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Travel Minute — Should You Dine With Dogs?

This past spring, New York City’s health department issued new rules permitting dogs to accompany their owners at outdoor seating areas at restaurants.  InRead More

Travel Minute — Spam Sushi, Perhaps? One State Fair’s Bizarre Food Offerings

Though I’m not from the state of Minnesota, I’ve lived here for more than a decade.  We didn’t have state fairs in Washington, DC,Read More

Travel Minute — Staying in a World-Class Hotel For Less—Through April 3rd

Not many of us can afford to stay in some of the world’s most luxurious and legendary hotels. But a deal that runs throughRead More

Travel Minute — Are Hotel Elevators the New Hot Spots?

There are trends at hotels when it comes to adding pizzazz to attract guests. Luxurious bedding became de rigueur after Westin introduced its “HeavenlyRead More

Travel Minute — How To Travel Without Any Luggage

Try to imagine this. You’re setting off a short trip to New York City, and you’d rather not carry luggage. Any luggage. In fact,Read More

Travel Minute — The Problem with Uber’s ‘Surge’ Pricing Model

It seems logical: The car service Uber raises and lowers prices depending on the demand for rides at certain times. Called “surge pricing,” theRead More

Travel Minute — One Little Detail Your Bank Doesn’t Tell You About Using  ATMs Abroad

My friend Sarah in Minnesota is very meticulous. Before she took a trip to Europe, she was careful to notify her bank that she’dRead More

Travel Minute — How to Become a VIP At a Restaurant

This is a repeat of a commentary first broadcast Oct. 22, 2015.   Yesterday I described an app called “I Know the Chef” thatRead More

Travel Minute — TripAdvisor is the 900-Pound Gorilla In the Room

This is a repeat of a commentary first broadcast Oct. 2, 2015.   You may find it hard to imagine planning travel without checkingRead More

Travel Minute — Protecting Yourself From Bogus Rental Car Damage Claims

This is a repeat of a commentary that originally aired Oct. 16, 2015.   There are few things worse while traveling than returning aRead More