Budget Travel

How To Use Frequent Flyer Miles (Or, How To Fly Free)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Frequent flyers are lately becoming frequently frustrated, being frequently denied, and are frequently failing to redeem their miles for the tickets that they want at the airline’s base redemption rates. With many airlines posting negative profits, the neighborhood kid selling lemonade is finding more financial success in business than airlines worth billions. This is causing […]

Ask An Expert: How To Travel Cheap

Thursday, July 8, 2010

GoMad Nomad recently introduced a new “Ask GoMad Nomad” feature on their site (à la the seemingly defunct “Ask Rolf” series on World Hum). In its inaugural post, GoMad tackles a very familiar question that pretty much all travelers face at one time or another: How to travel without going broke? GoMad recommends exploring the […]

What Are The Hidden Prices In Airline Tickets?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Transparency. It’s a buzz word that usually floats around issues involving politics and the economy. People demand to know whether their money is spent on frivolity or if it is going towards something appropriate. This hold especially true in the airline industry. I always wondered why certain flights were much pricier than others, how removing […]

Video: Barcelona — By Skateboard

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Come see Barcelona with Danny. You remember Danny, right? My 37-year-old unemployed friend who spends his days in Barcelona drinking coffee, smoking, cigarettes, and skateboarding around the city with nary a care. Yes, I’m jealous. Enjoy this unique look at Barcelona.

Budget Friendly Tips On Bike’n It Around The World

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It just so happens that exactly one year ago I was ripping around Beijing in a wolfpack of other cyclists. First I headed South, through Tian’anmen Square to the Pearl Market. Then I took my new knock-off iPod over to the Temple of Heaven and back to a market near Tian’anmen for some tea and Dim Sum. For the afternoon I headed north to the […]

Frommer Watch: Cheap Bus Edition

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

If you’re traveling anywhere in the Northeast this summer, this one’s for you. In his most recent posting, Art’s blogging about the proliferation of dirt-cheap bus lines operating in the Northeast, including Megabus, Boltbus, Fung Wah, DC2NY, and Vamoosebus. And to help you out finding the best deals, a Kayak for bus sitess has launched […]

Three Sites You Should Know For Traveling Cheap

Friday, April 16, 2010

My eyes usually begin to gloss over when I start to read those articles about someone’s “tips to traveling cheap.” Don’t fly during major holidays. Shop around online for the best ticket. Pass when the hotel manager offers you the penthouse suite with the champagne-filled jacuzzi. But I did like a couple of site tips […]

Your Guide To Free New York This Summer

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

This morning, as a tour bus nearly took out a part of my foot while I was crossing the street, I realized that tourist season had officially begun here in New York, a season that seems to coincide with both baseball season and me-sweating-profusely-due-to-lack-of-air-conditioning-on-the-subway-platform season. Back in December, when a few other visitors were in […]

How You Too Can Snag Student Discounts For Travel

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

You have to be a student to take advantage of student discounts on travel, right? Wrong. (And I’m not talking about using that four-year-old student I.D. left over from grad school.) This week the NYT reports how various student sites like STA Travel and Student Universe are aiming to up their revenue by expanding their […]

What You Need To Know About CouchSurfing

Thursday, March 4, 2010

There were a number of confused reactions this weekend at the NYT Travel Show by the more senior members of the audience when the speakers would get into such things as Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. But there was perhaps no greater confusion (and sometimes indignation) than when the topic turned to CouchSurfing.com. Of course, for […]

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