We all carry around a bag of travel secrets: insider tips gleaned from our adventures—and misadventures—on the road. These secrets are a gold mine: After all, experienced globetrotters know things like the best slip-off shoes for airport security, how to snag a hard-to-get restaurant reservation in an unfamiliar city, or where to buy one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
In 2007, we asked our savvy readers and users to open up their bag of tricks and let us in on their most treasured travel tip in our Travel Secrets Contest. And the response was fantastic. Each month, the T+L community submitted hundreds of secrets, like great snacks to bring on an airplane, the best lightweight clothing, and how to avoid travel mishaps.
We then chose the best secrets from those submissions, along with runner-ups. Each winner received a copy of the books "100 Greatest Trips" and "Best of 2007," along with a year’s membership in the Travel + Leisure Elite Traveler club.
So...what are the winning travel secrets of 2007?Read on to see them. And keep an eye out for more great contests in 2008!