Best Travel Deals and News – December 21, 2010 – What Travel Gives Us, Bargain Airfare Tips, How to Travel Lightly, The Latest Airline Fee You May Actually Want to Pay

by brian on December 21, 2010

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If you know any great travel stories or tips we all should read, please send it to me and I will put an acknowledgment of your contribution in the posting.

With travel comes the experience of self-reliance, patience, perspective, many other lessons

I would say this is the case with long term travel, but even a short trip can be a very inspiring or life changing experience. It really depends on what the person can take out it.

More for your money: Bargain airfare tips

The tips here have been said before but well worth repeating. One thing I didn’t see before is that if you see one airline offer a lower fare than your FAVORITE airline, go ahead and see if your preferred airline will match the fare. The worst thing that can happen is that they say no. This is especially helpful if you have a preferred frequent flier airline, but the price is prohibitively high, this may be your way to get your points and save money.

Travel Video of the Week
Airline Fees
Watch this whole video. You want to see why you don’t want to have checked baggage? Or why you should know what dates you are traveling before booking? The number of different fees the airlines are charging is illustrated clearly when a reporter travels all over the United States with 4 pieces of checked luggage and opts in for every fee his corporate card will pay for.
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California hostels offer budget-luxury accommodations

The USA is still far behind the rest of the world with the concept of hostels, but slowly catching up. Some interesting choices in California that can save you money in some of the more expensive areas in the state.

How to Travel Very Lightly

Long extensive article and tips you can use to pack less and still get more done. Beyond getting past the aggravation of traveling with all the stuff you won’t use anyway, how about the money you’ll save by not having to check bags?

Traveling with Food or Gifts? What the TSA Wants You to Know

Jellies, jams, salsa, peanut butter and any liquid, gel or general goop will probably be confiscated if it is in your carry-on. Put it in your checked bag (but you don’t have checked bags, right?) or ship it home if you really want it.

Top travel destinations for 2011

Just some places on the list: Finland, Iceland, Estonia…

Freighter Cruises Offer Interesting Option for Adventurous Travelers

If you’re into traveling slow, there may be no slower way to travel than by going the cargo freighter way. You won’t have the amenities of a regular cruise ship – no buffets, casinos, room service or shows. But if you really want to get away from it all for a few weeks, this is the way for you to do it.

Find out which cruise lines waived their single supplement fees for 2011

Nice list of cruise lines who are trying to bring more solo cruisers on board by waiving the dreaded single supplement.

New Year’s Travel Resolutions

Pack less and eat more sound like the best ones to me. Americans, always register your trips with the State Department so someone can find you or you can be found in case of emergency.

Traveling in Southeast Asia With a Rock-Star Baby

I love the attention that the baby got as this couple traveled through Southeast Asia. The things that are common to us all always break down barriers and babies are no exception. But I didn’t like passing her off to strangers like a football. The parents on the trip have a better understanding of who they are with and what the risks are, but I would uncomfortable doing that with my kid. Maybe I just had to be there.

Latest Airline Fee: $9 to Lock in Airfare

The fees are killing the passengers but saving the airlines. And here’s another one. Knowing the pattern if one does it, expect the airlines to follow suit.

World’s strangest illegal souvenirs – Don’t bring them home!

You may not know that your country bans a particular item until you land and try to re-enter your home country. The best you can do is try checking with your country’s Customs/Border Patrol to see if there are any particular items you should not be carrying.

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