Best Travel Deals and News – November 8, 2011 – Learning a Language on the Cheap, Fly on Thanksgiving Day, Bad Travel Situations and How to Get Out of Them, Best World Street Food, Flying with Kids

by brian on November 8, 2011

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Why Fly When You Can Take A Cruise Instead?
I am one of the 80% of Americans that has never taken a cruise. There are some travelers who look down at cruises as not “authentic” travel. Just opinion, in my opinion. Anything that gets travelers to a country other than their own, I am all for.

Travel Video of the Week
One Day on Earth

One Day on Earth – Motion Picture Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo.

Carmen Sandiego Movie Coming With Jennifer Lopez As Producer
J Lo as producer? I don’t know. But Carmen Sandiego was a big hit back in the day. How that would convert to the big screen would be an interesting test.

Hipmunk’s Thanksgiving Travel Guide (INFOGRAPHIC)
You should really consider flying on Thanksgiving Day. Less travelers and the prices may be slightly lower. Everyone want to be there on Thanksgiving morning. If you can get there by 2PM, you’re still in time for dinner and football.

An All-Night Bath Experience In Tokyo (PHOTOS)
Next time in Tokyo must try. Scrubbed fresh and clean and massaged for your time in Tokyo.

Would You Change Into Pajamas, Bathrobe, and Slippers on an Overnight Flight?
I say why not. As long as you are somewhat clothed, what’s the harm. Overnight flights are meant for sleeping so get as comfortable as possible. Just don’t strip down to your underwear and not expect to get a reaction from your fellow passengers.

Are We There Yet? When Families Fly
If you’re concerned about being separated from your kids on a flight, or not having enough milk to feed your toddler, you’ll want to read this story. The airlines are on razor thin profit margins (if there are any profits at all) so alot of the niceties they would extend to families are gone. Be prepared well in advance and don’t count on the airlines giving you any favors just because you’re bringing kids on board.

Can Egypt Overcome Its Travel P.R. Problem?
A big problem for Egypt. When there is violent revolution in a country it is hard to convince folks who want a nice peaceful vacation that they won’t get caught up in drama or not be able to leave the country when they have to. Your best protections is to stay on top of the news and make sure your travel insurance allows you to cancel for any reason. They do have those types of travel insurance policies but you’ve got to ask for it.

The Bahamas for a buck? Vision Airlines offers $2 round-trip flights BUT You End Up Paying Alot More
Remember that these prices sometimes have huge hidden costs? This one requires you to buy time at the resort, which raises the price to almost $1000. There are great deals out there, but make sure you read the fine print.

World’s happiest countries: 1 to 187
I find it sad that the bottom 10 countries are all on the African continent.

10 hostel mates you meet in hell
I laughed because most hostel visitors have encountered some of these people. But I think most would go back to hostels because the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.

7 Winter Adventures (No Skis Required)
Don’t want to ski? Can’t ski? There are still many options for the winter months. I love the idea of going to Iceland and swimming in the thermal pools naturally heated by volcanoes. I did that in Costa Rica and it was great. In Iceland you can have the alternating freeze/thaw effect with the cold weather and the hot springs.

Wanted: American couple for South Africa Tourism commercial
This could be a great deal for you and your honey. Convince the South African tourism board that you would be the best representative to show the wonders of the country. Free trip! Go ahead and apply.

8 Worst-Case Travel Scenarios
Your worst fear realized. Car accident in a rental. You lose your wallet. You end up in jail in a foreign country. You may not be able to completely eliminate the risk but there are things you can do to protect yourself and speed up getting yourself out of a sticky situation.

World’s best cities for street food
Bangkok, New York, some cities just lend themselves to great street food. The food truck is really big in many North American cities and is only getting bigger. Street food can be filling, cheaper and just as tasty as any sit-down restaurant.

Learn a New Language for Under $100
One of the biggest fears of some travelers is being in a foreign place and not having anyone understand you. You don’t have time for immersion classes before you get to your destination. Personally I like the Pimsleur series for learning enough for conversational use. Here are some other ideas for learning languages, either online or with content downloaded to your computer or smartphone.

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