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When You Reserve Your Room Ask if they have security personnel 24/7. Reserve a room located between the second and seventh floors – within reach of a fire department ladder. Request a room that is not near vending machines (noise and loitering), and far from elevators...read more
Do your homework You can call the hotel directly. Ask the hotel reservations staff the “occupancy rate” of the hotel for the dates you’ll be visiting. If the hotel is near full you won’t have as much bargaining power. To attempt to bargain with the hotel manager you...read more
A rewarding aspect of travel is learning about organizations around the world that help the people and places we visit, and giving back to them to support their causes. Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation (NYOF) The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation, founded by...read more
What To Pack, from Delia, Alexandria, VA If you are wondering what to pack when travelling south of the border, a long cotton skirt and short sleeve shirts are perfect. When I travelled to Guatemala in 2003 I packed shorts and some sleeveless shirts not knowing this...read more
Leave Your Itinerary with someone back home. Whether you’re single or have a million relatives, leave your travel itinerary with a colleague, friend or loved one. Carry extra copies with you in case you lose it. It’s also a good idea to carry photocopies of your...read more
Ask these questions when booking a room: Do kids stay free? Is breakfast free? Does the hotel offer a discount for adjoining rooms? Does the hotel have cribs and roll-away beds? Do they charge to rent them? Are there any supervised programs for kids? How much do they...read more
Women now constitute almost 50 percent of all the business travel in the United States, and spend $175 billion on 14 million trips annually. Women also have safety concerns that men don't. Here's a collection of safety tips. Place the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your...read more
What is “economy class syndrome?” I thought it referred to dark circles under the eyes, cramped legs and sore necks that are part of the joy of long haul flights. Recently I learned that “economy class syndrome” is a more serious condition, described as “deep-vein...read more
A key to safe travel is to make smart choices and use your common sense, especially when traveling alone. Don't be paranoid, but be aware that bad things do happen, and protect yourself. An important safety tip is to trust your instincts. They are well-honed from...read more
Start packing at least a week before your departure. If you’re going on an adventure or overseas trip, begin several weeks in advance. Plan, plan, plan. Make lists of what you will wear each day and what tops go with different skirts or slacks. Pick a color theme....read more
Marybeth Bond's first new bike - in her life! httpv://www..com/watch?v=8mAOIhiCNK0read more