Drew Troutner

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Is Sprint's New International Value Roaming's Free International Data A Good Deal For Travelers?

Sprint now offers International Value Roaming, which claims “unlimited international data and text”. The best part of this is there’s no additional monthly fee. You just need to enable the feature on your plan.<p>For Sprint customers, there’s certainly no risk. But is this worth switching to Sprint …

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Surefire Ways to Get Mugged on Vacation

There's something about being on vacation that turns travelers into easy marks. No one wants to get mugged, but new surroundings, vacation giddiness, and a lack of caution can leave even savvy travelers vulnerable to opportunistic thieves.<p>I should know. Until I started thinking about this story, I …

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Rudest Things People Do in Airports

Hell is other passengers. In the airport, long lines, flight delays, and too-short connections create a world of aggravation in which irritating people are the irksome overlords. It happens on every trip: They crowd the gate, get in the way, get snippy, exhibit poor hygiene, and generally act like …

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Know Before You Go: Paris

If Paris is a croissant, crafted with immeasurable pride, kneaded by the hands of many, some visitors only get a taste of the flaky exterior. Whether you’re traveling for a long weekend or coming back for more, here’s a quick primer on getting to, from, and around this iconic city with ease.<p><b>Know</b> …

Surprising, Smart Secrets Of Top Travel Pros

How to find more joy on your journey? I've interviewed dozens of on-the-go, globetrotting gurus to bring you practical and inspirational travel strategies. Some ideas are quirky-fun and wildly creative, too! Try these tips to add more vroom to your next vacay!<p>• Ask for the middle seat on an …

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Plane Etiquette 101

Flying can feel like torture.<p>The bone-dry cabin air is recycled. Spaces are ridiculously cramped. Passengers don’t always have ready access to food, water, and restrooms. It’s a fight waiting to happen—and happen it does.<p>Flash points include seat territory disputes, scuffles over luggage space, and …

The Best Way to Eat While Flying

<b>By Matt Gross, Bon Appétit</b><p>From how to crash the business class lounge to the best in-flight cocktails, former <i>New York Times</i> Frugal Traveler Matt Gross shares his air-travel tips<p><b>1. Hit the Lounge</b><p>I fill up on free booze, salty snacks and the last fresh fruit I'll see for a while -- and I don't need …

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How Google Now and Siri work together for iOS users on the go

Google Now is often compared with the Siri voice assistant on Apple’s mobile devices, but its power lies in giving you information you need to know …

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Venice, Italy: A Boat Tour of the Lagoon

Florence for foodies

From market food to Michelin-star restaurants, the northern Italian city is full of delicious eateries for every budget.<p>Florence’s magnificent museums offer plenty of food for the soul. But battling through the crowds to see the city’s artistic treasures is not something to tackle on an empty …

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Paris, Jerusalem And Florence: The Vacation Destinations Most Likely To Cause Visitors To Seek Psychiatric Help

They say travel broadens the mind, but it appears that some vacation destinations can actually blow your mind.<p>The cities of Florence, Jerusalem and Paris all have psychiatric disorders associated with them - and tourists are the most likely to fall prey to them.<p><b>Paris</b><p>Paris Syndrome is an affliction …

Make or break: travelling as a couple

Travelling as a couple can present unique challenges (and advantages) on top of the exhilaration and standard stress that accompanies long-term travel. Will it make or break the relationship? What happens when one person wants to go to the Full Moon Party and the other wants to jungle trek?<p>Like …

10 Budget Hotels With Personality In Paris

When it comes to budget hotels in Europe, Paris is in a class of its own. Although it has a reputation as a city possessed by glamor and glitz (with prices to match), Paris still offers a range of budget hotel options that make it surprisingly reasonable to visit.<p>In our guide to Paris hotels, we've …

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Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

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From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

Paris, France: Window Licking in Paris

4 Principles To Packing Smart

When I started consulting I found having to pack my suitcase every week to be a chore. It was a boring process that required packing my shirts and ties so they stayed wrinkle free while being jammed like sardines in a can. When I started going to the gym on a more regular basis, it also required …

How much to tip in Europe?

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Rome, Italy: Borghese Gallery

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The Secret to Packing Everything You Want

I have never understood why some people have the need to brag, so when I say, "I fly a great deal..." it is not meant to evoke envy, but rather to put into context the reality that I have experienced that which is both precious and precarious soaring high above the clouds.<p>I love to fly, I love …

Eight common travel tech disasters

We’ve all been there are some point. You’re 500 miles from civilisation, trekking in the mountains, when you spot a rare beast or gorgeous vista. You pull out your digital camera for the shot of a lifetime, press the ‘on’ button and… nothing. Dead battery and the nearest wall outlet is three days …

17 Stress-Less Travel Lessons

I love making up little rules for myself when I travel, even if I break most of them. ("Just 30 more minutes online and then I'll go outside.") There is, though, one rule I come back to, over and over again, and it's flexible enough that it can be applied to almost any travel quandary: Be where you …

How to Avoid 8 Common Mistakes Made at the Airport

01 of 08<p>Paying Too Much for Airport Parking<p>One of the most common airport mistakes is paying too much for parking.<p>How many travel expenses are less …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …