After a multinational travel nightmare, who has my money?

I think Samuel Anderson-McCoy is trying to set some kind of record with his multinational travel nightmare. The paper trail runs 83 pages, which has got to be some kind of record.

And in the end, my advocacy team had to give him one more piece of paper — his walking papers.

This is what happens when you insure a trip in pieces

Charles Mills’ trip to Peru fell to pieces. Why? Because he insured only a piece.

His case is a necessary reminder that travel insurance only covers what it covers, despite any appearance to the contrary. It also exposes our limits as consumer advocates. If the contract doesn’t allow it, we usually can’t advocate for it.

Got a travel problem? Here’s how to make the impossible, possible

Connie Matlin wants to do the impossible: buy travel insurance for what she thinks is an uninsurable trip. “My family and I would like to travel to Europe this summer,” explains Matlin, a financial planner from Cleveland. “I want to purchase airfare as soon as possible to secure a good price, but I’m also nervous.”

How to save money on groceries? Timing is everything

Everyone has to eat. But not everyone knows how to save money on groceries.

The average American spends $151 per week on food, a figure that includes groceries and restaurant spending. A deep dive into the numbers suggests people are spending less on groceries than they did 20 years ago, when adjusting for inflation.

Why you should travel now — before things start to get crazy

Sometimes when you’re traveling, your timing is terrific. Sometimes, it’s just lucky.

On our trip to South Dakota last week, we were just lucky. Temperatures in the mid-70s, almost no visitors. Matt Plank, the assistant curator of reptiles of the Reptile Gardens, a private collection of alligators, snakes, and turtles, just outside Rapid City, described the mayhem of tourist season to me.

Eurostar canceled my train and left us stranded in London

When Eurostar cancels Suzanne Kraft’s train from London to Paris, a company representative says her only option is to buy a new ticket. Turns out that’s wrong, and now the bills are piling up. Is she entitled to a refund — or any kind of compensation?

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