RSSTravel Tips

Ten Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

Ten Tips to Avoid Jet Lag

As a  travel writer, I frequently fly across oceans and time zones. Here are my travel-tested tips to avoid jet lag or minimize jet lag fatigue. 1. Avoid alcoholic beverages,  or salty drinks (like Bloody Mary mix) and caffeine during the flight. 2. Drink a glass of water every hour you travel. 3. Keep your feet […]

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Check List: Day Before Travel

Check List: Day Before Travel

Packing is such a pain. Lists help me reduce the stress. Here’s my list of last minute items I’ve forgotten in the past: cell phone charger, night gown, toothpaste, washcloth (many hotels overseas do not provide them), large safety pin or clothespin to fully close hotel drapes, a rubber door stopper for added security in hotel […]

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Gutsy Traveler’s Favorite Travel Apps for 2014

Gutsy Traveler’s Favorite Travel Apps for 2014

With the help of sites and apps like Expedia, Kayak and Travelocity, it’s easy to find a good airline deal. But after the flight is booked, you may need some help along the way to make your trip run smoothly. Here are a few of my favorite apps to use in 2014 to keep your […]

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Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Planning Your Trek on El Camino de Santiago

Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago trail, the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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Five Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Five Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Moving to a small town in Greece from California—in the middle of the tourist off-season, I might add—has taught me a thing or two about surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language. With a little help from your smartphone and a healthy dose of humility, it is easy to enjoy yourself regardless […]

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How to Prepare for Your European Trip

How to Prepare for Your European Trip

My best trips to Europe began long before departure day. Thanks to advance planning I had more choices and less stress.  Here’s how I streamline  my research and reservations. How to start Research online at guidebook websites such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Foder’s. I especially like the Eyewitness Travel Guides. Your public library has […]

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Packing Tips for Travelers: Security Travel Purse, Travel Locks and More

Packing Tips for Travelers: Security Travel Purse, Travel Locks and More

Packing Tips  for the chronic over-packer. How many shoes? Heavy coats?   Travel Purse, Travel Luggage. Ten things to never leave home without. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO  5 Best Packing Tips For many of us, the heaviest item we pack is shoes. So to keep your luggage light, take only 2-3 pairs and wear one […]

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Tip of the Week : Avoid Dental Disasters

Tip of the Week : Avoid Dental Disasters

Remember Tom Hanks in the gripping survival drama Cast Away? Using a rock, he knocked out his sore tooth to end the excruciating pain. A cracked tooth, that I was unaware of, could have sent me to a rural hospital in Myanmar. Most people neglect to pack a dental repair kit. If you lose a […]

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Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Travel Rip-offs and How to Avoid Them

Let me share my travel tips of how to avoid theft, frauds and crooks while traveling. The taxi trap: surprisingly expensive trips Before you hope into a cab, ask a local resident how much they think the trip should cost. Then you’ll be prepared to avoid unnecessary detours, excessive prices and shady additional charges. Settle […]

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How to Survive Long Flights

How to Survive Long Flights

Over the years I’ve learned some tips to help survive long domestic or international flights. The key is a combination of activity, water and sleep. Here are my travel-tested tips (and those of several flight attendants), to help you arrive feeling and looking good. Wear loose-fitting clothing, shoes and socks. Your best bet is comfortable […]

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