Best Travel Deals and News – November 16, 2010 – No Kids On Your Next Flight, Cancer Risk Full Body Scanners, Currency Exchange Rip-Offs

by brian on November 18, 2010

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Passengers Push for Child-Free Flights
From loyal reader TJ
Put this under the category of “NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN”. The airlines are just coming out of the economic tailspin. Anything that could disrupt that is completely off the table for them. Trying to get limit who can get on what flight when would be classified as ‘disruptive’ to the bottom line.

Carnival Splendor passengers reach land, have stories to tell
Thankfully this didn’t end up as Titanic 2010. Inconvenienced? Yes. Out of some money? More than likely. Alive and back on shore? Most definitely.

Travel Video of the Week
Japanese TSA Airport Security
This video is in Japanese but honestly you don’t need any translation. Watch it until the end!

Should You Be Afraid of Airport Body Scanners Raising the Risk of Cancer?
The body scanner issue is hitting a critical mass with more people traveling and the holidays approaching. There are scientific studies that show that the amount of radiation is minimal, others are saying that you should not take the chance.

Avoid Hefty Price Tags at Hot Destinations
When everyone goes right, you should go left, essentially what this article is saying. When everyone proclaims a destination is hot, everyone else sees the same stories at the same time. Prices are driven up by demand, and you end up paying more in a potentially crowded environment. Find the closest alternative to the place you want to go. Remember you zig when everyone else zags.

Three Dumb Things People Do To Mess Up Their Trips
I remember when I was a dumb packer. Taking things I never used on my trips because I thought I might need it. Rule of thumb folks: If you’re taking something on a trip that you don’t use at home, you probably won’t use it away from home.

10 Gift Ideas For Round-the-World Travelers
So you know someone who has traveled around the world? They’ve seen sights and experienced things not many people have. What do you get them? Ideas to help you out.
If anyone wants to send the the Gorillapod Tripod my way, I’d be eternally grateful. *HINT HINT*

Cats on a Plane: 8 Tips for Flying with Felines
For you cat lovers, something for you to keep kitty safe. I would think many of these tips would apply to dogs too.

Car rental insurance – Required or Optional?
The issue here is not whether you need car insurance (you do) – the issue is whether an online agency that books your car rental should know whether or not you’re required to purchase insurance when you travel abroad. The difference between the quoted price online and what you pay when you get there, especially in a foreign country, can be quite significant.

Currency Conversion Rip-offs
In short, use cash from ATMs or credit cards. The worst is the currency exchange counter in airports. Remember you’re paying for that employee handing you your money. Travelers checks still have value and if you lose them they can be replaced, but they can be a pain to use at times.

The Top 5 iPhone Apps for Tokyo
Tokyo, one of my favorite cities in the world. And like everything else, there is an iPhone app for it. In fact, here are 5 of the suggested ones.

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Kieron November 18, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Haha that video is hilarious, love it!


brian November 19, 2010 at 10:34 PM

No need for translation, just like I said. And this video was posted earlier in the year, before the situation got even more ridiculous.


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