Scam Defense During Spring Travel

This spring break will set a record for air travel during March and April, industry experts say. On the ground, expect the same old scams. Heading to Beijing? “The most common scam involves people persuading you to go with them for a tea ceremony, which is often so pleasant that you don’t smell a rat until several hundred dollars appear on your credit-card bill,” reports travel.aarp.org, a useful resource for learning about all things travel (including scams). In India and …

How Travel Gives New Meaning to My Life

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson, travel writer If I think about the most life-affirming, mind-broadening experiences I’ve had, so many of them involve traveling. High on that list is the transformative experience of accompanying my sister, Diane, to St. James, Jamaica, …

Now Is the Perfect Time to Think About What’s Next in Your Life

Amid all the shimmer and shine of the new year, many of us find ourselves spending longer than usual on inner reflection — wondering how we might pursue a passion or thinking hard about whether our own skin is still a good fit. I always think that the more time I spend on this end-of-the-year inventory, the bigger the opportunity I have to make a meaningful adjustment. That’s the signal that this is a good time to look deeper and …

Airline Ticket Scams Take Flight on Facebook

Airline ticket scams are flying high once again. In recent weeks scammer-run campaigns on Facebook have spoofed several airlines – including JetBlue, Virgin, United and Delta – in promising free flights (and with Delta, merchandise and cash prizes, too). Don’t be fooled. The airline “names” change frequently; Southwest and Australian-based Qantas were imitated four months ago in similar schemes, and most of the current victims have been falsely implicated in past “free ticket” scams. In other words, by next week …

Will Your Wallet Sink or Swim on Vacation?

Now is the time of year where most people are planning to get away to see something different, gain new experiences, or just get away for rest and relaxation.  Whatever that is it will probably cost money. Hopefully, you have set aside money to ensure your vacation is the experience of a lifetime.  Here are some money-saving tips to help you keep your wallet afloat while on vacation. Have a vacation budget Don’t let your vacation break the bank.  Just …

10 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft When Traveling

Planning summer vacation has its headaches. But enjoying it can cause the migraine of identity theft. Being from out of town means being out of your element – and makes you more vulnerable to scams. Here’s how to protect yourself. Stick with one credit card. Tourists are easier prey for sleazy store clerks and restaurant employees who capture credit card numbers with cellphone cameras or pen and paper and then make fraudulent purchases. If not paying with cash when traveling, …