Summer travel no-nos

by Kristina on May 8, 2013 · 0 comments

It’s spring time, or at least it’s supposed to be.  Up here in the cold north east it seems as if winter has been here forever and the warm weather is never going to get here. Let me as you a question Dinks, have you already started planning your summer vacation?

I personally don’t like to travel in the summer because it’s too hot; I much prefer to travel in April or May and in September or October.  This year for the first time in my life I also travelled in January when I went to Las Vegas for a week. It turns out that I’m also not a big fan of travelling in the dead of winter. I had a great time in Las Vegas but the delays due to icy runways and defrosting planes really made my trip a lot longer.

When we plan a summer vacation (or any vacation for that matter) we are trying to find the best deal possible aka the nicest accommodations for the lowest price.  I love booking trips through Priceline.com because you can search for discounts and you can set your own budget with the name your own price feature.

I like to travel alone and therefore I am very cautious about how I travel, when I sleep and where I stay.  I absolutely love the city of Boston and I love New York City, but so far my favourite place that I have visited is the south of Spain.

Where is your favourite travel destination?

MSN  recently published an article titled “World’s biggest travel rip-offs”.  I will be the first to admit that I love saving money on my travel accommodations because the less I spend on getting there the more I can spend on food, shopping and excursions once I arrive.

Here are some of the biggest travel expenses (some of them we can’t avoid:

- Passport fees.  I don’t necessarily love paying close to $100 to renew my passport every five years but it lets me travel the world, so in the grand scheme of things I don’t mind because it’s worth it. If you don’t like to travel abroad then you don’t need a passport but for those of us who love to travel unfortunately we can’t avoid it.

- Travel visas.  I have actually never travelled to a country where I needed to obtain a travel visa but I heard that if you don’t have all of the paper work in order and as the government officials like it the travel process can be a nightmare.

- Luggage fees.  This one really hits home with me. As airlines try to cut costs wherever they can they are moving more and more travel costs onto their customers.  I can’t believe that I have to pay for an expensive plan ticket and then pay $25 to check my first bag and $35 to check my second bag. Then on top of it the airline looses my bags…remind me again what I am paying for?

- Seat selection.  I can’t believe that people pay for this on top of the regular price of their ticket.  It would be nice to be the first off the plane but then again we all have to wait at baggage claim so I’m not sure why people would pay $75 to choose a seat at the front of the plane just to be stuck waiting for their luggage.

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