Some airports are just better for stopover than others, both in terms of lowering your airfare costs, and adding to your overall comfort and convenience. (And some airports should simply be avoided altogether, if possible.) When I had a couple hours to kill at Honolulu's airport, for example, I was able to relax in their tropical garden (shown above) rather than a crowded waiting area or forgettable airport bar.
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Hostels are an inexpensive option when you want to stretch your travel budget and don't mind sharing space with strangers (who might even become your friends). The downside is that if you want to hang your clothes or towels up to dry, you're fighting for the same common drying spots with everyone else in the hostel. Toss a couple of small magnets in your bag and you have this problem solved!
Sharing a holiday rental with friends is a great way to cut down on accommodations costs and have a space to relax together after a long day sightseeing. But splitting a holiday rental doesn't always go smoothly -- we've all had that one friend who hogs the bathroom getting ready, spews their stuff all over the couch, or tries to skirt paying their fair share.
It's hard to stick to your budget when you travel, especially if you have kids who want souvenirs or gifts that can add up. Instead, consider loading a prepaid card before your trip and giving it to your kids, or using it to cap your own souvenir spending.
Anthony Bourdain has made a name for himself as a not only a travelling connoisseur of food, but as a guide through which we learn about different cultures and cities. Only so much actually makes it into an episode of his show Parts Unknown, so a new accompanying site takes his travelogues even further.
Rolling clothes is one of the best ways to pack for a holiday, and if you have kids, it is also a great way to pack entire outfits so getting ready each day goes more quickly. Here's what we mean.
If you can pack everything you need for a long trip in carry-on luggage, go for it, but if you're flying abroad, keep in mind that carry-on size restrictions are often more frequently enforced on international carriers. Budget airlines in Europe are especially known for this, says Rick Steves.
Arriving at a hotel only to find that the beautiful pool, relaxing spa or well-stocked gym are all out of order can put a damper on your holiday. But you don't have to just deal with the disappointment: The hotel may be willing to give you a room credit, or even an upgrade, to make up for lack of amenities -- all you have to do is ask.
TravelMath can figure out all sorts of travel-related calculations, including your travel time so you get to the airport on time or don't miss a connecting flight. Now they have updated to compare the cost of driving versus flying, which is perfect for planning a weekend getaway or holiday travel.
iOS: Modern Atlas is one of many trip-planning apps that can organise what you want to see, do and eat during your next holiday. Its focus is on the research portion, and gives you a ton of information about your destination that you can use to plan the perfect trip.