Recently, travel news sites and blogs have been abuzz about the latest airfare hack – buying a non-refundable ticket and adding travel insurance instead of opting for the vastly more expensive fully refundable airline ticket. This little maneuver could save you significant sums of money if you want or need a refund.Read More
Category: Planning & Packing
Luggage is so personal, particularly for travel. It is frankly impossible to name one suitcase that is THE best travel luggage. Not to mention since the companies change them nearly every year so what may be the best luggage this year for airplane travel may not be available next year. Our team spends many days out of the year living out of luggage of all makes and sizes, so here’s our view on what makes the best travel luggage for trips that require an airplane (or boat or train for that matter) to get there:Read More
For the eco-conscious traveler, sustainability is a lifestyle that drives all day-to-day choices. And packing for a holiday is no exception. Here’s some suggestions of what to pack, and what not to pack, to ensure that you’re traveling with environmental and cultural sensitivity in mind. If done right, you can not only minimize your carbon footprint and waste, but you can even benefit local communities and have a positive impact!Read More
Travel surprises can be fun, unless your surprise comes days before you depart when you learn that your passport will soon expire or you don’t have the necessary immunizations. Help eliminate such unfortunate surprises with our essential travel planning checklist, created in collaboration with veteran travel guide Ken Lee.Read More
How do you go about choosing the best flight for your next trip? Allegiance to an airline simply on the grounds of earning status is losing its luster. Prices are going up, benefits are getting harder to earn, miles are becoming harder to redeem, and even once revered higher status may get you little more than advance boarding and a free checked bag these days. Forget airline loyalty.Read More
Ease your travel stress with our business trip packing tips. Traveling for business is challenging enough, even for frequent flyers. Trudging on and off planes, trains and automobiles while schlepping clothes and gear is hard. Mix in being forced to mingle with coworkers in hotels, restaurants and airport lounges – people you may hardly know outside of the office — and even the best of us can feel discombobulated. There are ways to fight the stress, however. It starts with packing light, as we detailed in our recent article, Packing light: smart load-trimming tips.Read More
Often, the most useful travel must-haves are not the cute and costly gidgets, tricky gadgets and techy wizdoodles that are all designed to make your life easier on the road. Aside from a few selective travel accessories, the really useful travel must-haves will come from the junk drawer, sewing cabinet or garage shelves at home.Read More
If you aren’t a frequent traveler, packing for holiday or vacation travel means more anxiety about how to fulfill the packing light mantra. Who wants to schlep a bulging, obese suitcase? But what about all that “stuff” you might need? Tips for packing your luggage lighter are really all about adjusting your attitude. The “might” in “might need” is key here.Read More
If you don’t travel a lot, packing for an adventure – be it global or domestic – can be daunting. Instead of spending months or weeks panicking over what to take, start thinking about the process as soon as you book your tickets. Here are a few tips from HI Travel Tales to pack smart for travel.Read More
If you are planning on traveling internationally, you will need more than a passport if you plan to pack items that require electricity – which means most everybody in today’s digital age. Nothing is more frustrating than getting to a country only to discover your plug will not work, which of course means your computer, mobile phone, electric shaver, hair dryer, camera, tablet, etc. could become useless weights. Buying an adapter in other countries is possible but can be expensive and demand you spend valuable holiday time finding and getting to the right store. Best is to consult our...Read More
The suitcase explosion of tousled, tangled, disorganized piles is – or should be – a thing of the past these days with the wide array of accessories that don’t add a lot of weight but help you travel with more organization. You need travel organization tips! Think of it as feng shui for your travel suitcase – aaaaaah, relief! In addition to creating up to 20 percent more space and keeping clothes wrinkle free, organizing clothes and other luggage items with today’s lightweight packing cubes, small stuff sacks, compression bags and garment folding systems can make bag searches at...Read More
No one likes to travel in discomfort, and frankly, being airplane and airport experts ourselves, you can trust the HI Travel Tales team when we tell you, acquiring select travel comfort items might be the most important travel item purchases you’ll make. Why? Because airlines and more continue to cut back on the frill and comfort items they used to provide — need a pillow? Good luck. Want a blanket? Only in first class and even then, was that sucker washed recently? If you really want to ensure some travel happiness, you’ll do well to pack some key travel comfort...Read More
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