How to Be a Better Traveler: Tips From 2017


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This year, we covered a variety of topics to help you save time, money and your sanity while traveling. Here is a selection of those articles, with some tips and techniques gleaned from them. Share your ideas in the comments section.

Which Travel Search Site Is Best? It Depends on Your Goals

I admit that I went into this informal study of online travel agencies, or O.T.A.s, and search sites expecting prices and options to be more or less the same from site to site. Let’s just say I was surprised by how mistaken I was.

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One way to streamline packing involves clothing: Limit yourself to no more than five sets of socks and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes and one hat.

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The Right Way to Pack for Travel

The simplest way to limit your pack-rat habit is to buy a hard-sided suitcase no taller than 22 inches, with a structured shell, so you can’t squeeze in any extras.

How to Book the Cheapest Holiday Travel

When to book? There might not be a whole lot to gain from focusing on the day of the week.

Sustainable Travel Can Be Budget-Friendly

Not only should traveling sustainably not break the bank — it’s frequently a better, more enjoyable experience than its nonsustainable counterpart.

New Ways to Find and Book the Perfect Vacation Rental

These days you can find and book a rental halfway around the world in ways you may not have considered, or even know about: on traditional hotel and airfare booking websites like Expedia and Hotels.com, through the hotel review (and now booking) site TripAdvisor or even in Google search.

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How to Have a Romantic Vacation

Surprises never get old, and incorporating unexpected elements throughout your trip is a fun way to restore your romantic bond with your partner.

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