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...

How to Quietly Shut Your Hotel Room Door –

Posted By: Johnny JetEver want to sneak out of your hotel room so you don’t disturb your sleeping loved ones? Some hotel doors make a loud click when they lock/close. My simple trick...

How to Buy Tickets to Disney Parks If You’re in the U.K. –

Happy 4th of July to all our American readers! Today’s tip is for everyone across the pond in the U.K., and it was prompted by a question from reader Craig:“Hi, we are from the...

The Worst Times to Drive Today in Major American Cities –

A record 39.7 million Americans are planning a Fourth of July road trip (defined as travel of 50 miles or more) this year, according to AAA. Many of those trips will begin today, July...

The New TSA Rule Regarding Baby Formula, Spices and Other Powders –

On Saturday, a new TSA rule went into effect concerning powdered substances in your carry-on on flights into the U.S. Here’s what you need to know, via the Chicago Tribune:“With the new ruling, passengers must...

A Cheaper Way to Get to and From Toronto Pearson Airport –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes as a comment on my post on how to get from Toronto Pearson to downtown Toronto...

How to Save Money at Whole Foods

My buddy and tech expert Rich Demuro recently tweeted a great money-saving tip, which you may already be familiar with: “Amazon Prime discounts begin at ALL Whole Foods stores Wednesday June 27. Make sure...

What to Do If You Lose Your Global Entry Privileges Unfairly –

Remember the story of the Colorado woman who got fined $500 and lost her Global Entry (GE) privileges because she forgot she had a wrapped apple in her bag going through customs? An apple...

What to Do If You Don’t Like the Hotel Pillow

My biggest beefs with sleeping in hotels are: the pillows are too bulky or the bedspreads are too heavy. For the latter, I usually call down to the front desk and ask for light...

How to Get to and From Toronto Pearson Airport

I spend a lot of time north of the border because that’s where my wife (@NatalieDiScala) is from. Over the years, I’ve learned that getting to and from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is usually...

Try the Desks at Other Gates When Your Flight is Delayed or Cancelled –

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Stephanie R., who says:“My travel tip is to be resourceful in the event of...

How to Buy Citizenship Around the World

Is there a country you love so much that you’d move to it? If you have deep pockets, it might not be that difficult or even take that long to buy residency or citizenship...

This Small Mistake Could Delay You at Security

Sometimes when going through security, people forget to take things out of their pockets or take their belt/shoes off. It’s happened to all of us: You remember right before you walk through, or you...

My Trick for Getting Ubers at LAX in Less Time

Uber/Lyft (either one) is by far my favorite way to get to and from LAX (besides a ride from a loved one). But both rideshare apps sometimes drive me crazy, especially on the way...

Why You Shouldn’t Wear Shorts on the Plane

Posted By: Johnny JetI rarely wear shorts on the plane, because planes and airports are usually freezing. But this Reader’s Digest article lists another and more important reason to not wear shorts on a...

Another Way to Do Laundry on the Road -JohnnyJet.com

Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Mary G., who builds on last Friday’s reader laundry tip:“I know a travel writer...