May 16, 2016
Q: I recently booked a vacation rental in Monte Carlo with Airbnb. The place we booked had a strict nochange policy. About three days later, I realized I had made an error in my dates. I contacted the host through Airbnb and asked if I could change the dates. We were still going to stay the same number of days but just needed to shift the arrival and departure within a 10day time frame. The host said we could do it. I have it in writing. I just needed to fill out a formal change request through Airbnb.com.
May 16, 2016
Last week, we shared budgeting tips for one of the biggest expenses of long-term travelers: lodging. This week, we discuss ways to save on transportation costs. Planes: A few months back, we shared our tips about searching for the best airfares ( http://bit.ly/1X8YPMR ), but long-term travel requires different considerations than a one- or two-week trip. Unless you plan to stay in a single location for an extended period, you may be booking a series of one-way tickets, which can get pricey.
May 13, 2016 |
Fliers are becoming more tolerant of fees to check baggage, and for a seat with extra legroom. In fact, passengers are more satisfied with their air travel experiences than they've been in the last decade, according to J.D. Power's 2016 North America Airlines Satisfaction Study released Wednesday. Because U.S. airlines are profitable, they are spending money on the customer experience, by lowering fares on some routes, achieving better on-time arrivals, reducing the frequency of lost luggage, and enhancing in-flight services with in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi, and seat-side power outlets on board.
May 12, 2016 |
On a Tuesday in April, Michael Ford, 30, of South Philadelphia, approached two artists stationed at a folding table in one of City Hall's vaulted passageways. From the pocket of his cargo shorts, he pulled out a mosaic tile he'd made from shattered compact discs, part of a series he's calling "CDecopage. " ("It's the perfect medium," he said - or, at least, it's an affordable one as CDs slide into obsolescence.) He said the piece is a memoir in 16 square inches, telling how he quit a job in health care to be an actor and artist.
May 9, 2016
Q: I know you have written about insurance for travel in the past but I wanted to bring a matter to your attention. The United Airlines website offers Allianz travel insurance, but when it came to covering my expenses, I felt it was a "bait and switch" insurance policy that outlines what is covered but in reality does not cover anything beyond travel delay. Here's what happened: A friend and I purchased tickets to fly from Newark to Panama in January. In addition to paying $1,353 for the flight, we purchased the Allianz travel insurance shown on the United Airlines site for an additional $80. The travel insurance indicated it would cover trip cancellation, travel delay, and trip interruption.
May 9, 2016
People often ask us how we manage to continue our travels for extended periods. If you're not familiar with our story, in 2011 we quit our jobs, sold our house, and gave away most of our possessions to travel around the world for what we thought would be a year. However, after learning to live much more simply on the road, we have stretched our career break into a lifestyle change and are still traveling full-time. The key to long-term travel is keeping costs down and approaching the journey differently from the way you might that annual one- or two-week vacation.
May 4, 2016 |
Craig E. Burgess - patriot, poet, proud Audubon resident - has always lived in the bungalow his parents bought in 1938. But on 41 occasions, he's happily left the little house on Washington Terrace behind and gone off to Hawaii. The retired teacher is showcasing his beloved vacation destination in a new book, A Fleeting Glimpse of Paradise - Photographic and Poetic Images of the Hawaiian Islands (Dorrance Publishing). A paean to the Hawaiians whom the gregarious author, prolific public speaker, and lifelong bachelor has embraced, and vice versa, the heartfelt book is something of a family album.
May 2, 2016
Q: This year, I booked a round-trip flight on American Airlines from Minneapolis to Shannon, Ireland, for May on Travelocity.com. The next day, Travelocity sent me a message that American Airlines had increased the price. I accepted the increase, wanting to keep the schedule I had. All was well until I received my credit card bill, on which I discovered Travelocity had charged me for both the original reservation which they had modified the next day as well as the final one. I spent the better part of a working day on the phone with Travelocity's customer service department, talking to several people, including a supervisor.
April 25, 2016
Q: I booked a one-way ticket from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco on eDreams recently. My middle name was incorrect, so I called eDreams to make a correction. That resulted in hours of phone calls. While I was trying to fix my name, I learned that eDreams had reserved a round-trip flight. EDreams denies this, but I have a copy of the Japan Airlines reservation and can verify the ticket number and other information. EDreams says the ticket can't be reissued with a correct name and is nonrefundable.
April 25, 2016 |
This story of entrepreneurial intrepidity can, in part, be traced to a hemorrhoid-treatment procedure. Melissa Lee witnessed one as a high school student who had convinced a family physician to let her tag along to see what being a doctor would be like. She promptly decided it was not for her. Neither, she decided, was "cubicle life," after she spent the end of her senior year interning in the finance department at Bank of New York/Mellon, where her father works. Her calling to start a business instead came while Lee was a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she helped form the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.