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Travel Etiquette

Travel Etiquette: 12 Stress Reduction Tips

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

A few simple gestures have the power to enhance your trip and brighten the mood of those you encounter. Demonstrate polite behavior and create goodwill by remembering these small but significant travel etiquette tips.

Travel Etiquette: How to Use a Flight Delay to Your Advantage

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

No one wants to spend any more time in an airport than necessary. But, if you find yourself waiting for a delayed flight, there are ways to maximize your unscheduled downtime.

In-flight Etiquette: How to Be a Better Passenger

U.S. News Travel | Posted 12.24.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Flying can be tense, and shrinking seat sizes don't help. In fact, research suggests that crowded flights can lead to a breakdown of normal social functioning among passengers. But flying doesn't need to bring out the worst in you.

Airline Courtesy: Shrinking Seat Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

As airplanes become increasingly cramped and uncomfortable, good etiquette is more important than ever. Here are the new rules for air travel.

Ask The Etiquette Expert: How Should I Prepare For My First International Business Trip?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot.

Summer Travel Tips

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Even a person with a great memory has multiple things to remember when planning for a trip. It's always best to be safe and refer to a list rather than running the risk of leaving something important behind.

Business Etiquette: Traveling with Your Boss

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Before you lean your seat back and pop in your ear buds on your next business flight, think again, especially if your boss is sitting next to you.

Memorial Day Road Trip Travel Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

If you are tired, let someone else do some driving. Respect your exhaustion. Never risk the safety of yourselves and those around you to try to get to your vacation spot a little earlier. It's just not worth the risk.

Minding Your Ps And Qs | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel

With National Etiquette Week just around the corner (May 12-16), now seems like a good time to take a cue from past news stories and look at the dos and don'ts of how to behave when traveling abroad.

10 Innocent Hand Gestures You Should Never Use Abroad

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel

Certain gestures that are innocent in the United States mean something completely different (and offensive) overseas.

10 New Rules for Traveling Without Being a Jerk

SmarterTravel | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel

Don't expect everyone on the planet to speak English. Leave a tip. Know that things will go wrong, and when they do go wrong, try not to yell at whoever appears responsible. These are hard-and-fast guidelines that travelers should know and follow -- and that we've probably all heard before. Is there anything new to say on this matter? I think so.

The 42 Biggest Travel Don'ts

Posted 01.30.2014 | Travel

In our never-ending quest to not be that traveler when we go abroad, we're always looking for hacks to make sure we're tipping right, ordering right a...

Technology Etiquette -- Are You Ready for In-Flight Cell Phone Use?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Many frequent flyers are holding their breath as the challenge of air travel may soon get even more invasive.

5 Stupidest Things Americans Do Overseas

Budget Travel | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

We're darn proud to be Americans, and we don't mind saying so -- whether we're here at our New York City headquarters or standing on foreign soil. But unfortunately, we've all seen the embarrassing U.S. traveler abroad.

Travel Etiquette: How to Pack Your Suitcase Like a Pro

Diane Gottsman | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Whether your fall travel plans include business meetings, leaf peeping in New England or a seasonal trip to visit family, a few easy packing tips will get your trip started off on the right foot.

Are You a Bad Traveler?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 11.07.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Deadbeats. Gate lice. Entitleds. Pull back the curtain on the service industry and you can hear them talking about us -- often in unflattering terms.

Seven Things You Should Never Do in an Airplane Bathroom

SmarterTravel | Posted 08.21.2013 | Travel

To make the experience better for everyone, let's heed a set of simple, easy-to-follow behavioral guidelines. Here are seven rules for using the airplane bathroom with grace and courtesy.

Beach Etiquette: What Not to Do at the Shore

SmarterTravel | Posted 07.17.2013 | Travel

We don't mean to be the fun police, but there are certain rules (some official, some unspoken) that should be observed at the beach. To ensure maximum enjoyment for you and your fellow beach bums, be a good citizen with these 10 things you should and shouldn't do.

Concierge Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.11.2013 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

The ultimate goal of a hotel concierge is to offer an exemplary customer service experience to their hotel guests. "Concierge" means "Keeper of the Keys," and he or she must be an authority on current social events and local information.

Airplane Etiquette: 10 Tips to a Mannerly Flight

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your next flight.

The ABC's of Travel

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.04.2013 | Travel
Lisa Mirza Grotts

I have written a book on travel etiquette, but unfortunately, many people have not read it, and many more people are not aware of the ABC's of travel....

My Top 5 Travel Pet Peeves

Oneika Raymond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Oneika Raymond

Travel can be transformative, exhilarating... and at times, ridiculously annoying. While I typically write about the sunshine-y aspects of travel (I'm just a rainbows and roses kinda gal), there's a whole spate of ish that positively annoys me to no end.

B&B Etiquette: Some Insider Tips

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 09.16.2012 | Travel
Dr. Irene S. Levine

While most travelers are familiar with the "rules" when they check in at hotels and resorts, they may not know what to expect -- or what is expected of them -- when they stay at a B&B for the first time.

To Recline Or Not To Recline? The Ultimate Airline Question

Claudia Gryvatz Copquin | Posted 11.12.2011 | Travel
Claudia Gryvatz Copquin

Are we supposed to ask the passenger behind us if we can recline our seats on planes? I certainly don't.

PHOTOS: Jetiquette Poll's Top 14 Results

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

A new Travelocity poll of over 1,500 North Americans about the etiquette of travel - or as they're calling it, "Jetiquette" - reveals that despite wha...