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Despite the fact that US Airlines said it wasn’t going to happen, BBC News is reporting that European discount airline Ryanair is considering converting its on-board toilets to coin-operated restrooms. Passengers would pay one British pound (approx $1.38 USD) to use the toilet.

Chief Executive Michael O’Leary told the BBC that the Dublin-based carrier was looking at maybe installing a “coin slot on the toilet door” while Ryanair’s PR Chief Steven McNamara later stated, “I don’t think it’s going to happen in the foreseeable future”.

“Will it happen in the long-term, I’m not really sure” he said.

My question in all of this is really, is this just a ploy that Ryanair is using to get some public reaction. A reaction, which in my opinion will be quick and decisive. Or, is this simply something has been pushed along on boardroom agendas to pacify the Chief Executive but not really given any thought.

Some people might view this new idea as a way to make a fast buck. Since Ryanair is planning to close all of its airport check-in desks by the end of the year to reduce the cost of its flights, this assumption is gaining wind fast. Ryanair has been known to offer low, basic ticket prices, and charge extra for items such as checking in at the airport, or for additional luggage. While this might now always differ from other airlines, Ryanair is giving off the idea that they are looking for a fast buck and not their passengers’ comfort.

If this idea is put into practice on Ryanair and other airlines pick up the practice, what would you do? Is this an on-flight luxury that you’re willing to pay for, or would you have something to say about having to pay?

Let me know what you think below!

Wishing you a toilet free flight and wonderful travel experience!

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Even though the economy is slow right now, people still want to travel locally or abroad. With some adventures, a car is a must in reaching a particular destination. With Earth Day upon us, I tried to think about some environmentally friendly, budget travel tips.

Ever heard of car sharing? This is not borrowing a friend’s car to do some shopping. It’s a form of car rental in which you, as a member of a car sharing club, have access to a vehicle for an hour or two. You swipe a card in a reader by the windshield to gain access and you’re off. Hourly rates at car sharing clubs sure beat renting a car for several days and paying expensive overnight parking fees; not to mention, that car sharing clubs typically pick up your gasoline costs and insurance, too.

I find that car sharing meets the needs of individuals needing a car. This car sharing can be a blessing for a family wanting to just take a one day outing.

Read more about car sharing here to consider if it might benefit your travel budget. And be sure to check out this site and this one for information on Earth Day and how you can do your part to help the environment today and everyday!

Have yourself a great travel experience!!

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
-Native American Proverb

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