AP Style

AP style travel and vacation terms

Summer is just over a month away, which makes it the perfect time to get caught up on these AP style travel and vacation terms.

travel, traveled, traveling, traveler

Amtrak May be used in all references to the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

  • Do not use AMTRAK.

hotel Capitalize as part of a proper name. “The Ace Hotel was her favorite place to stay.”

  • Lowercase when standing alone or as an indefinite reference to a hotel in a chain. “He worked at a W hotel.”
  • The proper phrase is to “Check in to a hotel.”

Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway should be referred to as vacation rental websites, short-term lodging services or websites that list residences or rooms for shirt-term rental.

  • They should not be referenced as “home-sharing” or “room-sharing” sites.

sandcastle One word.

Transportation Security Administration Spelled out on first reference.

  • TSA Precheck TSA is acceptable on first reference in this usage, but should be spelled out later in the story.

Don’t forget AP’s rules about which cities stand alone in datelines, and remember that state names should always be spelled out in the body of your story.

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