Author Archives: Bethany Nosal

Passport Alert: Your passport “expires” 6 months before it expires –

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Many people do not realize that some countries will not allow you into their country if your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your date of entry. Some countries use 3 months and others use 6 months. The bottom line is that if your passport expires within the next 12 months you […]


Hello from Las Vegas –

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I am writing you today on my first day of a three-day business trip to Las Vegas. Spend just a few hours here and you will easily understand how it gets the nicknames of “sin city” and “glitter gulch”. Here are my 10 travel tips when visiting Las Vegas and how it has changed over […]


Warning: Fly Allegiant Air at your own risk –

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Two weeks ago 60 Minutes (CBS News) presented a damning report about the low-fare airline that raised serious questions about how safe it was to fly Allegiant Air. I have for years been telling passengers about the risks of flying Allegiant Air and was pleased that 60 Minutes was finally able to bring those concerns […]


Hello from Guangzhou, China –

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I’m writing you today from Guangzhou, China as I am on a short three-day visit to the Canton Trade Fair in Guangzhou. The Canton Fair takes place twice a year and is the largest trade export fair in the world. Manufacturers from China and southeast Asia come here to display their goods to buyers from […]


Here are 8 things you need to know about getting bumped by an airline –

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We will soon be entering the busy summer travel season and I thought it would be a good time to explain the process of being denied boarding (bumped from a flight). Most people don’t know the rules and protections they have if a flight is oversold. Below are 8 things you need to know what […]


Hello from Cancun, Mexico –

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I am writing you this week from the Ritz-Carlton Resort in sunny Cancun, Mexico. When I tell people I am going to Cancún for a business meeting they usually laugh and say “sure you are”. But this time it’s true! The weather in Cancun is a hot 85 degrees and sunny. You can never go […]


New business travel study says average per diem is now $325/day –

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The average daily cost for meals, car rentals and hotels for business travel in the U.S. rose to $325 per day according to the recently released 2018 Corporate Travel Index compiled by Business Travel News. The most expensive city is no surprise to many as New York City, which has the highest priced city per […]


Here is my annual tipping guide for travelers –

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Each year I get a bunch of emails asking for my recommendations for tipping when traveling. One major thing people should realize is that most tipping is based on the culture of the country you are traveling to. For example, the standard restaurant tipping for a waiter is 15% to 20% in the U.S. while […]


Here are 5 reasons I no longer want to fly on regional jets –

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I can’t take it anymore! This last week I had two meetings and unfortunately, I was flying on regional jets (small jet planes with 50-70 seats) for the whole trip. All the major airlines (AA, DL, UA) contract with other regional airlines to fly these little planes. Here are the five reasons that I no […]


Warning! CDC warns that Zika is still a major health threat to pregnant women –

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A week ago I had the good fortune of attending and speaking at the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) Premium Business Summit in New York City. At that conference, one of the speakers was from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). She spoke forcefully that the Zika virus is still extremely dangerous and that […]


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