In the travel industry, many people contact travel companies randomly for price quotes, after finding a number in the phone book, or online. Before even getting my welcome message out of my mouth, I’m interrupted with – “I want your best price!” Well, I can give you the lowest price on anything, but most times … More “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” The Principles of Warren Buffett
Luckily we’ve never encountered any crime or pick-pocketing in ANY of our travels. Want a packing list? Contact us, and we will send you one“Once I was in the Middle East, and walking in a city with a colleague,” says Craig Bidois, principal consultant, Fear Free, a New Zealand-based security and safety management firm. “A … More Five Ways to Avoid Theft on Vacation – SmarterTravel.com
Now that nearly every airline is charging baggage fees, the best way to pack a bag seems to be an ongoing debate.In today’s Business Travel special section, Christine Negroni reports on packing tips from the pros, including how to pack for a 10-day vacation in a carry-on.The Practical Traveler also found that it’s possible to … More How Do You Pack for Vacation? – In Transit Blog – NYTimes.com
By Rick Steves Tribune Media Services LAURA VANDEVENTER If you take a computer when you travel to Europe, there are programs that let you call home for free — even with two-way video. When I was a gawky teenager, my parents took me to Europe, broadened my horizon, and changed my life. After I graduated … More Free and easy ways to stay connected from Europe by Rick Steeves
By Rick Steves Tribune Media Services updated 2/1/2010 4:50:00 When people ask me about the scariest situation I’ve ever been in, I think back to a taxi ride I took to the Moscow airport in the early ’90s. A no-neck guy who looked like a classic Russian mafia thug picked me up in a beat-up … More Taxi tips for travelers – Europe – msnbc.com
Strategies for navigating notoriously pricey cities like Honolulu, London, New York, and Tokyo, along with unique experiences in each that won’t cost you a penny. By Tim Leffel, Monday, Oct 20, 2008, 2:18 PM Big Ben and the London skyline (Goodshoot/Corbis) LONDONAt about $5 for a pint and $8 for a single Tube ride, that … More Expensive Cities on the Cheap
Whether you need euros, shekels, pesos or pounds, making a withdrawal from an ATM is generally the easiest and cheapest way to get cash abroad. The biggest advantage of exchanging money with your ATM card is that all cash withdrawals, regardless of size, are exchanged based on the wholesale exchange rate, which is usually reserved … More ATM’s Abroad
Before you fork over the cash, pull out a calculator and do your homework By Tim LeffelTravel columnist Every city in Europe seems to offer some kind of special discount card for tourists, and the practice is common in other major capitals as well. At first glance, they all seem attractive. You pay one … More Tourist discount cards: Deal or no deal?