Best Travel Deals and News – January 11, 2011 – How To Cut Travel Costs, Why Go To Mexico City, Cheapest Places to Visit in the World, Hiding Your Privates from the TSA

by brian on January 11, 2011

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Why Do We Travel?

As much traveling as I have done in the past few years, I really didn’t start traveling until I went on a group trip to South America. There I was sparked. For me travel is a constant learning experience. Every day, every moment is a new experience. The brain is firing all the time, trying to absorb all the things around you, the language, the food, the culture. So when someone asks me why I travel, I say because I want to live more than I already have.

Why Mexico City Is the New Buenos Aires

Mexico is attracting a lot of unwanted attention with the drug cartels killing themselves and others, especially in towns that border the United States. But that certainly has not stopped many Americans and others from visiting in the past year. And for those who want culture but don’t want to take the 10-15 hour flight to Argentina, this article portrays Mexico City as a legitimate alternative.

Travel Video of the Week
World Airline Traffic (24-Hour Time Lapse)

Short video that shows what you would expect. Most of the flying is done when the sun is up, no matter what part of the world you’re in. Hence, early morning flights for avoiding delays later in the day and red-eye flights to avoid needing an extra night in a hostel/hostel/someone’s couch.

SOS… My first big overseas trip…I am 59!!!

You are never too old. NEVER!

How Facebook Can Ruin Your Vacation

Big Facebook user but I try to limit how much I put out there. Needless to say, but if you’re advertising that you are in Australia for two weeks, you might as well put a huge neon sign on your front door that says “ROB ME, I’M A SUCKER!” Can you personally vouch for everyone in your Facebook friends list? Probably not if you have over 100 people. Twitter is even worse since you can have millions of people looking if you don’t lock your updates. But what fun is locking the updates? Self-censorship is important on the Internet.

Ten Ways to Be a Smarter Traveler in 2011

Solid advice on how to get the most out of your travels. Remember when you’re booking your planes tickets, the name in the ticket must match EXACTLY the way it is shown in your form of identification (passport, driver’s license, etc.). Don’t give security and airline employees any reason to prevent you from getting on your flight.

Gap-year travel may broaden the mind – but who needs a broad mind these days?

The argument against gap-year travel for students just out of high school or college. Boo and hiss to the article. People have years and years to go to school or work. I think more people should travel. I think you’d have fewer lawyers and other people who hate their jobs.

Seriously. I don’t think I know one lawyer who loves the law. But I do know many wannabees who traveled and then discovered that they wanted to do something else. Don’t knock the fact that travel is a mind opener that many people need before they put themselves on a track for a certain profession. Here in America we need more of this thinking. The Europeans and Australians, it almost seems like a rite of passage for them to travel. Good for them!

A Friendly Suggestion on Products Designed to Conceal Sensitive Areas

The government admits it really wants to see your genitals at the airport

You know the crotch and boobie concealing clothing is fun and all, but if the TSA can’t see what you’re packing, you are more than likely will be pulled aside for the enhanced screening, the one thing most travelers are trying to avoid.

The 41 Places to Go in 2011

A conversation sparker for sure. Want to go somewhere but can’t figure out where to? From this list, some places that personally interested me were Melbourne, Australia, Hyderabad, India, Zanzibar and Miami. MIAMI? Yes, Miami. Never been.

10 Great Places for Travel Bargains in 2011

More ideas if your budget is limited. Remember Southeast Asia is always an option.

The joys of frequent flier programs

Some look at frequent flier programs and those who use them with disdain. Why would anyone put everything they buy on a certain credit card or take a trip of 3000 miles to land and then turn right back to your home airport? The answer: to accumulate those precious frequent flier miles that mean free tickets and first class upgrades. Don’t knock it until you try it.

Pros and Cons of Vacation By Freighter

Talk about taking the long way on a trip. Don’t expect luxury on a freighter. But like I’ve always said, “Easy is never interesting.”

11 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs in 2011

From the New York Times some simple ways to keep more in your pocket. I always wondered if there was an alternative to the high prices airports charge for parking. I had no idea that hotels rent out space for car storage and then transport you to the airport. Consider that next time as opposed to staying in the airport lot.

5 Ways to Fund Your Travels Around the World Online

Think that you are chained to a desk? There are always options for making money, whether you plan on being on the road for months at a time or not.

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