News & Features by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb

A full-time travel writer for over 10 years, frequent Fodor's contributor Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb escaped the cold this past winter by circling the globe with her family in tow. The foursome ticked off five continents in two months. When she's not on the road, Susan happily makes her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • 9 Tips for Taking the Kids to Europe

    OK, so you've decided to fly your family across the pond. Now what? Well, if you want to avoid National Lampoon-style pitfalls, read on for advice about where to go – and what to do when you get there – from a mom who has done it all...

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on May 11, 2010 at 10:53:15 AM EDT
  • Electricity Abroad: Adapters and Voltage Converters Demystified

    Attempting to use any electrical device with an incompatible foreign system can lead to a similarly hair-raising situation. Here's what you need to know to power up properly.

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on March 22, 2010 at 12:09:07 PM EDT
  • 6 Tips for Scoring Deals on Europe's Budget Airlines

    Bare-bones carriers were once considered les enfants terribles of the European airline industry. Now in their second decade, these outfits are still controversial (the brouhaha that recently erupted when Ryanair suggested passengers pay for using the bathroom proved that!). But they still deliver incredible deals, too—assuming you know how to get them.

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on March 17, 2010 at 8:51:26 AM EDT
  • 8 Tips for Driving and Renting a Car in Europe

    Driving in abroad can be a challenge, but the freedom and flexibility a rental car provides are ample compensation. Here are a few essential tips for driving in Europe.

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on March 09, 2010 at 10:16:26 AM EST
  • 3 Father's Day Trip Ideas for the Cocktail Enthusiast Dad

    With Father's Day almost upon us, it's time once again to do something special for dear old dad. If ties and coffee mugs are your standard offerings, though, perhaps you should consider raising the bar. After all, nothing will put Pa in good spirits faster than, well, good spirits; and there is nothing more appealing than savoring them in an intoxicating destination.

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on June 16, 2009 at 11:29:37 AM EDT
  • What's On Your Bucket List?

    The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, won't be winning any Academy Awards. Yet the movie's premise is generating a lot of water-cooler buzz. It seems everyone is now feverishly compiling a list of the top travel experiences they want to have before kicking the bucket. Here are a few of ours. Travel Talk: How will you fit in your trip "musts"? Do you have a five-year plan for travel? Sail Away: Cruises are great fun, but sometimes you want to really feel like you're in a boat. Atlantic Stars offers a ship to suit whatever nautical fantasy you may have, from the classic speedboat Rum Runner II, which zips around Newport, Rhode Island, to the 160-foot sailing cruise yacht Arabella, (photo, right) which embarks from St. Thomas and other Caribbean ports during the winter months. Rates for a fabulous five-star, six-night sailboat cruise start at $1,395. Escape the Urban Jungle: City life can wither your soul, but an African safari will help you get back to reality. Smithsonian

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on February 13, 2008 at 11:59:59 PM EST Tagged: Life Changing Trips
  • Budapest: Save vs. Splurge

    Budapest on a budget doesn't mean sacrificing old world elegance and high style...

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on December 04, 2007 at 11:58:58 PM EST Tagged: Budget Travel
  • 9 North American Museums in Makeover Mode

    Museums in Denver, Seattle, Kansas City, and Philadelphia are among museums unveiling expanded quarters this summer...

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on November 21, 2007 at 11:58:57 PM EST
  • Day Trips from Buenos Aires, Lima, Rio, and Santiago

    Five easy, inexpensive outings from Santiago, Chile, that let you sample continental delights...

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on November 20, 2007 at 3:21:38 PM EST
  • Off-Season Europe's Best Values

    In Vienna, Amsterdam, and Lisbon low-season is high season...

    Posted by Susan MacCallum-Whitcomb on November 14, 2007 at 11:59:54 PM EST Tagged: Budget Travel