Travel News and Deals – August 18, 2009 – How To Drive Across America, Contest to Visit Oz (again), Travel Scams, Weirdest Hotels

by brian on August 18, 2009

Travel news and deals of interest to YOU from around the Web compiled and edited by

If you know any great travel stories or tips we all should read, please send it to me and I will put an acknowledgment of your contribution in the posting.

Drive Across the USA

A different way to travel the USA, this site sets you up with people who need to get their cars across the country. You take the car and can drive it across the country for them. I didn’t see anything about getting paid a fee, but if you wanted to go coast to coast and not use your own ride, this is the way to do it.

7 Reasons Why You Should Go on a Road Trip Now

To me you don’t need anymore reasons, but if you need some more…

Four Days in North Korea

Last week I talked about the fact that you could go to North Korea or some other countries that could be considered off-limits. Of course if you visit North Korea, you can’t go out at night, there is no Internet and you’ll probably have armed guards tailing you at all times. As for the Americans, well they think we are the cause of all their problems.

Hey, I said you could go there, but I didn’t say you would enjoy it…

5 Simple Shortcuts for a Quick Trip Through Airport Security

Take off ALL the jewelry before you get the metal detector. That includes ring toes, ankle bracelets and tongue studs. Yes, a tongue stud can set off a metal detector, I have seen it.

How to get rid of a foreign transaction fee on your bill

Whenever you make a transaction abroad, always check for foreign transactions. Another way for credit card companies to fleece us.

Have card, will travel: A guide to traveling with a credit card

I’ve talked about some of these concepts before – call the bank before you leave and let them know before they shut down your card, avoid the Discover Card and AMEX, use cash when you can and like the article above this says, look for the foreign transaction fees.

Top 10 Geeky Vacation Spots

Megawatts, supernovas and cicadas among other things. If you were in Chess Club or the highlight of your year was the Science Competition, these spots may be for you.

Best Job In the World Winner Looking For Assistants

The guy who won 6 months in Australia blogging about his experience is apparently “working” so hard that he does not have time to fulfill his obligation to keep up the blog. So they are going to hire a few more assistants. Don’t know if they get the same pay, but do you really care for some ‘free’ time in Australia?

Beyond Limits: How Travel Pushes Your Personal Boundaries

Get uncomfortable. That is how you grow.

10 Travel Scams to Avoid

Keep your eyes and ears open, because quite frankly, the fact that you were able to get on a plane and visit a foreign country does mean that you have more than the average person who lives there, especially in the developing world.

The best gap year trips

Ideas for one year, six months, three months and two months travel.

World’s Weirdest Hotels, Part Deux

Giraffe Manor in Kenya sounds crazy. Imagine waking up and seeing a girafee’s head inside your window, licking you as to say, “Hey!”.

The Boeing 727 remade into a hotel in Costa Rica sounds like fun. Remember this hostel made from a 747? Seems like they are not doing too well. I hope they succeed, it is a great novelty concept.

How To Use A Guidebook Without Letting It Ruin Your Trip

Use the guidebook, but don’t take it with you. They are heavy!

Airfarewatchdog’s 11 Ticket Buying Tips

Another list, but always bears repeating.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Nora August 30, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Those “sponsored” trips (ala Best Job In The World) aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Balancing the ideal image of having fun all the time on your wonderful trip along with the requirement to write about how much fun you are having can actually be tricky.
I know, I know – “Cry me a river”, you might say…I’m just sayin’…(smiles)


brian August 31, 2009 at 3:17 PM

There are plenty of people, myself included, who would be willing to take the chance. Paid to write and blog? So you get to snorkel 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. Whoa is me! LOL


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