10 things travel sites won’t tell you - MarketWatch

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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