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 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.
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.
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...
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.
Learn how to sleep in your car, and get a good night's sleep. This video will teach you how to outlast the economy in the wilderness, or your local Wal-Mart parking lot. If nothing else, you can do a road trip on the cheap, since you probably don't have a job anymore.
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.
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 ...
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 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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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...
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 ...
In this tutorial, Laurie Lee-Partner teaches us how to renew a US passport. First, you can only renew your passport if you have the current one and it expired less than five days ago. You will first need government form ds-82 and remember to sign it in black or blue ink, then send it in. Next, you will have to send in your passport that has already expired or is going to expire. Next, you will need two identical passport photos that have been taken in the last six months. They must be in colo...
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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...
Martha shares a good thing: a fun travel kit to keep kids entertained during trips. Get a plastic box at the store and let the children decorate it. Fill the box with fun things for the kids to do in the car. Don't forget snacks. It is fun to let the children have a map of their own in the car. Make a travel box.
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.
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
If you are going to travel outside the United States on a ski trip with Skitravel.com, you will need a passport. From Skitravel's website you can click the "get a passport" link. The link will take you to the US Department of State's passport form (the DS11 passport form). On the Department of State's form, you have two choices, a passport book or a passport card. The passport book is good for ten years and you can travel anywhere in the world with it. The second choice is the passport card. ...
Nexus is a pre-approved trusted traveler program that allows approved people expedited travel between Canada and the US. The card is available to US and Canadian citizens or permanent residents who travel by air or land between the two countries. Anyone traveling between the two countries must have their own Nexus card including babies. The Nexus card is considered a privilege by both the US and Canadian governments. You must have a clean record with both the Canadian Border Services and The ...
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.
This is an electronic travel authorization system used to gain travel authorization to the United States. There are certain countries that fall under a visa waiver program, meaning that you do not need a visa to enter the US to visit. In that case you use the ESTA system. The countries that qualify in the VISA waiver program include Andora, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lich...
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.
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 thinking "Aren’t toilets the same all over the world?” you don’t know squat. Travel in exotic countries requires the ability to be flexible with different cultures. Watch this video travel tutorial and learn how to use a squat toilet.
Check out this instructional video to learn how to use hotel room safety tips. Make your vacation or business trip uneventful when it comes to staying safe in your hotel. Check out these tips for keeping you, and your stuff, safe when you're sleeping away from home. Hotel Room Safety - Stay Safe and Secure in Hotels Video.
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.
Whether you have to move into your car or you want to, there are some bases you need to cover. This Howcast guide demonstrates how to live out of your car. This is also helpful for cross country trips.
Flying is complicated enough, especially when you are flying overseas. In this tutorial, Rick Seaney gives you tips on how to find the cheapest flights to popular international destinations. Rick also goes over how to save on luggage and other hidden airport upcharges. So, before you take your next big trip, check out this tutorial and get some insider information on how to avoid hefty costs and enjoy your holiday.
Packing a suitcase so that everything arrives unwrinkled is an art, but it’s one everyone can learn.
Melody Mann earned & perfected methods of folding depending on where the clothes are going to be after folding.
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.
This video is all about how to pack for vacation with in a small suitcase. This video helps to pack more things in less space.
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.
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 ...
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!