Smart Traveler

If you think that the bathroom toilet is the least hygienic part of any hotel room, think again. "It’s the TV remote control," advises Allison Janse. "The remote control is never cleaned yet people are touching it a lot." If that’s news to you, it then listen to what else

1. DON’T CALL ROOM SERVICE. Dine out, not in. At many hotels, room service prices are inflated beyond restaurant prices. Then they’re topped off with an 18 percent gratuity, plus a delivery charge and taxes. Not to mention a blank line inviting you to add yet another gratuity. 2. DON’T

  When I stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler in Canada’s British Columbia last year, a hotel employee casually mentioned that all the rooms were privately owned. "You mean they’re fractionals?" I asked. (A fractional is a popular style of vacation ownership in which the owner typically buys the

It was on a recent Thursday afternoon that my wife discovered that her passport had expired some two months earlier. She was scheduled to take a business trip to Jamaica the following Tuesday. Panic, and some quick Googling, and not a few phone calls followed, from both of us. She

How do you make the journey by air a little more bearable? By paying attention to the details. Here are five tips to make your next flight more comfortable. USE YOUR PHONE TO CHANGE YOUR TICKET What do you do if you’re in the airport and your flight is canceled

These are shaky times for airlines, and that means that frequent flier programs are in for a few bumps. Much of the conventional wisdom about the best way to maximize and use your miles (like letting them accumulate) no longer applies. And then there’s the specter of airlines going out

  When publicist Rob Kulat traveled from Chicago to the Paris Air Show last year, he did what he always does to combat jet lag. "I reset my internal clock several days before I left," Kulat says, "progressively going to bed earlier and earlier, and waking up earlier and earlier."

You won’t find the word "tourist" in most travel magazines, blogs or websites. It’s thought to be pejorative, conjuring up images of a tour bus filled with befuddled Americans, the kind that populated the classic film "If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium." Instead, the word "traveler" is nearly always

When my wife Gayle and I contemplated taking our then six-month old daughter Emma to Villars, Switzerland a few winters ago, I wasn’t thinking of Alpine pistes and lazy slope side lunches. I was dreading the thought of the three of us crammed into a standard-size European hotel room. I

     What’s the worst part of sitting in a cramped coach seat on flight after flight? For me it’s filing past the lucky handful of first-class (Photo courtesy of Air France) passengers in their comfy leather seats, champagne in hand. Especially when I suspect that few of them actually