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20 of the Best Jobs for People Who Love to Travel

There is one thing about traveling that is unavoidable…. it costs money. So unless you have just won the lottery you will probably need to find work. The purpose of this article is to give you a good idea of our top 20 jobs that we think are the most suitable for travelers.

The rationale behind our choices is based on a few key elements:

Does the job require you to travel?

This seems like a good place to start but is not the clincher in what makes for a good travel job. Clearly the biggest benefit to jobs that meet this criteria is that the expense of traveling is generally covered by your employer.

Are the qualifications easily transferable?

There are some notable exceptions to this rule mainly being the Doctor or Nurse which may require extensive additional accreditation in some countries.

Are the skills in demand worldwide?

Sure I hear you saying that ANY job could be found anywhere in the world but we feel the 20 we have selected have a general need around the world.

As always we encourage your feedback and would love to hear which picks you either agree or disagree with. So without further adieu here are our selections (in no particular order).

1. Airline Crew

Pilots
Pilots in the cockpit

A job as a flight attendant offers an opportunity to see many part of the world with generous time to explore on your days off. On the downside it’s not all fun and games – you will need to clean filthy toilets and deal with rowdy or sick passengers. Although the job may seem like it is purely customer service related, the safety and security training that flight attendants go through is just as important.

A position that carries some of the highest esteem in the travel world is that of a commercial airline pilot. The training is tough as is the competition for jobs but the reward is worth it. The pay is excellent as are the benefits.

2. Cruise Ship Worker

Wandering Earl working on a cruise
Wandering Earl working on a cruise

If you want to see the world then you should really consider getting a job on a cruise ship. The cruising industry has seen monumental growth recently and with cruise companies building bigger and bigger cruise liners there are many opportunities for work if you know where to look.

If you are interested in getting work on a cruise ship we highly recommend checking out Wandering Earl’s Guide to Getting a Job On Board a Cruise Ship. This comprehensive guide explains everything you need to know about how to land yourself a cruising job.

Roles ranging from DJs, dance instructors, child caregivers, hosts and hostesses,  lifeguards, swim instructors, tour leaders, doctors and nurses, spa technicians, hair stylists, cleaning staff, engineers, chefs, and food servers all are in demand on a cruise ship.

The pay can vary but you need to bear in mind that you won’t be spending much while you are on board as most expenses are covered.

3. Tour Guide

Tour guide
Tour guide

Tour guiding jobs are generally a lot easier to come by if you already know a location well and have good social skills. It helps if you can speak more than one language and have worked in a customer service related environment.

Some countries have strict regulations on hiring local tour guides but you may still be able to act as a Tour escort through these countries.

4. Travel Agent

Travel agent
Travel agent

One of the most recognized travel jobs out there but is a travel agent all that you read about? I can tell you from first-hand experience that the travel industry has seen a massive shift in the last 10 years. When I started out as a travel agent it was common to get familiarization trips and the travel perks were pretty darn awesome.

Unfortunately, the travel supplier’s budgets have all but dried up these days. On the positive side, however, you get to talk about incredible destinations all day long and share your passion for travel with others. Not to mention sharing all your stories with people who are willing to listen.

5. Travel Writer/Blogger

Travel blogger
Travel blogger

If you are the creative type and know how to string a sentence together (with decent spelling and grammar) you may well be suited to this role. The pros are pretty obvious – you get to work from anywhere and on your own clock. You will need to be aware of the con’s though – you will need to build a decent reputation before you will see any financial reward and even then the pay will generally be sporadic.

It is possible to achieve enough income to sustain your travels, but I wouldn’t go into it expecting to make a million $s. If you are looking for a great course to help you get started, check out – Superstar Blogging by Nomadic Matt.

6. English Teacher

English is the world’s most common language for communication thus producing a need for teachers in countries where English is not the native language. English teaching jobs are very easy to find in many parts of the world. It helps to have a college/ university degree, but these qualifications aren’t mandatory.

The most recognized accreditation is the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program. Compensation varies greatly between countries (depending on the cost of living and other factors), but in larger cities, you could earn as much as or more than a teacher in the U.S.

If you would like to learn more about how to get started teaching English overseas check out our guide Teaching English Abroad.

7. Nanny/Au Pair

Au-Pair
Au-Pair

Nanny or Au Pair positions often don’t require an extensive background in childcare but it is always a plus if you have these qualifications. This can be a great way to see the world as you will be living with a local family and taking care of their children (and often house duties also). In addition to your salary and board, travel expenses are usually covered as well.

8. Charity/Conservation Worker

Volunteer
Volunteer

While the pay may be horrible, the pure joy of work will make up for it. If you are looking for a job that will fill your heart then this could be for you. Knowing that you are making a difference and having a positive effect on people’s lives…. I don’t know of anything more rewarding than that.

Read more on our volunteering guide.

9. Diplomat

Diplomat
Diplomatic passport

A diplomat is someone who is appointed by a nation state to represent and protect that nation’s interests abroad. Diplomats are heavily involved in negotiations, therefore you must be able to recognize where you can compromise, but also stand firm on matters where there is no space for negotiation. Above all, diplomats must promote positive and peaceful relations between their home government and the government of the country in which they are posted.

10. Geologist

Geologist
Geologist

The resource sector has seen steady growth now for many years and the need for exploration is still very high. You will need to get a degree for this job but once you are qualified the opportunities to travel are enormous.

The more common areas of exploration exist in South America, Australia, Indonesia and Africa but the options are limitless.

11. Sailor/Navy

Sailing Crew
Sailing Crew

If you have sea legs then becoming a sailor might be up your alley. Traveling from port to port across the open seas is an excellent way to experience what the world has to offer (if you don’t get seasickness first).

With a little training, it isn’t that difficult to snag a job as a crew member on a yacht or you could apply to serve your country and enlist in the Navy. Not only will you get on the job training but quite often your tertiary education is also taken care of while you are at sea.

12. Missionary

Missionary
Missionary

Missionaries are people from one culture who travel to another culture to share their religious beliefs. Most missionaries work through a formal mission organization. Domestic and global mission assignments range from a few days to several years. Some missionaries are volunteers, while others do mission work as a paid profession. Many missionaries solicit donations to cover their expenses.

Missionaries engage in a task that brings them into contact with the local people. Examples include teaching, building a school, providing medical care or leading a local religious organization.

13. Fitness/Yoga Instructor

Yoga instructor
Yoga instructor

Yoga instructors are in demand. The rapid increase of interest in Yoga and Pilates, however, has led to under-trained instructors.

Fitness centers and private studios are looking for instructors to handle the increasing number of students who are looking for a gentle way to improve their health with a balanced, low-impact, full body workout.

14. Doctor/Nurse

Nurse
Nurse

Registered nurses and doctors are often needed to take short-term positions lasting from three months to one year in medical facilities all over the world. There is a huge shortfall in trained medical staff, particularly in regional areas and developing countries. The only downside is that you may be required to sit an additional exam whenever you relocate.

15. Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist

Being a qualified massage therapist opens doors in many countries. It’s a skill that is in demand worldwide as people’s live grow busier and more stressful. You will need to get certified and more than likely required to join an association in the country you are practicing.

This is a good job to have due to the flexible hours, decent pay and low barrier to entry. You can either work as an independent contractor or in the hospitality industry (hotel, spa, health retreat etc.)

16. Photographer

Photographer
Photographer

“Have camera will travel” – like the travel writer it is pretty easy to get started as a photographer. The only issue again is gaining enough recognition to get paid for your photos. If you have a good eye and get some formal training you might be able to sell you pictures through a variety of stock image websites (eg. istockphotogetty images and shutterstock), through your own website/ blog or by selling your images to media.

17. Rope Access

Rope Access
Hanging off the side of a building

Jobs working in Industrial Rope Access onshore and offshore worldwide can achieve a lucrative career. There are many different types of specialties available such as: Painting and blasting, Non-Destructive Testing, Mechanical repairs, Pipework, Railways, Welding, and Rigging.

If you have no fear of heights and have a good level of fitness you can get started by taking an accreditation course with IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association).

18. Busker/Street Performer

Busker
Busker

Street Performers such as musicians, impersonators, dancers and other entertainers work in one of the least secure occupational fields. To make ends meet, many take to the sidewalks to perform for pedestrians and tourists in exchange for tips.

For talented performers, this can be quite lucrative if they position themselves in a high traffic area. A great example of this is the “Bush Man” at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. He has taken a simple idea of hiding behind some bushes and scaring tourists as they walk by and turned it into a profitable business making upwards of $400 USD a day during peak times.

Most cities will require you to have a license to perform which is relatively simple to obtain.

19. Artist

Street artist
Street artist

Another of the creative jobs that have emerged to be a great way of paying the bills while traveling. If you have a talent for drawing, painting or sculpture there is always someone willing to pay money for it. There as some notable examples of travelers making a great living sketching three-dimensional chalk images on the pavement, using spray cans to create moonscapes while people watch (with loud music blasting in the background).

20. Chef/Bartender

Bar tender
Bar tender

Last but not least is another of the hospitality jobs out there. As a chef, it is quite easy to walk into a cafe and offer your services when you arrive in a new city. Even if you can’t speak the language that well you can usually get by.

As for a bartender – what guy hasn’t seen the movie “Cocktail” and wanted to be in Tom Cruise’s shoes (before he became a douche). You will need to get an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) license in some countries and it is suggested that you do a mixing course beforehand.

So now it’s up to you. No more excuses to not getting out there are exploring the world. Don’t just wait for something to happen, make it happen.

Have we missed any jobs? Tell us in the comments if there are other jobs that we might have missed.

Forbes Revel 5 Best Airlines for Holiday Travel: Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, & More

5 Best Airlines for Holiday Travel Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, & MoreThe holidays are upon us, which means that many of us will be packing our suitcases and flying both near and far to visit loved ones. Holiday flights make for crowded airports, travel frustration, and even sky-high prices. Are Delta Airlines and Southwest the best airlines to for booking your own holiday flights?

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Which airlines are best for holiday travel?

Here’s a look at some of the best airlines for you to choose from this upcoming season, and which ones will best meet your needs.

Delta Airlines (If You Absolutely MUST Get There on Time)

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Is Delta airlines the best option for holiday travel?

So, timeliness is the primary concern for your Thanksgiving or Christmas adventures, and you don’t want to run the risk of your flight getting canceled unexpectedly? Then you want an airline with a solid history of on-time scheduled flights. For domestic travel during the 2017 holiday season, this is most likely going to be Delta Airlines.

Year-to-date in 2017, Delta Airlines boasts an on-time flight percentage of 83.7%, according to the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. This is well above the average 78.22% of all carriers. Only 1.39% of their flights have been canceled this year, too, which is below the 1.5% total airline average.

source: https://www.transtats.bts.gov/OT_Delay/OT_DelayCause1.asp?pn=1

For the 2016 year, Delta managed an on-time flight percentage of 86.48%. This made them the top domestic legacy carrier in terms of timeliness and dependability. (Hawaiian Airlines edged them out for the number one spot last year. However, their routes are much more limited so the top domestic spot goes to Delta there, too.)

If Delta doesn’t serve your route, look into United Airlines. They are bringing up second place in dependability, averaging 79.99% for the 2017 year thus far.

Of course, Delta SkyMiles can be hard to use, but they did just release a no annual fee airline card that earns miles. 

Southwest Airlines (If You’re Concerned With Checked Bags)

Do you plan to travel with gifts, bags full of bulky sweaters, or need to pack for an extended trip? Then you probably aren’t walking on board with a mere carry-on luggage. If your family is all traveling together, those baggage fees can add up even faster.

Southwest Airlines definitely takes the cake when it comes to saving you money on baggage fees. In addition to allowing two bags in the cabin (one traditional carry-on and one smaller personal item, like a backpack or purse), each ticketed passenger is allowed two checked bags, free of charge.

As long as your bags aren’t oversized or overweight, you won’t pay a penny for luggage. You can bring as many as four total bags along on your trip, between checked and carry-on! Plus, things like car seats, strollers, wheelchairs, etc aren’t counted against your two-bag allowance.

This is a substantial savings when you consider that some airlines would charge as much as $110 (on Spirit) for those same two checked bags. Even the airline with the lowest baggage fees (Alaska) would charge you $50.

Whether you’re traveling alone or with your entire family, Southwest should be a consideration if you have to check bags. It’s a savings of anywhere from $50 to $110 per person for two checked pieces — which leaves plenty of room for transporting gifts to and from your trip.

American Airlines (If You Want Booking Flexibility)

Credit: American Airlines

Credit: American Airlines

Booking flights can be a struggle, especially if you’re waiting on confirmation from other members of your party or want to snag the best deal without losing out on great fares. If you want the most flexibility in the initial booking process, American Airlines is the place to look,

Most airlines these days charge change fees for canceling or making alterations to your itineraries. American Airlines will allow you to place a complimentary, 24-hour hold on flight reservations before booking, however. You don’t have to tie up your funds in the process, either. You simply choose the flight that fits you best, place the hold directly through the airline, and make your decision to purchase or release those seats within 24 hours.

If you move forward with the purchase, your original rate is honored. If they don’t turn out to be the best deal or don’t wind up working with your party’s plans, simply release the reservation without any penalty, fee, or worries about refunds/airline credits.

Of course, Southwest Airlines is another good option for flight change flexibility, but it works a bit differently. With Southwest, you’re able to cancel or change your flight without penalty after purchasing, which is great. However, if you change to a flight that’s less expensive or cancel your reservation altogether, you’ll be given an airline credit to use on a flight at a later date. An actual “refund” isn’t given by the company.

This is convenient if something comes up after booking your travel. However, if you simply want to reserve seats while finalizing your itinerary for a day, it does tie up your funds in the meantime. And if you do find a lower price, those extra funds are simply set aside for your next flight. You can’t save them for Christmas presents or other travel expenses.

Virgin America (If You Want More Legroom/Amenities)

If you want a better flight experience — in terms of legroom, free technology, customer service, and even snacks — you should look into Virgin America for your holiday travel.

The airline, which was recently bought out by Alaska Airlines, was ranked number one in terms of passenger experience by Travel and Leisure. This is due to a combination of features, including their lovely mood lights on planes, high-quality leather seats, and great seat-back entertainment options.

Virgin America also offers its customers power outlets at each seat, (paid) wifi and (complimentary) FreeChat on every flight, and healthy meal options.

With the company rebranding and being marketed under Alaska Airlines beginning in 2018, changes may be coming to Virgin’s offerings. For now, though, they are top-ranked in the overall customer experience.

Alaska Airlines (If You Want to Be Rewarded for Travel)

Are airline rewards for your travel one of the more important factors when buying a flight? Then you might want to consider Alaska Airlines.

They are one of the few airlines who has maintained a distance-based rewards program when most others have changed over to a dollars-spent system. This means that budget travelers earn fewer rewards for their flights, compared with their full-price-paying counterparts. In fact, their Mileage Plan was ranked the best loyalty programthis year by U.S. News & World Report, earning a 4.49 out of 5 score.

Through Alaska Airlines, you can earn and redeem your rewards from a total of 20 partner airlines. Redemption options are flexible, and you can also earn miles through things like hotel stays and car rentals.

For the past 20 years, Johnny Jet averaged 150,000 miles and 20 countries a year. He has been featured in many major publications and have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC and PBS.

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10 Tips From Travel Experts, Flight Attendants, and Other Frequent Fliers

For those of us who travel for work, we’ve come to expect that

To prepare for this article, I spoke to several expert travelers who clock in at least 25,000 miles or more each year for tips and tricks to make your trip more enjoyable.

Let’s just say, they had lots of suggestions for fliers including:

1. Have all your travel items in hand.

Make sure you have all of your items like your headphone and magazines in hand so you aren’t holding up the boarding process.

2. Don’t check your luggage.

Flight attendants also recommend not paying to check a carry-on, but instead to wait until you can check it at the gate. This way, you know your luggage will make it to your final destination.

3. Something will always go wrong.

Flight attendants also said that many people need to prepare for something to go wrong because it almost always does.

4. Give yourself time.

Fliers are more in control than they think, like leaving themselves at least an hour and a half to get to the next gate if you are taking a connecting flight.

5. Goodies for the flight attendants.

“Bring something for the flight attendants–chocolate, a snack, anything small and nice, just to say thank you,” said Lowell M. Aplebaum, Executive Consultant in Silver Spring, Maryland.

6. Don’t miss your connections.

Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency in Reston, VA said, “Many of us road warriors don’t talk to seat-mates. We haul out our laptop, book, work, or noise reduction headphones. I say, “Keep your antenna up for a warm smile.”

“If your instincts tell you this is an intriguing person, ask a simple question like, “Heading home or on business?” Their response (both the content and tone) will let you know if this is a conversation worth continuing.”

“I’ve met astronauts, inventors and fascinating individuals as a result of reaching out when the vibes are right,” she added.

7. App to relax.

The Brainwave app by Banzai for noise reduction, stress relief and better sleep on planes is something Brian Carter, CEO of the Brian Carter Group in Charleston, SC, swears by.

He also recommends, “not to unpack at the hotel, until you’ve checked out everything in the room.”

8. Join the club.

One piece of advice by frequent fliers is to invest the money for the club lounge membership. The bonus is it is also a tax deduction.

“Keep the phone numbers of any “loyalty desks” programmed in your contacts,” Lawrence Leonard, Executive Director of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association.

“If seriously delayed or canceled, call the desk immediately, don’t go stand in line,” he said.

Other advice that I heard was to use the same hotel chain to build up loyalty points, Marriott and Hilton and W Hotels seem to be among the favorites.The same goes for picking one airline to accumulate miles and rewards.

Luggage favorites include brands like TravelPro and Tumi and travelers recommend getting bright colored luggage that won’t get lost in the sea of black suitcases.

9. Pre-Check yourself.

Getting Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check was the number one tip to get through security the fastest.

The time to get to the airport seems to be a topic of great debate with some saying they always catch the first flight to avoid delays.

Garrison Wynn of Wynn Solutions in Houston, TX, says, “I travel many more than 30,000 miles per year and catching flights after 3:00 pm makes a huge difference. The airport literally has half the people in it then it does at 9am.

Fewer delays, airport employees in better moods and more willing to help, weather is more likely to clear up and you have a better shot at upgrades,” he said.

‎Carla Balakgie the Chief Executive Officer of the National Automatic Merchandising Association said, “If you are going on an international flight buy what you need at your destination, instead of taking everything with you.”

10. Roll with It.

“Roll everything.” And, she encourages female executives to “bring solid color clothes and pack a few scarves – they are interchangeable and can make your outfit look more polished,” she added.

For international travelers, do the research and understand how to communicate and persuade effectively across different cultures. The Hofstede Model is a tool many entrepreneurs use to keep abreast of cultural expectations.

Feel like we missed any tips? Please comment below.

[By Adele Cehrs]

10 Tips From Travel Experts, Flight Attendants, and Other Frequent Fliers

Don’t forget these travel tips as your pack for your next business trip.

For those of us who travel for work, we’ve come to expect that certain things are bound to go wrong from flight delays to long airport security lines and luggage mishaps.

To prepare for this article, I spoke to several expert travelers who clock in at least 25,000 miles or more each year for tips and tricks to make your trip more enjoyable.

On my last flight, I asked my flight attendants who didn’t want to be named if they had any tips.

Let’s just say, they had lots of suggestions for fliers including:

1. Have all your travel items in hand.

Make sure you have all of your items like your headphone and magazines in hand so you aren’t holding up the boarding process.

2. Don’t check your luggage.

Flight attendants also recommend not paying to check a carry-on, but instead to wait until you can check it at the gate. This way, you know your luggage will make it to your final destination.

3. Something will always go wrong.

Flight attendants also said that many people need to prepare for something to go wrong because it almost always does.

4. Give yourself time.

Fliers are more in control than they think, like leaving themselves at least an hour and a half to get to the next gate if you are taking a connecting flight.

5. Goodies for the flight attendants.

“Bring something for the flight attendants–chocolate, a snack, anything small and nice, just to say thank you,” said Lowell M. Aplebaum, Executive Consultant in Silver Spring, Maryland.

6. Don’t miss your connections.

Sam Horn, CEO of the Intrigue Agency in Reston, VA said, “Many of us road warriors don’t talk to seat-mates. We haul out our laptop, book, work, or noise reduction headphones. I say, “Keep your antenna up for a warm smile.”

“If your instincts tell you this is an intriguing person, ask a simple question like, “Heading home or on business?” Their response (both the content and tone) will let you know if this is a conversation worth continuing.”

“I’ve met astronauts, inventors and fascinating individuals as a result of reaching out when the vibes are right,” she added.

7. App to relax.

The Brainwave app by Banzai for noise reduction, stress relief and better sleep on planes is something Brian Carter, CEO of the Brian Carter Group in Charleston, SC, swears by.

He also recommends, “not to unpack at the hotel, until you’ve checked out everything in the room.”

8. Join the club.

One piece of advice by frequent fliers is to invest the money for the club lounge membership. The bonus is it is also a tax deduction.

“Keep the phone numbers of any “loyalty desks” programmed in your contacts,” Lawrence Leonard, Executive Director of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association.

“If seriously delayed or canceled, call the desk immediately, don’t go stand in line,” he said.

Other advice that I heard was to use the same hotel chain to build up loyalty points, Marriott and Hilton and W Hotels seem to be among the favorites.The same goes for picking one airline to accumulate miles and rewards.

Luggage favorites include brands like TravelPro and Tumi and travelers recommend getting bright colored luggage that won’t get lost in the sea of black suitcases.

9. Pre-Check yourself.

Getting Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check was the number one tip to get through security the fastest.

The time to get to the airport seems to be a topic of great debate with some saying they always catch the first flight to avoid delays.

Garrison Wynn of Wynn Solutions in Houston, TX, says, “I travel many more than 30,000 miles per year and catching flights after 3:00 pm makes a huge difference. The airport literally has half the people in it then it does at 9am.

Fewer delays, airport employees in better moods and more willing to help, weather is more likely to clear up and you have a better shot at upgrades,” he said.

‎Carla Balakgie the Chief Executive Officer of the National Automatic Merchandising Association said, “If you are going on an international flight buy what you need at your destination, instead of taking everything with you.”

10. Roll with It.

“Roll everything.” And, she encourages female executives to “bring solid color clothes and pack a few scarves – they are interchangeable and can make your outfit look more polished,” she added.

For international travelers, do the research and understand how to communicate and persuade effectively across different cultures. The Hofstede Model is a tool many entrepreneurs use to keep abreast of cultural expectations.

5 Tech Hacks That Will Save You a Bundle on Airfare

We all love to complain about airlines and their never-ending efforts to find new, clever, and incredibly annoying ways to squeeze every penny out of travelers. But when it comes to soothing your travel rage, revenge is sweeter than anger.

You know they’re using every tool out there to maximize their profits. So, of course, you should arm yourself with every tech hack possible to fight back and potentially save yourself a ton of money. Plus, how great does it feel to get a great deal and beat the airlines at their own game? Happy shopping!

1. Google Flights is your best friend.

As Suzy Strutner points out on The Huffington Post, when it comes to saving money on flights, Google Flights is your best friend. In an enormously helpful article, Strutner lays out all the ways the site can help you get a deal, including its “best bang for your buck feature” that figures out the best deal not only based on price but also on flight duration, and notifications when prices will probably jump via your phone.

2. A niche site for every issue.

Kayak and Google Flights might be the usual go-to choices for the savvy traveler, but there are a ton of other tech tools you should be aware of that can help with a head-spinning variety of particular travel issues.

  • Hopper notifies you of price drops.
  • Got no time but $49? FlightFox will do the work of finding cheap airfare for you.
  • Yapta tracks your flight details and lets you know if the price drops after you purchase. If the decrease is large enough, it can be worth paying the penalty to change your ticket.
  • Budget airlines don’t appear on all comparison sites, but WhichBudget will tell you which ones fly where.
  • Not sure where you want to go? Skyscanner shows you the best deals currently on offer for a particular country or even the whole world.
  • Use Points.com to trade, buy, or redeem points.
  • Airfarewatchdog employs actual humans to handpick a smaller number of truly awesome deals.

3. Clear your cookies.

Clever airlines use every crumb of data they can get to decide how much money they can charge you, including whether you’ve visited travel booking sites previously. Deprive them of that info by clearing the cookies on your browser and you’re likely to see a lower price.

Setting your browser to incognito or private browsing mode before you start searching works too.

4. Fudge your location.

What other information do airlines use to set fares? Your location. Tickets are sometimes cheaper in countries with a lower cost of living, a fact you can use to your advantage, Erica Ho of Map Happy tells Thrillist.

“It’s as simple as using the airline’s regional website (or masking your IP address to make it look like you live there) to buy your ticket in the foreign currency. So, let’s say you wanted to fly from Atlanta to Johannesburg, South Africa. All you’d do is log onto South African Air’s local site (.za, NOT .com) — or use a VPN to get a South African IP address — select the ATL-JNB flight you want, and buy it in Rand — preferably using a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees,” explains the site.

5. Pretend you’re going solo.

According to lifestyle site MyDomaine, “many airlines hike up prices when you’re buying several seats at once.” Therefore, “even if you’re booking for the entire family, be sure to do a separate search for the flights set to one person first.”

What to do when travel dreams turn into a booking nightmare: Roseman

Travel can be stressful when things go wrong. Your dream trip can turn into a nightmare. Here are a few cases where I helped readers receive refunds after their travel bookings didn’t measure up.

Alison Bukhari was planning a two-week vacation to Maui with her husband and three children. She used Expedia to search for hotels.

“We found the perfect location and booked,” she said. “I received emails from Expedia confirming our booking at 475 Front St., Lahaina, right near the beach.

“Then, just days before we were scheduled to check in, the hotel sent me an email with check-in details. The address was 660 Wainee St., much further from the beach.”

In a panic, she called Expedia to report the error. Would she have to pay a cancellation fee? Was it safe to book another hotel?

Expedia assured her that it would work with the hotel to get her a refund, Bukhari said. She booked another hotel and kept checking her credit card account while on vacation, waiting for a refund to show up.

She called Expedia when she returned — five times in the first 10 days — and spent hours trying to get a response. Finally, a supervisor said that she was out of luck.

In a written response, Expedia told me that the hotel in Hawaii had a policy of charging a penalty of 50 per cent of the reservation cost when customers cancelled. A representative had told Bukhari about the penalty, but also suggested she cancel the reservation and book a new hotel in a preferred location.

Expedia said it had tried to advocate on her behalf, but the hotel would not waive the penalty, especially since the customer cancelled five days before the arrival date.

After I got involved, Expedia apologized for the misunderstanding and provided a full refund of $2,918.32 back to Bukhari’s credit card.

In another case I handled, there was a mix-up in booking airline seats. Barb Crowther and Ian Wigle wanted to fly business class to Copenhagen, but an Expedia agent had overlooked their request.

The agent did tell them during the booking process that their tickets were in the economy section. For this reason, Expedia denied a refund when the couple complained about having to buy new tickets.

Expedia later apologized for the confusion. It acknowledged the error and provided a refund of $2,295.98 for the lost residual value of the tickets and exchange fees.

Daniel Cabandie asked for help with Air Canada after he was barred from boarding a flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil, last July. The airline said there was a problem with his credit card.

When he had booked the flight in March 2016, he paid with a credit card that was replaced afterward because it wasn’t working. Shortly before departure, he rescheduled the flight using his new card.

At the airport, he was not allowed to check in for his flight since he was using a credit card that was different from the one used to purchase the original ticket.

“At one point, they requested the other credit card,” he said. “I no longer had it, since the bank had told me to break it and discard it. I missed my flight and was forced to buy a ticket to Brazil with United Airlines.”

Citing fraud prevention, Air Canada said it could not provide service if he could not produce the credit card used for the original booking — despite having confirmed payment at the time he rebooked.

It provided a refund on the flight he missed and a 20-per-cent discount on a future flight.

Cabandie wrote to me and to the Canadian Transportation Agency. Eventually, Air Canada agreed to refund the amount he had paid for the more expensive United ticket purchased at the last minute.

[via thestar]

Top 7 Budget Travel Tools

The days of relying on travel agents and hunting down elusive deals are over. Check out these seven budget travel tools to city-hop and save, just like Andy Steves!

Flight Search Engines

Skyscanner.net, CheapoAir.com, Kayak.com and Google Flights are my go-to websites. I do the same search across all of them to see what comes back to me. I keep my searches as wide open and as flexible as possible, because you never know what sort of options might pop up. Once I find the flight I like, I’ll book directly with that airline rather than going through a middleman service like eDreams.

Hopper

Another flight tool app that lets you set up price alerts, Hopper gives you visual representations of when the right time to buy is.

TripAdvisor & Yelp

Crowdsourcing apps such as TripAdvisor and Yelp give you great tips for sights, restaurants, nightlife venues, and more. Take their advice with a grain of salt because anyone can get on there and say anything they want, regardless of expertise in the subject.

Tripit

My favorite app to keep all my travel arrangements organized in one place and available offline isTripit. I can access flight confirmation information, terminal, departure time, airport info, and more in this handy, free app.

Airbnb & Hostelworld

Airbnb and Hostelworld are easy-to-use accommodation-booking apps and websites. Although their popularity is driving prices up for consumers, they’re still a better deal than most hotels.

Uber & Other Taxi Apps

Skip the headache of worrying if you’re being ripped off by cabbies on longer routes or fraudulent meters. Load up your card to the app so you can leave your cash and wallet in your pocket. Uberworks in most European cities now.

CityMaps2Go

CityMaps2Go is a vast resource of city maps which you can download and access offline, a godsend when trying to navigate a new city without Wi-Fi or data.

27-Year-Old Woman To Become First Female Ever To Visit Every Country On Earth

If someone traveled to 50 countries, we’d be impressed. If they traveled to 100 we’d be super impressed. But if they traveled to every single country in the world, and became the first documented female, youngest American, AND fastest traveler to visit all 196 countries on the planet….well, that would leave us pretty amazed indeed.

But that’s exactly what Cassandra De Pecol is doing. The 27-year-old from Connecticut has already visited 181 countries since July 2015, and with only 15 countries remaining and 40 days to go, she’s well on course to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest person to travel to all Sovereign States (plus an additional 11 countries). Her amazing journey is called Expedition196 and she’s traveling as an Ambassador for Peace on behalf of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism. We might not be able to follow in her footsteps, but we can at least follow her inspirational journey via Instagram. Go Cassandra!

Ever wanted to travel to every country in the world?

Well that’s exactly what Cassandra De Pecol is doing!

Her amazing journey is called Expedition196

She started off in Palau back in July 2015

And she’s already visited 181 countries since then

She’s hoping to become the first documented woman to travel to all 196 countries

Cassandra only has 15 more to visit in the next 40 days

If she does it she’ll break the Guinness World Record for the fastest person to travel to all Sovereign States

She’s traveling as an Ambassador for Peace on behalf of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism

The trip has cost almost $200,000 so far but the costs are covered by sponsors

She also uses her Instagram as a platform for advertising in exchange for free accommodation

She’s only 27 but she’s already seen more than most will see in a lifetime

From meeting lion cubs

And skiing in the mountains of Colorado

To relaxing on the beach in Kiribati

And taking in beautiful sights like this view of Mostar bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cassandra doesn’t go anywhere without her camera

And her map of course!

The 5 most isolated houses in the world

Every now and then we all dream of living a peaceful and quiet life off the grid. Maybe the thought creeps up on us when work is starting to feel like Groundhog Day, or perhaps it’s just an ongoing internal longing for some real isolation.

On this note, I’ve gathered some of the most secluded houses in the world.

So take a few minutes and venture away from the cramped crowds and tedious traffic by picturing yourself relocating to these dwellings far, far away from civilisation – even if it’s just through the land of your imagination.

House on the Vestmannaeyjar Archipelago – Ellidaey Island, Iceland

Elliðaey is an island in the Vestmann Islands, south of Iceland, on this Island there is one lonely house. The story of this secluded house is fascinating.

“Three hundred years ago, Elliðaey was inhabited by five families. They lived there in huts and survived by fishing and raising cattle on the island’s grassy pasture — and by hunting puffins

Over the next two centuries, sustaining a community on Elliðaey became increasingly impractical and unappealing (to say nothing of inbred). People started to leave; sometime in the 1930s, the last permanent residents of Elliðaey moved away.

The island’s former residents found that Iceland had many places more economical than Elliðaey from which to fish and raise cattle. But, as it turned out, there weren’t too many better places for hunting puffins. So, in the early 1953, the Elliðaey Hunting Association built a lodge on the island for its members to use during their commando puffin missions.

It is this structure, the hunting lodge, that captures the imagination of photographers today. The lodge has no electricity, broadband internet (oh, the horror!) or indoor plumbing. This being Iceland, the lodge does have a sauna. The water for the sauna — and for less important tasks, such as cooking and drinking — comes from a rainwater collection system. The lodge, oddly, is surrounded by a fence, perhaps to keep the puffins from launching a counter attack.”

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Casa do Penedo (House of Stone) – Guimarães, Fafe Mountains, Portugal

Hidden between the mountains in northern Portugal near the city of Fafe and a large wind field is the “Casa do Penedo”. The house was built starting from four giant rocks that were already on site and it was inspired by the American cartoon “the Flinstone”.

The house was built in 1974 by a local family and was supposed to be their vacation house. However, over the past years the house started to attract attention from tourists, architecture enthusiasts and others fascinated by its complete integration with the surrounding nature.