Travel News and Deals – April 21, 2009 – Hostels, Hostels, Bed Bugs, Frequent Flyer Miles and oh yeah Hostels

by brian on April 21, 2009

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In Europe, Hostels Grow Up
Had to address this since loyal readers TJ, Karen and Jen all forwarded it to me because they thought of me. When you think of hostels, you think of me. I like that!
The article goes into different hostels throughout Europe. They detailed the hostel I stayed at in Rome, The Yellow. Really good article, lots of descriptions. The author went with her two teenage daughters and seems like everyone enjoyed themselves, Mom too.
I’ll add that this is not just in Europe. I’ll still say Lubd in Bangkok was the best hostel I stayed in, Thai political turmoil aside…

Top Nine Outrageous Airline Fees and Extreme Flying Charges

There is not anything you can do about them but be aware that they are there. Always remember the price you book online may not include the ‘taxes and fees’ mentioned in the article. That is how they suck you in, pretty much a bait and switch tactic! is an airline ticket search engine that include flights to/from Europe, America and the Caribbean that includes smaller, LOW COST airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet. The big search engines like Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz only have the major airlines (American, British Airways, Lufthansa) which tend to have correspondingly bigger prices.

Bed Bugs Bites: National Bed Bug Summitt to Combat Creepy Crawlers
Ewww! Read this article and look for the signs for bed bugs. The more the world is interconnected and travel is more affordable and easier, the easier it is to end up with unwanted blood sucking guests in your bed.

Top 10 Boutique Hostels in Eastern Europe
Combined with the NYTimes article above, this has been a good week for hostels. You have got to try it at least once. Like I said, get a single with the en-suite bathroom to get started. You’ll be still be saving compared to hotels…and have more fun and interaction in the process.

Tourists Have To Try To Combat the ‘Ugly American’

Ah yes the ‘Ugly American’. But there is the ugly French, the ugly Brit, the ugly *you fill in the nationality*. Good ideas on how to behave wherever you are from, wherever you happen to be.
Haven’t used this myself, but Learn10 gives you new words in a foreign language on a daily basis to help you comprehend and retain. Repetition is ONE key to learning. If any of you happen to use it, let us know how it goes for you.

Find Free and Budget Activities in Expensive Japan
Cheapskate Confessions: Japan on a Budget
Wish I had some of these ideas when I was in Tokyo. Trust me, every city has free to inexpensive things to do that you will be able to enjoy and share with family and friends later on. I reposted a link I have mentioned before.

10 Ways to Save With Frequent Flyer Programs
The frequent flyer miles are harder or easier to redeem, depending on who you talk to and which airline you are talking about. Investigate and use in your own particular situation.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous April 21, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Have you ever seen bedbugs in any of the hostels that you stayed in?


brian April 21, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Fortunately for me, no. Once, I had what I thought were unchanged sheets, so much so that I had them change the sheets again. Most times hostels will give YOU the fresh linens and you put them on the bed yourself. Then you can see that the linens were freshly laundered before you sleep on them. But bed bugs are NOT relegated to hostels. You’ll see name recognized hotel chains with serious infestations.

Way to avoid all of that, get a sleep sack. Thinner than a sleeping bag, it’s an extra layer in case it is cold and shields you from whatever is on the sheets.


Debbie April 23, 2009 at 5:19 AM

Since you're always posting travel sites, I thought I'd return the favor. Here's another list to check out:


brian April 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Thanks for the link! I’m looking thru some of the sites listed right now.


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