Eight Essential Rules for Vacation Rentals – SmarterTravel.com

My husband and I booked our first vacation rental through TripAdvisor this past July, and everything turned out very nicely. However, I wish I had read this prep list beforehand; it would have helped us plan ahead for things such as what food to bring, and what bath items would be available.

Also, the suggestion to talk to the owners before arriving is an excellent one. I decided to research and explore on our own, and I wish I hadn’t! We went hiking on a trail in the Lake of the Ozarks state park one afternoon. We arrived with the clothes on our backs, water, snack bars, and a compass. We left with chiggers, ticks and fleas. Almost six weeks later, we are still dealing with the fallout from those little buggers!

I recommend doing vacation rentals if you’re the kind of traveler who trusts your research and preparation skill.

Eight Essential Rules for Vacation Rentals – SmarterTravel.com.

How to Avoid Low-Fare Airline Gotchas – Blog – Airfarewatchdog

In my experience, super-low fares are low for some not-immediately-obvious reason. If you’re going to fly cheap, you’re probably going to pay the price in fees, inconvenience, delays, discomfort, or all of the above.

I’m finding more and more that it’s worth paying for the services I want, expect, and think I deserve when flying. I’m not a cow, so I don’t want to be treated like cattle at a sale barn. As of now, that’s the reality of travel economics.

You can either beat your head against a brick wall by trying to fly on the cheap or you can relent, pay your money, and travel more comfortably with less stress. I choose the latter!

How to Avoid Low-Fare Airline Gotchas – Blog – Airfarewatchdog.

What Your Flight Attendant Thinks of You – Jetsetter

It pays to put yourself in someone else’s shoes occasionally, at least metaphorically. Most of us have never worked as a flight attendant, but most of us have been passengers. Take a minute to think about those men and women who tirelessly go through the same grind, day after day, year after year, to make flights safe and merciful if not enjoyable.

What Your Flight Attendant Thinks of You – Jetsetter.

Forbidden No More: Yes, You Can Travel to Cuba Legally and Here’s How – SmarterTravel.com

Forbidden No More: Yes, You Can Travel to Cuba Legally and Here’s How – SmarterTravel.com

This is an excellent article on how to get to Cuba in this complex climate of change with US-Cuban relations. This article has some important travel information that you won’t want to ignore if you want to travel there soon.