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A hike in the Canadian Rockies is an example of the excursions offered by Road Scholar, an education-promoting travel service once called Elderhostel. (photo courtesy Eileen Knesper/Road Scholar)

6 Tried-And-True Ways To Afford That Dream Vacation

If you have perused those year-end lists of hot destinations, then wondered how you could afford any of those places, this column is for you.

February 2, 2016

Travel Dilemmas: TSA’s Precheck Revamped To Restrict Program To Paying Customers Only

We have good news and bad news, depending on who you are. TSA’s “managed inclusion” came to an end in mid-September. That’s the program that allowed people who hadn’t paid for the privilege to get the same benefits as paying customers.

December 4, 2015

Travel Dilemmas: 7 Tips On Trip Insurance

Because travelers tend to be savvy about not wasting money, it’s tempting to turn off the “what if” messages you hear in your head and forgo insurance.

November 24, 2015

Travel Dilemmas: If Airfare Drops After You Buy A Ticket, Are You Entitled To A Refund?

As consumers, we think that buying an airline ticket in advance is our hedge against airfare increases, and it very often is. Except when it’s not.

November 13, 2015

Five Ways To Avoid Those Sky-High Airfare Change Fees

These days, few things are as painful to the human pocketbook as a great and sudden change in your airline travel plans.

September 5, 2015

Travel Dilemmas: Chip And PIN? Chip And Signature? Here’s What Travelers Should Know

Apple Pay, Smartcards, and traveling abroad.

February 27, 2015

The Top Trends In Travel For 2015

By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times (TNS) If we had a crystal ball, using its intelligence to figure out how to be a thriftier, smarter, trendier traveler would bring a big payoff. We don’t have such an orb, but we do have some ideas on what the coming year holds for those who make the […]

January 5, 2015