As we head into 2015 (and an all new year to travel!) this is a particularly good time to look back at our most popular blog posts from 2014. Feast your eyes on our list of helpful tips, tools, triumphs, and more missteps and mistakes than you can shake a TSA badge at.

Want to make this next year's flights as pleasant as possible? This is the best place to start.

  1. How to Make Your Flight Attendant Like You
    Sure, you don't need to be everyone's favorite person, but sometimes it comes in when you're in a plane for 2-16 hours. Here's how to make sure the most important person in the sky—the flight attendant—is your number one fan.|
  2. 12 Tips for Finding Low Airfares
    If you've got money to burn, go ahead and skip this post. If not, click through to discover 12 insider secrets to nabbing low fares across any and all airlines.
  3. 10 Things You Should Never Pack in a Checked Bag
    You're very careful about what you put in your carry on (and good for you), but what about what you put in your checked bag? These ten items should be avoided—especially since some will get you into trouble with the TSA.
  4. 10 Things You Should Pack (But Probably Won't)
    These ten items could save you at least a few headaches and possibly lots of trouble. Will they make it in your suitcase every time? Probably not...but pack any one of them, and consider it a win for good planning and foresight.
  5. 10 Places to Go While They're Still Cheap
    Pack your bags and get your tickets ASAP: We're revealing ten global destinations with amazing sights, tantalizing foods, intriguing culture and, best yet, really great prices.
  6. 7 Shameless Ways to Get an Upgrade
    Hey look, you could keep your pride and keep your coach seat, or you could employ some of these tactics to get yourself bumped up to the front of the plane. Shameless? Sure. Brilliant? You betcha.
  7. 7 Things You Should Never Do on an Airplane
    If you spend the time and money to book a flight, one would think you'd want to actually take that flight. However, these people ensured a swift escort off of the plane seven instances of antics you'd be well advised to avoid...
  8. 7 Things You Should Never Say to the TSA
    There are times to speak up, there are times to tell jokes, there are times to assert yourself...and then there are times to just clam up. Find out which thoughts you shouldn't let past your lips if you want to actually make that flight of yours.
  9. Where Does Your Unclaimed Luggage End Up?
    Haven't you always wondered where all of the luggage no one picks up goes to? We did. And then we got the answer. Read on...
  10. 7 Ways to Avoid Lost Luggage
    Believe it or not, airlines are actually remarkably good at getting luggage where it's supposed to go. However, as the saying (kind of) goes: stuff happens. Make sure you and your luggage aren't apart for any longer than you should be by following these seven tips. 
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