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...

5 Tips for Vegan Travel

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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...

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...

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...