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News Stories by Doug Stallings

Douglas Stallings has been in travel publishing since 1993, and at Fodor's since 2000, where he's primarily responsible for guides covering the Caribbean and Cruising; he's also the series editor for Fodor's In Focus Guides. Doug has also worked for Berlitz and Frommer's. He has appeared on radio stations around the country, national and local television networks including CNNfn, CNBC, Business Week TV, WABC-TV and WCBS-TV (New York, NY), and online news sites such as CNN, CBSMarketwatch, and USAToday.

  • What to Do When You Lose Your Passport, Money, and Credit Cards While Traveling

    It always helps to know where to turn in the event that your trip goes bad, especially when you're abroad and may not know anyone where you are traveling. Luckily, there are some simple things you can remember that can help you turn a travel disaster into something much less terrible.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on July 14, 2009 at 10:13:53 AM EDT
  • Frequent Flyer Miles vs. Cash: When Should You Use One or the Other?

    Deciding when to use frequent flyer miles is no easy task. And sometimes, cash is just better anyway. Here, Editor Doug Stallings gives his tips for finding the best value when you're deciding how to book your ticket.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on June 30, 2009 at 3:08:55 PM EDT
  • Shocking News About Peter Deilmann Cruises

    Because of financial difficulties, Peter Deilmann Cruises is getting out of the river cruise business by the end of October. I'm really shocked because they have always run one of the best sets of river-cruise itineraries. And they actually own all their ships. They do operate other kinds of cruises, which are apparently not affected. If I hear anything more substantial, I'll re-post here.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on June 26, 2009 at 9:13:45 AM EDT
  • 10 Easy Tips for Becoming a Carry-on Traveler

    Doug Stallings, the No-Nonsense Traveler, shares some easy tips and tricks for going 100% carry-on for your next flight. Bag recommendations and other resources are included.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on June 22, 2009 at 10:57:18 AM EDT
  • A Short Guide to Caribbean Summer Weather

    Summer is fast approaching, and for many people, it's already started. For hurricane-watchers, the season officially starts on June 1 and continues a full six months, until November 30.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on May 27, 2009 at 11:41:58 AM EDT
  • 10 Simple Ways to Survive a Summer Trip To Europe

    The No-Nonsense Traveler provides his tips and tricks for saving money, avoiding the heat, and staying sane on your next European summer vacation.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on May 20, 2009 at 10:17:19 AM EDT
  • No-Nonsense Traveler: 10 Simple Truths about Travel

    "I'm by no means the final voice on travel, but I've been traveling (and enjoying it) since I was young. Over the years, I've learned several important lessons."

    Posted by Doug Stallings on May 13, 2009 at 11:01:11 AM EDT
  • No-Nonsense Traveler's Tips for Tipping

    The first (and most important) piece of advice that I can give anyone about tipping is that you absolutely have to do your homework. So many people just set off on a trip without learning anything about the place. Why would you not want to know what people expect in terms of tipping? Just remember to do your homework and it will all become less stressful.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on May 06, 2009 at 10:26:55 AM EDT
  • Swine Flu Update: What Do We Know?

    Doug Stallings takes a quick look at what we know, what we don't, and how the outbreak could affect future travel plans to Mexico.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on April 29, 2009 at 8:35:23 AM EDT
  • No-Nonsense Traveler: Be Wary of European Budget Airlines

    If you can find a cheap airfare to, say, London, it's tempting to then want to switch over to Ryanair or Easyjet for the shorter (and significantly cheaper) hop to your actual European destination. Before you do that, I'd like to throw in a word of caution for the uninitiated and give you five simple tips for deciding if this is really worth your time and trouble.

    Posted by Doug Stallings on April 22, 2009 at 8:33:46 AM EDT Tagged: No-Nonsense Traveler, Air Travel