The smart traveler’s guide to passports, visas and IDs

No matter where you go or how you get there, you’ll probably have to show some form of ID, passport, or visa at some point.

Being prepared with the right paperwork can mean the difference between going places and being forced to turn around and go home — or worse, spending the night in a detention cell while you wait to be deported.

That happens more often than you think. Keep reading if you want to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

Everything you need to know about EC 261 and European air travel rights

If you’re flying on a European airline, you have more rights than you may think. The reason? EC 261 (also referred to as the EU 261), the European consumer regulation, gives broad protection for passengers — far broader than anything offered by U.S. airlines.

But it’s not a perfect regulation and it doesn’t apply to every flight. What’s more, the rule has been strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects on EC 261 could last a generation. Bottom line: You need to study EC 261 carefully before invoking it. But it’s worth knowing.