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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)

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: Camaraderie in the Caribbean

Does the thought of setting out alone on a beach vacation fill you with dread? Dip in to the Travel Q&A mailbox with me and let's see if we can help reader Diane Nargiz of Solomons Island, Md.: I need some advice for a week's getaway in late December or...

By Christina Talcott | December 3, 2008; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (5)

Labor Day Travel Tips

If you're planning to travel in or out of Washington's National Airport (DCA) this coming long weekend, take heed: There will be major disruptions in Metro service between Braddock Road and the National Airport station, from 9 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Tuesday. Getting to National from any point on...

By Christina Talcott | August 27, 2008; 07:57 AM ET | Comments (4)

It Came From the Chat: Summer Savings Tips, Part 2

You know what I love about our Monday chats? Every week, the participants share travel tips and information with each other. There are usually four or more Travel staffers answering questions, and we can usually answer questions authoritatively and at a rapid-fire pace. But sometimes what the chatters themselves advise...

By Christina Talcott | May 13, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

It Came From the Chat: Summer Savings Tips

Monday's chat with the Travel section Flight Crew (most Mondays at 2 p.m.) was a busy one, with readers weighing in on such varied topics as Hawaiian B&Bs, Charlottesville dining, honeymoon planning and pickpockets in Italy. We asked for ideas about how to save $$ on summer travel, and we...

By Christina Talcott | May 9, 2008; 06:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Can You Trust Travel Guidebooks?

Travel writers on the take?! I'm shocked, shocked. A new memoir by a rogue guidebook writer is causing a big kerfuffle in the travel community. In his book "Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?", former Lonely Planet contributor Thomas Kohnstamm says that during his assignments for several LP guidebooks, he...

By K.C. Summers | April 16, 2008; 01:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

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)

Insta-Q&A: Finding Someone to Travel With

If it's Wednesday, that must mean it's time for another edition of Insta-Q&A, in which you can both pose questions to the Travel section and help out fellow travelers with your own answers to their queries. If you have some advice for today's questioner, by all means post a comment...

By Scott Vogel | February 13, 2008; 07:48 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)

Hurricanes: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Winds?

So, no ill winds blew our way during this year's hurricane season, which ends today. But how scary is that for the future? There's an interesting wrapup on the season -- which caused mayhem in the tropics (more than 200 people died from the 14 storms that formed, and back-to-back...

By John Deiner | November 30, 2007; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the 3-1-1?

The cockeyed optimist in me has found something to love about the TSA regulations on liquids in carry-ons. The whole enterprise is a chance to marry my love of traveling with my zeal for repurposing, and it all started with pimples and mouthwash. I'd been traveling a bunch in the...

By Christina Talcott | November 26, 2007; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (6)

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)

Movie See, Movie Do

I'm a recent emigree from the Post's Weekend section, where I spent the last few years writing about movies and the people who make them. And I still have films on the brain. I love watching movies filmed in beautiful or exotic places, with as much attention paid to the...

By Christina Talcott | November 14, 2007; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Heck With High Season

As all right-thinking people know, the day after Labor Day -- not Jan. 1 -- is the real beginning of the New Year. That first-day-of-school energy makes it seem as if anything is possible. But September is significant for another reason, too: It marks the start of the best time...

By K.C. Summers | August 31, 2007; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

 

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