Posts filed under ‘Planes, trains, autos, boats’
I understand times are tough. I understand the airlines are feeling it. AND I understand that Ryanair offers ridiculously cheap flights. The fact that they’re considering putting coin slots in the wc doors, however, is ridiculous. *sigh* Read more at Yahoo.
Friends of mine are visiting Ireland and the UK in early June. They’re flying in and out of Dublin and want to drive around in Ireland, blitz through London, check out Edinburgh and Loch Ness, and see Canterbury, Stonehenge, Bath, and Birmingham. Wow! They have to be in Birmingham in the middle of the trip, so they’re in the process of laying out a plan. One of the biggest issues with their planning is the big train v. plane debate. You ask, “It’s really a debate?” Yep, it sure is. This Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m going to share my view on this debate.
Very sad news:
A Continental Airlines plane crashed into a home near Buffalo, New York, late Thursday, killing all 49 passengers and crew members and a person in the home, authorities said. CNN
On Thursday, the UK gave permission to build a third runway at Heathrow. Why is this such big news? Lots of people are protesting this expansion. According to one blogger for Tripso, “The development of the runway, additional terminal and extra roads at Heathrow will lead to ‘the destruction of more than 700 homes, a 500-year-old pub and a school.'”
Yesterday’s splash landing in the Hudson River by pilot C.B. “Sully” Sullenberger of the American Airlines US Airways (*snort* I was thinking about AA and actually managed to type that – sorry!) plane going from LaGuardia to Charlotte proves me right – these pilots are totally trustworthy. Read more at CNN.
I’m ashamed. I’ve been back for nearly 6 months now and haven’t completed my “destination” posts from our Europe trip this past summer. I swear I won’t take so long in the future. Anyway, here goes. First up – Amsterdam. I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam since whatever age I read The Diary of Anne Frank (probably 3rd or 4th grade I imagine). On our way from Raleigh to Venice, we had to have at least one or two layovers. Most of the cheapest flights connected twice – once in the US and then once in Europe. I noticed several going through Amsterdam, so I chose a flight that gave us about 11 hours in Amsterdam.
In these times, most airlines are cutting back and dropping flights. This bad news hasn’t really reached RDU. Beginning in June 2009, we’ll have DIRECT FLIGHTS TO PARIS ON DELTA! To celebrate, Delta is offering a special fare of $599 for travel through June 30, 2009 (available until November 21). I wanna go!
Source: News & Observer.
Check out this article by Janice Hough from Tripso. She gave some great advice. Remember, even if you decide to adopt my duct tape method, you may not be the only one. Check your tags before you leave the airport! I can only recall having my luggage tag checked by an official in San Juan, so you definitely can’t count on outside help.