Tips for Smooth Trips

Just like anything else, traveling takes practice, patience and hard work. What do I do to make my trips as stress-free as possible? Here are a few of my battle-tested tips for a smooth journey. Have a plan Your plan is your best friend. Involve everyone participating during the planning stage so all will feel invested in the vacation. Try creating a planning folder (digital or real) and put everything in it. At AARP’s The Travel Experience (travel.aarp.org),  you can …

How to Avoid Jet Lag? Go West (and Other Tips)

Having just returned from a two-week vacation to France, I wish I could tell you that I found a great solution to the problem of jet lag, especially because scientists say that older people fare worse with a big change in time zones. Unfortunately, I have no magic answers (other than lots of coffee), although researchers are studying ways to help vacationers traveling overseas this summer. The one thing that does make a difference they say: Traveling west, to an …

Five Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect time to gather up your family and embark on an old-fashioned road trip. With falling gas prices and the gorgeous summer sun, more families are planning to buckle up and hit the road. And while getting there is half the fun, making it to your destination safely should always be the first priority. Below are five summer road trip tips from AARP Driver Safety, which will ensure an enjoyable and safe journey for road trippers of …

Keep Money Safe When You Travel

I’ve always traveled a lot, and I suppose the odds are that when you travel frequently enough, eventually you’ll bump up against some people who’d like to separate you from your traveling money and other valuables. No, I’m not talking about sales people at roadside tourist traps like Big Ralph’s Snake and Dinosaur Emporium. I was robbed once in the streets of Istanbul, had money stolen out of my backpack at a youth hostel in Canada, and – on one …

Almost Time for Tom

Well, the busiest travel day of the year is almost upon us – as is the busiest shopping day of the year! I, myself, am psyching myself up for a traffic headache tomorrow afternoon, but with the promise of family, good food, and good shopping in the 48 hours that follow…it will be worth it! Will you be traveling for Thanksgiving this year? Here is a very candid story on CNN.com about holiday travel advice – and how silly some …