Travel Resources

These are some of the travel resources I’ve found that have been personally helpful or informative to me…Please let me know if you find any to add to the list!

Airline Seats

Wonder what’s the best time to book an airline seat? A new study from Expedia reported by Matt Villano in Afar, The Secret to Booking Cheaper Airline Tickets, offers some answers.

Sneaky Tips To Snag The Best Seat on Your Next Flight by Leah Ginsburg in the New York Post (published on 7/7/15)

How to Get a Better Seat Next Time You Fly from George Hobica on AirfareWatchdog.com (posted 2/8/14)

Looking for legroom? This MoreTimeToTravel.com exclusive tells you how to find economy seats with the most legroom (9/16/13)

From the Boarding Area blog, View from the Wing: Seats on a Plane: How You Can Make Sure You Sit Together…gives great advice on how to outwit the airlines and get two adjacent seats (posted 11/30/13)

From industry publication SkiftHow to Outsmart the Airlines and Beat the Shrinking Airline Seat (posted 11/3/13) 

Finding a Seat that Fits on a Flight – This New York Times article by Stephanie Rosenbloom suggests online resources for finding the best airline seats

Is Premium Economy Worth the Money? – Informative piece by Bill McGee in USA Today that examines what you pay and what you get for premium economy seating on airlines

SeatGuru.com – This tool catalogs the seating configurations of most airline flights, and includes information about substandard seats. Before I choose seats, I use the site to check out the advantages and drawbacks of different seats

Airlines

On complaining to airlines…an article in Forbes explains How to Complain to Airlines on Twitter but also offers general advice (10/24/14).

An article in the NY Post explains how to get reimbursed for domestic or international flight delays: How to Get Paid for Irritating Flight Delays (5/15/14).

This article in USA Today includes an excellent list of tips from Rick Seaney on How To Save on Last Minute Airfares (3/24/14).

12 Tips for Getting the Best Airline Fares by George Hobica on the Huffington Post (3/17/14)

Ever wonder when the best time is to purchase your airline ticket? Check out this article by Suzy Strutner on The Best Time to Book a Plane Ticket in the Huffington Post (3/1/14)

They’re not all the same. Advice from Seth Kugel of the New York Times on How to Choose an Air Travel Search Site (1/15/14)

Bad weather? Read up about some of the precautions you need to take before and after you book. Advice from Johnny Jet on What To Do: Weather Delays and Flight Cancellations (11/26/13)

Advice on When to Buy Airline Tickets provided by FareCompare.com

YT by GetHuman.com is the go-to resource if you need to contact an airline (or other large company) and are frustrated by the series of phone prompts that seem dead-ended. For example, by typing the name of an airline in the site’s search box, it lists the prompts that will get you to a human, saving steps and time along the way. It also will tell you approximate wait times

Information on your rights should your flight be cancelled – Compensation for Your Travel Troubles from Susan Stellin of the New York Times

How To Get an Airline Refund by George Hobica of AirfareWatchdog.com on The Huffington Post (1/3/14)

How to Handle Luggage Problems and DelaysNew York Times article by Susan Stellin

Kayak Airline Fees Tool – This free tool provides a list of major carrier and the extra fees they charge for baggage and other services

NerdWallet Airline Fees Tool – This free tool may help you predict some of the extra costs you’ll have to pay for your next flight

Auto Rentals

See my article that appeared in the Boston Globe: 17 Ways to Save on a Car Rental.

Read The Hidden Costs of Car Rentals in Mexico by Matt Gibson on the Huffington Post (1/22/14).

If you are confused like I am about which airports permit Uber pickups, you’ll want to keep this article by Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal for reference: You Can’t Take an Uber Home from these Airports (7/6/16).

Cell Phones

How to Pick a Cellphone Plan When Traveling Abroad – Clear, understandable advice from Seth Kugel of the New York Times (posted 6/16/15)

Traveling abroad this summer? Assessing your best smartphone options – Nice overview by CNET reporter Maggie Reardon on phone/date options when traveling (posted 6/13/14).

Being Smart About Phone Fees Overseas – nice overview of your cell phone options overseas by Stephanie Rosenbloom of the New York Times (posted 3/19/14).

The Independent Traveler has a helpful post on various cell phone options when you travel overseas

Roam the World and Keep the Cellphone on a Budget – useful information from Eric Taub of the New York Times business section

Six Ways to Avoid Crazy Data Charges Abroad – from Mashable

Complaints

PeterGreenberg.com offers some tips on how to complain when you encounter problems while traveling (1/4/14)

Chris Elliot’s website, www.Elliot.org, maintains an updated list of travel-related company contacts for filing complaints against auto rental companies, airlines, and such (November 11, 2015).

Credit Cards

Which credit cards offer the best deals for travelers? Check them out at View from the Wing on the Boarding Area blog (accessed 1/4/14)

Cruises

From USA Today10 Tips to Help You Pick the Perfect Cruise

Currency Exchange

An article in the Seattle Times offers tips for exchanging currency – 5 Ways to Save on Currency Exchange (5/23/14)

Etiquette Tips

Etiquette varies by culture. Although the list is far from complete or comprehensive, this Worldwide Etiquette Guide from Swissotel Hotels and Resorts provides a few tips to help you avoid embarrassment abroad, and hopefully will remind you to watch your Ps & Qs

Health

Can You Prevent Your Tummy from Traveler’s Diarrhea? by Michaeleen Doucleff for NPR (8/6/15)

How to Avoid Catching a Cold Next Time You Fly – A MoreTimeToTravel.com exclusive

Hotels & Resorts

Some tips on How To Get a Hotel Upgrade from Travel and Leisure

Seth Kugel from the New York Times on How to Get a Cheap, Last-Minute Hotel Room

Insurance

Finding a Travel Insurance Plan That Travels With You by Stephanie Rosenbloom in the New York Times explains the type of travel insurance you’ll need before you set out on a trip (9/28/15).

In USA Today, George Hobica writes about insurance offered by credit card issuers: The Travel Insurance in Your Wallet You Didn’t Know You Had (8/19/14)

 5 Reasons You Need Travel Insurance – from MSN Money (2/17/14)

Should You Buy Travel Insurance? – Excellent article in the New York Times by Seth Kugel, the Frugal Traveler

Money & Currency

Where to change your dollars – An article from the Wall Street Journal on changing money abroad

Packing

This International Travel Checklist from AutoEurope will be invaluable if you are leaving for a trip overseas—just to make sure you don’t leave home the very thing you need (4/23/15)

Packable Items That Can Save Your Life in a Disaster – A worthwhile article that appeared in Smarter Travel (8/1/14)

How to Avoid Paying Extra Baggage Fees – An article I wrote for the Boston Globe with tips on how to avoid these onerous fees (8/12/12)

How to Choose A Carry-On – Very helpful piece by Susan Stellin of the NY Times, with tips about buying all sizes of luggage (posted 11/27/13)

Interactive Packing List – If you are like me, and forget at least one thing each time you pack–try out this interactive packing list offered by IndependentTravel.com/

How to Pack for a Weekend Trip – from National Geographic Traveler

Passports

This article in Conde Nast Traveler talks about Passport Index an online database that allows travelers to find out which countries require passport visas (7/22/16).

Unsure whether you need a visa to enter another country? This website, VisaMapper.com allows you to enter own nationality to see a map providing information on where you need visas (Huffington Post 12/27/13)

What to Do If You Lose Your Passport – Some helpful information from Catherine Hamm of the LA Times

How to Get an American Passport Quickly – Also from Catherine Hamm of the LA Times

Review Sites

In an article in the New York Times called Finding Your Tribe, Stephanie Rosenbloom describes some of the helpful review sites to choose from when planning a trip. I especially liked the new hotel review site she recommends: TripExpert.com (10/1/14)

Safety/Security

“My TSA” is an app you can download on your smartphone that gives you 24/7 access to information that passengers frequently request from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). For example, you cano find out if an item is allowed in your carry-on or checked baggage, information on ID requirements and liquids rules, tips for packing and dressing to speed through security. Perhaps, most importantly, it provides real-time operating status for U.S. airports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. Subscribe before you leave home to receive updates on Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts and other information for a particular country

TSA Pre✓™ allows select frequent flyers of participating airlines and members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs to receive expedited screening benefits during domestic travel. Eligible participants use dedicated screening lanes for screening benefits which include leaving on shoes, light outerwear and belts, as well as leaving laptops and 3-1-1 compliant liquids in carry-on bags. Learn more about how you can participate and receive expedited screening

Senior Discounts

In the NY Times, Frugal Traveler Seth Kugels provides an overview of the discounts that come with age when traveling abroad

The Perks of Being 50MoreTimeToTravel.com exclusive on age-related travel perks

Travel Planning

Google Search – There are shortcuts that make Google Search an invaluable tool for travel planning. Read my article which appeared in the Chicago Tribune on how to take advantage of this powerful search engine

Tripit – I use the free version of Tripit to keep my itinerary and plane/hotel arrangements together in one place. It provides maps, weather reports, etc. linked to my plan. It syncs to a mobile map and also enables me to share my plans with anyone else I designate

Vacation Rentals

Kate Auletta of the Huffington Post writes about What You Need to Know Before You Rent A Vacation Home (12/16/14)


Other miscellaneous, irresistible, inspiring or interesting resources I’ve found and loved:

What Should You Do If Your Encounter a Dangerous Animal? On Quora (11/6/13)


Note: This list is a work in progress. Is there some travel tool that you return to again and again? Email me and let me know about it so I can add it to the list.

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