Travel gifts, many under $100

TouRest Gift Guide: Great Stuff for Travel

Don't know what to buy your favorite traveler? TouRest has the best gift ideas for you.

One More Airline Adopts Basic Economy Pricing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/31/2017, 9:45 PM

Monkey see, monkey do. The biggest airlines have now instituted new, bare-bones "basic economy" fares that strip passengers of the automatic right to checked bags or seat assignments unless they pay extra charges. Now Sun Country Airlines, a long-running Minneapolis-based airline that covers the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, has jumped on board. Its pricing structure is even more com...

U.S. Airlines Are Making a Fortune from Checked Bag Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/21/2017, 8:30 PM

Two recent government reports have underscored the huge revenue-generating power of checked bag fees at the airport. First, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that while unbundling airfares from services such as checking bags and priority boarding has indeed resulted in lower base fares, the new fees often more than make up the difference that customers think they're saving. ...

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A Tragic Backpacker Death Teaches an Important Travel Lesson

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

What happened to Kit Mallinson was the nightmare every parent has when they send their child away on a trip. Last December, the 18-year-old backpacker from Dorset, England, boarded a night bus in Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat. He had just completed a seven-week engagement as a volunteer building clean water pipes in Borneo, and he wasn't feeling very well, so he hoped the overnight trip would give ...

Bringing Plastic Bags to Kenya Could Land You in Prison

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/04/2017, 12:00 AM

While some world cities have been dabbling in the reduction of plastic bags by charging customers if they want one or switching to paper, Kenya has just instituted the harshest plastic bag ban in the world. Now, importing plastic bags to Kenya could result in fines of up to $31,000 or even prison time. Plastic bags, which take as long as 1,000 years to break down, make their way into oceans, wher...

Things you simply have to book in advance for a Disney World trip

Things You Must Book in Advance for a Walt Disney World Vacation

The days are long gone when you could just buy a ticket as you entered the front gate and expect the full Disney experience. If you're planning a Disney World vacation nowadays, you'll need to make these reservations ahead of time.
A moment of silence, please, for what we lost to progress.

Travel Joys and Miseries Millennials Will Never Know

The act of travel has changed radically in the decades that TouRest has been publishing. Here's a look back on all the things that used to be commonplace that are now just anthropology of travels past.

Online Streaming Services Have a Big Travel Problem

By Jason Cochran

If you thought you could watch your favorite Hulu and Netflix shows while you're on vacation, you thought wrong. Geo-blocking remains a major glitch in the "cut the cord" movement.

Three Important Recommendations for Smart Travel That Are Served By Three Smart Websites

By Tonny Trust

Choosing an ethical destination, preparing your cellphone for cost-conscious travel, and improving your trips through yoga—Tonny Trust shows you where to start your research.

New travel products worth a look

Awesome New Travel Gadgets We're Watching

See what's making travel easier, more fun, smoother, and more relaxing these days. Could one of these product change your travel life?
2016 Gift Guide

The Annual TouRest Travel Gift Guide

We combed this year’s best offerings to find travel gadgets and inventions that actually improve the way we go places—for every budget.
A skier catches up to the rest of the family on a ski trip.

Packing Tips for Ski Vacations and Winter Getaways

Lighten your load by knowing what weatherproof gear to take, what to leave behind, and what equipment you can rent at the ski resort.
Kurgo Auto Zip Line

Defend Against Travel Mishaps with These Safety Products

For the paranoid traveler on your gift list, there's a new batch of gadgets and ideas to ward off travel disaster in its many forms. Do you think these products will protect them? Safety first!
Suitcase packing for a trip

Clever Tricks that Fix Common Packing Problems

Useful travel hacks and tips for when you forget things at home, want to keep your stuff safe and organized, and just feel like keeping traveling easy—without spending a small fortune on random gadgets and duplicate purchases.
What does "lifetime guarantee" mean?

Luggage with Lifetime Guarantees

Lots of luggage manufacturers promise lifetime guarantees—but does it cover everything? Turns it out doesn't. Here are the major baggage brands that do offer true lifetime warranties and will fix or replace your damaged bag for years to come.
First of all, the good news: Norovirus is very rarely deadly. It's more like a rotten hangover marked by a few days of nausea and, in some people, vomiting. The biggest risk, mostly to the eldery and infants, is dehydration. Norovirus can break out wherever people gather and mingle—schools, dorms, nursing homes—and ships with spotless cleanliness ratings can still fall victim to an outbreak.<br><br>It's also extremely common—only the cold is more prevalent. The <em>Explorer of the Seas</em> (above) set a record for the number of cases, but keep in mind that it's one of the larger ships afloat—when it was launched in 2000, it was in <em>the</em> largest class of cruise ship afloat—so there are more people cooped up and more to make queasy.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise Ship

What can you do to avoid the norovirus? How can you tell if a ship is dirty? And should you cancel your trip if your ship had an outbreak?
TouRest' Travel Gift Guide 2016

TouRest Travel Gift Guide: Presents Mostly Under $100

No matter your budget, we've got the travel gift for you—everything will make your trips smarter, cheaper, easier, or more fun.

TouRest Ultimate Travel Packing List

By Jason Cochran

Bookmark it, download it, print it—use our free comprehensive packing list and you'll never forget anything on vacation again. Just click it for a downloadable version. Bon voyage!

How to Beat the High Prices of Best Buy's Airport Kiosks

By Jason Cochran

When you learn how easy it is to slash the high prices of Best Buy's electronics vending machines at airports, you may not be afraid to use them anymore.

Gotcha! What Delta Doesn't Tell You About Its Late-Bag Delivery Fees

By Jason Cochran

When a bag doesn't make it onto a flight and has to be delivered to a hotel, passengers are charged—but no one at the airline is warning them how much it will cost.

Can I Bring Alcohol on a Cruise Ship?

By Polina Myagkov

You’re cruising through the Mediterranean, and you stop in Nice. In a wine shop, you see a gorgeous bottle of French rosé, and immediately picture yourself sipping some on your veranda while the ship pulls out of port later that evening. As you reach for your credit card, you wonder — are you even allowed to bring alcohol on cruise ships? The answer: It depends. Alcohol policies vary widely from line to line. In addition, many lines charge so-called corkage fees if you want to drink your purchase in a public space, including dining rooms, specialty restaurants, or lounges. There is always the option of sneaking alcohol onboard to get around these policies, but if you want to play by the rules, here’s our handy line-by-line cheat sheet:

Do I need a passport to cruise?

By Thomas Faddegon

In light of heightened border security and thorough Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searches, it seems like a given that you need a passport to go on a cruise. Surprisingly enough, the cruise industry has a loophole that lets American passengers soak in the and other destinations without a passport on “closed-loop” sailings out of U.S. ports.

7 Rookie Mistakes First-Time Cruisers Make

By Heidi Sarna

If you’re new to cruising, don’t fall prey to these potential pitfalls. Here are the top nine mistakes cruise newbies make and how to avoid them for smooth sailing, from the minute you walk up the gangway for the first time to the moment you disembark:

Free Techno-Gadgets For Your Trip To Japan!

By Sascha Segan