Trip Coach: “Shoulder Season” Bargains for Fall

Booking trips in the “sweet spot” between high season and low season can nab you a great vacation at a shockingly low price. Fall is on the way, and that means “shoulder season” bargains. We recently shared some fall travel secrets live on Facebook. As a result of that lively, informative conversation and some great questions from our audience, we’ve put together this cheat sheet for autumn savings: WHAT IS SHOULDER SEASON? We call this time of year “shoulder season” because, in a lot of popular destinations, it’s between the high…

Travel Tips for Miami

After spending 48 hours in the sun-soaked city of Miami. We picked a selection of Tony’s best tips from The Layover: Miami episode — be sure to check them out before your next trip. Arrivals and Departures “Flying into Miami, you have 2 options — Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The quickest way into the city is via taxi for $32. You’ll be at the beach in less than 30 minutes. On a budget? Try Super Shuttle for $19.” “When leaving Miami, use curb check. Avoid the line for a few extra…

Tips to Ensure Your Business Trip Goes Smoothly

If you are a frequent business traveller, it is important to do your research beforehand to know the tips and tricks to help your trip be as stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips to ensure your business trip goes smoothly. Plan The first and most important step is to make a plan that can help document everything you need for a trip and to make sure there are no complications that could arise. Having a list of all the items you need to pack beforehand will ensure you…

Tips for the solo traveller

Taking off on a solo travel adventure can be exhilarating, unfiltered by anyone else’s preferences or prejudices, where you’re able to indulge your every whim on your time and your terms. Of course, travelling alone can have some disadvantages too, especially around safety. While you may relish the time to be alone with your thoughts and just catch up on ‘me’ time’, here are some important tips to keep your solo travels safe and hassle-free:  Thoroughly check user ratings and online reviews – We’ve all heard the horror stories of the photoshopped…

10 travel tips for your journey to Jamaica

With its sandy beaches, luscious rainforests and stunning waterfalls, Jamaica is the perfect place for a tropical vacation. This is a Caribbean island with lots to offer for travellers of all kinds, from those of you seeking a party scene to those looking for something more relaxing and cultural, Jamaica has it all. It’s a good idea to read up on local knowledge first – this way you can experience the real Jamaica. To help you out, here are our best travel tips: Know when to visit Jamaica. The climate…

Tips for Traveling with Kids in Europe

When parents tell me they’re going to Europe and ask me where to take their kids, I’m tempted to answer, “to Grandma and Grandpa’s on your way to the airport.” It’s easy to make the case against taking the kids along. A European vacation with kids in tow is much more about playgrounds and petting zoos than about museums and churches. And traveling with kids is expensive. Out of exhaustion and frustration, you may opt for pricey conveniences like taxis and the first restaurant you find with a kid-friendly menu.…

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks of traveling: accidents, illness, missed flights, canceled tours, lost baggage, theft, terrorism, travel-company bankruptcies, emergency evacuation, and getting your body home if you die. Each traveler’s potential loss varies, depending on how much of your trip is prepaid, the refundability of the air ticket you purchased, your state of health, the value of your luggage, where you’re traveling, the financial health of your tour company and airline, and what coverage you already have (through your medical insurance, homeowners or renters insurance, and/or…

Encountering Racism in Europe

People who are not of European descent may worry about how they’ll be treated abroad. In short, does it matter that you look different from most Europeans? I’ve collected the following advice from a wide range of people of color who have lived or traveled extensively in Europe. First off, your Americanness will probably be more notable to the Europeans you meet than the color of your skin. Most Europeans can spot Americans a mile away. And, because American culture is pervasive worldwide, any stereotypes Europeans might have about your…

Getting Your Travel Documents Together

Your trip won’t get off the ground if you don’t prepare your documents — passport, student and hostel cards, rail pass, international driving permit — well before your departure date. Give yourself plenty of lead time. Passports In much of Europe, the only document a US or Canadian citizen needs is a passport. (The US Passport Card works only for those driving or cruising to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.) And for most American travelers, the only time any customs official looks at you seriously is at the airport…

Europe Trip Itinerary Tips

Turning a wish list into a day-by-day itinerary for your European vacation isn’t just smart, it’s fun. Filling in the blanks between the flight out and the flight home is one of the more pleasurable parts of trip planning. It’s armchair travel that turns into real travel. I never start a trip without having every day planned out. Your reaction to an itinerary may be, “Hey, won’t my spontaneity and freedom suffer?” Not necessarily. Although I always begin a trip with a well-thought-out plan, I maintain my flexibility and make…

When to Go to Europe: Timing Your Trip

Some people have flexible enough jobs and lifestyles to cherry-pick when to take their vacations, but many others have less choice. Fortunately, Europe welcomes visitors 365 days a year — and each season offers a different ambience and experience. In travel-industry jargon, the year is divided into three seasons: peak season (roughly mid-June through August), shoulder season (April through mid-June and September through October), and off-season (November through March). Each has its pros and cons. Regardless of when you go, if your objective is to “meet the people,” you’ll find…

5 Travel Tips from Fabulous Fitness Instructors

When you’re on the go, it may be easy to get off track in terms of your health and fitness. As stressful holiday travel comes up, here are a few tips to help you keep control of your eating and moving habits. Personally, I like to use the hotel towel or yoga mat to stretch in the morning and enjoy walking. I’ve also load up on lots of local fruit!  When on vacation, I make sure to sweat before breakfast. I will find my little spot and switch up between…