Travel News and Deals – June 23, 2009 – Get Through Security Faster, Hassle Free Travel, How To Get A First Class Upgrade

by brian on June 23, 2009

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3 Reasons to Throw Away Your Guide Book

The biggest reason for me: those books are heavy after a while.

Two things I would add here: Loose change seems to always set off the metal detectors. Put that in your carry-on.

And before traveling to the airport is not the time to do your Mr. T impersonation by having on all your jewelry. I stand in line at airport security as people remove earrings, chains, bracelets, toe rings, piercings and other pieces of assorted metal from their bodies. Don’t you think that is going to set off alarms? I just stand their annoyed because they are slowing me down.
Following up on Rhona’s interview post from yesterday, the reasons for solo travel are so numerous that you really need to consider it. I’ve had this discussion with a number of people, who said that they would not enjoy the experience as much if they went by themselves. I always then ask, “So you’re telling me you would NEVER anywhere go if someone didn’t come with you?”
Baggage Wrapping: Brilliant or Stupid

Has anyone ever used this? It always seemed like a waste to me, but they did have some suggestions for ways it can be used i.e. when you have loose items like books that could be lost in transit.

Traveling to Australia: Jobs for Backpackers and Budget Travelers

Australia has a great program. Too bad it’s only for 18-30 year olds.

The Penny Pincher’s Guide to London

Another big city guide to living well on a budget. This time London, for many Americans the gateway to international travel. Love those Brits for keeping all those museums and galleries free of charge.

9 Trips Inspired By Travel Books That Are Probably Too Crazy To Actually Take

Some of you think I was crazy, lucky, courageous or some combination thereof to travel around the world by myself. Honestly, I have nothing on the people who raft, bike or walk around the world.

Plane Answers: A Pilot’s Seatbelt Sign Philosophy and Aircraft Accident Odds

In light of Air France Flight 447, thought you should remind yourself of the odds of dying in an airplane vs. automobile accident. A plane is still the safest way to travel and will continue to be for years to come.

Top 10 Volunteer Vacations

These volunteer trips involve working with animals or rebuilding/restoring important historical sites. If you don’t want to work with people (nothing wrong with that) and still want to feel like you are giving back, this is a way to go.

What’s the Real Cost of Your Airplane Ticket

Some ideas on buy airline tickets that are good to repeat. Check out my previous post on buying seats.

Tips for a hassle free travel experience

Can any travel experience these days be called ‘hassle free’? Depends on your tolerance for the things that happen at airports. Tips to help you get through with your sanity.

How to Get a First Class Upgrade When You Fly

The keys for an upgrade: Dress nicely, smile, and be polite to your ticket agent.

Return Trips: Why The Second Time is the Charm

Everyone has places they would go back to. I would go back to Tokyo and Paris in a heartbeat. The best way to go back, may be to go back in a NEW way. Go by yourself if you went with someone the first time. Go in the summer if you went in winter. Stay at a hostel if you stayed in a 4 star hotel before. Just changing your trip a little bit can give you an entirely new experience.

Couchsurfing: Tips for A Smooth Experience

A practical guide to Couchsurfing and how you can maximize the experience. Go to the site, and create an account.

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Cate June 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

You have a lot of useful information here. I liked the tips on how to get through security with minimum fuss. I've found the most annoying secuirty is right here in the US.So I have a mantra : "security is here to protect me, security is here to protect me…" Sometimes it works and othertimes it doesn't.


brian June 23, 2009 at 5:18 PM

The mantra works on how annoying/polite the agents are. If they are pleasant and give a smile, give them a break. If they are condescending and rude, well…you know what to do.


Kymbugs June 25, 2009 at 7:53 AM

Another thing about London

In Summer (June, July, August)- almost every weekend has a free festival with live music, circus performances, arts, craftsetc enriched by the diversity of London. Great to take a picnic lunch (and umbrella… unpredictable English weather LOL)
This weekend (26th to 28th July)is the Greenwich festival in Canary Wharf that celebrates our waterways and will have loads of street acts. On 2-3 August is the Carnaval Del Pueblo (my favourite) that celebrates all things Latin – people, music, dance and food.


brian June 26, 2009 at 3:42 PM

Thanks as always for the great London tips!


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