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7 Things to Never Pack in Your Checked Bag

I will be the first to admit that I am not #TeamCarryOn, so checked bags are a way of life for me. But even I know that there are certain things to never pack in your checked baggage. No one is perfect, and airlines clearly adhere to that rule. Employees are only human, and sometimes things get misplaced, put on the wrong plane, miss the flight, or even worse, get stolen. But there are simple ways you can avoid a bad situation by keeping certain items out of your checked baggage.

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BarrisTourista’s Top Three Websites for Finding a Travel Deal

The idea is to travel fabulously but do it cheaply. I hate paying full price for things. So when I stumbled upon these three sites for finding a travel deal, I was super excited. There are others that are great sites as well, but here are the three picks that have helped me find unbeatable deals in the last year or so. And since so many people have been asking lately, we thought we would revive this oldie but goodie post to share my top three websites for finding a travel deal.

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cuba visa requirements

So You Want to Go to Cuba? Visa Requirements

President Obama made a historic visit to Cuba earlier this year, and since that time, the relaxing of tensions between the U.S. and Cuba have sparked new interest in the country amongst travelers. Commercial flights are starting from various airports across the U.S., and the first Starwood property has opened its doors in Havana. But can just anybody hop a plane to Cuba? Before you book your ticket, it’s best that you learn about the Cuba visa requirements for travelers.

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Save Money with Free Layover Tours

Sometimes it can’t be helped. You have a super long connection time between flights. Or maybe you planned a long layover on purpose so that you could quickly explore a new city and country. Either way, some cities make it even easier for travelers who want to be explores by offering free layover tours. Check out some destinations where you can explore a new place and save money with free layover tours.

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What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

The Olympics are fast approaching. Rio has been in the news for a number of issues surrounding the Olympics, one of which being the Zika virus outbreak. Many other countries are also seeing increasing numbers of cases as well. Nadeen of The Sophisticated Life is an M.D. who has written a comprehensive piece on what you need to know about Zika virus. Here is some crucial need-to-know information.
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Buddy Passes 101

For this week’s tip, we consulted with Rhyse of Rhyse Roams, an airline retiree, to give us the deets on the buddy pass situation. Check out her detailed insights! 

Whether it’s an electronics store, car dealership, or clothing store, many companies offer a friends-and-family discount. You’ve heard or seen the ads when these companies have sales going on or perhaps you have a friend that offers you the hookup for a much-coveted discount from their employer. Most airlines do this as well. They come in the form of what is commonly called a buddy pass.

Buddy passes are extremely discounted tickets that airline employees are allowed to dole out to some very lucky recipients. But, are recipients really lucky to get these? Here is some information, tips, and rules to maximizing the benefit of these perks.

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Travel Bloggers’ Tips for Fear of Flying

We all have fears. Be of bugs (me) or spiders (me) or not having solid ground under my feet (also me), there are some fears we can face and some we just try to live with. But what happens when your fear directly impacts your work? Like a fear of flying, and you are…say… a travel blogger? After all, we travel for a living. Well, we found a few travel bloggers the world over who have that exact fear. Check out how they overcome that obstacle and their tips for fear of flying.

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5 ways to save money in the airport

5 Ways to Save Money in the Airport

Airports are notoriously money traps. The same value meal from your favorite fast food restaurant that is $4.99 in the outside world suddenly costs $9 after you pass through the security checkpoint. But there are ways to save your coins while waiting to board your flight. Here are some tips on ways to save money in the airport.

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