Nonsmoking Hotel Rooms Still Contain Smoke

If you think the air in your nonsmoking hotel room is free of smoke residue, think again: If a hotel allows smoking in any of its rooms, the smoke will permeate everywhere, including nonsmoking rooms, a new study shows. Nicotine residues and other chemical traces “don’t stay in the smoking rooms,” lead researcher George Matt, chairman of the psychology department at San Diego State University, told USA Today. “They end up in the hallways and in other rooms, including nonsmoking …

On The Road Again, With These Apps

The dog days of summer can be great for traveling.  But if you want to enrich the experience, grab your smartphone and load up on a few great apps before you hit the road. If you are driving, be sure to have the GasBuddy app front and center. (Operated by your helpful spouse, of course – don’t do this while driving!) This app uses your smartphone’s GPS device to pinpoint your location and gives you the rundown of service station …

Traveling? Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

Summertime is vacation time and you know what that means: The risk of finding bed bugs in your hotel room. There’s a national epidemic of the tiny bloodsuckers, with an estimated $250 million spent between 2006 and 2010 on trying to eradicate them from hotels, apartments, classrooms, dorms, just about everywhere. According to the National Pest Management Association, one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has been bitten by the tiny …