I think that all travel related companies, not just cruise lines, have to look at single/solo travelers as a source of revenue going forward. Penalizing them because they don’t have a significant other or family will drive people to independent travel. That means booking accommodations themselves over the Internet and avoiding the single supplement fees altogether.
You want to make things easier for someone to book with you, not harder.
Really? How long does it take you to warm up a cold bed when you jump into it? Paying someone to ‘pre-heat’ the bed for you? Can I get a job like that?
Initially I was against this, but after seeing that the Haitian government wanted them to return I was more at ease about it. But I would feel queasy about playing on a beach with an alcoholic beverage in my hand while bodies are still being pulled the ruins of a country’s capital 100 miles away. You can’t feel good about that.
Travel Video of the Week
Nice video on what to do when you first arrive in a hotel room. More important, the telltale signs of bedbugs. Important, get a sleep sack, whether you are staying in a hostel or hotel. You don’t want to leave with bite marks or rashes.
Also disinfectant wipes for the TV remote control, telephone, alarm clock and other surfaces neglected by hotel cleaning staff. The TV remote was one of the ‘germy’ things in the room. (‘germy’ is not a word, but you know what I mean)
One thing I always remembered: Don’t use the water glasses in the bathroom without throughly cleaning them yourself. Those routinely get ignored by hotel cleaning staff.
The first video is of protesters against the full body imaging scanners. The second video shows what you see with the machines. This will give a fair idea of what screeners will be able to see when you walk through the machines. Not great, but not horrible either.
Frequent fliers might ask what kind of radiation is used and what dosage? If you don’t want to go through the machine, is that an option? What kind of full body pat down/groping/fondling will you be subjected to?
More on the scanners and what they can see. What are the alternatives? I think at least the United States, a nation of dog and cat lovers, we could get a mass of drug and explosive sniffing dogs for the airports. Both for baggage (which is neglected) and passengers.
I talk a lot about travel insurance, and these are first hand stories of travelers in trouble getting pulled from the fire by paid services that can go anywhere in the world. The crisis in Haiti is the most recent example of private citizens, corporate employees and non-profit organizations paying for on-demand evacuation.
The gulf between the haves and the have nots is even more defined by the people who can afford a service like this and those who are left behind with injury or have no way of leaving an affected area.
An option for anyone who has a LEGITIMATE issue with a US based airline or travel website. When repeated emails and calls (if they even have a phone number for you to call) are not answered, this could be your last resort.
Some things that cause us headaches when we head overseas. I talked about Project Visa before to find out about visa requirements before you leave your home country. Some other things to be concerned about are not having your passport expire within 6 months of visiting a country. Also having blank facing pages in a passport for visa stamps. Some countries are sticklers for that.
This is one of those “What was he thinking?” moments. TSA agent plants a bag of white substance on a traveler as a joke. The female traveler broke down in tears thinking she was going to be hauled away before the agent admitted he played her. That is a really bad joke.
If she yelled out “BOMB!” she’d probably be arrested for disorderly conduct, interrogated and strip searched.
Fortunately, the TSA agent lost his job with more possibly to come.
All you ‘Race’ fans who talk about applying, but never do it, this is your chance to apply for Season 17. My application this past year fell into the abyss of reality television rejects, but that’s OK. At least we tried.
Give it a shot and see what happens.
Talking about ‘WWOOFing’ program, where you work in a foreign country for room and board. Many a round the world traveler or long term traveler who stays in one country has used this to explore a location, save money and get up and close with local culture.
- Travel News and Deals – April 28, 2009 – Run Your Own Amazing Race, More Hostels and Get Over the Fear of Flying
- Best Travel News and Deals – February 23, 2010 – Amazing Race Alternative, Avoiding Travel Scams, Stories From Around the Globe, The Ugly American
- Best Travel News and Deals – January 19, 2010 – Haiti, Beat the Single Supplement, See Namibia, Frequent Flyer Miles, More Charges for Checked Bags
- Best Travel Deals and News – January 25, 2011 – iPhone Apps for Cruises, Best Travel Gadgets, Avoid the Single Supplement When You Travel Solo
- Best Travel Deals and News – September 7, 2010 – Get Paid to Fly, How to Avoid Bedbugs, Renting Cars Abroad, Air Fares Are Going Back Up