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  • I recently packed for my first trip since COVID and realized how many different things I chose. I used to travel so much that I kept a “go bag” of my essentials that never changed. I just threw it in my suitcase each time – you know, all those sample-sized bottles of everything. I had a minimal first aid kit. But boy have things changed. I now have a COVID-19 travel packing list. My recommended…

  • There’s nothing worse than being on the road (or on the plane) only to discover that you left one of your must-have travel accessories at home. From cell phones that die in the middle of an interview to being stuck on the tarmac with no headphones, to arriving at the airport gate after realizing you lost your beloved sweatshirt at security, these travel mishaps happen to people almost every day.  As a travel writer, I’ve…

  • How many times have you found a flight for just the right price? You click through to the order page and cha-ching, you’re hit with all those add-on fees. Often, checked bag fees can add $50 or more to the cost, each way!  As much as I travel, I’ve become a master at packing carry on luggage, even for trips lasting a week or more. The secret is pre-planning and a little organization, along with…

  • I’ll never forget arriving at a luxury hotel in Napa to celebrate our 20th anniversary only to find that half the hotel was under construction and that the gym and spa were undergoing renovations. It was a hotel booking nightmare. I’m pretty thorough when researching hotels, especially in unfamiliar destinations. Fortunately, there was copious amounts of wine which filled time I would have spent working out or indulging in spa treatments. On another family vacation…

  • What did we ever do to mange travel before our mobile devices? I guess we relied on our walkmans, stacks of papers and maps, and sleeping pills to get us through the chaos of travel today. Thanks to some innovative thinkers behind some of the best travel apps, our travel experiences are organized and simplified all in our little handheld devices. Here are the 7 (okay 8) travel apps I can’t live without. Airsleep  I’ve…

  • Last year, I sent my 21-year-old son off to backpack to travel abroad through Thailand and India for seven weeks. Alone. I’m the consummate trip planner; he is not. Today’s Millennials are adventurers with a strong sense of wanderlust who want to see the world. As more parents find themselves in my position of sending their children into the unknown, I’d like to share a list of my tips and ideas. Before his trip, I interviewed…