Best Travel Deals and News – August 17, 2010 – See What Happened to Steve Slater on JetBlue, What’s Wrong with Long Term Travel, Worst Packing Problems, Rome

by brian on August 17, 2010

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How to pick between airlines when you don’t recognize the names

Flying around the world and you get the option to fly an airline you’ve never heard of? The price is right but you’re skittish about safety and comfort.

What do you do? What DO you do?

I would definitely check the EU Blacklist. If the airline is part of an alliance, that is a good sign.

Addicted to the Escape: The Downside of Long-Term Travel

Don’t we all wish we had this problem. Traveling long and far brings its own issues. The biggest one is personal relationships. There is so much world to see. Do you settle in one place for awhile? Or does the constant movement and knowing that you’re only ‘temporary’ hinder that best part of travel for me, the personal interaction with all the people you meet along the way. Perhaps it is a question of quality (length of stay) vs. quantity (number of places)?

Travel Video of the Week
Steve Slater – JetBlue Brouhaha
By now you’ve heard the story of JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, who had a confrontation with a passenger aboard a JetBlue flight. As opposed to getting off the plane with the other passengers at the gate, he decided to make an early exit. Folks in Taiwan make video reenactments of “newsworthy” events. Combined with a little comedic commentary makes for a funny minute or so of video.

Revenge of the hotel clerks: 5 things they’ll do to difficult guests

Can we sum this up with a simple sentence: Don’t piss front desk clerks off. Even if you are in the right and your room is too small/food is cold/room check-in is delayed, raising your voice and embarrassing the person who is just the messenger is not going to make things get resolved faster.

I Wanna Be a Flashpacker: When Backpackers Grow Up or Get Rich

We always want to categorize. Now its flashpacker vs. backpacker. The real point is where are you traveling too and what are you getting out of it? What are you experiencing?

36 Hours in Montreal

The New York Times has a series of articles on having only 36 hours in a particular city and what to see and do. Here’s the latest on Montreal. Have you ever been to Canada? I never have. Must change that.

Common Travel Questions From Expectant Moms

Lots of good questions from soon to be Moms with a ‘bun in the oven’. Most of the suggestions seem like common sense, but if you were wondering, no mud baths, seaweed wraps or Botox while you’re expecting.

Five Worst Packing Problems

Even when you travel light things do happen. How about your luggage breaking in the middle of a trip? Spill something all over your clothes? Happened to most of us. Ideas on how to get around the situaitons when problems strike.

Eat Pray Love, and Be Cautious

Saw this movie and one thing female travelers always say is that they are nervous about traveling by themselves. The safety in numbers concept I completely understand. But most women find that when they they wait around for their girl(s) to roll with them, no one ends up going. This post talks about Eat Pray Love and tips for women travelers. Most of this translates to guys too, so boys don’t be afraid to click thru and read too.

How to Eat Like a Local in Rome

Suggestions for places you should check out in Rome. I was hungry and fell into a tourist trap near the Termini station and my hostel in the Rome. Food was cold, and slow. But I ate it any because they offered bread while I waited.

Much like the adage ‘Don’t go food shopping while you’re hungry” I would add “Don’t go walking around a city when you’re hungry, because you’ll eat at the first place that has an open seat”. OK not as short as the first one, but you get my point.
Don’t let this happen to you. Avoid the high priced tourist traps. Let’s avoid that the next time you go to Rome.

Confessions Of… A Rome Tour Guide

Relates to the post above about the hotel desk clerk getting their revenge, tour guides can do the same, in this case in Rome. One thing I did find interesting was the lengths companies go through to game to the review system on sites like TripAdvisor. Travel companies know that if they can get a good rating, they have a great chance of new business. Even with that potential problem, I still like to give the review sites a look before heading out.

Airlines Fees on the Rise Again

Profits and full seats means airlines can charge more again. Just the simple economic principle of supply and demand, but this is not a good development for the traveling public.

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mina (sending postcards) August 20, 2010 at 5:11 AM

Montreal is so close to you too. I think it’s so different from the rest of Canada though. Make sure you let us know if you ever make it up here and we’ll send you our recommendations!


brian August 22, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Will do. Sorry I missed you in New York.


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