YMMV Travel Deals: Wed., June 20, 2018

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there today:

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How To Look For The Cheapest Round Trip Airfare

Searching for domestic round trip airfare is so 2000s. That was the time when you needed to book a round trip ticket to get the best price. One way flights were only for business people and because the bill was going to the expense account, were priced accordingly. But bit by bit, as technology improved, airlines started to price flights by the individual segments, so when you paid for a round trip ticket, you were actually paying for two one way flights on the same reservation number. Knowing this, you can now build an itinerary that best fits your needs and still save some money. I take more trips where I fly on two different carriers instead of ones where all my flights are on the same airline.

How can you search for flights individually instead of a round trip? Turns out, it’s really easy.

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What To Do When You Have Too Much or Too Heavy Luggage

Sometimes when you travel you just have too much luggage – too many bags, too much weight, you name it. Or another example – I remember one time Joe and I had a trip where we started in Los Angeles (where it was warm), and then went to Alaska (where it was cold), so we needed to have a week’s worth of entirely different sets of clothing. So what do you do? Well, you can pay for multiple bags. Or have overstuffed bags that are too heavy.

Or you can have your bags shipped!

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YMMV Travel Deals: Tue., June 19, 2018

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there today:

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The Scents of Disney – How To Bring Them Home

It’s been said that the sense of smell is the strongest associated with memories. I can attest to that, as there are smells that bring me back to a book I had in toddlerhood, watching Mr. Bill on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and all the years I worked in a hospital throughout the 1990s.

Disney parks have a lot of smells, some intentional, some not, that you’re likely to encounter. The Grand Californian and Wilderness Lodge both smell like wood. There’s also the dustiness of the Haunted Mansion, the wetness of water-based attractions Pirates of the Caribbean, Grizzly River and Splash Mountain, the scent of Rome burning in the Spaceship Earth attraction, the various smells pumped into Soarin’, Flights of Passage and Journey Into Your Imagination, and, if the wind is right, even the smell of the fireworks they set off in/near the parks. Past, well-loved and remembers scents include the orange groves in Horizons, vanilla in front of the bakery on Main Street USA and the seared meats and BBQ sauce at Big Thunder BBQ.

Some entrepreneurs have caught onto this and, instead of taking the bull by the horns, have taken it by the nose, and sell candles and other items that mimic some past and present favorite scents from Disney parks. Here are a few of them:

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