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Holly Johnson

Holly is a financial expert, blogger, and award-winning writer with a focus on personal finance, travel and credit.

Latest articles by Holly Johnson

6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Discount Airfare Deal

Crazy airfare deals come and go, but are they really worth it? Here are some of the other costs to consider.

Your Comprehensive Checklist for a Successful Balance Transfer

Balance transfers can be tricky. This checklist will walk you through the whole thing, step-by-step.

All-Inclusive Resorts You Can Book for Free With Points

All-inclusive resorts offer an affordable and convenient way to travel, but did you know you could book these properties for free?

6 Fun, Affordable Travel Ideas for Singles

Traveling alone is the best way to get the trip you want, and these travel ideas will also fit anyone's budget.

5 Store Card Pitfalls to Watch Out for

Store credit cards offer huge discounts to lure customers in, but there's a catch. Read about the pitfalls of these offers and how you can avoid them.

When Is Your Credit Card's Travel Insurance Good Enough?

Your credit card offers travel insurance as a cardholder perk, but is it really enough to protect you on the road?

7 Essential Money Moves for New Parents

Having a kid is scary — and expensive! These money moves can make the transition a lot easier on your wallet.

8 Life Lessons I’ve Learned from Self-Employment

While self-employment is far from perfect, it’s a lot easier to handle when you set yourself up for success.

6 Ways Life Is Better With Good Credit

Better credit can lead to a better life in more ways than one.

Credit Cards That Make Scoring Free Airfare Easy

Tired of jumping through hoops to use your airline miles? Check out this list of travel rewards credit cards that make flying free easy.

5 Affordable Vacations to Please Every Age Group

Learn about the best and most affordable vacation options for group trips and multi-generational families.

8 Signs You Desperately Need a New Credit Card

You may want a new credit card, but do you need one? Here's how to tell.

How to Spend Less On Last-Minute Holiday Travel

You don't need to empty your bank account just to get out of town for the holidays.

6 Pitfalls When Chasing Travel Rewards

While many have used travel rewards to score free or reduced-cost travel, it helps to know the pitfalls to watch out for.

What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans?

If a natural disaster is threatening your travel plans, it's crucial to know your options. Learn how your trip might be handled — and if you're entitled to a refund.

6 Ways to Avoid Vacation Debt

Nobody wants to return home from vacation to a giant credit card bill. We'll help you avoid vacation debt altogether.

Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US

If you can't justify the high cost of a Disney vacation, check out one of these affordable family destinations around the U.S.

5 Costly Pitfalls of Hosting on Airbnb

Renting your space on Airbnb isn't always an easy money-maker. Watch out for these pitfalls and inconveniences of becoming an Airbnb host.

10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise

These little-known cruising hacks will make saving money smooth sailing.

8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe

A whirlwind family vacation brings more than just memories for a lifetime — it also offers some sound money lessons.