travel advice Archive

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The Day You Fly Matters More Than What Day You Book

  If you put “best time to book a flight” into Google you’ll get more than 11 million results. Apparently people ask this a lot too. On a story trying to determine the magic booking window, CheapAir’s study of their customer data started out with this explanation: Since the majority of questions

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Which Countries Have the Cheapest International Flights?

In the olden days when I first started backpacking around the world, we had limited information on who had the cheapest flights. The only people who really had that data were the ones doing bookings every day—the travel agents that booked those round-the-world tickets we bought to game the system. Now that

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8 Reasons Not to Plan Your Whole Round-the-World Trip in Advance

As we sat and listened to the couple talking about where they had been on their round-the-world trip prior to this small island in Indonesia, I was getting exhausted. It was not because I had been especially active that day, but because their itinerary was so frantic and detailed that it made

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“I Wish I Could Travel More” Is a Lame Thing to Say

  Every time anyone goes on vacation and posts gorgeous photos on social media, frequently someone says, “You’re so lucky. I wish I could travel more.” You can almost hear the wistful sigh. In most cases the answer to “Why can’t you?” would have something to do with not enough time or

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Time to Revisit the Onward Ticket Requirement

In the past when readers have asked about the official requirement to have an onward ticket when landing in a new country, I’ve blown it off and scoffed. In 22 years of travel, I’ve been asked for proof of this exactly one time, and that was in England. That was 1995 if