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Save Money on Airfare by 'Fuel Dumping' (Maybe)

Save Money on Airfare by 'Fuel Dumping' (Maybe) Associated Press "The Economist's" business travel blog, Gulliver, posted this video entry yesterday on fuel dumping. In this instance, fuel dumping isn't what the F-111 pictured above is doing; it's the practice of booking extra legs on a trip, which you don't plan on...

Book Christmas Travel Immediately, Says Travelocity

Book Christmas Travel Immediately, Says Travelocity Corel We may still be in October, but if you are thinking of traveling home for the holidays, get on booking those tickets immediately. According to booking data from Travelocity, Christmastime travelers get the best deals when they book by Nov. 12. Granted it's...

Airbnb Users In NYC Spend More Money When Traveling Than Others

Airbnb has been the subject of a recent spate of legal fire in New York City. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, subpoenaed the guest-hosting company recently for data on its 15,000 NYC users. Airbnb refused to meet those demands in an attempt to...

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law

5Pointz Destruction Delayed Due To VARA Law I didn't try to veil my opinion in my recent post about 5Pointz closing. I am one of the many who are disappointed in the decision to tear down the graffiti-covered building in favor of a new luxury condo. But before we all continue to mourn the giant art installation of a...

Will a $16 Fee to Get Into Thailand Bring Classier Tourists?

Will a $16 Fee to Get Into Thailand Bring Classier Tourists? Siim Teller, Flickr Tourists to Thailand may soon be charged an entrance fee of 500 baht. That comes out to about $16, not really overkill for getting into a country that's full of street markets, pad Thai and full moon parties, now is it? The proposed entry fee is...

There's a Japanese Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals (Because of Course There Is)

There's a Japanese Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals (Because of Course There Is) Unagi Travel, Facebook You think you're feeling cooped up and need to get out and explore? What about that teddy bear of yours that hasn't emerged from your storage closet since 1985? A Japanese travel agency, Unagi Travel, which calls itself a "travel agency for stuffed...

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing?

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing? velo_city, Flickr We've all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they're doing their part to save the environment. Don't want towels changed in order to save water? Just hang 'em up, and the housekeeper will know that...

"Gringo Trails": What Are Travelers Doing To The Places They Visit?

"Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to...

5 Lesser-Known Things To See In Brooklyn

5 Lesser-Known Things To See In Brooklyn The buzz about Brooklyn has been building for years and while newbies to the borough keep moving in and exploring, some lesser-known things to see in Brooklyn remain just that. Iconic Brooklyn is wonderful –- Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island and the like....

How To Get Souvenirs From A Place You've Never Been

How To Get Souvenirs From A Place You've Never Been ABoxFrom.com Planning a trip to Tehran anytime soon? You probably aren't, due to heavy restrictions on travel to Iran, but you can get a taste of Persian culture with a trip to your mailbox. ABoxFrom.com is a service that compiles a box of souvenirs from far-flung places...

The 9 Items a Food Lover Always Needs to Pack

The 9 Items a Food Lover Always Needs to Pack Anna Brones Do you travel to eat? There's nothing better than exploring a new culture through the lens of food, be it crepes on a street corner or ordering an unknown item at the market. But any self-respecting food-lover should travel well prepared, and there are a few...

Cookisto: Airbnb For Home Cooking?

Cookisto: Airbnb For Home Cooking? Flickr, Sean Ganann We've seen collaborative consumption work with everything from car rentals like ZipCar, to vacation rentals like Airbnb. But would you pay to eat someone else's home cooking? Cookisto, a social network that connects home cooks with hungry "foodies,"...

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual...

10 Ways To Be A Terrible Airbnb Host

I recently wrote 10 Ways To Be A Terrible Airbnb Guest for Gadling. For all of the Airbnb hosts out there who found themselves nodding in agreement with the atrocities committed by some guests, well, it goes both ways. Making sure you avoid being a terrible guest is just...

Would You Book A Flight To An Unknown Destination?

Would You Book A Flight To An Unknown Destination? Flickr, Nico Hogg Earlier this year, new booking engine GetGoing began offering deep discounts to travelers with flexibility and a sense of spontaneity. You tell the site what type of trip or region you want, and it will give you two destinations and the airfare you'll pay,...

How 12,150 Cups Of Chocolate Pudding Turned Into A Million Frequent Flyer Miles

How 12,150 Cups Of Chocolate Pudding Turned Into A Million Frequent Flyer Miles While you may try to rack up frequent flyer miles from travel, airline-branded credit cards or online shopping, have you ever thought about pudding? One clever traveler turned a Healthy Choice promotion into enough miles to fly the world multiple times. In 1999, Civil...

Three Tips To Make Your Vacation Dream A Reality

Three Tips To Make Your Vacation Dream A Reality With so many amazing places to visit in the world, it's impossible to see everything. That's why some Americans have a travel bucket list. According to a recent Capital One survey, Hawaii (57 percent) is the top destination for most Americans on their travel bucket list...

Fuel Costs Aren't Making Airlines Eco-Friendly

As discussed in an article in The Economist today, airlines should theoretically be becoming more and more "green." Fuel costs are normally the largest single cost for airlines and rising fuel costs aren't good for the airline or the customer. One might assume that...

Southwest Airlines Now Has A 'No-Show' Policy

Southwest Airlines' leniency with "no-shows" has been a popular attractor for many customers. The airline has long boasted that their customers get to keep the total value of their flight purchase, even when they simply don't show up. While the idea of not losing...

Spirit's Eyebrow-Raising Ads Seem To Be Working

If nothing else, Spirit Airlines is original. The company has created MILF ads, a campaign timed with the Anthony Weiner scandal called "The Weiner Sale," ads that referenced the BP oil spill of 2010 (one of the slogans was, "Check out the oil on our beaches"), and more....

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