UsefulThings.com looks back through its archives to bring you the best travel sites and tips available, as well as digging up new and interesting information about traveling. Hang on! By the time you finish reading this article, you may be one of the most well versed travelers around!
Sites and Tips on Airline Travel
• Momondo: Cheap Airline Search
Recommended by Frommer’s, Time, and CNN, Momondo.com is a cutting edge search engine that searches multiple websites around the world, through hundreds or airline company websites, online travel agencies, etc., to give you the cheapest flights available. No need for you to spend hours online checking individual sites and comparing them. Momondo does it for you! (They do not sell tickets, however, but they will link you to where you need to go.)
• Kayak: One Stop Shopping for Discounted Airfare
Kayak is another aggregator that searches over 140 airlines and travel agencies to find you the best prices on discounted airfare.
• Last Minute: Find Deals on Last Minute Airfare, Hotels, and Other Attractions
Traveling at the last minute? Use this site to find the best available deals on prices for all of your last minute travel needs, including airfare, hotels, and other attractions.
• Seat Guru: The Airplane Seat Database
Which seats are the best, and the worst, and the airline you’re flying? Now you can find out. Seat Guru shows you a layout of where everything on your plane is located, including the bathrooms and galley.
5 Ways to Combat Jet Lag
1. Drink plenty of water several days before the trip, as well as on the flight itself.
2. Get an adequate amount of sleep the week before your trip.
3. Schedule your arrival during the afternoon or early evening, so you’re not faced with a full day of activities.
4. Exercise! It helps combat fatigue. If you don’t already have an exercise routine, come up with one and follow it for at least a couple weeks before your trip.
5. Relax. Anxiety about jet lag doesn’t help.
How-to Pack Toiletries for Airline Travel
A simple formula will help you immensely when it comes to packing your shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and other toiletries for the plane ride. Remember: 3-1-1. This stands for 3 ounce bottles, 1 quart sized, clear plastic bag, 1 bag per person. Before arriving at the screening gate, remove the zip-lock bag from your carry-on.
If you wish to carry larger bottles, they must be packed in checked baggage.
Exception: Medications, baby formula, and breast milk are allowed in carry-on in more than 3 ounce quantities. You must declare them upon arrival at the security gate.
The Pet Friendliest Airlines
Travel with your furry friend? Find out which airlines have the best track record for taking good care of your fuzzy family member.
Petfinder’s 2010 Most Pet Friendly US Airlines
The Best Airlines for Redeeming Frequent Flyer Miles
How do the five major airlines rank in terms of ability to cash in on frequent flyer miles? Find out.
“Best and Worst Airlines for Redeeming Frequent Flyer Miles”
via Five Cent Nickel
Sites and Tips on Vehicle Travel and Ground Transportation
• Gas Buddy: Cheap Fuel Rates Near You
Head to this website, type in your city, state, and zip code, and you’ll be presented with a list of fuel prices for most stations nearest you. Pick the one that’s most economical for you to fill your tank at, and you’re sure to save money.
• Best Parking: Search Parking Rates in Most Major Cities
Bestparking.com is a free search engine that allows users to search for parking rates in major cities, whether it be at an airport, facility, or other private or public parking area. Search by daily or monthly parking rates, and neighborhoods, attractions, or cities.
• Hitchsters.com: Cab Sharing
Want to reduce the cost of your cab fare to and from the airport? Hitchster.com connects travelers with similar destinations so they can share taxis, and the fare.
• Bing Maps: Calculate Your Cab Tab
A new feature of Bing, the Bing Map will now help you calculate your cab fare by using estimated pick-up, time traveled, and distance. It will also show you the shortest route, so you don’t waste your money by taking the scenic route.
• Google Transit: Public Transportation Search
Google Transit can help public transportation users find station schedules, transit stops, and other information. The site covers most major cities all over the world, and includes information on buses, subways, and railways.
10 Must Have Emergency Items For Your Vehicle
1. Flashlight. If you break down in the dark, you’ll need a flashlight to take a peek under the hood or change a flat tire. If you need to walk anywhere for gas or parts, a flashlight is also handy.
2. Spare tire. Of course you can’t fix that flat tire without a spare. Make sure your spare is aired up before long trips, and check it periodically during the year, just as you do your every-day tires. Make sure your jack and tire iron are in good shape, too.
3. Jumper cables. Leave your lights on overnight and now you have a dead battery? You need a jump, which means you’ll need jumper cables.
4. First Aid Kit. Great for minor injuries, whether incurred in a fender bender or while you’re out exploring on the road. Restock it after use, and check it at least once a year for items that may expire.
5. Small Took Kit. A flat and Phillips head screwdriver, pliers, a couple of different sized wrenches, a small hammer. All could come in handy if you have to do any work under the hood, or even something simple like change a headlight.
6. Flares. In case of an accident that blocks the road, flares are an effective way to keep other drives safe and in the know.
7. Bottled water. You never know when you’ll be stranded in your vehicle. Having a bottle or two of water in the car is always a good idea.
8. Insurance information. If you’re in an accident, you’ll need to report it as soon as possible. A simple call to your insurance agent will help you collect the information you’ll need to make a claim.
9. Emergency contact numbers. After a traumatic event, your memory isn’t always functioning properly, and if you’re unconscious, rescue workers will want to know who to contact. Keep a list of emergency contact numbers in your glove box, purse or wallet, or saved in your cell phone.
10. Medications. If you take any medications on a daily basis, make sure to pack them. You never know when a half-day trip will turn into a full day ordeal.
Sites and Tips on General Travel
• IgoUgo: Social Networking for Travelers
IgoUgo won the Webby Award for Best Travel Site in the US in 2005, and it’s only gotten better. Not only can you compare rates on all sorts of trips and travels, IgoUgo provides users with a social aspect. Read stories and tips, share your travel experience, ask questions in the forum, view photos from traveler’s top picks, and much more. As a bonus, contributors to IgoUgo are awarded GO points, which can be redeemed at online retailers and used for frequent flyer miles.
The Savvy Way to Use Priceline.com
Use these tips from the pros, and score some unbelievable deals.
“Tips From Priceline Pros”
Current Travel Scams: Buyer Beware
Be your own travel agent? Event packages, no tickets required? Hmmm. Can you say scam?
“6 Travel Scams to Avoid”
10 Cool Ways to Cut Travel Costs
Tips For a Truly Relaxing Vacation