I can’t handle the suspense

I‘m only a few days — hours, really — from announcing my new travel project. The suspense is killing me! So here’s what I’m going to do: Tomorrow, when I’m on stage at the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show (I’m appearing from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) I’ll make my announcement.

But … if you want to know before then, you can come to my book signing today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. I’ll be signing copies of Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals, and I’ll tell you about it in person. Best of all, I’ll make sure you get your very own free edition of the new project when it’s ready!

I want to take a moment to recognize my friends at TripInsuranceStore.com for their sponsorship of this site and newsletter. I like the fact that TripInsuranceStore.com plays it straight with customers, offering side-by-side comparisons and brutally honest assessments of your own travel needs. Call Steve, Deanna, Becky or Mary at 1-888-407-3854 or visit the site online.

Also:

• She rented a car in Denver. Now they want money for damage she says she didn’t do. Hmm, maybe she should have taken a picture of the car?

• Talk about adding insult to injury! First a reader injures her back, and then her airline keeps the money for her tickets. Is that fair?

• Who should we vote off the island? XL passengers (like me) or crying babies (um, like my kids). I’m not afraid to ask, and you haven’t been afraid to give me your opinions. And I love all of you for it!

Finally, I wanted to thank the team at the Philadelphia Inquirer and J2L Events for inviting me to this year’s travel show. The reason you don’t see me at a lot of travel shows is complicated, but I believe it comes down to this: I don’t have a feel-good message that makes destinations and travel companies comfortable. By inviting me to this year’s show, the folks at the Inquirer are saying that my message is helpful to their readers. And I’m honored by that.

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or contact him at . Got a question or comment? You can post it on the new forum.

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