10 things travel sites won’t tell you - MarketWatch

Online booking agencies let you be your own travel agent. But you’ll pay for the privilege.

1. “Don’t assume our prices are the lowest.”

For the past 10 years, so-called online travel agencies, like Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, have been gaining ground in the booking business. And nowadays, they’re the most popular choice by far, for airfare and hotel-stay shoppers alike: Nearly a third of travelers book a room through third-party sites, while less than a quarter turn to the next most-used option, the hotels’ own sites, according to a January 2012 report by travel market research firm PhoCusWright. When it comes to airfare bookings, online agencies land an even larger share: 37%. More: www.marketwatch.com

Sunday Travel Section Recap - Aug 12th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: Volunteer Trips: Is Your Family Ready?

- NY Times: The Other SIberian Railroad 

- NY Times: South Africa Adds Beer to the Wine List

- LA Times: The irresistible call of the Grand Canyon

- LA Times: Los Alamos, California, features wine tastings and saloons

- SF Gate: Labrador: Safari to edge of the world

- SF Gate: Sustaining Hawaii's seafood

- SF Gate: Places for oranges in the Golden State

- Miami Herald: A guide to the latest U.S. Passport rule changes

- Miami Herald: This Florida city has aspirations - Tampa

- Miami Herald: Savoring Colonia's serenity

- Denver Post: Alaska locals ply in the Kenai Peninsula, and so can tourists

- Denver Post: 5 free things to do in Tampa-St. Pete, Florida

- Dallas Morning News: Helping Africa's big cats come roaring back

- Dallas Morning News: Traipse through Turkey with the kids

- USA Today: 'Big Blue' Tahoe reigns as USA's best lake 

- USA Today: 10 great places to try stand-up paddle boarding

Sunday Travel Section Recap - Aug 5th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: Visiting Myanmar: It’s Complicated

- NY Times: Tranquillity on an Island Off Cape Cod

- NY Times: Sailing San Francisco Bay Like a Pro

- LA Times: Hotels hang — and will sell — local art

- LA Times: Discovering the open spirit of Rio de Janeiro

- LA Times: Wildlife watching in Alaska

- SF Gate: Placer County brings Gold Rush to life

- SF Gate: Cruising the Danube: Old World ahoy

- SF Gate: 5 Basque American spots in Western US

- Miami Herald: Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim

- Miami Herald: North Fork treks offer wilder side of Glacier Park

- Denver Post: Montana ranch land turns into artists oasis

- Denver Post: Explore new, improved Disney California Adventure Park

- Dallas Morning News: Shop at the best street markets in London

- USA Today: Marilyn slept here: Checking out the sex symbol's last check-in

- USA Today: Western Mediterranean by cruise ship: A quick guide



Sunday Travel Section Recap - July 22

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: Test Driving Disney's New Cars Land

- NY Times: Los Angeles? The Valley Is Way Cooler

- NY Times: On Connecticut’s Quiet Coast

- LA Times: Only 3 days in Barcelona? Yes, it can be done

- LA Times: Your Money: The best deals for vacation gear

- SFGate: ArcelorMittal Orbit is new London tower

- SFGate: Dog-friendly California destinations

- SFGate: Five places to celebrate art of tattoos

- Miami Herald: The hospitable nomads of the harsh steppes - Mongolia

- Miami Herald: Staying connected while abroad

- Denver Post: Jewel of the French Riviera sizzles with cinema, carnivals

- Dallas Morning News: See where the Texas BBQ Posse stopped on its Gulf Coast trip

- USA Today: Rick Steves - How to make the most of your European trip

- USA Today: 10 great places for regional fast-food treasures

Sunday Travel Section ReCap - July 15

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: How the Tough Get Going: Silicon Valley Travel Tips

- NY Times: Hiking to the Edge of the Lower 48

- NY Times: 36 Hours in Providence, R.I.

- LA Times: The gentle and genteel Santa Barbara

- LA Times: Weekend Escape: Trout fishing in Mammoth Lakes

- SF Gate: Experience newly open Burma before the crush

- SF Gate: Unique hotels in the West

- Miami Hearld: ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’: Plenty of awe and fear - France

- Miami Hearld: The real star of Woody Allen’s new film is Rome

- Denver Post: How to keep cool in Las Vegas during hot summer months

- Denver Post: 5 free things to do in Moscow, where hotels are pricey

- Dallas Morning News: Tourists get ready to invade Gettysburg, Pa.

- USA Today: National Park Guide: Oregon's Crater Lake

- USA Today: The USA's best steakhouse




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Sunday Travel Section ReCap - July 8th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

- NY Times: Single in Chicago

- NY Times: On a Turkish Isle, Winds Tend the Vines

- NY Times: 36 Hours in Helsinki, Finland

- LA Times: London tips from a Londoner: Have a Games Plan

- Honolulu Star: When Illness strikes on holiday, be ready

- SF Gate: 5 places any John Steinbeck fan should visit

- SF Gate: Phoenix hotel rates plummet as temperature rises

- Miami Herald: Getting beyond the beach: Caves, snakes, Hell's Gate - Antigua

- Miami Herald: Navigating the Caribbean by sea and by air

- Denver Post: Taking the Kids: Visit Orlando's parks with a VIP tour service

- Denver Post: 5 free things to do in Milwaukee included beer, of course

- Dallas Morning News: Tennessee's Rock City celebrates 80 years of natural beauty

- Dallas Morning News: Spend a summer chilling out in Traverse City, Michigan

Sunday Travel Section ReCap - June 24th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

NY Times: Chasing a Prairie Trail

NY Times: Hiking Through Biblical Backcountry

NY Times: 36 Hours in Kiev, Ukraine

NY Times: An Old Mexico City Colonia on an Upswing

LA Times: The Peloponnese in Greece is steeped in history

LA Times: In the back and beyond, a.k.a. Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

SF Gate: Road Scholar: Former Elderhostel still about learning

SF Gate: Liverpool doesn't miss a beat on the Beatles

Miami Hearld: Evita's Buenos Aires

Miami Hearld: Washington DC: Exploring the art of the capital

Miami Hearld: Florida: NASA Launch Control Center tours

Denver Post: South Dakota's Black Hills offer inexpensive family-friendly vacation

Denver Post: Father and son trip to Madrid explore magic of Spain

Santa Fe New Mexican: Fiesta de Santa Fe: Rite of faith and heritage


Sunday Travel Section ReCap - June 10th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

NY Times: Have Elite Fliers Been Downgraded?

NY Times: Bed and Breakfast, Goats and Pigs

NY Times: An American Safari in Montana

NY Times: 36 Hours in Osaka, Japan

LA Times: Life returning to normal on Giglio Island after Costa Concordia

SF Gate: Carmel Valley Village grows up - and upscale

SF Gate: Monterey Peninsula a doggie dreamland

SF Gate: Seeing Havana before influx of tourists

Miami Hearld: New at the theme parks: Sea turtles, mermaids and minions, oh my!

Miami Hearld: Insurance can ease pain of a medical emergency

Denver Post: Solo hiking Alaska's Denali a challenging but doable adventure

Denver Post: Free things to do in San Francisco include Golden Gate Park, wharf

Dallas Morning News: Why the Texas Hill Country needs to be your next golf destination

Sunday Travel Section Recap - June 3rd

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

NY Times: One Week on a Mississippi Steamboat Cruise

NY Times: 36 Hours in Oxford, England

NY Times: Hotel Review: W Paris-Opera

LA Times: Southern California Close-Ups: San Diego, Coronado and La Jolla

LA Times: A swell time in Gig Harbor, Washington

SF Gate: Helsinki thriving with design, cuisine, whimsy

SF Gate: The best summer events in the West (slideshow)

Miami Herald: Falling for Iguazu Falls

Miami Herald: Your property may be lost, but it's often not gone

Denver Post: Hot on the trail of Barouque in Bolivia

Denver Post: Five free things to do in Bangkok

Dallas Morning News: See 'Harry Potter' movie sets on U.K. studio tour

Sunday Travel Section Recap May 27th

Some of the best from Sunday's newspaper travel sections. TB

NY Times: How I Fell for Lisbon

NY Times: Six Sites That Curate Lodging Options So You Don't Have To 

NY Times: 36 Hours in Dresden, Germany

LA Times: London off the beaten path

LA Times: Weekend Escape: Wine, root beer, and rolling hills of Temecula

SF Gate: Sacramento's underground tours reveal hidden past

Miami Herald: Free-wheeling ways - A 300-mile bike trip....

Miami Herald: Vegas gest back in the game with new projects

Miami Herald: Savannah's women rescued its history

Denver Post: Dallas ready to bask in TV spotlight again

Denver Post: Adult friends relive childhood memories at Disneyland

Dallas Morning News: Suit up in Hong Kong

USA Today: Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 with pomp and circumstance

USA Today: Week in review: Top 10 travel stories