Travel News and Deals – April 14, 2009 – Round the World Travel, Eating Snake and Couchsurfing!?

by brian on April 14, 2009

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Protests wipe smile from Thai tourism sector

Don’t do it again Thailand!!! Travel advisories have been issued by the US, British and Australian governments. The Thai just cannot decide on a government and you can’t take a chance getting stuck there right now. Luckily I wasn’t caught in it when I was there in November, but I was 4 days from having completely different blog posts. Tourists are NOT being targeted, but bullets, bricks and molotov cocktails don’t discriminate if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time…

$80,000 For A Year Off? She’ll Take It!

Law firm offers their associates money to take the year off. Win/Win situation. The law firm gets to keep the employee if/when the economy rebounds and only pay a third of salary. The associate wins by using said money to travel the world. I love it.

3 Million Cushions, A Million Guests

Couchsurfing is a huge phenomenon and one you should consider if you’re the adventurous type. I was more focused on hostels when I traveled but I would try this next time out.

6 Tips to Avoid Travel Insurance Scams

Got to have travel insurance when you travel abroad not only for sickness or injury, but reimbursement for delayed flights or missed flights. Here are some ways to make sure you get what you pay for.

6 of the Least Visited Ruins in the World

Outside of the tourist hotspots, these locations may provide just as special an experience, with smaller crowds, shorter lines and more room for picture taking.

Some Tips for Booking Travel On A Budget

Good ideas worth repeating and rereading.

The Ultimate (well, very cool) flexible travel date airfare chart

This article is a little older, but still relevant in showing what kind of options are available when you search for a flight online using a search engine like Travelocity, Kayak, Orbitz, etc.

Finding Jobs in Hostels

When you head out overseas and realize you don’t want to come back for a while, this may be your way to do it. Hostels are always looking for people to work for a short span of time and this article has some great links and resources when you’re looking for temp employment overseas.

8 Traditional Foods You Have To Try On The Road (but probably won’t try again)

I have had the injera, snake and insects from this list. I didn’t tell you about eating snake? I’ll fix that, I promise. Needless to say that my lifetime membership into the ‘Carnivore Club’ was stamped one delicious night in Cambodia….

From Twitchhiking to Un-Roadtrip: Meet 5 Outrageous Travelers

Where there is a will there is a way, and these travelers explemplify that. From traveling around the world with no money or Twittering your way around the world and depending on the kindness of strangers, your imagination is the only limit to the way you move about the planet.

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Mark Banks April 14, 2009 at 8:21 AM

yo B whats going on? Couchsurfing is from what I hear a really cool thing. I have been a member with the site for a couple months now and I go to many of the local CS events. I already have a host for Rome! If you got the time sign-up and shoot me an email.


brian April 14, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Actually I did sign up and have an account but never used it. Would be great for you to tell us about your experience Couchsurfing in Rome. I’ll see if I can track down the old account.


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