Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 July 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 31 July 2015

Good morning After my extensive travels in May/June, I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get a slightly larger backpack. There seems to be some sort of ‘traveler’s rule’ – the larger the bag, the more stuff you need to put in it, and being bad at packing discipline, rather than force myself […]

Upsizing - and Upgrading - My Carry-on Backpack

Upsizing – and Upgrading – My Carry-on Backpack

I wrote, just over two years ago, about my carry-on epiphany, converting from a hand carried ‘tote’ to a backpack. I’ve continued to take the ECBC Hercules backpack with me everywhere for the last two years, but there’s some sort of universal law that states ‘the more space you have, the more space […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 July 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 July 2015

Good morning I included a short piece last week about your rights if/when hotels are overbooked and refuse to accept your confirmed reservation. It attracted quite a lot of interest, comments and questions, and so I’ve massively increased it in size (now at 4000 words!) and republished it as a standalone article. Unlike […]

Your Rights if a Hotel Refuses Your Confirmed Reservation

Your Rights if a Hotel Refuses Your Confirmed Reservation

I wrote recently about the law relating to airlines bumping passengers and the compensation you are due if that should happen. Hotels sometimes overbook their rooms, the same as airlines oversell their flights, and occasionally they end up being caught short and having too many guests show up and too few rooms to […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 July 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 July 2015

Good morning I’m writing this on Thursday afternoon, in a local park, while dog and daughter frolic around in the summer sun.  A nice time of year. My point about this is to mention that most smartphones and their data plans these days include the ability to use your phone as a portable Wi-fi […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 July 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 3 July 2015

Good morning Yes, it’s really me again, back after an extended time gallivanting around the UK and EU, including a delightful three weeks with my 10 yo daughter, who proved herself to be a great traveler and companion. With Greece potentially dropping out of the Euro, the first part of my travels gave […]

Update - Your Rights if Bumped Off a Flight

Update – Your Rights if Bumped Off a Flight

The US Department of Transportation has just increased the maximum compensation airlines are required to pay to passengers they bump off flights, but these new limits do not appear in print in many places yet (perhaps because they don’t go into effect until 25 August 2015).  Here’s the information you need – about […]

The Travel Insider Newsletter for June 20, 2015

Dear fellow travelers: Hello and welcome to David Rowell’s Travel Insider newsletter. Once again, this is Joe Brancatelli of JoeSentMe.com pinch-hitting for David while he’s escorting several Travel Insider groups around Europe. This week we talk about the elephant in the room: The rather awful way airlines treat us. Why do the airlines […]

The Travel Insider Newsletter for June 13, 2015

Dear fellow travelers: Hello and welcome to David Rowell’s Travel Insider newsletter. Once again, this is Joe Brancatelli of JoeSentMe.com pinch-hitting for David while he’s escorting several Travel Insider groups around Europe. Let’s talk about contrast this week. The airlines’ global trade agency wants to reduce the size of carry-on bags and didn’t […]

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