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.
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.
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
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.
Are you taking your first trip to New York City? Intimidated because you're unfamiliar with how the subway system works? This video explains how to find a subway station, plan you route and get a metro card so you can find your way around Manhattan.
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.
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 ...
Are you lucky enough to be attending the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City? If so, then you have to make major preparations before you actually head off to the parade route.
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.
The politics of getting a good seat on a commercial flight are difficult to navigate and not fighting for a good seat can leave you uncomfortable for hours and wrecked when you arrive at your destination. This video features a travel expert outlining some tips for getting good seats on airplanes. Tips include joining a frequent flyer program and buying your tickets online, where you can often pick your seats.
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...
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.
In this tutorial, we learn how to spot bed bugs in your hotel room. Take the headboard off of the bed to see if you can spot the bedbugs and black flecks, which are blood specks from the bugs. You should also be able to see the bugs walking around, although they will be very small. Also, look around other spots and wood around the bed to see where there are marks from other bed bugs around the area. You will also be able to see eggs from the bugs around the inside of screws and bolts. Seeing ...
Betsy Sell and Tom Wilt of AAA Travel Services present this video to teach you how to plan for international travel. They teach you how to prepare the right documents, explain how to get a passport, and discuss travel insurance. They also discuss how to plan for emergencies and how to deal with different kinds of money such as travelers' checks. They also discuss how to pack, what to do when documents are lost, and safety tips. This video is the introduction in a series with this information ...
Need to leave town earlier or later than planned? Flying stand-by is not as simple as it used to be. Learn how to fly stand by - you never know when it may be necessary.
After dealing with a middle seat, a screaming baby, and a weather delay, you get to your destination—but your luggage doesn’t! It happens to 10,000 people every day, but that doesn’t have to be you. Learn some helpful tips on avoiding this common annoyance.
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...
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.
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.
This video is about Barcelona and gives you tips on where to bring your parents on a trip to Barcelona. It gives an overview to Camp Nou if you are a soccer/football fan.
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.
In this video, Jeff gives some tips to frequent travelers on how to avoid bringing bed bugs home with them. First, you should begin with inspections of a hotel room, making sure to bring a flashlight and looking carefully in the bed for any bugs. After a stay at a hotel, you should always check yourself for bed bugs before going home. This includes methods such as placing your suitcases in bags in order to avoid infesting your car and emptying your clothes from your luggage outside your home ...
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...
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...
Packing a suitcase so that everything arrives unwrinkled is an art, but it’s one everyone can learn.
Security is tighter than ever in U.S. airports. From the recent instigation of the hotly debated full-body scans and pat-downs to the TSA limiting every ounce of body lotion you bring, it's hard to make it through the security gates without some major airport hate.
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 save space while packing using 3 household items. You will need the following items: garbage bag, vacuum, and rubber band. First, fold your clothes and stack them on top of each other in a pile, then place a garbage bag around them. Now, take your rubber band and tie it around the bag, then stick the hose of the vacuum into the hole. Now, turn your vacuum on and let it suck the air out of the bag, and you will see the bag shrink within just a few minutes. Keep s...
Airport security lines are one of the biggest hassles involved in air travel. Navigating them quickly and successfully can be the difference between making your flight and not. This video offers some tips for how to get through security quickly, including buying airport-security-friendly luggage and packing said luggage in an easy-to-inspect way. Also, don't wrap any gift, as security may want to unwrap them!
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.
Hotels are anonymous and while this is a great thing, you should also be careful about the nameless folks who've used your room before you. Follow this tutorial to make the most of your hotel and ensure a great vacation experience.
Rafael and Zappos How To demonstrates how to pack your luggage efficiently. First, make a packing list to determine what you will need to bring on your trip. Go through your day in your mind and add things to the list accordingly. Don't forget your toiletries. Ideally bring one pair of shoes and coordinate your wardrobe accordingly. Lay out everything you will be packing and group them by like items. Don't put piles in your suitcase. Instead, roll your garment to prevent wrinkles and save spa...
Backpacking through Europe is an exciting and affordable way to see a new country. This video tutorial shows female travelers what to include in a travel backpack and offers insightful tips on enjoying a trip through Europe. Create a packing system based on item demand, dividing items into the bottom, middle, and top sections of your bag. As a general rule, include clothing that may be easily layered for colder climates.
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.
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 ...
Traveling with a child can always cause problems, especially if you have an infant. Here is some helpful information on how you can get an infant passport. Everyone traveling abroad needs a passport, even a young infant, so make sure that you don't get stuck by the rules of a foreign country. Applying for a passport isn't as hard as you may think, so check out this video tutorial on infant passports.
Super Fly Life brings this traveling video tutorial to teach you how to travel with a cat on an airplane. Traveling and need to fly with your pet kitty? Learn these five travel tips, from cat carriers to travel accessories to supplies, go with style and grace.
The TSA has placed new laptop bag procedures, shown in this how-to video, into effect. As expected, there have been a few folks who thought they could just leave their laptops in any old bag with cables and gadgets galore. The TSA expected some confusion and just like any new procedure rolled out, hopes that the majority of folks will get the hang of it pretty quickly. This video travel tutorial demonstrates the proper procedure for scanning a laptop at the airport.
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.
Sow your wild oats! In this video, Jody Fath shares the expertise she gleaned from her eleven months backpacking around the world. Learn where to say, how to protect your things safe while traveling and methods for finding employment legally while abroad.