Christopher Elliott

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Read the fine print before you travel

Before you embark on your summer vacation, take a few minutes to read the fine print on your airline ticket, car rental contract, vacation rental contract – or any other contract the travel...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

To enjoy a staycation, have a clear purpose

Between running a start-up company and wrapping up his graduate degree, Pierre Huguet is too busy to take a vacation this summer. “I don’t have much time to travel around, so I’ve decided to stay...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

On your next trip, expect the unexpected

Travel can be unpredictable. At least that’s what Socrates Anastasiadis will tell you when you ask him about his recent Vantage River cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. When he arrived in Switzerland,...

DATE: June 23, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Where in the world shouldn’t you go?

With violence against American tourists in the news, summer travelers who usually ask, “Where should I go this year?” may be more likely to ask, “Which places should I avoid?” Here’s how to answer...

DATE: June 16, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

It’s a challenge to stay healthy while traveling

A virus with a “terrible” hacking cough eclipsed Deirdre Girard’s recent South American cruise on the Viking Sun. But for the playwright and her husband, the real disappointment set in after they...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Avoid these travel hacks for a smoother summer vacation

Travel hackers are thought to be some of the world’s smartest travelers. But they may not be as smart as they think. Consider what happened to the Lufthansa passenger who tried one of the oldest...

DATE: June 1, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

What’s next for traveler-friendly legislation?

The travel industry is strictly regulated for health and safety, a fact for which we should all be grateful. But when it comes to consumer protection – and comfort – most laws still favor...

DATE: May 25, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to get the most out of the summer travel season

What can you expect from this year’s summer travel season? Fewer travelers, for one. MMGY Global, a travel and hospitality marketing and research company, projects a significant slowdown in overall...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Get a jump on renewing your Global Entry membership

If you have a Global Entry membership, which allows you to skip some of the airport lines, lucky you. But you might want to check your expiration date. A majority of Global Entry members who joined...

DATE: May 10, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

How to avoid basic economy class airfares

Basic economy class airfares are getting complicated. At least as far as passengers like Sue Elwell are concerned. She’s planning to visit her mother in Albany, New York, and is unhappy with the...

DATE: May 5, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Rethink that emergency exit row seat

As personal space on planes continues to shrink, all eyes are falling on the last place where you can still enjoy a small amount of dignity: the emergency exit row. The rows leading to the...

DATE: April 28, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Don’t forget this on your next trip

You’ll probably forget something on your next trip. It might be as inconsequential as a pair of socks, or as important as lifesaving medication. But you will. At least that’s what the surveys – and...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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