Want to improve your travel literacy? Here’s how

Now that vacation season is over, it’s time to start thinking about ways to improve your travel literacy — loosely defined as your ability to get around without looking like a clueless tourist — before your next trip. Read more “Want to improve your travel literacy? Here’s how”

One more British Airways flight downgrade with no refund

Please welcome Carson Harris to the exclusive club of air travelers who have been downgraded. It happened to Harris on British Airways, which presented him with an involuntary flight downgrade on one segment of a roundtrip flight to Bucharest. Read more “One more British Airways flight downgrade with no refund”

How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room

There’s no quick answer to the question, “How do I find the best hotel room?” That’s because no two hotel rooms are exactly alike. They defy easy SeatGuru-ization, which is to say you can’t create a reliable online directory of room sizes and amenities. Read more “How to find the best – and avoid the worst – hotel room”

In travel, some deals really are too good to be true

The quoted rate for an “amazing” three-bedroom condominium in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, looked too good to be true. The unit, which featured flat-screen TVs, beds with “lush, warm comforters,” a gourmet kitchen and a lanai overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, cost only $1,900 for the month.

And guess what? It was too good to be true. Read more “In travel, some deals really are too good to be true”

Only you can prevent a full Elliott Advocacy meltdown!

If you’re a reader of my personal website, you probably already know about the full meltdown that happened after we posted a blockbuster story by Michelle Couch-Friedman about buying jewelry on a cruise. Suddenly a surge of traffic flooded the Elliott Advocacy site and within just a few minutes, our server choked up. Instead of the article, that annoyingly familiar “error establishing a database connection” message greeted you. Read more “Only you can prevent a full Elliott Advocacy meltdown!”