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George Hobica, named "Best Online Travel Expert" by Money Magazine, is the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, a low airfare alert and air travel advice website. He is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media and has written for Travel and Leisure, Good Housekeeping, Men's Health, Real Simple, and other publications, and is a regular guest on broadcast and cable TV, NPR, and local TV and radio stations. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers.

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Tips on Tipping While Traveling

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 11:43 AM

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(©XiXinXing/Shutterstock)

To tip or not to tip, and if yes, when and how much for what services? For many travelers, the rules, if any, are murky. How much to tip often depends on the circumstance, and there are many opinions on the...

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Why the Lowest Airfare May Not Be a Bargain

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 11:05 AM

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Warren Buffet said it, famously, best: Price is what you pay, value is what you get.

And his words apply to buying airfares as to nothing quite as well.

Low fares often come with a price.

Bad Connections

I've seen fares...

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In Appreciation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 12:52 PM

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When it first launched, and even before that, there were hiccups with Boeing's 787 program. Many people will recall the battery issues and production delays.

But that's all behind us, and the 787 is truly a revolutionary plane.

The more you fly, especially...

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A London Hotel Where James Bond Goes Incognito

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 4:35 PM

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(London's Draycott Hotel seen from its private garden.)

If you were James Bond and needed a London hotel where you could operate clandestinely, where would you stay?

Probably a small town house hotel, such as the Draycott.

There...

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The Ultra-Cheap Airline You Should Be Taking To Europe

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 11:11 AM

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Although airfares from the U.S. to Europe remain stubbornly high on most airlines, two carriers, Norwegian and Wow, have been shaking things up by flying to London, Paris, Scandinavia and other destinations on the Continent at sometimes ridiculously low prices. Where other airlines...

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Why Bernie Sanders Would Love New Zealand

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 5:05 PM

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(Photo: Miles Holden courtesy of New Zealand Tourism Board)


Imagine a country where a third of households own a boat. Where the biggest political controversy is whether to change the country's flag (it looks too much like Australia's, is the...

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Travel Writer Buzzwords (Like, Say, 'Buzz') That Must Be Banished

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 2:33 PM

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Editors have long banned words such as "enchanting," "charming," and "quaint" from submissions by travel writers. They're meaningless, empty words that substitute for "showing" rather then "telling."

But now a new crop of equally meaningless, trite, over-used words have begun to...

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Four Intimate Tours of Palm Springs' Architectural Wonders

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 1:55 PM

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(On one tour you can explore the interior of this typical mid-century home)

A small cottage tour industry has developed to showcase the region's architecture, mostly run by transplants from New York and Los Angeles who are not architects but have a...

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Alfred Hitchcock Loved St. Moritz And I Can See Why

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 9:32 AM

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The film begins with establishment shots of mountain scenery and downhill skiing. It's 1934 and we are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, an Alpine resort town that the English upper classes have only recently been convinced is as attractive in winter as it is...

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7 Reasons I'm Not On Board With Uber

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 4:51 PM

It's common practice in the tech world to rush your product to market, picking up the pieces as you go. This works fine when you're in the business of selling ideas, or soft-serve ice cream delivery (somebody do this, please), or artisanal organic laundry service. Get it out there, apologize...

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How To Sleep Better And Relax On A Long Flight

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:49 AM

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The Mistral is a ferocious and loud wind that, when it blows incessantly for weeks, drives people mad in Provence. There's an old saying that a murder committed after a week of Mistral should be forgiven.

But what about the maddening...

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My Personal Travel Hot List 2015

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2016 | 6:40 PM

Looking back on my wanderings last year, I flew a lot of miles on a lot of airlines and slept in a lot of beds. Here are my shout outs for the best and most memorable experiences in air travel, hotel stays, and city visits.

Best business...

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Is This The Best Resort In The World? Some Think So

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Every year, travel magazines and industry groups come out with their "best" awards--best airlines, best resorts, best cruise ships, best travel agents, and so on. I'm always a little dubious about these accolades, mainly because there's no way that every voter could possibly have stayed in, booked with, or flown...

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Planning Your First Trip to Bangkok?

(2) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 3:59 PM

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Why Go: The people? The best hotel service anywhere? Endless, inexpensive massages? The cuisine? The smiles? The Thai Baht at 3 cents?

If you're reading this, you probably already have some reasons picked out, but what they say about Thailand...

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Take It From a Model: Travel With Your Own Pillow

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:02 PM

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(The pillow menu at the Intercontinental Resort, Danang, Vietnam)

Many years ago, I wrote a monthly travel tips column for Eastern Air Lines (remember them? Supposedly they're planning a comeback). In it, I asked notable customers of the airline what one object...

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Longest Nonstop Flights May Be Getting Longer

(14) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 1:14 PM

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(computer generated image of Boeing's forthcoming 777-9X; photo: Boeing)

The distance you'll be able to fly nonstop, assuming you actually want to do so, may be getting longer.

Singapore Airlines once held the record for the longest nonstop flights with its Flight...

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What's the Big Deal With Those Persian Gulf Airlines?

(40) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 3:56 PM

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(Even in economy class, Etihad Airlines offers little touches like neck pillows and three meal choices. Photo: George Hobica)

Those fancy Middle Eastern airlines -- Etihad, Emirates, Qatar and, to a lesser extent, Turkish -- have been in the news a...

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Why It Never Pays To Be Rude On A Flight

(26) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:25 PM

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(Business class seats on American's trans-continental A321T aircraft)

Rude and uncooperative fellow-passengers make flying difficult for airline staff and fliers alike. And although there will always be die-hards who insist that you can never get upgraded on a flight merely for being...

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How to Choose the Perfect London Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 12:46 PM

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London is the world's most visited destination, so it's no wonder it has over 123,000 hotel rooms, not to mention short-term rental apartments, student dorms in the summer, and hostels. Choosing the right one at the right price can be challenging. Over the...

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How to Use Airbnb Safely

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 5:33 PM

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The well-publicized Airbnb horror story of a young man who says he was held captive and sexually molested by his host in Spain this past July raises the question of how to use the popular site safely.

As was widely reported by the...

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