Christopher Elliott

Three words you don’t have to settle for

The excuse had a familiar ring to it.

Craig Zimmett’s daughter, Alissa, was supposed to fly from Miami to Gainesville, Florida, but she didn’t. Instead, her commuter flight took an unexpected detour to Jacksonville, Florida, after pilots were erroneously notified that some airport communication systems in Gainesville had...

Christopher Elliott is the ombudsman for National Geographic Traveler magazine. You can read more travel tips on his blog, or e-mail him at

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