Travel Wise is aimed at helping people travel smart, especially independent travelers seeking good value. The column covers everything from the best resources to how to tap into the local culture. It runs each Sunday in the Travel section.
Beware of scams in hotels and online, plus tips for keeping your home secure.
Female travelers can face everything from groping to, in rare cases, deadly attacks. But quantifying the violence against women — and the risk — is difficult.
Encountering misadventures abroad with a standard — and old-fashioned — American “swipe and sign” credit card.
Airlines such as American, Delta and United have more precise carry-on b size limits that may be enforced, forcing passengers to check their bags.
When Gerald Annable books a cruise at a special rate but finds a lower price the same day, he’s frustrated by not being able to get the lower fare.
How to safeguard your privacy and passwords when using free Wi-Fi networks.
Ways to avoid some common travel mistakes.
Get a new plan with no-extra-cost overseas data, or adapt one of these strategies for avoiding a nasty bill when you get home.
Airlines and some hotels sock it to people who take along their dogs and cats.
Mosquitoes can transmit debilitating diseases, including malaria, yellow fever and dengue, and they pounce upon travelers in many of the world’s most beautiful destinations.
Pros and cons of key strategies for going online and keeping in touch as you travel.