Forget Paris, skip school, other contrarian tips
These days, smart travelers are going off-peak and off the beaten path

My favorite column topic, by far, is the idea of contrarian travel, or traveling against the grain. It's my strategy...


For the best value, book direct
3rd-party sites have revolutionized travel, but their time has passed

For all their usefulness, third-party travel Web sites can be as much a burden as a boon. The conventional wisdom is...


Is your passport really in order?
Some countries require passport be valid for 3-6 months from start of trip

I was recently in the Atlanta airport, headed for a flight to Tel Aviv, when I noticed something odd: a young...


Avoid the Middle East? On the contrary
Recent trip to Middle East a successful test of contrarian travel strategy

A key principle of my travel strategy, which I call Contrarian Travel, is to travel against the grain: Go off-...


Summer vacation: fly or drive?
Think carefully about transportation for your trip: A few scenarios

Summer is around the corner and families are looking forward to their vacations. In summers past, families would load...


Airline bashing
Anyone who's ever opened a newspaper or flipped on a TV knows the national media is overwhelmingly anti-airline -- except, of course, for the flattering attention paid to the industry darlings:...

Need a solution for travel fatigue? Click here!
Tips to fight the ills of long-haul flights

Jets are great. They allow eager travelers and hard-charging business people to travel thousands of miles in a matter of hours. Some of them...


Shut up!
The day is coming when the last refuge of serenity -- the aircraft cabin -- will become polluted with ring tones and annoying conversations.

While making bothersome mile-high phone calls on U.S....


It's easy to love Argentina
For almost 10 years now, I have been preaching the Gospel of Contrarian Travel: Buy direct, travel off peak, follow the dollar, build loyalty, look for bargains, expect to be treated well. The...

Freedom of choice
For years, I have heard travelers and writers chastise the airline industry for poor management and too narrow a range of choices for consumers. When one airline finally steps up to the plate with a...

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