February 17, 2013
Go ahead - we dare you to read this list of travel tips and not clap your hand to your head and say, "Why didn't I think of that?" When we asked readers to contribute their best tips for travel, we were overwhelmed by the number and comsengen (a word we just coined that's short for "common sense genius") of the ideas. Do you always forget your phone charger in your hotel room? Do you wonder why, when your flight is canceled, you end up standing in long lines while others whisk off to their new flight?
May 30, 2000 |
Oh, the polar bears! Arden Russell sighs. At home in Century City, Russell, 86, is restless for the road. She is a jet-setting widow, with visits to, oh, more than 200 countries and territories, if you must know. This embarrasses her. She is a member of the Travelers' Century Club, and those people are really well traveled. Why, they put her to shame. They make her want to hop on a plane right now but not in an around-the-world-in-80-days kind of way.
November 24, 1996 |
Africa South Africa: How safe is South Africa? Visitors who held back during the apartheid years are traveling there in large numbers to enjoy the country's great natural beauty. But South Africa is troubled by economic uncertainty and political and tribal divisions. The transition to multiracial democracy has not been smooth, and violence has accompanied much of it. It should be noted that the U.S. government does not consider South Africa dangerous enough to warn Americans against going there.
February 27, 2000 |
Europe Austria: Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Vienna to denounce the inclusion of a far-right party in the new national government, and Austria began feeling a tourist backlash. Last weekend, at least 150,000 protesters gathered peacefully at Heroes' Square in the capital to oppose the Freedom Party's entry into the right-wing coalition government. On Feb.
November 26, 2000 |
Middle East Israel and the Territories: Weeks of Israeli-Palestinian violence have devastated tourism in Israel, according to news accounts. The number of visitors dropped about 50% last month, and thousands have canceled vacation plans. Airlines have reduced flights, and some hotels have shut down temporarily. The State Department is warning Americans to put off travel to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
September 21, 1997 |
Americans love "Best of . . ." lists, but there is a big one that most of us have never heard of. Luckily, it's readily available on the Internet's World Wide Web, but you should by all means avoid it if you have a pressing appointment or if it's near bedtime. The World Heritage List is a site to get lost in for hours. It's the ultimate digital locale for daydreaming.
February 11, 2007 |
NO one expects to get sick on vacation. But some travelers fall ill or become injured while away from home, some severely enough to require medical care. Carrying your medical information can increase the chances of getting effective treatment, experts say, because the doctor at your destination can familiarize himself quickly with it. What information should you have? It depends on your health status, said Drs. Kathleen Cowling, an emergency physician at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Mich.
January 24, 1999 |
Middle East Yemen: Americans were warned to defer travel to Yemen, and officials there reported a substantial drop in tourism because of the killings of four Western tourists on Dec. 29. The three Britons and an Australian died during a shootout as Yemeni troops tried to rescue 16 hostages from Islamic extremists in Abyan province, about 175 miles southeast of Sana, the capital.
June 22, 1997 |
Western Europe As masses of Americans begin summer trips to Europe, the State Department has some cautionary advice for travelers headed for some of the more popular countries: Britain: It has been a year since the last major Irish Republican Army attack in England, but terrorism remains a possibility. Although Americans are not targeted, they might be affected. Violent crime is relatively rare in Britain. Burglars and pickpockets, however, are very active in London and other large cities.