Travel tips from readers
7:00 AM PDT, July 6, 2013
When taking a car trip with your kids, have them wear slip-on shoes. Otherwise, you'll spend time at every stop while they fish around for their shoes, untie them and retie them.
7:00 AM PDT, June 29, 2013
Regarding the recent tip about bringing along a roll of toilet paper when traveling internationally: The roll will compress even more if the inner tube is removed — an old backpacking trick!
7:00 AM PDT, June 22, 2013
To keep everyone entertained on a car trip, take a list of songs with lyrics. It's a fun way to make the time pass.
7:00 AM PDT, June 8, 2013
When getting off a bus at a major tourist attraction in India, forge ahead and try not to make eye contact with the vendors who will swarm you (unless you really want one of those trinkets). Sometimes, the vendor will try to place the object on your body, thinking that once it is on you, you have to purchase it. Just brush it off and go on your way.
7:00 AM PDT, June 1, 2013
If you are traveling alone, find a restaurant where you can eat at the bar. You can talk to the other people and to the bartender. Better than reading at a table by yourself.
7:00 AM PDT, May 25, 2013
If you are taking your minor child on a vacation without your spouse, make sure you have a notarized letter from your spouse that specifically states you have permission to take the child to the specific destination during the specified dates.
7:00 AM PDT, May 4, 2013
Always pack a flat rubber water-stopper for leaky bathtub and sink drains. I've needed it even in highly rated hotels.
7:00 AM PDT, April 6, 2013
If you and your spouse are traveling together and your credit cards are from a joint account, one spouse should carry one card and the other spouse a different one. That way, if one of you has a purse or wallet stolen, the other still has a usable credit card for the rest of the trip.
7:30 AM PDT, March 16, 2013
If you need directions, stop in at a pizza restaurant that delivers. The delivery people really know their local area.
7:00 AM PST, March 2, 2013
On a cruise
7:00 AM PST, February 23, 2013
Readers' tips were the centerpiece of our Feb. 17 issue. But there were so many of them we weren't able to use all of them in one issue. We'll be printing many more in the coming weeks. If you have a tip you'd like to share, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name and city of residence.
February 17, 2013
Go ahead — we dare you to read this list of travel tips and not clap your hand to your head and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" When we asked readers to contribute their best tips for travel, we were overwhelmed by the number and comsengen (a word we just coined that's short for "common sense genius") of the ideas. Do you always forget your phone charger in your hotel room? Do you wonder why, when your flight is canceled, you end up standing in long lines while others whisk off to their new flight? And how in the world do some people easily convert whatever the local currency is while you're standing there doing math in your head? Here are some of the hows and whys that can make your travel easier. So grab a cup of coffee and a couple of aspirin for the headache you'll get from smacking yourself on the head. And if you have a tip to contribute, send it to email@example.com.
February 17, 2013
One of the biggest trouble spots for travelers is the topic of money — how to spend wisely on vacation, what to do in foreign countries, how much, what credit cards and much more.
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