Euro Countries Banning Short-Haul Flights, How to Find Cheaper Car Rentals, Free National Park Admission

West Yellowstone Old Faithful Geyser erupting
Old Faithful Geyser erupting
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Monday, January 10, 2022, that we think you should read.

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How to Find Cheaper Car Rentals. – Many people are looking to travel again with bargains on hotels and flights, but rental car prices can be a budget-buster. While some people are turning to U-Haul to rent literally anything with four wheels, following these tips can help you find cheaper car rentals without resorting to driving a box truck around town.

How Short-Haul Flight Bans Are Transforming European Travel. – Some countries are starting to ban short-haul flights when train routes are available. This makes a lot of sense because trains are much more environmentally-friendly. Plus, you can often find train tickets for about the same price as a cheap flight and the entire experience usually takes less time (when accounting for arriving at the airport early and needing to travel from the airport to the city center). What do you think about this change?

Best Amtrak train routes seating
Seating inside Amtrak train between Orange County and Los Angeles.

Still Struggling with Staffing, Alaska Airlines Cuts 10% of January Schedule. – Airlines are still hurting with the rise of the Omicron variant and the reduced capacity they are running. The virus is making it harder for airlines to staff their planes, which can cause a domino effect on other travelers. Another article suggests that we should see a return to normal by the end of January.

This Is the Age Kids Should Have to Pay Their Own Costs on Family Vacation, Survey Says. – At what age should your children start paying for their own travel costs? I’d say that it depends on the family dynamics and their financial circumstances. Parents with extra cash may want to treat their kids (even grown kids with their own children) to a vacation to ensure that the entire family spends time together. But, for other families that struggle financially, kids will have to step up at an earlier age to help their parents out.

You Can Visit Every National Park for Free on These 5 Days in 2022. – Mark your calendars for these five days in 2022. National Park admission isn’t that high, to begin with, but who doesn’t love free stuff? Get out and explore nature with your friends and family. And, even if you can’t make it during one of these five days, plan a trip to visit a National Park anyway. I loved my visit to Yellowstone a couple of years ago, and I can’t wait to go back with the family.

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  1. Interesting piece about when kids should start paying their way on family vacations. I think that for fairly well-to-do families the 20 year old mark sounds about right. The problem is, the other 90+% of the population is not in a position for that to be realistic. Most 20 year olds are either in college or fairly new in the workforce and are not making beaucoup bucks so paying their way is just not a viable option. I do think that offering kids an opportunity to make a contribution is both healthy and good for their self-esteem.

    • I agree. When my kids are at that age, I want them to be focused on graduating college or building their financial foundation, not covering their portion of costs for a family vacation. However, that’s not the case with every family. Sometimes they need kids to contribute in order to meet their goals. If that’s the case, they need to be using miles & points to pay for the trip or reduce the cost so that it’s more affordable for everyone.


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