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Tips for Healthy and Stress-Free Holiday Travel

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

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...

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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 has historically meant that the seats were better, the food was more tasty, and most …... Read More

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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. Since the journey was going to be several hours long, and my friend and I …... 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

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    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

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    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

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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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