Friday Travel Dreaming – 10/25/13

For the last weekend in October, here’s our roundup of travel hacks, tips and contests to fuel your travel dreams!

This Airline will Fly you to London for $250

An exciting announcement for European travel was made, when budget airline Norwegian announced that next year, they will begin offering flights from New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale to London Gatwick airport for just £149 (around $240).

6 Ways to Never Pay Baggage Fees

Overpacking can cost you. Most domestic airlines charge $20-$35 for the first checked bag and $20-$45 for a second checked bag. Notable exceptions are JetBlue Airways, which does not charge for the first checked bag, and Southwest Airlines, which lets each passenger check two bags for free. Flying on one of the other carriers? Here are six ways to pack lighter and avoid those pesky luggage fees.

Review of Travel Apps

Some cool apps to consider using on your smartphone. The Smart Layover app could be really helpful for those longer layovers that come up every once in a while.

Knok Home Swap

Home exchange is one of our favorite ways to travel for free, and we just discovered a brand new house swap site called Knok! Travel and stay for free in over 30,000 homes in 159 countries. We sure signed up!

United and Southwest offer Double Miles

Check out this article telling you how to receive double miles for travel on both of these airlines.

Smarter Travel’s “10 Free Things”

This week we shared two helpful lists from Smarter Travel: 10 Free Things Hotels Provide (in Case You Forgot) – and 10 Free Things You Can Get at Airports. They also have another good resource, Eight Hacks Using Travel Freebies.

Share your Travel Free story with us!

Also, we would love to hear from you if you’ve utilized any of the methods you’ve learned from us, in your own travel. Please weigh in here – and get a free download of the updated edition of the book we’re working on!

Travel contests and giveaways:

Enter for a chance to win one of 7 AMAZING trips with REI

Nepal is a favorite destination for both of us – and was recently named the CHEAPEST place to travel! Win a trip from CheapoAir.

Enter to try to win a 7-day, 6-night all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to support Team USA. Includes opening ceremony, event tickets, airfare, and accommodations.

Enter for a chance to win a 12-day Mediterranean cruise with airfare:


About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."
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One Response to Friday Travel Dreaming – 10/25/13

  1. Saurabh says:

    Thanks, Shelley Seale
    Really its excellent!!


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