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  1. Debbie
    January 27, 2013

    I did use COSMOS to book a guided tour thru Costa Rica. It was $995 for a 10-day guided tour on a first class bus. The price was all inclusive: hotels, meals, entrance fees, etc, etc. R/T airfare was $400 each. $1,400 for an all inclusive trip – which was actually one of my best adventures ever! I went with a friend, my brother and cousin in 2006…we still talk about this trip and are ready to do it again!

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    • Talon
      January 27, 2013

      I’ve never heard of COSMOS before. Sounds like a pretty darned good deal!

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  2. Jeremy Branham
    May 10, 2012

    I love trains and buses when I travel.  Definitely an affordable and efficient option in other countries (not as much in the US).  As for airlines, the US sucks when it comes to charging.  I have my own theories as to why and have written about them so I won’t go into it here.  I will the two biggest factors are lack of competition for other travel options and lack of competition in the airline industry for domestic travel.

    Unfortunately, the price of flying continues to go up as there have already been a number of airfare hikes in 2012.  And as airlines merge, I think this is going to mean even bad news (I just wrote about this as well). 

    Flying in the US is expensive and then when you look at fees and taxes, it makes you appreciate some of the other travel experiences you have outside of the US.

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 10, 2012

      I agree with you. I think mergers make it worse, and competition is the key to price control. The old supply and demand rule. I think some of it is also just plain greed. When an airline is posting millions of dollars in profit and then turning around and charging customers baggage fees, raising prices, etc., that just smacks of “We’re doing it because we can.” And as you said, with no other really good travel alternatives within the US, it’s either pay up or drive.

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  3. Meg at LandingStanding
    May 4, 2012

    Great tips!  It is also good to leverage any airline miles with have (whether it be through a mileage program with an airline or through your credit card company)… Doing this allowed my husband and I to travel from Peru to Paris for free!

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 4, 2012

      If you’re lucky enough to have lots of mileage. Since I always have to chase the best deals, I never have enough miles. Boo! J

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  4. BarbaraZ
    May 3, 2012

    Perfectly timed information for me, Talon! As of right now, I’m wanting to book “legs” on my trip — fly from Denver to Paris, Paris to Italy, Italy to Tel Aviv, and Tel Aviv to Denver. Because it seems complicated and I’m totally unfamiliar with this part of the world, I’ve thought about going to a local travel agent to help with this. Any thoughts/experience with going through a travel agent, Talon?

    As always, thanks for sharing your experiences!

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 3, 2012

      Travel agents can be very helpful. You’ll pay a little bit more, but in the end they can save you some extra gray hairs, especially if something happens while traveling. With your route I’d personally recommend considering taking the train from Paris to Italy. You’ll get to see some amazing countryside that you might not otherwise get to see. Although, if your itinerary is pretty tight, flying will be best. That’s when a travel agent can save you some time and grief.

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  5. TravelnLass
    May 2, 2012

    Another tip that I recently discovered – read-the-fine-print on Expedia, et al.  They often have their own (additional) penalties for change/cancellation of a flight – ON TOP OF whatever the airline might have.

    That’s why I generally look for the best fares on Kayak, etc. but… then go to the airline’s site and book my flight directly through the carrier.

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    • 1dad1kid
      May 2, 2012

      That has been my best practice as well. Good point about Expedia, though. That IS an important thing to know.

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