Category: Travel Tips
Our Travel Tips section has the best advice for travelers, by travelers. Whether you are a casual tourist or a frequent globetrotter, you will find tips on planning, packing, choosing the best gear and what we use, staying healthy and traveling fit, saving money, shopping and communicating, capturing the best photo, and much more. If you can't find what you need by using the jump links, above, the search bar also above, or by scrolling through the page, below, simply contact us. We love hearing from our readers and are here to help whenever possible.
From choosing a destination to booking flights to knowing what not to forget (visas, passports, immunizations, travel insurance, etc.), you’ll find all the planning travel tips you need right here. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Planning section here.
Saving money is the ultimate prize for any traveler. Certainly transportation in most any country can be one of the largest expenses of travel, and Germany is no exception. That’s why it’s important to know a few never-fail, simple tips to save money on train travel...read more
If you are traveling to Europe, you need to know about the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may still (at the time of this writing, see below) enter Schengen countries without the need for a special visa for short-term tourism, business or if in transit to non-Schengen countries. But…read more
Because we do fly a lot, and talk with so many other passengers and frequent travelers, we think it is worth pointing out there is another side to the story: Despite the avalanche of news regarding despicable behavior by some airline employees and by some passengers, there are always two sides. We would like to humbly point out that airline acts of kindness can and do happen, on an almost daily yet too often unreported manner.read more
Look here for tips and suggestions to guide your luggage choices and packing decisions (how and what), whether your holiday, vacation or business trip is for a few days, a week or longer. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Packing section here.
What bike touring essentials will you need to pack for the day in your bag? Start here and you’ll be good to go for your day on any bike tour.read more
When a daily activity like cycling is part of your travels, determining how to pack for a the tour and what goes in your suitcase and carry-on can get complicated.read more
When your travels involve moving daily, unpacking and repacking can be a grind. Unless you have figured out key travel tips for daily packing and unpacking on tours…which we have and share with you.read more
Who doesn’t want to save money on travel? In this section, you will find loads of insider travel tips that will help you save money and stretch your budget on travel today. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Money section here.
Travel doesn’t have to be overly expensive if you plan properly. There are simple ways to avoid all the added fees and charges that less experienced travelers may incur. Here are 7 travel tips to save money the next time you are traveling internationally: Use only...read more
Growing up, my parents were keen on getting the family traveling to see as many places across the Western states (and beyond) they could afford – from national parks, to amazing cities, to monuments, coasts and caves. And they were also experts at saving money on travel…they had to be. I learned from them, and now, can share what they taught me plus a few more tips of my own to help you save money while traveling right now.read more
It is the little things that often can add up when you are flying for vacation or business. From a bottle of water to change fees, here are a few tips on how to save money when flying.read more
We’ve assembled some of the best travel tips for staying healthy. Learn how to fly comfortably, prevent travel sickness, avoid bed bugs, reduce travel stress, protect yourself from Zika, and so much more. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Health section here.
No matter if you are traveling for business, to visit friends or family, or on a dream holiday, travel stress can take a physical and mental toll. Simply finding the time to pack, make sure you have the right toiletries, tie down things at work or home prior to...read more
Trying to stay healthy during travel can be a challenge. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to maintain a fitness routine or simply focusing on staying healthy by eating well and staying moderately active. A lack of a regular routine combined with new food options...read more
Staying healthy and ready for whatever travel adventure beckons is vital. Who wants to be sick in a hotel bed when the Roman Coliseum or the Great Wall are nearby begging to be seen? That makes fighting germs No. 1 on your to-do list when traveling since you can’t avoid public places!read more
Not to be forgotten in all the travel enthusiasm is safety and security when traveling. No matter where you go in the world, this section’s travel tips will help keep you and your gear safe and secure. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Safety & Security section here.
It would be nice to travel without a thought to safety and security, but these days, safety and the travel security gear you use to stay safe should be top of mind.read more
(This story was updated on July 13, 2017) When we first heard about the electronics ban the week of March 21, 2017, we were already confirmed to fly Turkish Airlines. Although there would be no problem flying to our destination via Istanbul, coming home in mid-April was shaping up to be a bit more complicated. As travel journalists, we typically carry a number of electronics that were not now going to be allowed in our carryons – computers, tablets, cameras, video equipment, and other electronic camera gear. Of course, this was a perfect opportunity to test the process and learn first-hand how this electronics ban would be affecting travelers.read more
Knowing how to keep your valuables safe when traveling should be top of mind for every tourist, traveler and adventurer. Our 9 travel tips will guide you.read more
Learn what travel insurance is right for you, what you need and don’t, and what to ask about policy coverage, benefits and prices. We have the best travel tips when it comes to travel insurance from industry experts. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Travel Insurance section here.
You’ve booked your trip for a dream vacation, but you’re just not sure about buying travel insurance. After all, it seems like an added expense and how do you know which is the best travel insurance for your trip anyway? Let’s stop right there. You need travel insurance when you travel, unless you are so wealthy you can afford your own medical expenses and possibly the expense of medical transport back home.read more
It is a question we often hear – do I really need additional medical evacuation insurance coverage when I already have travel insurance? There is no simple answer, like with many insurance types. One must instead weigh risks and expense, and consider your own philosophy and tolerance.read more
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
Photos and videos from your travels will help your memories live on. This section gives you the best travel photography tips so you can bring home awe-inspiring images – even if you’re shooting with a smartphone. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Travel Photography section here.
Ever wonder how to add amazing sunburst photos to your travel images? Most of us have been taught to keep the sun behind us or to our sides when shooting photographs. This technique is a tried-and-true style for capturing beautiful images with great lighting of your...read more
For a photographer, fall is the best time to be traveling back roads, paths and wooded areas in pursuit of color. After all, fall color photography is all about capturing autumn’s dramatic landscapes in images that leave the viewer in awe. To get the best images --...read more
Following a few simple tips for packing photo gear for travel will help you arrive ready to shoot and help prevent photo loss due to theft or damage.read more
Knowing how to communicate, even if it is simply with smiles and gestures, is essential for any traveler. Our language tips and downloadable cheat sheets will help you get around better. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Language section here.
Eating and shopping – either for food, toiletries or other essentials – are part of a traveler’s life. This can become a little bewildering when you are trying to decipher unknown word and customs, especially at meals or in stores. Our traveler’s guide to dining and...read more
Going to another country means you are a guest of that nation. Learning a few basic phrases – more if possible, especially if you are there longer or just love languages like I do– is the ticket to getting around better. People will just be nicer too! In this German...read more
While English is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, if you really want to be comfortable traveling in a country where English is not the native tongue, it pays to know how to best communicate when traveling.read more
We have all the travel fitness tips you need to be able to stay fit and heathy while traveling. Look for program tips, how to pack for fitness when traveling, and creative ways to work out no matter where in the world you are. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Fitness section here.
A bike tour, like other kinds of adventure travel and active travel trips, demands slightly different fitness preparation than other types of vacations or holidays.read more
Staying with a fitness regimen while on vacation can be a challenge. Many hotel fitness centers are uninviting caves with no windows or full of old equipment, and you are not familiar with the city you are traveling to or have any idea where to walk or run. But there are exceptions as we point out here.read more
Can’t get to a real workout room to strengthen and tone? No worries. You can do a pretty good job maintaining fitness with a hotel room workout that uses what you have in the room and in your luggage. A room workout just takes a little imagination. Think about each exercise you may normally do and then get creative with your own hotel room exercise routine mimicking its motions, using everything from your luggage to water bottles filled with water to chairs to even toilets!read more
Look for gift guides for traveling kids and their parents, planning for stress-free family travel, learning how to share nature and travel with your children, star gazing with kids, and more. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Family Travel section here.
International family travel provides a great opportunity to create lasting memories that span generations. Yet despite the allure of visiting magical places with centuries-old history, discovering new foods, or playing in the waves on a tropical beach, we remain...read more
As a family, we initially struggled to find our activity, that thing we could all enjoy and learn together, and go back to on vacations time and time again. We may just have found our thing thanks to Family Dive Adventures.read more
Kids are travelers – as are their parents – and sometimes a little safety, education, or entertainment for little ones on the road can be a great choice when you are looking for holiday gifts. Here are a few picks of gifts for traveling kids from HI Travel Tales and our traveling friends.read more
What you wear or use can make or break travel. So we offer you advice on all that travel gear – from choosing the best travel luggage or apparel, to the travel security gear and small items we won’t travel without. If we use it, we’ll recommend it and tell you why. Our most recent posts are below. To see all of our articles, go to the Gear section here.
Antarctica brings up a stark vision of snow, icebergs, glaciers, wind, and barren landscapes. With a high sensitivity to cold climes, it was not a place I was begging to go. The key to staying warm in Antarctica is to combine the right fabrics and fit for apparel and...read more
What makes the best travel underwear? Yeah, we’re talking skivvies, such as bras, briefs, panties, boxers and socks — the foundation for any comfy travel outfit.read more
The best travel technology will not become a burden or a distraction to your travel experience. Our guide shows you what we use and why with buying recommendations.read more