7 Things Your Flight Attendant Wants You to Know. Have the best trip possible with these insider secrets By Tracy Saelinger 1.
IT MATTERS WHERE YOU SIT Pick a seat that suits your personality. Nervous flyer? You'll feel less turbulence at the front of the cabin. If you're bothered more by screaming kids than a bumpy ride, sit in the back because sound carries forward, advises Amy Foley, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant. 2. Related: Discover 10 things husbands should never do. 3. 4. Related: Try 7 instant mood boosters. 5. 6. Related: Check out 15 fiber-packed foods. 7. You Might Also Like: The Best Body Language for Any Situation 10 Things Your Husband's Friends Won't Tell You 10 Surprising Facts About Orgasms. World's unfriendliest nations for tourists? Bolivia was ranked the unfriendliest country for travelers in the World Economic Forum report.
The category 'Attitude of population toward foreign visitors' is just one of many used to rank countries in the new Travel and Tourism Competitive Index. Bolivia ranked 110th out of 140 countries in the overall index results. On the positive side, it performed well in price competitiveness due mainly to low hotel accommodation costs. Venezuela, Russia, Kuwait and Latvia rounded out the top five unfriendliest countries for tourists. Russia (third most unwelcoming) ranked 63rd overall for tourism competitiveness, blighted in the report with low marks for ground transport infrastructure and other items.
On the positive end of the scale, Iceland (pictured) and New Zealand were the friendliest countries for tourists. Switzerland led the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index rankings for the fifth straight year since the index's inception. The UAE led the Middle East at 28th overall. Spain on the up. News - Dangerous travel: Countries to avoid. When Is the Optimal Time to Book a Flight? Bargain-conscious travelers have been trying to answer the question for years and are still stymied: How far in advance do you have to book to get the best airfare?
According to new research by CheapAir.com based on the travel site's review of 560 million airfares, the optimal time to book a domestic flight is 49 days in advance. If you're flying overseas, you should book almost three months -- 81 days, to be precise -- before you travel. Too much planning for you? Don't worry. While the average domestic flight was the cheapest 49 days out, it didn't start to rise dramatically in price until about two weeks before the departure date. Notably, it's also bad for your pocketbook to book too far in advance, according to CheapAir. If you're taking an international flight, by contrast, you might score a real bargain by being spontaneous. Other factoids of note: Booking a flight on a Tuesday or Wednesday is not likely to save any money.
‘The Breweries of the United States’ Map Will Make a Beer Geek Want. Six Hotel Giants Team Up To Launch Hotel Search Engine Roomkey.com, Buy Hotelicopter. In an unexpected move, six of the largest hotel companies in the world have partnered to launch a hotel search engine of their own, dubbed Roomkey.com.
The hotel companies hope that offering a ‘personalized experience’ and ‘accurate information’ will make travelers choose for them when they search for accommodation. Choice Hotels International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International and Wyndham Hotel Group teamed up to start Roomkey.com to, in their own words, “provide travelers a search and book experience tailored for ease of hotel shopping through an uncluttered and trustworthy site”. Roomkey.com users can look for and book properties at all – but only those – six hotel chains involved, including their affiliates.
Later on, the hotel companies say, the site will also offer independent reviews, and the ability to compare, plan and share with friends and family. Roomkey.com will be led by John F. Food etiquette rules that might surprise you. (Illustration by Edwin Fotheringham) You have good manners, right?
After all, you (usually) keep your elbows off the table and say " Please pass the salt. " But when you head abroad, things get a little more complicated. Case in point: Rest your chopsticks the wrong way, and you might remind a Japanese friend of their grandmother's funeral (Rule 2). But knowing what the etiquette rules are won't just save you from some awkward situations, says Dean Allen, author of the Global Etiquette Guide series.
It can also help you make friends. In Thailand , don't put food in your mouth with a fork. Instead, when eating a dish with cooked rice, use your fork only to push food onto your spoon. In Japan , never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice. Between bites, your chopsticks should be placed together right in front of you, parallel to the edge of the table—and nowhere else, says Mineko Takane Moreno, Japanese cooking instructor and co-author of Sushi for Dummies. See all food etiquette rules. 5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media. The Social Travel Series is supported by join.me, the easiest way to have an online meeting. join.me lets you instantly share your screen with anyone, for free.
Use it to collaborate, demo, show off — the possibilities are endless. Try it today. Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year. It used to be that you'd have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced. Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.
The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we're glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. 1. For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. 2. 3.
How to Get Amazing Flight Deals in January, February. The best time to travel each year is during January and February, as flight prices plummet after the holiday season when consumers try to cut back on spending.
So for those not burnt out from holiday travel and can spare some extra change, the Internet is bursting with great flight deals. “People are spent and traveled out, and there aren’t as many destinations that are desirable for mid-winter travel since a lot of the bigger cities in the U.S. are experiencing colder weather, such as Boston, Chicago and even Atlanta,” George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog, told Mashable. “Airfares are always lowered from about now until Mid-February, when the school vacations start up – with the exception of some higher fares around Martin Luther King weekend.” 1. Look for Airline Tweets 2. First, sign up for AirFareWatchDog’s fare alerts and email newsletter that sends cheap flight deals based on your home airport. 3. 4. The best time to purchase an airline ticket, however, is Tuesday at 3 p.m.
8 Insider Secrets to Booking Cheap Airfare. (Photo: Getty Images) Travel plans are calling for more belt-tightening than usual these days, making budget vacations extremely desirable.
But such trips aren't possible if you pay too much for airfare. And unless you know where to look, finding affordable flights can be a huge hassle. "For the airlines, it's about getting you to pay the most you're willing to pay, which is the opposite of what the consumer wants," says Joe Brancatelli, publisher of the travel website JoeSentMe.com. On a single flight, he adds, there can be more than a dozen pricing categories. With summer right around the corner, U.S. Book six weeks in advance. Scan for morning deals. Cheapest day to fly: Wednesday. Fly out early. Check low-cost airlines individually.
Sign up for free alerts on AirfareWatchdog.com. 10 Most Expensive Places to Visit. Thanks to the struggling economy, the word "vacation" has become taboo -- so taboo that a substitute word, "staycation," was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2009.
Although the web is bursting with deals and advice on vacationing on a dime, let's be honest: There are some cities that are, in one word, expensive. To separate the reputed budget-busters from the truly expensive cities, UBS Wealth Management Research, a Swiss-based global financial services company, conducts a regular Prices and Earnings report, the most recent of which was published in August 2011. The study, which covers 73 of the world's major cities, analyzes economic factors such as currency strength, plus the price levels of travel basics like hotels, food and transportation. The good news is that vacationing here in the U.S. has become a much more budget-friendly option, while some of the world's most prevalent tourist spots are edging their prices down into the affordable realm. Singapore Toronto, Canada. World's happiest countries.