Travel Tips
Online Reviewers Who Blackmail Hotels And Dupe Travelers

Online Reviewers Who Blackmail Hotels And Dupe Travelers

Imagine if you could walk into a restaurant that had a line of patrons winding all the way out the door – but you could skip straight to the front of the line. And imagine if you could enter a five star hotel and instantly get a 50 percent discount – just for being you.... read more
17 Ways To Avoid Vacation Stress

17 Ways To Avoid Vacation Stress

If you’re one of those people that feels frazzled before you go on vacation and not much better after you return, you’re not alone. According to surveys, nearly 60 percent of people feel that taking a vacation doesn’t relieve their stress. What’s even worse, a quarter of respondents say they feel even more stressed when... read more
7 Ways To Travel More This Year

7 Ways To Travel More This Year

I gave up making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago – it’s a fun concept, but inevitably, a few weeks into January (at best) I’ll already have broken them. Or sometimes, the resolutions are just so big and overwhelming, I never really even get started. Since resolutions have a way of making me feel... read more
Heading Home For The Holidays? Here Are 6 Tips For Flying With Gifts

Heading Home For The Holidays? Here Are 6 Tips For Flying With Gifts

If you’re flying home over the Christmas break, one thing is almost certainly on your packing list: gifts. You probably spent a ton of time planning and shopping for your Christmas presents, but have you given a thought to how you’ll pack them? It’s something you ought to consider if you want to avoid having... read more
Why I Think Airline Fees Are Good

Why I Think Airline Fees Are Good

Do you remember the good old days of flying when all you did was make one payment for your ticket and that was it? No fees for meals, no charges for checking a bag, no surcharge for seats with extra legroom, and no paying for headphones so you could watch the in-flight movie. Those were... read more
The Ultimate Guide To Finding Great Food When Traveling

The Ultimate Guide To Finding Great Food When Traveling

Have you ever traveled someplace famous for its great food only to sit down to a meal that tasted like a reheated frozen dinner? I have. I was in Italy – the home of pizza and pasta – and after years of hearing about how the dough was fresher, the sauce was richer, and cheese... read more
The Ultimate List Of Thanksgiving Travel Tips

The Ultimate List Of Thanksgiving Travel Tips

The days surrounding Thanksgiving rank as some of the busiest travel days of the year, so if you’ll be heading off to spend the holiday with family, you’d best be prepared to deal with the chaos. Whether you plan to drive or fly, there are a number of things you can do to make sure... read more
How To Water Plants While You Travel

How To Water Plants While You Travel

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of buying houseplants. As the long Chicago winter approaches, I think it would be nice to be surrounded by some greenery. There’s just one problem though – I’m terrible at keeping plants alive. For whatever reason, I only remember to water plants once they’ve turned brown and droopy,... read more
Traveling With Others? Always Establish A Meeting Point

Traveling With Others? Always Establish A Meeting Point

When you’re traveling with other people (and especially with kids) it’s always a good idea to set up a meeting point. What’s this? It’s basically a location where you agree to rendezvous if you ever get separated from each other. You might be visiting a crowded marketplace, a bustling theme park or even going your... read more
Why Pre-Booking Your Whole Trip Is A Bad Idea

Why Pre-Booking Your Whole Trip Is A Bad Idea

You’re going on vacation and you’ve booked your flights, overland travel, and all your accommodation. You’ve scheduled tours to guide you through the sights and you’ve planned out all the stuff you’re going to see on your own. You’re so organized you’ve even figured out where you’ll be eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day... read more
10 Ways To Deal With Homesickness Now

10 Ways To Deal With Homesickness Now

Whether you’re traveling by yourself for the first time, spending a semester at a university abroad, or going on an extended round-the-world trip, chances are high that at some point you’ll be faced with a bout of homesickness. While it’s perfectly natural and normal to miss the familiar faces and comforts of home, if you... read more
Road Test Your Clothes Before You Travel

Road Test Your Clothes Before You Travel

It’s mighty tempting to go out and buy new clothes before a vacation. After all, planning for a trip is a big part of the fun, and it’s exciting to dream up outfits for your upcoming adventures. But buying and packing brand new clothes is not necessarily a good idea, and here’s why. Have you... read more