By committing the Paris massacre and, according to reports, also bringing down Metrojet flight 9268 over Egypt, ISIS terrorists have extended the Middle East battlefield to both Western and Eastern Europe.
Given that the several underlying Middle East conflicts are a long way from settled, it seems likely that we'll see more of the same, not less, in the next year or two.
We'll know a lot more in the next few days, but for now, three conclusions are apparent for anyone thinking about an international trip ... read more»
These sales offer deep discounts on travel throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, and beyond. ... read more»
Plenty of travelers these days are taking advantage of the collision insurance offered by third parties that is a lot less expensive than the rental companies' CDW. Among them, InsureMyRentalCar.com offers collision/loss coverage for $7.50 per day, $17.50 per trip, or $99 per year. A rate of $7.50 a day looks a lot better than the rental companies' charges up to $30 a day.
But one renter encountered a snag. InsureMyRentalCar requires that the insurance contract include the names of anyone who will drive the car, including spouses, and the reader wanted to make sure her husband was noted on the rental contract. "Not necessary," said a rental agent, "We cover spouses automatically, so we don't put a spouse's name on the contract." ... read more»
Recently a friend and I found ourselves almost stranded at the Phuket International Airport due to communication issues with our taxi driver. After carefully selecting and booking accommodations and screen-shooting the addresses to avoid data roaming charges, we thought we were well prepared. Well, we thought wrong. ... read more»
Anxious flyers might sweat bullets when going through airport security even when they have nothing to hide, so you can imagine the shock some passengers felt when literal bullets were found in their luggage. ... read more»
The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is one of the driest places in the world, but after a year of record downpours, something magical has happened: It's a phenomenon called Desierto Florido, or Flowering Desert, and it means that bright pink flowers have sprung up all across the Atacama. ... read more»
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Airbnb and Uber, along with the dozens of similar companies taking over the sharing economy (or as some refer to it, "collaborative consumption").
As the sharing economy has exploded in recent years, it has also dramatically changed the way we travel. And it makes sense: Trading accessibility for money and sharing unused resources goes right to the heart of travel—after all, you're paying for an overall experience rather than a tangible product. ... read more»