Best Travel Deals and News – May 25, 2010 – Buy and Sell Frequent Flier Miles, Least Safe Airlines, Take A Gap Year – Get Better Grades, World Cup 2010

by brian on May 26, 2010

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Can I buy and sell airline miles?

Can you? Well yes, but it’s not easy. Buying miles from the airlines themselves is very easy. Selling your excess miles is not, and requires a middleman to broker deals. But it is definitely possible. If you’re 1000 miles short of a free ticket, buy the miles for a few dollars and get your free ride.

Blog Your Way Around the World

Enter this contest and win multiple adventures in locales all over the globe, including Costa Rica, Kenya, Canada and the Galapagos.

16 Products They Only Sell At Chinese Walmarts

I got a taste of China (literally and figuratively) while I was in Hong Kong and Macau, but that really can’t compare to mainland China. I have no regrets about not getting that visa to visit, but I would go if given the opportunity.

Travel Video of the Week
Write the Future
The World Cup starts in South Africa in a few weeks and while Americans may ignore ‘football’ in preference to our own, soccer is really the world sport. The Nike commercial is fantastic and shows how the planet’s mood can swing on one kick. And if you’ve never been to South Africa, consider it.

Gap-year students ‘perform better at uni’

I can totally believe this. Students who graduate high school and do something other than running straight to university perform better. Maybe it’s because they are more focused, or maybe traveling really allows them to mature before mixing with their less mature and not so well rounded classmates.

Backpackers pack their bags and leave Bangkok in droves

So so sad that it has gotten to this point. My last post on Bangkok had some who said it is still OK to visit Bangkok, but there were many who felt like me. The fact that Bangkok was under curfew (at the time I write this) is really a huge reason not to visit right now. Maybe the rest of the country is accessible and not seeing the effects of the protests. If you’re going to go, go with your eyes and ears wide open.

World’s most deadly airline revealed

Air France how can you be on this list? I expected the Russians to be here or an African airline. But Air France? Really?

Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple Tips

Some important points about money abroad. Capital One and Charles Schwab don’t charge international transaction fees that can add anywhere from 1%-5% per charge when you’re outside your home country. Good tips for everyone.

Traveling Alone: Five Ways to Fight the Lonesome Blues

Those of you who are not very outgoing think that you’re going to have a horrible time traveling by yourself. Far from it. In fact you become easier to approach than if you had a partner or a group. And the nature of travel means that you will have to ask strangers questions. Remember all a friend is a person who was once a stranger…

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Krista May 26, 2010 at 5:45 AM

Wicked cool Nike ad. :-) Didn’t understand or get football until I went overseas. Wow! I love how it crosses borders and cultures and languages. Amazing. :-)


brian May 30, 2010 at 5:54 PM

They are extremely intense about it. But it is no different than Americans get about our football or baseball. But the World Cup REALLY is the World Cup because the entire world is represented. When the Yankees win the ‘World’ Series, well, you know…


Tom May 28, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Great round up article. In all fairness though the Aeroflot accident figures are a fair bit worse than Air France (just under 5 times more fatalities). When you look at 1783 fatalities in Air France’s history since 1933 it really doesn’t look that deadly compared to the 4274 deaths on the roads in France in 2008 alone.

Actually apart from two tragic accidents in the last 10 years they have had a very good record for decades. Not a criticism of your post, merely the article referenced.


brian May 30, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I understand the time frame you are talking about, but nonetheless being #2 on this list is not good at all. It’s great that they were safe for decades, but safety is a ‘what have you done/not done for me lately’ proposition. I would say most travelers are not concerned Air France was great for safety in the 80s. They are concerned about getting on their flight tomorrow, or next month or next year.


megan May 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Some good tips in the travelling solo article, though more often than not, I’ve found it hard to have quiet time as a solo traveller – everyone wants to chat with the person on their own!


brian May 30, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Mainly because people think traveling alone is odd, scary or both. The solo traveler is deemed to be more interesting and approachable by most, especially if you’re some place where you stand out.


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