Priceline Users Be Careful: Name the Wrong Price and You May Go To Jail

I bet you didn’t know Priceline had a jail.

I didn’t either until I got tossed into their web-based hoosegow for 24 hours. Heh.

What was my “crime” you ask?

This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I recently made an offer on a rental car for our upcoming family vacation to the East Coast that was apparently a bit too low for Priceline and their affiliates’ liking.

I still don’t understand

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How Cheaper Gasoline Ultimately Costs You More

You know, there used to be a guy named Ripley who made a fortune explaining why things aren’t always what they seem. For example, a banana tree is not a really a tree at all, but a massive herb that can grow as tall as a four story building.

If you think that’s something, koala bears aren’t really bears at all — they’re marsupials.

And next time you visit New York

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Tired of Airport Hassles? Try Private Jet Service. (No, Really!)

Think about your typical airport experience: You arrive several hours before your scheduled flight, wait in line, deal with security, grab a stale sandwich from a terminal coffee shop and trudge to your gate — only to discover your plane is delayed. Once you finally get on the flight, several hours later, you cram yourself into the middle seat between two former linebackers with questionable hygiene and an unlimited capacity for

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Fun Things to Do in New York City for Free

New York City is famously one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Not too long ago, Len covered ways to experience New York City on a budget. However, there is also a variety of attractions and activities you can include in your Big Apple itinerary for free.

The first money-saving tip for visiting the city is to wear comfortable walking shoes. New York taxis may be famous, but they’re

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Stretching Your Money: What Do Hotel Star Ratings Really Mean?

If you’ve ever searched for a hotel, whether via an online travel agency, a guidebook or simply by looking at hotel websites, you’ve probably noticed star ratings and deals and promotions with headlines like those above.

But have you ever thought about what these ratings actually mean — especially since the same property can have multiple ratings from different sources? Hotels use stars to give guests an idea of what they

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7 Financially Smart Ways to Spend Your Honeymoon in Australia

Sunset Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Wine, beaches or rugged terrain? Your honeymoon doesn’t have to take place overseas for you to enjoy an exotic, luxurious good time.

The natural diversity of Australia offers a range of choices for honeymooners who’d rather spend their special holiday doing something, rather than wasting time getting there on an airplane.

Read on for some tips on where to go, what to do, and how

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9 Travel Nightmares to Watch for When Planning Your Vacation

There are lots of things that can quickly turn a great vacation into a real nightmare.

A few years ago, during one of my more memorable family summer vacations, I ended up leaving my credit card at a Washington D.C. restaurant. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t figure that out until I was heading out of town — at the first toll booth on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway. I know.

Anyway,

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Having Fun Yet? 9 Ways to Ensure Your Road Trip Sucks

I love summer. It’s my favorite time of the year — after spring and autumn.

I know. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it’s true.

Anyway, one of my favorite things about summer is our annual family vacation; my favorites are when we go on extended cross-country road trips. I’ve made seven coast-to-coast trips during my lifetime, so suffice it to say that I have at least a

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Smart Tips for Traveling Abroad During the Economic Downturn

Over the last five years the economic downturn has affected most of the Western world. In Europe some have been hit harder than others and this has had a knock-on effect on the travel and tourism industries in these countries. You have probably heard of the crises in Spain, Greece and to a lesser extent Portugal, Iceland and Ireland – but what does this mean for tourism and those considering taking

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When Pigs Fly: How I Fought My Parking Ticket and Beat City Hall

Usually, the only warm-blooded creature in the house that ever bothers to get up and acknowledge me when I come through the front door is my dog, Major.

So I knew something was wrong when I walked through the door and the Honeybee greeted me with a big kiss.

Needless to say, I cut right to the chase: “OK, what happened?”

“I got a parking ticket.”

“How much?”

“Thirty-five bucks. But

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