Best Travel Deals and News – May 18, 2010 – Bangkok, Athens, Crazy Vending Machines of the World, Travel Mistakes, Approaching Strangers

by brian on May 18, 2010

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More Deadly Clashes in Central Bangkok

Jodi from Legal Nomads continues to update the situation in Bangkok. She simply states, “Let me reiterate: I would not be sitting here posting on this crisis if my life were in danger.”

Visit Greece despite riots, experts say

Another country in turmoil is Greece. I blogged about my time there when there were explosions in the streets. Exciting up until you realize that those explosions sometimes come with riot police and thrown bottles. And I stand out in Greece. No need to put a target on your back.

Travel Video of the Week
One Year in South America in Seven Minutes

World’s strangest vending machines

I thought Japan had the lock on world’s strangest/funniest/scariest vending machines, but Nippon, you have some competition. Catch a LIVE lobster from a vending machine and cook it right away? Ridiculous and fascinating at the same time.

Confessions of a frequent-flier program skeptic

Travel advocate Christopher Elliott is clearly unimpressed by frequent flier miles programs all the airlines tout. Airlines give special access to lounges, better customer support and better chances for upgrades. All you’ve got to do is dedicate all your flight travel with one airline. Sometimes I wonder if I should have used an airline alliance so I could get the frequent flier miles from my round the world trip. But I’m not sure if I would have used them or if they would been valid after a certain amount of time.

Plane views: the beauty of a window seat

Everyone has shots out the window of a plane. Take a gander and submit some of your own.

Lessons learned from your worst travel gaffes

I remember when I went from Honolulu to Tokyo. I got on the flight and examining the ticket… realized I was losing a day! I left in the early afternoon on the 16th from Hawaii and arrived at the next night on the 17th in Tokyo. The International Date Line got me.

How to Approach Strangers for Photos, Video or an Interview

One of the hardest things when you’re traveling solo is to get the right photos of yourself. How would anyone ever know you’ve actually been someplace if you’re never in the photo? Or how about getting some other people to talk to and take pictures of/with?

10 Days in a Carry-On

Flight attendant Heather Poole shows us what she packs for 10 days. I preach all the time, take just the carry-on. If you’ve got to check the bag and you’re not moving there full-time, you’re taking too much.

Passport tips every traveler needs to know

The big travel season is almost here, so get your passport renewed so you can hit the road. Americans, remember if you’re going to Canada, Bermuda, or the Caribbean you need a passport to travel to those locations by plane. By boat or by land, you can use a passport card.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

RamblingTart May 18, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Thanks for the link to the packing light tips. :-) I was in Greece this time last year and am so sad for all the upheaval there now. I truly hope things get better soon.


Debbie May 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Reminds me of this article:

Also saw a infographic about how efficient airlines are about allowing you to use your frequent flier miles, but I can't find it for the life of me!


brian May 19, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Glad it was helpful. Sometime you just need to see some pics to spark your own ideas. Traveling light save you time, money and aggravation.

Good link! Thanks for posting. If you ever find that infographic, I'll post it and credit you.


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