travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12026/all en-US 23 Tips for Traveling With Pets http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog-car-travel-104523329-small.jpg" alt="dog travel" title="dog travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't want to leave your furry family members behind if you don't have to. So here are 23 tips for traveling with pets to help you navigate the world of sticky border regulations, pet-friendly accommodation hacks, flying with pets, gear to make the journey easier, and much more.</p> <h2>Before You Go</h2> <p>Before you take to the road with your pet, you'll want to cover the following basics.</p> <h3>1. Research Embassy Requirements</h3> <p>Lauren and Kenin Bassart of <a href="http://www.theconstantrambler.com/">TheConstantRambler</a> have been traveling the world full-time with their dog Zoe, a wiemaraner, since 2012. They find that traveling with a dog sometimes dictates where they can and can't go.</p> <p>&quot;Different countries have different requirements. Many countries require quarantine periods and we avoid those when taking Zoe. Most countries require shots for rabies, bordetella (kennel cough), and parvo. Call an embassy and do your research online to see what the country's requirements are, and make sure to have your paperwork handy when crossing the border.&quot;</p> <p>You can research various country requirements at <a href="http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm">PetTravel.com</a>.</p> <h3>2. When Entering or Leaving a Country, Your Itinerary Matters</h3> <p>In researching pet travel requirements, consider both where you're going and where you're coming from. Gigi Griffis has also been on the road since 2012 with Luna, her pint-sized schnauzer-yorkie mix, who has 11 passport stamps and counting. She has a section for dog travel tips on her website <a href="http://www.gigigriffis.com/category/luna/">Gigigriffis.com</a>.</p> <p>&quot;Countries (especially those with low incidence of or no incidence of rabies) have requirements that vary based on where you are coming from. If you are coming directly from the U.S. or Canada, the requirements are often as simple as a vet visit, some paperwork, and a stamp from the appropriate U.S. or Canadian authorities. If you are coming from South Africa or Thailand, the rules might be different.&quot;</p> <p>It's not just about your last destination either, Gigi says even layovers in certain countries can affect your pet's ability to cross borders. You can find US requirements on the <a href="http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&amp;urile=wcm:path:/aphis_content_library/sa_our_focus/sa_animal_health/sa_export_from_us/sa_live_animals/ct_iregs_animal_exports_home">APHIS website</a>.</p> <h3>3. Get a Health Certificate</h3> <p>Health certificates are required by airlines, border authorities, hotels, pet-care centers, and others. In many cases you need to get your health certificate within 10 days of starting your trip. Research the specific requirements of your itinerary before visiting the vet, so they can include everything necessary in the certificate.</p> <h3>4. Keep an Electronic Copy of Your Pet's Health Certificate</h3> <p>Many hotels, travel operators, pet care centers, airlines, and customs and immigration agencies require a printed record of your pet's veterinary certificate. Instead of printing off reams of copies for every possible instance, just print off a couple and keep an electronic copy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.twitter.com/myschatheriault">Myscha Theriault</a> is a best-selling author and internationally-syndicated travel columnist who travels full-time with her science journalist husband and giant Labrador retriever. With her electronic copy handy, she's always ready to produce her dog's health certificates as needed.</p> <p>&quot;The hotel's business center printer allows me to print a PDF copy of our Labrador's shot records as required, for example whenever we need to book an afternoon of daycare for her from the road. It keeps the paper clutter down day-to-day, while still remaining prepared for last-minute changes in our schedule.&quot;</p> <h3>5. Research Local Vets</h3> <p>Just in case something happens on the road, you don't want to be scrambling to find a reputable vet. Record the contact information for a few vets in the area you're visiting before you go.</p> <h3>6. Don't Carry Endless Amounts of Pet Food</h3> <p>Instead of worrying about finding a specific brand of pet food or carrying bags of food across borders, Gigi focuses on the ingredients.</p> <p>&quot;I usually carry enough food for a few days and then buy a bag of food when I arrive. Since different countries tend to have different brands, it's important that you know what ingredients are in your pet's food. Instead of trying to find your brand, look for a food that has the same basic structure. If you feed your pet something with chicken and grains (the majority of dog foods), look for chicken and grains. Even switching brands, I find that Luna's digestive system does fine if I stick with the right ingredients.&quot;</p> <h3>7. Bring a Pet First Aid Kit</h3> <p>You don't want to overdo it, but having a little kit to care for your pet can prevent you from scrambling for something at the last minute. Pawfriendly has some good suggestions for what to include in <a href="http://www.pawfriendly.com/community/pet-first-aid-kits">your pet's first aid kit</a>.</p> <h2>Flying With Pets</h2> <p>Flying with pets isn't particularly easy for either the pet or the owner, but it certainly isn't impossible. Here are some tips to make the process smooth.</p> <h3>8. Call the Airline</h3> <p>Airlines have differing regulations for traveling with pets, such as pet carrier dimensions, required health certificates, etc. Always check with the airline for their requirements before you book. You can view <a href="http://www.pettravel.com/airline_rules.cfm">various airline requirements here</a>, but you should still call the airline to confirm that their rules haven't changed.</p> <h3>9. Choose an Airline-Friendly Carrier</h3> <p>Petco, a company that features pet products (including these <a href="http://www.petco.com/N_4294955108/Airline-Travel-Shop.aspx">airline-travel-friendly pet carriers</a> and toys) suggests the following tips when selecting a carrier suitable for your pet and flying with them:</p> <ul> <li>Your pet should be able to stand freely, turn around, and fully lie down in the carrier.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Cats, who are especially prone to stress when flying, can be calmed with special sprays designed to reduce feline anxiety. For dogs, there are supplements that do the same thing as well as prevent motion sickness.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Put a familiar towel/blanket or toy in the carrier with your pet to provide them with comfort and a sense of home.</li> </ul> <h3>10. How and When to Crate Your Pet</h3> <p>Cesar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) has lots of <a href="http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/seasonal/cesars-travel-tips">pet-friendly travel tips</a> on his website. Among them, he has some good tips with regards to when and how to crate your pet.</p> <ul> <li>Don't leave anything in the crate (like leashes or loose collars) that can harm your pet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't treat the crate like a prison, for example by using a sad voice and saying things like &quot;sorry&quot; when you crate them.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fast your pet for four to six hours prior to crating them to fly, so they don't have a full stomach/bladder.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Exercise your pet as close to departure time as possible.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Crate your pet before entering the airport, which can be a stressful environment.</li> </ul> <h3>11. If Traveling in the Hold</h3> <p>If your pooch needs to travel in the hold, try to book direct flights. Clip their nails so they don't get caught on anything, and make sure you spend a few weeks getting your pet used to their crate before traveling to reduce anxiety. Also, carry a picture of your pooch (in case they're misplaced &mdash; yes, it happens), and notify the flight attendants/captain that you have a pet in the hold. The Humane Society website has some other <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/traveling_tips_pets_ships_planes_trains.html">good tips for flying with a pet in the hold</a>, in addition to a variety of general pet travel tips.</p> <h2>Staying in Hotels</h2> <p>Hotels have varying services and restrictions when it comes to checking in with pets. Here are some hotel hacks from the experts:</p> <h3>12. Finding Pet-Friendly Hotels</h3> <p>Myscha says La Quinta and Red Roof Inn are chains that typically take pets without a nightly fee. When there isn't one around, Myscha turns to tourism boards for suggestions.</p> <p>&quot;We typically ask the local tourism board and visitor center for recommendations of the more unique spots. They are always way more in-the-know than even the most up to date [pet-hotel] website.&quot;</p> <h3>13. Ask Questions Before You Book</h3> <p>Pet policies differ dramatically by hotel. Ask the following questions to ensure you're getting a good fit for both you and your pet:</p> <ul> <li>Are there additional fees for checking in with pets?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you have size restrictions?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Are there any resident pets? (Depending on the pet, they could be problematic or a great playmate).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you offer services for pets (anything from providing food/water bowls to pet-sitting services)?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What are the rules and restrictions (for example are there certain areas I can and can't go with my pet)?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you have rooms with easy access to the outdoors?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Are there nearby parks where I can exercise my pet?</li> </ul> <h3>14. Book a Hotel With an Outdoor Restaurant or Bar</h3> <p>&quot;Having a resort where there are bars with outdoor access and tables or tie-on poles is a great perk for us,&quot; says Myscha. Her pup doesn't do well in restaurants, but can handle hanging out in an outdoor establishment. &quot;Strolling downstairs when the venue isn't crowded enables us to at least have a drink outside of the room without having to book daycare for the dog.&quot;</p> <h3>15. Train Your Pet to be Rental-Friendly</h3> <p>Gigi stays mostly in apartments through vacation rental sites like AirBnB. Instead of focusing on finding pet-friendly rentals, she focuses on making her dog a rental-friendly pet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-and-book-the-best-vacation-rentals?ref=seealso">How to Find and Book the Best Vacation Rentals</a>).</p> <p>&quot;I don't worry about whether the places are pet-friendly or not. Instead, I find four or five places I'd like to stay and reach out with a message that asks if they would be willing to make an exception for my dog explaining why she's an exception-worthy tenant. These reasons are that she is a non-shedding breed, small (about 12 lbs/6 kilos), therapy trained to work with kids in hospitals (and thus very well behaved), and has landlord references. For the most part, landlords and hotel owners are worried that pets will make noise, destroy something, leave hair all over the room, or bother other guests. If you can put these fears to rest, you have a chance of getting an exception.&quot;</p> <h3>16. Get &quot;Landlord&quot; References</h3> <p>For Gigi, the key to having a rental-friendly pet is in producing references. &quot;Almost nobody thinks about doing this, but it is endlessly helpful. Whenever you stay somewhere with your pet, ask the landlord or owner to mention the pet in their reference. It's a simple matter for the landlord and helps future landlords evaluate your exception request with confidence.&quot;</p> <h3>17. Request a Room on the First Floor</h3> <p>Many pet-friendly hotels will assign you a first floor room (or even better, one with direct outside access), but it's always good to ask. Myscha always specifically requests a first-floor room. &quot;Elevator or not, it's a pain in the neck to do midnight potty break runs with your pooch if you have to travel down several floors to do it.&quot;</p> <h3>18. Checking-In: What to do First</h3> <p>&quot;When you check into your hotel room make sure to bring your luggage, your pet's food, and their bedding in immediately. The smell is comforting and the pet will feel more at home in the hotel knowing that there are things in the room that smell familiar,&quot; says Lauren.</p> <p>Once initially settled in, Lauren and Kenin continue the integration process. &quot;We take a short stroll around the hotel and come back into the room 15-20 minutes later. This keeps separation anxiety at bay because they know we are not abandoning them. It also let's us know if they are going to bark or not when we leave for a longer period of time.&quot;</p> <h3>19. Have a Toy for Distraction While Checking In and Unpacking</h3> <p>Myscha uses the hotel mini-fridges to freeze a Kong full of peanut butter for times when they're tending to business and unable to pay attention to their dog. &quot;This keeps her distracted during lobby meetups, or while we are unpacking and organizing the room.&quot;</p> <h3>20. Continental Breakfast? Stock Up on Peanut Butter Packs</h3> <p>&quot;The [single-serve packets of peanut butter] at the morning continental breakfast bar are great for filling in when you've run out of your travel stash, and they can also be used for administering medication pills without fuss,&quot; says Myscha. She adds that grabbing a piece of bacon or sausage or even some cereal can come in handy when you've run out of treats and there's no convenience store in sight.</p> <h2>Road Trips With Pets</h2> <p>Going on a road trip? This is a much easier way of traveling with pets than flying, but there are still a few things to be aware of.</p> <h3>21. Limit Driving Times Each Day</h3> <p>Mary and Al Hone of <a href="http://www.talesfromthebackroad.com/">Tales From the Back Road</a> have been traveling full-time in their RV with their two dogs (Roxy and Torrey) for over two years. Despite traveling with all the comforts of home, they limit the amount of time spent on the road itself. &quot;We try to not travel more than five or six hours per day. It's tiring for us, and boring for the dogs. We make frequent stops at parks, or somewhere we can play fetch, or just somewhere we can walk.&quot;</p> <h3>22. Make it Comfortable, and Strap Them In</h3> <p>Lauren says preparing the car helps to make their pooch comfortable, and alleviates their worries while driving. &quot;She has a bed in the back of our VW with a blanket and her favorite toy. She is also harnessed and seat-belted so she is safe in case of emergency.&quot;</p> <p>Mary and Al are also sure to secure their dogs to keep everybody safe. &quot;Torrey has a seatbelt harness, and Roxy has a car seat to keep them both safe as we travel. This also keeps them from being a distraction to the driver.&quot;</p> <h3>23. Have Fresh Water and Treats On-Hand</h3> <p>&quot;We have a portable doggie water bottle and make frequent stops to let her stretch her legs and hydrate,&quot; says Lauren.</p> <p>Mary and Al also ensure they have some food on hand for wonky driving schedules. &quot;If we miss dinner time for the dogs, they know it and remind us. The treats keep them happy until we can stop and get them their dinner. They are also good for rewarding good behavior and patience.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you tried traveling with pets? Leave your best tips and recommendations in the comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets" class="sharethis-link" title="23 Tips for Traveling With Pets" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel dogs pets travel traveling with dogs Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Nora Dunn 1256479 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-travel-121200843-small.jpg" alt="businessman travel" title="businessman travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For most of us, travel is something we do when we're going on vacation or visiting friends and relatives. But other people, they get to travel all the time; once a month, or maybe even once or twice a week. Not only that, but it's all paid for. These are the people who have chosen careers that require travel as part of the job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <p>And some of these are jobs you wouldn't expect to come with great travel benefits. If you're thinking of switching careers, here are the top 10 jobs you should look into if you want to see more of the world.</p> <h2>1. Auditor</h2> <p>You would not think a job in the financial sector would involve so much traveling, but auditors are out there as much as international jet setters and professional athletes.</p> <p>An auditor's job is to make sure than any given organization is utilizing its resources efficiently, whilst complying with all financial laws and rules. Every public company must, by law, undergo an annual audit. And these public companies are everywhere. As an auditor, you will travel to these companies, spending several weeks combing through the files and procedures. That's several weeks at a time that you get to spend in a city or town that is not where you call home (though beware, they're not always exactly glamorous locations).</p> <h2>2. English Teacher</h2> <p>The people most in need of help with English skills are those not living in English-speaking cities and countries. So an English teacher, or ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor, must be prepared to travel all over the world helping people to speak the language. Many ESL teachers not only get free travel benefits, but free accommodation and even free meals. There are even opportunities to work on military bases, if that's something that interests you. When you're not teaching English, you're taking in the local sights and sounds on someone else's dime.</p> <h2>3. Au Pair</h2> <p>Au pairs are usually hired by wealthy couples that both work full time, and require help with their children. The job can take you all over the world, working in France one year, and Australia the next. Room and board is usually given to you as part of the job, along with a salary and other benefits. The downside is that most of your time will be taken up by caring for another family, but if you're young and single and want to see the world at little cost to you, this is a great place to start.</p> <h2>4. Unit Photographer</h2> <p>If you are very good with a camera, the world is your oyster. Sure, the world's best photographers are in demand everywhere, but you don't have to be Annie Leibovitz or David Bailey to travel the world in style. One of the best areas to go into is entertainment photography. Movies and TV shows are filmed on location all over the world, and as a unit photographer you will be required to take still shots of the action as it's being filmed. The benefits, other than free travel and accommodation, are obvious. You get to be on the sets of some of the biggest shows and films in production, seeing them long before they come out in theaters. Your food will be supplied on set every day. You'll also get to hang with the cast and crew. This is a great job that most people don't even know exists.</p> <h2>5. Hotel Inspector</h2> <p>Wherever there are hotels, there are hotel inspectors. And there are hotels all over the world. Hotel inspectors are required to stay in places that run from Five Stars all the way down to Zero Stars (the ones that look more at home in horror movies than travel brochures). However, for the most part the hotel inspector will spend most of his or her days on the road, going from hotel to hotel, and rating the food, accommodations, customer service, and cleanliness of each hotel. This will involve flying to some parts of the country, and everything on the trip is paid for.</p> <p>You also have to be a master of disguise. As one hotel inspector noted, &quot;A hotel can scramble to clean up its act in seconds if it knows an inspector is checking in, and it's always a battle to make sure no one is on to me. That's why we disguise ourselves. I used to grow a beard every other year. One inspector I know dyes her hair. Another uses fake glasses. To keep my cover, I'll pay with credit cards that I've taken out in made-up names&hellip;&quot;</p> <h2>6. Writer</h2> <p>Obviously travel writers get the most gigs, but you can find a variety of writing jobs that come with a heavy dose of free travel. If you're a food writer, you'll have to go to the many different places around the world that serve the latest foods (which you will also be reimbursed for). If you follow sports teams, you will be on the road as they go to their various engagements. If you cover entertainment, you'll be in New York one day, and Hollywood the next. Yes, it's not an easy career to break into, but once you get a gig at a major publication, you can expect a lot of your time to be away from the office. Writers have to experience life, not read about it on the Internet.</p> <h2>7. Advertising and PR Executive</h2> <p>Advertising and PR may not be what is was in the eighties, but it's still a glamorous profession in many ways. As an account executive or PR employee, you will often have to travel around the country, or the world, to meet with clients and liaise with local press outlets and print shops. Once again, any travel you go on will be covered in full by the company, and that includes food, hotel bills, and anything else you need to live your life while on location.</p> <h2>8. Athletic Scout</h2> <p>As a scout in the sports industry, you need to find the best talent all around the country. Whether it's baseball, basketball, football, hockey, or soccer, you must be out there all the time making sure you get to the best talent before anyone else does. Some scouts work exclusively for one team, others freelance for several. As you go from college to college, and city to city, all of your travel and accommodation is paid for by the professional teams you're scouting for; and these teams are not exactly hurting for money. True, you'll have to sit through a lot of games, but if you do this for a living you'll love the sport anyway. Getting paid to travel the country watching sports? That sounds good to most people.</p> <h2>9. Roadie</h2> <p>Every music gig you've ever been was made possible by the crew of roadies working tirelessly behind the scenes. The roadie, or technical support staff, is responsible for helping the bands set up for a gig, and tear down after it. It's by no means an easy job. There is a lot of lifting and carrying involved, and there is often a need for musical ability or knowledge, especially if you're going to be tuning instruments for the band members. But the perks&hellip; oh, the perks.</p> <p>For a start, you're going to be traveling with some big names in rock, pop, metal, and every other genre that does nationwide (and even worldwide) tours. You will be on the road constantly, traveling from town to town, city to city, and country to country. You get to eat and drink well, and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. And you don't even need formal qualifications or training.</p> <h2>10. Field Service Technician</h2> <p>Due to the nature of the job, the FST has to go to the equipment, not the other way around. It could be elevator repair, heavy-duty equipment maintenance, or even train engine repairs and rebuilds. As a FST, you go where the work is, and you get paid to travel, stay in hotels, and get your per diem for meals and other expenses. Many companies offer on-the-job training too, so you can become qualified as you travel.</p> <p><em>Have you held any of these or other jobs with a lot of travel? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel" class="sharethis-link" title="10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets">23 Tips for Traveling With Pets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Career and Income Travel career perks travel wanderlust Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:00:11 +0000 Paul Michael 1255271 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips That Will Save You Hundreds On Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-that-will-save-you-hundreds-on-your-next-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-that-will-save-you-hundreds-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy-bank-vacation-488003955-small.jpg" alt="piggy bank vacation" title="piggy bank vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on tips that will save you hundreds on your next trip, things you can rent out for extra cash, and things you can get for free.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Travel-24627929">39 Tips That Will Save You Hundreds On Your Next Trip</a> &mdash; To save on your next trip, check out underrated places and buy your tickets at the right time. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.purewow.com/entry_detail/money/11107/Surprising-things-you-can-rent-out-for-extra-cash.htm">Surprising Things You Can Rent Out For Extra Cash</a> &mdash; Did you know you can rent your driveway for extra cash? [PureWow]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/2964-8-surprising-things-you-can-get-for-free">8 Surprising Things You Can Get for Free</a> &mdash; Don't pay for eBooks, you can read books for free by checking them out from your local library. [DailyWorth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/15-small-purchases-costing-you-big-money-stop-throwing-money-away">15 Small Purchases Costing You Big Money: Stop Throwing Money Away</a> &mdash; If you purchase apps or video games, you may just be throwing away your money. [MainStreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T047-C011-S001-get-free-retirement-advice-from-financial-planners.html">Get Free Retirement Advice From Financial Planners On September 25th</a> &mdash; Today is Jump-Start Your Retirement Day, so be sure to get retirement advice from Kiplinger and NAPFA. [Kiplinger]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/money-shopping/how-to-make-a-budget">Build a Budget and Make It Last</a> &mdash; Make a budget that will last by first calculating what you spend. [AllYou]</p> <p><a href="http://twocents.lifehacker.com/common-debt-traps-that-keep-you-living-paycheck-to-pa-1637915715">Common &ldquo;Debt Traps&rdquo; That Keep You Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck</a> &mdash; Skimping on insurance can cause you to live paycheck to paycheck. [Lifehacker Two Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.domainehome.com/bad-shopping-habits/">7 Bad D├ęcor Shopping Habits to Stop Right Now</a> &mdash; When decorating your home, don't purchase everything from the same store. [Domaine Home]</p> <p><a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/keep-landline">3 Reasons You Should Definitely Keep Your Landline</a> &mdash; By keeping your landline, first responders will know where you are calling from in an emergency. [Real Simple]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-tips-to-help-your-preschooler-focus-on-reading-writing-numbers">8 Tips to Help Your Preschooler Focus on Reading, Writing &amp; Numbers</a> &mdash; To help your preschooler focus on reading, writing, and numbers, make it fun and be observant. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-that-will-save-you-hundreds-on-your-next-trip" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Tips That Will Save You Hundreds On Your Next Trip" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-that-will-save-you-hundreds-on-your-next-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets">23 Tips for Traveling With Pets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel best money tips travel Trip Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1219953 at http://www.wisebread.com Wise Bread Reloaded: The Surprisingly Easy Way to Defend Your Knees and Other Air Travel Tips http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/angry-airplane-passengers-dv2074031-small.jpg" alt="angry airplane passengers" title="angry airplane passengers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By now you've heard of the contretemps aboard an airliner last weekend during which one passenger prevented the seat in front of him from reclining through use of a device called the Knee Defender. Frustration ensued until the passenger seated ahead doused the passenger seated behind and the Captain diverted to another airport and <em>both passengers</em> were escorted off the plane. Ever since, the Internet has been all worked up about whether or not the Right to Recline is an actual right (<a href="https://today.yougov.com/news/2014/08/29/poll-results-flying/">a recent poll suggests a majority of Americans think it's a right</a>).</p> <p>Economy air travel is not as comfortable as it could be these days. And certainly episodes like last week's are probably best avoided with the simplest knee defense of all &mdash; common courtesy. Crowded travel is uncomfortable for everybody. A little courtesy takes the edge off and brightens everyone's day.</p> <p>With courtesy the floor, what else can one do to make economy air travel more pleasant? Wise Bread's writers have had plenty of suggestions over the years. Here are a few.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster?ref=classicwb">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a> &mdash; Pro traveler Nora Dunn shares the tips and tricks she's learned about navigating that terrifying space between ground transportation and the plane &mdash; the airport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=classicwb">9 Things You Must When Travelling With Kids</a> &mdash; Air travel is tough, but adding kids maxes out the difficulty setting. Elizabeth Lang walks you through it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-keep-you-sane-on-a-plane?ref=classicwb">6 Things to Keep You Sane on the Plane</a> &mdash; Kentin Waits shares what he stows in his carry-on to make a long trip bearable, and maybe even enjoyable.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying?ref=classicwb">8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying</a> &mdash; Penny wise, pound foolish applies to air travel too, and Deia B explains which airline upgrades are worth the cost.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternatives-to-flying-other-ways-to-get-from-here-to-there?ref=classicwb">Alternatives to Air Travel: Other Ways to Get From Here to There</a> &mdash; And if none of that makes air travel an attractive option, Nora Dunn suggests other ways of going. They may not be as fast, but they're bound to be more comfortable.</p> <p>Whether you're Team Recline or Team Knee, the next time you're on a crowded plane, remember this: your fellow passengers didn't decide to cram an extra row of seats on the plane &mdash; the airline did. Keep your cool, stay courteous, and aim your complaints high.</p> <p><em>How do you stay comfortable when flying? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips" class="sharethis-link" title="Wise Bread Reloaded: The Surprisingly Easy Way to Defend Your Knees and Other Air Travel Tips" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-cheapest-ways-to-fly-first-class">The 10 Cheapest Ways to Fly First Class</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel air travel airline flying reclining travel Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Lars Peterson 1199892 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Travel Edition http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-travel-edition-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-travel-edition-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-map-78635330-small.jpg" alt="travel couple" title="travel couple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on travel!</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/searchresults?cx=partner-pub-7020825708900781%3Asowvjyl9zu5&amp;cof=FORID%3A10&amp;ie=ISO-8859-1&amp;q=travel&amp;sa=&amp;siteurl=www.getrichslowly.org%2Fblog%2F2014%2F06%2F16%2Fsaving-your-sanity-and-your-budget-this-summer-vacation%2F&amp;ref=&amp;ss=568j81106j6">Ten Money-Saving Vacation and Travel Tips</a> &mdash; Packing smart and sleeping cheap can help you save money on your vacation. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2013/12/key-considerations-to-help-you-book-the-perfect-vacation-destination/">Key Considerations to Help You Book the Perfect Vacation Destination</a> &mdash; When choosing your vacation destination, consider the people who will be traveling with you. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://andthenwesaved.com/save-money-while-traveling/">Zoom Zoom - 8 Ways to Save Money at the Airport While Traveling</a> &mdash; To save money at the airport, bring your own reading material and stay out of the gift shop. [And Then We Saved]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/how-to-be-smart-and-safe-with-money-while-travelling/">How to Be Smart and Safe With Money When Traveling</a> &mdash; Being discreet and using your gadgets can help you be smart and safe with your money when you are traveling. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://debtblag.com/saving-money-on-attractions-food-and-getting-around-on-vacation-lessons-learned/">Saving Money on Attractions, Food, and Getting Around on Vacation; Lessons Learned</a> &mdash; Planning early, setting a budget, and asking locals for recommendations can help you save money on attractions, food, and getting around on vacation. [Debt Blag]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/save-on-getting-to-and-from-the-airport-8585">How to Save on Getting to and From the Airport</a> &mdash; Staying at a hotel that offers a shuttle to and from the airport can cut your transportation expenses. [Money Under 30]</p> <p><a href="http://financialhighway.com/5-ways-to-travel-for-free/">5 Ways to Travel for Free</a> &mdash; Staying with a local or house sitting are just a couple ways you can travel for free. [Financial Highway]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneysavingenthusiast.com/2012/10/travel-packing-checklist/">Save Time, Save Money with a Travel Packing Checklist</a> &mdash; Using a travel checklist will help you ensure you don't forget any essentials and have to spend money on things you left behind when you travel. [Money Saving Enthusiast]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Travel-Experiences-34953347">83 Extraordinary Travel Experiences of a Lifetime</a> &mdash; If you are looking for a travel experience of a lifetime, hug a sloth in Costa Rica or attend the Kentucky Derby. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/parent-travel-tips-and-checklist">Travel Tips and Checklist for Parents</a> &mdash; It is vital for parents to bring entertainment when traveling with their kids. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-travel-edition-0" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: The Travel Edition" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-travel-edition-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel best money tips travel Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:00:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1147496 at http://www.wisebread.com 19 Things Most Tourists Overpay For, and How You Can Avoid Them http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-most-tourists-overpay-for-and-how-you-can-avoid-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/19-things-most-tourists-overpay-for-and-how-you-can-avoid-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist-shopping-77741252-small.jpg" alt="tourist shopping" title="tourist shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost a given that tourists overpay for things. Sometimes it's because we don't know the actual (local) cost, or are unaware of negotiating tactics. Sometimes we think we're getting a good deal, but are actually unwittingly crippling local economies.</p> <p>And before you think, &quot;I'm fine with overpaying, the money means more to them than me,&quot; think again. In some countries, the potential profits are so disproportionately high for locals that working in the tourist sector &mdash; even just selling cheap souvenirs to tourists &mdash; means a higher income than highly trained (and necessary) doctors, for example. This can shake economies negatively such that there's no incentive for locals to sustain their own infrastructure in aspiring towards valuable and necessary careers in their own country. If everybody wants to work in the tourism industry, and hard times hit the tourism sector, the local economy suffers unduly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-travel-expenses-you-forgot-to-budget-for?ref=seealso">9 Travel Expenses You Forgot to Budget For</a>)</p> <p>And sometimes, it just sort of sucks to get ripped off.</p> <p>Whatever your motivation, your goal should be to get a fair deal. Here's how.</p> <h2>1. Souvenirs</h2> <p>Often, those little &quot;local&quot; trinkets were mass produced somewhere else for a song, and are being sold for &quot;locally handmade&quot; prices. Check out a few markets and shops before you buy; if you see identical stuff, it's not as special as it may seem. If you still want it, make sure it's priced (or negotiated down) accordingly. If you're in a foreign language country and you want to negotiate, learn a few phrases in the local language; you'll endear yourself much more to the vendor.</p> <h2>2. Hotel Laundry</h2> <p>$10 for a clean shirt? You've got to be kidding. Chuck some shampoo in the sink and hand wash that puppy. Or better yet, pack enough clothes to make this a non-issue. Who wants to spend vacation time fighting stains?</p> <h2>3. Taxis</h2> <p>Some dodgy taxi drivers will take you on the (not so) scenic route, if they're charging by the mile and it's obvious you're not familiar with the territory. Ask a local (such as hotel staff) how much a taxi should cost to your destination and how long it should take, and either pre-negotiate the fee with the driver, or if it's a metered cab, confirm with them how long it will take to get there.</p> <p>But the best way to avoid overpaying a taxi driver? Take public transportation instead.</p> <h2>4. Airport Junk</h2> <p>Almost everything at the airport is overpriced, especially after clearing security, since they have you hostage while awaiting your flight. Eat before you go, or take food with you. Bring an empty water bottle and fill it at the fountain after clearing security. And for goodness sake, don't impulsively browse airport shops.</p> <h2>5. Currency Exchange</h2> <p>You can't avoid currency exchange fees and commissions, but you can minimize them by avoiding airport currency exchange counters, and if you're using a credit card, decline the vendor's offer to charge your card in your home currency (which comes with extra hidden fees). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/37-hidden-travel-fees-youve-probably-paid-but-shouldnt-have?ref=seealso">37 Hidden Travel Fees You've Probably Paid But Shouldn't Have</a>)</p> <h2>6. Flights</h2> <p>We don't always overpay for flights, but if you're like me, you're afraid you do. Just in case, use a site like <a href="http://www.yapta.com/">Yapta</a> to track prices and ensure you get the best price &mdash; even after you've bought your ticket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-lowest-price-on-airfare-even-after-you-buy?ref=seealso">How to Get the Lowest Price on Airfare Even After You Buy</a>)</p> <p>Don't forget about free or highly discounted flights with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">frequent flyer miles</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sign-up-for-half-price-flights-and-free-hotels">mystery shopping</a>.</p> <h2>7. Guided Tours</h2> <p>Many guided tours have higher overhead than necessary. Research the cost of average tours before traveling, and go local if you want a more local scoop. Also keep in mind that some cities (especially in Europe) offer &quot;free&quot; guided walking tours whose guides operate only on tips, meaning they're incentivized to make sure you have a great experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling?ref=seealso">How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>8. Minibar</h2> <p>Hotel minibars are categorically overpriced. Avoid overpaying by walking down the street and buying what you want locally.</p> <h2>9. Room Service</h2> <p>If you want to splash out and get (often mediocre quality, and always overpriced) food delivered to your room, go for it. Otherwise, you'll get better food at better prices in your hotel restaurant &mdash; and even better-priced food down the street.</p> <h2>10. Water</h2> <p>In some countries the local water isn't potable, but you don't need to buy bottled water. Some hotels have water coolers for you to fill your own bottle, or you can filter or sterilize water yourself, for example using a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2008/06/clean-water-in-asia-and-not-from-a-bottle/">SteriPEN</a>.</p> <p>And if you're in a country with potable water, there's no excuse for overpaying and creating waste with bottled water. Fill reusable bottles at fountains, or if you must buy bottled water, avoid overpriced concession stands in touristy areas.</p> <h2>11. Restaurant Gratuity</h2> <p>Few countries have such rich tipping policies as in North America. In most places servers are paid proper hourly wages, and tips are nice but not expected. And even if it's expected it's not 18% <em>plus</em>. Research tipping etiquette before you travel.</p> <p>Also beware of automatic gratuity being added to your bill. Before you chuck on an extra tip, read the fine print to ensure you're not double-tipping.</p> <h2>12. Hotels</h2> <p>Hotels aren't your only option for accommodation; hostels have comfortable options including private rooms, and for a more local experience, you can get <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/travel-tips-resources/get-free-accommodation-around-world/">free accommodation</a> with hospitality exchanges, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks">home exchanges</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">house-sitting</a>, and more.</p> <h2>13. Meals</h2> <p>Restaurants in tourist districts are usually overpriced. If you want to (or need to) eat in that area anyway, lunch is a cheaper option than dinner, with a similar (if not identical) menu and portions.</p> <h2>14. Food at Concession Stands</h2> <p>Concession stands in parks, tourist areas, and amusement parks are consistently overpriced. Avoid overpaying by bringing your own food, or buying snacks at a local shop down the street.</p> <h2>15. Cell Phone Roaming</h2> <p>Taking your cell phone abroad with your home SIM card could result in hundreds of dollars of roaming charges, even if you don't use the phone. Avoid this entirely by having an unlocked phone and buying a local SIM card, or using an international SIM card with no roaming charges. (I'm currently using one from <a href="https://www.g3wireless.com/default.aspx">G3 Wireless</a> that works like a charm.) And failing that &mdash; make sure your emails and Internet notifications aren't being pushed to your phone! It could cost you hundreds.</p> <h2>16. Airplane Meals</h2> <p>Don't assume meals are provided in the fare, even on long flights. Confirm whether meal service is included with your ticket, and if not, buy your meal at the airport. You're still paying more than you should, but it's less than you would if you wait until you're on the plane.</p> <h2>17. Car Rentals</h2> <p>Look for alternatives to renting cars like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/car-sharing-why-own-when-you-can-just-share">car sharing</a>, <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2013/08/financial-travel-tip-91-saving-on-transportation-with-ride-sharing/">ride sharing</a>, or using a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/03/financial-travel-tip-21-car-sharing-ride-sharing-vehicle-delivery/">vehicle delivery service</a>. If you must rent a car, remember that rates are negotiable, and you can usually get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-in-style-for-free">free upgrade</a> simply by asking for it.</p> <p>Also remember to check your credit card's automatic insurance policy so you can waive the comprehensive (and expensive) insurance offered by the car rental agency. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=seealso">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>18. Foreign ATM Withdrawals</h2> <p>There are two things to be aware of when using foreign ATMs. One is that you should use bank-affiliated ATMS so you don't incur the extra fee (ranging from $1.50 to $5) charged by private ATMs. The other is to avoid withdrawal charges levied by your home bank (usually $5 per withdrawal).</p> <p>Some banks automatically refund ATM charges or offer free foreign ATM withdrawals. Check your bank's terms and conditions, and if necessary, upgrade your account to include free foreign ATM withdrawals (and maintain any necessary balance to avoid monthly charges for the upgraded account). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road?ref=seealso">Using Your Credit Card While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>19. Baggage Fees</h2> <p>Baggage fees are becoming increasingly common when flying; avoid charges for overweight or checked bags by traveling with carry-on only (check out this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">sample carry-on packing list</a>). And if you need extra carry-on room, check out <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2014/07/financial-travel-tip-117-save-baggage-fees-carry-trick/">this sneaky little trick</a>.</p> <h2>Remember to Have Fun</h2> <p>Don't be so concerned about overpaying that you forget to have fun. I remember once getting really upset that I couldn't negotiate my desired price with a taxi driver &mdash; before realizing I was squabbling over the equivalent of less than a dollar. Be aware of the exchange rates, and don't sweat the small stuff (too much).</p> <p><em>What else have you overpaid for while traveling? Share your experience in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-most-tourists-overpay-for-and-how-you-can-avoid-them" class="sharethis-link" title="19 Things Most Tourists Overpay For, and How You Can Avoid Them" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-most-tourists-overpay-for-and-how-you-can-avoid-them">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Many people take advantage of the school break (not to mention the Independence Day holiday) to do some traveling before the academic year begins again. It's also a great time to escape from (or to!) the heat. However, getting away at the peak of vacation season can be quite expensive if you just pack and go.</p> <p><strong>How do you save on summer travel?</strong> What apps or websites do you use to help keep travel costs low? What are your favorite budget summer destinations?</p> <p>Tell us how you save on summer travel and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rc-79857d115" class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d115/" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></p> <script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></p> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 21st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 21st on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-travel" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Summer Travel?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you save on summer travel and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-save-on-summer-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-do-black-friday">Ask the Readers: Do You Do Black Friday?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-trust-product-reviews-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Trust Product Reviews? 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(Chance to win $25!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-i-used-to-but-now-i">Ask the Readers: I used to __, but now I __ to save money.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Giveaways Ask the Readers travel Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1160257 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can't Do Anywhere Else http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/8750862293_65a85e9a5c_z.jpg" alt="red rock ampitheater" title="red rock ampitheater" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I moved to Colorado to attend graduate school, and fully intended to return to my home in the Southeast upon graduation. That was eight years ago. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-cities-for-job-seekers?ref=seealso">9 Great Cities for Job Seekers</a>)</p> <p>In my opinion Denver's a dark horse among American metropolises. It's clean, easy to get around, chock full of fun things to do, and just a short drive away from the most beautiful mountains in the country. Looking for quick, affordable getaway? Keep reading for activities you can only do in the Mile High City.</p> <h2>1. Smoke Legal Weed</h2> <p>If you haven't heard by now, Colorado is the first state to legalize marijuana for all adults over age 21. There are now approximately 100 legal <a href="https://weedmaps.com/colorado-recreational-marijuana">weed stores</a> in the Denver metro area hawking marijuana buds as well as THC-infused edibles of every shape and flavor. Been a while since you inhaled? Let one of the many <a href="http://www.coloradopotguide.com/marijuana-activities-in-colorado/">cannabis tour guides</a> do the driving for you.</p> <h2>2. Eat at a Restaurant Started by a Pal of Buffalo Bill</h2> <p>Henry H. &quot;Shorty Scout&quot; Zietz was a member of Buffalo Bill's infamous band of straight-shooting band of scouts. In 1893, Zietz opened the <a href="http://www.buckhorn.com/">Buckhorn Exchange</a>, a bar and restaurant that catered to cowboys, Native American chiefs, miners, railroad builders, silver barons, and anyone else brave enough to live in the Wild West. The Buckhorn Exchange is now in its second century of existence, and still holds the first liquor license ever issued by the State of Colorado.</p> <h2>3. Rock Out at Red Rocks</h2> <p>I've seen concerts in stadiums, iconic music halls, and even on a cruise ship. None hold a candle to the experience of attending a performance at Red Rocks amphitheater. This outdoor venue is both a geological wonder and a musical masterpiece. Known around the world for walls made of massive red boulders and superb acoustics, even a band you hate would sound good here. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die?ref=seealso">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a>)</p> <h2>4. See the Cliff Divers at the Real Casa Bonita</h2> <p>Before I moved to Colorado, I thought most of the places mentioned on South Park were fictional. I was wrong. Not only is <a href="http://www.casabonitadenver.com/">Casa Bonita</a> a real Denver restaurant, everything Cartman loved about it is real too: the treasure cave, the cliff divers, and yes, even the delicious sopapilla.</p> <h2>5. Stand Exactly One Mile High</h2> <p>The official elevation of the City of Denver is 5,280 feet &mdash; exactly one mile. Of course, the elevation varies in different parts around town. If you want to be a mile high (and you're not interested in the legal weed mentioned earlier) just head to the <a href="http://www.denverrelocationguide.net/2013/Denver-State-Capitol-is-One-Mile-High/">State Capitol building</a>. The 18th step leading into the building is exactly 5,280 feet above sea level.</p> <h2>6. Visit 22 Craft Breweries in the Same Day</h2> <p>If you love to drink good beer from craft breweries, Denver should be the number one destination on your travel list. There <a href="http://www.5280.com/magazine/2013/02/ultimate-guide-craft-brewing-denver?page=full">over 20 top notch breweries</a> in the downtown Denver area, from national brands like Blue Moon, to Colorado-only favorites like Breckenridge Brewery. Many of these breweries also offer tours in addition to tap room tastings. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-reasons-to-drink-beer?ref=seealso">10 Great Reasons to Drink Beer</a>)</p> <h2>7. Take a Train Up the Rockies</h2> <p>No trip to Colorado is complete without at least peeking at the majestic Rocky Mountains. You could spend all day hiking to the top of a nearby peak, or you could cheat by letting a train do the work. There are <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_15430925">eight scenic railroads</a> in the Denver area, and all of them will show you a side of the mountains people rarely get to see.</p> <h2>8. See a Cattle Drive</h2> <p>Although it's grown up and modern now, Denver is a cow town at heart. Once a year, the city embraces its ranch hand roots by welcoming the <a href="http://www.nationalwestern.com/">National Western Stock Show</a>. This 14-day event features a full-sized rodeo, livestock auction, a cow parade, and plenty of 10-gallon hats.</p> <p><em>Know any other special to Denver activities? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-free-ways-to-entertain-kids-for-an-afternoon">15 Free Ways to Entertain Kids for an Afternoon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-old-school-things-that-make-summer-summer">10 Old-School Things That Make Summer SUMMER!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Entertainment Lifestyle Travel cheap fun cheap outings Denver travel Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1153954 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids-amusement-park-80620861-small.jpg" alt="amusement park" title="amusement park" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>School's out and it's time for summer vacation. You may be tempted to head down to Orlando and spend hundreds of dollars for a multi-day pass to Disney World.</p> <p>I love Mickey Mouse as much as the next guy, but it's worth learning about the plethora of other theme and amusement parks around the country that offer fantastic experiences for a fraction of the cost. (And may not be as crowded.)</p> <p>From the coast of Lake Erie to the outskirts of Hollywood, there are plenty of options for summer fun, usually with additional family-friendly attractions nearby.</p> <p>Check out these suggestions and start planning that family trip now! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Holiday World</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Santa Claus, Indiana</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $34.95 for kids under 54 inches, $39.95 for adults if you buy online. Kids under 2 are free.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>The park is separated into sections based on popular holidays and is routinely rated one of the <a href="http://www.goldenticketawards.com/2013-park-ride-winners/">most family-friendly in the country</a>, as well as one of the cleanest. It has plenty of great rides for adults and kids, plus the Splashin' Safari Water Park. The Voyager roller coaster is considered one of the best wooden coasters in the world. There are some interesting perks, like free parking, sunblock, and soda.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>You're less than three hours from Indianapolis, home of the world's largest children's museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and other attractions. Louisville and Lexington, KY are also just a couple hours away and have a lot to offer for adults and kids. Also, basketball fans can check out French Lick, the hometown of NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird.</p> <h2>Hershey Park</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Hershey, PA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $59.95 for adults, $37.95 for kids. Children under 2 are free.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>A dozen great roller coasters for adults and kids, plus an array of water rides. And it's adjacent to Hershey's Chocolate World, where you get to see how chocolate bars are made and get free samples.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Hershey itself has some other great attractions, including a zoo and trolley museum. You're also not far from Pennsylvania Dutch Country, so watch out for the Amish and their horse and buggies!</p> <p>If you're a foodie, you don't have to settle for just chocolate. There are numerous factories in the area that offer public tours, including the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery in Lititz; Herr's potato chips in Nottingham; Utz Snacks and Snyder's pretzels in Hanover; and the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia.</p> <h2>Knoebels Amusement Resort</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Elysburg, PA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Free! (Ok, not exactly. Admission is free, but the rides are pay-per-ride and range between $1 and $3.)</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>The largest pay-per-ride park in the nation, which makes it a great deal if you have young kids or seniors who can't ride. Knoebels <a href="http://www.goldenticketawards.com/2013-park-ride-winners/">has been named among the friendliest parks</a> by Amusement Today magazine. It is not far from Hershey Park (see above) and the well-regarded Dorney Park in Allentown, PA.</p> <h2>Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Pigeon Forge, TN</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $92 for adults for for a multi-park ticket, $75 for kids under 12. Tickets to Dollywood alone are $58 for adults and $46 for kids. For Splash Country by itself, tickets are $47 for adults and $42 for kids.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>Rated one of the <a href="http://www.goldenticketawards.com/2013-park-ride-winners/">best overall parks by Amusement Today</a>, as well as one of the friendliest and cleanest. Country music legend Dolly Parton is the owner, and has her fingerprints all over the 150-acre park. There is plenty of entertainment, plus dozens of rides for adults and kids, including the new Fire Chaser Express, advertised as the first-ever family two-way launch coaster.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Dollywood is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, offering a beautiful experience for those looking for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. Pigeon Forge is also home to a large attraction dedicated to the Titanic, and the Great Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.</p> <h2>Cedar Point</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Sandusky, OH</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $49.99 for adults, $34.99 for kids. Discounted tickets on weekdays and if you purchase in advance.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>Widely regarded as the Roller Coaster Capital of the World, this park features 16 coasters, including the legendary Millenium Force, plus several other record breakers. You may need two days to ride everything you want.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Cedar Point itself is on the water, and offers parasailing, watercraft rides, boat rentals, and even fishing expeditions. The nearby Kalahari Resort offers one of the largest indoor water parks in the country. If you're up for a longer trip, Cleveland, Toledo, and Detroit are short drives away.</p> <h2>Busch Gardens/Water Country USA, Williamsburg</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Williamsburg, VA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Busch Gardens is $72 for adults, $62 for kids between 3 and 9. Water Country USA is $50 or $42 for kids. A two-park card offering unlimited visits for anyone over age 3 is $97.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>One of the most beautifully landscaped parks in the country, Busch Gardens is separated into separate &quot;countries&quot; with their own unique character. There are great roller coasters, including the legendary Loch Ness Monster, plus good rides for younger kids. Water Country USA has about a dozen water rides, including the new Colossal Curl. And the entertainment and food is better than what you find at most theme parks.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>History buffs will love visiting Colonial Williamsburg, along with the Yorktown battlefield and the Jamestown settlement.</p> <h2>Knott's Berry Farm</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Buena Park, CA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $40 if you buy in advance.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>You could spend hundreds of dollars at nearby Disneyland, or spend $40 here for a day and have a blast. Check out Montezooma's Revenge, a steel coaster in its 36th year of operation.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Right in Buena Park, you can head to Medieval Times or the Titanic: The Experience show. You're also right near Anaheim, home of the Angels baseball team and a number of other attractions. And of course, Los Angeles is just a short stint away.</p> <h2>Six Flags Magic Mountain</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Valencia, CA</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $44.99 with advance purchase.</p> <h3>What's Great</h3> <p>Just a couple hours north of Knott's Berry Farm, it may be worth it to check out the parks back-to-back. Six Flags Magic Mountain has a whopping 19 roller coasters, including the unique X2 ride, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-y-0IFiZqY" style="text-decoration:none;">featuring seats that rotate 360 degrees</a>.</p> <h3>What's Nearby</h3> <p>Valencia itself is a sleepy planned community. But Six Flags Magic Mountain is just a 30-mile drive north from Hollywood, and just an hour east of the Pacific Ocean.</p> <p><em>Whats your favorite non-Disney amusement park? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney" class="sharethis-link" title="8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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We all do! You may already know all about the scientific evidence that shows the mental and physical <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-proves-it-you-need-to-take-a-vacation">health benefits of taking a vacation</a>. However, you don't need to wait for a full vacation to get some relaxation time. In fact, small doses of relaxation work wonders for your overall health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation?ref=seealso">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a>)</p> <p>Here are five ways to give yourself some regularly-scheduled R&amp;R without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>1. Treat Your Feet, Treat Yourself</h2> <p>Ever notice what happens to your mood when you're wearing uncomfortable shoes? It takes a serious nose dive! The converse is also true &mdash; when your feet feel good, life feels good.</p> <p>You could spend a lot of money on pedicures, foot massages, and reflexology treatments. The money is well worth the benefits, although there is another way to give yourself an inexpensive dose of foot-focused happiness: an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=foot%20spa&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">at-home foot spa</a>. I found options as low as $27, about the price of one pedicure at my local salon. Some are water-based while others offer heat, vibration, bubble jets, and even massages. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <h2>2. Make Your Bed a Sanctuary</h2> <p>A good night's sleep is the foundation of a satisfying life. Everything about our beds should feel cozy, comforting, and stress-free. I look for 500+ thread count sheets on sale (the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets!), change out my pillows for new ones once a year, and use both a pillow topper and a duvet. Stores such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">HomeGoods</a> and T.J.Maxx often have all of these items at deep discounts. I also spritz my bed regularly with a few drops of lavender oil diluted in a half cup of water.</p> <h2>3. Loosen Up With the MELT Method</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.meltmethod.com/">MELT Method</a> is a type of bodywork that relieves physical and mental tension and stress. The routine employs a variety of stretches, foam rollers, and rubber balls to massage muscles and limber up connective tissue.</p> <p>A relatively new concept, MELT classes are available in some cities and occasionally you may find a MELT instructor in your neighborhood who offers private sessions. Luckily you can purchase all of the gear and follow instructions in a manual or on videos (online and DVDs) that are just as effective at a fraction of the cost. It takes just 10 minutes a day and relieves chronic pain in many people. For a very low-cost substitute, you can use tennis balls or small rubber exercise balls and a standard issue foam roller available at many stores that sell sporting goods or on Amazon. There are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=MELT+Method">MELT Method videos</a> available on YouTube for free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/half-moon-full-wallet-free-online-yoga-videos?ref=seealso">Half Moon, Full Wallet; Free Online Yoga Videos</a>)</p> <h2>4. Reduce Stress With Soothing Sounds</h2> <p>It's amazing what some nature sounds, a short guided meditation, and even just relaxing music can do for our minds. There are <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html">a number of scientific studies</a> that show that soothing sounds reduce our levels of stress hormones, lower anxiety, and improve our communication abilities. Best of all, this method ranges in price from cheap to free! I am a yoga and meditation teacher and created three free <a href="http://onefineyogi.com/media-mobile-apps/">guided online meditations</a> you can try. If that's not your thing, try listening to the sounds of nature. My favorites are <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relaxing-sounds-nature-lite/id345747251?mt=8">Relaxing Sounds of Nature</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/naturespace-relax-meditate/id312618509?mt=8">Naturespace</a>, which I listen to on my iPad.</p> <p>Finally, music is a great way to escape from the mundane. I am a big fan of playing music all the time &mdash; I'm more productive and happier with it, even when I'm doing a task that isn't much fun.</p> <h2>5. Spend Time With Animals</h2> <p>Science shows that <a href="http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health">spending time with animals</a>, especially our own pets, reduces stress, relieves anxiety, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, improves heart health, and alleviates depression. Worried you don't have time to properly care for a pet? Offer to walk a friend's dog, pet sit while a friend or family member is out of town, or volunteer at your local animal shelter. You'll reap the relaxation benefits and helps others at the same time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-your-dog-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso">5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <p>There's no doubt that we all need to get out of town and on vacation from time to time. These five ideas will help tide you over between those well-deserved breaks with home-baked rest and relaxation that's affordable and available every day.</p> <p><em>Do you have favorite affordable ways to relax at home? Share them in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers" class="sharethis-link" title="Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-alternative-uses-for-nail-polish">15 Alternative Uses for Nail Polish</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-healthy-people-do-not-have-in-their-homes">10 Things Healthy People DO NOT Have in Their Homes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> General Tips Health and Beauty relaxation rest travel vacation Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:02 +0000 Christa Avampato 1142657 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Adventurous Things You Should Do Before You Die http://www.wisebread.com/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-89791523.jpg" alt="travel" title="travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some adventures that are simply out of reach for most people. It reportedly cost space tourist <a href="http://www.space.com/8555-millionaire-space-tourist.html">Guy Laliberte $35 million</a> for his ticket on the space shuttle, which means that one very common dream is out of reach even for the most diligent 99% types.</p> <p>On the other hand, $20,000 will secure a reservation on a suborbital flight on Richard Branson's <a href="http://www.virgingalactic.com/">Virgin Galactic</a>, which is still testing its aircraft. When that gets going, the full fare for a ride into space will cost $250,000, according to the company's enticing website.</p> <p>We'll step it down a notch to list more accessible (but still fantastic) adventures that everyone can aspire to experiencing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tour Europe</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/europe.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The standard London to Paris and back again is a nice option. Many try London to Paris with one extra destination thrown in, often a side trip that caters to a very private romantic destination, like Venice or the Greek islands. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe?ref=seealso">The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe</a>)</p> <h3>While in Europe, You Should...</h3> <p>Try to make a guard at Buckingham Palace move; visit the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower; visit Prague; ride a gondola in Venice; see the Sistine Chapel; smuggle a chocolate bar out of Switzerland; meet an old friend in Moscow's Red Square; and climb to the Acropolis in Athens.</p> <h2>2. Island Hop Hawaii</h2> <p><img width="530" height="298" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hawaii.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>There are tropical islands of vivid beauty, and then there's Hawaii. The state includes six main islands, which include Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. Although a tourist destination, everyone knows Waikiki Beach for good reason: It's a sandy paradise fringed with palm trees and popular with bathing beauties of both genders. Due to the islands' geological isolation, it is the home of a unique collection of flora and fauna, boasting hundreds of bird species that includes honeyeaters, honeycreepers, and 45 different types of gulls.</p> <h3>While in Hawaii You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Hit the beaches; visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; visit the Kona Coast for water sports and Kona coffee; go on a bird walk; watch surfers try the big waves on the North Shore; attend a luau; eat fresh pineapple.</p> <h2>3. Go on an African Safari</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/safari.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A pretty standard bucket list item is a visit to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/ten-amazing-affordable-safaris">the great plains of Africa</a> to see elephants, lions, leopard, water buffalo, and gazelles in their own element. This typically costs $800 to $1,000 per night per person.</p> <h3>While on Safari You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Photograph a lion sleeping in a tree; watch a cheetah chase down dinner; spend quality time with a cute monkey; and get home without being eaten.</p> <h2>4. Scuba Dive (or Snorkel) the Great Barrier Reef</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/scuba.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're going to scuba, the Great Barrier Reef is the place to be. The water is warm, the beer is cold, the beauty of a coral reef unforgettable.</p> <h3>While at the Great Barrier Reef You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Feed graham crackers to a jewel fish; watch a spotted leopard ray swim underneath you; swim alongside a sea turtle; and get home without being eaten.</p> <h2>5. Raft the Colorado River</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/colorado.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The boat floats, the beer floats, and the breathtaking red-clay scenery floats by. With spectacular mesas as a backdrop and a wild river in the foreground, hold onto your hats; it's going to be awesome. Whether you attempt the big rapids or chose a placid float downstream, you are traveling through a surreal environment, as if a scalpel had cut through layers of time and left this navigational river that is beautiful and wild and crazy at the same time.</p> <h3>While on a Colorado River Rafting Trip You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Bathe in a waterfall; pull a rainbow trout out of the water and fry it up; start a campfire with the relaxing scent of sage; wear a bandana around your neck; memorize &quot;<a href="http://www.metrolyrics.com/el-paso-lyrics-marty-robbins.html">El Paso</a>&quot; and sing it through with no mess ups; tell a funny cowboy poem at the campfire; and find the best canyon walls for harmonizing with your own echo.</p> <h2>6. Drive on the Autobahn</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/autobahn.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.caranddriver.com/features/eight-rules-for-driving-on-the-german-autobahn">Autobahn</a> is German for &quot;What were you thinking? Are you nuts?&quot; It is also the name of the highway with stretches that have no speed limits, which attracts, well, people with really cool cars. It is recommended that you stay below 81 mph in those sections, but &quot;that's only a recommendation,&quot; says Car and Driver Magazine.</p> <h3>While Driving on the Autobahn You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Wear leather driving gloves; ride with a passenger who doesn't scream; look like driving 100 MPH is no big thing; keep right unless passing; and avoid the guardrails.</p> <h2>7. Eat an Expensive Meal in Paris</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/parismeal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The best food in the world: French. The best restaurants in France: There are probably many, but the priciest are in Paris, topped off by <a href="http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-most-expensive-restaurants-world-slideshow">Le Meurice</a>, which costs about $500 per person (tax, tip, and beverages are extra). This includes one of the world's most elegant dining rooms, described as not unlike dining with royalty. I'll bet the flatware is nice, too.</p> <h3>While Eating an Expensive Meal in Paris You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Drink one bottle of wine recommended by the waiter and try an eight-course sampler meal; have dessert no matter how much it hurts.</p> <h2>8. Party at Mardi Gras</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/mardigras.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If life is a party, this is literally party central &mdash; the biggest, most sprawling, wildest public debauchery known, and you don't have to overdress to attend. This is about hot food, hot weather, hot bods, hot music, and a big parade to celebrate all of that sweaty fun.</p> <h3>While Attending the Mardi Gras in New Orleans You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Play poker in a bar; listen to the <a href="http://www.preservationhall.com/">Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a>; attend a concert by John Rebennack or the Neville Brothers or both; and drink beer and eat jambalaya.</p> <h2>9. Golf at Pebble Beach</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/pebblebeach.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This is one pricey and beautiful golf course, both elegant and adventurous. You will need to bring your best game and a prayer book, but you'll be <a href="http://www.pebblebeach.com/golf/pebble-beach-golf-links">walking in the footsteps of all the great ones</a>.</p> <h3>While You Are Playing Golf at Pebble Beach You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Hire a caddy and walk. You can use a golf cart at home, but this is holy ground. You should probably walk barefoot and put on your shoes just for making a shot.</p> <h2>10. Kiss the Blarney Stone</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/blarney.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>After kissing <a href="http://www.blarneycastle.ie/pages/kiss-the-blarney-stone">the Blarney Stone</a>, you have an excuse for your annoying conversational habits for the rest of your life. It bestows the &quot;gift of gab&quot; on those who pucker up and give it a smooch. Come to think of it, I should probably avoid this one.</p> <h3>While You Are Kissing the Blarney Stone You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Remember to rinse with antibacterial mouthwash.</p> <h2>11. Bring a Kid to Disneyland</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/disneyland.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You have to feel the vibes on this one. Disneyland is a tourist trap, but it is one that will make a kid feel loved, happy, exhausted &mdash; right in their element. What do you get out of this? You get to carry the stuff, shell out the money, and spill mustard on your shirt. But it's worth it.</p> <h3>While You are at Disneyland With Your Favorite Kid You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Wear a Mickey Mouse hat and wink at Minnie Mouse; watch fireworks; attend a World of Color show; have a fake duel with a finger-pistol drawing against &quot;Toy Story's&quot; Woody, then clutch your heart and fall down. When someone leans over you gasp, &quot;He got me,&quot; and then exhale and close your eyes.</p> <h2>12. Ride a Zip Line Over the Rainforest</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/zipline.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Doesn't it look cool wearing shorts and gloves and having your butt strapped in while you hold on for dear life, <a href="http://www.worldwidezipline.com/first-time-zip-lining">zipping above the forest canopy</a> like some futuristic sloth? Yee-ha! You're gonna scare a lot of monkeys and sweat off 20 pounds out of sheer fright, but you'll never forget it.</p> <h3>While Riding a Zip Line Over the Rainforest, You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Hold on for dear life.</p> <h2>13. Swim With Dolphins</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/dolphins.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>They smile, chirp, and protect you from sharks. What other friends can you say that about?</p> <h3>While Swimming With Dolphins You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Remember to keep your head above water for the photo and do not get eaten by something that's not a dolphin.</p> <h2>14. Walk the Great Wall of China</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/greatwall.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Commonly said to be the only man-made structure you can see from space, the Great Wall is actually a series of different walls that measure to a total of about 5,500 miles. It was begun about 220 BC, although most of it was completed during the Ming Dynasty, which was a 276-year stretch from 1368 to 1644.</p> <h3>While Visiting the Great Wall of China, You Should&hellip;</h3> <p>Look off into the distance, squint, point, and yell, &quot;Mongols! They're coming!&quot;</p> <h2>15. See the Taj Mahal</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/tajmahal_0.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This beautiful mausoleum is one of the greatest artistic accomplishments in history. It was built from 1632 to 1653 to honor the third wife of a Mughal (think Persian) emperor who died giving birth to their 14th child.</p> <h3>While at the Taj Mahal, You Must...</h3> <p>Take off your shoes.</p> <p><em>What's on your list of adventures to do before you die? Please share in comments!</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die" class="sharethis-link" title="15 Adventurous Things You Should Do Before You Die" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anthony-hall">Anthony Hall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-insane-life-affirming-and-cheap-things-you-must-do-before-you-die">10 Insane, Life-Affirming, and Cheap Things You Must Do Before You Die</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Life Hacks Travel adventures bucket list cheap thrills travel Thu, 22 May 2014 08:24:15 +0000 Anthony Hall 1140061 at http://www.wisebread.com Frugal, Amazing, and Easy-to-Navigate: The 10 Best International Cities to Visit http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-amazing-and-easy-to-navigate-the-10-best-international-cities-to-visit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/frugal-amazing-and-easy-to-navigate-the-10-best-international-cities-to-visit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-484473269.jpg" alt="Kathmandu, Nepal" title="Kathmandu, Nepal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've got a dose of wanderlust but are battling a restrictive budget and maybe a few travel fears, this list is for you. These 10 international cities are easy to get to with lots of flights, buses, and trains arriving regularly, they're easy to get around in and enjoy, and it's easy to save money with lots of frugal options.</p> <p>Don't just take it from me; I've polled the frequent traveling community to get their votes on the best international cities to travel and be frugal in. You may even be surprised by some of the cities on this list!</p> <h2>1. Bucharest, Romania</h2> <p>Although Bucharest lacks the &quot;wow-factor&quot; that attracts hoards of tourists, it's a place that can get under your skin.</p> <p>Earl Baron has been traveling full-time since 1999 &mdash; working, volunteering, and living around the world. Among other things, he leads small group tours and runs his blog Wandering Earl. Earl spent <a href="http://www.wanderingearl.com/what-its-like-to-live-in-bucharest/">many months living in Bucharest</a>, and cites it as an extremely affordable destination, conveniently located (less than an hour's flight time to Istanbul), and a place where it's easy to meet people. &quot;This is a city where you can eat well, party well, participate in endless activities, stay in great accommodation, and all for a fraction of what it would cost in Western Europe.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers?ref=seelaso">25 Secrets From the World's Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>2. Kathmandu, Nepal</h2> <p>Getting to Kathmandu might cost you a few dollars (that is, if you're not flying with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">frequent flyer miles</a>), but once you're there, your money will go a long way.</p> <p>Kathmandu is very tourist-friendly (tourism is known as the &quot;third religion&quot; in Nepal) and the Nepalese are always eager to make your stay memorable. You can stay at a local guesthouse for as little as $5 a night, and eat gorgeous, filling local cuisine for as little as a $1. It's a great hub from which you can go trekking (from $7-$30/day), and if you stay in town, a <a href="http://www.rex-files.ca/2009/12/getting-around-the-kathmandu-valley/">tuk-tuk ride</a> to the city's many temples and attractions costs next to nothing. Don't forget to visit the many markets to get some unique handicrafts, as well as (fake brand name) trekking gear and clothing at massively discounted prices.</p> <h2>3. Mexico City, Mexico</h2> <p>&quot;Although Mexico city is pricier than some other destinations in Mexico, as an international city it is vastly underrated as a culturally rich tourist destination,&quot; says Dalene Heck, who has been traveling the world since 2009 with her husband, chronicling their journey at <a href="http://ww.hecktictravels.com/">HeckticTravels</a>. With the second busiest airport in Latin America there are lots of reasonably-priced flights, and once you're there the Metro only costs $0.40 per ride, so it's easy to get around.</p> <p>Dalene isn't the only traveler to extol the virtues of Mexico City; Tamara and Chris set out on a &quot;<a href="http://www.ourleapyear.com/">Leap Year</a>&quot; sabbatical to explore Latin America with two backpacks and their 15 year-old dog, and Mexico City is tops on their list of places where it's easy to be frugal. &quot;Food, usually your biggest expense, is cheap when you eat the delicious street food (try a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/09/02/216936902/tlacoyos-a-mexican-grilled-snack-that-tempted-the-conquistadors">tlacoyo</a>), pick up <em>pan dulce</em> at a corner bakery, or grocery shop in neighborhood <em>mercados</em>. Transportation and attractions are inexpensive too: we took a day trip to the pyramids in Teotihuacan for US$20.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Berlin, Germany</h2> <p>Berlin is the cheapest capital city in Western Europe, and full of culture, art, and good food. I was in <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2013/10/big-bad-berlin-two-days-globaltravelernora/">Berlin for just a few days</a>, but could easily have stayed for longer, with so much to do. It's easy to get to and from as it's an international hub with flights, trains, and buses arriving from all over Europe and the world.</p> <p>Barry and Simone (of <a href="http://www.thetrackandoffit.com/">The Track and Off It</a>) have lived and traveled all over Europe. Barry is a fan of the public transport for being easy to navigate. &quot;With the famed German efficiency, directions are well signposted and all of them are in English. German people are incredibly helpful as well if you need to ask.&quot;</p> <p>And keeping costs low once you're there is easy. &quot;Food portions are enormous, especially the 'tag menu' (menu of the day) and could easily be shared (but avoid the multi-Asian cuisine places),&quot; says Barry. He recommends the free walking tours, and also suggests that it's cheap to rent a bicycle for the day to cover more territory in this big city with wide bike-friendly streets.</p> <h2>5. Lisbon, Portugal</h2> <p>Lisbon is also one of the cheaper cities to visit in Europe with cheap food, drink, local transportation, and lodging. Michael Hodson of <a href="http://www.goseewrite.com/">Go See Write</a> is a former lawyer from the States who took off at the end of 2008 to circle the globe without using a single airplane; he's still on the road. He and I met for the first time in Lisbon in 2011 before embarking on the <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/the-ultimate-train-challenge-landing-page/">Ultimate Train Challenge</a> together. &quot;Lisbon is one of my favorite cities in Europe and the first one I mention to people that are on a low budget. Lisbon has more luxury hotels than any other city in the world and before you turn away at the word &quot;hostel&quot; realize two things: first, these hostels are the top of the top. Secondly, you can get a private room in almost any of them, if you think hostel always means a dorm room.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Bangkok, Thailand</h2> <p>Bangkok is another hub where your money goes further, with two international airports and flights arriving as low as $30 dollars. Jeff McAllister is a traveler, cyclist, and blogger of <a href="http://www.keyboardandcompass.com/">Keyboard &amp; Compass</a> with a special interest in human rights and science journalism. He says Bangkok is customizable to any budget. For the very frugal, you can get by for about $20/day, &quot;less if you take advantage of the city's amazing Couchsurfing community. Shack up near an MRT or BTS station, eat from the thousands of street stands, and enjoy some cost-free people watching, temple hopping, or stroll through solace of Lumpini park.&quot; And if you've got a bit more to spend, even luxury options are cheaper than most other international cities.</p> <h2>7. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam</h2> <p>I adored my visit to Saigon a couple of years ago &mdash; especially how budget friendly (and friendly overall) it was. I gorged on <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2011/11/vietnam-food-culture-coffee-street-food-and-hygiene/">street food</a> spending no more than a few dollars for a whole day, the hotel was cheap and cheerful, taxis were easy to use, and the tours were great.</p> <p>I'm not the only one with a love of Saigon. Jodi Ettenberg (a former lawyer turned traveler, of <a href="http://www.legalnomads.com/about">Legal Nomads</a>) spends a few months in Saigon each winter, and gets the shakes if she goes too long without sticky rice. &quot;My rent is approx US$250-$350 a month depending on where I live, which includes Wi-Fi, hot water, cleaning, and laundry. Most street meals are $1-$2. There are quality Western meals available for $5-$8 a meal as well.&quot; She says it's both affordable and interesting, &quot;with nonstop motion, wonderfully chaotic markets, quieter restaurants and cafes when you want to step away from the noise, and an incredible street food scene.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Prague, Czech Republic</h2> <p>Prague is one of the cultural centers of Europe, hosting many cultural events and boasting more than 10 major museums and a variety of attractions. It's also beautiful, having been spared much of the damage that World War II inflicted on many other parts of Europe. With large numbers of expats and tourists, English is widely spoken in Prague, so it's easy to get around and communicate. And with a favorable exchange rate, the cost of living is very reasonable. Accommodation ranges from hostels for $12 a night to four star hotels for $150 a night.</p> <h2>9. Cusco, Peru</h2> <p>Just a quick flight from Peru's capital city of Lima, Cusco is the epicenter of the Incan culture and ruins. There are a dizzying number of things to do such as <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2014/04/trekking-andes-part-3-machu-picchu/">trekking to Machu Picchu</a>, shopping at the many artisan markets, and simply soaking in the friendly Peruvian culture.</p> <p>Lainie and her son Miro are American travelers who have called Cusco their home for the last two years. &quot;History buffs marvel at the multiple ages of stone construction hidden throughout the city. Food lovers can sample the most interesting of local fare in the markets and surrounding restaurants for under $1.50 a meal. Outside of the tourist zones, travelers have the chance to meet the local artisans and buy their crafts at a fraction of the cost. Cusco is a large city that has a small town feel outside of the tourist zones, always offering a slice of local life, local prices and many warm smiles.&quot;</p> <p>This dynamic mother-son duo are setting up a one of a kind, teen oriented world-learning retreat in Peru's Sacred Valley called <a href="http://www.projectworldschool.com/">Project World School</a>, and they blog about their experiences at <a href="http://www.raisingmiro.com/">Raising Miro</a>.</p> <h2>10. Los Angeles, USA</h2> <p>Los Angeles is a seriously out-of-the-box suggestion for a city where it's easy to travel and be frugal. But <a href="http://www.chrisguillebeau.com/">Chris Guillebeau</a> visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday, in addition to visiting every state and province while promoting his New York Times bestseller <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">The $100 Startup</a>. So he's got a great frame of reference.</p> <p>He says if you're shopping for mansions or designer clothes, of course Los Angeles isn't cheap. &quot;But as a visitor in an authentic neighborhood, you'll be surprised at the average prices of ethnic restaurants. Public transport may not be as easy as the Bangkok SkyTrain, but once you get the hang of the route map, buses and the metro are cheap. There are plenty of hostels, and if staying in hotels, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that rates are much lower than in San Francisco and other west coast cities.&quot;</p> <h2>Bonus City: London, England</h2> <p>Most people (myself included) blow the budget in London, but not everybody does. &quot;London has a reputation as an expensive city but I think it offers exceptional value. No where else will you find more phenomenal free museums and galleries. Everyone knows someone who knows someone's cousin in London &mdash; odds are high you can snag a free bed for a few days. Plus London is a walker's paradise, the cheap eats food scene has greatly improved, and the British Pound is at a favorable exchange rate,&quot; says Vanessa Chiasson of TurnipseedTravel. On her site she features a series called the $200 challenge where two people travel for two days for $200 or less, and she recently took her <a href="http://www.turnipseedtravel.com/1/post/2014/03/the-200-challenge-takes-on-london.html">$200 challenge to London</a>.</p> <p><em>What hotspots did we miss? Is there an international city where it's easy to travel and be frugal in that you've visited? Tell us in the comments! </em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-amazing-and-easy-to-navigate-the-10-best-international-cities-to-visit" class="sharethis-link" title="Frugal, Amazing, and Easy-to-Navigate: The 10 Best International Cities to Visit" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-amazing-and-easy-to-navigate-the-10-best-international-cities-to-visit">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-vacation-destinations-that-stretch-your-dollar">11 Vacation Destinations That Stretch Your Dollar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel affordable vacation cheap cities cheap travel travel Tue, 20 May 2014 08:24:22 +0000 Nora Dunn 1139921 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach-149005186.jpg" alt="beach" title="beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The idea of retiring to some far-flung locale replete with warm weather, ample shoreline, and a favorable exchange rate is an attractive notion to many people. Indeed, searching for the hot new country in which to buy retirement property has become something of a sport for many folks in their golden years. It seems that on an almost annual basis, some previously unheralded nation pops up that looks like an attractive option to relocate to. And with the economy squeezing the retirement dollar of a large portion of the U.S. middle-class, there are many who simply have no other option than to retire in another country.</p> <p>So for those intrepid retirees looking to plant the flag abroad, here are five attractive nations in which to do so. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Turkey</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/turkey-460389689.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This picturesque Mediterranean country sits on the doorstep to Asia and provides many of the features expats look for in a new home, namely a rich culture, beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes, and that aforementioned attractive exchange rate. The Turkish currency remains the lira, and those from the U.S. can enjoy a nearly 2-1 exchange rate. Some estimates even place the <a href="http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_countries_result.jsp?country1=Turkey&amp;country2=United+States">cost of living</a> for those from the U.S. at one-third of what it is back home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-cheap-places-to-live-as-an-expat?ref=seealso">5 Amazing, Cheap Places to Live as an Expat</a>)</p> <p>This translates into low prices on real estate as well. Even in the capital city of Istanbul, it is possible to <a href="http://www.propertyturkey.com">find an apartment</a> for sale between $20,000-$40,000 and a house for between $100,000-$200,000 dollars. Prices are often even less in the smaller towns and villages that dot Turkey's landscape. So between the cost of living, a favorable exchange rate, and bargain real estate prices, many retirees should be able to <a href="http://www.mfa.gov.tr/guidance-for-foreigners.en.mfa">purchase a home in Turkey</a>.</p> <h2>Ecuador</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/ecuador-453787515.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>For the last few years, Panama has been on many older folks' radar as a retirement destination. But what it has in terms of natural beauty and a low cost of living is at least matched in Ecuador. This South American gem offers everything from volcanoes and jungles to beaches and even the Galapagos Islands (although you can't actually retire there). From the capital city of Quito to the expansive beaches of Guayaquil, there are a number of prime spots in which to find <a href="http://mls-ecuador.com/en">retirement property</a> in this little country.</p> <p>As for the economy, Ecuador adopted the U.S. dollar as its official currency, so expats needn't worry about currency exchange issues. And with estimates putting <a href="http://www.tradingeconomics.com/ecuador/inflation-cpi">Ecuador's inflation</a> below 4%, things should remain stable for the foreseeable future. Those who do relocate here will find that they can live on a pittance, often finding that their <a href="http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Ecuador">budget</a> doesn't need to exceed $300-$400 per week.</p> <h2>Thailand</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/thailand-477744957.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Those who don't mind a bit of a jaunt to their retirement destination (Thailand is about an 18-hour flight from New York) can choose this country to kick back in. Visitors from Europe and Australia have long touted the affordability of this Southeast Asian hotspot, and it's about time Americans learned about these virtues, too. A person (or even a couple) can get by on a budget of about $1,800 per month including rent, and that even allows for splurging and the occasional beach getaway.</p> <p>There are a number of destinations within Thailand, but most folks choose to hang their hats in either the capital city of Bangkok or the more relaxed environs of<a href="http://internationalliving.com/2013/11/the-5-best-places-for-expats-to-live-in-thailand/"> Chiang Mi</a>. In Bangkok, residents can take advantage of rich street food for less than $1 or dine at many four-star restaurants even while adhering to a strict budget. Those with medical needs can rest easy knowing that the country has a superb health care system that is also inexpensive, and folks here can see a specialist for about $50 per visit. On the other hand, Chiang Mai is only a few hours drive from the capital, but it may as well be a different world. Noted for its lush mountainous landscapes peppered with the occasional Buddhist temple, residents can take advantage of the temperate climate and laid-back lifestyle while still enjoying cheap prices.</p> <h2>Colombia</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/colombia-475776685.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Right next door to Ecuador sits this lush Caribbean country, and more and more foreigners are discovering it each and every year. That's because Colombia no longer enjoys the <a href="http://www.insightcrime.org/news-briefs/colombia-yearly-homicide-rate-sees-7-drop">reputation for violence</a> that plagued it in decades past.&nbsp;That's good news for tourists and retirees alike. Those who want a second home here have many attractive <a href="http://www.colombiainternational.co">real estate options</a> to choose from. And considering the average monthly salary in the country is around US $300, expats can easily get by on less than $2,000 per month and live high on the hog in doing so.</p> <h2>Malaysia</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/malaysia-470828037.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If Thailand doesn't strike a chord, retirees can opt for another Southeast Asian expat haven &mdash; Malaysia. Consistently ranked in International Living's annual Global Retirement Index, this country offers the affordability of Thailand (folks can live a pseudo-luxurious lifestyle for around $1,700 per month) as well as the stellar health care system. And since the most of the country's doctors have studied in Europe, England, or the States, it's no problem finding an English-speaking physician. Emigres can even import their vehicles and furniture into the country duty free. One other incentive to move here is called<a href="http://www.mm2h.gov.my"> Malaysia My Second Home</a>, a 10-year resident visa that can be acquired by making a down payment and proving a certain income per month.</p> <p><em>Have you considering retiring abroad? Where?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford" class="sharethis-link" title="5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-mcmurphy">Chris McMurphy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-one-third-of-americans-havent-saved-for-retirement">Why One-Third of Americans Haven&#039;t Saved for Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Retirement Travel expat retirement retiring overseas travel Mon, 19 May 2014 08:12:20 +0000 Chris McMurphy 1139650 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money on Your Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-on-your-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-on-your-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-5179934-small.jpg" alt="travel" title="travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on your vacation, saving on wedding favors, and retirement savings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-your-vacation/">10 Ways to Save Money on Your Vacation</a> &mdash; Traveling in the off-season and going to all-inclusive resorts can help you save on your vacation. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Wedding-Favors-24017179">11 Ways to Save on Wedding Favors</a> &mdash; To save money on wedding favors, make your own or donate to charity. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2014/05/12/retirement-saving-size-isnt-the-only-consideration/">Retirement saving: Size isn't the only consideration</a> &mdash; Remember to think about where you live and lifestyle when it comes to saving for retirement. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/personal-wealth-versus-mental-health-working-from-home/">Personal Wealth versus Mental Health - working from home</a> &mdash; Working from home allows you to choose your own hours while going to work guarantees your income. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/6-smart-spending-questions-to-ask-yourself-before-making-a-purchase/">6 Smart Spending Questions To Ask Yourself Before Making a Purchase</a> &mdash; Before you make a purchase, ask yourself if you really need to make the purchase. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2014/05/how-paying-off-debt-is-like-running-a-marathon-actual-experience/">How Paying off Debt is Like Running a Marathon - Actual Experience</a> &mdash; Similar to running a marathon, you need to set milestones if you want to get out of debt. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://retireby40.org/dont-stop-adding-to-your-investments/">Don't Stop Adding To Your Investments</a> &mdash; It is important to add to your investments so you can see your wealth compound. [Retire By 40]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2014/05/14/gratitude-is-good-for-your-soul-and-your-finances/">Gratitude is good for your soul...and your finances</a> &mdash; It is possible to be grateful while striving for more. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.inkjetwilly.com/blog/graduation-printables/">10 Graduation Party Printables</a> &mdash; If you are in need of graduation party printables, check out Second Chance to Dream and Diva Entertains. [InkJet Willy]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/have-a-picky-eater-try">Have a Picky Eater? Try...</a> &mdash; When dealing with a child who is a picky eater, encourage healthy grazing. [Parenting Squad]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-on-your-vacation" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money on Your Vacation" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-on-your-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-ways-to-save-for-your-dream-vacation">15 Easy Ways to Save for Your Dream Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-vacation-package">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-vacation-destinations-that-stretch-your-dollar">11 Vacation Destinations That Stretch Your Dollar</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div> Travel best money tips saving travel vacation Fri, 16 May 2014 09:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1139407 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-118278633.jpg" alt="Monteverde" title="Monteverde" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p id="docs-internal-guid-a63215d5-fc59-f317-05e6-a1c6118e03c4">&quot;The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.&quot; &mdash; St. Augustine</p> <p>Every traveler knows that best way to better one's mind, body, and soul is to explore a new culture or spend time in a foreign land. It's a big, beautiful planet we live on. With so much to see, we thought we'd compile a list of the 25 greatest islands, cities, and sites that everyone should aspire to lay eyes on before leaving this world.</p> <h2>1. Pyramids of Giza</h2> <p><img width="605" height="345" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/giza.jpg" /></p> <p>The six <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/egypt/pyramids-at-giza/">pyramids</a> that crown this Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile River are architectural marvels and feasts for the imagination. Along with the neighboring Great Sphinx, the pyramids are perhaps the most magical and iconic of the world's great wonders. Don't pass up an opportunity to take in these ancient, sand-covered statements.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> If you go, be sure to indulge your inner sultan with a desert camel ride around the pyramids.</p> <h2>2. Prague</h2> <p><img width="605" height="224" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/prague.jpg" /></p> <p>The Czech capital is a gem for its world-famous beer, historic opera house, and thousand-year-old architecture, spared by the bombings that pulverized the hearts of so many other European cities during World War II. Stroll across the picturesque Charles Bridge into Old Town, <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/czech-republic/prague">tour the magnificent Prague Castle</a>, and explore the underground bars where amber libations are served by the pint.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Plan to visit in autumn when the whole city is dressed with ruby, copper, and gold foliage.</p> <h2>3. North Shore of Oahu</h2> <p><img width="605" height="408" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/oahu.jpg" /></p> <p>If you've never seen professional surfers riding <a href="http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/north-shore">60-foot waves</a>, you're in for a treat with a wintertime visit to the northernmost beaches of Hawaii's most populous island. When the surf is pumping, the exhilaration is palpable. And you don't have to be riding a monster wave to feel it. There's plenty of golden sand, turquoise waters, and aloha to go around for surfers and spectators alike.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> No trip to the North Shore is complete without a slice of haupia cream pie from local hot spot <a href="http://www.tedsbakery.com/">Ted's Bakery</a>. Indulge. You won't be sorry.</p> <h2>4. Easter Island</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/easterisland.jpg" /></p> <p>This tiny, isolated rock off the coast of Chile is steeped in beauty and mystery. No one knows how the ancient seafaring Polynesians who settled the island came to their demise. But the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/02/travel/easter-island-travel/">stone head statues</a> they left all along the rugged landscape are mesmerizing, if not a little bit eerie. Easter Island also offers waves to surf as well as stunning, secluded beaches.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Tourism tapers off in winter but temperatures remain mild, making the off-season the more peaceful time of year to visit.</p> <h2>5. New York City</h2> <p><img width="605" height="411" alt="" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/nyc.jpg" /></p> <p>It's the stuff of childhood dreams and Sinatra songs, and it doesn't disappoint. The beauty of the Big Apple is that there's a little something here for everyone to enjoy. Lady Liberty, an iconic skyline, Broadway, <a href="http://www.cityguideny.com/">Times Square's bright lights</a>, world-class museums, every kind of cuisine, and the open-until-4 a.m. nightlife await you in the city that never sleeps.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Be sure to visit the Empire State Building's <a href="http://www.esbnyc.com/">world-famous observation deck</a> for unparalleled skyline views.</p> <h2>6. Monteverde</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/monteverde.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Experience <a href="http://www.i-escape.com/arenal-monteverde/guide">life among the clouds</a>. This Costa Rican countryside, known as the Cloud Forest, couples high altitude and mountainous terrain for a mystical setting with far-away ocean views. Monteverde is a tiny town in the rainforest. It is a place to hike, zipline, ride horses, traverse hanging bridges, and tour coffee plantations. You'll need at least two or three days to explore it thoroughly.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Pair your trip to the Cloud Forest with a visit to <a href="http://costarica.com/arenal/">Arenal</a>, one of Costa Rica's half-dozen active volcanoes, located about a three hour drive away.</p> <h2>7. Victoria Falls</h2> <p><img width="605" height="400" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/victoriafalls.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Deep in southern Zambia is the <a href="http://www.places.co.za/html/victoria-falls.html">world's largest waterfall</a> &mdash; a mighty, mind-boggling ode to mother nature's power and majestic beauty. Dubbed &quot;Smoke That Thunders&quot; by the locals, the falls and surrounding waters offer visitors opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and fishing with a jaw-dropping backdrop.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Visit during a full moon to glimpse a lunar rainbow through the spray of the falls.</p> <h2>8. Great Barrier Reef</h2> <p><img width="605" height="454" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/greatbarrierreef.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Though it lies deep in the Australian sea, the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/worlds-best-islands-great-barrier-reef-australia">world's largest reef</a> can be seen from outerspace, making it a true marvel of nature. The reef's brilliant colors and exotic aquatic life such as baleen whales and hundreds of species of electric-colored fish make this underwater playground the ideal setting for snorkeling and diving.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> You can stay dry and still spy the leatherback turtles with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat tour.</p> <h2>9. Blue Lagoon</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/bluelagoon.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>With water temperatures averaging around 100 degrees, Iceland's famous <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/365-photos/waitresses-blue-lagoon-iceland/">turquoise-hued geothermal spa</a> is one of the world's most soothing locales for open-air bathing. The mineral water that fills the man-made lagoon stays warm with help from a nearby power plant, but all around are natural views of the craggy Icelandic hillsides.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> If you go, be sure to check out the steam bath carved out of black lava rock and the soothing, waterfall-powered massage.</p> <h2>10. Barcelona</h2> <p><img width="605" height="332" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/barcelona.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>This city on the coast of Spain has it all: cosmopolitan nightlife, a stunning seaport, superb Catalonian cuisine, and, of course, the <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/spain/barcelona/">architectural wonders</a> built by Gaudi. If you go, consider adopting the siesta lifestyle. There are more museums, parks, old-world haunts, and sandy waterfront stretches than there is time in the day &mdash; but the city really comes alive after midnight. In vibrant Barcelona, a midday nap will serve you well.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Barcelona's best sangria is rumored to be served at <a href="http://www.afar.com/highlights/best-sangria-in-town">Bubo Bar Restaurant</a>.</p> <h2>11. Angkor Wat</h2> <p><img width="605" height="405" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/angkorwat.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The world's largest religious monument is located in Cambodia, and it is absolutely spellbinding. Originally a Hindu place of worship, this Buddhist temple's ornate chambers, dating back to the early 12th century, are enchantingly well-preserved. The juxtaposition of the structure's precise stone carvings set against the backdrop of unruly jungle make the temple <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/cambodia/10552839/Angkor-Wat-Cambodia-a-guide-to-avoiding-the-crowds.html">one of southeast Asia's most captivating sites</a>.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Watching the sun rise at this iconic temple is a beautiful and truly spiritual experience.</p> <h2>12. Rhodes</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rhodes.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Of all the Greek islands, Rhodes is the most rugged. It's also one of the most beautiful, with its forested hillsides and <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/dodecanese/rhodes">picturesque swimming holes</a> and waterfalls. On Rhodes you will find cobblestone streets, a Byzantine fortress, golden beaches, pristine waters, and a comfortable subtropical climate. Pack your hiking shoes for up-close views of the island's natural treasures.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Visit Rhodes in the winter off-season and you'll practically have the island to yourself. This makes for a more relaxing excursion, but note that some of the shops and other businesses are closed outside of high season.</p> <h2>13. Moscow</h2> <p><img width="605" height="474" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/moscow.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Russia's capital city is a marvel for its vodka culture, fairytale-like St. Basil's Cathedral and drop-dead gorgeous metro system (No, really &mdash; <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/russia/moscow/">the metro stations look like ballrooms</a>.) If you go, be sure to visit the open-air <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/russia/moscow/review-133703.html">Izmailovsky Market</a> and Lenin's tomb, where the communist revolutionary's embalmed body is on display right in the heart of Red Square.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Don't drink water from the faucet. Russia's tap water system is notoriously polluted.</p> <h2>14. Hoi An</h2> <p><img width="605" height="406" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hoian.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>On the 14th day of each lunar month, this Vietnamese city swaps its electric bulbs for <a href="http://www.travelfish.org/location/vietnam/central_vietnam/quang_nam/hoi_an">beautiful colored lanterns</a> in tribute to the simplicity of ancient life in this southeast Asian port town. Must-sees include the Quan Cong Temple, which smells of incense, and the enchanting Japanese Covered Bridge.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> If you go, make time to check out the nearby <a href="http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/vietnam/2012/10/11/an-bang-beach-hoi-an/">white sand beaches</a>. They're beautiful and well-worth a day trip.</p> <h2>15. Neuschwanstein Castle</h2> <p><img width="605" height="472" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/neuschwanstein.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The Bavarian castle after which Walt Disney World's Cinderella Palace was modeled is a must-see for its <a href="http://goeurope.about.com/cs/germany/p/ludwig_castle.htm">real-life fairytale</a> charm. Built in the heart of the German countryside, the castle and towering Alps that surround it make for a magical day-trip from nearby Munich.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Arrive at the castle in Cinderella style by opting for the horse-and-carriage ride.</p> <h2>16. Machu Picchu</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/machupichu.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/travel/guides/central-and-south-america/peru/machu-picchu/overview.html">The Inca's most sacred city</a> is magnificent for its perch among the clouds on the dramatic slopes of the Andes in Peru. Machu Picchu is an engineering marvel and an ancient archeological wonder not to be missed. You can feel the mysticism here in the air.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> If you're up to the challenge, hike in to the ruins. The drop-dead gorgeous scenery you'll encounter along the trail will make the multi-day trek well worth it.</p> <h2>17. Bali</h2> <p><img width="605" height="401" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/bali.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Take in the beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, verdant rice paddies, and the warm, colorful people who call this Indonesian island home. Bali is a place to <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/bali">hike, meditate, surf, dive, and explore</a> the ancient temples and ruins.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Bali's rainy season lasts from October to April, so avoid visiting during these months if you prefer dry weather and sunshine.</p> <h2>18. Las Vegas</h2> <p><img width="605" height="292" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lasvegas.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Sin City is for the pleasure-seeker in all of us. The world's best-known party town seems to exist solely to satisfy its visitor's every indulgence with its bright lights, six-figure jackpots, exotic shows, poolside cabanas, free-flowing liquor, and beautiful, scantily clad people. If you do it right, one visit to Vegas is enough.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> How's your tolerance for heat? Take note: Average summer temperatures in the City of Sin push 106 degrees.</p> <h2>19. Bangkok</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/bangkok.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>You haven't properly experienced Bangkok until you've eaten your way through it. <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/asia/thailand/bangkok/">Street food is king</a> in this Thai capital city where fried, sweet, spicy, and sour noodles rule along with seafood, dumplings, and curries. When you've had your fill of quintessential Thai eats, tour the golden Buddhist temples, treat yourself to a traditional massage, peruse the floating markets, and dance the night away in one of the city's many late-night clubs.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Bargaining is kosher at not only the local markets but also Bangkok's shopping centers. Don't be bashful to haggle your way to a better price &mdash; the vendors expect it.</p> <h2>20. Rome</h2> <p><img width="605" height="402" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rome.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Home of the Colosseum, where decorated gladiators battled to the death, as well as Michelangeo's famous Sistine Chapel frescos, this Italian capital city has something to offer every traveler. Feast on fresh-made pasta, walk the Spanish Steps, visit world-famous sites like the Pantheon and the Vatican, peruse high-end Italian fashion, and <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/rome">behold the romance of this ancient city</a>. In Roma, your only worry will be finding a way to fit it all in one trip.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Be sure to get tickets to the weekly address given by the Pope at St. Peter's Square on Wednesday mornings.</p> <h2>21. Cliffs of Moher</h2> <p><img width="605" height="203" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/cliffsofmoher.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These lush, green cliffs that stretch for five miles along the Atlantic coast are <a href="https://www.cliffsofmoher.ie/plan-your-visit/things-to-do/view-the-cliffs/">Ireland's most-visited natural attraction</a>. Standing more than 700 feet tall, the Cliffs of Moher offer unparalleled views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay from its three designated scenic overlooks.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Before you go, be sure to check the weather. You won't be able to see these stunning slopes when the coast is foggy.</p> <h2>22. Pulpit Rock, Norway</h2> <p><img width="605" height="402" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/pulpitrock.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>There are no safety rails to keep you from taking the 1,981-foot plunge off the flat of this cliff into the river below. But don't let that stop you from walking (or crawling) out on the plateau's ledge. Those who do are handsomely rewarded with <a href="http://www.visitnorway.com/us/where-to-go-us/fjord-norway/ryfylke/what-to-do-in-ryfylke/hiking-to-preikestolen-the-pulpit-rock-/">mesmerizing views of the Norwegian mountains and countryside</a> &mdash; and an adrenaline high to boot.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Avoid hiking in rainy or otherwise hazardous conditions. The rocky terrain is dangerous when made slippery by the elements. And keep in mind that fog and heavy cloud coverage will disrupt the spectacular views.</p> <h2>23. Petra</h2> <p><img width="605" height="382" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/petra.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Built by an Arab tribe in the first century B.C., this <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/petra/">once-forgotten sandstone civilization</a> in the south of Jordan is a must-see for its intricate rock carvings, hidden nooks, tunnels, tombs, and stunning preservation. The prehistoric city was re-popularized in the 1980s following its prominent placement in the Indiana Jones film series. Petra is best explored in spring, when rain and brisk winds are more scarce.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> If you go, channel your inner archaeologist. <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/petra/">More than three-quarters of Petra await exploration</a> by scientists. There are so many secrets here in wait of discovery.</p> <h2>24. Northern Lights</h2> <p><img width="605" height="394" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/northernlights.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Also known as Aurora Borealis, this brilliant natural lights display dazzles the skies in the northern hemisphere with vibrant strokes of color. Red and green are the most common colors seen by spectators, but all hues of the rainbow have been reported. This <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140109-auroras-northern-lights-solar-flare-science-sun-space/">cosmic fireworks show</a> is best seen in wintertime from locations close to the Arctic including parts of Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Russia, Canada, and Alaska.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> Scientists say the Northern Lights is brightest and <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/10226410/Northern-Lights-best-for-a-decade-in-December.html">best-viewed every 11 years</a>. The next ideal viewing period begins in 2024.</p> <h2>25. Taj Mahal</h2> <p><img width="605" height="404" src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/u784/tajmahal.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>If not the most beautiful building in the world, India's Taj Mahal is certainly one of the most recognizable. Decorated with verdant gardens, riverfront terraces, and a stunning reflective pool, this white marble mausoleum was <a href="http://goindia.about.com/od/historicalplaces/p/tajmahalguide.htm">built by a king as a symbol of love for his wife</a>. An icon of romance, the Taj Mahal is a popular site for marriage proposals.</p> <p><strong>Insider's tip:</strong> When planning your visit, keep in mind that the Taj is closed on Fridays to all visitors not utilizing the mosque.</p> <p><em>Are any of these places on your must visit list? Or do you have other special places to go? 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