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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)

Inaugural Exodus

The following is a special message for all you clever types who, for whatever reason, are getting out of Dodge and planning to enjoy the inaugural festivities in some exotic, stress-free locale, fruity drink in hand: Don't come back. Not yet, that is. Not for at least a few days....

By Christina Talcott | January 16, 2009; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Prep, Again

Allow me to indulge in just alittle more Inauguration talk. With houseguests coming, I've got groceries to buy, floors to mop and sofabeds to make, not to mention coordinating plans for Tuesday morning. Braving the cold and crowds to be on the Mall for the swearing-in may seem like lunacy,...

By Christina Talcott | January 15, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

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)

Mapping New Ground

Now that portable GPS systems and Google Earth have ramped up the average citizen's interaction with maps, we've now got new and different kinds of maps popping up all over. Before you ponder a new route to Grandma's this holiday season, take a gander at these newcomers: * Panamaps are...

By Christina Talcott | December 18, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta Q&A: Meeting Family Halfway

What do you do when half your family lives in one city, half in another, and neither side wants to make the long trek to get together over the holidays? If you're like reader Carol Dollarhide of Rockville, you compromise and meet somewhere in the middle. Carol writes: My husband...

By Christina Talcott | December 17, 2008; 07:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Eco-Friendly Travel Options

"One Vacation Can Be Worse Than Commuting for a Year." So reads a troubling headline of a study released last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit organization that's been doing research into which modes of vacation transport are the most environmentally-friendly. The full report, "Getting There Greener:...

By Christina Talcott | December 11, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (4)

Insta Q&A: Park It and Ride

Those cheapo inter-city bus lines like Bolt Bus and Megabus are great -- but what if you want to drive to the pickup point from the far suburbs and need a place to park your car? That's the dilemma of reader Archie Andrews of Burke. (Archie, we're going to spare...

By Christina Talcott | December 9, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (4)

Heathrow Layovers: The Experts Weigh In

The kind folks at the British Travel office recently read our Monday chat and offered some tips on Heathrow layovers, which we talked about a lot during the course of our one-hour gabfest. Here's what they said about arriving at Heathrow: "While the fantastic Heathrow Express is your fastest option...

By Christina Talcott | June 12, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Monday Rant: A Fool for Fuel

Yes, it's easy to complain about gas prices. So let's. There's a gas station I pass each night in Takoma Park, Md., that I've been using as my barometer of incredulity. It's $3.33 a gallon on Monday, then $3.45 on Wednesday, and $3.67 on Friday . . . you get...

By John Deiner | May 5, 2008; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (14)

Insta-CoGo: Flight Cancellation Rights

If you're one of the tens of thousands of passengers whose plans are being disrupted because of American Airlines' flight cancellations, you're probably wondering exactly what the airline owes you -- since, after all, the disruptions were caused by the airline as it scrambled to make sure its planes met...

By K.C. Summers | April 10, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (6)

The Monday Rant: The Trouble With Tipping

Several weeks ago upon return to BWI, I took the airport shuttle back to a private, off-campus long-term parking lot. Without my asking or needing it, the driver grabbed my bag at the terminal and tossed it into the van, then dropped me off at my car and sat there...

By John Deiner | April 7, 2008; 06:14 AM ET | Comments (61)

Insta-CoGo: Delta to Charge $25 for Second Checked Bag

Delta is the latest carrier to add a $25 fee for a second piece of checked luggage. The carrier hasn't made a formal announcement (and Delta's Web site still says that you're allowed two pieces of checked baggage), but Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott confirmed today that the fee will go...

By Cindy Loose | March 20, 2008; 02:25 PM ET | Comments (13)

Baggage Check: US Airways Follows United With $25 Fee Per Extra Bag

We knew it was only a matter of time. US Airways became the second major domestic carrier to announce it will begin charging $25 for a second piece of checked luggage. United, which codeshares with US Airways, was the first when it announced earlier this month that it would start...

By Carol Sottili | February 27, 2008; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Fare Play in a D.C. Cab?

I haven't flown out of Reagan National in quite some time, but a few weeks ago, I was surprised to step into the cab line and -- just before a taxi whisked me away -- be given the sheet of paper you see here. On it is listed the approximate...

By John Deiner | February 25, 2008; 07:28 AM 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)

Insta-CoGo: Secure Your Shoes

Knowing my shoes and my sandals have no metal in them, I'm irritated every time I have to take them off to go through security. What is the point? Yeah, I know about that nutcase Richard Reid, who put plastic explosives in his shoes and tried to set them off....

By Cindy Loose | February 5, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Way to Go: Our Annual Travel Guide

We know, we know. Between airline shenanigans, exorbitant fares, confusing passport requirements, rising fuel costs, terrorist threats and snarky security agents, it's a wonder we all don't stay home. But despite all the above disincentives, we go, because travel is worth it. And to make your next trip go a...

By K.C. Summers | February 1, 2008; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Insta-CoGo: Ready for Passport Cards?

The U.S. State Department has just issued the initial rule that will lead to the creation of passport cards, as opposed to the existing passport books. A passport or the new passport cards will be needed when crossing the U.S. border into Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean at some...

By Cindy Loose | January 10, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (11)

Cellphones and Flying: Many Thumbs Down

Many of us hate the idea of cellphones being allowed in-flight. We all knew this was the case, didn't we? Well, the good folks at the International Airline Passenger Association (IAPA) conducted a survery to find out just how much we hate the idea, and the results are interesting: We...

By John Deiner | November 16, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (13)

French Transit Strike, Part Deux: What You Need to Know

Got a trip to Paris planned, or already there and wondering how to get around in light of the latest transit strike? Our intrepid correspondent Gayle Keck has been making her way -- on foot -- around the French capital today, and filed this report: Today was a lovely day...

By K.C. Summers | November 14, 2007; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Problems With Plastic?

When traveling recently in Ireland, reader Adrian Cargill found he couldn't use his U.S.-issued credit and debit cards in gas stations, some restaurants and ATM machines along major roads. His "swipe and sign" cards just weren't welcome at certain places because the U.K. and much of Europe have switched to...

By Cindy Loose | October 31, 2007; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (16)

Moscow Calling: Tips for the Trip

Fresh from a week in the capital of Russia, I've learned a few things, even though I'm fairly familiar with the city. My first tip: Use the subway. Travelers unfamiliar with the city should study a map of the system on the way over and hop on it as frequently...

By Gary Lee | October 26, 2007; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

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)

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)

Passport Horror Stories

Pity the poor State Department -- or not? After Congress decreed that Americans would have to have a passport for all flights out of the country, the State Department added staff, expanded hours and pulled retirees into active duty. When it still couldn't keep up with demand, it hired more...

By Cindy Loose | June 6, 2007; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (37)

Travelers, Check Your Watches

Daylight Saving Time hits us with an extra hour of sunlight early this year: This Sunday (March 11) at 2 a.m., we spring ahead one hour. Oh what a lovely euphemism for losing an hour of precious sleep on a weekend! So if you're flying from the States this weekend,...

By Anne McDonough | March 9, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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