12/29/2010 04:58 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Budget Travel's Top Travel News of 2010

Oil spills. Ash clouds. Plus, every hotel guest's worst nightmare: bedbugs! It would be easy to cast 2010 as "The Year of Freaking Out." Facing such panic-inducing travel hazards, many of us had to fight the urge to follow the lead of former flight attendant Steven Slater by jumping on an inflatable emergency slide and racing home to hide in bed.

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