Can a Hotel Front Desk or Cruise Hold Onto Your Passport?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/14/2023, 5:45 PM

The answer, in many places, is yes. Sometimes hotels may legally demand that you hand over your passport when you check in. "In some countries, hotels may be required under local law to retain copies of guests' passport information," a U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed with me. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't take additional steps to protect your documents. The details of how yo...

If You Have Old Traveler's Checks Lying Around, Here's Why You Should Cash Them ASAP

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/07/2023, 6:15 PM

For a long time, the standard advice about traveler's checks has been conditional: You can still buy them, but be prepared for them to be refused at many places. Traveler's checks hail from an era before ATMs, credit cards, prepaid debit cards, and digital wallets, when travelers had to bring large sums of money with them to pay for their adventures. The traveler's check enabled people to remain w...

Is the U.S. Government’s New Dashboard on Airline Family Seating Actually Useful?

By Sean Cudahy

Posted on 03/07/2023, 9:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation has rolled out an update to its airline customer service dashboard, adding a new section focused on which airlines do and don’t guarantee the right of families to sit together without paying extra fees. It’s the latest chapter in a mounting pressure campaign by the Biden administration over what it deems “junk fees” and restrictive policies by airlines (and o...

As United Makes Family Seating Easier, What Are Other Airlines Doing?

By Sean Cudahy

Posted on 02/21/2023, 5:15 PM

Amid 2023’s busiest travel weekend so far, United Airlines announced it’s making changes to its policies and computer systems to make it easier for families to sit together. The changes will start rolling out right away for those booking a ticket with a child age 12 or younger, with full implementation expected by early March. As part of the upgrades, the Chicago-based carrier plans to debut a ne...

Peru’s Machu Picchu Reopens to Tourists—but Is It Safe to Go There?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/17/2023, 8:00 AM

Machu Picchu, the world-renowned Inca citadel in the Andes of southern Peru, reopened to tourists this week after a nearly monthlong closure due to antigovernment protests. Peruvian news agency Andina reports that the decision to resume operations at the site came as a result of agreements made by municipal authorities, social organizations, and the tourism industry to "ensure [the] safety of the...

Las Vegas Casinos Accused of Fixing Prices in 90% of Rooms on the Strip

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/31/2023, 7:30 AM

Here's a budding lawsuit worth keeping your eye on.Casino operators that account for about 90% of the rooms on the Las Vegas Strip—Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, Treasure Island, and Wynn Resorts—have been hit by a class action lawsuit that alleges those companies collectively used third-party booking software to artificially set room prices higher.The complaint, filed last week ...

Airline Passenger Bumping Is Back. Do You Know Your Rights?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/26/2023, 7:00 AM

Lately, it seems like everything that could go wrong in air travel has done just that, from entire airlines going on the fritz to technical glitches temporarily grounding flights across the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, travel's ongoing recovery from Covid shutdowns has been accompanied by chronic understaffing and economic woes that have contributed to spikes in flight delays, cancellations, lost l...

New Data: When to Book Flights and Hotel Stays to Save on Travel in 2023

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2023, 7:00 AM

With travel costs up across the board, it's more important than ever to find savings wherever you can. According to the travel booking app Hopper, one way to cut vacation costs significantly is by mastering the art of timing flights and hotel stays. Or maybe it's less an art than a science? In a new report, Hopper's researchers have crunched 8 years' worth of travel data and approximately three...

In 2023, Strikes Are Paralyzing European Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/19/2023, 4:45 PM

The strain of the pandemic has exposed so many of our current societal systems as being inadequate for the demands we now place upon them, and the world is reacting with discord and disarray. Many business owners are calling the global staffing crisis a "labor shortage," but to many job seekers it's simply about holding out for an occupation that pays for basic needs like rent, food, and health ca...

Reservations for Top Tourist Attractions Are Now Essential—and Here to Stay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/13/2023, 4:30 PM

Are you the sort of traveler who plans everything ahead of your trip or flies by the seat of your pants? When it comes to seeing many of the world's top tourist attractions, momentum has shifted toward planners and away from pants-seat flyers—and the change appears to be here to stay. To combat overcrowding, ultra-popular sites from the Colosseum in Rome to Machu Picchu in Peru began requiring a...

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