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Tips to Ease Holiday Travel

Most of you have already made your travel plans for the holidays. This year promises to be one of the busiest travel seasons in the last six years according to a report from AAA: Planes will also be fuller than last Christmas. The group’s chief economist John Heimlich expects 86 percent of seats to be […]

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How to Pack for a Long Trip (Without the Kitchen Sink)

We are frequently asked about insurance for luggage and things you take on your trip. Trip insurance does protect your luggage, assuming you aren’t carrying the crown jewels, but the first step in protecting your luggage when you travel is knowing how to pack. We have blogged about traveling light in the past, and I […]

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Share Your Vacation

Conquer the World, and Share Your Dream Vacation

We have expanded our latest Conquer the World sweepstakes. Between now and November 30, you can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 on either Facebook or Google Plus with a simple “like” and sharing something about your dream destination.  Even if you don’t win the grand prize, there are still 50 chances to […]

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Cathy Huynh, left, and Kari Bowerman took this photo while backpacking in Vietnam.

When You Travel, It’s More than The Water That Can Kill You

When you are traveling in foreign places, you never know what might happen. Take the recent case reported by CNN of two young women backpacking in Vietnam who died under mysterious circumstances. The authorities are still tracing the cause of their death, but the symptoms seem to point to poisoning. However, the source of the […]

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Man being pickpocketed

Stop, Thief! How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off on the Road

Have you ever been ripped off when you were on the road? It’s more common than you think. Even the friendliest destinations have their share of thieves and pickpockets, and in some Eastern, and Central and South American countries, stealing from the tourists is a way of making a living. In Quito, Ecuador for example, […]

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To Tip, or Not to Tip? How Much is the Question.

Tipping is one of those things that is misunderstood at home and abroad. There recently was an article in the San Francisco Chronicle not long ago complaining that San Franciscans are among the nation’s worst tippers. But then, San Francisco is the only city with a restaurant tax to fund the city’s health insurance program, […]

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Navigating Airport Security

How can you navigate airport security more easily? Know the rules of the road and use some common sense. Remember not only do you go through security, but your checked luggage does, as well. Prepare before you arrive at the airport so that you move more quickly and efficiently through the security process. Following are […]

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Airport Delays

Best iPhone Travel Apps to Keep Your Flights Smooth

There are quite a few great travel applications available for the iPhone.  Here are a few that will keep your flights comfortable and keep you better informed about your flight status. AirportStatusFree – Stay abreast of the latest flight delays in US airports.  If you know you are traveling through a hub like Chicago, or […]

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