Travel Tips

Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach Florida

Score Exclusive Savings at 22 Hotels and Resorts

Don’t you love an empty white-sand beach? My family loved this one at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida, February 2012.  Starting at midnight tonight Eastern Time, and continuing throughout the day on Saturday, June 21st, 22 hotels and…

Paris Luxembourg Gardens boat pond summer travel

Smart Travel Strategies for Summer

As TripAdvisor’s Travel Advocate, I’ve been sharing a lot of summer travel advice over on the TripAdvisor blog. In case you’ve missed my posts, here are links to the tips I think you’ll find most useful:   * Traveling Overseas?…

Wendy in Arctic Alaska (with a satellite phone)

Why You Need a Satellite Phone

Question: “Hi Wendy, My husband travels to Canada and Alaska often and I would like to get him a satellite phone for safety.  Have you ever reviewed them? Thanks, Sharon” Answer: A satellite phone or messaging device can be a…

Rosewood Mayakoba butler

Secrets to a Better Hotel Stay

When TripAdvisor published its list of the ten hotels in the world with the best service, and I noticed that most of them are reasonably priced, I wrote How to Get Five-Star Service Without Paying Five-Star Prices and asked my friends… launch party hosts

Thanks for the Party, Andaz 5th Avenue!

I’ll tell you a secret: A few months ago when I was still at Condé Nast Traveler—feeling perturbed that new management had laid off so many of my respected-journalist colleagues and had ended The Perrin Report (my consumer-friendly print column of…


Pros and Cons of Early Morning and Late Night Flights

The high airfares that families face during school breaks—when every other family is trying to flee town at the same time—can feel positively punitive.  Often the only solution is to opt for the least convenient flights—typically in the late evening…


An Interview with Frequent-Flier Legend Randy Petersen

One of my longtime favorite travel visionaries is Randy Petersen. He’s the founder of a cornucopia of frequent-flier sites and services—including Milepoint, FlyerTalk, BoardingArea, and InsideFlyer—that I’m not sure how we ever lived without. He has helped millions of people…


The Best Chip Credit Card for Travel in Europe

Question: “Wendy, We enjoyed hearing your talks about the “Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know” on an Oceania cruise in South America. We now need a credit card with an embedded chip to use in Europe at gas stations, in…