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Wendy Perrin's Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know Paperback – December 30, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

Wendy Perrin has heard almost every travel-related complaint and suffered a few herself. Drawing on her experience as a columnist for Conde Nast Traveler and as a traveler, she has compiled information on how to plan for a good trip-and how to rectify a bad one in Wendy Perrin's Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know: Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's Complete Guide. Aside from solid information about airfares, luggage, hotel security and finding a good travel agent, readers will also feel comforted after reading the complaints from Conde Nast readers-no matter how bad you've had it, someone else has had it worse.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

Consumer travel expert Perrin provides a fine guide to travel savvy, with chapters covering everything from airlines to car rentals and lodging tips. Insider views and advice are aimed at those with some travel experience who want to know how the industry works and where the best deals are to be found, how to avoid getting bumped from flights, and other details on safe, efficient travel. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.; 1st edition (December 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679033513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679033516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thought I was a highly astute traveler; I'd read other guides before. Not until I read this marvelous tome did I realize how inept I was at negotiating through travel's often treacherous waters. I've been using many of these tips on recent trips and... lo and behold... now things go so much more smoothly! I've even gotten refunds from travel disasters which I didn't know were available before.
I was visiting Broadway in NYC recently and, it turns out, this book has been turned into a Broadway show (of the same name)! The show is every bit as funny as the book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although Wendy Perrin's book was very well-written and enjoyful to read (a lot of outrageous stories), the information and suggestions given are common sense to most, notably seasoned travelers. However, it does help to refresh your memory so you'll be on your toes before another exhausting business trip. In all, the book was not a waste of my money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas W Johnson on June 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
I travel a lot and know a lot about it. In her book I did learn a couple of things I did not know. I disagreed with a couple of things that were not really important. The book is a little dated and doesn't take into account the baggage searches we face since 9-11, or the fact that most Travel Agents no longer receive airline commissions. When I receive Conde Nast Traveler the first thing I do is read the Ombudsman section. Reading this was like having many years of the Ombudsman at once. I liked that.
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By A Coastal Reader on March 5, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wendy Perrin is my favorite travel writer, and I place a lot of trust in her recommendations.

Having said that, I think this book was a waste of money even thought I bought it second hand for a very favorable price. Too much has changed since it was published. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is I think the ten rules on getting what you want when there is a problem traveling is worthwhile.

I'd be interested in a similar book updated for current conditions.
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