Making Phone Calls While Abroad

When traveling internationally, calling home can be very expensive.  Forget making cell phone calls, it will cost you a fortune in roaming charges.  Back in the “old days” I use to buy an international calling card which usually worked pretty well.   However there were a few occasions when our hotel or bed & breakfast didn’t … [Read more…]

The Right Way to Complain

When you travel you have to do it with an open mind.  Even though you may have a set itinerary, plans can change at any time for numerous reasons.  Cruise itineraries often change due to weather conditions.  Some things, while they may be a disappointment, you can’t fault the cruise line or tour company, especially … [Read more…]

Britain by Rail

Great Britain is one of the top destinations in Europe and its well deserved.  The stunning countryside views, rich history are a favorite among travelers, not to mention the shopping!  And on top of that, they speak English…sort of. It is also extremely easy to get around.  The rail system makes traveling around England and … [Read more…]

New Airline Laws Challenged

ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) along with 2 discount airlines (Spirit and Allegiant) are challenging the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) new passenger protection rules set to go into affect on August 23, 2012.  The new rules require that agency websites that display fares must explain that baggage fees might apply and direct users to … [Read more…]

Continental Airlines One Pass Program Terminating

United and Continental airlines are merging their miles rewards programs resulting with the termination of Continental’s One Pass program.  Continental’s program will end on December 31, 2011. All Continental One Pass members will automatically be entered into United’s Mileage Plus program and their existing Continental miles will be transferred over to Mileage Plus. If you … [Read more…]

When You’ve Got to Go: Restrooms Around the World

Using the restroom while traveling abroad is an adventure in itself.  On my first international trip, I was in London looking for a restroom.  Being in a large upscale store like Harrod’s you would think that it wouldn’t be an issue.  I couldn’t find the restroom so I approached a sales clerk and asked her … [Read more…]


When shopping in foreign countries your are sometimes charged a VAT tax, Value Added Tax. But some shoppers don’t realize that this tax is refundable to nonresidential shoppers. You just need to ask the shopkeeper for a VAT receipt. Sometimes there is a required minimum purchase however this is usually not a large amount, it … [Read more…]

New Consumer Rights For Airline Passengers

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced new and improved rules to protect airline passengers, yeah! Here’s the scoop: * The rules for passengers getting stuck on the tarmac now apply to foreign airlines while they are at    U.S. airports. * The tarmac rules also now will apply to smaller airports * There is … [Read more…]

Ryanair Adds New Fee

Ryanair will be adding a new fee of 2 euros or all bookings made after April 4 to cover the cost of compliance with E.U. directives about accommodating passengers whose trips are canceled or disrupted by so-called “force majeure” events such as natural disasters.  Ryanair states they have incurred additional costs of 100 million euros … [Read more…]

Orbitz Looses 3 Car Rental Companies

As o April 1, Orbitz stopped offering car rentals through Enterprise, National and Alamo. Though both sides claim they ended the relationship, Enterprise who operates National and Alamo as well, says Orbitz insisted on unacceptably high commission rates. Orbitz has been offering Enterprise car rentals since 2001. A spokeswoman for Enterprise stated that many consumers … [Read more…]