Melanie Lieberman, The Points Guy

Melanie Lieberman

The Points Guy

New York, United States

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Recent articles by Melanie:

A love letter to New York City

When you come to New York for the first time, you may not know exactly what to expect. But if you keep an open heart, you will see the city I love, the city I fall in love with every morning. → Read More

The City That Never Sleeps is wide awake: What to know if you plan to visit New York right now

Headed to New York City? Here's what you need to know as the city continues with its reopening plan. → Read More

Making up for lost time: 2021 is gearing up to be an epic year for travel

Planning a vacation after a pandemic, it turns out, might be a bit like your first night out after a bad break-up. You know you'll never get that time back, you're angry and stressed, and in bad need of a release. Maybe, you're tired of moping around, and just want to get back at whoever wronged you by having: the best time ever. → Read More

You're not crazy: Loss of travel causing people to feel stress and anxiety

A world without travel is depressing. With so many travelers still grounded, and border restrictions keeping people all over the world confined to increasingly narrow spheres, it’s no surprise that people everywhere are feeling unmoored, stifled and — in many cases — downright unhappy. I can’t remember the last time I was stuck in the … → Read More

6 reasons hardcore cruisers can't stop cruising

Cruise travel can be addictive and some hardcore fans share six reasons why. → Read More

Travelers are booking stays for a month or more — here's why

With so much uncertainty clouding the remainder of 2020 and even 2021, it's really no surprise that people are packing up their kids and pets, filling up the SUV and heading to the nearest luxury resort or vacation rental for lengthy, extended stays. → Read More

Traveling during a pandemic: Why it may be more important than ever to put yourself first

In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, being selfish about travel may be the only way forward. But is it possible to put yourself first while prioritizing the health and safety of your community — and the world? It's a delicate balancing act, but it is possible. → Read More

You could be required to make a reservation before visiting a national park this summer

Some national parks are now requiring reservations. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

Why being booked on a group tour can help — and hurt — during a crisis

In the days and weeks following the initial travel shutdowns and border lockdowns spurred by the novel coronavirus, many travelers found themselves in the same situation: With future trips, and money, on the line. → Read More

7 of the best glamping spots in the US

Want to go camping without all the ... hassles of camping? Here are the top spots to go glamping in the U.S. → Read More

TPG's safe travel guide: How to minimize risk on your summer vacation

Editor’s note: Travelers need to remember that even though experts can generally assess how risky a situation may be, this is all circumstantial. If a destination is incredibly crowded, it could be much riskier. So, always consult with your doctor and carefully evaluate every situation before deciding where and how to travel this summer. Around the … → Read More

11 mistakes travelers make on their first camping trip

Whether you're planning your first overnight at a nearby state park or mapping out a multiweek journey on one of the nation's famous thru-hikes, learn from these common mistakes so your summer camping trips are as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. → Read More

5 reasons your Global Entry can be revoked

“Global Entry members are low-risk international travelers who have met all of the eligibility requirements for membership,” a spokesperson from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) told The Points Guy. “If at any time they no longer meet the eligibility requirements, their membership will be revoked.” → Read More

The hardest reservation to book in Vegas right now might be the buffet

Despite it being a blisteringly hot June day in Nevada, with no conventions, conferences or major events to speak of, one of the hardest reservations to book in town might well be a seat at the newly reopened buffet. It's just the latest example of how vacationers this summer should expect to plan their fun far in advance. → Read More

Urban Cowboy Lodge: This new hotel is worth a trip to the Catskills just for the bathtub

Solitude is there if you want it, but when everyone is gathered around a roaring fire, nibbling on charcuterie plates and guessing at the name for an obscure reggae track, it's impossible not to feel a kinship with your fellow travelers. → Read More

Nearly a third of the country is ready to travel this summer

Nearly a third (31%) of Americans said they would consider leaving home for a vacation between now and the end of summer. Here is how they plan on doing it. → Read More

Canada to keep its border closed until late June — here’s what you need to know

When will Canada reopen, and what will travel look like when it does? Here's everything we know so far. → Read More

Will you need a coronavirus test to fly? Everything we know right now

As travel begins to slowly resume across the globe, it's abundantly clear that preparing for a trip abroad will be much more complicated than simply checking your passport's validity and packing enough clean socks. → Read More

Iceland prepares to welcome back international travelers by mid-June

Iceland will welcome international travelers back "no later than June 15," Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir said during a Tuesday press conference. → Read More

16 of the most remote hotels on Earth

We scoured the planet looking for intimate properties surrounded by spectacular landscapes, not by big cities or, well, other people. Most of these properties are admittedly in hard-to-reach corners of the globe and may require multipart journeys before you can drop your bags and unwind. But that's part of the allure. → Read More