ReferenceLarge Print EditionTraveling can be fraught with stress, but doing your homework before you travel can make your trip business or pleasure more relaxed, and even fun. Do you know how to make the best of a long layover in a foreign city? How to deal with someone whos annoying you? What items should never be packed in a suitcase to travel in a baggage compartment? The best mode of transportation in a foreign city? The answers to these questions and the practical and savvy advice contained within these pages are sure to make your travel experience safer and more comfortable.
Travel is a sensitive business, one where your decisions do make a difference, from the little details on up. Your choice of destination, obviously, will influence your experience, but so will the shoes you choose to walk in, how much luggage you opt to bring, where you stay, what inoculations you get before you go, and with whom you decide to travel.
Travel is often associated with spontaneity and freedom, but there's usually some preparation and forethought necessary to get you to that carefree time. That's where Deborah Burns comes in. An accomplished, savvy traveler herself, she writes sensibly and lucidly on those little things (itineraries, visas, foreign languages, transportation, children, and budgets) that make the difference between a holiday to dream about and a nightmare vacation experience. The more preparation the better. Some visas take months to procure. The best travel deals are often available far in advance of departure. And as for those shoes, to bring comfortable, well-broken-in footwear, you can't go shopping for them a week before you leave. Covering health, business, souvenirs, safety, dining, and what to pack, Burns's most important lesson is that you don't need to learn everything the hard way. --Stephanie Gold