Wed Digest: Surcharges, A’dam Shopping Hours, UK Xmas Top Tune

Nothing like a midweek digest of recently noteworthy posts and stories. Right?

1. Christopher Elliott’s list of strange travel surcharges is both hilarious and on target. Though it refers more to a business traveler demographic than a Cheapo one, Elliott does touch on the European budget airline habit of imposing extreme and varied surcharges.

2. Trippist spreads the word about extended shopping hours in Amsterdam. Shops in central Amsterdam districts will be open until 10 p.m. on December 20, 21, and 23.

3. Which song will be the UK’s top-selling single the week of Christmas? The Brits take the Xmas Number One v. seriously. Caroline Briggs checks out the top contenders for the BBC.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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