When it comes to carry-on luggage, less is more. Bulky is out – and small is in. People are learning how to be a minimalist when they fly.
At least that’s the consensus of experts and travelers who are working harder than ever to reduce the size of their bags.
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Turn off your cellphone. Downsize your luggage. And remember that your standards aren’t necessarily their standards. Those are just some of the travel hacks professional travelers will share with you — if you can find them.
I know, because that’s what they told me. And who are the world’s most experienced travelers? They are hard-working business travelers, including expatriates and foreign service workers, who live outside the U.S. for weeks, months, even years at a time.
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First class is dead, at least according to frequent airline passengers like Bonnie Friedman. She’s been flying in the front of the plane for years and has witnessed the slow and sad decline of premium service.
“It was never fabulous,” says Friedman, a communication consultant who lives on Maui. “But in the last three or four years, it has most definitely lost what little luster it had. The planes are cheaply made, the seats are smaller, the bathrooms almost too small to get into — and I’m a small person.”
In first class. Yes, first class.
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Think you know everything there is to know about finding a vacation rental? Think again, say vacation rental experts. From when to book to what to look for, you might be missing important details that could dramatically improve your stay. And yes, there are a few vacation rental tips even the experts don’t know.
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Yelena Shuster’s case looked hopeless. She had a one-way, nonrefundable airline ticket from New York to Los Angeles on United Airlines – and she wanted a refund. How do you get a refund on a nonrefundable ticket?
“I got sick, which turned into a terrible sinus infection,” says Shuster, a college counselor who lives in New York. “My doctor advised me to cancel the trip.”
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