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Jan 11, 2016

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Hi all, and welcome to Talk About Travel. Here's hoping you enjoyed Sunday's centerpiece on Monet's house and gardens at Giverney. Have you visited the home of a celebrated person and come away with a more nuanced understanding of their art of accomplishments? Tell us who and where. Best anecdote wins a handsome Travel-section tote bag. Onward to your questions!

I've read your chats long enough to know that you generally advise to just buy when you feel comfortable paying the price. I'm flying to Sofia, Bulgaria for a wedding in August and I found a fare and schedule I like and I've been watching it for about a month ($1300 r/t). But this trip is still seven months away, but I also have no idea what to expect to pay for a flight to Bulgaria in the summer. Kayak doesn't make a forecast for this route. What would you do?

No one really knows if fares will rise or fall. I just noted that the first airfare increase of the year went through, and the experts I've heard from say airfares have bottomed out. So this may be a good time to book, although every route is different. There may be a fare sale on the Sofia route later this year, and if that happens, you might overpay if you buy now.

I'm looking at multi-day kayaking trips in Baja California. Can you recommend any companies to look at it? We're thinking about a 5-7 day trip and something suitable for inexperienced kayakers. Thanks!

Although I've visited Baja California, I've not taken one of these multi-day kayaking trips, but several companies have good reps, including O.A.R.S and Sea Kayak Adventures. Chatters?  

I'm going to be spending the MLK weekend in NYC. I have tickets to shows booked for each night but, with a tight budget, was wondering what there was to do cheap and/or free when it comes to daytime activities. Also seeking recommendations for affordable but great eats.

The guided tours in Central Park are terrific and many of them are free. New York City tourism has a Web page devoted to free stuff to do. As for cheap restaurants, there are lots of them. I can recommend Otto's Tacos in the East Village and Cafe Gitane (two locations, but I've only been to the one on Mott Street). 

If you want to understand why revolutions occur, just visit Versailles or Catherines' summer palace outside Leningrad. Certainly explains why the accomplishments of the French Kings or Russian Tsars couldn't last.

Indeed they do. 

Loved the article on occasions of positive customer service. There apparently are a few brave souls who defy corporate policies and treat the people who are paying for service as deserving customers. The cynic in me says that corporations have conditioned us to expect poor treatment, so when one "tiny" kindness is put forth, we are so pleased that we forget all the bad stuff.

I think most travel industry employees want to give you incredible service, too, so we have an influential ally. Now, if only the bean counters would allow it ...

my birthday is over valentine's day/presidents' day weekend, and i'd like to get away someplace warm and relaxing for the long weekend (can add an extra day or 2 on either end). it doesn't have to be beach weather, but i'd like to feel the sun warm my skin. somewhere that i can get to in half a day or so, so that i don't spend the whole weekend in transit. and ideally where i won't be totally surrounded by lovey-dovey couples celebrating valentine's day when i'm celebrating my birthday solo. i like beaches, spas, culture, great restaurants... any thoughts?

I'm guessing you are willing to fly, as there's no place within a half-day drive of our region that would offer warm sun in mid February. I'd say Austin, but that weekend is the Austin Marathon, so the city is already packed and flights are expensive. St. Augustine, Fla., is a fun town and you could fly nonstop into the nearby city of Jacksonville. 

I will be coming back from Asia on a 4 step series of flights, and want to buy better seating, specifically bulkhead for legroom. At each stop I apparently change planes, so will I have to buy into seating on each one, or might one purchase cover me? Thanks. I am hoping you'll know before I have to call United to ask...

My first question would be: are you using a travel agent for this? If you are, you should ask your agent to help you with securing better seat assignments. If this is a DIY booking, you may actually have bigger problems. If your itinerary isn't connected, and one of your flights is delayed, all of your other flights could get canceled. As to your specific question: If your itineraries are connected and/or they are on the same airline, an upgrade would usually be for the entire outbound or return portion, unless upgraded seats aren't available (like a puddlejumper or a small regional jet). Without seeing your itinerary, it's difficult to tell you exactly what you'll need to do. But seriously, get with your agent on this or call the airline that owns the ticket, which is normally the first airline on the itinerary. Sounds like that might be United.

On a trip to Boston, I convinced my parents to make one more stop at Abigail Adams' birthplace in Weymouth, MA. As a women's history buff and college student at the time, I was excited to see where this amazing woman had grown up. Additionally, I'd just finished reading David McCullough's "John Adams," so I wanted to see what the house looked like in person. When I mentioned this to the ladies running the museum, they looked at me like I hung the moon! They were so excited that someone (young) was there to learn about this amazing lady and not just checking a box on a tour of revolutionary era Massachusetts. I basically got a personal guided tour of the small house, full of amazing trivia and anecdotes that I never would have learned from just walking through the rooms. It was the highlight of my trip and I can never thank those ladies enough for making Mrs. Adam's life come alive in the rooms where she lived. "Remember the Ladies," indeed!

Great story -- thanks for sharing!

This question is probably for Mr. Elliott. I was recently flying internationally. I arrived to the airport to find that my flight was cancelled. I get that this happens, and I went to the desk to get on another flight. The airline representative at the desk booked me for a flight that left a half-hour from that moment. We were at a busy airport, and I knew there was absolutely no way I would make it. I stated that and the woman said "Yes you can, if you hurry." I hurried. I'm in my 20s and quite fit, and I sprinted my way to security, asked every airport worker if there was any way to get through faster, begged my way to the front of the line, then sprinted to the terminal. Predictably, I didn't make the flight. I was then put on a flight from another airport in the city leaving in 1.5 hours so I, at my own expense, had to frantically get myself to a different airport. Luckily I made it to that airport, but only because I was intimately familiar with the city so knew the fastest way to get there. I eventually arrived to my destination, and my bags arrived several days later. It was a frustrating situation, and while an apology would have been nice, I actually would at least like reimbursement for my transportation to the other airport. Is that reasonable? I've flown a lot, but this my first time dealing with something like this. I'm frustrated that the representative put me on a flight that it was super obvious I wouldn't make (I not only had to make it through security, but go on a shuttle train to the terminal), and then the next rep told me to get myself to another airport like it was nothing.

Oh my goodness! What an odyssey! Yes, you definitely should ask for the airline to cover your expenses to get to the other airport. The best time to ask would be when you're at the ticket counter getting rebooked. It's going to be a little more difficult now, but not impossible. A brief, polite email with receipts enclose ought to do the trick. If it doesn't, please let me know.

we found out that there is a finster house in Georgia, so we were SO EXCITED to go. It was so much fun wandering around the area. It is kept on by his family, in the middle of nowhere. There is a festival there that overruns the town every year, but we weren't there for that. I think the kids had a good time. It was just a beautiful peaceful tribute to the artist.

Been meaning to go -- thanks for the reminder!

My wife and I started looking into Brazil and it sounds like working with a travel agency that specializes in Brazil would be most helpful in planning our itinerary since many of the sites/cities that we want to visit require inter country travel/flights (e.g. Rio, Iguazu Falls, Pantanal, Amazon). Can you recommend any agencies? We do not generally like to tour with large groups so we are looking for something more personal. Thanks.

We don't use travel agencies, so difficult for us to recommend them. I'd first try the United States Tour Operators Association for a list of companies that specialize in Brazil. You could also check with the Brazilian Tour Operators Association.  And we can also ask our chatters for their ideas. 

Hi there -- My daughter and I would prefer to fly direct to Savannah with her little ones (ages 7 mos and 2.5 years) rather than drive 9 hours each way. However, the thought of bringing car seats seems like a hassle: lugging them, paying for them to be checked through, taking time to strap them in and out of a taxi to our hotel, etc. Except for a 20-minute ride back and forth from the Savannah airport, we will not be needing a car. A few questions: (1) Does the airline (in this case United) require a 2.5 year old to use a car seat? (I'm assuming the baby can sit on Mom's lap) (2) If not, do they let you gate check it for free? (2) Is there such a thing as a taxi or driver service that comes with car seats? (3) Do some parents forego the use of car seats at times like these? (4) Are taxis exempt from having to use car seats? If we were renting a car and driving it quite a bit at our destination, we, of course, wouldn't hesitate to bring them. Wondering what you or other parents might recommend. Thanks.

Car seats are not required but recommended for air travel. Airlines don't charge for car seats checked as luggage. Yes, you can gate check the seat.  It looks as if you'll need a car seat for your taxi ride but some taxi services offer car seats, upon request. Kids under 6 have to be "properly restrained" which I read as needing a car seat.

Looking for well-regarded travel options for a woman in mid-70s, looking to travel with a companion. Having been recently virtually house-bound as a caretaker, she is now free to travel more; all arrangements used to be done by her husband, now deceased. Have heard of Elderhostel, but are there other options?

That's a good one. You might also start with AARP's travel planning center. The organization also has discounts on travel for members. Other options: ElderTreks, Road Scholar (part of Elderhostel) and Odysseys Unlimited. Universities often offer alum trips as well.

Hi, Travel Gurus: I like Andrea Sach's article on Christmas Markets in last month's Travel Section. Question: Given the large crowds who visit these markets, how did Andrea guard against pickpockets, purse snatchers, and other petty thieves while browsing the stalls, sipping the gluhwein, and eating leberkuchen (ginger bread cookies)? Thanks.

So glad you enjoyed the piece! I didn't feel any threat, to be honest, and the markets aren't known for being havens of criminal activity. But you never know,  so I always keep small bills within easy reach and never flash great wads of euros. I also wear a cross-strap bag that I hide under my coat.

Love your weekly discussions, thanks for doing them. Every time I have visited Hearst Castle, I am always amused by the catsup (ketchup?) bottles on the table with the fine linens and beautiful place settings. I have not been able to find any confirmation that WRH particularly liked ketchup, but the guides always say that it shows that he was a regular guy.

Great detail, thanks!

The young boy in the exit row. I know he was not a teenager. A flight attendant realized it when we prepared for landing but it was too late. I checked in behind he and his father and no one stopped him. If for some reason he was a VERY small 15-year old, 1. The flight attendant never asked him his age and 2. He could not have handled opening the exit door, he was smaller than me and I am a little short.

Thank you for sharing that detail. A lot of us were wondering about that.

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Worth a look!

Lots of great homes-of-the-famous tales coming in:

is fascinating. Yes, there was someone showing the materials they used to make paints, but that wasn't even the most important part. Rembrandt didn't have any bedrooms. The beds are in boxes (very nicely carved boxes, but boxes) in the regular rooms. His bed box was in his living room. The maid's bed box was in the kitchen. Even the public room where he showed art to buyers had a bed box in case they needed to stay overnight. The whole house is all about making art and anything else you needed to do like sleep was an afterthought. And you got to see the beautiful northern light in his studio. Plus the little areas where his students painted (after they made the paints and did their other chores). They had little wall partitions like an early version of modern office cubicles. And the room filled to the brim with interesting objects like tusks and corals and helmets and things. Like the Google images of the day! Seeing all that and then going to see "The Night Watch" at the Rijksmuseum was amazing. And about a week later I got to spend some serious time alone with his self-portrait at Kenwood House in London. Fabulous trip.

After the Civil War, when she was no longer ferrying slaves to freedom, Harriet Tubman settled in Auburn, NY. She chose Auburn, apparently, because she knew William Seward, who lived there. It’s somewhat off the beaten track, but a wonderful place to visit. The tour offers fascinating information about Tubman, including the fact that members of her family were unaware that she was the Moses who was famous for her role in the Underground Railroad. Tubman was buried in a local cemetery.

Several years back, while on a trip to Atlantic Canada, we swung off US1 and took the bridge to Campobello Island, New Brunswick, to tour the Roosevelt family's 34-room "cottage" in the International Park there. It was quite interesting to learn more about FDR's life, especially his early days. Apparently his polio diagnosis came while he was there in 1921. I was also impressed that despite coming from a family with that kind of money, he worked to improve the lives of average Americans during the Depression - rather than just the rich and famous.

On a driving vacation to New York many years ago we visited both Teddy Roosevelt's home at Sagamore Hill and Franklin Roosevelt's at Hyde Park. The two activist Presidents were distant cousins, yet led very different lives. TR's house s full of stuffed heads of wild animals he'd shot (yuck), while FDR was more into sailing. We've also visited (different trip) FDR's "cottage" (a veritable rustic mansion, by my standards) on Campobello Island, in New Brunswick just across the border from Maine, where FDR came down with polio.

There is a wolf preserve in New jersey, Lakota Wolf Preserve, that we are thinking of visiting. Do you know anything about it? I think it is near the Delaware water gap. If we go for a few days what else is in the area? (Like outdoors and good eating?)

I just looked at the Web page, and it warns that due to family medical issues, they are limiting weekday tours, so make sure you time it right. Bushkill Falls, dubbed the Niagara of Pennsylvania, is worth a visit, but it's not open in winter. There is lots of hiking in the area, as long as the weather cooperates. I don't know of any better-than-average restaurants near there. By the way, if you're interested in wolves, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina has very good programs about its red wolves. 

Returned Friday evening from Mexico via Bush International in Houston. After going through Passport Control and customs, we were directed upstairs, through a door and into a TSA checkpoint! This has never happened to me before, although I've never flown through that airport. Even Global Entry people had to go through the TSA line. We'd just been through customs! What gives? Is this normal now?

When you arrive from another country and take a connecting flight, you have to go through a security screening. But if they were screening you after landing and you were not flying anywhere -- in other words, if Houston was your final destination -- then yes, that's weird. A few years ago, the TSA famously did that with Amtrak passengers getting off the train in Savannah. So strange. 

For a great cheap meal, you can't beat one of the Chinatown bakeries. I love Mei Li Wah but there are others that are also wonderful. Buns were less than $1/each the last time I was there. You can also buy bags of fortune cookies for snacking. You can burn off those calories by walking, walking, and more walking. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge was recently covered but there are also other fun walks/strolls if you (and the weather) are so inclined. Choose a series of neighborhood linked by an avenue and walk for a mile or two to enjoy how the sights change. You can even do a scavenger hunt of things NYC and make up your own crazy route in the course of finding them. There are also usually lots of festivals and/or other free events happening in the city, especially on a holiday weekend. The CVB has several of them listed, but you can also check out the free papers (online or once arrived) for suggestions as well as the seeing what's new around NYU or Julliard (especially their free student recitals). Enjoy!

Agree that just walking around New York is free and very entertaining, even without a scavenger hunt. 

Thanks for your response. A funny addition, I did ask about the airline paying for the cost to get to the other airport when I was getting rebooked and was told no! As time was ticking, I figured the more immediate goal was me getting to my destination, but I did think it was...interesting...that they didn't offer to pay for it or reimburse me when I asked.

I'm glad you asked. I can almost guess which airline you are dealing with. Please let me know how they respond to your email. 

I have a chance to visit Armenia to be able to check off my list of countries (just shy of 90 and counting). Any recommendations for what to see and do? There doesn't seem to be very much in Yerevan itself, so I was wondering if anyone had a tip for a day trip from the city.

I wish I could be more helpful, but we haven't had much coverage of Armenia. I found one What a Trip there.

Chatter, any insights?

I know, the concierge is supposed to be good, but this one was wonderful. I was in Vegas with three girlfriends (sisters). They got word that their father was injured (he died two days later) and they had to rush home. The concierge set all of that up. I stayed behind to see if we could cancel show reservations. He did. Six months later, my husband took me back to Vegas (since that first trip didn't go well at all). I stopped by the concierge to thank him again (I'd already written the hotel). He remembered me, my friends, and the shows we'd canceled. But what really stays in my memory is how kind he was.

People like that are a credit to the profession. I'm sorry for your friend's loss.

I will be on a cruise in Indonesia in March, and the last stop before the end is Bali. Bali is one of those exotic-sounding, mystical vacation spots, maybe next door to Shangri-La, but for a non-beach-resort person, would it be worthwhile to spend a few extra days there? Historic sites, cultural tours, etc? Also, I'm thinking of spending a few days in Jakarta, which its own tourism website says is "crowded and chaotic" and has the worst traffic in Asia. Any advice?

I definitely recommend Bali for the non-beach person. I would head to the Ubud district, the center of arts and crafts. You can hear live music and attend dance performances, and visit lots of crafts shops, including the workshop of a mask carver. There are many spectacular Hindu temples. I found Jakarta overwhelming and it made me miss Bali.

Today's code is TT9553. It expires at midnight, so be sure to enter it each Monday to get credit for participating. 


Look into the CARES Harness. They are a bit pricey to own, but lots of people rent them out. It goes around the airline seat and creates shoulder straps. It does not have a lower buckle, so the 2.5 year old can wriggle out from beneath, but the primary purpose is served--it keeps him/her from slipping out of the lap belt in turbulence. Taxis may have car seats available with advance arrangements, but usually car seat requirements are not applicable to taxis. I've held my kids in taxis before when traveling to a location where we won't need a car otherwise.

Yes, good tip. Thank you for mentioning the CARES Harness.

As someone who recently moved away from NYC and is really nostalgic, I have a few recommendations! You could spend a few days entirely in Central Park and not exhaust what it has to offer. Also, I think the Staten Island Ferry is one of NYC's hidden gems. It's completely free, is a fun thing to do particularly with other people, and you get good views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and lower Manhattan. The New York Public Library reading room is gorgeous, if that's your thing. And one oddball recommendation that I've started making after I was blown away is the Queens Museum if you want to venture out of Manhattan. It has a replica of NYC that fills an entire room and is well worth the visit. If you can get it out of a library, The Best Things To Do In New York (1001 things) might have some good ideas for you. Some cost money and some are free. There are a bunch of sections that appeal to all tastes. I'm definitely glad I had it on my shelf when I was living there.

Thanks for the insights. 

Little Italy has lots of inexpensive restaurants, plus you can always get a "slice" or two of pizza.

Not that much left of Little Italy. But, yes, finding good pizza on the streets of New York is fairly easy. 

The J. Irwin Miller house in Columbus, Indiana is a real gem, and is under the aegis of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Miller was the CEO of Cummins Engine, he help found the National Council of Churches, and was a force in civil rights movement. The house is a showcase of the work of Eero Saarinen (architect), Alexander Girard (interior), and Dan Kiley (landscape). I knew that the Cummins Foundation has transformed the city of Colombus into a mecca for world-class architecture, but I was also interested to learn on the tour of his political and philanthropic endeavors. A must for any fan of mid-century design!

Great tip -- thanks!

I travel a lot for work, and in the past year have flown Turkish air a lot. I was applying Turkish miles to my United account, but want to join Turkish Miles and Smiles now in order to be eligible for upgrades, etc. Is there a way to move my previous travel on Turkish from my United account to the Turkish Miles and Smiles? Can't join the chat live so appreciate any advice from you or the readers. Thank you.

Because of Star Alliance, you should earn the same benefits whether your miles are with United or Turkish Air. You can even redeem your reward miles through United's reservation system.

We are talking about going to the grand canyon in september (we have an event in phoenix on Sept 24). One kid wants to go rafting (is that possible?) husband wants to do a brady bunch taking a mule down to the bottom (is *that* possible?) and wants to camp on the bottom (is that possible? or just hiking? is there somewhere to stay at the bottom?). Is it a good time to go (kids don't go to school)? Thanks for any and all help you can give!

You can do both. For mule rides, the park service has great info about the excursion. You can go for a multi-hour trip or ride the beast of burden to the bottom and stay at Phantom Lodge. Rafting companies sanctioned by the park also offer trips for a day to two weeks. You will camp along the way. However, for both excursions, spots fill up months to even a year ahead.

I don't know how active your family is, but the Grand Canyon is very rugged terrain. I hiked from rim to rim a few years ago and felt the calf burn for days. You might consider mixing-and-matching the activities with a few nights at a lodge on the South or North Rim, where you can also take day hikes.

I'm organizing the Rome portion of a trip to Italy for three couples. I would like to book the services of a knowledgeable, reputable, and (hopefully) fun guide to show us around for a day or two. It would be ideal if s/he had special access to sites and/or a way to avoid lines. Do you know of any such company that offers this service? Thanks.

Viator is one resource that offers private tours of Rome via various vendors. Any chatters know of a particularly good guide? 

United? It's United, isn't it?

Let's ask. Who was it? Come on, the suspense is killing us.

We went to the tiny chagall museum in NIce. It was amazing. I loved it so much! his paintings are incredible. walking through it seemed like we were being followed by a ghost (don't know how to explain it!) and it was surreal. And eventually we found out (as I suspected) that chagall himself had organized the museum and how his paintings were shown. Because otherwise, it was weird, the paintings were not in chronological order (and I think I remember they were numbered? but they weren't in number order either). So there was a specific way the artist wanted them shown, and they were. Which I would think doesn't always happen for artists.

That's fascinating -- thanks for writing in!

My partner and I, traveling from Detroit, are trying to decide whether to spend four days in early March in Puerto Rico or Key West. We want a good place to stay, good food and relaxation. What do you think? And where would you stay in Key West? We have a few good options for San Juan. thanks!

Both are tropical, have a strong party vibe (depending on where you go) and offer lots of water and nature activities. However, the cultures are very different, so it is really a personal decision. Key West is very compact, so you can easily get around. In PR, you will need to rent a car or sign up for tours if you wish to explore beyond your immediate surroundings. I definitely recommend the coffee plantation region (more central) and the western beach towns, as well as Vieques and/or Culebra (for a recent piece about the island, click here).

For Key West, we rented an adorable cottage off Duval. For more luxury: Sunset Key Cottages, the Hyatt Key West Resort or Casa Marina. For lots of character, the Speakeasy Inn on Duval, former home of a cigar selector at the Gato cigar factory.

In central Columbus, Ohio, is the Thurber House, where acclaimed author/cartoonist James Thurber was living at the time he got the inspiration for his short story "The Night the Bed Fell." We were there one year near New Year's when not much was going on, but other times of year there are all sorts of programs there. Best of all were the outdoor statues of Thurber dogs in the garden.

Love Thurber -- adding to my To-Go list, thanks!

I am taking a quick trip to Nashville this weekend. My family is not going with me. What are some fun options for things to do?

I recently went to N'ville with my parents, but I was so engrossed in the music scene, I forgot that they were there (sorry, parents!). My top choices: Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe and bluegrass jams at Station Inn.  Loveless Cafe is the place to go for biscuits.

If you are near the Canadian border, Senior Discovery Tours, formerly Senior Tours Canada, has over a hundred tours to most countries world-wide. Travel is included, as are most meals. Travelers are mostly seniors and you would fit in well. I've gone on fifteen trips with them.

Thank you!

Really? I was in Newark, NJ., for a conference in June 2013, and during a day-tour of Manhattan we were let off for a couple hours in Little Italy, where there were plenty of reasonably-priced Italian restaurants to choose from for lunch. We got a satisfying antipasto-salad and pizza for lunch (don't recall the exact price, but it wasn't expensive).

Little Italy used to go on for blocks and blocks, but it's been squeezed by Chinatown and other nearby neighborhoods. Not what it used to be. 

I live in the D.C. area and would love to take a direct flight to a Caribbean destination for Spring Break -- the last week in March. Can you recommend one that would be relatively easy for one parent traveling alone with two tween kids to navigate, yet still foreign-feeling enough to provide a sense of going abroad?

There are only so many Caribbean islands that offer nonstop flights from Washington, including Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. Jamaica would be a good fit if you are looking to stay at an all-inclusive; daily flights are offered from Dulles on United and BWI on Southwest. But don't be surprised if all nonstop flights are either sold out or very pricey for that week. 

This week's travel issue left me with ideas for planning vacations years into the future. I'd never thought of visiting Giverny, and was all set to make that my next trip, but then I read the story about Oxford and now my heart's set on that. While I'm choosing between the two, maybe I'll head up to New York so I can cross the Brooklyn Bridge on foot, camera at the ready. Thanks for a great issue.

Thanks for reading!

Yup. You guessed it.

Mystery solved!

Shout out to the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto who, when I advised was staying with my 10 year old daughter to celebrate acceptance into a national tennis group, surprised us with chocolate covered strawberries AND a card congratulating her -- that was signed by over 60 staff employees (complete with a doodle of a tennis player)! She was thrilled and so was I.

Wow -- ending the chat on a happy customer-service note for a change.

Looks like we're out of time -- thanks for tuning in today! Chagall enthusiast, contact to claim your prize. A reminder that there will be no Talk About Travel chat on Monday the 18th, MLK Day. We return Monday, Jan. 25. 

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Carol Sottili is a former Washington Post travel writer, specializing in travel deals.
Andrea Sachs
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Christopher Elliott
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