Here’s How To Not Spoil Your Vacation By Getting Sick Or Injured Overseas

Here’s How To Not Spoil Your Vacation By Getting Sick Or Injured Overseas

Speaking from the vantage point of someone who has spent an entire day in a lovely hotel room in an amazing foreign city paralyzed with the flu and feeling like death would show up any minute, it’s awful to get sick on vacation overseas. Here you are, spending your hard-earned dollars and you can’t get out and enjoy your trip. So why not prepare against the worst before you go? [More]

Americans Earning Less Vacation Days, Won't Even Use All Of Them

Americans Earning Less Vacation Days, Won't Even Use All Of Them

You work hard to earn vacation days, but when the time comes to enjoy them, a new study says American workers aren’t using up all the time off they’ve earned for the year. [More]

5 Awesome Crowd-Free Summer Bargain Trips

5 Awesome Crowd-Free Summer Bargain Trips

NYT exposes some gems you might not think of first when planning a summer getaway, which is exactly why they’re on sale. But if you can put up with or get over the reason why most people skip them, you can have a great time for less, and with fewer people around. [More]

Anti-Consumer Behavior In A Tourist Trap? Well, I Never!

Anti-Consumer Behavior In A Tourist Trap? Well, I Never!

Mike came across this sign on a rack of sunglasses while on vacation at a famous vacation destination. “All of the sunglasses on the rack were exactly the same, and had a price tag of $12.00 marked down to $9.00,” he writes. “No ’25 cent’ ones to be seen anywhere. Classic!” [More]

Dollar Charges Us Twice For Car Rental — How Do We Get Our Money Back?

Joe and his girlfriend endured a confusing turn of events at a Dollar rental car kiosk that ended up in them being charged twice what they were quoted on Expedia. Stuck in a corner without other realistic options, they paid the inflated price and are now looking for a way to get their money back. [More]

4 Tips To Not Getting Ripped Off While On Vacation

4 Tips To Not Getting Ripped Off While On Vacation

Going on vacation is supposed to be a way to soothe your nerves and forget about the worries of the world. But, in addition to all the hassles of travel, vacations are a prime opportunity for you to be taken advantage of, And don’t forget that empty house back home that’s now a target for thieves. [More]

Tips For Taking Toto On A Trip

Tips For Taking Toto On A Trip

If you’re like us, you occasionally get a yearning to escape the concrete jungle or that suburban enclave and head for less familiar surroundings. But what what about your furry friend? The Chicago Tribune takes a look at a few tips and tricks to help get Rover on the open road with you. [More]

HSBC Cancels Traveler's Credit Card, Pays For Their Mistake

HSBC Cancels Traveler's Credit Card, Pays For Their Mistake

Bank of America isn’t the only bank that enjoys canceling their traveling customer’s credit cards. HSBC canceled my card while I was living in New Zealand, and as part of their “continuing efforts to fight fraud,” sent an active replacement card to my address 9,000 miles away.

BoA Strands Customer In Siberia With No Money

BoA Strands Customer In Siberia With No Money

Bank of America has cut off Shannon’s debit card and says she has to get a new one. This would otherwise be a minor inconvenience except for the fact that Shannon is in Irkutsk, Russia on a 2-week Trans-Siberian trek.

Netflix Offers Not Only Unlimited Rentals, But Also Unlimited Vacation

Netflix Offers Not Only Unlimited Rentals, But Also Unlimited Vacation

In this age of decreasing perks, it’s semi-refreshing, semi-enraging to discover that Netflix salaried employees get unlimited vacation. Workers can fly the coop for more than a month at a time without checking in.

Airlines Have Bumped 343,000 Passengers This Year

Airlines Have Bumped 343,000 Passengers This Year

Over a quarter-million passengers were bumped from flights in the past eight months, a number that is set to grow as airlines try to boost anemic profits by slashing fleets. The Department of Transportation requires airlines to compensate bumped passengers with cash or vouchers, but savvy passengers can leverage their situation to negotiate heftier payments…

Carnival Ignores Sewage Stench, Tells Passengers To Do The Same

Carnival Ignores Sewage Stench, Tells Passengers To Do The Same

Joseph’s four-day Carnival cruise was tainted by a sewage stench that steamed through his stateroom. Carnival’s only advice was to “shut the bathroom door and close the air vents,” an ineffective solution that forced Joseph and his girlfriend above deck. Now he wants Carnival to clean up their mess.

Expedia Freezes $964, Says "Don't Worry, It Will Be Released Within 72 Hours"

Expedia Freezes $964, Says "Don't Worry, It Will Be Released Within 72 Hours"

Tecnu Washes Away Poison Ivy Oils Instead Of Just Dulling The Itch

Tecnu Washes Away Poison Ivy Oils Instead Of Just Dulling The Itch

We got some poison ivy and first we tried our Hot/Cold water method. In this, first you run hot water on the rash until it’s so hot you can’t stand it. Then hold it there. Then flip the water to freezing. Your nerves will be so freaked out they won’t know how to itch for the next few fours.

If You're Out Of Cellphone Service For A Long Time, Remove Your Battery

If You're Out Of Cellphone Service For A Long Time, Remove Your Battery

If you’re going to be in an area with no cellphone service for more than a few hours, consider removing your cellphone battery during that time or it might go dead. It seems that turning your cellphone off isn’t enough; the cellphone may continually try to resync with the mothership grid, and the successive abortive attempts are very draining on the battery level.

Online Travel Sites Waive Booking Fees To Compete With Airlines

Online Travel Sites Waive Booking Fees To Compete With Airlines

Several travel sites are scrapping booking fees to keep customers away from individual airline sites. Savvy customers currently research fares with travel sites, and then buy directly from airlines to avoid booking fees.

“Hotwire.com announced this week that it would drop its $6-a-ticket charge for airline reservations on both its “opaque” reservations (the bargain-priced fares that don’t let you know exactly what flight you’ve booked until after you’ve paid) and regular bookings through summer. Last week, Priceline.com announced it was suspending booking charges on regular airfares through Labor Day. (The deal excludes its opaque, name-your-own-price fares.) Fees range from $5 a domestic ticket to up to $9.95 for an international reservation.

Cranky Brits Force Queen Mary 2 Refund

If there’s one take home from this story about refunds given to passengers of the Queen Mary 2 after she failed to stop at three ports of call on her latest cruise, it’s that no matter how bad a situation is, it’s always made worse by British people.

However, there were reports of discord among the passengers, many of whom blamed “whingeing” Britons for spoiling the cruise with their protest.