on Planes (!)

Today’s tip concerns bed bugs, believe it or not, on planes. Fear not: Bed bugs are not something that most flyers will ever have to deal with, but as established in a few recent...

Use the Ice Bucket Bag for Wet Clothes

I almost always carry an extra plastic bag in my suitcase. Usually, I end up using it to hold the hotel toiletries (I bring them home and then donate them to the homeless shelter)...

Use an Email and Phone Number When Labeling Luggage –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Dave K., who commented on this tip about labeling baggage:“Having any address on the...

How to Use a Beach Umbrella Safely

Umbrella safety may not sound like a serious topic to everyone, but the fact is that many beach umbrellas are heavy, sharp and/or dangerous. Case in point: “A woman in Maryland was impaled in...

How to Survive a Speeding Ticket (from Reader’s Digest)

Posted By: Johnny JetToday’s tip, like yesterday’s and Monday’s, comes from a wildly informative Reader’s Digest story. It concerns “how to survive a speeding ticket,” in the words of the story. The dos and...

How to Survive Crowd Crush or a Rushing Mob- JohnnyJet.com

Like yesterday’s, today’s tip come from the pages of Reader’s Digest:“When a huge crowd hits a tight choke point, a scary thing happens: The crowd starts moving like a fluid, each person forced forward...

3 Great Survival Tips From a Reader’s Digest Editor –

Last week, we featured “The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook” as our Travel Book of the Week. The book was the source of a number of great tips in a Reader’s Digest story called “20 Everyday...

Why You Should Save Your Hotel Shower Cap for the Airport –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Mary B. of Guilford, CT, who says:“Save the shower caps from hotels to use...

Which Credit Card Is Best for International Travel? –

One of the most frequent questions I get from family, friends and readers is regarding which credit card they should use when they travel internationally. I always say it’s best to have multiple cards...

Why I Always Shake My Shoes Before Putting Them On –

Posted By: Johnny JetBuilding on yesterday’s tip about checking pool noodles for snakes: Whenever I travel somewhere and even when I’m home in L.A., I almost always turn over my shoes and shake...

A Warning About Snakes From an Arizona Family –

Not to be an alarmist, but…if you’re traveling this summer to somewhere hot that has snakes (most places), one Arizona family has a message for you: check your pool noodles before throwing them in...

Take Deep Vein Thrombosis Seriously When You Fly –

Most frequent travelers are aware of the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that comes with long flights (even flights of just four hours or more). DVT, per the Mayo Clinic, “occurs when a...

Put the Address of Your Destination on Your Luggage Tag –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Mark from Seattle, who says:“I am always amazed by those travelers who put their...

This Might Be the Most Insane Air Adventure Out There –

Ever wanted to stand on the wing of a plane while it’s flying through the air? Me neither. But surprisingly, there are a lot of adventure junkies who want to do this. It looks...

How to Learn Hands-Only CPR for Free at the Airport

Credit: AHAThanks to a partnership between the Anthem Foundation and the American Heart Association (AHA), air travelers can learn a version of CPR, for free, in their free time at airports across the country:...

How to Avoid Having to Gate Check Your Bag on a Regional Jet –

Today’s tip follows yesterday’s on regional jets and why I don’t like to board them early in the summer. As I wrote then, I don’t worry as much about the overhead space filling up...

Why You Shouldn’t Board Regional Jets First in the Summer –

I’m not a big fan of regional jets because they’re small, tight and hot in the summer. Unfortunately, there are times when you have no choice but to fly them—like when I recently had...

A Quick and Easy Alternate Hotel Pillow

Posted By: Johnny JetEach Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip was left as a comment on my post about what to do when...