Travel Ideas

Hottest Destinations for 2011

by Jordan Simon. Posted Jan 10th 2011 10:25 PM

Tony the Misfit, flickr

What makes a destination the world's next "it" place to visit? Is it trendy new hotels, increased air access, exciting events -- or economy? Come jet away with us to our picks for 2011's hottest spots.
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How to Travel for (Almost) Free

by Jordan Simon. Posted Sep 16th 2010 01:57 AM
There are lots of ways to travel on the cheap: staying at a backpacker hostel, taking a gamble on a one-star motel. But what if you are looking for something really cheap? Say, free?
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FAA Doling Out Record Fines

by Jordan Simon. Posted Aug 27th 2010 11:47 AM

egmTacahopeful, flickr

Just as travelers are getting upset about the rising prices and fees, airlines are taking issue with record fines being levied by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA has a dead serious stance against airline safety improprieties and since 2004 has imposed nearly $30 million in civil penalties against more than 25 carriers. And on Thursday, regulators levied a fine of $24.2 million against American Airlines. That figure, the largest fine in FAA history, nearly trebles previous sanctions.
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America's 10 Best Islands

by Jordan Simon. Posted Aug 24th 2010 11:46 AM


As America the Beautiful so lyrically states, our country extends "from sea to shining sea," and some of the greatest escapes in the U.S. are to the islands that line our eastern and western coast (and don't forget the Great Lakes). The islands all have their own personalities and there is something for everyone -- breathtaking hikes through national parks, inns housed in quaint Queen Anne manses, plus maritime history to spare.
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Airline Fees On the Rise (Again)

by Jordan Simon. Posted Aug 13th 2010 05:18 PM

jondoeforty1, flickr

We're beginning to sound like a broken record. It was just in May that we last examined the extra fees increasingly imposed by airlines, and they are at it again. New fees, part of a practice dubbed "unbundling," include peak travel surcharges, fees for standby, early boarding, and seat assignment, many sneakily hidden in the overall fare. The Department of Transportation estimated that now airlines present passengers with more than 100 additional fee options. So what do you need to know before you book?
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America's Best Beach Towns

by Jordan Simon. Posted Jun 18th 2010 01:15 PM

rockmixer, flickr

As the summer season starts, finding the perfect beach for sunbathing and splashing in the surf becomes a national pastime, even obsession. But what happens off the sand is just as important. While we all hope that the sun will shine every day of our vacation, it's good to know there are options if the skies open up. These ten towns are classic Americana and are packed with museums, shops, and other rainy-day diversions, plus lots of fun festivals and outdoor activities if you want to do something more active then turning the pages of the latest chick-lit release (did someone say mini-golf?).
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Secret Beaches of the US

by Jordan Simon. Posted May 19th 2010 03:08 PM

Asim Choudhri

Hate crowds? So do we. While the beauty and appeal of popular destination beaches is undeniable, the stretches are usually as sardine-packed as the Southern California waters when the grunions run. Fortunately, we found amazing sand-and-surf getaways for beachcombers who savor solitude, just in time for the summer season to go into full swing. Most are fairly remote and are accessible only by boat or strenuous hike while others fly under the radar despite being right under your zinc oxide-slathered nose. So grab a suit, towel, and book and hit these ten off-the-grid beaches.
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Should We Be Worried About Our Pilots?

by Jordan Simon. Posted May 18th 2010 08:15 AM

*Robert*, flickr

Forget the image of flying as a glamorous profession and lifestyle. The highs of an office in the sky are countered by the crashing reality of reduced salaries and eliminated pension plans. And a host of new rules will add further strain to the already-stressful job.
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Airline Fees on the Rise: What You Need to Know

by Jordan Simon. Posted May 10th 2010 01:07 PM

bigbirdz, flickr

There seems to be a domino effect with airline fees. Virgin America and JetBlue started charging for blankets, so American Airlines followed suit. Continental was a little late to the party when it announced it will discontinue free meals (a dinosaur among legacy carriers). And 2010 started with an across-the-board bag fee hike at most major airlines, including all legacy carriers and even Virgin America.
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Are Cruises Ruining the World?

by Jordan Simon. Posted May 5th 2010 05:17 PM

Port of Charleston

Much has been said about the awe-inspiring Oasis of the Seas: it's the largest cruise ship ever at 225,282 gross tons and can carry 8,600 people including passengers and crew. To put that into perspective, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a weeklong sailing requires 700 tons of supplies (including a whopping 20 tons of maraschino cherries) and 20,000 pieces of linens need to be washed every day to outfit the cabins and dining rooms. Which begs the question: With cruise ships getting bigger and bigger, what kind of impact are they having on the environment?
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