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The Consummate Traveler: NYC Holiday Sightseeing Guide

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New York City is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous epicenters for the holiday season. Each year throngs of tourists flock to this tiny...

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The Consummate Traveler: House Guest Etiquette

What I look forward to most each holiday season is enjoying quality time with my family and friends. If you are like me, this also means spending several days as a houseguest. Although in my case I am staying at …... Read More

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The Consummate Traveler: The Holiday Road Trip Checklist

The holiday season has finally arrived, which means that many of us will be driving on the road to spend time with our loved ones. Before you pack up the family and pets to visit Aunt Mary next weekend, I …... Read More

  • Consumers always hope to get the best deal when they make their travel and holiday plans. But so do the airlines. (Artem Katranzhi, CC BY SA)

    So When Should You Book That Flight? The Truth on Airline Prices

    How airlines price tickets is a source of many myths and urban legends. These include tips about the best day of the week to buy... Read more

  • The AAA estimates that 94.5 million people will travel during the holidays. (Shutterstock*)

    Tips for Healthy and Stress-Free Holiday Travel

    Over the river and through the woods, people will be heading off to visit family and friends for the holidays between now and New Year’s... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Surprises in Business-Class Seating

    When I first began to travel for my job over 15 years ago, one of the most exciting benefits was to travel business class. This... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: The Benefits of Overnight Flights

    If I had to plan my ideal voyage, it would certainly include an overnight flight. This is mostly due to the fact that flying after... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: The Hits and Misses of Ground Transportation

    Several years ago I decided to take a train from Milan to Monaco as part of a three-city vacation in order to save some money... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: Keeping Business Confidential

    This past Sunday evening, a colleague and I were sitting in our hotel lounge working on our computers, when we suddenly overheard two middle-aged individuals... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: Airplanes and Your Health

    For the first time since the whole Ebola virus story has taken over news headlines, I ventured to the airport and took a 9.5-hour flight... Read more


    The Consummate Traveler: Donating Travel Toiletries

    The other day I was cleaning out my bathroom cabinets and I came across several plastic bags filled with hotel soaps, shampoos, and skin creams... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: The Unpredictable World of Airfares

    Yes, it is true that the cost of airfare can fluctuate hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the blink of an eye with no... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Packing for Winter Weather

    Here in the New York area the evening and early morning air already has that cool and crisp feel to it. That means winter will... Read more

  • Rental cars are a scarce commodity during peak vacation and tourist season. Travelers who plan to rent a car internationally should book early. Stefano Lunardi/iStock/Thinkstock)

    The Consummate Traveler: The High Cost of Automatic Rental Cars Abroad

    My parents have been enjoying the summer in their hometown of northern Portugal and will soon return at the end of September. My aunt and... Read more

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    How to Survive a Plane Crash

      LONDON—They raced down the slide, one by one, like children on a playground. At the bottom, smartphone photos were snapped and high fives exchanged... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Get Ready for House Guest Season

    The holiday season is just around the corner, can you believe it? That means you may be opening your home to houseguests. If the idea... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Simplify Packing With a Capsule Wardrobe

    Have you ever struggled to figure out what clothes to bring along for a vacation or business trip? This is a constant sticking point for... Read more

  • Dinners alone can be less awkward if you have something to read.(pashyksv/iStock/Thinkstock)

    The Consummate Traveler: Tips and Gadgets for Solo Travelers

    Taking a vacation alone can be both intimidating and empowering. I have done it a few times myself. My solo adventures have varied from a... Read more

  • In this Sept. 23, 2013, photo rows of slimline seats await installation aboard a Southwest Airlines 737 at the carrier's headquarters in Dallas. "Seats are getting closer together," says Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, which represents 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines. (AP Photo/John Mone)

    It’s No Longer Safe to Recline Your Airplane Seat

    NEW YORK—Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled... Read more

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