With gas prices soaring in the US and around the globe, the cost to drive to a vacation destination is becoming a much larger expense item in the overall travel budget. Although it's easy to see that gas prices have risen dramatically in the past several months, it's not nearly as easy to figured out how it will impact that upcoming car trip, so here are the items you need to take into consideration to calculate how much it will cost to drive to a destination.
The airline is not your friend. It will do anything it can to gouge your dignity, time, and most of all, money. One of the biggest scams to get a few extra bucks out of you are those dreaded baggage fees. If the lines, security, "random" screenings, and unwanted fondling aren't bad enough, you have to pay them to check your bags (which, most of the time, is done poorly). Flying truly is the most inconvenient way to travel.
With the new screening protocols and their full body x-ray scanners, the TSA is taking constant criticism from unhappy travelers. Between the nude images the scanner produces and the awkward pat downs, air travel will never be the same. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for your flight and the TSA security checkpoints.
Reddit user craigyboy2601 knows a thing or two about airline baggage handlers. After all, he is one. So, when he offers some tips on how to protect your luggage from loss or damage, you should probably pay attention! Here are the highlights from his post.
With all the documents ready, we need to fill our wallet with money for the travel. This video discusses various ways of filling the pocket. That is how to prepare the money for international travel. Over the years credit cards have been widely used by many travelers, which is safer than carrying cash. In this case we need to contact the credit card provider well in advance and notify them about the travel. Also we need to learn about the various fees applicable to international purchases. Th...
Hitting the friendly skies? Not bringing a lot of stuff can save you the hassle of checking in a luggage or being searched at the airport. Watch this video tutorial by Better TV for tips on how to pack light and tight for your next trip.
Here's a short video on how to prepare luggage to pack your cosmetic products. Remember to use regular sturdy luggage.
Summer is almost here and you’re looking forward to that exotic vacation but you are going to need a passport and photos to go in it. There are a few simple ways to get a photo for your application. Find the method that is best for you and get traveling.
Did you know you can help protect yourself when traveling with a gun? No, not like that; and not in any way that's going to land you in prison. Simply by packing a gun, you can ensure that not only will your luggage be safer, but that the airline will make certain that it reaches its destination. Photo by Alamy
There's absolutely nothing comfortable about flying, unless you happen to be tiny enough to fit into the limited space offered on airplanes, or wealthy enough to afford a first-class ticket. And if you're about to embark on a long flight, catching a few Zs can feel like an impossible task. But it's definitely not impossible to get some quality sleep for a few hours, you just need to know how to use that limited space to your advantage.
Water therapy has been used for thousands of years to help destress and relax. And with all the distractions that we have these days, there's no better time to get away from it all and take a visit to the lake.
This how to video shows you how to pack a suit. First, start off with the jacket. Fold one half inside out. Take the other half and tuck the sleee into the other. The shoulders should be lined up and straight. Pop up the collar and then stuff the shoulders with your socks. Pack the area below it with underwear. Fold the sleeve over and then roll it down tightly. Now you will not have creases on your jacket. For the pants, fold it in half and make it as dense as possible. You should be able to...
Before you get started exploring a big new city or even just getting reacquainted with the one you live in now, make sure you aren’t putting yourself in any unnecessary danger. Memorize good traveler habits that will keep thieves and scam artist off your back.
Wedding insurance, vacation packages, travel discounts – the American Automobile Association offers its members more than free towing.
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Bud Brown explains how to know when to use a voltage adapter in the Philippines. The United States and the Philippines have different voltage systems. In the United States 110 volts are used, and in the Philippines 220 volts are used. If you plug something from one system into the other system, it will not work correctly and may ruin your equipment. Consider that computers and phone chargers are equipped to handle both systems. Check the labels on your electrical equipment to determine if it ...
FAST is an expedited travel program for commercial truck drivers that travel between the US and Canada. FAST cards are available to citizens or permanent residents of Canada or the US. The FAST program is viewed as a privilege by both Canada and the US. You can be denied for the FAST program if you do not have a clean driving record and a clean record with the Canadian Border Services and The US Customs and Border Protection. Things such as being caught with undeclared items and having a crim...
In this how-to video you'll learn all the tricks and tips to getting yourself through airport security quickly and easily, even if you have electronic gadgets. Some companies produce travel gear that the TSA will let pass through without having to remove your laptop or electronics. Timesaver! Watch this video and you'll soon be cruising through the "Expert Traveller" line.
Packing a suitcase so that everything arrives unwrinkled is an art, but it’s one everyone can learn.
So you don't have a lot of time to pack your suitcase or overnight bag, or you've decided to take a spontaneous vacation. And you want to make sure that you don't forget anything you need. Here is how you can quickly and efficiently pack a suitcase!
Today is the day before Thanksgiving. It's also the BIGGEST travel day in North America. Everyone is taking flights home to their family and friends for a nice Thanksgiving dinner. But this holiday will be one to remember thanks to the TSA.
In this video, we learn how to keep your backpack safe while riding on trains in Europe with Scott Dean. When you're on a long train ride, there are high chances your bag could get stolen while on a train. If you have to leave your bag in the back, make sure you use a bag lock on it. If you are able to keep it next to you, lock your bag onto a nearby rack or the shelf. You can find a number of bag locks at www.pac-safe.com, they make a ton of different locks and travel gear that's beneficial ...
The citizenship card is a document that naturalized Canadian citizens use to prove that they are Canadian citizens. This card is needed to get certain documents such as a Canadian passport. It never expires but it can be updated to include a new picture or name change. Citizens born in Canada do not use the card, they use their birth certificate to prove citizenship. Naturalized citizens can apply for this card and so can people with parents of Canadian descent. People who have previously had...
Contrary to what most people do, letting your dog stick it's head out the window is not a safe way of transporting your animal! Check out this video for some tips on how to safely travel with your dog.
Reduce your chances of becoming the seatmate everyone hates by learning how to head off a screaming jag.
This video slideshow from Southwest airlines, demonstrates the current procedure for boarding a flight. Follow along with the tips so your trip goes as smoothly as possible. Southwest airlines now allows passengers to check in at home or at any computer up to a day before the flight, to decrease stress and rush at the airport. Watch this video travel tutorial and learn how to board a Southwest airlines flight. Board a Southwest airplane.
Sleeping the car can be a pain, but sometimes it's necessary. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to make your own car hammock with a king sized sheet and some rope.
Immigration and immigration policy are some of the biggest discussions happening in international and domestic politics right now. From building walls to opening borders, a definitive plan has not been made about how to deal with the large number of people who are fleeing their home countries in hopes of a different life.
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means everyone will be scrambling over the next couple of weeks to find the cheapest options for flights to wherever home is. There are so many sites to buy them from that it can be hard to know where to start, so we've compiled some tips and tricks for making the process as painless as possible, whether you're flying home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whenever.
How to Find Cheap Airfare In a world with a troubled economy and where travel costs climb daily, getting the cheapest ticket for your flight home can be a scary task. Before you buy, check out this guide to help you find the best deal.
Traveling for Christmas? You don't have to forego holiday decorations just because you're celebrating from a hotel room! This tutorial shows you a few tips, like window decals and tabletop Christmas trees, that you can use to maintain the festive spirit while traveling.
Many traditional Japanese homes lack the Western shower we know and love and favor instead the traditional Japanese bath called an ofuro. Like many activities in Japan there is a culturally tied correct process for using an ofuro, and this video will teach it to you so you can be clean and comfortable on your next trip to Japan.
If you're traveling across time zones, you might find yourself experiencing jet lag. Use these tips to help bring your body and mind into sync so you can easily and quickly reset your sleep schedule. You can also use this method if you're changing shifts at work!
In this video, we learn how to pack a suitcase like a professional concierge. First, you want to tuck in the edge of the case and pack the shoes at the very bottom. After this, tuck shoes or underwear into boots and shoes to help save room. Next, lie the jeans over the luggage and then fold shirts up to where you are rolling them from the bottom up and place them on the pants. Add in any more shirts, then place the waist band and bottom of the pants over the shirts. Use tissue paper on the to...
In this tutorial, we learn how to fill out a Canadian permanent resident application. Before you start, make sure you have all your personal information with you. After this, begin the application by filling out all the different sections. You must answer every question on this application or it will be deemed incomplete. You will be asked your address information, employment information, family information, and many other things. When you finish you application, you may be asked to provide a...
In this video, get real travel tips from a professional flight attendant. If you travel as much as a flight attendant does, you are bound to wind up in some horrible motels along the way. In this video, learn fleabag motel survival skills from a pro.
River rafting is a fun, exciting trip. In this tutorial, from the professionals at OARS, you will learn how to make a checklist for your trip and how to pack them. You will need to make sure you are packing light, taking the right items for safety and keeping everything dry.
You've boxed up and shipped all your other possessions for the big move and all you're left with is the little issue of how your getting your car there. There are companies out there that will ship your car to you, just make sure your car is prepped for the journey.
Backpacking through Europe is a great way to see a new country. This video tutorial shows male travelers what to include in a travel backpack and offers insightful tips on enjoying a trip through Europe. As a general rule, you'll want to reach a balance between light packing and thorough preparedness. Create a packing system based on item demand, dividing items into the bottom, middle, and top sections of your bag. Finally, bring a journal to record important information and for writing down ...
Thinking of planning a trip to India? Better wait 'til next year. Holi, the festival of colors, looks absolutely breathtaking.