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I am 17 years old and would like to fly to Tucson, Ariz. Can I travel unaccompanied or should an adult go with me

Hi Hannah,

Yes, you can totally fly alone!

There are a lot of children and young adults that do fly alone, especially during the holiday seasons or summertime when school is out.  It’s important to check your airline’s unaccompanied minor policy before you book your flights.  On most airlines like United Airlines for example, anyone between the ages of 15 and 17 is considered an adult and not required to follow guidelines for children traveling alone.  That said, your parents may feel more comfortable taking advantage of the unaccompanied minor service, which is usually around $100 each way.

If your parents decide to use the airline’s service, there are a few important things to remember:

Travel Providers Announce Job Loss Protection Policies

In light of the souring economy and the ever-growing number of people being laid off, a new trend has developed: airlines, cruises and even resorts have just announced that they have created new job-loss protection plans and policies to help people who must cancel their trip because of employment loss. Under these policies, people will see a full refund, with varying degrees of restrictions applied.

For example:

JetBlue: The airline’s new “JetBlue Promise Program” allows a traveler to receive a full refund if they lose their job between the time they purchase their tickets and are scheduled to fly.

Flying and Crying

With so many teary Oscar acceptance speeches this week, I thought I’d examine another emotional spectacle: Crying at 30,000 feet. For some people, it just comes easier. It’s even an expected part of the sounds of take-off: engines roar, wheels retract, bins shuffle, and babies cry. And cry and cry and cry. It’s the ear pressure, the strange environment, and probably a little of mommy or daddy’s nervousness, but, for the most part, when babies cry most passengers accept the noise without too much aggravation.

But, as you might have noticed, babies aren’t the only ones crying on the plane.

BYOB: Drink Up, Save Up

Whenever someone asks me how I keep costs down while traveling, a lot of my answers (much like my life) revolve around food: book a hotel where breakfast is included, treat lunch as your main meal of the day, pack a picnic, ask a local shopkeeper or taxi driver for his favorite restaurant. And since this economic downtown began, I’ve been hearing more and more that travelers are choosing to eat at BYOB restaurants.

Bringing your own bottle to dinner is certainly a great way to save cash, and it affords you the added pleasure of exploring local groceries and shopping for local wines. And if you’ve already picked up a bottle or two on your trip, drinking them at a restaurant guarantees you’ll have zero chance of them being confiscated when you try to smuggle them home.