Friday Travel Dreaming – 7/5/13

Greetings from the Galapagos Islands, where Keith and I are currently traveling.

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This weekend’s edition of travel dreaming includes:

Real-life use of How to Travel for Free resources and tips

Last week, we posted a great deal for a 9 day China trip from Friendly Planet Travel. Nancy Marcisz jumped on it, booking the trip for herself and her daughter. Nancy wrote:

Thank you How To Travel for Free for this great recommendation. Working with them has been great. Someone always answers the phone when we call and I feel very confident they know what to expect. We’ve already received our luggage tags and trip info.

Fellow travel writer Jill Gleeson also used our tips recently for dealing with flight problems in a way that will get you the maximum compensation – free travel! Jill wrote:

I just wrote the most kickass complaint letter to United EVER! Now, thanks to Shelley Seale‘s tips, I expect some lovely compensation for, you know, United almost leaving me an oily smear spread for a mile over the Gulf of Mex on that first attempted flight to Lima. And for the second attempt never even leaving the ground. And for subsequently standing in line for two hours waiting for United’s rep to get me a hotel.

We also would like to mention a great tip for booking airfare – if you can’t get it for free – that gives you a huge risk advantage. Next time you book any flight on any airline, anywhere in the world, book it on Expedia. If you oopsie and have to cancel or start over you have until midnight the following day to do so – with NO CHARGE.

And a couple of great travel contests and giveaways:

Win a 3 night getaway for four to Florida, with air, courtesy of Uncle Matt’s Organic juices.

Love Tennis? Enter for a chance to win a trip for two to London to attend Wimbledon 2014. The prize includes round trip air for two, five nights lodging and access to Wimbledon.

About Shelley Seale

Shelley is a wanderer and student of the world, yoga chick, voracious reader and dog lover. She pounds the keyboard as a freelance writer, author and publication designer, based in Austin, Texas when she isn't traipsing around the globe. Shelley has written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, The Week, Fodor's, The Telegraph and Texas Monthly, among others. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano, and was once robbed by a monkey in India. But she doesn’t know how to whistle.
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