If you want to fix a travel problem, hang up the phone.
The phone — by which I mean voice communication — puts travelers at a significant disadvantage when it comes to problem-solving. But there’s a notable exception, a time when you should pick up the phone and then maybe hang up. If you understand the difference, you’re well on your way to resolving almost any travel problem.
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Think the real world is a dangerous place for travelers? Try visiting the virtual one, a destination filled with shady travel offers and criminals who want to steal your personal information. There are many dangerous virtual destinations out there.
It’s the time of year when people start planning their summer vacations, and with everyone watching the bottom line, the temptation to save a few dollars by booking online is strong. That might include searching the underside of the Internet for a bargain.
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When I walked into my Hawaii vacation rental, I collided with a wall of hot, humid air. Instinctively, I scanned the house for a thermostat or air conditioner. I found a small wall unit, but I couldn’t plug it in. It had a lock on it. I called the owner, who said she’d be happy to remove the lock — if I paid her an extra $300.
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From impossibly long lines to intrusive searches by humorless agents, today’s airport screening process is a hassle for many fliers.
But the screenings of tomorrow could be unlike anything you can imagine — fast, easy, and maybe even friendly. At least that’s the assessment of experts.
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It’s not too early to start thinking about spring break.
The annual rite for sun worshipers, which runs from February to mid-April, isn’t just a stampede toward warmer weather. Many ski resorts experience peak demand, too. If you’re traveling somewhere in the coming weeks, you’ll need to start planning now and to keep a few strategies in mind, experts say.
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