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Google’s New Summer Travel Savior

Google announced today a much-anticipated upgrade to its maps app. Two features caught my road-warrior eye: 1) Real-time traffic maps can now make your life a bit easier. Rather than wincing when you see that long line of red on your Google map indicating miles of unbearable traffic,  when applicable, the app will alert you: “Faster route now available” with […]

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How to Check Tire Tread

If you’re hitting the road over the long weekend, don’t forget to check your tires first. Armed with just a penny, you can ensure your tires will go the distance. Here’s how:

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5 Expert Tips for Beating Jet Lag

The downside of flying off on vacation: jet lag and all that comes with it (puffy eyes, a dull complexion, water retention, and crushing exhaustion). Didi Gluck, Real Simple’s beauty and health director, shares the symptom-alleviating tips she recently picked up from Anne-Claire Doucet, the spa treatment supervisor at The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental Paris:

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13 Trips to Cross Off Your Bucket List via Refinery29

I’ve been daydreaming about a vacation lately. And not just any old vacation.

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How to Get a Free Room Upgrade

Have you ever been tempted to shell out some extra dough for a bigger hotel room, but couldn’t justify the cost? Good news: Getting the upgrade you’ve been dreaming about can be as easy as asking for it. According to Consumer Reports, 78 percent of people who asked for a better room were granted either a lower rate or a free upgrade.

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Save Money When You Have to Travel During Peak Travel Season

What do you do if you’re locked in to travel dates by school vacations and can only travel during peak (read: really expensive) times of the year? There are a few ways you can make your vacation easier on your wallet: 1. Choose a budget destination: There are a few international trips that are always a steal—Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, […]

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World-Class Manners for Olympians (and Spectators)

Spotted recently in the Chicago Tribune: a guide, on the eve of the Summer Olympics, to understanding (and emulating) “all the customs, quirks and idiosyncrasies” of British etiquette: 1. Greetings. A firm handshake is welcome. Other forms of touching, less so. “Social kissing is, however, becoming increasingly popular in Britain, but it is by no means an accepted norm,” writes […]

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Airplane Etiquette: Please Stop Kicking My Seat

With the summer travel season underway, it’s likely you’re going to sit near a passenger who plays music too loudly or kicks your seat or refuses to shift a bag in an overhead bin to make room for yours. How would you respond? Results to a recent Travel Leaders Group survey of 800 people, reported recently in the New York […]

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Nothing Personal, I Just Don’t Want to Sit Next to You

We could all use a little extra legroom. But is it rude to move away from a seat mate to get some? “I have witnessed this behavior frequently and can’t tell which category it falls into,” wrote a reader named Caitlin. “When the bus or train is packed full, every seat is taken. But when a good number of people […]

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Save Space in Your Carry-On by Downloading Travel Titles

Next time you’re planning a trip to a new location, skip buying paper guidebooks and download them onto your e-reader instead. Not only will you be able to carry all of them with you on your trip, but you will be able to search the books for where to go, or for the back story on that historic building that […]

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