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Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:20:58 -0400

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Today's Reader Tip: Ask the Locals

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:20:58 -0400

Today's featured entry in our Best Travel Tip Contest--the one with the $15,000 trip to Charleston, South Carolina, as the prize--is a piece of advice that goes without saying, yet bears repeating, as it can enhance a trip more than...(image)

Today's Reader Tip: In Airports, Use GateGuru to Find the Best Food and Shops

Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:58:00 -0400

Today's featured tip, submitted to our Best Travel Tip Contest, comes from Jan Schroder of the Girl on the Go travel blog, in which "Travel Journalist Jan Schroder Explores the Planet, One Drink at a Time." Her advice: "Find the best food and shopping in any airport with the amazing app GateGuru. I had a killer Reuben sandwich during a layover in Chicago, just by entering the airline code and terminal, then reading the reviews of different restaurants."(image)

Today's Reader Tip: How to Score a Better Hotel Room

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:58:45 -0400

Whoever wins our Best Travel Tip Contest will get to spend the final three nights of their seven-night trip to Charleston, S.C., at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island and play a round of golf on its Ocean Course, host to...(image)

Today's Reader Tip: Use a Hotel's V.I.P. Concierge

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 10:30:20 -0400

In Charleston's 21-room Wentworth Mansion, everyone's a V.I.P. But at enormous hotels in Vegas, Orlando, or New York City, you can easily get lost and ignored among thousands of other guests...unless you know the tricks for snagging priority treatment. Here's a strategy submitted to our Best Travel Tip Contest by reader Tiffanie Beecham of Just Task Me! Tiffanie's tip:(image)

Today's Reader Tip: Explore in the Early Mornings

Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:56:15 -0400

We're giving away a $15,000 weeklong vacation for four to Charleston, South Carolina--four nights in the city (pictured above) followed by three nights by the sea. For a shot at winning the $15,000 vacation extravanganza for you and up to...(image)

Today's Reader Tip: Layover Between Long-Hauls? Grab a Shower at the Airport

Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:53:48 -0400

Enter our Best Travel Tip Contest and you could win a $15,000 vacation for four to Condé Nast Traveler readers' favorite U.S. city: Charleston, South Carolina. For the next month I'll be sharing the cream of the crop of tips...(image)

Share Your Best Travel Tip and You Could Win a $15,000 Vacation Extravaganza for Four

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:22:51 -0400

Check out Stephen Colbert's hilarious remarks about his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, at Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards ceremony, October 10, 2011. (You'll also see Christine Baranski and Chris Noth introducing him.) I've spent years sharing my best...(image)

10 Vacation Rules to Save Your Life

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:41:44 -0400

Today marks the launch of a new site called Mightybell that offers step-by-step advice for how to accomplish all manner of things--from losing weight to reducing your carbon footprint to traveling better. What's cool is that anyone can create a Mightybell "Experience," including you. The Experience I've created? "10 Vacation Rules to Save Your Life." Click here to join and you'll find 10 steps to making your next vacation more reinvigorating and memorable than your last. Bon voyage!(image)

Thinking About an Azamara Club Cruise? Here's What I Loved About Mine

Mon, 08 Aug 2011 04:30:03 -0400

Does your idea of a good cruise involve: staying late in ports of call so you can experience them at night? not being nickeled and dimed? not having to dress up? a charismatic senior staff with a sense of humor--the type of people you'd actually want at a cocktail party you're throwing? If so, you should know about the Adriatic cruise I just got back from.(image)

One Way to Get the Miles You Need: Swap with a Friend

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:47:18 -0400

Don't think a credit card isn't worth signing up for just because the 50,000 to 100,000 miles being offered aren't on airlines in your preferred alliance. You can conceivably swap with a friend and get miles on the airline you prefer.(image)