travel advice Archive

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Time to Revisit the Onward Ticket Requirement

In the past when readers have asked about the official requirement to have an onward ticket when landing in a new country, I’ve blown it off and scoffed. In 22 years of travel, I’ve been asked for proof of this exactly one time, and that was in England. That was 1995 if

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Why We Suck at Measuring Travel Risks

Bomb goes off, the cancellations roll in. A rare murder makes the news, tourism takes a dive. It happens like clockwork every time a potential travel destination is in the news because something bad happens. People turn on CNN (or worse, Fox News) and get scared by the scenes of mayhem or

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Get Creative With Flight and Hotel Options Before Hitting “Purchase”

I needed to get from central Mexico to a middling town in South Carolina, USA to go see my father. I pulled up the flight and it was nearly $800, even after moving around the dates. Did I just sigh and figure that’s the way it’s gotta be? No, I went to

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A Few Random Tips and Tricks for Scoring Great Travel Deals

As I often do when I’m traveling on vacation, I’ve plowed through a bunch of magazines this week and read a lot of articles about apps and websites that will help you find a great travel deal. It’s a popular subject and there are always new options coming along promising to shave

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It’s Not Easy Getting an Unfair Advantage in Travel

I do a lot of media interviews and write a lot of short travel articles for others on how to get good deals on travel. Many times the writer or editor is looking for insider, little-known advice and what they really really want is some secret travel tip that’s going to save