Travel Guide 2014

When flying, is speed all that matters?

(Jing Zhang / FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

  • When flying, is speed all that matters?

    When flying, is speed all that matters?

    Our flier makes the best time, but not without some claustrophobia.

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  • On the train, you gain space but may lose time

    On the train, you gain space but may lose time

    Relax and watch the Virginia and North Carolina landscape chug by.

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  • Driven to drive to Raleigh, N.C.

    Driven to drive to Raleigh, N.C.

    Trying to get to Raleigh? The only way to go, the author says, is down the highway, in your own car.

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Where to eat before you fly

There are many new options for pre-flight snacks at Washington’s three area airports.

How-to guide on claiming your tax refund

Is applying for a VAT refund worth the hassle? Yes! And with the right tools, it’s easy money back in your pocket.

Routes cut and added at Reagan National Airport

American Airlines and US Airways eliminated some routes as part of their merger.

Using your electronics abroad

Streamline your travel accessories with dual-voltage gadgets and a multi-outlet adapter.

For urgent travel, low fares are available

A comparison of last-minute fares through an old-school practice and new methods.

Info on Amtrak’s routes and deals

Other chug-chug adventures on the tracks.

Details on Dulles, BWI and Reagan National airports

What you need to know about the Washington area’s three airports.

How-to guide on the passport application process

Prices, addresses and forms — your pass to travel overseas.

Ride the bus from Washington to New York and beyond

The old-school transportation takes travelers on express routes and long hauls.

Travel Guide 2013

Atlanta, by the guidebook

(MARCO GORAN ROMANO)

  • Atlanta, by the guidebook

    Atlanta, by the guidebook

    With her nose buried in guidebooks instead of gadgets, the author makes her way around Atlanta.

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  • Putting travel apps to the test on a tour of Atlanta

    Putting travel apps to the test on a tour of Atlanta

    If guidebooks go extinct, can apps replace or improve on the travel advice business?

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  • The debate over electronic devices on planes

    The debate over electronic devices on planes

    Do we really have to power down our electronic devices to avoid affecting a plane’s navigation system?

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  • Get to know chip-and-PIN credit cards

    Get to know chip-and-PIN credit cards

    These cards are the norm in Europe, so travelers should take note.

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Travel Guide 2012

(Andrew Bannecker)

The beauty of layovers

The beauty of layovers

You can turn long waits between flights into an opportunity to explore places you might otherwise never see.

The worldwide Web

The worldwide Web

It’s getting easier to go online while you’re abroad, but before you connect, here’s some advice.

Travel insurance’s picayune nature

Travel insurance’s picayune nature

THE NAVIGATOR | Whether a claim is accepted or rejected can depend on the tiniest details. And that can leave customers out of luck.

(Andrew Bannecker)

An explosion of travel apps

Apps for smartphones and tablets are everywhere, but finding the good ones can be a journey in itself.