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How to Be the World's Smartest Traveler

Consumer travel advocate Christopher Elliott gives you the inside scoop on how to travel smart in this travel guide from National Geographic. Calling on practical advice accumulated from more than 20 years of experience in the field, Elliott guides you through the complexities of travel - from cruises to car rentals, travel insurance to time shares, restaurants to resorts, and airlines to agents - and arms you with the information you need for a successful trip. He begins each chapter with a narrative overview of the topic, answering the most common questions and offering actionable advice to help people avoid running into trouble. He then offers cheat sheets with names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of the right customer service contacts so you know where to turn should things turn south; and offers real-world examples of problems and solutions, drawn from hundreds of actual cases. Elliott guides readers through the new rules of travel that demand a new kind of travel intelligence and break through the virtual confusion of pricing, offers, discounts, packages, and every imaginable aspect of a trip, every step of the way. For everyone who travels anywhere, this book is a must-read before your next departure.
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CHRISTOPHER ELLIOTT is a nationally acclaimed consumer advocate who is National Geographic Traveler's Editor-at-Large and resident ombudsman. He writes their "Problem Solved" column, a nationally syndicated weekly travel column, a regular USA Today column, and a daily blog focused on solving consumer travel problems. Elliott writes a weekly column for The Washington Post and is a personal finance blogger at He's hosted a cable TV show and a nationally syndicated radio show, and was an independent producer for NPR and a commentator for both NPR andMarketplace. As a pioneer in digital journalism, he founded the Internet's first business travel website in 1994 and began blogging in 1996, before it was called blogging. He became's first travel columnist in 1997, and his work has since appeared in a variety of major news outlets, including CBS Interactive,, and As an early adopter, he was one of the first journalists with a presence on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Currently, his family is on an open-ended journey around the world, covering the adventure for nationalgeographic.


"The USA Today columnist draws on his 20 years as a travel advocate to give the inside scoop on how to navigate the world of travel, with detailed advice." --"Publishers Weekly""An indispensable road map....even seasoned travelers can learn something from this wide-ranging guide that hits on everything from finding the ideal suitcase to snagging a great airfare." --"USA Today" "For less than $20 you cansaveyourself a thousand travel tears." --"Detroit Free Press ""Whether you re planning a once-in-a-lifetime vacation or you travel regularly for business, this is a book you can use."" --Library Journal" "Even the most seasoned travelers can use a helping hand, especially as traveling has become increasingly complicated....Elliott offers tips and advice and plenty of them." --"Chicago Tribune" "Christopher Elliott, the trusted consumer travel advocate...has compiled his tips and strategies into a book, whose spot-on subtitle promises to Save Time, Money and Hassles for travelers." --"The Sacramento Bee""

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