How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler

I’m really excited to announce my next book project, How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler: And Save Time, Money & Hassle. You can pre-order you copy online now.

I know what you’re thinking. No, I’m not claiming be the world’s smartest traveler.

I’ve been helping solve your vacation problems for more than a decade. But these cases didn’t slowly turn me into a travel genius. Instead, with each refund I secured and every botched reservation I helped fix, I learned what not to do when I’m on the road.

I have you, my readers, to thank for that education. I’m beyond grateful for it.

And now it’s time for a little payback.

In How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler, I’ll show you:

How to save time. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, or a business trip to close a deal, time is a finite and precious commodity. The travel industry sometimes likes to waste it by making you stand in line, wait on hold, or by sending you pointless form letters. I’ll show you my favorite shortcuts.

How to save money. Let’s face it, no one likes to spend more than they have to. I’ll tell you when you don’t need to shell out more — and when you should. I’ll also give you a heads-up on where the bargains can be found, and which ones are too good to be true.

How to prevent hassles. From onerous contracts, to come-ons by opportunistic timeshare salesmen, the last thing you want when you’re traveling is to be harassed. No worries. I can show you how to avoid these silly roadblocks.

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How To Be The World’s Smartest Traveler will be published in early 2014 by National Geographic Books and its publishing partner Random House.

Thank you for your support. This book wouldn’t be possible without you.

Here’s how to pre-order the book.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at Read more of Christopher's articles here.

  • Looking forward to it!

  • Emanuel Levy

    Will there be an ebook version?

  • Jeanne_in_NE

    Not to shill for any particular vendor or anything, but the paperback book is available for pre-order on Amazon. (I’ve already pre-ordered.) I don’t see a Kindle version available there, but I’m sure that it’ll show up sometime between now and next March (2014).

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  • emanon256

    Woo Hoo! I just pre-ordered.

  • GeorgeLaw

    Chris, make sure there is an e-book version made available. I see that only the paperback will be sold. Smart travelers like to travel light!

  • Yes, absolutely. There will be an ebook version. The manuscript is finished and being edited right now. I’ll have an update soon.

  • TonyA_says

    Hey Smartest Traveler, did you know that Paula Deen has a celebrity cruise?
    It is brought to you by a travel agency that arranges luxury land and sea travel for the most discriminating individuals and groups.

    Their own words, not mine :)

  • Grant Ritchie

    Now THAT’S funny. :-)

  • Bill___A

    I can tell you right now how to be the world’s smartest traveller. Don’t go anywhere that involves the TSA. They are the shame of America., Especially the TSA in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I have travelled to many countries and nowhere have I been as annoyed as I’ve been with the TSA. I am seriously considering not going to the United States by air (unless absolutely necessary) until someone straightens them around. I was annoyed with them the last time I dealt with them and I’m even more annoyed now. If there is truly a democratic process in America, a very good way to prove it would be to get rid of the people in the TSA.

  • Mike

    May it become a best seller. I’ll be in for the Kindle edition once Amazon posts it.

  • Sarah Young

    Already created some excitement in my heart for this book. Congratulation and all the best Chistopher
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  • Puck2u

    TSA=make work program for unemployables.

  • Bill___A

    Aside from forgetting to pack things back in their liquid tight bag, neglecting to reattach a strap around a bag and the seeming inability to relock the built in TSA compatible security, thereby rendering the combination lock inoperable, they also annoy people by chanting the obvious in a loud voice. I really don’t know what the purpose of holding your board pass up while walking – like a Nazi prison camp prisoner has to do with security. If anyone could read it, they are actually having you compromise the security of others seeing your name.
    I will be interested to know Chris’s recommendations regarding dealing with this poorly run agency.
    And Puck2U, you are correct, we’d be better off if most of them were unemployed.

  • Jerry

    Which travel agent initially refused to return a refund awarded to a passenger by Delta?

  • nice article……………..

  • Barry Parsons

    I can see a Kindle version now on Amazon, albeit more expensive than the paperback – why?
    Please where is the iBooks version though?

  • Kelly Rogers

    I like the essence of your book. If ever I get my hands on it, I’ll surely read it. But for now, I’ll just scroll around your site.

  • Kelly Rogers

    By the way, do you think getting cheap flights would be a start for being a smart traveller?

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