All posts by Shawn Wellington

Flight over Paris/iStock
Flight over Paris/iStock

Though we’re squarely in the dog days of summer, it’s the ideal time to start thinking about your next trip — in particular, how to save on it. While airfares tend to rise during the summer months in the U.S. — largely to account for an uptick in leisure... Read More

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Europe, France, Pharmacy
European pharmacy/iStock

Thailand’s picture-perfect islands, along with its bustling capital, may soon become a little more expensive to visit. Officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are considering a new rule that would require visitors to have travel medical insurance before entering, noting that uninsured tourists are currently racking up... Read More

Las Vegas Strip/iStock
Las Vegas Strip/iStock

The house always wins, even when it comes to to parking. For decades, Las Vegas was one of the few major American cities where you could always find a spot to park your car for free. Even on the increasingly busy Las Vegas Strip, hotels and casinos would allow... Read More

Turkish Airlines A320/Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines A320/Turkish Airlines

If you’re planning to fly into the United States from airports in Africa and the Middle East — including its major transit hubs like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, pay attention: you may have to check some or all of your electronics. These can include laptops, cameras, e-readers, portable DVD... Read More

 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