Christopher Elliott

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Email: celliott@ngs.org

Gadgets to protect your privacy, safety on the road

Before John Meyer travels anywhere, he slips a small security device that looks like a two-way radio into his luggage. Recent reports of vacation rental owners spying on guests persuaded him to pay...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Are you getting the best deal when you book through an online travel agency?

When you’re shopping on an online travel site, does everything look the same? It does to Ron Woods, a retired insurance salesman from Walnut Creek, California. Over the years, he has watched with...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Pedicures and pajamas: Airline passengers do the strangest things

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen a passenger do on a plane? If you said, “Change into pajamas midflight,” then maybe you were on my red-eye from Orlando to Frankfurt, Germany, during which a...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

A primer on the perils: Warning! Travel insurance doesn’t cover this

If you think your travel insurance policy will protect your upcoming summer vacation, you might want to take another look. Travel insurance doesn’t cover everything. Truth be told, it might not...

DATE: July 27, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

When new travel fees fly under the radar

In the travel industry, new fees and restrictions tend to have one thing in common: They are introduced without fanfare and easily overlooked. Travel companies apparently hope that you won’t notice...

DATE: July 20, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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

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