Note: The 2013 list is out! Here it is.
Which travel bloggers should you read in 2012?
I asked. And you answered.
Do you need insurance for your next trip?
That’s a question we ask all the time on this site, and it was the topic of a popular series earlier this year.
Truth is, if you have to make just one large claim, you’ll be glad you had travel insurance. But what, exactly, are your chances are of making a claim on a travel insurance policy, and what kind of claims are typically filed?
This infographic is pretty enlightening.
Many thanks to our sponsor TripInsurance.com for giving us an early look at these numbers. Here’s a link to the full-size graphic.
Stay tuned for a sequel to the travel insurance series in early 2012.
It’s been fixed, but you might notice a few extra headlines from me. I apologize for the hiccup.
Have a great weekend.
It isn’t too soon to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re a smart consumer, here’s 12 of them to consider from my Mint.com column. It’s the kind of advice that will help you avoid what I call the Money Apocalypse. Also, check out my rant on 7 holiday scams that can cost you money over on the Huffington Post.
I want to call out one of my underwriters in this newsletter: Cheapflights.com. They’ve been supporting my consumer advocacy work for years. Cheapflights is more than just a site that finds low prices on airline tickets. It cares about top-notch customer service, and I’m happy to say this, I’ve never had a complaint about a Cheapflights itinerary — ever. So thank you, Cheapflights for your long-time support!
By the way, if you work for a business that puts customers first and want to support the consumer advocacy on this site, please contact me directly for details.
I have lots more in this issue of my newsletter. Check out my Washington Post column on how Congress is trying to help travelers during the holiday season. Are our elected representative doing more harm than good? Plus, find out why one reader’s Maytag microwave just won’t work, and what can be done about it.
• Find out about the Sandals honeymoon that didn’t go quite as expected. There’s lots of drama, deception and intrigue in this installment of “Can this trip be saved?”
• Vote now on your favorite travel blogger. I compile these lists every year, mostly because I’m curious. Who are you reading? You’ll be surprised at the preliminary results. I sure am.
And a final note today: Whether you’re reading this newsletter online or offline, whether you’ve been a subscriber a day or a decade, you probably know these are challenging times to be a consumer advocate. News outlets are cutting their budgets to zero; companies are looking for uncritical, sales-friendly news outlets on which to advertise their products. It is thanks to your unwavering support that I can continue working for you.
Thank you for being there. It means a lot to me.
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