Book Friday: Journeys of a Lifetime

500 of the World’s Greatest Trips Compiled from the favorite trips of National Geographic’s travel writers, Journeys of a Lifetime spans the globe to highlight the best of the world’s most famous and lesser known sojourns.

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Book Friday: Secret Hotels

Where should we stay? This may be the most vexing question facing anyone planning a holiday- especially travelers whose resources aren’t unlimited.

But finding affordable accommodation does not mean having to settle for surly desk clerks, paltry meals, and a cramped hotel room whose only window faces a brick wall.

Breathtaking views, attentive service, great on-site food, and the full range of amenities-all are available at a cost that won’t make you cringe. You just have to know where to look.

Check out Secret Hotels.

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Eating healthy when traveling

When traveling%2C it’s easy to forget healthy eating. Large meals%2C drinking & exotic foods wreak havoc on body.” – direct link

Traveling for work

When traveling with execs from your department%2C always let the person with the most seniority get in the taxi last.” – direct link

Packing for the weekend

For a weekend away, a man should bring a simple shirt, two cashmere sweaters, three Polo’s, and one pair of jeans. For shoes, either sandals or light leather moccasins


turn on your lights

A Canadian study from 1994 found that people who drive with their headlights on during daylight hours have an 11 percent decreased risk of being in an accident with another automobile.


Keep documents safe when traveling

Make two photocopies of your passport, credit cards and other important documents. 

Leave one with a friend or family member and keep the other with you, but away from the real passport, credit cards, etc.  If the items are stolen, this will expedite renewal.


Bedbug haven

Hotels are a haven for bedbugs. Pest-control companies say hotels account for more than 37% of their bedbug business. Search for your hotel on


No entry

Make sure your passport is valid for a reasonability long period. Some countries require six months validity.


Overcharged for hotels?

The average business traveler is overcharged $11.35 a night. Beware of fees for fridges, or anything labeled "local."


Credit card travel tip

When traveling with your spouse, make sure you take different credit cards.   If they are in the same name, and get lost you won’t have to cancel both cards. 


Increase your vacation experience

Build in a buffer when returning from vacations.

Don’t work right up until the moment you leave and head back to work right off the plane. If possible, schedule an extra day off before you depart and another when you come back to dive back in slowly.


Flying out first thing in the AM

Some of the best ways to avoid delays and flight cancellations is to take the first flight of the day. 

If that’s not possible then avoid the peak hours between 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 4 and 7 p.m.  Fly in the middle of the week if possible (Tuesday through Thursday).


When to confirm flights

Call reservations to confirm your flight 24 hrs before a domestic flight and 72 hrs before an international flight for both the outbound flight and the return flight.