Retha Charette remembers the most annoying flier. On a recent flight from Newark to Amsterdam, her seatmate opened her tray table, placed her infant on it and began to change the baby’s diaper.
“It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on a plane,” Charette says. “I didn’t know what to do.”
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have a story like hers to tell. Charette, who writes a blog called Roaming Nanny, says she tries to keep her cool when she encounters an annoying flier.
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For Katy Breuer, the symptoms start as soon as she steps off a cruise ship. She feels dizzy and disoriented, can’t eat and can’t find her land legs. “It’s debilitating,” says Breuer, an executive coach from Vienna, Va.
It could be worse. For some travelers, the rocking never ends. They suffer from mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS), a rare and chronic form of reverse motion sickness. Instead of getting seasick on board, their illness begins when they hit dry land — and it never ends.
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When Jeremy Epstein rented a Nissan Altima from Hertz in Albuquerque recently, he was outraged by his car rental fees. They made the extras charged by the rest of the travel industry look like the work of amateurs.
They do. But maybe not for much longer.
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Never check luggage. That’s the winter travel advice of CNBC correspondent Contessa Brewer, who, coincidentally, was emailing me from a plane en route to cover a weather disaster.
“Bring carry-on luggage,” she told me. “It makes it much easier to rebook flights. And don’t take no for an answer.”
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Before Molly Last traveled to Greece to volunteer at a cat sanctuary, she ran the numbers for her phone. She wondered: What’s the best international calling plan?
Connecting through her iPhone would set her back $10 a day through AT&T. “So my 65-day trip would have cost $650,” says Last, a retired elementary school teacher from San Francisco.
But a SIM card with a basic calling plan in Greece cost just $19 a month through Vodafone. It covered text messages, calls within Greece and WiFi.
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