What Are Your Favorite Noise-Canceling Headphones?

TPG reader Marcus tweeted me to ask about travel gear: @thepointsguy – “What are your favorite noise-canceling headphones for travel?” I think it’s important to have a great pair of headphones for air travel. It’s nice to be able to control your airplane environment, and even if you’re flying in first class, it can get loud. People…

7 Travel Wallets to Bring on Your Next Trip

The Points Guy himself brings along two wallets while traveling: a smaller one for everyday use that can hold an ID, a little cash and some of his favorite credit cards, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Platinum (both of which have no foreign transaction fees), and a larger wallet to hold extra credit cards and copies of travel documents in the event of…

Unclaimed Baggage Center: The Shop for Lost Luggage

When suitcases or carry-ons at US airports can’t be traced back to their owners, they might head off to another destination: the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann spoke with the center’s Brand Ambassador Brenda Cantrell to learn more – and find out how to prevent your bag from going there….

9 Tips to Save on Baggage Fees

Baggage fees can add up quickly — if you’re not careful, you can wind up with a big bill at check-in. Today, TPG Contributor Matthew Zuzolo looks at some tricks to take a load off your mind and save on extra baggage fees. 1. Get a credit card with related benefits. There are a few credit cards available that offer annual…

A First Timer’s Guide to Great American Backpacking Treks

Trekking through America’s vast wilderness provides a chance to strip down to basics, cast off distractions and reconnect with nature and ourselves. If planning your first backpacking trek seems intimidating, read on as TPG Contributor Liz Song of wilderness backpacking site Snowqueen & Scout highlights five trails that will challenge, empower and fill you with awe — and offers tips for feeling both prepared and safe along…

DUFL Makes Your Luggage Magically Appear at Your Destination

No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether. For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose…

6 Things I Already Hate About the Apple Watch

Just got confirmation that my shiny new Apple Watch has arrived in New York, but since I’m on my way to Cuba—follow my trip on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—I’m paying attention to the early reactions from its first users from the last day or so. While I am looking forward to experiencing its wearable functionality, there…

4 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Apple Watch

Today’s the day—Apple Watch is here! But only if you pre-ordered it, like I did: my $699 model, the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle, is supposed to come sometime between today and May 8. Some people say “the Apple Watch is the same thing as the iPhone,” but it’s actually more. I’ll be doing a full review later, but…

Selfie Sticks: Travel Tool or Tourist Nightmare?

Though Mashable recently declared 2015 “the year the selfie stick took over,” it’s official—we here at TPG aren’t the only people in the world who find selfie sticks annoying. For fear of poking someone’s eye out, ruining priceless artwork, or inciting violence in crowded areas, these extendable boom arms designed to hold your smartphone camera way out in front…

Best Travel Bookshops in the U.S.

Even though e-readers and tablets are becoming increasingly common, brick-and-mortar bookstores (and paper-page books, for that matter) aren’t quite yet a thing of the past. Excellent independent bookstores are not only still open for business in cities and communities throughout the country, some even specialize—and thrive—in the travel niche. TPG Contributor Jessica Spiegel shares some of the best travel-focused bookstores in America that serve…