Travel Tips & Tricks

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Robert Benchley once said “In America there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children.” I’ve done both.

While first class is more comfortable, travel with children is far more interesting.

If you’re looking for tips and tricks for making your travel more enjoyable and/or affordable, then you’ve come to the right place.

Topics of interest include budget travel, frequent flyer programs, travel credit cards, hotel and airline tips, traveling with kids, vacation planning, and more.

This is just a quick note about driving in Europe with a license from the USA‚Ķ I’m leaving in a few days for western Europe and just realized that I (technically) need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Why? Because certain countries (Spain included, which is where I’ll be […]

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I’ve been staying at a Westin hotel for the past couple of nights. When I checked in, I was greeted with an interesting query. “Would you like to participate in our Green Choice program?” the clerk asked. Unsure of what he meant, I asked for details. As it turns out, […]

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Credit Card Travel Notifications

by Michael on Sep 3, 2013 · 2 comments

I’ve always heard that it’s a good idea to notify your credit card issuers when you’ll be traveling outside the United States. If you don’t, the story goes, you run the risk of having your credit cards locked down as a fraud prevention measure. Not good. Is it really necessary […]

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I’m heading to Europe in a couple of weeks and have thus been tying up some loose ends in advance of my departure. One of these tasks has been to get a credit card that’s more likely to be compatible with European card processing systems. In case you weren’t aware, […]

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While I’ve complained about Hotwire customer service in the past, I have to give them some credit based on a recent customer service experience. Though I’ve shied away from using them for car rentals, I still use Hotwire for occasional room reservations when traveling. Even with their less-than-transparent service fees, […]

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As I write this, we’re on vacation. While we’ll be spending a week at a lakeside destination, we’ve made several stopovers along the way. Among other things, this has meant that we’ve needed hotel rooms. And guess what? Despite my previous anti-Hotwire rant, I actually used Hotwire to book our […]

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Over the weekend, I got a speeding ticket. According to the deputy who pulled me over, I was going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. The worst part is that I got busted in a known speed trap — a short stretch of highway where the speed limits drops […]

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