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Archive: October 2011
oct 31

Is Boeing's New Dreamliner 787 Worth All the Hype?

Boeing has touted their new airplane as an industry “game changer,” but is it really all that it's cracked up to be?
oct 31

At What Age Can Children Vacation Solo?

Another way of thinking about this question is, "Do you think other people's teenagers should be allowed to fly unsupervised?"
oct 29

The Legal Ramifications Of Drinking And Flying

Have you ever been on a plane next to someone who seems a little wobbly? The consequences for being intoxicated on a flight can be pretty severe.
oct 28

Are Ads Inside Planes and on Rental Cars Obnoxious?

Or can you deal with them if the tradeoff is cheaper prices?
oct 28

Left-Handed Travelers Face Hassles

Problems include toilet tissue holders in hotel bathrooms often only work for right-handed customers.
oct 27

Holiday Travel: To Go Home Or Go Away

Do you look forward to reuniting with friends and family, despite the travel hassles? Or is it tempting to forgo the family feuds across the turkey and trimmings and just get away?
oct 27

Poll: Would You Travel For a Cause?

People across the U.S. are watching Occupy Wall Street on television, but some are traveling to join the movement.
oct 27

New Site Advises on How Not to Be a "Tourist"

How Not To Be A Tourist (or HNTBAT.com) is a new resource that's written by locals for savvy travelers seeking expert advice for visiting major cities.
oct 26

Buy Your Holiday Plane Tickets Now to Avoid Fare Hikes

Each day you wait to book tickets for Thanksgiving and the December holidays can cost you an additional $5 on average.
oct 25

8 Halloween Festivals Worth Traveling For

Once a year, we put on masks and devise creative ways to scare one another—and have a lot of fun doing so! As we gear up to celebrate Halloween this weekend, we tip our hats to eight places that are known for their spooktacular extravaganzas.
oct 25

Disney's New Restaurant Policy Is Hard to Stomach

Walt Disney World guests will have to pay a fee if they make restaurant reservations and fail to show up.
oct 25

Earn Miles or Higher Interest on Your Vacation Fund

Here are tips on how to shop for a good interest rate for an online account (CD, checking, debit, or money market) for a vacation savings fund. You can even earn miles on your money!
oct 24

Trip Coach: Share Your Upgrade Strategies

There are strategies you can use to improve your chances of snagging an upgrade.
oct 24

Is Legoland Florida Worth the Cost?

With the new Legoland Florida costing $75 plus tax for adults and $65 plus tax for children, we ask if it's worth the money.
oct 21

The Best National Parks For Fall Colors

The National Park Foundation tells us when and where to go for colorful foliage displays.
oct 21

Bragging Rights for 'America's Best Restroom'

When was the last time you returned from a vacation raving about a public bathroom?
oct 21

The Risks of Churning Mileage Credit Cards

Applying for lots of credit cards to earn airline mileage sign-up bonuses can hurt your credit score. That, in turn, can mean higher rates on loans from banks.
oct 20

The Amazing Wild Horses of North Carolina

On a tiny island on North Carolina's Crystal Coast, a herd of beautiful wild horses has survived for decades without any help from humans.
oct 20

The New Truth About Women Travelers?

A recent survey of travel agents tells us that shopping and sightseeing are the most popular travel activities among female travelers. See the rest of their results here.
oct 19

Southeast Asia Battles With Surging Floodwaters

Some of the worst flooding in decades has gripped Thailand and Cambodia, and raised concerns about travel to the region.
oct 19

Baby Lisa: Why Parents Traveling Alone Face Trouble

The news an intruder may have abducted a 10-month old baby in Kansas spotlights the trouble law-abiding parents have when traveling alone with their own children.
oct 19

The 3 Best Camera-phones by Network

When your primary camera is out of the picture, these three smartphones make solid backups.
oct 18

"Voluncruising" Options to Consider When Booking Your Next Vacation

Cruising for a Cause? Here's why you should consider "voluncruising" when booking your next trip.
oct 18

How to Avoid Flights That May Get Canceled

The FAA tells the airlines to cut back flights in bad weather. But they don't tell the airlines which flights to cancel. Here are tips for outsmarting the airlines.
oct 18

Why You Should Consider a Shoulder-Season Cruise

Twice a year cruise lines move their fleets—from Alaska to the Caribbean, say—to ensure that it's always sunny on deck. Called "repositioning cruises," these unusual itineraries afford the opportunity for unique trips at affordable rates.
oct 17

Chicago to Tokyo in Two Hours?

Billed as "space tourism", new aircraft will fly "sub-orbital" routes thaf could connect any two points on Earth within two hours. Test flights start in 2014.
oct 17

Want to Travel the World? Go to This Seminar

A nationwide event on Tuesday, October 18, will teach you how to plan your own "around-the-world" dream trip.
oct 14

What Do You Love/Hate Most About Your Local Airport?

Whether your local airport is a modest domestic terminal or a large international hub, tell us about its efficiencies and inefficiencies, and the hidden gem shops and eateries we should know about.
oct 14

Should Hotels That Charge for Wi-Fi Be Boycotted?

It makes less sense than ever for guests to be charged hefty fees for Wi-Fi access in their hotels.
oct 14

Vote for "New 7 Wonders of Nature"

Mark your calendar. You have until 11-11-11 to vote for the "New 7 Wonders of Nature."
oct 14

AirBnB Offers Free Pro Photography of Your Home

Airbnb will send one of its 1,000 contracted professional photographers to take "crisp, well-lit and composed photographs" of any host's property for listing.
oct 13

When Will Egypt Be Back On the Tourist Map?

Ongoing political violence and demonstrations in Egypt are making it hard for the country's tourism industry to rebound — and yet tourists are trickling back.
oct 13

No Online Booking Fee? Turns Out That's Only Sometimes True

Sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity promise "no fee" booking…but have you read the fine print?
oct 13

Talking Travel on Facebook Can Cause Trouble

Oversharing is when you divulge too much vacation information that may put your house at risk for burglary.
oct 12

Can a Chain Hotel Pull Off Boutique-Style Amenities?

Four big-name brands are looking to the little guys for inspiration.
oct 12

Video: Police Catch Man Pointing Laser at Aircraft

The lights can temporarily blind pilots. So it's fun to watch this jerk pointing a laser get caught.
oct 11

Is This the RV of the Future?

The design of a new camper van is "flipping amazing." Right now, it's the best car money can't buy.
oct 11

Get Behind-the-Scenes Access to New York City’s Off-Limits Architectural Gems

Ever wonder what it would be like to have the keys to New York City? Well now you don’t have to be some foreign dignitary or military hero to get that all-access pass!
oct 10

Poll: Are Tours Passé?

The classic tour is in the midst of a bit of an identity crisis.
oct 10

Japan May Give Away 10,000 Flights to Foreigners

Next April, Japan may give 10,000 foreigners free round-trip plane tickets, to encourage tourism.
oct 10

3 New Boutique Hotels Where a Niche Theme Dictates Design

This year, as we put together our annual story on the best new boutique hotels in the world—all with rooms for $150 or less a night—we noticed that a few share one thing in common. They take the idea of a niche theme and run with it. Here are three of our favorites.
oct 10

Gowalla's New Focus as a Travel Guide

Like Foursquare, Gowalla is a location-based tool that broadcasts your whereabouts. Unlike Foursquare, the tool has just become a handy guide (or "social atlas") for travelers visiting unfamiliar cities.
oct 07

Bing Makes Navigating Airports a Breeze

With its new, free Airport Maps tool, Microsoft lets users scour online layouts of 42 airports in the United States, including the locations of snack stops, ATMs, and restrooms.
oct 07

The 787 Dreamliner Debuts This Month

The first high-tech Boeing 787 Dreamliner will have its first passenger flight later this month. Starting next year, it promises to bring American travelers more comfort in the skies.
oct 06

Google is Mapping the Amazon

...what destination should they cover next?
oct 06

Fares to Europe May Spike in 2012 Due to International Showdown

Starting in the New Year, American travelers flying to a European airport may have to pay roughly €6 to €12 (or about $8 to $16) per transatlantic plane ticket in extra charges.
oct 06

What's the Most Surprising Thing You've Seen at a Chain Hotel?

All too often, the surprises we encounter when traveling are of the disappointing variety. On a quick trip to Austin last weekend, my dirt-cheap room at a Super 8 was a veritable cornucopia of surprises—all pleasant!
oct 05

A Few Appetizing Food Museums

Have you ever checked out a museum that specializes in cuisine? Here are three worth a look.
oct 05

Two Sweet Spots for Travel Bargains in the Near Future

Timing is everything. When trying to score the best deals, when you travel is just as important as where you're traveling.
oct 05

Establishing a Greater New York-Seoul Connection

New Yorkers are being encouraged to visit Seoul, and Seoul's city dwellers to come to New York as part of a new joint marketing agreement that includes a limited time airfare deal.
oct 05

A Cool Small Town Comes Together After Flooding

In 2009, we declared Owego, N.Y., one of America's Coolest Small Towns. Now, after a devastating flood, residents of the village are showing just how cool they really are—even under the worst kind of pressure.
oct 04

The 10 Best Wine Regions You've Never Heard Of

Under-the-radar tasting spots to add to your to-go list.
oct 04

Rollercoasters Get 'Super-Sized' for Overweight Theme Park Guests

Are some theme park guests too big to ride rollercoasters safely?
oct 04

How to Get in Better Shape While Backpacking Around the World

One 27-year old proves you can put on ten pounds of muscle while being on the road for three months without access to gym equipment.
oct 03

Hotel Alarm Clocks: A Waste of Time?

Rely on the typical hotel alarm clock, and you may not be woken up on time.

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