Our Top 10 Stories of the Year

by , SmarterTravel Staff
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Editor's Note: This story was originally published on December 26, 2010. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: airfare, airport, baggage, beach, clothing and gear, destination, family travel, frequent flyer, Jaclyn Liechti, packing, security, taxes and fees, tsa.

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We write a lot of articles over the course of a year, so choosing our favorites was no easy task. For this Top 10 list, we looked to you, our readers, for guidance. Here are the ones you loved, loved to hate, and couldn't stop talking about.

  • World's Scariest Airports

    Looking for a white-knuckle experience on your next flight? Make sure your itinerary includes one of these airports with challenging takeoffs or landings.

  • Ten Best Beach Towns in America

    Whether you're looking for a little romance, a chance to surf, or a family getaway, these towns should make the list for your next vacation.

  • The 10 Worst Travel Ripoffs .. and How to Avoid Them

    Being an alert consumer can protect you and your wallet. Find out how to avoid these classic wallet-busters on your upcoming trip. Extra Credit: The Five Worst Travel Scams (and What to Do About Them) and Terrible Travel Scams and Ripoffs: Part Two

  • Packing Light: Ten Ways to Fit it All in a Personal Item

    Spirit's horrible fee for carry-on items got us thinking: Is it possible to vacation with only a 16x14x12-inch bag? The answer: Yes. Here's how to do it.

  • To Recline or Not to Recline: That is the Question

    By far the most commented story of the year. Nearly 600 people contributed their take on what may be the most contentious airplane etiquette question ever.

  • Five (More) Ways to Get Comfortable in a Teeny-Tiny Airplane Seat

    As it turned out, our readers wrote in with nearly 100 ways to make the medieval torture device (also known as a coach seat) a more restful experience. Extra Credit: Five Ways to Get Comfortable in a Tiny Airplane Seat

  • The World's Worst Tourist Traps

    This was one of our more controversial articles, with nearly 300 comments agreeing (or disagreeing) with our choices.

  • Readers' Best Europe Photos!

    With nearly 1,500 reader-submitted photos, our readers have Europe covered.

  • Five Ways to Fix the TSA Pat Down Problem

    In addition to the five expert opinions featured in the story, more than 130 readers also weighed in how to resolve the ongoing security question.

  • Which Airline Reward Programs are the Most Rewarding?

    The airlines' mileage schemes are routinely referred to as rewards programs. But how rewarding are they? And how do they compare, rewards-wise?

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