Dan Gillmor's travel notes

Dan Gillmor is a road warrior ne plus ultra, making travellers like me look like punters. He's devoted this week's column to travel tips, and is soliciting your additional tips.

Conflicting forces are affecting the road warrior's existence. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath caused governments and the travel industry to add new layers of woe. But advances in communications have had a smoothing effect.

I've been on the road more than usual this year, due to a book project and various speaking invitations in addition to my regular job, so I can speak from experience. A colleague suggested I do just that, and this weekend — one of the summer-travel-season peaks — seemed like a good time. In no particular order, then, allow me to offer a few observations about travel in the early 21st century.