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  • Years of experience traveling gives me, I think, a fair amount of knowledge about travel: how to keep yourself safe, how to travel solo, how to choose where to travel, what not to do, and so on. These articles are meant to help less-experienced travelers avoid all of the many mistakes I’ve made. I hope they help!

a bag of candy ready to hand to a flight attendant

Gifts for flight attendants: an experiment

Despite all the uproar over United Airlines’ treatment of a man who resisted being bumped from a flight, I think it’s safe to say almost every flight attendant acts in a professional way, and they show remarkable patience. In praise of flight attendants Passengers misbehave: the internet abounds with examples. (See this article, or this…

pretty sky view from a plane

Where should I travel? How to choose a destination

Sometimes it’s hard to choose a travel destination. Let’s say you have only two weeks’ vacation, and you want to get the most out of it that you can. At the same time, if you’re like me, you want to see pretty much the whole world. You know that in just one lifetime, and in…

This snapshot shows our son suffering the indignity of being transported in a camel's sidesaddle because he wasn't big enough to ride the camel like the rest of us.

Choosing a destination in a time of terrorism

Note: I wrote this a couple of years ago, but the argument I make here still applies. Where I mention a terrorist attack from some time ago, just fill in whatever the most recent one was. The attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week got me thinking about how terrorism affects travel and tourism….

The huge tree at Neiman Marcus department store in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Noel Morata

Spending Christmas Away from Home

It occurred to me recently that, although I don’t even celebrate Christmas, I almost always end up spending the holiday at home. Of course, the term “home” has shifted meaning with each move. I asked several fellow bloggers recently to write a short piece about a place to spend the holiday, besides home. Here’s what they sent:…

Elite Hotel Stockholm Plaza, booked through Hotwire

How to Use Hotwire: Tips for Booking Hotels

In my post about Arolithos “Traditional Cretan Village”, I described how I reserved my hotel room through Hotwire, and how Hotwire is a bit of a gamble. (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of these links, I will receive a small commission. This will not affect your price.)…

Here is how my Eagle Creek backpack looks with all the straps assembled and clipped into place. It all packs away into a zippered pocket when youre using it as a wheeled bag, but adds significant bulk.

Eagle Creek Backpack Review

For the two solo trips I took this year—one to Guadeloupe, Martinique, New York and Spain, and one to Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea—I needed a very specific kind of luggage. The problem Since I was traveling solo, I needed to travel as light as possible. I also needed luggage I could manage…

a beautiful Costa Blanca view

Driving Costa Blanca: Some Advice

If you’re ever in the Costa Blanca in Spain, here’s what I’d recommend: get away from the coast! Yes, you can enjoy the beaches and party till the wee hours in the coastal towns, but there’s far more to see inland. The drive I did the other day, for example, was absolutely lovely. Leaving from…

Planes at boarding gates in Paris.

5 Tips for Helping a Fearful Flyer

You’ve boarded a plane and found your seat, stowed your things and buckled up. The plane makes its way onto the runway and, after a short wait, the acceleration for take-off begins. You’re reading the book you brought along and don’t pay any attention to what the plane is doing, but, as it speeds up, something…

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