Virgin Atlantic en-US Yes You Can!: Travel With Ease and Without Guilt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/yes-you-can-travel-with-ease-and-without-guilt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Thailand Dragon" title="Thailand Dragon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="160" height="240" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know you love, that is. But it&#39;s expensive--there&#39;s no way around that. Now, I&#39;m not against breaking the bank for a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but here are some tips to make your money (and time!) go farther. </p> <p>1. You&#39;ve heard about it, but now it&#39;s here. <a href="" title="Virgin America">Virgin America</a> is <a href="" title=" Virgin Atlantic is Cool">cool</a>, but it&#39;s also driving rates down around the country. Get in line soon--once this get&#39;s out, the plush seats will be filled!</p> <p>2. Bring your own food. No, they&#39;re not going to tell you that you can bring your own food on a plane. But you know that lunch you pack for work most days? Well, if you make yourself one for the trip, you won&#39;t face the choice of shelling out at least $5 for a dry roll, some cheese, and an old chocolate, or starving. Too bad we can&#39;t make it a BYOB! </p> <p>3. Don&#39;t shop duty free...unless you&#39;ve done your homework. So you just couldn&#39;t avoid the 11 hour layover in the middle of the night. And the shops are colorful, and browsing gives you something to do. I know; I&#39;ve been there. But RESIST. Many duty free products are as expensive or <a href="" title="Duty free?">more expensive</a> than they are other places. If you think you might want to shop duty free, price your items other places before you get to the airport, just to be sure you&#39;re getting a deal. </p> <p>4. Renting a car just got cheaper. <a href=";targetPage=reservationOnHomepage.jsp" title="Simply Wheelz">Simply Wheelz</a> is Hertz&#39; new discount car rental. With rates as low as $94 a week, it&#39;s definitely worth the time it takes to check out. Of course, conditions apply. But there&#39;s always the hope that they&#39;ll apply in your favor.</p> <p>5. Make it easier on your kids by doing whatever it is they&#39;ll need to make the flight easier. There are recommendations all over the internet, but the truth is that you know your kid and what he needs. So do it for him (you&#39;ll be happier and so will the people around you). And, if you&#39;re flying internationally, make sure you <a href="" title="International travel with children">buy them a ticket</a>! </p> <p>6. Check the security wait time before you go to the airport. Seriously, there&#39;s no need to get there and sit. <a href="" title="TSA">TSA finally did something right</a>.</p> <p>7. Have some idea of what you want to see and do, and how you want to go about it. If you want to see two things next to each other, it&#39;s better to know that before you see either than two days after you&#39;ve seen one. Sure, things come up. You hear two locals talking and just have to see what the fuss is about. But for the most part, look at the guidebooks before you get there. If you&#39;re determining your trip by yourself, the airplane ride is a great place to do this.</p> <p>8. Get your passport early. </p> <p>9. Have fun! There are a million ways to make a trip miserable. Think about the time your aunt spent her entire vacation worrying about missing the flight home because of a transit strike or the time you missed all the good food in Mexico because you were afraid of Montezuma. Eat. Drink. Experience. The more memories you make, the less you will struggle with guilt over how much it cost. </p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Yes You Can!: Travel With Ease and Without Guilt" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Sarah Winfrey</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Travel Art and Leisure frugal travel international travel rental car Virgin Atlantic yes you can Wed, 08 Aug 2007 16:25:38 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 970 at Flights from Europe to the US from $14. <p><img width="300" height="225" title="sign" alt="sign" src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/548762_departure_sign.jpg" /></p> <p>I had to do a double-take, too. But the promise of super-cheap flights from Europe to the US is on the horizon. And it's not 10 years away as many people first thought. With the &quot;<a href="">open skies</a> &quot; agreement, it could be as soon as next year.</p> <p>The price war has always been around. But when ZOOM UK offered a one way ticket from London to New York for around $200 including taxes, the industry sat up and took notice. Now, a war of words between Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson, and Ryanair's Michael O'Leary has become a pledge to be the cheapeast airline around. If Ryanair offers one-way flights for 7 pounds (roughly $14), then Branson will do it for 6 pounds.</p> <p>Branson is already working with Boeing and GE to create the greenest commercial plane, flying on biofuel. Now it looks like Branson will not only be going green, but saving you some serious green as well. Speaking as a Brit who has a family of 4 to take to and from the UK to see relatives, this will be something of a huge money-saver for me. I only hope that the safety doesn't suffer when the prices get this low.</p> <p><strong>Links</strong></p> <h2 class="sub-heading"><a href=";in_page_id=2">Branson pledge to win cheap flights war - Evening Standard - 24 April 2007</a></h2> <h1 class="sub-heading"><a href=",,2056050,00.html#article_continue">Ryanair boss plans &pound;7 tickets to America - The Guardian - 13 April 2007</a></h1> <h1 class="sub-heading"><a href="">Open-skies deals to give travelers more options - Seattle PI - 22 April 2007</a> </h1> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="" class="sharethis-link" title="Flights from Europe to the US from $14." rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href=""> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Deals Bio-fuel Boeing GE Michael O'Leary Richard Branson Ryanair Virgin Virgin Atlantic Tue, 24 Apr 2007 19:52:53 +0000 Paul Michael 556 at