Best Travel Deals and News – February 1, 2011 – Avoid Airline Fees, Dirtiest Hotels in the USA, Getting A Passport for Baby, How to Take Photos When Traveling Alone

by brian on February 1, 2011

Travel news and deals of interest to YOU from around the Web compiled and edited by NoDebtWorldTravel.com

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.

Bright new start: how the Masai are finally profiting from tourism

Talk about a win/win situation. The Maasai are able to make some money while protecting the wildlife and the environment at the same time. It would be easy to go for a quick money grab but destroy the habitat and in turn their very way of life. Some good forward thinking here.

Airline Fee Horror Stories: Are Worse Fees on the Way?
More Airline Fees in 2011? My Predictions

Two factors here: Airlines made a ton of money in fees, actually allowing them to turn a profit. The other: fuel prices are going up and don’t seem to be coming back down. The airlines want to stay in the black, so to compensate for those fees, they will find new ways to charge you once you’ve booked the ticket.

Travel Video of the Week
Tim Ferriss Says Everyone Needs a Mini-Retirement
Ferriss, author of “The 4 Hour Work Week” and “The 4 Hour Body” has been a big advocate of working for yourself, just so that you can take mini vacations. Many people, especially Americans, don’t take off long term unless they’ve just been laid off from a job (like I was). How about creating a lifestyle that allows you do this anytime you want?

Travel Trends for 2011

Vegas for a bargain? Yes you can these days with the glut of hotel rooms on the Strip. You can get hotel rooms on the Strip for less than $30 during the week. No need for a hostel for those prices, and I’m a huge advocate of the hostel life. I think traveling to learn a skill will also become big too. Not just to pick up a language, but also cooking. Like French cuisine? Visit the French countryside, drink wine while learning how to cooking like the French do. It gives even more meaning to your trip when you can take something that is NOT tangible home with you.

When a good cruise goes bad

Folks, your only real recourse when something goes wrong on a cruise is travel insurance. You can’t depend on the cruise lines to do the right thing, even when it seems like the logical thing to do. Businesses are not logical, they are looking at their bottom line.

TripAdvisor’s 10 dirtiest hotels in America

Needless to say, just check this list before you book your next hotel. Hotel Carter, I see you. Weren’t you on the list last year too? Shameful…

How to Take Photos of Yourself When You’re Traveling Alone

That is one thing people always asked when I traveled around the world by myself: How do you take pictures. Great article that lists different ways you can get into a picture, a good picture, when you’re traveling solo. One thing I’ve heard people recommend is a Gorillapod Flexible Tripod. Best Travel Deals and News   February 1, 2011   Avoid Airline Fees, Dirtiest Hotels in the USA, Getting A Passport for Baby, How to Take Photos When Traveling Alone
It’s a flexible camera tripod that can bend around arms, tree limbs and steady itself on uneven surfaces.

5 Top Worldwide Holiday Destinations for Disabled Travellers

A while back I posted a video of how a guy in a wheelchair gets around when he need to fly. Here are some ideas for disabled passengers who want to get out and travel. A disability should not hold back anyone who wants to move about the planet.

7 Reasons to Overland East Africa

This is a case where a guided tour would come in handy. Lack of a tourist infrastructure and public transportation makes traveling overland in Africa between countries not impossible, but more difficult. Wonderful pics in this post of the sights and sounds of the continent that many wish they could visit, but don’t have the faintest idea of where to start to plan.

New York: Free museum admission for every day of the week

Museums in New York City are a great way to pass the time in the Big Apple. Like many cities around the world, certain days of the week and times of the day provide discounted entry fees, free entry or the “pay what you want” option.

Win 22-Day Trip to Turkey in Travel Writing Contest

Aspiring travel writers take note. An opportunity for an all expense trip to Turkey.

The Littlest Cheapo: Baby’s first passport

Just had a baby? That’s not an excuse not to travel. One proud mom goes through the steps she took to get an American passport for her little one.

Saga of a Stranded Traveler and How Social Media Came to the Rescue

Great story about how being stranded because of snow storms led to meeting new people entirely by accident. I used LinkedIn when I was traveling, more so because I wasn’t that deep into Facebook and Twitter yet. The author only used Skype. Skype is not social media in the traditional sense but read on how he did it. Very simple but a way that most people would miss.

Hotel reservation agent: “I feel very guilty about lying”

When you are booking a hotel, ask for the ‘very lowest rate’. Asking for anything else will get you the fare that is low, but something that fits the hotel’s criteria for making a profit. Remember, a business, any business, is looking out for its own self interests. You should be doing the same.

10 Phrases You Won’t Learn in Spanish Class

Those Spanish classes in high school never taught you these phrases…

101 Things To Do in Nairobi

Every reason you can think of and some that you never thought of, right here.

25 Tips to Ensure Valium-Free Cruising

Great tips on cruising as it become more and more popular. Some people love it and swear it is the best way to travel, some would never consider it after a bad experience. Either way, take these 25 and make sure your cruise is as enjoyable as it can be.

World’s Strangest Hotel Jobs

There is someone who is paid to read you bedtime stories in a hotel in London. How about someone paid to rub suntan lotion all over guests poolside? This could a great thing or a horrifying thing, depending on who you’re rubbing….

Common phrases that you need to know when in Asia

Handy dandy little guide. Can someone make a iPhone/Android app out of this? Maybe someone will print this all out. Not me. I’m done with paper and books whenever possible.

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