From natural disasters to terrorism, emergencies often affect travelers around the world. Here's how to avoid them and what to do if you do find yourself in danger. Above: Erawan Shrine, the site of Monday's attack in Bangkok.
On Monday, many people's nightmare came true in Bangkok, Thailand when a bomb exploded outside of a popular tourist site. The blast killed 20 people—including tourists—and injured over 100 more after Thai police say a man detonated a device he left outside a Hindu shrine, according to The Associated Press.
The terror attack is a harrowing reminder of the dangers to which traveling can sometimes expose us. Bangkok isn't the first tourist-filled city to experience a terror attack or a high terror alert in recent years. Travelers often cancel their flight or hotel reservations when threats increase, many losing a lot of money if they booked without travel insurance. That, however, is a small price to pay compared to the victims of Monday's attack. ... read more»
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What's better than a cultural icon? A thousand of them, all in the same place. Tomorrow, Saturday August 14, we're sending Senior Editor Christine Sarkis in her best Rosie the Riveter gear to join the Rosie Rally, a World Record Attempt at the "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Rosie the Riveter."
The event will take place from 1 to 3 pm PDT at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, California, not far from San Francisco. So whether you've always been curious about what it feels like to be part of a world record attempt or you love all-things-Rosie, join us on Periscope @SmarterTravel and Twitter @smartertravel. We'll also be posting cool pictures and video on Instagram @SmarterTravel. ... read more»
Do you love all things Disney? Then join us for three days of live coverage of this year's D23 Expo, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. On Friday, August 14, we'll be sharing news, announcements, and "inside the magic" experiences via social media. On Saturday, August 15, we'll be checking out all that's new and exciting inside the park, and on Sunday, August 16, we're getting the scoop on all the new Disney travel offerings for 2016.
So join us this weekend and get the latest scoop on all things Disney. ... read more»
A new pet-only terminal will include flat screen TVs, a full-service salon, and a swimming pool shaped like a dog bone. ... read more»
Yes, it actually happens. Here's how to avoid the travel nightmare you didn't even know you had. ... read more»