Friday Travel Dreaming – 11/15/13

Happy weekend!

First, we would like to put a little teaser out there: We are making a big announcement of some exciting news on Monday — so stay tuned!

Now on for your travel dreaming for this Friday:

8 Simple Steps for Making the Most of Europe’s Low Cost Airlines

If you’ve traveled through Europe in recent years you’ll have quickly come to realize that flying is one of the cheapest ways to get around. Of course, the train system is excellent and undeniably a more picturesque way to get from one country to another, but if you’re on a budget, cheap flights are the way to go.

The good news is that Europe is teeming with airlines ready to take you a short hop from one country to another, often for less than the cost of a hostel stay. The bad news is that if you don’t understand the system, getting hold of those cheap flights can be as elusive as finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and even if you do get your lucky paws on a cheap ticket, you can quickly find any deal obliterated by additional charges if you don’t follow the airline’s rules.

Travelers Rent Their Cars Out At Airports, In A New Business Model

At a few U.S. airports, travelers have a new option besides paying for long-term parking or finding a ride. A service named FlightCar (started by the same folks who brought you Airbnb) allows them to leave their car in the company’s lot — and rent it out while they’re away.

In exchange, the travelers get a ride to their terminal and, after their return, a check for the use of their vehicle. just opened its third location, at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday.

Fare War! American vs. Delta vs. Southwest from $59+ O/W

Several airlines have collectively put more than 3,400 routes on sale for travel all the way into spring. Flights start at $59 one-way ($118 round-trip) and must be booked at least 10 days before departure and by November 25.

This week’s sweepstakes and contests:

Win a trip to Machu Picchu from LAN Airlines

Here’s a chance to win a great Nikon camera from Writers’ Expeditions!

Enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Seattle Foodie Experience

Win a skip trip for two to Squaw Creek, CA


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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2 Responses to Friday Travel Dreaming – 11/15/13

  1. Budget airlines do make it so affordable to get around Europe but you have to know how to play by their rules. I’ve heard of some having extraordinary charges for not checking in online or having to check a bag at the airport.


    • You are so right. In our Airlines section of our book, we talk about this in detail when it comes to the budget airlines. You can get some GREAT deals – I’ve bought tickets in Europe for $1 plus taxes – but you do have to pay attention to the fine print about baggage, extra charges etc. As with most low cost travel tactics, you have to be willing to invest some time and research to travel next to nothing! Thanks for mentioning this.


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