When I took my sister to Southeast Asia for the first time last month, I wanted to visit several new destinations. Hong Kong was still on the list. We just connected through Bangkok without leaving the airport. But Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Shanghai, and Macau were all new to me. In fact, any part of mainland China would have been new. I'm not especially keen on paying for a visa. It's why I hadn't yet visited China … [Read more...]
Posts about "Air Travel"
Wandering Aramean may have beat me to it, but Thursday's "Middle Seat" column in The Wall Street Journal has been sitting on my table reminding me to talk about AirCare travel insurance, a new business backed by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. On the surface it sounds enticing: Pay $25 per flight and you could be reimbursed hundreds or even a thousand dollars in the event of a variety of travel mishaps. There are … [Read more...]
I've written about Routehappy at least once before. It's one of a few airline search engines that attempts to improve the user experience by adding information on in-flight amenities and user reviews in addition to traditional sorting criteria like price or the number of connections. Because while consumers do tend to be price sensitive, they aren't immune to common sense when told a better flight is available for a … [Read more...]
I'm paraphrasing the title of a Wall Street Journal article that ran Tuesday morning, but you might be surprised to learn how obsessive some scientists can be about measuring and manipulating their well-being. My sister had a chemistry professor during her undergraduate years who attempted a restricted calorie diet after reading about longevity studies in mice. He became a ornery, unhappy person until he finally gave … [Read more...]
There are lots of lines at the airport. Lines to check-in. Lines to get in another line to get through security. Lines to board the plane. Lines to get off the plane. If you're traveling internationally, there are lines to get through customs and immigration. I love my elite status because it helps me get through lines more quickly. Even when I have the time, their a nuisance. But elite status isn't the only option. … [Read more...]
Let me start by saying I am not a cruise person. I haven't been on one, so I can't really criticize them that much. But they certainly don't appeal to me either. The typical cruise liner tries to take all the amenities of land with it, making lots of sacrifices in terms of space and comfort. The benefit is supposedly that you get an opportunity to visit more than one destination on the same trip. When I shared … [Read more...]
I got an early look at United's October issue of Hemispheres Sunday night during the last leg of my journey home. There was a good article on various destinations for off-peak travel that reminded me it's about that time again. Some of my favorite trips have been in off-peak seasons. Think of Hawaii in November or London in January. A big reason for off-peak travel is saving money. Other times it's less about … [Read more...]