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CDC director: What we're doing about the Zika virus
The CDC is actively working on improving testing and screening for Zika Virus, and also looking at treatments and vaccines for the virus.  Just like West Nile though, the CDC’s best recommendation and hope at the moment is in mosquito control.  Here are some tips courtesy of the CDC that you can provide to members who are traveling...


A to Zika: Everything You Need to Know About Zika Virus
Click the title above to view/download a PDF guide to Zika virus.


How to cut to the front of the phone line during weather delays and canceled flights
You probably already know that a winter storm is set to arrive Friday, crippling air travel on the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Thankfully airlines have agreed to waive change fees ahead of the storm, but when countless passengers are also trying to change their flights at the same time as you, how do you actually get through to an agent to assist you with a making a new flight?


Airfare expert says you shouldn't book a flight on these seven dates
If you’ve tried to book a flight in the past…ever, you know that not all departure dates are equal. It seems like every travel site has a theory about when is the best time to find the best fares, ranging from Momondo’s magic number of 53 days before departure to Expedia’s insistence that you need exactly 176 days before that European trip.


6 ways to avoid paying an airline's ticket change fee
Change might be inevitable, but try telling that to the airlines. Switching up an itinerary can be a costly affair, with all major U.S. carriers charging at least a $75 fee for domestic flight changes. For the three biggies — Delta, American and United — it’s a flat-out $200 penalty. Add that on top of an increase in fare, and you’re going to end up really shelling out.


Ultra smart hands-free suitcase would pair with your phone, follow you around
When I was in Rome, I had a solid mile-long walk from the Metro stop to my apartment. My flight landed at stupid o’clock in the morning, so I was carrying a supersized coffee while simultaneously pulling my suitcase and navigating the cafe tables that filled the sidewalks. About every two minutes, I had to put either the cup or my suitcase down so I could push a metal chair out of the way. “Why can’t this be easier?” I thought to myself.


The Best Cure for a Cough May Actually Be Chocolate
It might be time to bid that honey tea goodbye.​​


Jackpot! Gold Discovered Under Airplane Seat
On airplanes, your seat may be used as a flotation device. It can also be used to smuggle gold.


New Screening Technology Could Speed Airport Check-In
A new checkpoint security system being tested at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, may one day speed up airport check-in and remove TSA agents from the process.


10 radical travel trends to watch for in 2016
Last year was filled with innovations and pioneering trends, from Uber-style private jet companies to mind-blowing tech like smart airline uniforms and 3D-printed hotel suites. So what will this shiny new year hold? We’re not psychic, but we can make some educated predictions for some of the travel trends in store for 2016. Here goes:


The One New Year's Travel Resolution You Absolutely Need To Make
So now we turn our thoughts to the new year. Last year at this time I suggested twelve New Year’s resolutions for travelers that still ring true. But this year I’ve made only one. And I do think that it’s the most important one of all.


12 Travel Apps Worth Keeping in 2016
Recently I deleted dozens of travel apps from my iPhone. Many are great. They allowed me to research unfamiliar places, listen to audio tours and turn my photos into postcards. But travel is about tapping the world, not a screen, so I’m ending the year with an app purge. 


Airports packed during Christmas travel crush
With more than 38 million passengers expected to fly on U.S. airlines this holiday season, the forecast calls for full planes, busy terminals and cranky travelers.


I’ll Give You $5 for That Aisle Seat: New App Lets Travelers Swap Seats for a Price
How much would you pay to get out of the middle seat on your next flight? With luck and a few bucks, you’ll never again have to sit in the space that offers neither a bird’s eye view nor easy access to the john.


The Traveler December 2015
An informational bulletin on security, medical, and travel related issues


Gogo releases an in-flight messaging pass that allows you to use WhatsApp, Skype and Viber
Let’s be honest: in-flight Wi-Fi is usually too expensive, too slow and provides the user with a general feeling of frustration. But what if you had a cheaper option that didn’t allow you to do any actual web surfing, but allowed you to stay in touch via messaging apps? Would you use it?


Gamechanger: This app automatically connects you to Wi-Fi at more than 180 airports
“All-things-airport” app FLIO launched in only August of this year after seeing a hole in the market across the various apps and services offered by airlines, retailers and airports. The fledgling company’s mission is to make airport experiences easier and less stressful, and it’s off to an incredible start after completing its mission of onboarding 200 airports into its connected ecosystem before the year’s end.


How much of your air travel routine used to be someone else's job?
The emergence of new technologies in the travel sector hasn’t just revealed efficiencies, improvements and conveniences previously inaccessible to us in our simpler, less-connected days. It’s also shifted the burdens of many responsibilities historically bared by workers onto passengers.


Why Using US Dollars Abroad Might Not Be A Smart Move
On the surface, it sounds like a good idea: traveling to a country that uses the U.S. dollar as its main form of currency. A surprising number of countries either rely totally on greenbacks, or they are almost universally accepted alongside local bills.