Friday, November 30, 2012

Non-US Focused Air Travel Search and Safety

The better known travel sites, such as Expedia, Travelocity and Kayak, all favor U.S. airlines. But there is a world of other airlines out there, many of them offering seats at a lower price and perhaps a better itinerary (such as non-stop). I discovered this big time when I was researching a flight from the U.S. to Istanbul, then flying to Bucharest and flying home from Budapest. The airfare was exhorbitant.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Buying European Train Tickets Online

If you will be traveling in Europe by train, here is some info and web sites that could be helpful.

- If you are buying your ticket in country, write down the beginning and ending destination, the date and time of travel, and, if you know it, the train number. Hand this to the ticket clerk to make it clear where you want to go and when. I have a friend who wanted to go to Evian and the first ticket she received was to Avignon.

- For research from home start with the German National railway site. It sells tickets only for Germany but it includes the schedules for all of Europe. Remember to use the non-Anglicized spellings for place names such as Moskva instead of Moscow. For Venice, you want Venezia Santa Lucia, not Venezia Mestre which is located on the mainland.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stay Healthy During Your Travels

Trying to stay healthy while traveling? Of course.

Then be aware of these very germ-y places:

Hotel room TV remote - Who cleans them? No one, unless you do with an antiseptic wipe

Hotel bedspreads - Strip it off the bed and throw it on the floor. Use only the clean sheets that are changed between guests.

Hotel light switches - Doesn't everyone entering a hotel room touch the light switch? Another place for those antiseptic wipes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review: Caribbean Princess Canada New England Itinerary

I need to preface this review by saying I did not go on this cruise for the ship or the itinerary. Cruising friends from California and Arizona were sailing together on this cruise and I decided to accept the invitation to join them. Traveling alone, and therefore paying 200% for my cruise fare, I booked the cheapest inside cabin -- my first time in an inside. A bit nervous about that, I figured it was worth the try.