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Six Rules for Dining Out. Leif Parsons A bad or mediocre meal is more than just an unpleasant taste, it is an unnecessary negation of one of life’s pleasures—a wasted chance to refine our palates, learn about the world, and share a rewarding experience.

Six Rules for Dining Out

Virtually every locale offers some good meals at a good price. But too often, amidst the clutter of our days, we don’t find them—at least not consistently. I’ve been an economist for some 30 years, and a foodie for nearly as long. In this time, I’ve learned that by applying some basic economics to my food choices, I can make nearly every meal count. In the Fanciest Restaurants, Order What Sounds Least Appetizing At fancy and expensive restaurants (say, $50 and up for a dinner), you can follow a simple procedure to choose the best meal. The logic is simple. Many popular-sounding items, on the other hand, can be slightly below the menu’s average quality. So order the ugly and order the unknown. Beware the Beautiful, Laughing Women.

50 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers. Everyone has an airport horror story.

50 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers

But you can make the most of a bad situation with apps like Flight+, which will keep you abreast of the latest delays and gate changes. And if you need a shower, unlimited Wi-Fi, or a work space during your extended layover, LoungeBuddy will alert you as to which free and pay-as-you-go lounges are available. These are just two of the digital tools that can improve your experience on the road—among the 100,000-plus travel apps on the market. No need to feel overwhelmed, though. We spent the past year travel-testing apps and websites, everywhere from airplanes and buses to airport lounges, cars, and remote camping sites across the globe.

Google certainly makes an appearance, given the search giant's strengths in navigation (Google Maps), translation (Google Translate), photo management and storage (Google+), booking (Google Flight Search), and communication (Gmail and Google Hangouts). Save on Cheap Flights, Cheap Airfares, Cheap Tickets. Financial Travel Tip #55: How Many Debit and Credit Cards To Carry. Heather writes: I’m planning a RTW trip and am having trouble wrapping my head around how to manage finances while traveling.

Financial Travel Tip #55: How Many Debit and Credit Cards To Carry

Financial Travel Tip #71: How Much Money You Need to Start Traveling. Here we go; the million dollar question (for which hopefully the answer isn’t “a million dollars”): How much money do you need to start traveling?

Financial Travel Tip #71: How Much Money You Need to Start Traveling

If I could give you a number, I would. But as you may have guessed, it’s not that easy. Instead, here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you define your travels, set a travel budget, and figure out how much to start with: How long will my trip be? Where am I going? Get a quote on travel insurance with Global Nomads here for an idea: As I alluded to in a previous Financial Travel Tip, my partner who I started traveling with wasn’t in a stellar financial situation. We left before he reached this milestone (and with some lingering debts to boot), on the premise that he could find work along the way.

This created stress – between us and within ourselves – that no doubt adversely affected our travels, and our relationship. Which we did. It pays to take the time to define your ideal travels and put a general price tag to it. The Best Sites for Booking Last-Minute Travel. Posted by Dan O'Halloran on October 10, 2014 in Travel, Phones and Mobile, Mobile Apps, Android Apps, iPhone/iPad Apps, Travel & Entertainment, Guides & Reviews, Money Savers :: 8 comments Many great travel deals can be found by carefully planning in advance.

The Best Sites for Booking Last-Minute Travel

But spur-of-the-moment trips can also be had for cheap if you know where to look. That's because hotels, airlines, resorts and more are looking to fill vacant spots at the last minute. Here are our picks for the best sites to book a great trip on short notice without blowing a crazy amount of money. Best all around last-minute booking site: Expedia.com Expedia.com's last minute booking page wins for layout as well as price and convenience. When to Book Your Plane Ticket: A Guide. How airlines price tickets is a source of many myths and urban legends.

When to Book Your Plane Ticket: A Guide

These include tips about the best day of the week to buy a ticket, last-minute discounts offered by the airlines, and the conspiracy theories suggesting that the carriers use cookies to increase prices for their passengers. None of these three statements is entirely true. Studies have suggested that prices can be higher or lower on a given day of the week – yet, there is no clear consensus on which day that is. Offered prices can in fact drop at any time before the flight, yet they are much more likely to increase than decrease over the last several weeks before the flight’s departure. Further, the airlines prefer to wait for the last-minute business traveler who’s likely to pay full fare rather than sell the seat prematurely to a price conscious traveler.

What is true about pricing in the airline industry is that carriers use complex and sophisticated pricing systems.