(Photo: Quechua Women in Sacsayhuaman via Shutterstock)
There's no need to make it all the way to Machu Picchu to see great Incan monuments; they're readily accessible in Cusco too, and what a site to behold! Once a capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco still reigns supreme with majestic ruins, including the precolonial sites Qorikancha, Saqsayhuaman, and Qenko. ... read more»
A temporary phone/tablet protector that's 100 percent water, dirt, sand, and snow proof. ... read more»
You probably won't get an inflight upgrade, but maybe the crew will forget to charge you for your cocktail. Maybe they'll reseat you if the child behind you is wailing. Regardless, being nice is its own reward. Airfarewatchdog's George Hobica lists 12 tips on how to get the cabin crew to be sweet on you. ... read more»
Hotel Wi-Fi has become a hot-button issue among travelers, as Internet access has risen to the top of travelers' must-have lists and hotels have adjusted (or not) to those expectations.
But the expectation goes beyond simple access; hotel guests want access that is fast and reliable. Downloading email is necessary, but hardly sufficient. We want to seamlessly stream the latest episode of "House of Cards" on Netflix. We want our Pandora music channels to be the soundtrack of our lives, whether at home or on the road. Dial-up download speeds won't cut it. ... read more»
The perfect combination of a packing cube and compression bag. ... read more»
A study from CheapAir.com aims to answer that instrumental trip-planning question: How far in advance should I book my flight?
Number crunchers from CheapAir.com, an airfare booking site, monitored 4,191,533 trips last year to find a solution. They looked at fare fluctuations from 320 days to one day in advance of departure to determine how far ahead of time travelers should book plane tickets. All in all, the folks at CheapAir.com analyzed the booking data from roughly 1.3 billion airfares.
According to the results of the study, the best time to book a domestic flight is 54 days (or seven and a half weeks) in advance. For international flights, CheapAir.com generally advises travelers to buy earlier rather than later, but prime booking dates vary by destination. ... read more»
Nothing is more frustrating than suffering an accident when you're traveling, especially if you suffer damages through the negligence of a hotel, cruise line, tourist attraction, sightseeing operator, or such. Judge Thomas Dickerson, who literally writes the book on travel law, recently published several articles that address legal questions about overseas travel, but they offer less certainty than you might expect. The key question is whether you can claim jurisdiction over a foreign supplier in a U.S. court, and Judge Dickerson's analyses suggests that the answer is a firm "maybe." ... read more»
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On a transatlantic red-eye flight, the kid behind my traveling companion would not stop kicking the seat.
My friend did his best to ignore the rhythmic banging for a while, but the child persisted with his behavior. After some time, my friend snapped. He turned around and demanded that the child's mother control her kid. He was perceptibly angry.
Had my friend asked the mother to put an end to the kicking before he allowed himself to become so inflamed, a more pleasant interaction might have taken place. ... read more»
Next year, Delta will switch its Skymiles frequent-flyer program from a mileage base to a dollar base. You've probably already read about that, so the question becomes one of how to deal with it. Overall, the new rules will be good for business travelers and bad for vacation travelers—so bad that vacation travelers might want to reconsider loyalty to Delta, if other lines don't follow suit. ... read more»
France is always working to show off its rich heritage in innovative ways. You'll see some impressive changes this year.
The big news in Paris is that the extensive, multiyear makeover of the Picasso Museum is nearing completion. The museum, which will reopen sometime in 2014, is home to the world's largest collection of Picasso works, representing the full range of the artist's many styles (check the museum's website for the latest). ... read more»