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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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Best Apps for Planning a Ski Holiday

Thinking about going on a skiing or snowboarding holiday?
There are now a number of great apps out there to help you plan such a holiday.
Donald Strachan, a specialist in new media and technology recently said: …

What to Do With All Your Stuff When You Travel

Before you embark on a trip around the world (or some period of extended travel) it’s a good idea to consider what you’re going to do with all of your things while you’re away.
What will …

Having a Backup Plan for Your Travel Documents

When you’re traveling (especially when traveling on your own), making sure you have a full-proof backup plan for your travel documents (i.e. in case you lose them) should be one of your top priorities before …

How to Visit Expensive Cities on a Tight Budget

Modern-day cities are the central hubs of life. Places like New York, London and Sydney are filled with people and amazing sights, and manage to compact a lot of greatness into a relatively small area.
Unfortunately, …

Question: What is the Best Foreign Language to Learn When Traveling the World?

Ideally, when choosing a new language to learn you’ll want to pick one that you’ll get a lot of use out of.
When traveling, you want to be able to communicate with as many people as …

Airport Rules for Carry-on Bags

After 9/11 the airport rules for carry-on bags (and more specifically what you can and can’t take on a plane) were shaken up and changed dramatically.
While this was undoubtedly a good thing (as it should …

The Best Fuel Calculator for a Trip

Need a fuel calculator for a trip? Look no further.
Taking a road trip with a few friends is one of the best ways of traveling, but with rising gas prices that vary all over the …

Pet Friendly Hotel Chains

Traveling with your pet can be a great experience (for both of you), but finding hotels that allow you to bring pets (such as cats or dogs) can be problematic at times.
The problem is that …

How to Prepare Yourself for Long-Term World Travel

When most people think about preparing for world travel they only think about the items (i.e. the travel gear) that they’ll need to buy (such as a backpack, hiking boots, etc.)
Most people never consider that …

Bus & Coach Travel in Europe

When most people think about traveling around Europe, they think about buying a Eurail pass and taking the train everywhere or about flying from city to city.
One of the cheapest ways to travel around Europe, …

How to Get Your Child a Passport

If you’re planning on traveling abroad with a child (or multiple children), it’s possible that they’ll need to have their own passport (depending on where you’re flying to).
Getting your children a passport is a fairly …

7 Reasons to Travel by Train

Before airplanes and motorcars were put into mass production and use, traveling by train was THE way to get around the country.
It seems, however, that with the recent economic slump train travel is making a …

How to Find Cheap Student Flights

Despite the world being in an economic crisis, the cost of flying seems to be as expensive as ever (presumably due to rising oil costs and the risk of airlines going into bankruptcy, among other …

A Guide to Traveling with Children on the Road

People often talk about how they have a large list of things they want to do (such as traveling) before they settle down and have children, but what if you want to take your children …

Air Travel with Toddlers and Young Children – A Survival Guide

Going on a family vacation with your young children/toddlers can be one of the best things you’ll ever do, as you’ll create great memories that will last a lifetime.
Traveling with toddlers (and in particular air …

Do Kids Need ID to Fly?

I recently had a question emailed to me regarding whether children need ID to fly or not:
Q.
“Dear Nick, I am going on holiday with my toddler in a couple of months and we will need …

Air Travel for Unaccompanied Minors

In these times of cheap flights and high divorce rates, there are a great number of minors flying unaccompanied by their parents.
If you’re worried about your your children flying on their own, there are a …

How to Avoid Your Flight Being Cancelled

There’s nothing more frustrating than getting to your gate at the airport only to find out your flight has been cancelled.
If this has never happened to you than you’re one of the lucky ones, but …

How to Travel During Pregnancy

Most women are highly sceptical about traveling during a pregnancy, as they feel that doing so is an unnecessary risk that could potentially cause harm to their unborn baby.
Most midwives will tell you that during …

How to Explain Your Desire to Travel to Those Who Don’t Get It

Picture the scene: In the last three years you’ve gone traveling at least twice (to different parts of the world) and had a great time. With this in mind, you proudly announce to your family …