Civilized Travel News Update: Five Travel Scams To Avoid This Summer
Hello fellow travelers and welcome to another Civilized Travel News update! It’s Wednesday which means that half your week is over and we thought it would be a good time to catch-up on some of the travel news you might have missed. Remember, we don’t just cover basic boring travel news, at Civilized Travel we look for news stories that can help you travel better.
Along with helping you travel better we also want to make sure you travel safer, save money, and avoid scams. There are plenty of travel scams that pop-up during peak travel season so as the summer approaches you will want to be particularly vigilant. Our top story today is actually all about travel scams to avoid this coming summer!
So grab a beer or maybe a glass of wine and get ready to take in some of the travel news stories that matter to you.
5 Travel Scams Every Traveler Should Watch Out for This Summer
We all know the hazards of distracted driving, but what about distracted traveling? Tourists who don’t pay attention to their surroundings are not (typically) in danger of getting a ticket, but they may well pay a “fine” by losing their luggage, their money, or both. Discount travel expert Lets Fly Cheaper (LFC) that is specialized in cheap business class flights has compiled a database of the most “popular” travel scams being perpetrated in the US and abroad. As part of its mission to help the public travel smarter as well as cheaper, LFC is publishing the worst scams. The common elements in today’s scams-to-avoid-by-remaining-alert are luggage and cash. (Read More)
$100 to Fly Through the Airport
The Transportation Security Administration is rolling out expedited screening at big airports called “Precheck.” It has special lanes for background-checked travelers, who can keep their shoes, belt and jacket on, leave laptops and liquids in carry-on bags and walk through a metal detector rather than a full-body scan. The process, now at two airlines and nine airports, is much like how screenings worked before the Sept. 11 attacks. (Read More)
7 Travel Spots That Avoid Spring Break
You didn’t make it through a long, gray winter just to spend your spring break avoiding a can-strewn hotel pool and cleaning a co-ed’s vomit off your rental car.
Much like hurricanes, brush fires, blizzards and various other seasonal anomalies, spring break is best accepted as an unfortunate reality at this time of year for travelers whose best beer-bong building days are behind them. As with any destructive force of nature, the best way to approach spring break as a traveler is to avoid it as best as possible. (Read More)
Air Travel in the Future: It’s Going to Be Crowded
The FAA’s annual forecast calls for domestic air traffic to almost double over the next 20 years, from 815 billion passenger-miles to 1.56 trillion. That’s an increase of 3.2 percent per year—a bit higher than the growth rate most people expect for the overall economy. The aviation press is slicing and dicing this forecast just about any way they can, but for ordinary consumers, the important question is, “What does it mean for me?” (Read More)