Talk about Travel (May 13)

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May 13, 2019

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Hi all, and welcome to Talk About Travel. In this week's issue, freelancer Adrienne Wichard-Edds wrote about her debilitating travel anxiety and how she ultimately overcame it. Do you have a success story to share? Tell us about it below. Most compelling answer gets a copy of Sam Lubell's "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide" to the East Coast. On to your questions!  

We're renting a car in Salt Lake City for a 2-week trip mainly visiting National Parks and Monuments from Yellowstone/Tetons to Arches/Canyonlands. When I checked Sunday evening on Costco Travel, I found amazingly cheap rates from the downtown SLC Enterprise - a 15-day rental for a Standard size (e.g., Jetta) for $316, more than $150 cheaper than what I'd booked last month - though the price had bobbed mostly up since then. However, I noticed that under Geographical Restrictions on the booking page it stated, in part: "This location is not on-site at the Salt Lake International Airport. Transactions that occur within 24 hours of the customer arriving at the Salt Lake International Airport will be subject to an 11.11% airport concession recovery fee." I didn't notice any verbiage like that on downtown Avis or Budget rentals, though their prices were significantly higher. I also don't remember anything like that when I booked the earlier car from Enterprise, nor is there anything like that in the e-mail agreement they sent me for either rental. I'm curious since I'll be flying in Friday evening and renting Saturday morning, might I be subject to that fee - even though this office is downtown and NOT at the airport (and the car will be returned downtown)? Granted, even with the fee it's still a heck of a rate and a couple hundred cheaper than the same car at the airport. but it seems weird.

If you rent off-site, you don't have to pay the airport concession fees. But this one's a real head-scratcher. I'm not familiar with the 24 hour rule for the concession fee and I can't find any documentation online about this requirement. You might want to call Enterprise to clarify.

I'm excited about traveling to Sicily in October. Do you have any suggestions for towns to visit or websites that may be helpful in forming an itinerary? I assume the best way to get there is a flight from Rome? Thanks!

Sicily in October is lovely.  If you're there for a week, you'll have time to hit many of the island's top spots. Some of my favorites include Cefalu, Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Ragusa and Mazara del Vallo. I wasn't as keen on Messina, Catania and Palermo, although you do need to get to Palermo for the cathedrals and museums. And yes, flight from Rome is easiest way to get there. 

When you yourselves search for flights and hotels, what sites do you go to? With its links to other sites, Kayak seem pretty comprehensive. Do you find useful information elsewhere that doesn't come up in Kayak?

None of the meta-search sites cover everything, but Kayak comes close. I like Google Flights and Google Hotels, too. 

I travel next week for work to the West Coast for a day. I get there ~8:30p Pacific on Sunday night, have my meeting Monday and leave ~10a Pacific on Tuesday. My theory is that because my trip is so short I won't really have jet lag problems because the trip is so short (and I can kind of keep myself on Eastern time for the short term). My husband thinks that such a short trip will actually mess up my internal clock MORE since I will be so busy I won't have a reference point. Who's right?

Everyone is different. If it were me, I'd side with your husband's view because I wouldn't be able to keep myself on East Coast time. But it is definitely easier doing this type trip when you're traveling West and gaining time rather than the other way around. You'll likely feel more tired once you get back than when you on the West Coast. 

I just returned from a Road Scholar tour of Peru (it was wonderful!). My passport fell out of my pocket on a shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. Fortunately, I had noticed that I was on shuttle bus #4 so we were able to find it quickly once I realized it was missing. If I hadn't known the bus number, it would have been far more difficult (there were about two dozen buses). So pay attention to the bus, train car, taxicab, etc. identification numbers when traveling. You might need it!

Thanks for the advice. I have a few more thoughts in a recent Navigator column.

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Well, it's not exactly a gift from a stranger, but in restaurants around Rome (and probably other parts of Italy), servers place bread on the table for which you'll be charged later . . . though you never ordered it.

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Hi guys! So I'm heading to Istanbul this summer and hoping to swing by and visit a friend in London for a day (or as many hours as possible in a day) on a layover. Any tips for trying to pull this off or getting a deal while booking? Is this a wild idea?

With some airlines, you can book a flight with a long layover baked into the itinerary, such as Singapore Air, Icelandair and, yes, Turkish Air. However, for Turkish Air, the layover is in Istanbul. I suggest you look at airlines based on London, such as Virgin Atlantic and British Air. It will take some time to play around with dates, times and fares, but it is doable.

Many years ago when I was in Greece you could go down to the port in Athens and buy a ticket on a boat/ship to one of the many Greek islands. Does this policy still exist or is it now necessary to buy your tickets in advance?

I believe you can still buy tickets on-site, but over holidays and during peak summer months, some boats could be sold out.


Chatters, any advice on Greece ferry tickets?

How safe is it to travel in Israel right now as an American? It's long been a dream of mine to do a solo trip toTel Aviv or Jerusalem, but reading the news worries me.

I wouldn't hesitate to visit, but here are a few resources that might be helpful: This is the State Department's take on travel to Israel. Here's the Canadian government's warning and U.K. government page. Chatters, have you been to Israel lately? Any advice?

I suffered from debilitating panic attacks whenever I flew (which was as close to never as I could manage) for decades. The only way I could get on a plane was by being heavily sedated, and even buying a ticket would cause an anxiety attack. So what cured me? Hypnotherapy. About one and a half one-hour sessions and *poof*, all anxiety gone. Heck, now everything about flying, from walking into the airport to landing at my destination, fills me with a preternatural sense of calm, like it's a form of mediation. Which makes sense since hypnotherapy is just deep, guided meditation where you are never unconscious (and won't end up on stage quacking like a duck). It absolutely changed my life.

I love to travel but am not entirely comfortable flying. A friend gave me the following. When encountering turbulence, put both feet on the floor, and imagine you're on the Metro. Because turbulence hardly ever is worse than some rougher stretches of the Metro, this puts it in perspective. It's helped me a LOT.

That column really spoke to me. I was able to travel without issues for years- living overseas, flying overseas by myself, etc... Then, suddenly, I couldn't. And now any time I get on a plane it's a triumph. I've been voluntarily deboarded twice after the plane pulled away from the gate (totally understood that decision in the article- that's what did it for me, too) and am determined to never have that happen again. I've since flown multiple times in the U.S. and will soon (hopefully) hit a new milestone with flying by myself round trip for the first time in close to 10 years. After that will be a transatlantic trip, hopefully. Anyway- thank you for writing such a beautiful article which really captured what it's like to experience travel anxiety.

I just read about the Sicilian city of San Biagio, which constructs a church out of bread every Easter. I would love to visit this next Easter and would like any recommendations of places to stay or reviews from anyone who has seen this.

It's not a church as much as elaborate arches and towers. And in addition to bread, they use pasta, beans, etc., to decorate. I have not been to it, but I definitely think it would be worth seeing. It's a hill town not far from Agrigento, so you could stay in a small Agriturismo closer to the town or a hotel in Agrigento.  

Are hotel reservations heading in the direction of airfares? I had a reservation at a Chicago hotel (direct through the corporate hotel tools), one which could be cancelled without penalty (but that deadline was two days before the stay, not day of, as I remember in the past), and needed to take one day off the stay. I could not do so online, and a call to the hotel sent me to four people without a resolution. As Chris has so often recommended, I then found a way to make my request in writing to the hotel (through their feedback form; I had to take a screenshot to ensure I had a copy), and through this method, I was able to change my reservation. This all seemed harder than I thought it should be, which made me wonder if my expectations were unreasonable, or if the hotel reservation process is getting more complex.

I'm  so glad you found my advice helpful. Yes, I think you're right. At some point in the not-so-distant future, most hotel rates will be either highly restricted or completely nonrefundable. You can avoid that by reading the fine print and booking away from hotel chains that offer these airline-like  rates.

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I unexpectedly have time to travel for 5-7 days between May 19 and June 1 (could possibly do early June instead), and I’m paralyzed! About 3k budget (ok with microtel type accommodations) and thinking European city. Self guided. Any guidance/thoughts? I Want to just search good flight options out of DC and go from there, but I’m having a hard time even finding sites where I can do that given my pretty big window of time.

Google Flights will give you an idea of cheap flights to various European destinations. Just click on the map and then move it over to Europe. You can then input your travel dates to see what's cheap.  And you can always check out the carriers that typically offer cheaper fares, such as Turkish Airlines, Aer Lingus, Icelandair and SAS. 

Hi! I'm planning to go to Niagara Falls (NY-side only, unfortunately, since my travel companion's passport is very expired) over Memorial Day, but most of the attractions websites say they don't open until "late May". Do you know when that usually is? I was thinking of buying the Discovery Pass for each of us, but it says it can't be used inside the park until "late May". Any help would be greatly appreciated!

It all depends on ice conditions, which vary year by year. I just called (which anyone can do!) and the agent said they are hoping to open by Memorial Day but can't confirm that date at this time.

My person and I have our 30th anniversary coming up! I'm trying to think of a "big" trip that would be memorable. The first choice would be an African safari, but the ones I've found are quite expensive and just out of reach budget-wise. Really the only requirement is that the destination be pretty safe and not too chaotic. Trips we've enjoyed in the past include Australia, Istanbul/Israel (extended layover en route), Buenos Aires/Iguazu Falls, many dive sites, Spain, Baltic countries, UK, Iceland.

I took a budget safari. If you don't mind camping for your 30th .. . Our dollar is also very strong in South Africa.

Here is my piece.

I overestimated how much cash I needed for a trip to Canada, and came home with more Canadian dollars than I want to keep in case I go to Canada again. Did I miss my best chance to turn those back to US$, at a Travelex booth at the airport in Canada? Any suggestions on where to go (or not go) now? (I purchased the currency through AAA before I left, for what it's worth.)

I would hang onto them and convert them into the currency of your next destination. You will lose money changing them back to US dollars. Or, if you have a neighborhood chat group, see if anyone is heading to Canada soon and needs local currency.

Lisbon! And it's just before the high season gets into full swing.

I like it. 

Would you advise driving or is it best to go with a driver?

As long as you don't have to drive in the big cities, such as Palermo, I think driving around Sicily is very doable. Hiring a driver is possible, but expensive. Another option would be to do day tours via a company such as Sicily Life

The problem with meta sites is that NONE include every airline!! For example, Southwest isn't in Expedia at all, and its prices do not appear in Google Flights. The meta sites are OK as a general research tool but certainly should be seen (let alone used) as "comprehensive."

Absolutely true. There's no "one" site to search everything.

I have booked a cruise on my Costco credit card. Travel benefits are included with this credit card. It looks like everything is covered when I downloaded and read the brochure. Do we need to purchase travel insurance from a 3rd party? Why wouldn't most people just use a major credit card that offers this as a benefit?

If Costco covers everything that you need then there's no need to buy additional insurance. You're right, most people don't check their credit card agreement first and buy too much insurance.

I curious if you guys or the chatters out there have any great recommendations for travel websites that deal with traveling with pets, specially dogs? I'm planning some trips this summer (state side) and it looks like we're going to be taking our Frenchie with us. I'm looking for a website that would recommend restaurants with outdoor seating that are dog friendly, good places for shopping with a dog in tow, dog parks and dog day camps, etc. Most of my google searches have not found a good site that would list everything per destination (think Lonely Planet for pets). So far, I usually search for specific topics which is turning out to be exhausting. THANKS!!!

There is no Lonely Planet for Dogs, so you will have to piece together advice from multiple sources, such as BringFido, GoPetFriendly and PetFriendlyTravel. If you have any interest in Asheville, here is a recent piece we ran about Dog City, USA.

We are spending about 4 days in Amsterdam this August, and especially want to see the 3 main art museums without waiting in line. Any advice on passes? Do we need a reservation even with the pass? Thanks!

Amsterdam Tourism works with a company called Ticketbar that offers skip-the-line museum tickets. I don't believe that any of the discount cards include an option to skip lines. 

What a wonderful opportunity. I'd check out google flights and scott's cheap flights and pick one or two cities that you can travel to by train. Consider going to western Europe (spain or Portugal).

The question was so wide open that it's difficult to give direction. If chatter has more time than money, then go for a cheap flight first, even if that means a long layover or choosing a city that might not be on the A list. But if it's the other way around, narrow it down to nonstop destinations. 

My S.O. and I went to Niagara Falls over Memorial Day weekend last year and everything was open and ready for tourists. They even had planned fireworks over the falls a couple of the nights we were there. I think you'll be fine. Have fun!

Great to know! Thanks.

I went last March and am heading there again in June. I have no concerns about it. Going to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat and maybe Haifa. If it's your first time, consider going with a tour that will take you to the major cities. They will also have a good sense of which neighborhoods to stay in. You can do the religion tour, the food tour, the wine tour, the birding tour, the culture tour, the high-tech tour, .........for a tiny country, it has everything.

Thank you.

Have any preferred shoes for men and women traveling to Europe?? We're going this summer and want to wear something comfortable and stylish that doesn't automatically scream "American"...

I wrote a story about the best shoes for summer travel that might be helpful.

I recently noticed a similar sign (with a 12-hour time limit) in an Avis/Budget location that was a few miles from San Diego airport. I wasn't asked, "When and how did you arrive?" and certainly didn't volunteer any information. Presumably the local jurisdiction is attempting to prevent customers from avoiding the airport concession tax. Maybe a column discussing this topic (and listing cities which do it)?

I agree, that would make a fascinating story. Could you (and anyone else to whom this has happened) send me a quick email? Here's how  to reach me.

Planning a long weekend away from DC this summer and thinking about Toronto (cheap, direct flights). Other options include Chicago, Quebec City (although I don't think there are any direct flights), or Portland, ME. We'll probably have at least 4 days on the group. Any advice on which direction we should go?

There are no nonstop (direct means you have a stop but don't change planes) flights to Quebec City, but Air Canada does fly nonstop to Montreal-- so add that city to your list, too! I also love the Thousand Islands, about an hour and half from Syracuse, NY. American and United offer nonstop service to Syracuse.

We will be in France for 5 full days (Sunday-Saturday) and our main objective is to visit Lourdes. We will arrive on a Sunday to Paris (CDG) and will probably stay there until Tuesday. We know that it will take the whole day to get to Lourdes and are considering renting a car on our way to Lourdes then returning to Paris by train; is this advisable or it will be better the other way around? We mostly want to have a car to be able to stop along the way particularly at Pellevoisin and overall to have more flexibility. We need to get back to Paris on Friday to prepare for our 9am flight on Saturday. Where would you stay in Paris that last night?

A one-way car rental is likely going to cost a great deal. You'd be better off driving both ways or taking the train both ways. As for the last night in Paris, CDG airport is located about a half hour outside the city. If you're going to get back late Friday, you may as well stay near the airport. But if you'll have any time to spend in Paris, I'd stay perhaps in the 18th arrondissement, which is a bit closer to the airport and sightsee around there. 

My friend misplaced her passport on a recent international trip we were on, thinking that she had dropped it in the airport. (It turned out it had fallen into her carry-on bag, fortunately, so we found it.) As soon as I got home, I taped my cell phone number on a small sticker on the back of my passport, so that someone could call or text me if I ever really dropped it somewhere.

That's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

I always hear that it's easier to travel west than east. For me, direction doesn't matter. My body will accept the first time change regardless of direction. It's the 2nd time change that affects me; my body isn't willing to put up with 2 of them. That's been true for trips from 3 days to 2.5 weeks.

Interesting. I always feel jet lag more when I lose time than when I gain it back. 

My family of 3, including a 13 year old are going to Costa Rica for a week. We want to head to Arenal for a few days and then to a beach -- debating the Pacific or Caribbean side. Really the only reason to do Caribbean is to go to the Sloth Sanctuary. Teen is desperate to see a sloth up close. I think we'd enjoy Manuel Antonio more.... thoughts?

Go to the Pacific side. You'll see sloths  in Arenal. They even offer sloth tours. 

I always feel really anxious before a trip, even just a short one, but not out of fear of anything involving the trip itself. Rather, I am anxious that something will go wrong at home while I'm away. I suppose this started when I was flying home from a trip and landed to find that my horse (yes, I know...) had gotten sick and been rushed to the vet clinic while I was in the air. I had to call from the airport to ok emergency surgery to save her life. I love to travel, so once I'm away I'm fine. But the night before I leave I'm a wreck. One way I mitigate my stress is to always splurge for the international travel plan instead of a local sim card, so I'm easy to reach from the US at any time.

I’ve used a variety of strategies to deal with my fear of flying. I often tell airline staff of my fear and they kindly reassure me. I think they're all trained to do that as a frightened passenger could cause problems in flight. I’ve asked fellow passengers to hold my hand during take off, or to talk to me when the hand holding seemed a little over the top. I try to get to the airport early enough to enjoy a quick drink before boarding (just one is enough to relax me, but I have a feeling that overindulging could cause a different set of problems). I also recite a mantra that a friend suggested after I commented that the prayer I usually say, the Hail Mary, ends with the words “at the hour of our death.” Finally, when the plane reaches altitude and I can hazard a glance out the window, I think of the reaction of one of my favorite artists to her first flight. Entranced by the sensation of looking down on clouds, Georgia O’Keefe created a series of cloud paintings. Visualizing them gives me a sense of serenity that gets me through the rest of the flight.

I am going to Iceland in a few weeks for four nights. The trip is poorly planned, partially because I am overwhelmed with options and cannot narrow down my list of ideas to a manageable list. I know I want to see whales and puffins. For those that have been, what was the best thing you saw or experienced in Iceland?

The country is tiny, so don't get overwhelmed. I would start with one of the loop drives, such as the 800-mile Ring Road, and book outings and hotels along the route.

Some localities have really high taxes on car rentals from airports, but not from downtown, and they make the local car rental companies try to prevent people from "gaming" the system by flying in and renting from a non-airport location. (Calgary was one place I visited that did this) Just don't tell the car rental company that you recently flew in, it's not their business.

Thanks for sharing this.

I haven't checked Turkish Air, but Icelandair lets you have "layovers" in Iceland of up to 7 days. So if Turkish is similar and you aren't planning to be in Istanbul for longer than that, why not a trip to London with a layover in Istanbul?

Good idea. Here is the info on Turkish Air's layover program. You can even get free lodging, depending on the booking.

Not sure where you are visiting, but I've lived in the Western US for most of my dog-owning life and basically every brewery or winery with an outdoor patio was dog friendly, and major parts of the large cities have pro-dog cultures....outdoor shopping districts with roomy sidewalks or roads closed to pedestrians are usually dog friendly too.

Sounds like you live in the (Dog) Happiest Place on Earth!

Skyscanner.com has a "search everywhere" feature that you might want to try, at least for looking for good deals on airfare without a specific location in mind. It's my favorite form of procrastination!

Thanks

Given how much of a rip-off most rental car fees seem to be, does the SLC traveler have any reason to be truthful with this Enterprise branch about their travel plans? If asked, I would be very tempted to say I arrived two days ago. Phoenix is (was?) another city with sky-high airport rental car fees, and I taxied to off airport rental car locations twice to save $$$.

Hmm, well I would not recommend lying. But I would not volunteer the information, either. It looks like the car rental companies are trying to discourage airline passengers from renting off-site. This isn't the right way to do  it. I highly doubt the concession fees you pay off-site are going to the airport as intended.

Typically as long as your connection is less than 24 hours there's no problem. But you might have to do some digging since typically the airline's booking engine will minimize the connection as much as possible since that's what most people want to do. For Europe since there are usually several flights a day (especially between giant cities like London and Istanbul) you might be able to make it work. I've had nearly 24 hour layovers in Hong Kong a couple of times just due to flight schedule issues where my inbound arrived just after flights to the US usually leave so I got to spend a day in the city.

Great to know. Thanks!

What an awful airline experience. Unfortunately, they are the only airline offering a non-stop flight at a decent time for my departure and destination airports. So, I had to suck it up and book the tickets. I was charged extra fees for picking a seat, checking a bag, paying with a credit card, plus I will likely have to print out my boarding pass at the airport, which looks like that will also be an extra fee. I'm not expecting much in terms of service, but what a terrible airline this is.

I'm sorry you had that experience. Ryanair charges extra for everything. It is also one one of the most profitable airlines flying. It would be nice to find some middle ground -- maybe charing fewer fees but still offering terrific customer service. We can dream, right?

Can confirm it's legit! We were reimbursed several thousands of dollars after an accident forced us to come home early from a trek. We had separate medical insurance that covered retrun travel home, but the card reimbursed us for the rest of the tour that we missed plus nonrefundable hotel at the end of our trek.

Thank you.

I recommend the I Amsterdam (not 1) card It does offer 'skip the line' at some museums such as the Rijksmuseum. You can also pre book specic time slots there and for the Van Gogh museum It also covers the Trams, Metro and GVB Buses. It also includes a lot more attractions than the city pass and so offers greater value. There is a complete list on the I Amsterdam website. It even includes museums in Haarlem and Leiden It lasts for a number of hours not days so the 96 hour card starts when you first use it so if you started at 3pm On Monday it would expire at 2.59 on Friday {also please never use British Air. The company name is British Airways. You wouldn't abbreviate American Airlines to American Air would you??)

Just plot out whether it's a good deal based on your planned itinerary before purchasing the I Amsterdam City Card. As for British Airways vs. British Air, you are correct, but there are some airlines that are often referred to by their shortened names, and British Airways is one of them. 

I'm not even sure what your third "big one" is. Take one day and go to a bunch of little ones. I especially loved the purse museum, the microbiology museum near the zoo, and the archeology museum associate with the University (where two elderly archeologist had their door open on purpose and showed me their work and let me sort some leather fragments, hazelnut shells and bits of duck eggs). Also the room in the City of Amsterdam museum with tons of group portraits that essentially tells the story of the development of organized charitable institutions to care for the elderly in Europe (they included women as part of their governing boards!). And the one that has the multimedia presentation on the development of the canal system. And Rembrandt's house with all the beds in boxes and his storage room of interesting objects to use as a reference when including them in paintings. Etc. Some of these places don't take more than an hour or two to see.

Another perspective. 

We just returned from Amsterdam. I bought tickets online for the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, and the Moco (wonderful Banksy exhibit) directly from the museums. Simply by having the tickets in hand we skipped all the lines and went right in. For the Rijksmuseum the Rembrandt exhibit required a timed pass, which as far as I could tell was not available via 1 Amsterdam or CityPass, so we didn't even bother with those passes for the other museums. The Van Gogh also required specifying an entry time.

One more opinion. 

Second the motion! Made getting to the airport on time so easy, with no fear of a traffic jam. The night before we found a little pizza place in Roissy where we could get take-out.

Good idea. 

Trip Advisor was made for this sort of question. If ferry sailings are sold out with any frequency, someone will have put up a warning.

Good to know but always read TripAdvisor comments with a pinch of sea salt.

Just got a notice in the mail about a traffic ticket we got in Italy....last October. It came from the region, not our rental car company. Does anyone has experience trying to pay a foreign traffic/parking ticket without going through the rental agency?

I  received several speeding tickets in Germany, which I did not even think was possible. I tried to pay them but no one in Germany responded to my plea for help. I am going to an Italian event tonight and can ask them for you. Or have you looked online to see if you can pay by credit card?

I handle it by changing my watch to the time where I'll be landing before the flight takes off. Something about looking at my watch and seeing *that* time seems to convince my brain and tricking my body into believing it. If there's a connecting flight, I change the time twice. It got me to Germany and back with basically zero jet lag. Was tired in the evening after I landed there and came back, but both mornings afterward I woke up on local time.

I wish it were that simple for everyone. 

You wanna send a first-time visitor to Iceland with only four days on an 800-mile road trip? I would suggest staying in Reykjavik and taking day trips, with groups or alone. There's plenty to do right there.

The person does not have to do the entire 800 miles.

It's widely known throughout Europe that the Couvert customarily costs extra. Europeans all know (and expect) this. Likewise, there's no such thing as a complimentary glass or bottle of water in a restaurant there, either. These things come as a shock to the first-time traveler to Europe.

Noted, thanks!

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