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Tough Travel Questions We All Have Asked

We are professional travelers and not too often we get stumped by questions from our readers, so we compiled a list. These are travel questions that we get often and the answers aren’t so straightforward. 

 

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We are professional travelers and not too often we get stumped by questions from our readers, so we compiled a list. These are travel questions that we get often and the answers aren’t so straightforward. Hopefully these will shed some light on issues many readers have had and couldn’t find the answers to.

 

Cheapest Days to fly?

Travel can be expensive so it’s best to search for the cheapest flights.  The cheapest days to fly in the United States are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and international flights are cheapest on weekdays. Always check around because sometimes you will find a diamond in the rough and get a cheap weekend international flight or a unicorn in the cheap Friday flight.

 

 

Carry-ons are always free?

You would think so but as we have unfortunately found out many of the ultra discount carriers (think Spirit) charge for carry-ons. These guidelines should be present when you book so make sure you check your airline’s regulations.  Its getting more and more expensive to travel, especially with all these countless add-ons.

 

I saw cheaper tickets after I bought mine, what can I do?

You can always change your flights but most airline charge for this convenience. You may end up paying more than the amount you would have saved by switching. It’s always a good move to check with the airline before you attempt to switch, or even before you book.

You have 24 hours to change after your purchase. The Department of Transportation requires all U.S. carriers to offer a 24-hour grace period where you can change your flight at no charge. So officially you have 24 hours to find a cheaper flight on all U.S. airlines.

Southwest is the only U.S. carrier that currently doesn’t charge a change fee, so search away and book at your leisure with Southwest.

You other option is at the time of purchase. Some carriers offer refundable tickets, which allow you to change whenever you want but are often more expensive.

 

Why are security lines so long?

Well, they aren’t always long but they all seem to take forever. If you hate waiting, check the TSA app on your smartphone and get real time updates and wait times. If you hate waiting in general then you should obviously get the TSA PreCheck. Cut the long security lines and breeze through security checkpoints without taking your shoes off or laptop out of your bag. This service averages out to only $20 a year for the five-year period it’s active for.

 

Where did my favorite airline go?

Ok, airlines come and go just like other brands do. If you haven’t traveled in a long time then you may be wondering where your favorite carriers have disappeared. You may be missing AirTran, Continental, Northwest or U.S.Airways, all of which have recently disappear from airports. You soon will see Virgin America and Alaska merge into one airline and we aren’t sure what name they will adopt.

 

What airline has the cheapest flights?

No one airline has the lowest fare as the business is super competitive now. You will however find some low prices on the ultra discount carriers but they often have hidden fees like charging for carry-on baggage, which make them equal to other airlines. Your best bet is to check with comparison sites like Kayak.com and see what all the airlines are charging and then make an educated decision.

 

Why is airfare so expensive?

They aren’t always expensive; you are probably just looking at the wrong times. Try to avoid flying during holidays or when many people want to fly. The higher the demand the higher the prices. So if you want to save big bucks, simply book early and be flexible when you can fly.

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Supersonic Passenger Jets are Coming

Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020.

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Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020. Thanks to the brilliant forward thinking and huge wallet of Richard Branson, we can expect supersonic passenger jets flying at speeds of Mach 2.2. Yea, you heard me right, that’s twice as fast as the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic and aviation upstarts Boom Technology have teamed up for an exciting project that will bring supersonic jets back to commercial air travel.

The Concorde was doomed by poor technology and a system of regulations that hurt its innovation. Boom Technology plans to change the modern landscape of aviation with its groundbreaking airplanes. This new jet should fly around 100 miles per hour faster than the now retired Concorde.

 

At these incredible speeds passengers could make a trip from New York to London in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Today that trip takes an average of 7 plus hours. That’s cutting the travel time in half, if not more.

Imagine being able to go from San Francisco to Tokyo in under 6 hours. These are not unreal estimates and you should be very excited. The last major speed enhancement in commercial aviation came in the late 1950s when jets were first introduced. This shift made the idea of a “Hawaiian Vacation” possible as the trip used to take up to 16 hours now only took 6.

Adding supersonic jets to commercial airlines could change the way we look at travel. Now a weekend trip to Australia seems doable instead of the grueling 12-15 hour flight it is now.

 

Maybe you have business in Europe but wish to be home in time to tuck your child into bed, now you will be able to do that with supersonic travel. Supersonic passenger jets will literally shrink the world even smaller and make the global community that much tighter.

Boom raised a nice $33 million in initial investment to build its prototype, the “Baby Boom,” later this year.

Boom’s biggest and smartest move was partnering up with the legend and one of the best innovators around, Richard Branson. The man behind such innovative companies as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, VirginMedia, Virgin Mobile and countless other brands has another feather to put in his cap.

 

The Baby Boom’s first test flight is scheduled for early 2018 with it’s full sized big brother being scaled up for a 2020 test flight. If everything goes as planned the full sized Boom aircrafts will be ready for commercial flights as soon as 2023. These specialized supersonic passenger jets will seat 55 passengers in an all-business class arrangement. Expect luxury and class on these supersonic jets, especially if Richard Branson is involved.

The man who owns his own Caribbean Island won’t skimp on interiors, that’s for sure.  I won’t be on the first flight, but I will line up and take a flight, just to say I did.  Expect more incredible innovations coming soon from this young upstart.

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Don’t Let Airplane Ear Ruin Your Trip

Airplane ear is nothing to shake your head at and dismiss, instead use these foolproof techniques for getting rid of this all too common issue.

 

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Traveling can really take a toll on our bodies with the poor air quality on planes, cramped seating arrangements and someone coughing up a lung behind you. What about plugged or popping ears which can cause some serious discomfort and permanent damage if it’s not taken care of. Airplane ear is nothing to shake your head at and dismiss, instead use these foolproof techniques for getting rid of this all too common issue.

 

Ear Barotrauma

Airplane ear is technically called Ear Barotrauma, which roughly translates to ear pressure trauma. When the barometric pressure falls rapidly like when traveling on an airplane our ear is affected and can cause pain and discomfort. The pressure affects our Eustachian tube, which is a connection between our nose and ear that regulates air pressure. When you fly the barometric pressure can change quickly which collapses the Eustachian tube and interferes with airflow between the nose and ear. This is when the familiar clogged feeling happens and your trip goes form great to terrible.

If you have a sinus infection or common cold, this clogged feeling can get pretty serious and eventually can cause permanent damage to hearing and the Eustachian tube. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of people taking off with a small head cold and landing with a ruptured eardrum, caused by airplane ear.

The only way to remedy this painful situation is to open up your Eustachian tubes so air can properly flow between the ear and nose.

Try these three proven solutions to this all too common problem.

Pinch nose and blow softly

Warning: this technique if done improperly can cause serious damage to your ear and hearing, so pay attention and follow these directions clearly.

To pop your ears back in to normal, working order, simply pinch your nose and softly force air into your tube by blowing.   The real key here is to tilt your head towards the affected side; this forces the air into the precise tube. Don’t blow too hard, its best practice to start super soft and work your way up incrementally.

Caution cause blowing too hard can seriously damage and rupture your cochlea, which is the part of your ear that actually hears. Blowing too hard can cause the cochlea to leak fluid, which can affect hearing, balance and ringing in your ear.

 

Decongestant

Decongestants can help but you should take them before you need them, so thinking ahead really helps. Decongestants actually shrink blood vessels and reduce interior inflammation, which allows airflow in the Eustachian tubes again. If you normally experience painful airplane ear, maybe you should invest in some decongestant and take it about 20 minutes before your flight’s departure time.

 

Mouth muscles

Chewing, yawning or swallowing can help open your Eustachian tubes naturally, which is why people always offer you gum on airplanes. Small children can’t chew gum so if you suspect your baby has airplane ear, have them drink something or use a pacifier. Just moving your mouth muscles around can also help with the clogged tubes, so try some mouth exercises.

 

Persistent clog

The clog should resolve itself a few hours after you land so if you can’t get rid of it on your flight, it should work itself out normally. If it persists and sticks around longer than 12-24 hours, you possibly have a fluid build up. You will want to see a doctor so they can get the fluid back up to drain and check to see if you have any serious damage.

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Hawaii Travel Restrictions to Change

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Travelers to Hawaii will need to undergo COVID-19 testing and have negative results prior to entering the state, stresses Governor David Ige, as Hawaii travel restrictions get modified.

Effective a couple of days before Thanksgiving, stricter Hawaii travel restrictions are to be initiated. This is to halt the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, David Ige, the state’s governor proclaims on Thursday.

At the moment, visitors are permitted to reach Hawaii by using a pre-testing protocol. Upon reaching the state, travelers can simply upload their test’s negative results on the Hawaiian COVID-19 visitor database and bypass the 14-day quarantine used by other US states.

This current mandate is problematic, however, as more and more tourists later prove to be positive after being allowed passage into Hawaii. This issue, then, compromises the health and well-being of residents, resulting to the prevalence of new COVID-19 cases in the area. Hence, Ige points out the need to tighten border patrol to curb this rampant result.

The said tightening of Hawaii travel restrictions plans to take effect on Tuesday, just two days before the upcoming holiday celebration.

To forego, however, the 2-week quarantine protocol, tourists are required to take the proper COVID-19 test at any of the accredited testing centers or partners of the state. Nevertheless, if the results of the test do not arrive before flying into Hawaii, the tourist shall be forced to take a 14-day quarantine or even stay on lockdown for the duration of his visit, whichever is shorter.

It is essential to note that tourists who do not obtain their negative COVID-19 results before departure won’t be able to enter Hawaii even if the said information arrives just before they reach the state.

Travelers are still provided with the option to skip COVID-19 testing, however. Both tourists and residents who arrive at the border can still opt to take the 14-day quarantine, either at their designated hotels or at home. This option comes in lieu of the lengthy COVID-19 testing queues across the United States as more and more Americans are forced to get tested for the said virus.  

At present, the US still holds the topmost record of the most COVID-19 total cases in the world. As of writing, it already has a record of 12,078,831 positive cases. To prevent the upsurge of the same rapid transmission within Hawaii’s borders, the need to require negative COVID-19 results as part of the modified Hawaii travel restrictions is pointed out.

Nevertheless, Ige explains that the necessity of protecting Hawaiians from the possibility of inbound infection can be skipped by choosing to stay on a 14-day quarantine. Travelers can still opt to remain within their hotel rooms or head straight to their homes, eradicating immediate—and unprotected—contact with locals during the said time period. Thus, tightening Hawaii travel restrictions aims to halt rapid COVID-19 spread as everyone awaits news of an effective vaccine that may possibly help the country—and the world—revert to the unrestricted mobility experienced way before this unprecedented pandemic emergency.

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