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Aug 28th 2011 3:07PM This is also a great tip for cruise travel. I always take a plastic shoebag to hang over the back of the bathroom door in my cruise cabin. I store all of my toiletries here, including blow dryer and curling iron. It frees up the limited counterspace available in those tiny bathrooms.
Jun 13th 2011 12:59PM Great tips for using your cell phone while traveling. Since we have the technology, we might as well put it to use. I also like the idea of photographing any special items that you pack in your checked luggage.
Apr 16th 2011 10:36PM Having a back-up plan #4 is the most important tip in this article.
Feb 27th 2011 11:41AM A travel agent is a savvy traveler's best friend. Great post on how not to treat them.
Feb 25th 2011 8:31AM You are right - lots of adventure destinations in the U.S., especially for those who don't have the time or money for more exotic travels. You've listed three of my favorites (Yosemite, Grand Tetons and Taos). Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Maine's North Woods are on my "to travel" list. On a visit to Yosemite, I recommend spending time in the high country, away from the crowded valley where most of the tourists congregate.
Feb 24th 2011 7:43AM Interesting list of cruise ports. I'm not a big fan of ports where 4 or 5 other large ships are crowding the pier. So, I'd pick a smaller ship that visits some of the smaller ports where the big ships can't go. You're suggestion of St. John's is a good one. And who can resist funky Key West? Even if there's a crowd of cruisers in port.
Feb 6th 2011 11:07PM I think using a travel expert is essential when spending big bucks on travel. And, I would go a step further. Rather than dealing with a cruise expert when you're planning a luxury cruise, choose a travel expert that is an expert in luxury cruises. And, go even further, choose a travel expert that specializes in the luxury line that you are considering. A high-volume seller of your chosen line offers experience and clout. Take advantage of it.
Jan 31st 2011 9:28AM I'm a big fan of road trips, especially in the off seasons. I'll be saving this Glacier road trip advice. As a Montana newbie, one thing to remember when driving around here in the winter, be prepared. Pack blankets, water and a little food, just in case you find yourself stranded on the road.
Dec 27th 2010 8:15AM Great list, Chris. I would add that if you're looking for a specific type of cruise - main line, adventure, small ship, luxury - find an agent who specializes in it. You'll benefit from the extra knowledge. This is also true of cruise brands. If you want to book on a Holland America cruise (insert your cruise company's name here), find an agent who specializes in Holland America. As a high volume seller, the agent will have more clout that he or she can put to use for you.
Jun 5th 2010 4:14PM I can't argue with the numbers on your chart. Seeing the decline in boomer travel is daunting. However, there are still plenty of baby boomers who are traveling. Some have adjusted the types of travel, finding more economical ways to see the world. Others have reduced the amount of travel, for example, booking one luxury trip a year rather than several. The name of the game is value. On our travels, we are still observing many baby boomers experiencing the world, whether it's on luxury cruise ships, safaris or road trips in the U.S.