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Airlines

Welcome to this week’s Travel on a Shoestring Carnival, focusing on the highlights of the European continent. Photographic inspiration of the Crimean vineyards at harvest time comes to us from Q. Sakamakil at National Geographic’s Best Trips 2013. Click on the image to view further pictures of this Ukrainian destination.

Four posts from France [...]

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Some friends of mine made an unhappy discovery when departing the Czech Republic with a long-sought bottle of wine (or two):  their duty-free purchase was confiscated when making a connection in another EU airport.
As much as I complain about the security theater Americans abbreviate TSA, there is one upside to the system:  once you’re in (and don’t connect [...]

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Holiday flights on the mind?  Upgrade: Travel Better has a great post with five tips for well-prepared fliers — if your flights are delayed or cancelled, following Mark’s advice will reduce your chances of being stranded.
Since I’ve already got my airline’s customer service number memorized (in case of emergency), I took action on Mark’s #2 tip:
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December or no, things aren’t always roses and sunshine in the world of a no-budget traveler. Being human (and not just a blogging robot), even an “expert” is also bound to make mistakes. After the jump, I share three recent travel planning misadventures and the lessons learned from each. Share your own [...]

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The Russians have a term — avoska — for a small tote bag carried “just in case.” Theirs were used for the random times where lines spontaneously formed for things like bananas. When lines appeared, people would join even if they weren’t certain what was on offer (on the grounds that, if people [...]

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If you’re new to Less Than a Shoestring, please take some time and have a poke around! I welcome your questions and comments on the site. This blog shows that travel can indeed be both pleasurable and frugal. Because I live in Europe, you’ll find loads of information on European no-budget travel — [...]

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Concerned reader Jennifer writes,
Right now Ryanair APPEARS to have some fares that are literally FREE (no taxes, fees special till 11/15 on some flights; free flight, free if you choose on-line check-in, no bags, no priority). Is that for real???
Yes, Jennifer, it’s for real — as “free” as you can get any “free” ticket from [...]

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RyanAir just finished another €1 for select routes in September and October. It is still possible to book some of these tickets for €5-10/leg, so have a look at the site if you’re thinking of traveling during that timeframe.
However, when estimating the price, don’t overlook their recent increase in debit card and EC-card fees [...]

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I recently discovered a post by the folks over at SkyScanner entitled Satellite Airports – do you know where you’re going?  While I know that Schoenefeld Airport lies 17 rather than 71 km from Berlin, I did think the *idea* was a good one; nevertheless, the chart needed more information:  HOW do you get to and from [...]

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With as little respect as they seem to have for their customers today, I’m pretty certain I’ll never feel sorry for any U.S. airline — even when they petition me directly.
If you’re a smart reader and are subscribed to your favorite airlines’ e-news and deals mailing lists, you likely got the same plea I did, [...]

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