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What to do when you get dumped by your travel company

Barry Shiller’s vacation rental owner got a better offer just before he checked in. And suddenly, his family had no place to stay for their theme park vacation this spring.
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    The incredible but true story of how hotels became vacation-rentalized

The incredible but true story of how hotels became vacation-rentalized

Want a hotel that feels like home? So did Kristin Stallings when she recently looked for accommodations in Florida to celebrate her wedding anniversary.

A small, pricey room, where everything felt “smashed together,” wasn’t at the top of her list, says Stallings, a loan risk analyst from Houston.

“I remembered how much I dislike middle-of-the-night door slamming, loud hallway discussions and noisy neighbors,” she adds. “More than once I’ve had to request a new room due to noise.”

Six tips from Ansel Adams for making your travel photos

Six tips from the great photographer, Ansel Adams, to improve your travel photos. Travelers can still learn how to make great travel photographs from this great American photographer and environmentalist.
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    Why the travel industry’s favorite new word is “no” — and what to do about it

Why the travel industry’s favorite new word is “no” — and what to do about it

The travel industry’s favorite new word seems to be “no,” which is a little jarring for customers who still think of travel as being part of the hospitality business.

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 2

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. In part 2 of this series, Ned Levi discusses more of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |April 7th, 2014|Columns|5 Comments|

Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. Ned Levi discusses many of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |March 31st, 2014|Columns|13 Comments|

Would you take more vacation time? Or, work more if you had the choice?

Will Americans change habits that have become ingrained over two centuries of choosing work over play and begin to take more vacations?
By |March 5th, 2014|Today|1 Comment|

Would you give up sex for more vacation days? What about chocolate, TV or coffee?

Eighty percent of Americans said that vacations make them happier than marriages (and weddings), religion, cats and birthdays. Eighty-two percent of Americans get more pleasure out of vacations than possessions, and 94 percent would give up at least one of life's "prized possessions," including alcohol, video games, chocolate and favorite clothing for an entire week, in return for a single extra vacation day.

Going on a cruise? Tips to help you choose your cabin

Despite the recent bad news about norovirus outbreaks on four ships already this year, the cruise industry is still head toward 20 million or more passengers in 2014. While cruising isn't for everyone, if you're considering a cruise for the first time, Ned Levi has some tips to help you chose your cabin aboard your ship.
By |February 24th, 2014|Columns|1 Comment|

What we’re reading: EU allows mobile calling in-flight, sleeping with the fish, why people save vacation days

EU to allow cell phone calling in-flight, sleeping with the fish, why people save vacation days