I’m busy getting the 3rd annual Remarkable Photo Contest ready to launch this weekend on Perceptive Travel, so here’s some useful travel info from elsewhere to make this a week of being wiser.
8 things you should know about Gore-tex (that I didn’t until two weeks ago).
Arthur Frommer explains why, because of all the piled-on taxes and fees, you’re better off getting an air and hotel package combined if you’re flying to Europe. This is sometimes true in the U.S. too: I just scored an American Airlines air and hotel package to Las Vegas for only $20 more than the flight ticket by itself would have cost on the same airline—and less than the ticket by itself was on Southwest. (And no, I won’t be checking a bag and paying American that extra fee.)
Rick Steves is not sold on electronic guidebooks…at least in their current form anyway.
I was one of the 437 people participating in the annual National Geographic Sustainability Survey. Tops on the list: Norways Fjords. Worst: Spain’s Costa del Concrete. Most of the bottom-rated places got that way from unchecked development and little care for the environment, like Sharm-el-Sheik in Egypt and Los Cabos in Mexico.
Who says you have to be young and single to be a vagabond? NYT’s Frugal Traveler interviews a nomadic family (SoulTravelers3–occasional readers of this blog) who has been on the road since 2006.
And a bonus: here’s a code for free in-flight Internet via Gogo Inflight.