RSSPacking Pointers

Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours.  When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago — Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca — we too had a long lay-over in Lima.  Recently I returned to Lima en route to Easter Island and discovered […]

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Even the most experienced traveler forgets things and learns from travel tips. 

Even the most experienced traveler forgets things and learns from travel tips. 

Even the most experienced travelers forget important items and are constantly learning new travel tips. Once again, I find myself leaving for an international trip in two days and I’m still making lists. To make my next trip, and yours, easier, here is my last minute list.   1. Call your credit card company to […]

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Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

Unusual Packing Tips for Frequent Travelers

My five most useful packing tips for frequent travelers. Packing is always stressful. Even though I’ve packed for trips to over 100 countries on seven continents, it is always stressful and I keep learning ways to make it easier. Also check out: Ten Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Vacation and Ten Things to Pack in […]

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Travel safety tips for college students

Travel safety tips for college students

Safety Tips for college students going abroad from college students who have recently returned (my daughter and her friends)  and travel expert, Marybeth Bond. Women Travel Statistics indicate that the number one issue for women travelers is safety. Here are practical safety tips compiled by my college-age daughter and her friends, who have recently returned from […]

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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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The Best Travel Apps Used by Travel Gurus

The Best Travel Apps Used by Travel Gurus

In 2013 I spoke at the New York Times Travel Show and the Los Angeles Times Travel Show, and my colleagues and I chose these apps to share with you.  Trip Planning Apps GasBuddy – Find Cheap Gas Prices KAYAK TripAdvisor Hotel & Restaurants and Reviews (remember to toss out the over-the-top and complainer-bottom reviews […]

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Packing Panic

Packing Panic

 Packing Panic for an Antarctic Expedition. Last minute packing? We have one week until departure for Buenos Aires – where the temperature is 95′ Fahrenheit – and then on to Antarctica – where it will be summer and about 2′ Fahrenheit. For me the toughest packing is for different climates, a big city and remote […]

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Packing for a Cruise

Packing for a Cruise

Packing the right clothes for a cruise has always been a big challenge. I’ve packed for more than a few cruises by now but it is getting even harder because cruise companies are offering more activities that need a greater mix of formal, informal and casual evenings at sea. Packing the shorts, t-shirts and bathing […]

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Ten Things to Do Before an International Trip.

Ten Things to Do Before an International Trip.

Before beginning a long trip, I review my checklists. I hope they help to make your packing and planning easier. For the Airplane 1. Silicon ear plugs. 2. Eye Shield. 3. Warm sweater. 4. Comfortable Socks. 5. No Jet Lag Pills. Begin taking them as soon as you board. Emergenc-C or AirBorne tablets are immune […]

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