Best Travel Deals and News – August 16, 2011 – Slum Tourism, Trusted Flier Programs, Free Things to do Worldwide, How to Travel to Cuba

by brian on August 16, 2011

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They’re celebrating what? Unusual festivals in Europe

Celebrate the pig in France by squealing like one and then eating one. This and many other cultural events celebrated in Europe.

This airport checkpoint bin was brought to you by…

If there are ads in the bins, I don’t notice. I’m just trying to get through the security lines without being pulled aside for the “extra special” treatment from the TSA. If they can use the revenue money for something that can help the traveling public, so be it. But somehow we know that won’t happen. OK, I’m a cynic.

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Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu

Do well-dressed fliers get more perks?

Makes sense doesn’t it? Wearing a tracksuit or short shorts will not get you to first class. The airlines hope you will be the type of person who might want to PAY to upgrade next time as opposed to sitting in economy. They have nothing else to go by but your outwardly appearance. Here is where dressing to make a first impression might really have some tangible benefits.

Male road accidents soar in summer due to women’s short skirts

As a driver in New York City, I so believe this story…

Can you trust the new US trusted-traveler program?

The trust flier programs will be very limited initially. Frequent fliers and and elite status fliers will be the first for the program. Then there is the question of the yearly fees to stay in the program and how much information do you have to give up. This really won’t help the infrequent flier or someone who can’t afford the costs.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of First-Time Cruising

I think this will show that the smaller ships are a viable option for cruisers as opposed to the megaships that have every amenity you can think of.

Do Electronic Devices Really Need to Be Turned Off During Takeoff and Landing?

The debate that never ends. Unless something is spelled out concretely by governing bodies, leave the devices off and listen to the direction of the flight attendants…or else you might be meeting with the police when you land.

The Top Ten Gross Things Flight Attendants Have Seen Passengers Do on Airplanes

Gross. Yuck. Ewww. You fill in the words for this unbelievable list. All true according to the flight attendants reporting on it.

Cities With The Best Free Attractions

Looking for things to do in big cities that don’t cost an arm and leg is really not hard when you think about. You just have to look in other sources. And the Internet has so many articles and posts that you should be able to find something on any city in the world.

How the US government issues travel alerts

Interesting considering that many consider the US State Department to be very conservative when it comes to warnings and advisories. But it looks like they use the same warnings that the State Department employees in those countries would use.

Correcting Misconceptions About Frequent Flyer Miles

Frequent flyer miles are easier to come by and they are harder to come by. Yes, I know that was an oxymoron, but somewhat true. By opening credit cards and bank checking accounts, you can accumulate miles without ever stepping on a flight. Everyone should be looking into this even if you are not a frequent flyer.

Considering a Trip to Cuba? Be Careful

Beyond the warnings in the article, I am still annoyed that I can’t travel to Cuba without the US government giving me a hard time if they find out about it. We need to lift the restrictions so that Americans can travel there if we choose.

Is Slum Tourism Learning or Leering?

You may feel a little apprehensive about visiting a favela in Brazil, or a township in South Africa. When I was in Cape Town I visited the township of Langa. What did I learn? Did I leer? Not sure. There is a curiosity factor sure but what are you gaining from visiting?

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