Okay, many people following this blog (surprisingly, there are actually quite a few more than I expected there to be) have expressed an interest in learning how I score awesome travel deals.
This year, I have been on a bit of a travel binge, venturing to Asia twice, Virginia, Seattle, California, Germany, Oregon and (in the coming months) Tokyo, Michigan and Australia.
One of the secrets to traveling cheaply is traveling where the cheap fares lead you. It sounds much less glamorous when put that way, but that's essentially how I travel. Most of the time, I haven't said that I wanted to visit X in Y, but have taken the opportunities to visit my friends when there have been reasonable fares available. (When I do decide to visit a specific person in a specific location, I cash in some frequent flyer miles.)
One of the tools that can help you find cheap travel deals is FareCompare.com's "Top Deals From" tool.
Simply enter your origin airport and FareCompare will tell you where you can go (including internationally) for cheap.
Later this summer, I will be doing a bit more blogging on my experiences in certain airports . . . stay tuned.