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A travel hub is a most often a city that have a large array of ground and/ or air transportation options. Hubs are often used as stop over points while en route from one location to another. Though hubs are often large cities, they can also be a town, village, or even, as the case may be, a crossroad. Typically, a good travel hub will have excellent and cheap ground AND air transportation options, be easy to navigate, quick to get in and out of, have cheap rooms, and a centralized district for ground transport.

An air hub is a city whose airport serves as a point of entrance for traveling through the geographic region it’s based in. Typically, flying into an air hub will be cheaper than other regional cities. I.e. Bangkok is the air hub for mainland Southeast Asia. Another use of an air hub is found in transferring between flights. A traveler can identify various paths of air travel that are cheap and then connect them together via an air hub as they make way for their final destination. For example, it is often cheaper to purchase a budget airline ticket from the New York City to London or Dublin and then another from there to mainland Europe rather than purchasing one ticket that goes straight to their final destination. (Go to Cheap flight work around to Europe for more on this).

Successful world travel is often found in the adept connecting of travel hub with travel hub. Knowing how to navigate the cheapest and easiest paths of the planet is one of the prime skills of the traveler.

List of prime global travel hubs

Latin America

  • Mexico City
  • Guatemala City
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Bogota, Colombia (very seasonal)
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Lima, Peru

Caribbean

  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Africa 

  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

[need more research]

Europe

  • London, UK
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Reykjavik, Iceland

Middle East

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • UAE

[need more research]

Asia

  • Beijing, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

North America

  • JFK, New York
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Miami, Florida
  • Houston, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Vancouver, Canada

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