From the category archives:


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 [...]


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 [...]


For the times when the airline loses your bag . . .
. . . or your clothes get so grotty you can’t stand to put them on one more time.
. . . or you forget and throw all your laundry in the machine, leaving you with nothing dry to wear.
. . . or you think, [...]


Welcome to the sixth Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Here you’ll find South American, African, and Middle Eastern (and Antarctic!) travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.

Photographic inspiration this week thanks to Heather Bays and the kind folks at Intelligent Travel. You [...]


Help *me* feel the love!  There’s just two more days for you to give me your advice on Frankfurt-Hahn and surrounds, Cologne/Bonn, Seville and Granada.  Everyone leaving a comment has a chance to win a modest prize, hand-selected from each destination by yours truly.  So get entering!
Carla from Phoenix is planning some extensive travel around the Midwest, “Chicago [...]


Planes, trains and automobiles! We’ve got it all in this week’s news roundup.
Traveling around the UK over a bank holiday weekend can lead to major delays on public transportation, warns Pam Kent of the IHT Globespotters Blog. In a recent post (inspired by tomorrow’s holiday), she notes,
Network Rail, the government body that looks [...]


First up this Monday is musician Marie from Canada, who is trying to fly on RyanAir with two violins and a guitar. She writes,
Hi, I’ve been trying to talk to someone from Ryan Air for the past 3 weeks and it’s impossible! My question is about carrying musical instruments in the cabin. They [...]


Welcome to the fourth Travel on a Shoestring Carnival for Asia, Oz. Here you’ll find Asian, Australian, New Zealand and Oceania travel tips for those without a lot of money to spend.
Photographic inspiration this week is courtesy of Karen Castle. Her image of Niall David Begley’s Swaanen is from the annual Sculpture by the Sea [...]


Being on the road doesn’t have to mean neglecting your teeth. Sure . . .
. . . sometimes you forget to pack a toothbrush. Have no fear, Mr. Toothbrush wants to send you a sample toothbrush, preloaded with toothpaste for easy brushing on the go.
. . . airport security won’t let you take [...]

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A number of my favorite travel bloggers are in town for the ITB — the team from EuroCheapo and I ascended the dome of the Reichstag in record time last night, while a reception tonight promises a meeting with Karen from Europe a la Carte. It’s always nice in the largely anonymous blogosphere to [...]

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