Emergency preparedness for cruise ship passengers

The Carnival Triumph passengers are home from their ordeal, but many unanswered question are still left. It's possible to learn from the passengers' experience to become better prepared to handle cruise emergencies. Ned Levi discusses concrete suggestions for cruise ship passengers to help them get through a cruise ship emergency at sea.
By |February 18th, 2013|Columns|7 Comments|

Hurricane preparedness tips for travelers

The Atlantic Basin hurricane season has begun. There have already been two tropical storms this year, one with winds just a few miles per hour below the minimum for calling it a hurricane. Ned Levi offers some tips for you in case you're planning to travel in the "hurricane belt" during hurricane season.
By |June 11th, 2012|Columns|1 Comment|

7 common traveler mistakes to avoid

Many trips have some bumps in the road which need to be overcome. Many travelers can avoid mistakes which cause travel problems. Ned Levi lists seven problems travelers incur that can ruin their vacations and discusses how to avoid them.

Air travelers breathe a “Real ID” sigh of relief (even if they didn’t know it)

Ned Levi explains what Real ID is, and explores what might have happened to passengers and the US domestic airline industry is the Real ID identification deadline wouldn't have been postponed by the Obama Administration. He calls on the government to take a pragmatic approach with the Real ID law.
By |March 7th, 2011|Columns|9 Comments|

Passport Card: Does it make sense to purchase one?

While Ned Levi continues to recommend virtually all international travelers obtain a passport, not a passport card as their primary travel identification document, even for Caribbean cruises, he found he had a persuasive reason to order a passport card along with his new passport.
By |May 10th, 2010|Columns|17 Comments|

What does Arizona’s new immigration law mean to travelers in Arizona?

Arizona has enacted a new immigration law, widely considered to be the toughest in the nation. Ned Levi examines the new law, and considers the comments of its supporters and critics in determining its effect on travelers going to or through Arizona.

Ned’s holiday gift suggestions for travelers

It's the holiday time of the year and Ned Levi offers his annual travelers gift list. Ned has found some potential gifts which are definitely "off the beaten path."
By |November 30th, 2009|Columns|5 Comments|

Are new Passport Cards a gateway to counterfeit citizenship?

While driving around San Francisco, a security researcher with a scanner captured and cloned Passport Card RFIDs. Security experts have stated the Cards are easily counterfeited. Ned Levi ponders whether any citizen should obtain a Passport Card.
By |February 9th, 2009|Columns|5 Comments|

Do new entry requirements need to be shown the exit?

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed new US-Visit exit procedures for foreign nationals which could seriously impact US travelers. Ned Levi examines issues raised by the airlines and General Accounting Office.
By |January 26th, 2009|Columns|1 Comment|

Why the new passport card may not be a bargain

Barring yet another delay, on June 1, 2009, U.S. Citizens over the age of 18 will need either a passport, or new passport card, to re-enter the U.S. even if they are only driving or walking across the border. But is the passport card an option you should consider?
By |January 12th, 2009|Today|2 Comments|