Feb 4 (Reuters) – With snow piling up in much of the United
States, it might seem a bit early to start thinking about
summer. But if you want to take a vacation on your terms, travel
experts say now is the time to get the ball rolling.
Cheaper fuel prices, a strong dollar and an economy on the
upswing mean consumers will have a lot of competition booking
airplane seats for summer vacations. “This is the perfect
storm,” says Rick Seaney, chief executive officer of
FareCompare.com, which analyzes airfares.
Jan 15 (Reuters) – The week before Christmas, a fire gutted
the Beverly, Massachusetts home shared by Kevin Wagner, his
fiancée, and their four young children. Most of their basic
possessions were destroyed along with their Christmas presents.
While insurance will cover much of the rebuilding, friends
stepped in right away with cash to fill the gap until the claim
is settled. As is becoming more common these days, they started
crowdfunding campaigns on popular sites – one on DreamFund.com,
which holds money in an FDIC-insured savings account, and
another on GoFundMe.com, which is linked to a personal bank
account. Both sites collect a 5 percent fee from the donations
and pass along a credit card processing fee of about 3 percent.