Category: Friday Sound-Offs

Is Hidden City Ticketing Worth the Risks?

As travelers, we are constantly looking for ways to save money on travel so that we can afford to do more of it.  We explore new apps and websites to find the best deals on lodging, we do our research to find the most economic tours and excursions, and of course we always have our eye out for bargain airfare.’

In recent years, a strategy for finding low cost airfare has emerged that has created a lot of controversy in the travel industry.  This strategy, which is known as Hidden City Ticketing, isn’t illegal and it isn’t a scam, but it does come with some risks.  So much so that it has avid travelers debating whether or not the significant cost savings it can give you are worth it.

Friday Sound-Off: Are Antimalarial Medications Worth Taking?

It is a question that I have asked myself a few times before traveling internationally.  Do I take an antimalarial and deal with the sickness that is often a side-effect, or do I forgo the antimalarial and increase my odds of getting Malaria?  The answer to that question seems pretty straight-forward, and it probably is.  However, you would be surprised at how many people actually choose to not take an antimalarial before their trip.

Friday Sound-Off: What are the Best and Worst Airports in the United States?

We have all been there before.  Your flight has been delayed, or even cancelled, and you are stuck in a lousy airport for hours-upon-hours.  It’s a horrible experience.  On the flip side, we all have airports that we genuinely enjoy.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say that we would like to use our free time to hang around at them, but these airports go above-and-beyond to make the experience for travelers less stressful.

Friday Sound-Off: Are Walking Safaris Safe?

There has bee a lot of talk in the past decade on how safe walking safaris really are.  In most countries in Africa, guides are not allowed to carry guns on walking safaris.  Poaching is still a big issue in Africa, and keeping guns outside of the parks should be a top priority.  This means that clients are reliant upon the skill and experience of their guides to keep them safe while walking in the African bush.