Travel Tip Tuesday: How to Negotiate for Elephant Pants in Southeast Asia

Outside of plane flights and bus tickets, virtually everything you buy in this part of the world is negotiable.  Lodging, trinkets and clothes at the market, tuk tuk fares, massages, and sometimes even food are all negotiated items.  Although some people would rather avoid conflict or feel bad haggling over a few bucks, the reality…

Travel Tip Tuesday – How do Round-the-world (RTW) plane tickets work and are they worth it?

Each of the major airline alliances (Star Alliance, Oneworld, and SkyTeam) offer round-the-world (RTW) flight options.  Generally the tickets are either mileage or segment based, meaning you receive a maximum number of miles allowed to travel or a maximum number of flight segments. Mileage-based tickets typically allow for ~20,000-30,000 miles and segment-based are typically ~14-18 segments (all connecting flights…