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Inauguration News: Lincoln Did Not Sleep Here

Most likely, your chances of nabbing an invite to a sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom are as slim as Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff getting off with only 100 hours of community service. However, those who want to count sheep in the 16th president's bed, or at least a replica, can...

By Andrea Sachs | January 7, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (3)

Mexico City on Ice

This time of the year, New York City's Rockefeller Plaza grabs all of the attention for its twinkling Christmas tree and ice skating. Yet, its rink is a tight squeeze and, with a crowd of skaters, can feel as claustrophobic as a clown car. Oddly, the rink that deserves heralding...

By Andrea Sachs | December 16, 2008; 07:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kids Deck the Airports' Halls

This month, two Washington area airports will bring in Santa's little helpers to assist with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's second-annual tree trimming celebration. (Courtney Prebich/ MWAA) Today at Reagan National, between 10:30 and 11:15 a.m., about 100 children from nine District, Maryland and Virginia elementary and middle schools will...

By Andrea Sachs | December 2, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Megabus Rolls Out Free Seats Offer

In this economy, every buck counts. (Courtesy of Megabus) In effort to help travelers save those 100 pennies, MegaBus, the cheap-o bus line that offers fares starting at $1, is giving away 100,000 free seats. The gratis tickets are valid for travel between Jan. 14 and March 18 along...

By Andrea Sachs | November 21, 2008; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

Bush Moves to Free Up Airspace for Holiday Crush

This holiday, give a little thanks to President Bush, who is committed to getting Americans home for turkey and pie. In a Transportation Department speech earlier this week, the president ordered the military to open its airspace to commercial carriers, which will ease traffic in the higher atmospheres and hopefully...

By Andrea Sachs | November 20, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

USA: A Brand You Can Trust?

If we were talking about beer or beat 'em-up sports, I would understand why Australia and Canada topped the United States in a recent study. But, alas, the report was on country brand reputations, and it seems our red, white and blue doesn't have the shiniest rep. According to the...

By Andrea Sachs | November 10, 2008; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chat Follow-Up: A Truly Amazing Race

During last week's Travel chat, we received a question about adventure competitions along the lines of reality TV show "Amazing Race" -- but without the commercial disruptions. I suggested citywide scavenger hunts, a fun way to learn about a new destination that is way more interesting than a passive tour...

By Andrea Sachs | October 27, 2008; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Monday Rant: Can't I Carry-On in Peace?

As we all know, there's a huge debate going on about airlines now charging for checked bags, and I know which way I stand: Against. However, I can understand the dissenters (that is, supporters of the fee), who argue that people who use the checked-bag service should pay for it,...

By Andrea Sachs | September 22, 2008; 07:14 AM ET | Comments (37)

Please Sir, May I Have Another (Plane)?

I have a wonderful friend named Pilot Bill. He used to fly for American Airlines, but now steers planes laden with packages. The man knows his aircraft and noises. When Pilot Bill and I took a trip together years ago, we played the "What's That Sound?" game. He was able...

By Andrea Sachs | September 16, 2008; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Party Like a Newlywed

Not so long ago, I met a young woman from Atlanta who was about to be wed. I was on a bike tour of New York City's Central Park that included this perky blonde and her equally adorable bachelorettes. It was her last hurrah before she became a Mrs. As...

By Andrea Sachs | September 11, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Monday Rave: Security Line, Experts Only

After countless flights over innumerable years, I am now a certified pro at airport security. Faster than you can say "bag check," I can slip off my shoes, pull out my computer and toiletries, place them in the tray, and saunter through the metal detecting machine, boarding pass in hand....

By Andrea Sachs | August 25, 2008; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

Did Anyone Remember to Pack Our Daughter?

I admit that I have forgotten items now and then, especially when I am caught up in the tornado of travel. I have left my passport in a bathroom stall in the Zurich airport (embarrassing!) and misplaced one of my bags at a car rental office in Los Angeles. But...

By Andrea Sachs | August 7, 2008; 07:17 AM ET | Comments (22)

The Monday Rant: Mini-Bars, Maxi-Buzz Kill

I am afraid to even look at it, much less touch it or -- aghast! -- open it. I am referring, of course, to the Evil Mini-Bar, the cruelest of hotel appliances (amenities is too generous and kind a word). Back in the day, mini-bars were friendly repositories of refreshments....

By Andrea Sachs | August 4, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (18)

Fire Update: Yosemite

The California wildfires are at it again, this time licking their flames outside Yosemite, one of the most popular national parks in the country, with more than 3 million annual visitors. Many vacationers are probably wondering: Will this ruin our summer trip? Should we go to Yellowstone instead? So far,...

By Andrea Sachs | July 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Drop the Chutney

Chutneygate started on a travel day like every other travel day. As I walked through security at the Portland, Maine, airport, I had my boarding pass in hand, my flip-flops off, my computer in a tray, my toiletries squished into tiny vials in a tiny ziploc bag. I did not...

By Andrea Sachs | July 14, 2008; 07:34 AM ET | Comments (32)

Holiday Traffic: An Oxymoron?

This holiday weekend, the roads and airport security lines will be missing something -- 9,000 travelers. According to a AAA forecast for the Fourth of July weekend, fewer Americans will be going the distance to watch the rockets' red (and gold and blue and silver) glare. However, that does not...

By Andrea Sachs | July 3, 2008; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

D.C. to NYC: Twice the Bus

MegaBus has doubled its seating and, yes, doubled the fun. Yesterday, the U.K. operator, which last month kicked off cheapie service to Manhattan, unveiled a double-decker bus -- you know, the kind that is usually seen toting around bug-eyed tourists, not driving 65 along the interstate. (Courtesy of MegaBus) The...

By Andrea Sachs | June 18, 2008; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Iceland's New National Park: Think Big

With only 300,000 residents and hypothermic temps, Iceland is not a boastful country. But now the Scandinavian nation can crow away. The country recently cut the red ribbon on Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe and Iceland's biggest conservation project. While we're talking in superlatives, it is...

By Andrea Sachs | June 13, 2008; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Jet Lag and You: A New Cure?

The cure for jet lag is as elusive as the cure for the hangover. In my world, water and sleep help for both afflictions, but neither is a miracle worker. However, on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I unknowingly snacked on a jet-lag elixir. I thought it was...

By Andrea Sachs | June 10, 2008; 06:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the News: Open Water -- The Sequel?

Over the past few days, we've been following the unfolding drama of two divers who were deserted by their dive boat and spent 19 hours adrift in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. During this time, they tried to avoid saying the "S" word (the waters are shark-infested) and shouted "I love...

By Andrea Sachs | May 29, 2008; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (10)

We Were There: Free Rooms in AC, Cont'd

Yesterday, I blogged about a free room giveaway care of Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. And guess what? They really were giving away the Watefront Tower rooms. Slowly and sometimes desperately, and on occasion in multiples, but they were definitely handing them out. (Overheard: "Here, take some for your friends, too,"...

By Andrea Sachs | May 23, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free Rooms in Atlantic City? You Betcha.

Feeling lucky? If you are, you may be interested in Harrah's Resort Atlantic City's Giving Away the House promotion, which will give 960 Washingtonians a chance to win a free room. Got your attention? Today (May 22), resort representatives (recognizable by the Harrah's logo painted on their person) will hand...

By Andrea Sachs | May 22, 2008; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nature Calls: Beetle Mania Hits Western Parks

The beetles have arrived, but it's nothing to yeah-yeah-yeah about. An invasion of the destructive bark beetle has caused a number of parks and forests in Colorado and Wyoming to close or delay openings of several camp and picnic sites. It's hard to imagine that a bug the size of...

By Andrea Sachs | May 8, 2008; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego Shark Attack: Is It Safe to Go Back in the Water?

Last Friday, the Pacific waters off San Diego County were roiled after a shark attacked and killed a retired veterinarian and triathlete. An online report from the San Diego Union-Tribune says experts have confirmed that the predator was a great white shark. (During an autopsy, great white teeth were recovered...

By Andrea Sachs | April 30, 2008; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Donovan House, Cont'd

When I first blogged about the grand opening of the Donovan House, the new swank Thompson Hotels property on Thomas Circle in Northwest D.C., some mysteries remained. During my impromptu tour, the manager was coy about who would run the restaurant. He ginned up my curiosity by hinting that he/she/it...

By Andrea Sachs | April 23, 2008; 06:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

NYC Cabs: Cash or Credit?

Gone are the days of running out of cash in a NYC cab and having to ask the driver to swing by an ATM machine -- or beg the hotel concierge to spot you a $20. Visa, MasterCard and other major plastic companies (including debit cards) now go wherever you...

By Andrea Sachs | April 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Follow-Up: Bolt Bus, Where Are You?

We were bouncing in our chairs last month when Greyhound's Bolt Bus kicked off service from D.C. to NYC with fares starting at $1. When I rode the bus on its first outing, there were few hassles, though on the return, the bus arrived late for the pick-up. Our group...

By Andrea Sachs | April 11, 2008; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

Checking In: A First Look at D.C.'s New Hipster Hotel

I've been wondering what all that construction was a few blocks away from The Post at the old Holiday Inn, and now that I've seen the completed project -- the Donovan House hotel -- I can say I'm impressedt. The modishly swish hotel is the first Thompson Hotels property to...

By Andrea Sachs | April 3, 2008; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

We Were There: BoltBus's Inaugural Run to NYC

I bolted to the Big Apple for a buck this morning. For less than a cup of Starbucks or Metro fare, I was transported to New York City - with nary a stop and only a few fleeting jams that were no fault of the bus driver's. BoltBus, the new...

By Andrea Sachs | March 27, 2008; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (10)

Passport Update: Yes, Baby Will Be Onboard

A few weeks back, I wrote about my sister's efforts to secure a passport for her newborn, Kate. The issue was that the AAA photographer wanted Kate to sit on the stool for the photo -- without any supportive help from mom or dad. However, at that point in...

By Andrea Sachs | March 26, 2008; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (7)

Bus Wars! Another Way to Get to NYC for a Buck

The dollar is really stretching these days . . . all the way to New York City. Today, MegaBus announced that it will offer service between Washington and NYC, with rates starting at $1 each way. This adds some fire to the Battle of the Buses: On Thursday, BoltBus starts...

By Andrea Sachs | March 25, 2008; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (6)

It Came from the Chat: You Lucky Travelers

On Monday's Travel Talk Web chat (held most Mondays at 2 p.m.), we honored St. Patrick's Day by asking travelers for their luck o' travel tales -- that is, what fortunate things happened to them on the road. It was refreshing to hear happy, instead of horror, stories. Here are...

By Andrea Sachs | March 20, 2008; 06:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Monday Rant: Who Owns The Window?

Window Dictators, you know who you are! And if you don't, I am going to tell you. On airplanes, I am an aisle person by choice, because I cannot stand to be squeezed in. Plus, I hate to bother others with my constant need to stretch my legs, visit the...

By Andrea Sachs | March 17, 2008; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (39)

Insta-CoGo: Cruisin' for a Rebate

Those gas guzzlers! For once, I am not talking about SUVs or OPEC, but rather the cruise lines. According to news reports, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Cruises were recently busted by the Florida attorney general for levying unscrupulous fuel charges on passengers. (Rates were changed retroactively to add...

By Andrea Sachs | March 13, 2008; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travel Chow: Peanuts, Pretzels or . . . Matzoh?

Next time you're on a flight and bored, play the kosher game. This is how it works: Choose a food item offered by the airlines and guess if it is kosher or not. Then, let Rabbi Safran of the Orthodox Union, a New York-based Jewish organization, shock you with his...

By Andrea Sachs | March 4, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Baby, Say 'Cheese' for the State Department

You're never too young to travel. But first, you have to learn to sit all by yourself. That was the lesson my sister recently learned when she brought Kate, then five weeks old, to have her passport photo snapped. Lisa, her husband and itty-bitty Kate are traveling to Italy in...

By Andrea Sachs | February 21, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

The Monday Rant: (Rental) Car and (Angry) Driver

I got lost, I swear. Well, first I couldn't find a gas station, then I got lost. I mean, c'mon, Salt Lake City doesn't use street names, only compass points. (My hotel, for example, was on 423 West 300 South -- that's not an address; that's a coordinate, and another...

By Andrea Sachs | February 11, 2008; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (22)

The Odd File: Honey, Did You Pack the Cat?

If you've ever mistakenly grabbed someone else's bag off the airport carousel, it can be quite a shock when you get home, open your luggage and realize: Hey, that isn't my underwear! You might think the hotel laundry botched your order. Or, if you're returning from Vegas, you may wonder...

By Andrea Sachs | January 24, 2008; 07:52 AM ET | Comments (36)

The Odd File: In Florida, the Trip of a Lifetime

Travelers often chatter on about where they want to go before they die. But what about where to go after you die? Yes, the travel industry is now marketing to the afterlife. No refunds, of course. At the forefront of Postmortem Travel is the Nepture Society, a cremation company based...

By Andrea Sachs | January 15, 2008; 07:33 AM ET | Comments (13)

The Year Ahead: Welcome, 2008

Every year, travel forecasters look into their crystal balls and speculate on New Year trends. Italy: In (That country is like Meryl Streep at the Oscars.) Canada: On Its Way Out Airplanes: Still Delayed Let's see what else those wizards -- guidebook experts, travel associations and consultants, ad agencies, the...

By Andrea Sachs | January 2, 2008; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

That's One Fly Pie

Yes, you can have your pie in the sky. Those who recall Piegate, however, might say otherwise. In that situation, a man hoping to fly back with his Thanksgiving cherry pie was stopped by Sacramento (Calif.) airport security and told to surrender his dessert. Though cherry pie was not listed...

By Andrea Sachs | December 18, 2007; 07:04 AM ET | Comments (4)

GPS: Is It a Find?

For the holidays, I am torn between asking for pearl earrings and a GPS unit. I need the former because I recently lost one of my earrings, and every proper girl needs a pair. For the latter, well, to be honest, I could get lost in a driveway. I never...

By Andrea Sachs | December 11, 2007; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (14)

Holiday Stays: It's All Relative

The free ride is over, Aunt Edna. Holidays or not, a recent Hotels.com survey reveals Americans' inner Scrooge. Bah, relatives. The report, which covered overnight family visits during the holidays, found that on average, people would charge their own kin $149 a night for accommodations at their place. But do...

By Andrea Sachs | December 10, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (11)

Park and Cry

Hourly: "Closed" Express: "Closed" Long Term: "Closed" Overflow: "Closed" (Okay, so Overflow is never open, but it still freaked me out.) This was the Thanksgiving greeting I received when I drove to BWI last Thursday at noon, looking for a cozy spot for my car. I felt fairly confident that...

By Andrea Sachs | November 26, 2007; 08:27 AM ET | Comments (8)

Boarding Card Scare on Southwest

This weekend, I thought my mother was going to disown me, and I was ready to blame Southwest for my being orphaned. But, alas, Southwest was completely innocent; I was the misinformed culprit. I arrived at BWI Friday at 12:27 p.m. for a 1:35 fllght, allowing myself what I thought...

By Andrea Sachs | November 20, 2007; 06:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

California Tragedy Part II

Poor California. The Golden State has had a tough couple of weeks. The latest, as we all know, is the oil spill that occurred last Friday, unleashing 58,000 gallons of black goo into the San Francisco Bay. The photos of slick wildlife have been heart-breaking. Fortunately, according to Angela Jackson,...

By Andrea Sachs | November 13, 2007; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Staff Favorites: Los Angeles

I would like to open my love letter to L.A. with a serenade. Introducing . . . Randy Newman. Okay, so Randy could not be here today. He is too busy rollin' down the Imperial Highway with a redhead. So in his stead, I will paraphrase his seminal song: "I...

By Andrea Sachs | November 8, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Food Tester at Cruising Altitude

Flight Attendant: "Welcome to American Airlines. Care to hear our specials of the day?" Me (playing a passenger): "Why, of course. I have only eaten an Annie's pretzel in the terminal and am ravished." F.A.: "We have three new sandwiches that will rinse that salty party mix taste right out...

By Andrea Sachs | October 30, 2007; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trip Info: Southern California

The reports from Southern California are heartbreaking. Wildfires continue to engulf some of the most gorgeous real estate in our country, not to mention many of the top vacation destinations on our turf. Malibu. San Diego. Santa Barbara. Los Angeles. How bad is it? Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently declared a...

By Andrea Sachs | October 23, 2007; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

72.2 Million Served

In high school, I could not stand statistics; I preferred to find the value of a and b if a=c, or even measure right angles. However, when the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics issues a report, I regret making a vodoo doll out of my math teacher,...

By Andrea Sachs | October 16, 2007; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (3)

Security Lines for Early Flights: A Rude Awakening

When I have a 6 a.m. international flight from Dulles, I expect: 1. No traffic. 2. Easy parking in the airport lot. 3. No security lines. 4. Hot coffee at the concession stand. I was right on three of four accounts; I totally miscalculated on No. 3. Last Friday, I...

By Andrea Sachs | October 11, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (7)

Stop E-Complaining

Yesterday I received a plaintive email from Todd Curtis, director of AirSafe.com, sharing the news that starting Oct. 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Consumer Protection Division will no longer accept complaints sent by email. Todd's main concern was that fewer passengers may voice their flight woes with the agency,...

By Andrea Sachs | October 2, 2007; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (5)

Columbus, Ohio, for $10?!

Got $10 to spare? If so, and you don't mind driving to Richmond, you can fly to Columbus, Ohio, on Skybus, a new low-fare carrier that recently started service between the Old Dominion and the Buckeye State. On every flight, the carrier sells 10 seats for $10 (not including taxes)...

By Andrea Sachs | September 28, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Vacation That Never Was

On Thursday, my parents left for a much-anticipated sailing trip around the Greek Islands with a group of friends. They had planned everything with military precision -- the route, the provisions, the list of gifts to buy me (I am the spoiled daughter after all). The one event they did...

By Andrea Sachs | September 18, 2007; 07:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Global Guy Can Dance -- in D.C.

Matt, where the hell have you been? I only ask because, when Matt Harding and I last talked for a Travel article in October, the then-30-year-old was living in Seattle, recovering from a months-long, gum company-sponsored trip to seven continents, where he performed a little jig alongside elephants in Botswana,...

By Andrea Sachs | September 11, 2007; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Zip-less Rental Cars

When renting a car, I am hardly an auto snob. Though I'd love a GPS to help me navigate foreign roads and an iPod hookup for my road-trip soundtrack, my only real requisites are four tires and at least two doors. I don't need a roof or a European pedigree,...

By Andrea Sachs | August 28, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (19)

BWI: Oh, That Drive

The folks at Aviation.com must have been warned not to poll me for their "Top 10 Easiest U.S. Airports to Get to" survey. In the study, the company ranked Boston's Logan airport at the top (I concur: the subway-shuttle combo, Logan Express and water taxis are easy and almost enjoyable),...

By Andrea Sachs | August 16, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (23)

Monkey See, Monkey Do Fly

The Transportation Security Administration can unearth a corkscrew buried in a mound of clothes, a piece of wire in a bra and a rusty-old Swiss Army knife that couldn't even cut through pudding. Yet the agency can't find a monkey on a man's head. Here's the news, and it's a...

By Andrea Sachs | August 10, 2007; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Passports in Hot, Cold Water

By design and purpose, passports take a lot of beating. They get tossed into luggage haphazardly, manhandled by immigration officers wielding large stamps and sometimes jettisoned into a busy road in Tijuana (sorry, dear passport, I blame the tequila). Now, we can add to the list of bad treatment the...

By Andrea Sachs | July 11, 2007; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

Car and (My) Driver

One of the joys of visiting a new city is driving. In an unfamiliar car, you have the opportunity to explore new routes and roads (okay, get lost), meet the locals (translation: get cussed out for not knowing the streets) and take in the scenery (while parked on the side...

By Andrea Sachs | June 27, 2007; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Do You Take This Destination . . .

My wedding gift-giving recently reached a new low: I gave a jackalope as a present. I am sure that the half jackrabbit-half antelope will love its new home under Happy Couple's bed. If you don't know a couple well -- or even if you do -- it's hard to come...

By Andrea Sachs | June 21, 2007; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (7)

Shop Till You...Run Out of Gas?

Remember the innocent days when yard sales fit on a square of lawn or the tight space between the parked car and the garbage pail? Or maybe, if the neighbors were feeling neighborly, the block would pitch in and display their personal, embarassing effects from corner to corner. Oh, those...

By Andrea Sachs | May 29, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eww, That Smell

Sailing around the Caribbean is an adventure unto itself, yet on a recent vacation to the British Virgin Islands, our family had some added intrigue: Who stole the milk? Here's the back story: In an effort to save money and time, my new brother-in-law packed some provisions in his checked...

By Andrea Sachs | May 16, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travel in a Box

I am a confessed cereal-box reader. (Yes, I read the newspaper too, just after I check in with Cap'N Crunch and Co.) I like to play the cartoonish games on cavity-causing cereal and feel empowered by the serious topics discussed on social-issue cereal. The other morning, I was idly skimming...

By Andrea Sachs | April 6, 2007; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Norfolk's Cruising

Let's start with a song (adapted by me from "The Love Boat"): "Norfolk, exciting and new, come aboard, they're expecting you. It's the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. It's the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center." Oooh. Yeah! So, why the song and dance? Well, after many months of...

By Andrea Sachs | April 4, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Public Indecency on Amtrak

I took Amtrak to New York City last weekend and, for me, riding the train is like a good soak in a spa. I find the soft rumble relaxing, as I catch up on my reading or simply space out without frequent "fasten your seatbelt" announcements or bumping beverage carts...

By Andrea Sachs | March 28, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Your Liquids?

The Hong Kong International Airport joined the Liquid Ban Club the other day: The rules state . . . oh, you know the drill. Carry-on liquids, gels and their kin must be stored in containers no larger than three ounces, then placed in a clear, resealable quart-size bag. Separate the...

By Andrea Sachs | March 23, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (29)

Japan: Tales from the Toilet

I just returned from two weeks in Japan and whenever I am asked about my trip, I seem to skip over the Buddhist temples, fresh udon noodles and Zen gardens and go straight to . . . the toilet. To be sure, Japan has endless charms and attractions. I will...

By Andrea Sachs | March 16, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dulles Meltdown

Just because you've reached your car in the airport parking lot doesn't mean you're safe from travel-related calamities. Sometimes, that last leg can be hardest. First, let me set the scene: I was flying from Dulles to Toronto on Saturday and, after circling the economy lot for what felt like...

By Andrea Sachs | February 22, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (5)

Philly Crepes, Not Steaks

As a vegetarian visiting Philadelphia, I always miss out on the city's staple -- the cheesesteak. If I ordered a cheesesteak, hold the meat, I'm pretty sure the city would not feel any brotherly love toward me. While the town has innumerable eateries serving plant food, Beau Monde turned me...

By Andrea Sachs | February 7, 2007; 12:32 PM ET | Comments (9)

BWI or Bust

BWI isn't the easiest airport to get to, particularly if you live deep inside the District, as I do. But I find it's usually worth the drive for some of the bargain flights you can get from there. (Speaking of which: Southwest's winter sale ends tonight. So, if you want...

By Andrea Sachs | January 30, 2007; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: Andrea Sachs

Contributing writer Andrea Sachs has gone diving with sharks and SpongeBob SquarePants and still can't decide which was scarier. Also known as Turbo Girl, she will go-go-go until she is stopped at the border by a gun-wielding guard (Thailand-Burma) or needs to do a load of laundry....

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