5 Quick Holiday Flying Travel Tips!

BY: - 9 Sep '14 | Home

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You’re probably thinking it’s way too early to start making holiday travel plans. It’s not! The sooner you start planning and booking your holiday travel, the more money you will save.

Airlines have changed the rules and are increasing prices and fees for flights and everything else including carry-on bag and checked bags. If air travel is your primary method of travel for the holidays there are a few things to keep in mind that will help you save money on your plane ticket.

Book early. The golden rule of air travel we can’t stress enough especially with holiday travel. Once you know your travel dates start searching for deals. Also remember to take advantage of the 24-hour rule. Once you find a good deal, put it on hold for 24-hours and check the next day to compare prices before you purchase,

Be flexible with your travel dates. The second golden rule of travel. The most expensive and busiest holiday travel days are going to be the days/afternoons before Thanksgiving, Christmas and the next day. The Saturdays before and right after the holiday are also two of the most expensive travel days. The cheaper days to fly are going to be on the actual holidays.

Research is the key.  The internet is going to be the best place to find a fabulous deal on an airline ticket. The website www.SkyScanner.com compares millions of flights to bring you the best deal and also provides a free direct link to purchase. One stop flight shopping at its best.

One-way ticket please!  Some airlines are currently (JetBlue and Southwest come to mind) offering one-way ticket deals to major cities. You may be able to book less expensive airfare by booking one-way tickets through different airlines.

Hit the road!  If your holiday destination is drivable, you should definitely consider driving instead of flying especially if you are traveling with kids. Roundtrip gas for the car is going to be a lot cheaper than roundtrip plane tickets for the family, but pack your patience!

If you have any type of travel rewards through a credit card or debit card, don’t forget to use them for free/cheaper tickets, free checked bags and upgrades.

BMWK: Do you have any special travel plans for the upcoming holiday?

Happy travels!

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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How I Told My Wife I Was No Longer a Christian

BY: - 16 Sep '14 | Home

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Before my wife and I were married, we asked each other what was the biggest fear we had about one another.

My fear was she would be too indecisive, and would not be satisfied with the choices she made throughout our life together.

Her largest fear about me was that I wasn’t Christian enough for her ideals of a husband and a family leader.

Through the years our fears played out in a spectacular fashion.

Facing the Doubt

Although my brother and I were raised as Christians, we were not raised in the church. We worshipped there with our father and briefly attended Sunday School for a portion of our lives. My father credited Jesus for surviving his stroke at the age of 35. We were taught to give gratitude to The Lord in all things. As with most Christians, I harbored doubt, but as most Christians would tell you, doubt is the among the worst traits to feed for it is the very antithesis of faith. 

Throughout my youthful years, I consciously ignored my doubts and leaned not on my own understanding. 

During my early 20’s, after one particularly rousing reading of the bible, I even thought the good book revealed to me the very purpose of life itself – that the purpose of this life is to choose how you would spend the rest of eternity. How everything else this life has to offer must pale in comparison to either the joy or pain that awaited us all. I would cry at night for all of the countless souls throughout eternity who were destined to make the wrong choice. I was a Christian.

I still had my doubts, but for most of my life – chalked it up to the feebleness of my limited human mind, until my wife and I started thinking about a family. 

My future child would surely ask me about Jesus. And they would ask about Muhammed, and Buddha, and Vishnu, and Joseph Smith, and even David Koresh. How would I respond? How would I explain one person’s truth over another when I didn’t completely understand it myself? How would I look them in the eye and tell them what was true?

At that time, I told myself that many Christian men much smarter than I have certainly dealt with these issues and came to conclusions I could rest on. All I needed to do was face my doubts and do some research. In the age of the Internet, with knowledge ready at my fingertips, I set out on a journey which would change me in ways I had not even thought possible.

Self-Acknowledgement

About a year into my research, I had printouts all over the office – articles, letters, emails, quotes, highlighted biblical verses, and more. I had books from C.S. Lewis and apologist William Lane Craig strewn about. I couldn’t get enough. 

I also couldn’t get straight answers that satisfied my questions around divinity, predestination, life after death, and the condemnation of other world faiths. My wife watched and supported my new interest. She even picked out a book she believed would be of particular interest to me, Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus. That book introduced me to the term “intellectual honesty” and made me start seriously looking into the other side of the argument. If I was to understand the nonbeliever’s way of thinking, I had to read their words as they had written them, not as paraphrased by apologists. 

That would be like listening to a Muslim state all the reasons why Christianity is a false religion without ever discussing it with a Christian. It’s just not intellectually honest. 

This floodgate of new literature turned my world upside down. It challenged such strongly held beliefs so thoroughly that I could feel walls shattering around my psyche. My very sense of self was being challenged. I felt I didn’t know who I was and read voraciously more work. I vowed for every apologist book I had read, I would read its counter argument. It was terrifying. 

That process lasted at least another year.

I reread the bible – this time in a whole new context.

I cried. 

You can’t unlearn things. 

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Isom Kuade is a father and a husband, resting his head in the middle of Texas. He's doing his best to adult with purpose and sneak in some good meals along the way. He and his wife tell stories of their triumphs, failures, and biased opinions at pancakesandcider.com.

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