Best Travel News and Deals – December 22, 2009 – Saving to Travel, Air Ambulances, Escaping Christmas, Hong Kong, Airport Security Guns Down Laptop

by brian on December 22, 2009

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Best things to do in 2010
From loyal reader Sabrina

If you need ideas on what to and where to go in 2010, here is a fine list from Lonely Planet. You can develop a nice round the world trip just from this list. Any RTW travel can have any theme, or no theme at all. Just get to where you want to be.

How to Get Out When a Snow Storm Strands You
From loyal reader TJ

With the weather getting nasty in the Northeast US of A, you might find yourself stuck at the airport with your flight delayed or cancelled and no solution in sight. What do you do? What DO you do?

Whatever the circumstance, it has to better than being in the plane and on the tarmac, not taking off, with LIMITED food and water, screaming babies and annoyed and frustrated adults.

10 places to escape Christmas

Going with my post from last week, some great places to spend Christmas Day. My Christmas Day last year in Ethiopia was one of the most memorable of my life. Christmas in Egypt must be really fascinating to observe.

I’d prefer to be in the Southern Hemisphere or somewhere near the equator in December. Which means you can hit church, and be down to your skivvies dipping into cool water on a beach in record time.

Australian travellers caught up in medical insurance scams

Travel insurance is so important, so important that people are trying to scam you out of it. When you buy it, please inform family and friends of your plans so they know what to do and who to ask if the worst case scenario happens.

Police shoot U.S. student’s laptop upon entry to Israel

The Israels thought that someone’s story about entering the country and where they had been previously were suspicious. So they took her to separate room, and proceeded to shoot the hell out of her laptop.

I still don’t understand this. If you thought that laptop was an explosive, do you want to shoot it? If you thought it held sensitive material, wouldn’t you want to confiscate it for further investigation?

All I know: The Israelis do not play games!

This Week’s Video: Poppin’ and Lockin’ from Japan
Just cool!

On the ground in Hong Kong

A nice listing of places to go, people to see and things to eat while in Hong Kong. I visited the Great Buddha on Lantau Island and spent much time in the hotspots of Lan Kwai Fong.

Hidden perils of airline code-sharing

Important for round the world travelers and anyone else who flies and switches airlines to get to your final destination, or multiple destinations.

So if you need to get from London to Mumbai, you may take Lufthansa to Istanbul and then switch to Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to Mumbai. You buy one ticket and the alliance does the rest, setting you up on the proper partners within the alliance to get you to your final destination.

This talks about code sharing issues if the seating terminology is not the same on the the partner airlines and you end up in economy class when you should be in first class.

Air ambulances leave some with sky-high bills

You may not have believed me about air ambulance and medevac bills. You’ll see the stories here about bills over $20,000US and families being stuck in debt. Imagine the costs if you’re overseas away from your home country, American or any nationality. Your prices may be double because you have to cross an ocean.

The slow boat to China

Flying, getting patted down, crying babies, bad food, delays. Need more reasons not to fly? There are always alternatives, as this traveler did, taking a ferry boat from Japan to China over two days.

Saving For Travel

Have trouble saving up to hit the road? This site guides you through how much to save by choosing the country and how long you’ll be there. I am not quite sure where they get the costs from, but you can use it as a rough guesstimate.

This is one of those things where you say, “Wish I had thought of that.”

Forms 4 Travel

If you’re traveling with children, this site gives you forms you can use for the kids, including authorization for child travel with an organization, forms and documents for medical professionals, au pairs and babysitters.

Of course laws and regulations differ from country to country, so you should use these as a framework and modify as the locale dictates.

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Jeremy Jones December 22, 2009 at 7:56 AM

I'll be on that slow boat to China from Japan as well. Flight prices from Japan over to continental Asia are too expensive, so a two day ferry is just fine by me!


brian December 22, 2009 at 8:00 PM

@Living the Dream
That will be excellent. I'll be checking your blog for those posts.


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