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Insta Q&A: Turquoise Coast Is a Turkish Delight

My only regret after spending 10 fantastic days in Turkey last fall is that I didn't experience it by sea. Between the mosques and mystery of Istanbul and the country's spectacularly beautiful interior, I just ran out of time. Reader Carol Stern, on the other hand, is planning a visit...

By Christina Talcott | February 19, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Latest Lists: Beer Bars, Best Beds ... and Bedbugs

Right in the middle of our wintry weather come those things that warm the hearts of travelers -- "Best of" lists! For beer lovers, Draft magazine's Best Beer Bars in America list features more than 200 bars across the U.S. Tripadvisor has a two-fer, both its Travelers' Choice 2009 awards,...

By Christina Talcott | January 30, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where to Find Answers to Your Inauguration-Day Questions

With Washington, D.C., bracing for record crowds and chilly temperatures next Tuesday, some people might still be hammering out their Inauguration Day plans: Where to witness the swearing-in on the Mall, get a spot along the parade route or get to one of the numerous balls or other celebrations around...

By Christina Talcott | January 12, 2009; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Few for the Road (and Air): Holiday Travel Tips

Worried about upcoming holiday travel plans? We have some tips to help ease your mind. Air travel can be dicey when the weather outside is frightful, so heed these tips from Fare Compare CEO Rick Seaney if you think you might be affected by bad weather: * Before heading to...

By Christina Talcott | December 23, 2008; 07:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Real Deals on Rental Cars

While searching for a rental car for an upcoming trip to New England, I was disappointed to see daily rates of more than $40 for every car rental agency at the Manchester, NH, airport. I realize some towns are just more expensive car rental-wise, and renting at the airport is...

By Christina Talcott | August 13, 2008; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (12)

AAA's Sobering Analysis: The Safety Dance

If you haven't the time to read the new, much talked-about study on traffic safety, I have two words for you: cognitive dissonance. The report, the "2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index," [PDF] which was released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has been nicknamed "Do as I say,...

By Scott Vogel | April 29, 2008; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (23)

Site Inspection: Kanye West's Travel Site

A few weeks back, I was tipped me off to an intriguing development: Hip-hop megastar Kanye West has launched his own travel company. When I first checked the Kanye Travel Ventures site, it was bad: With an amateurish design and limited "deals" -- phone cards were sometimes the only options...

By Christina Talcott | April 24, 2008; 07:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's Showtime: In-Flight Movies and Oscar

It's the most wonderful time of the year: awards season. It all starts with the Golden Globes nominations, which were announced last week, and ends with Oscar Sunday. In between -- for me anyway -- is a frenzied schedule of watching as many of the nominated films as is humanly...

By Christina Talcott | December 20, 2007; 07:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Blog for Plog

I recently spent a very illuminating half-hour on the phone with Stanley Plog, a man whose name ought to be better known to travelers. It's Plog, after all, who for decades has conducted market research for some of the biggest names in the travel industry. It all started in 1967,...

By Scott Vogel | November 29, 2007; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

We're No. 6!

Can't have too many travel blogs, right? Well, as a matter of fact, you sooo can. And obviously you've got great taste in travel blogs if you're reading this one. But to help travelers figure out which online musings are most worthy of their time, the folks at IgoUgo, which...

By K.C. Summers | October 22, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Hip New Hotel Review Site

Vibeagent.com, a new travel site launched not long ago by a couple of young travel entrepreneurs, is positioning itself to be the first trip-planning stop for savvy travelers. One key feature of the site is the personal takes by Joe and Jane Traveler of hotels that they have patronized. So...

By Gary Lee | September 20, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Travelers in Your Facebook

Much to my children's chagrin, I recently joined Facebook. Purely for journalistic reasons of course. I was attracted by the travel buzz around the social networking site, but quickly got sucked into the socializing part -- connecting with friends and friends of friends, seeing what my colleagues are up to,...

By K.C. Summers | September 4, 2007; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fuddy-Duddy Travel Clothes

I got really excited (okay, it doesn't take much) when I saw TravelSmith's new fall catalogue, with its cool illustration of a classy-looking traveler on the cover, and a blurb promising "More Style, More Sophistication, More Travel Savvy Everything." Finally! I love the idea of clothes that have been specifically...

By K.C. Summers | August 24, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (20)

The Trouble With Trip Advisor

I've just had two really nice stays at two wonderful hotels, Hotel D'Angleterre in Paris and Hotel de las Letras in Madrid. The first is charming and old-fashioned, the second edgy and hip, and both more than lived up to my expectations. But you sure wouldn't know it from reading...

By K.C. Summers | February 27, 2007; 09:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Web's Greatest Hits (for January at Least)

And I thought I was the only one who needed directions to get to the nearest Wawa. Hitwise, a company that tracks Internet usage, released its list of the Top 20 most-visited travel Web sites last week, and if you're direction-challenged, you can relate to its findings. Among the Top...

By John Deiner | February 26, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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