By now you’ve heard and read about the ordeal that thousands of Carnival Triumph passengers endured for several days. All the passengers are off the ill-fated ship now, but their vacation memories will last a lifetime. I’ve taken my family on many cruises, and several on Carnival. I think it’s one of the best ways to relax and sample other countries and cultures. But the closest I’ve ever come to a “cruise… Read More
This is the time of year many of you are dreaming of vacation. You may be planning your summer trip now. You’ve earned your time off and it’s important to you, so you don’t want to waste your money or time. SmarterTravel.com has some tips on making your vacation count. Here are some mistakes to avoid: Booking too late. Days of the last-minute deals are behind us, at least for airfares. Travel agents warn… Read More
Rising gas prices and soaring airfares mean higher costs for your summer vacation. But you can still find some good deals online.There’s no doubt, bargains are harder to come by these days. So it helps to have someone else look for you. I came across some really good travel Websites on Kiplinger. Whether you drive… or fly…. the cost of traveling continues to go up. That also goes for the hotel once you… Read More
Can you believe it’s almost summer? That means vacation. But with gas prices and airfares so high, are there any deals out there? It’s still April, and the kids are still in school, but the travel agents I talked to today gave me their top 3 pieces of advice as we look ahead to summer: book now, book now, book now. Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard that warning from travel agents before, but… Read More
Spring break is right around the corner. A lot of you will be heading out-of-town for vacation. If you haven’t made plans yet, are you too late? For many in Oklahoma, spring break is just two weeks away, and after our record-breaking winter, you may want to put the blizzard and unbearable temperatures behind you.
My wife and I love cruise vacations, and recently returned from our latest adventure at sea. All went well, except for when the ship had to take drastic evasive maneuvers to miss several pods of whales heading straight for us. That happened while we were in the dining room (my steak and lobster plate ended up in front of someone else). The captain later told me they didn’t want to hit the… Read More
If you’re into photography and hi-tech toys, packing for vacation isn’t easy. Forget just one cord or cable or charger, and it can throw your trip into a tailspin. Here’s a picture of my backpack that contains most of my stuff for a recent Alaskan cruise. It must have weighed 25 pounds. I got my exercise hauling it through the airports. Here’s an inventory of what’s inside: DSLR camera 2 lenses Lens… Read More
My rants against airline fees has more ammunition. If you fly this summer, you’re probably paying extra. Airlines have quietly added extra fees for what they’re calling peak travel days. USA Today reports surcharges run from 10 to 30 dollars for each one-way domestic flight. Five big airlines — American, Delta, Continental, United and US Airways— have surcharges on most flights on 73 of 74 days June 10 through Aug. 22. The only day without… Read More