A city the size of London offers much to see and do. But sometimes, it pays to take a day trip out of the city.
You can see ruins and bath houses from Roman times, two of the world's finest universities, and the birthplace of a literary genius, among many other attractions. Best of all, these places within two hours by rail from London.
Consider five short trips from London that can be completed in a day.
Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Winter Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: a pair of bed & breakfast offers, and a sale on Cancun vacations.
Watching bags loaded into a cargo hold is literally watching profits add up for the airline. Most people are paying a premium for the convenience of checking their luggage.
They'll also pay money for having too many bags, or for items that weigh too much. If you're a budget traveler, you'll want to shoot for one bag carry-on travel. It's important to minimize airline baggage fees. To do it, you'll have to maximize the service of that carry-on bag.
Accessories that could help you save on baggage fees are great for holiday travel and as gifts.
Many of us are beginning to think about the new year ahead. Undoubtedly, 2014 will bring with it many changes.
For a number of years now, I've tried to predict a few travel changes for the upcoming year. They're based on reading I've done and trends that are usually already apparent in the marketplace.
Cultural tourism and wellness tourism are becoming more popular, and could affect the bottom line price on your next trip.
I'm sure I'll be on target with a few of these, and perhaps miss completely on some others. That's the nature of the prediction business, and I'm glad I don't do this as a profession.
If nothing else, I hope these predictions prompt you to pay close attention to travel industry news in the year ahead. Those who don't keep up sometimes pay more money.
Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Winter Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: $100 off certain Rail Europe passes (until Friday, Dec. 6), discounts on Walt Disney World vacations and savings on Entertainment Book purchases.
If you'll be traveling during the holidays, have you considered bringing along your pet? It's possible, but you will need to do some research and be prepared for additional costs. Airlines, trains, buses, and hotels all have specific policies about pets. Pet Travel on a Budget will provide assistance in tackling the possible barriers. It also links to resources that can be helpful as you determine whether or not to travel with a pet.
It's been a cold, snowy weekend across many parts of North America, and ski resorts are opening from coast to coast.
Ski deals are easiest to find early- and late-season, because conditions during those times might not be ideal. But if you want to go during the prime-time skiing months of January, February or March, it pays to start planning now.
Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Fall Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: a series of hotel and resort offers that for holiday travelers.
I received a news release this week warning travelers to beware of "travel 'protection' insurance policies, which are often worthless to consumers."
The release comes from the National Consumers League, which did a study earlier this fall that focused on trip-cancellation insurance. The group found that form of insurance is "aggressively marketed during the airline ticket-buying process." For example, the online form frequently has a check box to buy travel insurance that is already checked, meaning consumers must actively decline the option or they could unwittingly have it added to their tabs.
The study found that the exclusions (loopholes for the insurance company) are frequently the most common reasons a consumer cancels a trip. Some examples: illness involving an existing medical condition, pregnancy or childbirth, termination of employment, and date changes on a student's test or for a business meeting.
Good advice: Always check and double-check the exclusions on any policy prior to buying travel purchase. Don't simply buy insurance for piece of mind. If it excludes the most likely problems, it's not worth buying.
If you travel the world on a budget, it's likely you'll be stepping onto a few trains. In many places, a train ride saves both time and money.
But there are common mistakes that rob train travelers of those advantages.
Some people buy passes they don't need. Others fail to manage time and itineraries properly.
Avoid these 8 common train travel mistakes.