After Doris Weller checked out of the Hampton Inn Parsippany, she assumed that she’d settled her bill. But the New Jersey hotel had a final surprise: a mysterious $250 damage charge to her Discover card. A manager claimed that she’d damaged her bed, but offered no details.
“I asked him to send me a copy of the incident they wrote up,” says Weller, a social worker from Wichita. “He said they had a policy internally they could not provide that for me.”
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Teri-Lee Lawler-Baack is a little nervous after the British Parliament’s recent vote on Brexit, which set the stage for a potentially chaotic “no deal” departure from the European Union on March 29. She’s not the only one.
“I’m holding my breath,” says Lawler-Baack, a retired investment adviser from Vacaville, Calif. She’s headed to Berkshire and the Isle of Wight this summer, and like many travelers with plans to visit the United Kingdom, she doesn’t know what to expect.
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On a recent Delta Air Lines flight from Newark to Minneapolis, a passenger seated near Stephanie Wolkin downed five mini-bottles of vodka in rapid succession. By the time the plane landed, the intoxicated passenger had become violently ill, and Wolkin, a retired union worker from St. Paul, Minn., had earned 10,000 frequent-flier miles the hard way.
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If you like crowds, personalized travel experiences or talking to machines, then you’re going to love traveling in 2019. That’s because “overtourism,” personalization and artificial intelligence rank among the top travel trends of the new year, experts say. And, as in years past, you’ll also pay more to get where you’re going.
The roads, skies and railways will be filled to the point of gridlock, warns Mahmood Khan, a professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Higher demand promises to make 2019 one of the busiest travel years on record.
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Bob Tupper’s summer vacation in Bologna, Italy, was his best trip of the year. It included a visit to the famous markets in the Quadrilatero district, touring the oldest university in the western world and sampling beer at the Baladin brewpub near the city.
Lots of beer.
Read more “Your best and worst trips of 2018”