As somebody who is constantly on the lookout for ways to make travel an affordable reality in my life, I’ve naturally taken an interest in ultra-budget airlines such as Spirit and Frontier. For a while I actually shied away from them entirely, opting to fly with Southwest Airlines for nearly all of my domestic travel (I do love Southwest Airlines). However, airlines such as Spirit and Frontier do have some of the most affordable rates around, so they are worth taking a look at.
This post is mostly focused on getting through airport security in the United States, as every country does have their own rules and regulations. That being said, some of these tips will be good for any airports, anywhere.
Let’s face it: layovers suck. Who wants to spend hours upon hours sitting in an uncomfortable chair in an airport terminal, listening to announcements over the loud speaker, babies crying, and people coughing? Certainly not me. As a traveler, however, layovers are a fact of life. I’m a big fan of flying nonstop whenever possible. Sometimes, however, there are times when a layover is inevitable due to available routes, or direct flights being more expensive.
There has been something wonderful happening with the airline industry lately. Budget carriers are starting to take us to more and more fabulous international destinations! It wasn’t too long ago when the prospect of an international flight was an expensive one, indeed. However, I’ve noticed a trend lately where budget carriers are adding some pretty great destinations to their itineraries. Hooray! If you’ve been wanting to get out there and explore the world a little more, now just might be the time.
If you’re going to fly out of Tijuana Airport from the U.S. side of the border, they have made it really easy for you.
We’ve all been there…that moment when we settle in for a flight and then we see them…a parent coming down the aisle…with a baby. We’ve all felt that moment of dread where we close our eyes and say a silent prayer of, “please don’t sit next to me…please don’t sit next to me”. Trust me, I’ve been there plenty of times. However, as I’ve gotten older and more of my friends have started having children, my perspective has changed on the topic.
When I visited Australia, I chose the Australian airline Qantas to take me there. The decision was based mostly on the fact that the price of the flight was the best I found at the time of my search, I had read decent reviews on the airline, and the schedule of the flights matched my needs. I’m not really loyal to any one airline and will typically choose the airline that will offer me the best deal, but I will say that I did enjoy my experience flying with Qantas, at least as much as one enjoys absurdly long red-eye flights in economy class, anyway.
There has long been a debate as to whether or not it’s cool to recline your seat on a plane. It seems to be quite the divisive issue, with people either extremely pro-recline or extremely anti-recline. There are good arguments on both sides as well. Anti-recliners cite shrinking leg room and how horrible it can be for a tall person when the guy in front of them reclines his seat, effectively trapping them in their sardine can-like enclosure. Pro-recliners cite how uncomfortable the seats are and that not reclining them gives them neck and back pain. These are both very compelling arguments and I honestly don’t think we’re ever going to come to a mutual agreement on the issue. Ultimately, I think the blame for this debate lies with the airlines themselves, who are shrinking our leg room more and more by the day, it seems.
If I’m traveling domestic, chances are I’m most likely traveling on Southwest Airlines. They are my favorite domestic carrier for a few reasons. Here’s why:
I would like to introduce Mark from 365 Travel Dates, who has written us a really awesome and informative guest post on everything they learned from traveling long-term using travel hacking strategies to help fund their adventures. Travel hacking has long been something I have been interested in getting into and learning more about, so I’m really pleased to announce this guest post. Mark has a lot to say on the subject, so this will actually be a two part series. Enjoy!