Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. In the last two weeks, these hurricanes have become household names, largely for the havoc they either have reaped or could possibly reap in the coming days. Most travelers know that it is hurricane season in the Caribbean, but natural disasters have the opportunity to happen everywhere, the world over. There are certain steps that travelers can take to plan before traveling to a natural disaster area. Here are some tips. Disclaimer: These are personal tips and are not endorsed by any emergency or crisis prevention entity.
“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
Five years ago, I never thought I would be writing this… an article on why I like to travel solo. I never thought I would be saying that I really, *really* like traveling by myself. Five years ago, I thought the idea of solo travel was daunting and scary and unsafe and all of the things that we are fed by various forces in our lives. But I overcame that and I went. And now, I love it. Here’s why.
To assess this situation with 20 years of airline industry knowledge, Rhyse Woodward, Resident Travel Industry Expert and airline retiree, to weigh in. Here are her insights:
A video went viral today of a doctor being forcibly dragged off his flight in an overbooking situation. The video is naturally causing outrage against the airline, staff, crew, and the law enforcement officer(s) involved. It has created a media crap storm for United. Someone may lose their job over this fiasco, but not for the reasons you may think. I’ll get to that later. In this post, I’m not going to delve into where the blame may or may not lie. Instead, I am going to provide a basic layman’s knowledge of what a contract of carriage is, some FAA laws applicable to this situation, and how they apply to us as passengers.
The world around us is changing. Whether we like it or not, the dynamics of international relations are strained, at best. And this affects travel. With the recent drama surrounding the travel immigration ban and its effects on travel, it is something that must be addressed by the travel community.
I am BarrisTourista. The “barris” portion is for barrister, or lawyer. But I am by no means an expert in immigration law. So I called upon one of my attorney colleagues, Lindsay Toczylowski, the Executive Director of Immigration Defenders Law Center. She was on the front lines this past weekend, spearheading the efforts at LAX to get detainees—including children—released from custody even after a federal judge ordered that they could not be held. Her weekend was long and her devoted passion to ensure the rights of immigrants has long been documented even before this weekend. So we asked her to weigh in on the recent legal issues that have arisen and what they mean for travelers.
This tip is born of experience. Last year, a few days after Christmas, I was one of the unlucky many who got stuck at Chicago O’Hare when freezing rain hit. What should have been a 6-hour trip (with connection) turned into a 21-hour ordeal. That’s right… 21 hours door to door to get from Chicago to the west coast. And if I hadn’t taken some proactive measures, I could have been stuck for days. So here are some tips on what to do when you get stuck due to travel delays.
It’s that time of year. That time when everyone and their mothers hit the skies heading home to visit loved ones. The crowded flights and airports combined with El Nino and unpredictable weather can be a recipe for disaster. Some of these tips to avoid holiday travel snafus may be no-brainers, but bear repeating. Especially during this time of year.
It’s one thing to periodically check your email, or log in to social media, or check out the news of the day from your preferred news outlet online. It is quite another to be a working professional on the road. Given that I bring my laptop on every trip and I work while traveling, I have quite a bit of experience with this. Trying to run a business while traveling can be tricky business if you don’t plan right. It can mean the difference between working for a few hours a day then enjoying your destination or major headaches. Here are ways to be efficient in your work and tips for traveling and working, whether traveling domestically or abroad.
Before the days of unlimited calls, people had to pay close attention to the minutes they used on their cell phones. But when traveling overseas, it is important to pay attention to both phone and more importantly data usage. Most people don’t realize that even if you don’t open the email, the fact that it came into your phone means it is eating up data. In order to avoid a big for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, use these tips on how to avoid a huge cell phone bill when traveling overseas.
Whether you are at home, traveling domestically or abroad, safety should always be a priority. While it is likely, in most cities or countries you travel to, that you are just as safe as you would be at home, there is a certain vulnerability that you feel when you travel, especially when you are traveling to a place that you aren’t familiar with. Exercising vigilance is key, along with understanding the unique issues of the place you are visiting. Here are some travel safety tips to employ on all of your travels.
Kids argue. This is an indisputable fact. And while going on a glorious vacation sounds fabulous, the notion of that putting an end to all possible negativity, fighting, or strife between siblings is not always the case. So how can you make the trip enjoyable for everyone, especially you parents? Here I explore a few avenues that can help minimize fights between siblings while traveling… all while increasing happiness.