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A Guide to Airline Fees

Airlines typically don’t like raising the prices of their flights, as this is what most people judge them on, and is often the deciding factor as to which airline a person flies with.
Because of this, …

6 Websites That Allow You to Hire (or Become) an Independent Tour Guide

One of the best ways to quickly explore a new city is to go on a guided tour.
Traditionally, if you wanted to take a tour of a city, you’d book one through a big-name company …

Vacation Rentals: An Alternative to Hotels

While I’m often preaching the benefits of staying in hostels on this site (as opposed to staying in hotels), vacation rentals are an often overlooked form of accommodation, as they can offer real luxury for …

Are Eurail Passes Worth the Money?

One of the more popular ways of traveling around Europe these days is to buy a Eurail pass (which allows rail access to up to 23 countries) and travel by train.
This often involves paying a …

How Technology Has Changed Travel – What if Jack Keroac Had an iPhone & SatNav?

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is often heralded as one of the most important novels of the 20th century and one of the most inspirational travel books of all time.
Because Kerouac wrote ‘On the Road‘ …

Is Traveling Cheaper Than Living at Home?

Something I often hear is “I’d love to go traveling, but I just can’t afford it right now.”
When I ask how much money they think it costs to go traveling, the answer is usually a …

The Best Places Around the World to Take a Cooking Class

One of the best ways to experience another culture is to sample its food.
An even better way of developing an understanding with another culture is to learn how to cook their food for yourself …

How to Choose a Child-Friendly Hiking Destination

Hiking out in the wild allows you to immerse yourself within nature and to take a break from the stresses of modern life.
Hiking is also a great way to introduce children to nature (especially for …

4 Reasons to Travel in the Off-Season

Have you ever been traveling and quickly grown tired with overfilled hostels and hotels, restaurants that seem to be booked up for eternity and long queues for overpriced attractions?
If so, you’ve probably been doing most …

How to Plan a Trip Without a Guidebook (By Using Evernote)

Typically, when you plan a trip somewhere you don’t do it all in one go.
If you want to plan your trip thoroughly, there are multiple steps you need to go through, each of which demand …

Planning a Trip Around the World? Start Here!

Planning a round the world (RTW) trip can be a difficult, stressful, overwhelming process (especially for first-timers) as there’s so much to consider and so much that can potentially go wrong.
Because of this, I’ve created …

You’ve Paid for Travel Cover, But Are You Actually Insured?

Summertime is fast approaching, and many holidaymakers will soon be packing their bags.
The more sensible holidaymakers out there will no-doubt be packing the details of their travel insurance policy, but will they actually be covered?
As …

How You Can Save Money on Plane Tickets By Buying Them Separately

Buying multiple plane tickets?
According to Jason Steele of MoneyTalksNews.com, you might be able to save money if you search for each ticket individually, as doing so will ensure you’re being quoted the lowest available ticket …

Going Away for Memorial Day – When Should You Hit the Road?

Everyone who’s ever driven a long distance will know how annoying it can be to get stuck in traffic.
With Memorial Day coming up (and the massive amounts of travelers it brings with it), anyone taking …

How to Travel Plastic-Free (and Why You Should Try Doing it)

As people become more and more aware of the damage we’re doing to the world through using (and not reusing) plastic items, the inevitable question that most environmentally aware travelers will ask is “what can …

Taking a Trip on Your Motorcycle? Here’s What Gear You Need to Take (Depending on Your Trip)

There are a lot of factors that determine what gear you should take with you when taking a trip on your motorcycle.
For example, the length of your trip (whether it’s a one-day, multi-day or multi-week …

Has Ultralight Backpacking Gone Too Far?

Whenever a new trend or a new way of doing things becomes popular, there is almost always (at some point) a backlash, as people go back to doing things ‘the old way’.
It seems that (for …

How to Choose a Travel Agency

This guest post was written by Michelle Tomlin, who writes about travel and saving money at www.travelinsurance.org.
Finally taking that long awaited holiday you’ve needed in order to unwind and relax?
Doing all the research and booking by …

5 Surprisingly Useful Items to Have in Your Backpack

Before you start packing for a trip, it’s a good idea to make a list of all the items you need to take, then cross each one off as you pack it in your bag.
These …

How to Rent a Summer Vacation Home

If you’re planning on going away this summer, renting a summer vacation home can be a great alternative to staying in hotels, motels and hostels.
Providing you’re staying in one place for a while, renting a …

How to Negotiate a Month Off Work

Sometimes a week off work just isn’t enough.
To really experience a new country and to really immerse yourself in the culture a week isn’t long enough.
The problem is, negotiating more than two weeks off from …

How to Travel With Friends (And Return Home as Friends)

Although there are many benefits to traveling solo, for many people traveling with a group friends is the most enjoyable way of experiencing the world.
Traveling has the power to create lifelong bonds between you and …

Traveling to USA: What is ESTA, and Why Do You Need it?

Those of you who have traveled to the USA in the past will recall filling out green forms on the flight in (or while standing in the immigration queue if you forgot!).
In the last few …

A List of Travel Insurance Terms You Should Know When Buying a Policy

Whenever you go traveling abroad (whether you’re taking a gap year, a career break or whatever) it’s important that you properly protect yourself by taking out a travel insurance policy.
A good travel insurance policy will …

4 of the Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards

For anyone who travels, having a travel rewards credit card is a great idea as it allows you earn special rewards as you go (similar to store loyalty cards).
Credit card travel rewards can range from …

What is the True Cost of ‘Free’ Travel Insurance Policies? Travel Insurance Tips

When planning a trip, travel insurance is usually the last thing on most people’s minds, as no-one expects to be ending their trip in a hospital.
This may explain why, unlike health, life and automobile insurance …

How to Pack a Surfboard for Air Travel

In a recent post I outlined the best airlines for those traveling with a surfboard.
Let’s say you’ve found (and booked your flight with) and airline that’ll allow you to bring your surfboard on the plane …

Is It Better (Cheaper) to Ship Your Bags Instead of Checking Them?

Tired of the ever-increasing baggage fees you’re forced to pay whenever you fly with certain airlines?
These days, it seems that most budget airlines charge you more in baggage fees than they do for your airline …

How to Find Great Travel Deals Using Twitter

In case you haven’t heard of Twitter (and you’ve been living under a rock on Mars for the past two years), it’s a free social tool that allows you to ‘follow’ the Twitter profiles of …

New Technologies That Are Making Travel More Social

Throughout the years, technology has always changed the way people travel.
Cars and airplanes enabled us to go further, more quickly.
The rise of the internet allowed people plan and research their travels in greater detail than …

How to Prevent Your House’s Pipes from Bursting in Cold Weather While You’re Away

Lately it seems that global warming has been digging its claws in deeper and deeper, as recent winters seem to have been colder than ever.
One of the best things about traveling is that you can …

When is the Best Time to Book a Cruise?

Getting the best deals when traveling largely comes down to timing (and knowing where to look).
We’ve already covered the best time to buy airline tickets (which is on a Tuesday roughly eight weeks before your …

How to Set an Effective Out-of-Office Message

Before going on holiday, the last thing on most people’s minds is leaving an ‘out-of-office’ message to inform their co-workers that they’re away.
Making sure you do leave one (and an effective one at that), is …

How to Get to (and From) the Airport on a Budget

Getting to and from the airport can be a pain (and an expensive pain at that) if you don’t have someone to take you and pick you up.
Should you take a taxi? Should you drive …

When is the Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets?

Lots of people often asked me “When is the best time to buy airline tickets?”, and until recently I always told them “As far in advance as possible”.
While this is reasonable advice, it seems there …

Want to Study Abroad? How to Choose the Right Study Abroad Program for You

There are many reasons to study abroad.
Perhaps you want to take on an academic endeavor in an unfamiliar location.
Maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to travel (and you want your parents or a student …

Anti-Malarial Tablets: The Lowdown

As you may know, malaria is a potentially fatal disease that’s a massive problem in many parts of the world (particularly Africa, Asia and South America).
If you plan on traveling to a place where there …

Q&A: Worried About Traveling? Common Travel Concerns

So you’ve decided you want to go traveling. You’ve bought all your gear, planned your route and read the guide books.
Despite everything seemingly going to plan, you still have a few concerns/worries about traveling.
It’s …

5 Common Frequent Flyer Miles Myths Debunked

There are a lot of inaccuracies circulating around about frequent flyer miles (often called ‘air miles’) these days that can stop people getting the most out of them.
Frequent flyer miles are a great tool to …