Consummate Traveler

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

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)
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)

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...

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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 of being a host makes you anxious, fear not. With just a few key pointers, …... Read More

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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 me. My business trips last three weeks, so I need to take enough work and …... Read More




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    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

  • The Consummate Traveler: How to Buy the Right Suitcase

    Finding a great suitcase is a lot like finding a significant other. You may try out many different sizes and types, but once you find... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: But I Am in First Class!

    For those who do not travel frequently, paying for a first class seat certainly does gain you many great privileges, including access to exclusive airline... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: Rules to Remember When Leaving for the Airport

    Over the course of my 17-plus years of business travel, I have certainly had my share of mishaps and dramas on the way to the... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: On–The-Go Healthy Breakfast Ideas

    Since my job requires me to travel in three-week increments, it is an understatement for me to say that the hotel breakfast buffet gets to... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: How to Write a Helpful Online Hotel Review

    I don’t know about you, but the minute I decide to take a trip and need to find a hotel, I hit popular websites to... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: How to Find the Perfect Hotel

    Recently, I have been helping a colleague of mine plan his first vacation to Italy this coming November. His amazing itinerary will include Rome, Florence,... Read more

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    How to Think Slow and Fight the Fear of Flying

    Fears about air travel are common and entirely understandable. Human beings have not evolved to fly (beyond the fact that we have evolved brains sophisticated... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler: Three Ways to Make Coach More Classy

    Several months ago I flew to Bogota, Colombia, in economy class and was quickly reminded how bare bones and rough it has become. For instance,... Read more

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    Space Tourism Needs an ‘Orbital Megabus’ to Truly Lift Off

    Britain has joined the race to become a leading hub of commercial space flight, announcing eight potential sites for a potential “spaceport” within the UK... Read more

  • If you are one of the few passengers selected to go through additional security screening, the more stuff you have in your bag, the longer this process takes. Keep this in mind when packing your bags. (Digital Vision/thinkstock.com)

    The Consummate Traveler: Lessons Learned From a Nightmare Trip (Part 2)

    In my last article, I recounted the horrible travel mishaps of a colleague of mine while on a return business trip from Shanghai to Newark,... Read more

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    How to Add Up Your Travel Points for a Free Vacation (Video)

    How to add up your travel points for a free vacation. Brian Kelly, also known as the Points Guy, sits down with JD and Carolina... Read more

  • A look at the items that Michele has in her carry-on bag. (Ben Chasteen/ Epoch Times)

    The Consummate Traveler – What’s In My Bag? The Carry-On Essentials

    In this article, I am going to share the contents of what I keep in my “airplane pouch.” This is a bag that stays with... Read more

  • The Consummate Traveler – Luggage Lifesavers

    One of the worst things that can happen while en route to your destination is to have your luggage fall apart. Perhaps it is a... Read more

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    Private Butler or Presidential Residence? Luxury Hotels Welcome Wealthiest Travelers (Video)

    As the gap between the wealthiest travelers and everyone else has widened, so has the way people are experiencing vacation. The wealthy are looking for... Read more


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