All posts by Shawn Wellington

 Facebook/CheapCaribbean.com
Facebook/CheapCaribbean.com

We’re always looking for new ways to save on travel. The latest on our radar: blind booking. Blind booking is designed to inject a bit of mystery into your next destination, while saving you money and time on planning. The websites work by securing ongoing deals with certain lodging venues whereby they’re... Read More

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 Bit Boy/flickr
Bit Boy/flickr

When it comes to booking a hotel, most folks have a top priority — price. But as with most things in life (and travel in particular), shopping purely on price isn’t necessarily the wisest move. The advertised price can mask certain things, and if you pay a bit more but... Read More

The Tilden Hotel
The Tilden Hotel

San Francisco isn’t just one of the most expensive cities to live in; it’s also among the most expensive to visit. With nightly hotel rates at major properties averaging close to $400 per night, 24 hours in SF can set you back as much as an entire week elsewhere. Deals... Read More

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 JetSuiteX
JetSuiteX

We all want to fly in style, but unless you’ve stumbled upon untold riches, it’s pretty difficult to justify the cost of flying private. If you’re based in California or Nevada, however, the cost of doing so just got a lot more reasonable, even — dare we say —... Read More

 flickr/twentymindsomething
flickr/twentymindsomething

Bell desks are wonderful things when you need them. The business travelers in the crowd know all too well the feeling of a looming hotel check-out time, the reality of a late-evening meeting, and the relief of dropping one’s bag in a hotel storeroom for a few hours. But what... Read More

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 flickr/Bill Abbott
flickr/Bill Abbott

Ah, the perpetual war with dynamic airfare. The price of a flight is key in determining whether or not a trip is viable, yet there’s seemingly no rhyme or reason behind how much a given route will cost on a given day. As airlines collect more data and create computerized pricing algorithms, it’s tougher than ever... Read More

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Beer
Beer/Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski

While Americans regard prohibition as a romanticized thing of the past, alcohol bans still exist in countries like Brunei, Libya, and Saudi Arabia — and if Indonesia’s Parliament has its way, you can soon add tourist destinations like Bali to the list, too. But if you think a countrywide outlaw of liquor is outrageous... Read More

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 St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite/Courtesy Airbnb
St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite/Courtesy Airbnb

There’s something to be said about immersing oneself in a local culture, and while many hotels strive to integrate, few can match the authenticity of a home stay. With Airbnb, Homestay, VRBO, and a host of other sites making it easy for owners to rent their abodes to wanderers... Read More

 Courtesy Oasis Collections
Courtesy Oasis Collections

Have smartphone, will travel? A crop of new apps are making sure you’ll never run out of places to lay your head. Here’s a look at six of the best new travel booking apps, the pros and cons of each, and how to decide which one is right for you. 1. Overnight If you’re a spontaneous... Read More

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 Havana/flickr/Miguel Discart
Havana/flickr/Miguel Discart

It’s news enough that commercial flights will soon be departing from U.S. soil and landing in Cuba, but JetBlue isn’t satisfied. Instead, the airline is offering spectacularly low fares on its initial flights, no doubt to draw interest and intrigue from folks who have casually considered visiting the island... Read More

 flickr/Lukasz Porwold
flickr/Lukasz Porwold

There’s a certain mystique to flying around the world, particularly in one go. Round-the-World (RTW) tickets are designed to do precisely that — and check a key item off of your bucket list. These days, U.S.-based flyers have two primary options for acquiring a RTW ticket: Star Alliance and Oneworld. Here’s what... Read More

 flickr/brar_j
flickr/brar_j

Pokémon GO is, without question, the hottest thing in mobile gaming right now. Millions upon millions have downloaded the app over the past few days, logging staggering amounts of time catching fictional cartoon characters. For those just coming up to speed, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game. In order to play, you... Read More

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TSA PreCheck enrollment center
PreCheck enrollment center/TSA

Waiting in airport security lines is pretty much the worst way to start your vacation. And unfortunately, they’ve been growing longer than ever lately, which has pushed many semi-frequent flyers to consider the $85 investment in TSA PreCheck. If you’re ready to experience the benefits of those who are ushered through... Read More

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The TSA PreCheck line at the airport
PreCheck line/Transportation Security Administration

Understandably, there’s confusion surrounding two of the most important travel-related programs in the United States: TSA PreCheck and Global Entry. One is administered by the TSA (we’ll let you guess!), and the other by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. While each do play a role in expediting the time... Read More

iPhone
iPhone/Flickr/Nolan Williamson

It’s easy to gripe about negative changes in the airline industry, from cramped seats to subpar food to excessive baggage fees. But for all of those things, we also have something to be thankful for: the Internet. The surge of social media has forced the hand of practically every... Read More