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Avital Andrews

Contributing Writer, Via

Avital Andrews has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. She was an editor at the L.A. Times and at Sierra magazine.

Featured Publications

Avital's articles have been among the 10 most popular on the L.A. Times, Pacific Standard, Outside, and Smarter Travel websites. Her work also appears in USA Today, Business Insider, The Week, and HuffPost, and has been featured by the New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, NPR, and MTV. Her travel guidebook is in its fourth edition, and she’s currently writing her first children’s book.


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How to Mail Holiday Gifts

Before you wrap and ship, check out these tips to help your packages arrive safely and on time.
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Protect Your Home When You're Away

Leaving town for a few days (or weeks)? Make sure your home is ready.
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7 Savvy Online Shopping Safety Tips

Strategies to keep your financial data safe during the holiday shopping season and beyond.
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How to Save Energy During the Holidays

Deck the halls and heat your home without a staggering bill.
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How to Stay Safe at Home During the Holidays

Before you decorate, prep your space to avoid common seasonal hazards.
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How to Avoid Air Travel Mishaps

Sidestep lost luggage, flight delays, and more with these tips.
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How to Save on Holiday Travel

Now’s the time to book.
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Camping Gear: Rent, Borrow, or Buy?

Get what you need for an epic trip without cluttering your home or spending a small fortune.
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How to Get More from Your Vacation Dollars

Four unexpected ways to save money on your next trip.
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The Best Quiet National Forests in the West

Find space to adventure on your own.
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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Make your space more enjoyable and safer in 2022.
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Is Your Fireplace Still Safe to Use?

Prevent home fires and other dangers with these precautions.
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How to Prevent Car Theft

And what to do if your vehicle is stolen.
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7 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Embrace the spirit of giving by volunteering, donating much needed items, and more.