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Posts by Melanie Lieberman

How Much Should You Tip Your Bellman?
Whether you're traveling around the United States or somewhere across the pond, you're likely to encounter a helpful bellman during your hotel stay. No matt... Read More
Why Do Airplanes Dim Lights on Takeoff?
Lowering cabin lights and raising window shades are standard safety measures during takeoff and landing—the most critical moments of every flight. But ... Read More
What Should I Look for in a Sunscreen?
Whether you’re heading on a mid-winter escape or a summer beach weekend, there’s one thing you can’t leave home without: sunscreen. We talked to Dr. Doris D... Read More
Over-The-Top Omnia Nightclub Comes to The Strip This Spring
Following on the heels of the world’s swankiest Ferris wheel and a series of other extravagant Las Vegas debuts is Omnia Nightclub, Hakkasan Group’s glitzy ... Read More
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) is America's Healthiest Airport
Travel plans in the near future don’t need to undo your newly minted resolutions, thanks to surge in healthful food offerings at airports across the country... Read More
The Real Deal with Amazon Travel
If you’ve heard the rumors about Amazon’s new travel site, you’re not alone. Buzz is big surrounding the e-commerce company’s aggressive appeals to hotels a... Read More
Be Thankful! This Bar Saves Lives
This month, while we all give thanks for our full plates and second-helpings, the philanthropic granola bar, This Bar Saves Lives, is partnering with Ojai V... Read More
Book a Seat on the Pan Am Stage
If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast in your life, tickets to an authentic, first-class meal service in a perfect repl... Read More
JetBlue’s New Hue: Adds Bag Fees, Cuts Leg Room
The rumors are true: JetBlue—long hailed as the airline holdout for ancillary fees—is adding a highly controversial checked bag fee and taking back some of ... Read More
John Oliver’s Britishisms Give Cookie Monster an Identity Crisis
Since 1776, the war between British and American English has given rise to such battles as lorry versus truck, knackered versus tired, and loo versus toilet... Read More
TripAdvisor Debuts Personalized Search Results with Just For You
With the debut of its new Just For You feature, TripAdvisor is poised to become a leader in personalized—perhaps one day direct—travel booking.  “... Read More
Plans for Family Booths and Couple Pods on Thomson Airways
When I traveled with my parents as a child, it wasn’t uncommon for us to be in entirely separate cabins—let alone sit together in a row. If, however, you’r... Read More
Book A Hotel Directly on Yelp With Help From Hipmunk
Think twice before visiting your stalwart trip-review site or go-to OTA for recommendations or an online booking: there’s a new—but familiar—player ready ... Read More
Eiffel Tower Debuts Daring New Attraction
Paris's Iron Lady is celebrating her 125th birthday with a modern, $38.4 million facelift. She’s come a long way since her debut as a temporary attraction... Read More
Relais & Châteaux Celebrates 60 Years with Month of Feasts
It was a luxe, upscale estate in the Rhône Valley that started it all: a passion for exceptional service, cuisine, and hospitality that came to define Rel... Read More
Marriott and Maria Shriver Remind Guests to Tip Hotel Attendants
What do Maria Shriver and Marriott Hotelshave in common? As of this month, it’s a shared interest in helping housekeepers earn their expected tips.  Ac... Read More
Ellis Island Hospital Opens Today for Tours
History buffs and fans of American Horror Story will love the chipped paint and cracked porcelain sinks, the stained tiles and rusting hospital beds in th... Read More
Aspen Art Museum Makes Dramatic Debut
If the Gucci and Prada storefronts weren't enough to dispel any impression of Aspen as a humble mountain town, the Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museumsh... Read More
Cute Animals Help Passengers Relax on British Airways
This month, nervous flyers and homesick cat and dog owners can tune into British Airways’ new, adorable, Paws & Relax channel. The stream of cat and ... Read More
Slow Motion Base Jumping Gives Birds-Eye Views
For the adventure traveler, extreme sports such as sky-diving, zip-lining, and base jumping may be the ultimate adrenaline kick. The thrill of hurtling th... Read More