The other day this was the number one e-mailed article on NYtimes.com “11 Tricks to Cutting Travel Costs in 2011”. I briefly read through these “tips” and a lot of them I had never heard of. For example, shopping “private sales”? I didn’t even know that was an option. I was, however, wise to buying flights midweek–Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-3 weeks before a flight are the best times to buy. Middle of the night–even better. The tip “travel like a student” is, I’ve found, hit or miss. Occasionally you can find a good package deal, but more recently, if you’re looking for a specific flight, the prices are the same or more expensive than you might find them from kayak.com. Real travel deals seems to be for the more spontaneous traveler, and not the rigid traveler. Travelocity’s Deals on a Map gives tons of cheap flights in and out of the US, but the times you go and return are usually midweek mid-winter. This map is a dream for the rich and unemployed adventurer.