Reference Point

July 19, 2009|By June Sawyers | June Sawyers,Tribune Newspapers

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Power Travel:

How to Arrive With Your Dignity, Sanity, and Wallet Intact

Harper, $16.99

In the not-so-distant past, travel was supposed to be an adventure, an experience that people looked forward to with anticipation, not dread. Alas, times change. Today travel is something to be endured, not savored. Scott McCartney, though, believes there is no reason it should be that way. "There are ways to improve travel," he says, " ... to minimize the chances that travel will be disrupted ... to reduce the stress of travel." Ever the contrarian, McCartney even goes so far as to suggest that there are ways to enjoy travel. He calls it "power travel," and as its name suggests, it is a way to regain some control.

Among other topics, he discusses how travelers can minimize late flights, missed connections, lost baggage and long lines as well as how to find the best low fares and engage in power upgrades and power boarding. His book is full of invaluable tips, including various ways to improve your baggage's chances of not getting lost. He suggests, for example, that the best way to make your luggage stand out from the crowd is to mark it distinctly by using tape and applying it directly onto the bag.

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