I always say that the 3 Bs of protests – bullets, bricks and bottles – don’t discriminate during demonstrations. Thailand was a place you could go and if you were a tourist you didn’t worry about the protests. The protests were never about the visitors and visitors never worried get injured. In fact, Thailand perfected the “bloodless coup.”
Some would recommend not going to Thailand. From everything I’ve read and seen from folks in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand it is safe to go to the country. Bangkok appears to be the only places the clashes are happening…right now. But if you’re uncomfortable, the other countries of Southeast Asia are perfectly fine places to explore.
A good list to look at before booking your next travel arrangement. One thing mentioned was the mistake of not looking at reviews online. I advocate that but I also know many don’t because they don’t trust the reviews. How do you know that the owner of an establishment is not putting in fake reviews to boost its rankings?
You have to always take online reviews with a grain of salt. And if you see 90 glowing reviews and 10 bad ones, you really want to focus on the bad ones. Are these legitimate gripes or are they nitpicking at things that would not bother you? You have to use your judgement but I still favor review sites like TripAdvisor and Yelp just to get a feel for things.
I was joking about the airlines having a public weigh-in before you get on board to charge you a corresponding fare for the ticket. As if I can imagine these things, one Holiday Inn (no, not the entire chain) is charging 60 cents US per pound to encourage customers to take care of themselves.
I’m telling you, it’s coming to planes….
Chicago and New York are mentioned and I would say stay away from the Northeast and Midwest United States during the heat of the summer months and the deep freeze of winter. Among the weather conditions you’ll find – thunderstorms, hail, icy wings, mound of snow, fog. The delays from Boston to Washington and going west toward Chicago cascade through the rest of the United States and the rest of the world.
Travel Video of the Week
Travel Rant – Spirit Airlines charging for carry-ons
Many were up in arms about Spirit’s proposal to charge up to $45 for carry-ons. One such person was inspired to rant about it in video. Needless to say this guy needs to catch his breath after nearly 2 1/2 minutes of breathless ranting and raving.
A lot of stories taking on 80s movie themes. Remember “Weekend at Bernie’s”? Take that movie plot and put it on a plane. I still have no idea if they knew he was dead and tried to get him to Germany for much less than taking him in a casket.
While Spirit Air in the US is catching heat for its carry-on baggage fees, Ryan Air is notorious in Europe for its no-frills flights and charging for every conceivable thing. Here are some antedotes about one of the world’s most famous and notorious airline executives.
If you’re like me, you love travel. But nothing is perfect. This is a post on what aggrevates even the most positive and fun loving traveler.
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