Sure, you know to tip at a sit-down restaurant, but what do you do when the barista flips around that iPad screen and you need to decide how much to tip on a latte she hasn’t even made for you yet? Counter-service tipping via tablet is now mainstream, but do you really need to give? I found data on how many people really tip. [Click headline to read article.]
Airplanes are responsible for a significant greenhouse gas emissions. Overtourism is threatening our cultural heritage. Airbnb and other vacation rentals are destroying neighborhoods. Should you really be traveling? [Click headline to read story.]
I’ll do pretty much anything to promote my new book on travel. Like, for example, link to it in this very sentence. But I draw the line when a TV or podcast interviewer asks me on to discuss, say, “the hottest new destinations for 2019.” Even considering such a list is travel writer malpractice. Why would you recommend a place bound to be overpriced and packed with tourists? Instead, I’d rather be invited to recommend places that are not hot this year, or next year…and may never be. [Click headline to read full piece.]
The best travel moments happen through serendipity. And serendipity isn’t dumb luck. You can make it happen. Click here to read the article.
As the guest Getaway columnist, I write about when children (like my nephew Leo) take over family trip-planning. (Disaster does not ensue.)
Why travelers are generally so terrible about assessing risk when they travel. Or, why non-pregnant Olympics fans who fear zika more than dengue have already been infected – by the media.
It’s a banner day for me – my first “artwork” published in The New York Times (or, really, anywhere but the now-defunct 1970s-era refrigerator at 25 Ridge Road, Newton, Massachusetts).
In a recent column, the Frugal Traveler outlined seven steps for finding good deals on hotels. Here’s a sample of reader reaction, from the creative to the critical.
I was on CBS This Morning with…Charlie Rose and Jane Pauley??? That’s totally cool. Talked about finding cheaper hotel rooms.
Confused about how to find a good deal on a place to stay? The Frugal Traveler put together this guide to help you land the right room at the right price.