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10 Gadgets for Surviving a Noisy Flight

Getting comfortable on a long flight can be difficult for many reasons. The cabin is too cold or warm, the infant sitting three rows behind you is …

5 unpretentious ways to be an ethical traveler this holiday season

The number of travelers is supposed to break record numbers this holiday season, which can have major impacts on the environment as driving, cruises, …

Sustainability

10 things I wish I knew before going on my first cruise

1. It’s a ‘ship’ - not a ‘boat’<p>You might not even know there’s a difference (I didn’t), but referring to your cruise ship as a ‘boat’ is a monumental faux pas in the waterborne world.<p>I made this mistake on night one, and was quickly corrected by an elderly American woman: “It’s all down to size, …

Second Trip to Middle Earth – Booked!

I was recently quite fortunate to find premium cabin award space to New Zealand on United for 4 passengers! It’s not often that you come upon space …

Woman who’s travelled for five years reveals how she can afford it

Nina Ragusa, now 31, from Florida, US, departed for Bangkok, Thailand a month before her 26th birthday — and has only returned home twice since.<p>She …

South-east Asia

How to visit nearly every national park in one epic road trip

This month, the National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary. One of Wonkblog's favorite data scientists, a guy named Randal Olson who's a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, decided to mark the occasion by creating a map of the shortest possible road trip through all 47 national …

National Parks

How to Get Into Any Airport Lounge

These apps and more will help you score VIP treatment, even if you're flying economy.<p>If you fly economy, or only travel once or twice a year, I bet you’ve seen the signs for VIP airport lounges and automatically ruled yourself out. But guess what? It doesn’t matter. You’re in. Seriously. Even coach …

All you can fly: Subscription-based U.S. airline takes off

People pay for newspaper subscriptions, mobile phone service, and gym memberships on a monthly basis – why not airline travel?<p>A startup called OneGo is ready to apply that model to the skies, hoping to attract business travelers with some measure of financial predictability – and savings – in the …

This Snorkeling Spot Is Australia's Best-Kept Secret

When it comes to Australia's top-notch snorkeling, everyone knows about the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. But there's a sweet secret in Queensland that's not only home to some of the best shipwreck snorkeling and marine animal spotting in the world, but within an easy ferry ride of …

Scuba Diving

15 islands you don't need a passport to visit

Stunning, shimmering sunsets across the water, the peaceful lullaby of waves crashing and the wind blowing, the feeling of truly being removed for your everyday life ... yep, islands are pretty much the best.<p>While it's wonderful to get that coveted passport stamp, there are plenty of islands to …

The Real Way to Get Upgraded to First Class

It's hard, but it's not impossible.<p>We've all heard the rumors. If you dress up and tell a compelling story—maybe you're leaving for your honeymoon or heading to a funeral—you might finagle a free first class upgrade. But there's a problem: upgrades rarely happen. Years ago, it might have been …

The New Parent's Guide to Traveling With a Baby for the 1st Time

To the surprise (and disappointment) of many other travelers, we have flown with our infant since she was eight weeks old. At 22 months, she has flown more than 100,000 miles to 15 countries on four continents -- some of them several times -- and (I will get hate mail for this) often in first and …

5 New Travel Startups Kicking Adventure Travel Into High Gear

Travelers want their trips to contain a hint of familiarity and a lot of uncharted territory they’re unaccustomed to. Anticipation of a trip is often …

There’s a New, Easy Way to Rebook Cancelled Flights For Free

Freebird Lets You Rebook Cancelled Flights—For Free<p>Up until about a year ago, travelers in the U.S. had little to no recourse for severely delayed or …

17 travel hacks that’ll make your trip just a little less painful

1. Be the last on the plane.<p>You’re not going to get anywhere any quicker by being on the plane first. And if you get on last, you might be able to …