Travel advisors live and breathe the issues, questions and potential roadbumps travelers face on a daily basis, so who better to turn to for advice about travel? Whether you're planning your next trip or dealing with a current issue, you'll benefit from these tips from the pros.

Travel advisors are professionals with experience and expertise that encompasses the globe. They know what it takes to successfully plan a trip and to help their clients feel empowered and in the know wherever they go. Here, we share their far-ranging expertise to bring you advice on everything from traveling in the time of COVID-19 to tipping around the world.

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Travel advisors know from personal experience what works and what doesn't. Below are some of their top travel tips. 

Here’s the best advice I can give prospective cruisers, says cruise guru Carolyn Spencer Brown: Talk with a travel advisor. He or she knows the cruise lines, ships and itineraries better than you ever could and can tell you the real value of all those add-on packages. Read More...

Traditionally, cruise lines offer attractive “wave season” promotions in January, February and into March, so they can get every sailing as fully booked as possible at the start of the year. Think of wave season as the cruise industry’s version of Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Read More... 

It's no fun to pack your favorite snack or shampoo in your carry-on bag and learn that it doesn't meet TSA regulations and you'll have to leave it at security. Here is a big-picture guide to airline baggage and airport security regulations to help you pack like a pro and breeze through security on your next big trip. Since regulations frequently change, make it a point to check for the most updated information. Read More...

Flight cancelations, delays and misplaced luggage are a fact of post-pandemic travel. What can you do? We asked travel advisors to share their best practices. Read More ... 

Whether you're traveling by plane, train, or automobile, heading to a resort, or sailing the Caribbean, the key to traveling with kids is to keep them comfortable and entertained, which in turn ensures a less stressful, dare we say enjoyable, travel experience for parents. Read More...

A dangerous misperception about holiday travel—especially for major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter—is that most people are visiting family so cruises, resorts, and tours will be offering great deals. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Read More...

Tips and tricks from traveling professionals to make your holiday travels "merry and bright." Read More ... 

Whether it's a honeymoon or just a getaway for you and your partner, these experts have the best tips and tricks to planning your romantic travel. Read more... looks at how working with an ASTA Verified Travel Advisor benefits travelers. Read more...

Packing just the right amount and including items that will make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable is a fine art. Here are some tips from some of the world’s most frequent travelers. Read More...

When we asked ASTA travel advisors for their guidelines on hotel tipping, they emphasized that tipping is very much a personal decision.  So, consider these recommendations a framework, not a formula, and remember it's up to you, and the service you receive. Read More...

Beginning May 7, 2025, if you plan to use your state-issued ID or driver's license as your identification when you fly within the U.S., make sure it's REAL ID compliant or you won't be allowed through TSA airport security checkpoints. Here's what you need to know. Read More...



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    Newbury Park, CA

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    Herndon VA

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    Celebration FL

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    Fort Lauderdale FL

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    Fort Collins, CO

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    Staten Island, NY

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