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Our travel experts answer your questions every Tuesday in a live chat. Here are past transcripts.

By , Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009, 12:52 PM

Trip Coach: January 13, 2009
Wendy Yanagihara, author of Lonely Planet Costa Rica, answered your questions on Costa Rica.

Trip Coach: January 6, 2009
Sean O'Neill, senior editor at BudgetTravel.com, answered your questions on Washington, D.C.

Trip Coach: December 16, 2008
Adam Karlin, the author of Lonely Planet Miami & the Keys and co-author of Lonely Planet Florida, answered your questions about Florida vacations.

Trip Coach: December 9, 2008
Jeanne Oliver, the author of Lonely Planet Croatia and editor at croatiatraveller.com, answered your questions.

Trip Coach: December 2, 2008
Alex Robinson, who's written extensively on Portugal and Lisbon for DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, answered your questions.

Trip Coach: November 25, 2008
Sheila Beal, editor of GoVisitHawaii.com, answered your questions on Hawaii.

Trip Coach: November 18, 2008
Chris Rowthorn, a Lonely Planet author and a private tour leader in Kyoto, answered your questions about Japan.

Trip Coach: November 11, 2008
Stephen Keeling, author of the first-edition Rough Guide to Puerto Rico, answered your questions about Puerto Rico.

Trip Coach: November 4, 2008
Eric Wechter, editor of the Fodor's guidebook to Boston, answered your questions about the city.

Trip Coach: October 28, 2008
Gregory Witt, author of Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel, answered your questions on adventure travel.

Trip Coach: October 21, 2008
Alexis Kelly, editor of the Fodor's guidebook to Tahiti and Polynesia, answered your questions about earthly paradise.

Trip Coach: October 14, 2008
Joanna Goddard, whose house-swapping experience has included stays in other people's homes in L.A., Paris, and Switzerland, answered your questions.

Trip Coach: October 7, 2008
Greg Benchwick, author of Lonely Planet: Cancùn, Cozumel & The Yucatán, answered your questions on trips to these Mexican destinations.

Trip Coach: September 30, 2008
Tracy York, general manager of Lake Austin Spa Resort, answered your questions about spa vacations, trends in treatments, and what happens behind the scenes at spas.

Trip Coach: September 23, 2008
Conner Gorry, author of Lonely Planet: Hawaii The Big Island, answered your questions about the Big Island.

Trip Coach: September 16, 2008
John Rambow, an editor and updater for Fodor's India, answered your questions about India's most famous destinations and offers advice for first-time visitors.

Trip Coach: September 9, 2008
Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.com, answered your questions about the latest in cruise ships and booking strategies.

Trip Coach: August 26, 2008
Girlfriend Getaways editors answered your travel questions.

Trip Coach: August 19, 2008
Sara Benson, author of Lonely Planet Las Vegas, answered your questions about trips to Sin City.

Trip Coach: August 12, 2008
Roadfood experts Jane and Michael Stern answered your questions about roadside dining.

Trip Coach: August 5, 2008
Joshua Berman, freelance writer, trip leader, and co-author of Moon Handbooks Nicaragua, answered your questions on Nicaragua.

Trip Coach: July 29, 2008
Girlfriend Getaways editors answered your travel questions.

Trip Coach: July 15, 2008
Robert Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, answered your questions about theme parks.

Trip Coach: July 8, 2008
Karla Zimmerman, the main author of Lonely Planet Chicago (2008), answered your questions on Chicago.

Trip Coach: July 1, 2008
Jeff Dickey, author of The Rough Guide to Seattle, answered your questions about Seattle.

Trip Coach: June 24, 2008
Rick Garman, author of Moon Handbooks Las Vegas and head writer for Vegas4Visitors.com, answered your questions on Las Vegas.

Trip Coach: June 17, 2008
Alexander Lobrano, author of Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants, answered your questions about dining in Paris.

Trip Coach: June 10, 2008
Ericka Chickowski, author of Moon Handbooks San Diego, answered your questions about vacations in San Diego.

Trip Coach: June 3, 2008
Margaret Lyons, editor-in-chief of city info site Chicagoist, answered your questions about the Windy City.

Trip Coach: May 27, 2008
Girlfriend Getaways editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: May 20, 2008
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: May 13, 2008
Clotilde Dusoulier, author of Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris and Chocolate and Zucchini, answered your questions on Paris and food.

Trip Coach: May 6, 2008
Anto Howard, co-author of Fodor's Ireland 2009, answered your questions about Ireland.

Trip Coach: April 29, 2008
Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of CruiseCritic.com, answered your questions about the latest in cruise ships and booking strategies.

Trip Coach: April 22, 2008
Brian Patton, co-author of the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide, answered your questions on visiting the Canadian Rockies.

Trip Coach: April 15, 2008
Michael Luongo, author of Frommer's Buenos Aires, answered your questions on Buenos Aires.

Trip Coach: April 8, 2008
Kurt Repanshek, author of National Parks With Kids, answered your questions about vacations in the National Parks with (and without) children.

Trip Coach: April 1, 2008
Jeff Dickey, co-author of The Rough Guide to Washington, D.C., answered your questions about Washington, D.C.

Trip Coach: March 25, 2008
Nick Edwards, co-author of The Rough Guide to the USA, answered your questions about San Francisco and Northern California.

Trip Coach: March 18, 2008
Gayle Forman, who wrote our March feature story on Nova Scotia and who is the author of You Can't Get There From Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World, answered your questions on Nova Scotia.

Trip Coach: March 11, 2008
Tim Leffel, co-author of Traveler's Tool Kit: Mexico and Central America, answered your questions on Mexico and Central America.

Trip Coach: March 4, 2008
Anne Hanley, author of Time Out Rome, winner of our guidebook smackdown for Rome, answered your questions on Rome.

Trip Coach: February 26, 2008
Maria Burwell, editor of Fodor's New York City 2009, answered your questions on the Big Apple.

Trip Coach: February 19, 2008
Robert Reid, from ReidOnTravel.com (the online free guidebook to Vietnam), answered your questions on Vietnam.

Trip Coach: February 12, 2008
Jennifer Paull, editor of Compass American Guides: California Wine Country, 5th edition, answered your questions on California wine country.

Trip Coach: February 5, 2008
Amy Langfield of NewYorkology.com, a blog about NYC activities and event-listings, answered your questions on New York City.

Trip Coach: January 29, 200
Peter Potterfield, author of Classic Hikes of the World, answered your questions on hiking.

Trip Coach: January 22, 2008
Andrew Hempstead, author of Moon Handbooks New Zealand, answered your questions on New Zealand.

Trip Coach: January 15, 2008
Ross Wehner, co-author of Moon Handbooks Peru, answered your questions on Peru.

Trip Coach: January 8, 2008
David Baird, co-author of Frommer's Mexico 2008, answered your questions about planning a trip to Mexico's colonial cities and off-the-beaten path locations in southern Mexico and the Yucatán.

Trip Coach: December 18, 2007
Maliha Masood, who wrote the travelogue Zaatar Days, Henna Nights and runs the zaatardays.com community, answered your questions on the Middle East, including advice for female travelers.

Trip Coach: December 11, 2007
Zora O'Neill, co-author of The Rough Guide to the Yucatán and owner of RovingGastronome.com, answered your questions on Yucatán.

Trip Coach: December 4, 2007
Tony Pierce, editor of LAist.com (a blog covering local news, events, food, and entertainment), answered your questions on Los Angeles.

Trip Coach: November 27, 2007
Mary Waring of mousesavers.com answered your questions on Disney vacations in Orlando and Anaheim.

Trip Coach: November 20, 2007
Nikki Goth Itoi, co-author of Moon Handbooks Cabo and Moon Handbooks Baja, answered your questions on these Mexican destinations.

Trip Coach: November 13, 2007
Richard Havers and Chris Tiffney, co-authors of Airline Confidential: Lifting the Lid on the Airline Industry, answered your questions about what goes on behind the scenes on airplanes.

Trip Coach: November 6, 2007
Al Argueta, author of Moon Handbooks Guatemala, answered your questions on Guatemala.

Trip Coach: October 30, 2007
Sheila Beal, editor of GoVisitHawaii.com, answered your questions on Hawaii.

Trip Coach: October 23, 2007
Sandra Gustafson, author of Great Sleeps Paris and Great Eats Paris, answered your questions on Paris.

Trip Coach: October 16, 2007
Joshua Berman, freelance writer, trip leader, and co-author of Moon Handbooks Nicaragua, answered your questions on Nicaragua.

Trip Coach: October 9, 2007
Sean McLachlan, author of Moon Handbooks London, answered your questions on London.

Trip Coach: October 2, 2007
Joseph Rosendo, consulting editor on Where to Go When: The Best Destinations All Year Round and host of the PBS show Travelscope, answered your questions on Germany for the holidays.

Trip Coach: September 25, 2007
Bob Sehlinger, author of The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas, answered your questions on Sin City.

Trip Coach: September 18, 2007
Charlie Suisman, editor of ManhattanUsersGuide.com, answered your questions on New York City.

Trip Coach: September 11, 2007
Peter E. Tarlow, a travel safety expert and president of the Tourism & More consulting company, answered your questions on airport security and general travel safety.

Trip Coach: August 28, 2007
Doug Kirby and Ken Smith, editors of the website RoadsideAmerica.com, answered your questions on roadside attractions.

Trip Coach: August 21, 2007
AnneLise Sorensen, writer for Rough Guides: Belize, answered your questions on Belize.

Trip Coach: August 14, 2007
Roadfood experts Jane and Michael Stern of roadfood.com, answered your questions on roadside dining.

Trip Coach: August 7, 2007
Robert Fisher, editor of Fodor's Vienna to Salzburg, answered your questions on Austria.

Trip Coach: July 31, 2007
Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die, answered your questions on North America.

Trip Coach: July 24, 2007
Beth Whitman, author of Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo, answered your questions on solo travel.

Trip Coach: July 17, 2007
Christopher Winner, editor of The American magazine in Rome, answered your questions on planning a trip to Italy.

Trip Coach: July 10, 2007
Liliane Opsomer and Bob Sehlinger, co-authors of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, answered your questions on Orlando vacations.

Trip Coach: June 26, 2007
Wayne Bernhardson, author of the guidebook Moon Handbooks Chile (Including Easter Island), answered your questions on Chile.

Trip Coach: June 19, 2007
AnneLise Sorensen, author of DK Top Ten: Barcelona, answered your questions on Barcelona and Catalonia.

Trip Coach: June 12, 2007
Mark Smith, editor of England-based website Seat61.com, answered your questions on booking inter-city rail travel in Europe.

Trip Coach: June 5, 2007
Clotilde Dusoulier, author of the new book Chocolate and Zucchini, answered your questions about Paris and food.

Trip Coach: May 22, 2007
Kurt Repanshek, author of Frommer's National Parks with Kids, answered your questions about vacations in the National Parks.

Trip Coach: May 8, 2007
Lisa Ann Schreier, author of Surviving A Timeshare Presentation, answered your questions about timeshares.

Trip Coach: May 1, 2007
Eleni Gage, author of North of Ithaka, answered your questions about planning a trip to the Greek Isles.

Trip Coach: April 24, 2007
Sally Farhat Kassab, editor of Best Places Northwest, answered your questions on planning a trip to Seattle and Vancouver.

Trip Coach: April 10, 2007
Christopher Winner, editor of Rome-based website TheAmericanMag.com, answered your questions on planning a trip to Italy.

Trip Coach: April 3, 2007
Mark Pearson, editor of the anthology Spain From a Backpack, answered your questions about backpacking in Europe.

Trip Coach: March 27, 2007
Matthew Bennett, editor of FirstClassFlyer.com, answered your questions about airline upgrades.

Trip Coach: March 20, 2007
Avital Binshtock, author of the guidebook Napa & Sonoma Day by Day, answered your questions about California wine country.

Trip Coach: March 13, 2007
David LaHuta, Assistant Editor of Budget Travel, answered your questions about family camps.

Trip Coach: March 6, 2007
Budget Travel editors answered your general travel questions.

Trip Coach: February 27, 2007
Train expert Fred W. Frailey, who has ridden every scenic route in the U.S. and Canada, answered your questions about train travel.

Trip Coach: February 20, 2007
Suzanne Van Atten, author of Moon Puerto Rico, answered your questions about Puerto Rico.

Trip Coach: February 13, 2007
Luisa Frey Gaynor, family cruise editor for CruiseMates.com, answered your questions about family cruises.

Trip Coach: February 6, 2007
Paris Permenter & John Bigley, editors of Lovetripper.com, answered your questions about romantic getaways.

Trip Coach: January 30, 2007
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: January 23, 2007
Susanna Henighan, author of Moon Virgin Islands, answered your questions about the Virgin Islands.

Trip Coach: January 16, 2007
Diane Mehta, former editor of Fodor's India, answered your questions about India.

Trip Coach: January 9, 2007
Christine Karpinski, author of How To Rent Vacation Properties By Owner, answered your questions about vacation rentals.

Trip Coach: December 19, 2006
Ana Chavier Caamano, author of the new guidebook Moon Dominican Republic, answered your questions about the Dominican Republic.

Trip Coach: December 12, 2006
Tony Reeves, author of The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations, answered your questions about movie locations and how to visit them.

Trip Coach: December 5, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: November 28, 2006
Pamela Keech, author of The Curious Shopper's Guide to New York City, answered your questions about NYC shopping.

Trip Coach: November 21, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: November 14, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: November 7, 2006
Writer Ian Mount answered your questions about Buenos Aires.

Trip Coach: October 31, 2006
Nicola Corrigan, Cheapflights.com's "deal hunter," answered your questions about booking holiday airfares.

Trip Coach: October 24, 2006
Rob Hodel from Tico Travel answered your questions about Costa Rica.

Trip Coach: October 17, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: October 10, 2006
Ken Grunski, CEO of Telestial, answered your questions about using cellphones overseas.

Trip Coach: October 3, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: September 26, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: September 19, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: September 5, 2006
Roadfood experts Jane and Michael Stern answered your questions about roadside dining.

Trip Coach: August 29, 2006
Jennifer McKendree from Youth For Understanding (YFU) answered your questions about studying abroad.

Trip Coach: August 22, 2006
John Bigley and Paris Permenter, authors of The Destination Wedding Workbook, answered your questions about destination weddings.

Trip Coach: August 15, 2006
Christine Brown from AAA answered your questions about road trips and summer car travel.

Trip Coach: August 8, 2006
Lonely Planet guidebook writer Chris Rowthorn answered your questions about Japan.

Trip Coach: August 1, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: July 25, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: July 18, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions about travel.

Trip Coach: July 11, 2006
Dan Washburn, founding editor of the blog Shanghaiist.com, answered your questions about China.

Trip Coach: June 27, 2006
Kenneth Hieber, president of 2Afrika.com, answered your questions about booking an African safari.

Trip Coach: June 20, 2006
Christi Day from STA Travel answered your questions about Student Summer Travel.

Trip Coach: June 13, 2006
Pam Grout answered your questions about girlfriend getaways.

Trip Coach: June 6, 2006
Tim Leffel, author of The World's Cheapest Destinations, answered your travel questions.

Trip Coach: May 23, 2006
Lynne Walker McNees, President of the International SPA Association, answered your questions on spa vacations.

Trip Coach: May 16, 2006
Holly Morris, co-founder of "Adventure Divas, Inc.," answered your questions on Adventure Travel.

Trip Coach: May 9, 2006
Peter Laufer and Sheila Swan, authors of Safety and Security for Women Who Travel, answered your questions on Travel Safety.

Trip Coach: May 2, 2006
Richard Coon, president of RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association), answered your RV-related questions.

Trip Coach: April 25, 2006
Andrew Doughty, author of Maui Revealed, answered your Maui-related questions.

Trip Coach: April 18, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: April 11, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: April 4, 2006
Cruisestar.com travel expert Pat Webb answered your questions on cruising.

Trip Coach: March 28, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: March 21, 2006
Hugo Burge from Cheapflights.com answered your travel questions.

Trip Coach: March 14, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: March 7, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: Feb. 28, 2006
Susan Stellin answered your questions about planning and booking travel.

Trip Coach: Feb. 21, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: Feb. 14, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: Feb. 7, 2006
Budget Travel Editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: Jan. 31, 2006
Tim O'Keefe answered your questions on Caribbean vacations.

Trip Coach: Jan. 24, 2006
Paris Permenter answered your questions on romantic getaways.

Trip Coach: Jan. 17, 2006
Douglas Ward answered your questions on cruising.

Trip Coach: Jan. 10, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: Jan. 3, 2006
Budget Travel editors answered your questions.

Trip Coach: Dec. 20, 2005
George Hobica of airfarewatchdog.com answered your airfare questions.

Trip Coach: Dec. 13, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: Dec. 7 2005
Candyce Stapen answered your questions on family travel.

Trip Coach: Nov. 29, 2005
Joan Tapper answered your questions on the Caribbean.

Trip Coach: Nov. 22, 2005
Hugo Burge of Cheapflights.com answered your travel questions.

Trip Coach: Nov. 15, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: Nov. 8, 2005
Clarisse Douaud answered your questions on Buenos Aires.

Trip Coach: Nov. 1, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: Oct. 25, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: Oct. 18, 2005
Writer Josh Dean answers your questions on traveling to South Africa.

Trip Coach: October 11, 2005
Margie Rynn answers your questions on traveling to France.

Trip Coach: October 4, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: September 27, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: September 20, 2005
"Disney Dweebs" David Koening and Jim Hill answer your Disney questions.

Trip Coach: September 13, 2005
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher answers your questions on Ireland.

Trip Coach: September 6, 2005
Hugo Burge from Cheapflights.com answers your questions.

Trip Coach: August 23, 2005
George Hobica answers your questions on airfare.

Trip Coach: August 16, 2005
Benjamin Sutherland answered your questions about Paris.

Trip Coach: August 9, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: August 2, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: July 26, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: July 19, 2005
Reid Bramblett, who wrote "Secret Hotels of Tuscany" in the July/August issue, answered your questions on Italy.

Trip Coach: July 12, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: July 5, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: June 28, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: June 21, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: June 15, 2005
Budget Travel editors answer your questions.

Trip Coach: April 12, 2005
Writer Lim Li Min answered your travel questions on Singapore.

Trip Coach: April 5, 2005
Writer Pip Farquharson answered your travel questions on Amsterdam.

Trip Coach: March 29, 2005
Writer Gayle Forman answered your travel questions about traveling around the world.

Trip Coach: March 15, 2005
David LaHuta answered your questions about family camps.

Trip Coach: March 8, 2005
Budget Travel Editors answered your travel questions.

Trip Coach: March 1, 2005
Budget Travel Associate Editor Laurie Kuntz answered your questions about the best package vacations.

Trip Coach: January 11, 2005
Pauline Frommer answered your questions about planning an inexpensive, hassle free vacation.

Trip Coach: October 26, 2004
Writer Brad Tuttle answered your questions about ski vacations.

Trip Coach: October 19, 2004
Writer Matthew Link answered your questions on the Hawaiian islands.

Trip Coach: October 5, 2004
Writer Jason Cochran answered your questions about French Polynesia.

Trip Coach: September 7, 2004
Writer Ron Gluckman answered your questions on traveling to China and Hong Kong.

Trip Coach: August 31, 2004
Writer Matthew Link answered your questions on traveling to Southeast Asia.

Trip Coach: August 24, 2004
Reid Bramblett answered your questions on traveling to Italy.

Trip Coach: August 10, 2004
Writer Joan Heilman answered your questions on senior discounts.

Trip Coach: July 13, 2004
Bob Sehlinger answered your questions on Las Vegas and Orlando.

Trip Coach: July 06, 2004
Reid Bramblett and Jason Cochran answered your questions about traveling to Thailand.

Trip Coach: June 29, 2004
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher answered your questions about Ireland.

Trip Coach: June 22, 2004
Margie Rynn answered your questions about France.

Trip Coach: June 20, 2004
Cruise Critic editor Carolyn Spencer Brown answered your questions on cruising.

Trip Coach: June 08, 2004
Reid Bramblett answered your questions about vacationing in Europe.

Trip Coach: June 1, 2004
Hilary Nangle answered your questions about vacationing in Maine.

Trip Coach: March 16, 2004
Sharron Wood answered your questions on vacationing in San Francisco.

Trip Coach: February 10, 2004
Mike McCready answered your questions about traveling to Spain.

Trip Coach: January 27, 2004
Malia Boyd answered your questions about New Orleans.