The cab drove off with my purse — what would you do?

The fear of losing your credit cards and IDs is one of the most common travel phobias. But that fear became a reality for Carol Gail on a trip to Paris, when she left her change purse with her driver’s license, two credit cards, and some money in a cab on the way from the airport to her hotel.
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Are gift cards better for you — or better for the business?

Ask Richard Brigleb about gift cards, and he’ll tell you about the $200 worth of plastic for a wine store and local restaurant he just found in his kitchen drawer.
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Our money was stolen on an Overseas Adventure Travel tour — can you get it back?

Who’s responsible for the safety of your luggage when you’re on an escorted tour? If you said “the tour operator,” then let me introduce you to Ronald Chizzick, who recently returned from an Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) escorted tour of South India. Read more “Our money was stolen on an Overseas Adventure Travel tour — can you get it back?”

How to turn a “credit” offer into cash

It was a dream vacation: Hawaii during Thanksgiving with our kids. Two islands, three great resorts, 12 days. And much of it paid for by a sign-up bonus we received from a new credit card.
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How much cash should I carry when I’m traveling?

How much cash should you carry when you travel? I’ll break it down for you and help you steer clear of some truly evil fees.

Note: This is the first in a series of videos I’ll be presenting from USA Today in August, designed to help improve your consumer skills. I hope you enjoy them.

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