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Friday, September 25, 2015

Super Useful Travel Posts

Happy Friday, All! I hope you've been having a great week. If not, at least the weekend is here! As I write this, I'm listening to a group of birds singing in my yard, celebrating the sunny day and it seriously sounds like a Disney movie. Can't ask for a better day than that, but let's try with some fun, useful or interesting links I've found lately, shall we? I know it's been a long time since SUTP has been a thing, but I'm hoping to bring it back regularly.

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Do you travel with your pet, or want to, or have to? It can be difficult and expensive, especially if you have several dogs or an exotic pet that needs special consideration. What should you pack? Who should you call? (I promise, it's not Ghostbusters.) When should you start preparing for your trip? Fathom answers all these questions for you. 

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I don't know about you, but I love to watch airplanes take off and land, so the airport is kind of a fun place for me. If you've got an overnight layover in a city, sometimes it just makes sense to stay at a hotel attached to or near the airport, especially if your flight is reeeeeeally early in the morning. USA Today has a list of 15 airports that have views of the runway.

People aren't getting smaller, yet the airlines don't seem to care, do they? Seats and legroom appear to be shrinking and, since the airlines are private companies, there's not much we can do about it. Right now, there's no protection for passengers regarding personal space or overcrowding, but petitions are being put up to the Department of Transportation to hopefully change this. The Washington Post talks about the most recent one.

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From tiny airplane seats to tiny hotel rooms. Micro and pod hotels are becoming more and more popular, especially in destinations where rooms can cost hundreds of dollars a night, like New York City. How much time do you actually spend in your room anyway? These new little hotels make up for cramped rooms with awesome shared spaces. They have large, comfortable lobbies and rooftop lounges. These appeal to those who love to be social and connect with others when they travel, and really just view their room as a place to lay their head and keep their stuff.

Food. I love it. I always try to find local dishes when I travel and often research what to eat where I go. CNN put it to social media to ask what people called their country's best dish. This is great, because it puts it to the people who actually eat the food everyday. 

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Computer problems aren't just an issue at your job, but it can also be an huge issue for you at someone else's job. There have been some problems with the airlines' networks, apps and more, including American Airlines and United. I've been at the airport when a glitch has occurred on another airline and it's been packed with disgruntled travelers stuck at the airport until the problem is resolved. The NY Times takes a look at the most recent issue.

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Were you planning on a ski vacation this year? If so, you know how much flights into those great ski hubs can be. Instead, check out the new bargain skiing destination: Las Vegas. Yup, it's true. You can take a trip to Sin City in the winter and enjoy the slopes at the same time. Everyone in your travel party can enjoy this trip, because there's not just skiing in Vegas. There's something for everybody. Forbes tells you more.

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Does it feel like you just charged your phone, but it's dead already? Battery life is the single biggest complaints about phones, but it might be your own fault that your battery sucks. Brit + Co talks about how you're ruining your phone. 

That's all I got for you this week. If you've come across anything awesome and travel-related that you'd like to share, I'd like to see it. Leave a link and a little comment below, so I can check it out too! Have a great weekend and I'll "see" you tomorrow.

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