camping http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12321/all en-US 20 Ways to Make Family Camping Easy http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-make-family-camping-easy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-ways-to-make-family-camping-easy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_camping_outdoors_in_forest.jpg" alt="Family camping outdoors in forest" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I like camping with my kids, but I don't like working hard at it. I try to keep the whole trip easy, from the planning, to the packing, to the sitting around the campfire. Of course, there are always trade-offs; you can spend more time preparing at home and put in less effort while on the trip, or vice versa. I like to find that sweet spot where work is minimized at every stage. Most of that has to do with relaxing some of the standards I adhere to back in civilization. Here's how I make family camping a cinch, and how you can, too!</p> <h2>1. Camp locally</h2> <p>When I was a kid, some of my happiest camping memories were made at a place in central Texas called Jellystone Park, less than an hour's drive from my house. In the mornings, my dad would drive to work, while my mom, brother, and I made jars of colored sand and took turns going down the waterslide at the pool.</p> <p>An eight-hour drive to a national park might be what you dream of when planning summer camping, but if your family is new at it, start with a state park or a private campground within an hour or two of home. This way, you'll be able to make a quick getaway if there's a storm or someone gets sick. You can even run home if you forget something. And if one parent can't take the whole time off work, you can do like my dad did and head to the office from the campground. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <h2>2. Camp near a town</h2> <p>Some families strap on backpacks and hike miles into the woods before setting up camp. That's admirable, but that ain't my family, at least at this point in our lives. Some of our most enjoyable camping trips have been on the outskirts of small towns, where we could walk or take a short drive to the store to stock up on necessities. This way, you won't have to plan all your meals in advance, and you don't have to bring as many coolers or as much ice, because you can buy a day's worth of groceries at a time.</p> <h2>3. Choose an easy campground and campsite</h2> <p>National forest campgrounds are cheap and often easy to book. It's even possible to camp in the wilderness, find your own water source, and just dig a hole for your bathroom needs. But if you have young children and little appetite for roughing it, look for a campground with an on-site store, showers, laundry, and even a pool or an indoor activity room. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) offers hundreds of private campground options that often provide these types of amenities. They cost a little more than public campgrounds, but KOAs delight my kids with their pancake breakfasts and mini-golf courses.</p> <p>Another thing to keep an eye out for is whether you get to park right by your campsite or you have to carry your belongings from a parking lot to your site. If you have big kids this may not be a problem, but with toddlers or babies, it can be tough to ferry gear back and forth while keeping track of the little ones.</p> <p>Once the campground is chosen, you're not done. Study the campground map. (<a href="https://www.reserveamerica.com/outdoors/tent-camping.htm" target="_blank">ReserveAmerica</a> has maps for state parks and some other camping areas.) I like to pick sites near enough to the bathrooms that my kids can visit them alone. If water spigots or electric outlets are only available at some sites, I get one of those.</p> <p>On the flip side, if there is a lazy river or pond in the campground, you want to be far away from that because that's where the mosquitoes will be. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-simple-all-natural-bug-and-mosquito-repellents?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Simple All Natural Bug and Mosquito Repellents</a>)</p> <h2>4. Lower your beauty standards</h2> <p>We don't pack that much in the way of beauty and hygiene products. A hairbrush and toothbrush for each kid, some toothpaste and hand towels to share, a beach/shower towel for each person, some soap and deodorant, and we're good to go. The most important personal care products you will bring are your sunscreen and bug spray.</p> <p>I don't bring stuff like shampoo, conditioner, makeup, or razors because I greatly lower my beauty standards in the woods. Showering or bathing every other day might be a firm rule at home, but while camping, I'm fine with my kids going the whole week without a shower if they want. I do, however, try to keep them brushing their teeth twice a day while camping. That has to do with health, not necessarily beauty.</p> <h2>5. Load up on baby wipes</h2> <p>Even if you no longer have babies, these things are clutch for camping. If you don't have access to a shower, <a href="https://amzn.to/2rScFJm" target="_blank">baby wipes</a> will be your hygiene go-to. Even at campgrounds with showers, wipes can come in handy for cleaning kids' grubby hands before a snack without hiking to the bathrooms. And if anyone gets car sick on the way there, you're ready for cleanup.</p> <h2>6. Bring all kinds of lighting</h2> <p>It's important to have a light source that doesn't need to be handheld. We have some tabletop lanterns with handles that can be hung inside the tent or from a clothesline as needed. Other handy lights are headlights and small <a href="https://amzn.to/2Iw6O3k" target="_blank">LED flashlights</a> that can be slipped into pockets. These tend to disappear as a trip goes on, so buy lots of inexpensive lights and scatter them everywhere. <a href="https://amzn.to/2KxU2lF" target="_blank">Glow stick bracelets</a> or necklaces are also an affordable way to keep track of your kids in the dark.</p> <h2>7. Don't skimp on sleeping arrangements</h2> <p>After trying a number of camping products, I have become resigned to the fact that I was not built to rough it when it comes to sleeping. I can easily go a week without makeup, but I'm not happy if I try to sleep on a foam pad on the ground.</p> <p>Last summer, my family bought a big <a href="https://amzn.to/2LbjSNr" target="_blank">Aerobed</a>, and we used the electrical outlet in our car to blow it up. I slept like a baby, and will bring it on every camping trip from now on. The only other thing that has given me serious comfort during camping is a <a href="https://amzn.to/2rQYYdu" target="_blank">hammock</a> &mdash; which is a lot cheaper and easier to pack, if you don't get too cold at night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-air-mattresses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Air Mattresses</a>)</p> <h2>8. Bring easy activities</h2> <p>My kids spend a lot of time playing in the woods and making up games involving their favorite trees, but everyone should have a book with them for quiet times, and bringing a board game is always a good idea.</p> <p>You can certainly implement a no-gadget rule, but if one of your kids is driving you crazy, you could always give them some tablet time alone in the tent or car.</p> <h2>9. Pack firemaking tools</h2> <p>I am a Girl Scout leader and I know how to construct a killer fire with a single match, but I'm also not above starting with a <a href="https://amzn.to/2Gv4CYk" target="_blank">Duraflame log</a> if I don't feel like working at it. A box of long stick matches is also helpful.</p> <h2>10. Bring all the baby gear you need</h2> <p>If you're camping with a baby, you already get a medal. You don't need to rough it by going without the things you rely on at home to keep baby safe and happy. I'm not saying you have to bring all 1,000 pieces of baby equipment in your house, but if you think you might need something and you have room in the car, don't deny yourself.</p> <p>Bringing a portable playpen could literally be a lifesaver, because an air mattress is not a safe surface for a baby to share. When we camped with our babies, I really appreciated having a safe place to stash the baby when I was cooking. Some <a href="https://amzn.to/2IylIq6" target="_blank">portable playpens</a> even have changing table attachments, which is great because no one really wants you to change the baby on the picnic table.</p> <h2>11. Bring a huge tent</h2> <p>You'll already be dealing with more togetherness than anyone is used to while on a family trip. Don't feel bad about getting a huge tent so that sleeping bags don't have to be crowded up against each other. Or if the kids want their own tent, you can bring a small one just for them and let them set it up themselves.</p> <p>Bonus: You won't have to step over their mess in your own tent.</p> <h2>12. Pack with clear tubs</h2> <p>Clear plastic storage containers allow you to see everything you brought without having to unpack everything. They will keep everything dry and if the containers have a good latch, they&rsquo;ll prevent animals from getting into anything. You can even stack them to make a temporary work surface at the campsite.</p> <p>When you're done with your trip, store your camping supplies in the same tubs, labeled, to make packing for the next trip a breeze. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-best-storage-products-as-recommended-by-organization-pros?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 9 Best Storage Products as Recommended by Organization Pros</a>)</p> <h2>13. Consider renting a specialty vehicle</h2> <p>The closest my family has gotten to renting an RV for camping is renting a Jucy &mdash; a minivan converted for camping use &mdash; and we loved it so much that the kids are begging to do it again this summer. The beauty of a converted van is that it drives like an ordinary passenger vehicle, but it has a little kitchen in the back with a mini-fridge, sink, drawers, and a stove. These things come with all your silverware and dishes. You also have a pop-up tent with a padded floor on the roof, allowing you to go camping with very little preparation.</p> <p>The Jucy made days at the beach during our trip a breeze, since we had cold food waiting for us in our fridge in the parking lot. I also loved stopping at a grocery store and loading my purchases directly into the fridge in the back of the van. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>14. Arrive before dark</h2> <p>Last summer, my family went on a camping trip and it was lovely &mdash; except the first night, when we arrived after sundown and struggled to put up two large tents on an unfamiliar, irregularly-shaped site.</p> <p>When you're on a weekend trip, it can be tempting to leave after work on a Friday to get the most camping time in, but if there's a chance that traffic or a delayed start might land you there after dark, think twice.</p> <p>You should also stop for a meal on the way to the site, so you don't have to worry about cooking while also setting up the tents the moment you arrive.</p> <h2>15. Make your kids help</h2> <p>After a long drive, your kids will want to run around and play. Let them do this, but only for five minutes. Then put them to work. Everyone above the age of infant should have a job when you pull into the campsite. Little kids can set up their own camp chairs and hold onto the bag of stakes while the tent is going up. At ages eight, 11, and 14, my kids can now set up the tent with little adult help.</p> <h2>16. Put up clothes lines</h2> <p>Having somewhere off the ground to hang everything, from damp towels to clothing to sleeping bags that need airing out, is really handy. It's also a great place to clip a lantern after dark to add more lighting to your campsite.</p> <h2>17. Don't try to be a fancy chef</h2> <p>I like to keep camping meals really simple. At home, we make pancakes from scratch, but at the campground, I've been known to bring the kind of pancakes you spray out of a can. I get precooked meats wherever possible because I've experienced the kind of mess you can make if a package of raw ground beef leaks in a cooler. And canned soup and boxed macaroni and cheese are lunchtime favorites.</p> <p>Simple also means fewer dishes to wash. I confess that I resort to a lot of individual packaging when camping. I've purchased those individual boxes of cereal, which the kids <em>love</em>, and cases of granola bars and canned sparkling water are my best friends.</p> <p>If you want to avoid waste, there are a lot of ways to prepackage things using upcycling. Don't want to buy ready-made pancake batter? You can make it at home and package it in a ketchup bottle for the same ease with less waste. Instead of individually packaged granola bars, you can make granola at home and store it in an empty coffee creamer bottle for easy snacking.</p> <p>Pre-measuring ingredients such as flour, spices, etc., allows you to both throw together meals more easily and pack less, since you only bring as much as you need of each ingredient.</p> <p>Or you can go all out at home and cook the whole dish, then freeze it to reheat at the campground. My mom would often make a big pot of chili or spaghetti sauce before we went camping. If you have leftovers already stored in your fridge, you're all set to grab and go. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tips for Camping Cooking</a>)</p> <h2>18. Bring your cooking gadgets &mdash; or not</h2> <p>If you like to pack less, try to get a campsite with a grill or a grate that goes down over the fire and bring a bag of charcoal. On one trip last summer when we forgot to pack our camp stove, we managed to cook all kinds of meals, including bratwurst, eggs, and grilled cheese, right over the fire with little hassle.</p> <p>But if you have a campsite with electrical hookups &mdash; or even a converter to plug into your car for electricity &mdash; you can use all your gadgets to make cooking easier at the campground. Folks are bringing their <a href="https://amzn.to/2s1ih3T" target="_blank">Instant Pots</a> camping, and I may just try it this summer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>19. Try to get everything dry before packing up</h2> <p>Sweep or use a portable vacuum cleaner on the inside of the tent and wipe any dew off the sides before packing it up. If you can't get it clean and dry &mdash; like if it's pouring out during your departure &mdash; you'll have to set the tent up again in your yard when you get home in order to prevent mold from forming. To make your next trip easy, double check for moisture or any odors in the bins, your tent bag, and sleeping bags before storing them.</p> <p>For me, the exception to this is dishes. Although I like to keep a dedicated bin of cooking utensils and dishes for camping, I do run them through the dishwasher when I get home before repacking them. I wash the dishes at camp before heading home, but I don't pay too much attention to how they get thrown in the bin since I know I'll be redoing it in the comfort of my kitchen.</p> <h2>20. Keep all your camping gear in the same place</h2> <p>Stack all those clear bins full of clean, dry, ready-to-go camping gear in the same area of your garage or crawl space, so that next time, you can throw them in the car and go. If you need to replace or repair something, do it now instead of putting it off until you're getting ready for your next trip. If you make a habit of having everything ready before you store it, you won't have to waste time going through everything before the next trip.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-make-family-camping-easy">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/how-to-handle-world-travel-with-your-family">How to Handle World Travel With Your Family</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/yes-affordable-family-travel-is-possible">Yes, Affordable Family Travel Is Possible</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-money-lessons-your-kids-can-learn-while-they-travel">10 Money Lessons Your Kids Can Learn While They 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/how-to-make-flying-with-an-infant-less-of-a-nightmare">How to Make Flying With an Infant Less of a Nightmare</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-bring-your-pet-onboard-a-flight">How to Bring Your Pet Onboard a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel camping camping tips family camping family travel travel tips traveling with kids Fri, 25 May 2018 08:00:21 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2143389 at http://www.wisebread.com Should You Go on Vacation While You're in Debt? http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-go-on-vacation-while-youre-in-debt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/should-you-go-on-vacation-while-youre-in-debt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/saving_for_vacation_concept.jpg" alt="Saving for vacation concept" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're struggling to make ends meet and working to pay off debt, you may be inclined to skip the summer vacation. It just doesn't seem sensible to take a trip when you're trying to be diligent about saving.</p> <p>But taking a vacation isn't impossible, even for the most debt-ridden among us. In fact, getting away may just be the thing you need. Here are some reasons why a vacation shouldn't be out of the question, even if you're working to pay off debt.</p> <h2>You can keep it short and close to home</h2> <p>A vacation doesn't have to involve a three-week European tour. While that's something you'd love to do one day, it may not be in the cards right now. And that's OK. A short trip of just a few days can often have the same positive impact on your spirit and mood. Consider a three-day drive down the coast, or a long weekend at a beach house. Maybe even just a few days backpacking will do the trick. I have found that trips of four or five days can be just long enough to disconnect and recharge, but short enough to keep costs at a minimum. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yes-affordable-family-travel-is-possible?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Yes, Affordable Family Travel Is Possible</a>)</p> <h2>You can rough it</h2> <p>A pup tent and a bedroll is far cheaper than a five-star hotel. Camping's not for everyone, but if you love the outdoors, you can enjoy a wonderful vacation and truly get away. There are many National Parks that offer a low or even no entry fee, with sightseeing that is second to none. And if you have kids, it gets them off the electronics. Take a hike in the Smoky Mountains. Go canoeing on the Buffalo National River. These can be enormously fun and relaxing trips that will hardly cost you a dime. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <h2>You can share the cost with friends and relatives</h2> <p>No one likes a moocher, but you can save some serious coin by teaming up with friends and relatives. Hotels rates are based on double occupancy, so fill that room! Or consider renting out a house with a large group and splitting the cost. A weeklong rental in the Outer Banks of North Carolina may seem pricey, but not when it's split eight ways. You can save even further by grocery shopping and sharing cooking duties instead of eating out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Tips for Family Getaways When You Don't Have a Vacation Fund</a>)</p> <h2>A vacation can bring you mental clarity</h2> <p>One of the most important reasons to take a vacation is that it can allow you to get away from the day-to-day stresses of life and reflect on the bigger picture. If you can slow down for a few days, you may be able to think more clearly about your financial situation and your career goals. While on vacation, you may gain some understanding of why you are in debt to begin with. You might take time to re-evaluate your spending priorities. You may be able to recharge and decide to go after that higher paying job. It's hard when you are in the thick of things to make big changes to improve your life, but vacation can give you the fresh perspective you need.</p> <h2>A break from budgeting can be helpful</h2> <p>Getting out of debt requires strict financial discipline. You need to watch every penny that comes in and out, and this can be enormously stressful. It can be frustrating and depressing to constantly deny yourself things you want and to feel like you need to justify every dollar you spend. At a certain point, you just can't take it anymore, and you end up blowing through your budget or making irresponsible purchases. Taking a vacation can help. You don't need to go away for too long or spend too much, but giving yourself a break from the drudgery of saving money will make you hate it less. You'll come back refreshed and ready to tackle that debt load. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/yes-you-need-fun-money-in-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Yes, You Need &quot;Fun Money&quot; in Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2>Vacations can motivate your debt payoff</h2> <p>Who among us hasn't gone on vacation and found themselves wishing they could live like that all the time? A long weekend trip to Napa Valley might leave you wishing you could chuck it all and buy a vineyard. A few days laying on a beach in Florida can have you asking your boss if you can work remotely from Fort Lauderdale. A vacation can help you dream, and inspire you to make changes to improve your life. You may come to realize that it's the debt that's holding you back from achieving your dreams. If you leave a vacation saying, &quot;I wish we could do this more often,&quot; perhaps you'll work harder to pay off debt, save and earn more money, and make it happen.</p> <h2>It's better to spend money on experiences than things</h2> <p>Even when you're working to pay off debt, you're still going to be setting aside some money for things you enjoy. But there's a lot of evidence that paying for physical items isn't nearly as satisfying as spending money on experiences. In other words, forget the new flat-screen TV and go kite surfing instead. Experiences are more likely than possessions to contribute to your relationships, define your purpose and passions, and are generally more memorable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Reasons You Should Splurge on Experiences, Not Things</a>)</p> <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/should-you-go-on-vacation-while-youre-in-debt">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/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe">8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe</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/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</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/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</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/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Travel camping debt repayment experiences family priorities relaxing saving money vacation Wed, 16 May 2018 08:00:35 +0000 Tim Lemke 2140344 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Countries Where You Don't Need a Campsite to Camp for Free http://www.wisebread.com/9-countries-where-you-dont-need-a-campsite-to-camp-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-countries-where-you-dont-need-a-campsite-to-camp-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dramatic_mountain_landscape_panorama_scotland.jpg" alt="Dramatic mountain landscape panorama Scotland" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping is often seen as the ultimate budget vacation, but the costs can soon add up when you take into consideration the fees that campsites in the U.S. charge. What was intended to be a cheap getaway can soon turn into a costly venture.</p> <p>That's where wild camping comes in. Wild camping involves pitching a tent away from designated campsites, and enthusiasts love the sense of freedom it gives them. Few people know that wild or &quot;dispersed&quot; camping is legal in some U.S. national parks. As an added bonus, every national park has a number of days each year when they waive the entrance fee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Affordable Camping at 10 National Parks</a>)</p> <p>Outside of the U.S., there are countries where legal wild camping isn't just limited to national parks, but is allowed on virtually any non-private land. So if you're looking for an overseas camping adventure, snag yourself some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=internal" target="_blank">cheap flights</a>, and head to one of these amazing countries where wild camping is totally free and legal.</p> <h2>1. Sweden</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/tent_in_sarek_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Famous for its naturally beautiful countryside, Sweden is one of the best places to witness the Northern Lights and spot incredible wildlife such as elks and bears. There are nearly 400 hiking trails and thousands of islands along its coastline to explore.</p> <p>Thanks to the Right of Public Access law, or &quot;Allemansr├Ątt&quot; as it's called in Sweden, everyone has the right to move freely throughout the countryside as they please. This freedom to roam includes being allowed to camp anywhere that's not privately owned, fish in the sea and many lakes, and pick wild berries and mushrooms virtually anywhere. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free</a>)</p> <h2>2. Kyrgyzstan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wild_horses_on_a_sunny_meadow.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you want to get off the beaten path, explore the mountainous hiking, trekking, and camping wonderland of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia. Post your tent along the shores of the stunning Issyk-Kul Lake, which is at the base of the snow-capped Tian Shan Mountain Range, or get a little farther off track and head to Jyrgalan Valley, where you can camp to your heart's desire in the surrounding valleys and mountainscapes. Wild camping in Kyrgyzstan is almost always free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a>)</p> <h2>3. Norway</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/scenic_norway_fjord_landscape.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The land of a thousand fjords attracts many people by boat to cruise up the coastline and witness the spectacular inlets it's so celebrated for. Then there's the skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, modern cities, and world class cuisine that are building a growing reputation.</p> <p>The Outdoor Recreation Act passed in 1957 enshrined the right of passage in law allowing Norwegians and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy the open countryside for free. Even uncultivated private land isn't off limits, so long as you camp away from inhabited houses and only camp for two nights (unless you've obtained the land owner's permission to stay longer). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a>)</p> <h2>4. Scotland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/tent_in_old_man_of_storr_scotland.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The most northern country in the United Kingdom, much of Scotland is made up of the highlands. Long green valleys give way to rugged mountains, which tower over vast lochs, and wildflowers cover the hillsides. The long history of battles that occurred between the clans that inhabited and ruled these landscapes is absolutely gripping.</p> <p>Following the 2003 Land Reform Act, it's now possible to wild camp on the majority of unenclosed land. Campers come from all over the globe to enjoy the great Scottish scenery and get back to basics. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-free-treks-in-the-world?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Best Free Treks in the World</a>)</p> <h2>5. Iceland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/colorful_aurora_boreal_in_green_and_blue_over_iceland.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Iceland offers incredible geysers spurting red hot water, jagged volcanoes spewing fiery lava high into the air, soothing natural spas, and vast glaciers. These are all components of one of the most interesting and diverse geographical landscapes on the planet, so it's no wonder Iceland's popularity has exploded in recent years.</p> <p>The country is an adventurer's paradise, where you can scuba dive with 300-foot visibility, horseback ride along ice-covered beaches, or cycle along open mountain paths. It also has very relaxed camping laws, which allow anyone to wild camp with very few restrictions. Stick to uninhabited areas, stay in small groups for a single night, and leave no traces of your presence. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a>)</p> <h2>6. Estonia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/tent_at_the_sea_in_lahemaa_nature_park_estonia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though you may not know a great deal about Estonia, it has an extremely advanced infrastructure, and more tourists visit each year (2 million) than residents permanently live here (1.3 million). Estonia bills itself as an &quot;e-country,&quot; thanks to the fact that many administrative tasks &mdash; from voting to tax returns &mdash; can be carried out online.</p> <p>Wild camping is a national pastime during the summer in Estonia and families flock to pitch up in the ancient pine forests and explore the nature and wildlife. Bird watching, horseback riding, and cycling are just some of the popular activities here. But driving across the country's seven ice roads, which stretch up to 15 miles in winter, is one of the most interesting pursuits.</p> <h2>7. Finland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/idyllic_summer_landscape_with_clear_lake_in_finland.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nestled away in northern Europe between Sweden and Russia, Finland is by no means the most popular tourist destination. But it has a lot of history, wildlife, and natural oases just waiting to be discovered. Outdoor pursuits are a way of life in Finland, which is why the country's Everyman's Right policy is highly prized.</p> <p>Whether you love walking, skiing, fishing, boating, or foraging, the right to be able to enjoy the outdoors freely is enshrined in Finnish law. It covers about 90 percent of the country's land mass, meaning you can go pretty much anywhere that tickles your fancy. Wild camping is included in the right, as long as you avoid damaging land and only stay for short periods of time.</p> <h2>8. Mongolia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/yurt_in_the_steppe_mongolia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There is no bigger camping mecca than the Mongolian countryside. Outside of the capital Ulan Bator, most of Mongolia is completely nomadic, meaning you won't be the only one pitching up a temporary home. Mongolia's landscapes range from vast rolling steppeland, to lush mountainous lake areas, to the red moonscape of the Gobi Desert.</p> <p>Locals will greet you with gifts and smiles as you hike and camp your way across the country. If you tire of your basic tent configuration, consider renting a comfy ger (yurt) for a night. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including lynx, wildcats, snow leopards, wolves, and antelope.</p> <h2>9. Turkey</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_woman_who_drinks_wine.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Turkey is a fascinating country with a diverse culture that arises from its remarkable history. Influences from some of the greatest civilizations including ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire are clearly visible even today. Straddling two continents, Asia and Europe, its capital Istanbul has one foot in each.</p> <p>Historical architecture, thermal spa terraces, golden sand beaches with year-round sunshine, and a rich and varied cuisine are just some of the many reasons to visit Turkey. But it's not widely known that responsible wild camping is not only legal, but encouraged as a way to get outdoors and experience the country. The best places to camp are along Turkey's beaches and in its forests.</p> <p>When you're wild camping, it's important to follow the <a href="https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles" target="_blank">Leave No Trace 7 Principles</a> in order to make as minimal an impact on the environment as possible. The main thing to bear in mind is to be considerate of your surroundings and leave the site in the same state as you found it, if not better. Following these guidelines, wild camping is an unrivaled way of experiencing the wonder of the great outdoors.</p> <div style="display: none;"> <p>&nbsp;<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Camp%20For%20Free%20%281%29_0.jpg" alt="9 Countries Where You Don't Need a Campsite to Camp for Free" width="212" height="605" /></p> </div> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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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-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</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/9-travel-destinations-for-introverts">9 Travel Destinations for Introverts</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/4-affordable-destinations-that-are-safer-than-you-think">4 Affordable Destinations That Are Safer Than You Think</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/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</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/5-laid-back-girls-trip-destinations-anyone-can-afford">5 Laid-Back Girls&#039; Trip Destinations Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping camping destinations the great outdoors travel destinations travel tips wild camping Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Nick Wharton 2098768 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Instant Tents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-instant-tents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-instant-tents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camping_tent_610682200.jpg" alt="Woman using instant tent while camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After a long day of fun, the last thing most people want to do is set up a complicated tent. Fortunately, instant tents can provide the solution you've been looking for. They can provide the comfort of a home base and reliable coverage from the wind, sun, bugs, and other outdoor elements, without taking up much space or time.</p> <h2>What is an instant tent?</h2> <p>An instant tent is a portable shelter that sets up quickly, and with very little effort. It&rsquo;s great for everything from hiking and camping to spending a day at the beach or in the backyard. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-tents?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Beach Tents</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 instant tents</h2> <h3>Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FTto4m" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_6.jpg" width="245" height="143" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2FTto4m" target="_blank">Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent</a> will make it feel like you're living in a two-bedroom home with a closet and windows. It fits two queen air mattresses and features a room divider, storage pockets, and built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar. It features an E-Port, hinged door, Illumiline reflective guy lines, and a WeatherTec system with patented welded floors and inverted seams to keep you dry. The Fast Pitch design sets up in about nine minutes. It includes a rainfly and wheeled carry bag. It is frequently recommended online and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2FTto4m" target="_blank"><em>Currently $213.94 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>CORE Instant Cabin Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E8AuFS" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/core.jpg" width="245" height="118" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for instant tents, the durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2E8AuFS" target="_blank">CORE Instant Cabin Tent</a> sets up in only 60 seconds. It fits two queen air mattresses and has two rooms with a divider and hanging wall storage pockets. It has an adjustable ground vent, sealed seams, rain-resistant door and window seals, and water-repellent fabric. It also features an electrical cord access port, large double doors, and zippered privacy panels on the doors and windows. It's backed by a one-year limited warranty and is available in various sizes and options. It also includes a rain fly, tent stakes, and carry bag.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2E8AuFS" target="_blank"><em>Currently $226.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OZARK Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C0bwm4" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ozark.jpg" width="245" height="128" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2C0bwm4" target="_blank">OZARK Tent</a> has large windows on all sides and includes a room divider. It also comfortably fits two queen air mattresses. It's made of durable fabric, taped factory-sealed seams, and a factory welded 6&quot; tub floor for rain protection. It's frequently recommended online and includes electrical cord access, a rainfly, carry bag, gear loft, and tent stakes.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C0bwm4" target="_blank"><em>Currently $174.82 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Wnnideo Automatic Instant Pop-Up Tent</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/wnniedo.jpg" width="245" height="169" align="right" alt="" />The durable <a href="http://amzn.to/2GTejRJ" target="_blank">Wnnideo Automatic Instant Pop-Up Tent</a> can be set up in only one minute. It has large arched double doors, multiple mesh windows, and elasticized rain-resistant fabric. The waterproof, lightweight, spacious dome tent has good ventilation, wind resistance, and UV protection. It includes a storage bag and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GTejRJ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $79.88 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Instant Screenhouse</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C1exm3" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman%20instant.jpg" width="245" height="135" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2C1exm3" target="_blank">Coleman Instant Screenhouse</a> is perfect if you're just looking for a quick shelter that can protect you from the sun, wind, bugs, and the elements. It sets up in less than one minute. It's made of Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric with UV Guard 50+ UPF sun protection. The durable hexagon-shaped screened canopy has exclusive push-button release levers to protect your fingers. It also features two large zippered T-doors for easy access in the front and back. It includes a removable screen wall and carry bag, and has more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2C1exm3" target="_blank"><em>Currently $130.24 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best instant tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <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/the-5-best-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</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-5-best-car-camping-tents">The 5 Best Car Camping Tents</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-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</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/the-5-best-beach-tents">The 5 Best Beach Tents</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-5-best-packable-daypacks">The 5 Best Packable Daypacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best camping camping gear instant tent pop up tent product reviews tents Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2100153 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Backpack Tents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpack-tents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-backpack-tents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_hiking_backpacks_598801508.jpg" alt="Friends hiking with backpack tents" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you need dependable shelter at a moment's notice, then a backpacking tent can provide what you've been looking for. It offers the safety and reliability you need, with no added weight or frustration.</p> <h2>What are backpacking tents?</h2> <p>Backpacking tents are lightweight tents that can be easily carried in a backpack. They can provide the comfortable sleeping arrangements you need, no matter where your next adventure may take you.</p> <h2>Top 5 backpack tents</h2> <h3>MSR Hubba Hubba NX Lightweight Backpacking Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BHPBQA" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/msr.jpg" width="245" height="158" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2BHPBQA" target="_blank">MSR Hubba Hubba NX Lightweight Backpacking Tent</a> is the ideal free-standing three-season tent for two people, but is light enough for one person to carry. It's lightweight, sturdy, spacious, well-ventilated, and easy to setup with color-coded clips and a fast-pitch option. It features a rollback rainfly, two large StayDry doors with built-in rain gutters, and includes an ultracompact compression stuff sack. It's recommended by ConsumerSearch, Popular Mechanics, Switchback Travel, and OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BHPBQA" target="_blank"><em>Currently $399.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Sundome Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BGHROx" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sundome.jpg" width="245" height="120" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's #1 best-seller in backpacking tents, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2BGHROx" target="_blank">Coleman Sundome Tent</a> is available in a six-person, four-person, or two-person variety. It's spacious and sets up quickly and easily. It has good ventilation thanks to two large windows and a ground vent. The WeatherTec system patented welded floors and inverted seams can keep you dry. The dome tent features organization pockets, Insta-Clip pole attachments, snag-free, continuous pole sleeves, and a rainfly awning for rain protection. It's available in two different colors and includes a carry bag. It has more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by The Wirecutter and Popular Mechanics. It's also backed by a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2BGHROx" target="_blank"><em>Currently $49.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GzvyaC" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/big%20agnes.jpg" width="245" height="166" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2GzvyaC" target="_blank">Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 2 Tent</a> is the ideal three-season, free-standing, ultralight backpacking tent. It features a single door, interior mesh pocket, and reflective webbing for nighttime visibility. It has quick setup and great ventilation thanks to a mesh body. This is available in various colors and sizes. It's recommended by various publications, such as OutdoorGearLab. You can't go wrong with a Big Agnes tent, so you may also consider the highly rated <a href="http://amzn.to/2GxaK3r" target="_blank">Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Tent</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GzvyaC" target="_blank"><em>Currently $379.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fv0xmI" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/alps1.jpg" width="245" height="153" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon's Choice for backpacking tents, the lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2Fv0xmI" target="_blank">ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent</a> resists UV damage and has good ventilation thanks to mesh walls. It features factory sealed seams, durable zippers and poly taffeta floor, storage pockets, stakes, and guy ropes. The free-standing design is spacious, offers easy assembly, and has weatherproofing to keep you dry. It has more than 600 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by OutdoorGearLab. It's also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2Fv0xmI" target="_blank"><em>Currently $71.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kelty Salida 2 Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GxTXNy" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kelty_2.jpg" width="245" height="142" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2GxTXNy" target="_blank">Kelty Salida 2 Tent</a> is the ideal three-season, two-person lightweight free-standing tent. It's easy to set up thanks to a hug clip, compact folding poles, side release buckles, gear loft loops, color-coded clip and fly attachment, and center C clip. It has an easy entry D door, internal storage pockets, noiseless zipper pulls, and fully seam-taped construction. It has weather protection and great ventilation thanks to mesh walls. It includes a roll top cube carry bag and is recommended by publications like OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2GxTXNy" target="_blank"><em>Currently $130.18 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best backpacking tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-backpack-tents&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Backpack%2520Tents.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Backpack%20Tents"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Backpack%20Tents.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Backpack Tents" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-backpack-tents">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/the-5-best-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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-5-best-packable-daypacks">The 5 Best Packable Daypacks</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-5-best-car-camping-tents">The 5 Best Car Camping Tents</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/the-5-best-beach-tents">The 5 Best Beach Tents</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-5-best-travel-backpacks">The 5 Best Travel Backpacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping Travel 5 best backpack tents backpacks camping camping gear product reviews tents Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:00:08 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2096691 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_driving_in_car.jpg" alt="Couple driving in car" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping can be a great way to make a long road trip more affordable and fun. Not only will you get to spend more time in the great outdoors, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by forgoing hotels for at least part of the journey. Boost your savings even further by preparing some of your own meals and bringing along items to keep everyone active and entertained. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-on-a-great-american-road-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Save Money on a Great American Road Trip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cooler</h2> <p>One of the best ways to save money on a road trip is to cut down on dining out. Though you might find some reasonably priced eateries along the way, none of them are likely to beat the price of preparing cheap meals for yourself. In order to do this effectively, you'll need a way to keep your perishable groceries cold.</p> <p>Obviously you're not going to be able to pack things like vegetables and meat and expect them to last for the entire journey. But a cooler does allow you to pick things up along the way and keep them fresh for a short time as you go. You can even get coolers that plug into your car's cigarette lighter and act as mini refrigerators. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a>)</p> <h2>2. Water filter</h2> <p>You're going to need to stay hydrated on your journey, and buying drinks at gas stations or stores will quickly add up. Despite the initial cost, purchasing a water filter system will save you plenty of dollars in the long-term, as it will allow you to drink water from virtually any source, whether it&rsquo;s a public bathroom tap or even a puddle.</p> <p>There are various products that filter contaminants out of the water so it's safe to drink. These devices range from <a href="http://amzn.to/2h11eu5" target="_blank">portable, lightweight straws</a>, to <a href="http://amzn.to/2gx5uB5" target="_blank">water bottles that incorporate the filter</a> into the design. The best ones filter out over 99 percent of contaminants, including bacteria and parasites, and also strip the water of any bad taste or smell.</p> <h2>3. Basic camping gear</h2> <p>Essentials for sleeping include a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tents?ref=internal" target="_blank">tent</a>, a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads?ref=internal" target="_blank">sleeping mat</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sleeping-bags?ref=internal" target="_blank">sleeping bag</a>, and pillow. If you're planning on making camping road trips a regular occurrence then it's worth investing in this equipment, but you could also borrow these items from a friend and not spend a dime.</p> <p>Campsites are usually very reasonably priced and many come with plenty of modern amenities such as showers, electricity, and even Wi-Fi. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <h2>4. A portable stove</h2> <p>In order to make your own meals, you'll need something to cook them on, and a portable stove is just the thing. They come in all shapes and sizes, but you don't need anything more than a single burner to make a simple, nutritious, and delicious meal in next to no time.</p> <p>You can set up a portable stove absolutely anywhere outdoors, and unlike a campfire, it isn&rsquo;t difficult to set up, and it leaves absolutely no trace once you've finished. Not only will a portable stove save you money on food, but there's no need to visit an expensive coffee chain for your daily caffeine fix. Instead, boil some water and make your own.</p> <p>I personally use the <a href="http://amzn.to/2yJB8nn" target="_blank">MSR Pocket Rocket</a> because it's efficient, powerful, and very compact. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-camping-stoves?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Camping Stoves</a>)</p> <h2>5. A good rewards credit card</h2> <p>This one can be a real money saver (and moneymaker). Before heading out on a road trip, make sure you have a good rewards credit card that will acquire points for all of your spending during the trip, mainly the money you spend at the pumps and at grocery stores.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">best gas rewards credit cards</a> can earn you cash just for spending on gas. Get one that offers additional bonuses for grocery store stops or dining.</p> <p>Road trips are inherently expensive, so any little bit of money you can save can really help. If you&rsquo;re planning your epic road trip for the spring of next year, apply for a card now and start earning rewards on your purchases as soon as possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>6. Games</h2> <p>If you've got a family with young kids, keeping them entertained on the road can be difficult. While you&rsquo;ll certainly want to see some attractions on your trip, you can avoid excess entertainment expenses by taking some engaging games with you.</p> <p>It's good to take a selection of games that will suit everyone's tastes when you've stopped driving for the day, and don't rule out the humble deck of cards. Get a friendly competition going and the kids will soon forget about hitting up the local overpriced arcade.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Essential%2520Money-Saving%2520Items%2520to%2520Take%2520On%2520a%2520Camping%2520Road%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=6%20Essential%20Money-Saving%20Items%20to%20Take%20On%20a%20Camping%20Road%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Essential%20Money-Saving%20Items%20to%20Take%20On%20a%20Camping%20Road%20Trip.jpg" alt="6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping Road Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-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-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/should-you-go-on-vacation-while-youre-in-debt">Should You Go on Vacation While You&#039;re in Debt?</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-5-best-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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/9-car-parts-that-are-safe-to-buy-used">9 Car Parts That Are Safe to Buy Used</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/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</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-5-best-camping-sleeping-pads">The 5 Best Camping Sleeping Pads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel camping driving long drive road trip road trip essentials saving money travel essentials Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2072167 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Affordable Vacations to Please Every Age Group http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/black_family_camping_514317988.jpg" alt="Family on affordable vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacations offer a break from the daily grind while giving us time and space to connect with the people we love. Sometimes that means kids, grandparents, and everyone in between. A trip that includes family members or friends of all ages can be a great bonding experience. But you'll need to keep a few things in mind when planning where to go and what to do.</p> <p>For starters, vacationing with any type of group (friends, family, or work colleagues) can present budgeting challenges. While one person's budget may be nearly unlimited, another's might be fairly tight. When you start perusing lodging, dining, and activity options, you'll need to keep everyone's budgets in mind.</p> <p>With large age differences in your group, chances are also good that not everyone will always agree on activities. Grandma might love spending her days lazing on the beach, while the younger ones might yearn for sports. Some types of travel make it easier to satisfy everyone's desires. Before you pick your next destination for a multigenerational getaway, consider some of these easy, affordable options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Travel With an Awesome Group Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cruises</h2> <p>Cruises offer a somewhat affordable way to fashion a group trip with everyone's tastes in mind. You can opt for a cruise to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or Alaska, just to name a few destinations. The best part is, the majority of cruises offer onboard entertainment to please everyone, including nightly shows, bingo and casinos, and pools with waterslides. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-cruises?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Cruises</a>)</p> <p>Accommodating different sized pocketbooks is simplified, too, because everyone gets (mostly) the same thing for a single all-inclusive price. Since food and nonalcoholic beverages are included onboard, you won't have to worry about different budget constraints. And if someone wants to spend on pricey excursions, they can do so without getting everyone else involved.</p> <p>It's also worth noting that some cruise lines offer family cabins that make bringing extra people along a breeze. With MSC Cruises, for example, you can book a &quot;super family&quot; suite that sleeps up to six. Even better, kids ages 11 and under cruise for free on many itineraries, including most in the Caribbean. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a>)</p> <h2>2. All-inclusive resorts</h2> <p>All-inclusive resorts offer yet another one-stop-shop for families who want to vacation together without haggling over bills. With an all-inclusive resort, all of your food, drinks (including alcohol), and entertainment are included for a single price. That means everyone in your party can drink and dine to their heart's content without worrying about their budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a>)</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that all-inclusive pricing runs the gamut from budget to luxury. You'll need to gauge everyone's spending limit before you pick a resort, or you risk not everyone being able to afford it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive Vacation</a>)</p> <p>It's also worth noting that some all-inclusive resorts are better for large groups since they go beyond the basic dual occupancy room and offer lodging such as multiroom villas or adjoining rooms. Generations Riviera Maya, for example, offers deluxe two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites big enough to hold six adults and six kids.</p> <h2>3. Rent a large apartment or condo</h2> <p>Vacation property rentals aren't just for parents who don't want to room with their kids. They also work well for larger groups and multigenerational families who need some extra space. With <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb?ref=internal" target="_blank">short-term rental sites</a> like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway, you can rent a condo or a home of nearly any size and in any destination around the globe, and often for less than you'd pay for a hotel.</p> <p>Let's say you're taking your spouse, your two children, and your parents to Disney World in Orlando for a week. You could book separate hotel rooms for $100+ per night each, or you could pay about that amount for a multi-bedroom private home. For example, you can find plenty of three-bedroom condos near Disney World for as little as $99 per night through VRBO.</p> <p>With your own kitchen, you can also save a bundle by preparing your own meals at &quot;home.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Train travel</h2> <p>Who said train travel was dead? These days, you can book all kinds of family trips around the country through Amtrak.</p> <p>While train travel might sound stuffy and uncomfortable, a renewed interest in this form of travel has brought about new amenities and perks for families. For starters, most overnight trains feature dining cars that serve three meals per day. You can also reserve rooms that sleep up to four.</p> <p>There are a ton of options available to suit nearly any travel style or goal. For example, Amtrak offers vacation packages for destinations like the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, and Niagara Falls, as well as popular cities such as New York and San Francisco.</p> <p>Prices are fairly affordable, too. For example, you can book a six-day Grand Canyon getaway with round-trip train travel from Chicago, three nights in a hotel, two meals, and a train tour of the canyon starting at $1,009 per person. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don't Have a Vacation Fund</a>)</p> <h2>5. Family campgrounds</h2> <p>Another no-nonsense family vacation concept is one that's been around forever: camping. Depending on where you live, it may be possible to find a campground that accommodates your family group, either separately in tents or in cabins or campers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Easy Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a>)</p> <p>The best part about camping in groups is that you can all prepare your own separate tents and sleeping arrangements, then gather together for games or meals. If you need some extra space, you can even book your own camping spot away from the group.</p> <p>Meal prep is also easy when you're traveling with a group. Different people can prepare their own meals to bring along, or you can pitch in for group meals by having everyone bring a dish or two to share. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a>)</p> <p>While camping is inherently frugal, the price you'll pay to secure your spot can vary dramatically across the country. Before you choose a campground for a group trip, make sure to shop around for rates and compare amenities and &quot;extras&quot; like pools and water parks. Some camping spots are chock full of activities like mini-golf, swimming, fishing, and water sports, but others focus on maintaining their connection to nature. The best campground for your family trip is one that's tranquil enough for nature-lovers but busy enough to keep everyone happy.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Affordable%2520Vacations%2520to%2520Please%2520Every%2520Age%2520Group.jpg&amp;description=5%20Affordable%20Vacations%20to%20Please%20Every%20Age%20Group"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Affordable%20Vacations%20to%20Please%20Every%20Age%20Group.jpg" alt="5 Affordable Vacations to Please Every Age Group" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-vacations-to-please-every-age-group">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/how-to-make-flying-with-an-infant-less-of-a-nightmare">How to Make Flying With an Infant Less of a Nightmare</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/should-you-go-on-vacation-while-youre-in-debt">Should You Go on Vacation While You&#039;re in Debt?</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-spot-a-hotel-booking-scam">How to Spot a Hotel Booking Scam</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-handle-world-travel-with-your-family">How to Handle World Travel With Your Family</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-bring-your-pet-onboard-a-flight">How to Bring Your Pet Onboard a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel affordable vacations AirBnb camping cruises family vacations hotel and resort train travel vacation ideas Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Holly Johnson 2017522 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airstream_trailer_in_mojave_desert_at_sunset.jpg" alt="Airstream Trailer in Mojave Desert at Sunset" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airstream trailers are enjoying an Instagram-era resurgence. Their shiny, curvy exteriors and tiny-home interiors are just so dreamy that more and more of us are indulging in Airstream getaways. But the cold-as-aluminum reality is that a new Airstream trailer can cost upwards of $100,000, which is not an amount most of us would lay down without knowing for sure whether sleeping in a bunk beneath a riveted ceiling would make us claustrophobic or euphoric.</p> <p>Fortunately, a growing number of Airstream parks, motels, and Airbnb rentals are allowing stream-dreamers to try before they buy. Most of these accommodations are more glamping than roughing it, so don't be surprised if prices are comparable to hotels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-on-your-next-glamping-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Save on Your Next Glamping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Kate's Lazy Desert Airstream Motel in Landers, California</h2> <p>Set in the ethereal Mojave High Desert outside Joshua Tree National Park, this motel features <a href="https://www.lazymeadow.com/" target="_blank">six vintage Airstream trailers</a> decorated by artists in themes such as Hot Lava (you feel like you're inside a lava lamp) and Tiki. But the real draw is that the park is influenced by the wacky style of the owner, Kate Pierson, of the B-52s. Bang, bang on the door, baby!</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $175 to $200 per night.</p> <h2>2. The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court in Bisbee, Arizona</h2> <p>Operating since 1927, this <a href="http://theshadydell.com/" target="_blank">resort along Highway 80</a> celebrates the retro kitsch of the Airstream lifestyle. Ten lovingly restored vintage trailers, including a 1955 Airstream, pair period decorations with modern comforts.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $85 to $95 per night.</p> <h2>3. Shooting Star RV Resort in Escalante, Utah</h2> <p>Imagine that you're hanging in John Wayne's trailer on set of John Ford's <em>The Searchers</em>. Well, you won't have to stretch your imagination far if you stay in <a href="http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/the-duke.html" target="_blank">The Duke</a>, just one of eight Hollywood-themed Airstreams at this glamping oasis in the wilderness.</p> <p>As if the trailers weren't enough of a Hollywood escape, after sunset you can watch a movie outside, <a href="http://www.shootingstar-rvresort.com/amenities.html" target="_blank">sitting in a classic car</a> just like a drive-in of yore.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $129 to $149 a night.</p> <h2>4. The Metro Hotel in Petaluma, California</h2> <p>This wine country <a href="http://www.metrolodging.com/" target="_blank">boutique hotel</a> features two Airstream trailers with brightly colored bedding and sleek modern interiors. One trailer is a 22-foot Bambi model; the other is a limited-edition 28-footer with a full kitchen and luxe bathroom. All guests get pastries and coffee in the morning, and The Metro offers a cafe and bike rentals for pedaling into historic downtown Petaluma.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $149 to $235 a night.</p> <h2>5. The Starlux Boutique Hotel in Wildwood, New Jersey</h2> <p>Set on the Jersey Shore, this hotel has <a href="http://hotels.moreyspiers.com/starlux" target="_blank">two doo-wop-inspired trailers</a> for you to stay in swanky style, each with a double bed, a day bed, private bathroom, kitchenette, and lava lamp. You also have access to the hotel pool, and the beach and boardwalk are steps away.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $81 to $211 a night.</p> <h2>6. Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA in Maine</h2> <p>Sleep in a <a href="https://koa.com/campgrounds/bar-harbor-oceanside/site-type/cabin-accommodations/" target="_blank">modern 26-foot Airstream</a> equipped with a queen bed, a full bath with shower, and a Keurig coffee maker. This campground is on the same island as Acadia National Park. And a 10-minute drive gets you to the gorgeous coastline and freshwater lakes in the area.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $185 a night.</p> <h2>7. Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California</h2> <p>In the heart of the bohemian and artsy town of Ojai, <a href="http://caravanoutpost.com/" target="_blank">Caravan Outpost</a> consists of 11 &quot;curated&quot; Airstream trailers set in an urban garden. Outdoor movie nights and pop-up eateries add to the fun. Each trailer comes with complimentary bikes to explore the Ojai path.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $147 to $309 a night.</p> <h2>8. Wine Country Retreat in Temecula, California</h2> <p>Set in the heart of the Temecula wine country, <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10070014" target="_blank">this Airbnb rental</a> features a pool, an on-site vineyard, and 40 wineries within minutes. You can also watch hot air balloons float from the deck.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $119 a night and up.</p> <h2>9. Malibu Dream Airstream in Malibu, California</h2> <p>Five hundred dollars might seem like a lot to sleep in a trailer, but how gorgeous is <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3406062" target="_blank">this Airstream</a> perched on a bluff above a Malibu beach? Gorgeous enough that Vogue chose it as the backdrop for a photo shoot of bffs Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss. And the entire ocean-facing side opens up for an endlessly gorgeous view.</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: $500 per night and up.</p> <h2>10. Airstream2go, various locations</h2> <p>But what if stationary wasn't the way you envisioned your Airstream adventure? After all, these babies were made to roll. This company will rent you one of their <a href="http://www.airstream2go.com/fleet/airstream-28-international" target="_blank">28-foot International Signature Series Airstreams</a>, laid out to sleep up to six, and a Chevy Tahoe to tow it with. They'll even plan an itinerary and program your GPS for you. Sample trips include driving through the Berkshires, exploring Coastal Maine, or rambling through the Southwest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings</a>)</p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Starts at $2,300 for three days and tops out at $17,500 for two weeks during peak season. Prices include the SUV to tow.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Places%2520to%2520Try%2520the%2520Airstream%2520Lifestyle%2520Before%2520You%2520Buy%2520One_0.jpg&amp;description=10%20Places%20to%20Try%20the%20Airstream%20Lifestyle%20Before%20You%20Buy%20One"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Places%20to%20Try%20the%20Airstream%20Lifestyle%20Before%20You%20Buy%20One_0.jpg" alt="10 Places to Try the Airstream Lifestyle Before You Buy One" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-try-the-airstream-lifestyle-before-you-buy-one">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-6"> <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/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</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/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</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-essential-money-saving-items-to-take-on-a-camping-road-trip">6 Essential Money-Saving Items to Take On a Camping Road Trip</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/25-reasons-why-its-good-to-know-your-neighbors">25 Reasons Why It&#039;s Good to Know Your Neighbors</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle airstream airstream life camping road trip rv tiny house trailer travel Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:31:04 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2016673 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/in_gardening_business.jpg" alt="In gardening business" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having a backyard costs money. Not only do you pay to own that space, but you also have to shell out for upkeep and maintenance. Regardless, your little plot of land could actually be the answer to your financial woes. Don't just spend money on your yard &mdash; make some money with it. Here are several clever ways to monetize your outdoor space.</p> <h2>Build a tiny rental house</h2> <p>Due to the housing crunch in major metropolitan areas, cities around the United States are relaxing zoning codes or creating new housing laws to deal with the shortage of rental properties. In Los Angeles, it is now legal to turn your garage into an apartment or build a &quot;granny flat&quot; in your backyard. Given that the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles in July 2017 was $2,209, according to Rent Jungle, converting an existing outdoor building into a living space, or even building one from scratch, is a real estate investment worth consideration.</p> <h2>Turn your property into a private campground</h2> <p>Do you live within walking distance of a convention center, major hospital, or historic center? My friend MaryAnn has been renting out tricked-out vintage trailers in her backyard since before online rentals were even a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</a>)</p> <p>But even if you don't have a prefab shelter, don't let that stop you. If you live close to a natural wonder, a killer surf break, or a unique trailhead, you can rent out your backyard as a private campground to backpackers and glampers via <a href="https://www.hipcamp.com" target="_blank">Hip Camp</a>.</p> <h2>Sell your surplus backyard produce</h2> <p>I have a gigantic Mission fig tree in my backyard. Although I personally hate figs, I love this tree. Every year, I make several hundred dollars selling ripe figs and my award-winning fig jam to my neighbors, from the comfort of my front porch. People will pay a premium for organic, seasonal produce, especially rare varieties that are hard to find in stores.</p> <h2>Sell your trees</h2> <p>My neighbor just chopped down the 70-year-old Canary Island date palm tree in his front yard because he was tired of cleaning up palm fronds. Alas, he could have saved himself the hard work and made hundreds of dollars <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-in-your-yard-how-to-sell-palm-trees-for-cash" target="_blank">selling this tree</a> to a commercial landscaper. Before you chop mature trees, check with your local arborist about your tree's potential resale value.</p> <h2>Raise bees or rent your yard to a beekeeper</h2> <p>As a backyard beekeeper, I am on track to make about $4,000 this year selling honey to my urban neighbors and selling bees to local farmers. And, because Los Angeles limits me to keeping just two hives on my property, I am always on the hunt for people willing to keep two hives on their property in exchange for a percentage of the honey harvest.</p> <h2>Keep city chickens</h2> <p>In an effort to keep food waste out of the landfill, the city of Austin, Texas is offering a <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/local/city-giving-free-classes-cash-to-austinites-who-plan-on-keeping-chickens/431009868?fb_comment_id=1097551370349084_1097597210344500#f31b6d9f013fb8c" target="_blank">$75 rebate</a> to Austinites who keep backyard chickens.</p> <p>Beyond the green street cred you will gain from chicken-based recycling, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-raise-backyard-chickens" target="_blank">raising your own chickens</a> comes with a host of benefits. The chickens can eat your food scraps and create healthy soil, all while giving you free eggs. That said, be sure to do the math before investing in a backyard chicken empire. In urban areas like Los Angeles, where fresh, organic chickens sell for $20 and no one blinks an eye at paying $1 per backyard egg, it's easier to make money raising chickens than in some other places. Check your local poultry economy to accurately assess your return on investment.</p> <h2>Grow vegetable seedlings</h2> <p>Lora, my gardener, discovered that she could make more profit growing and selling heirloom vegetable seedlings (with less effort) than she could by growing landscaping plants. Heirloom vegetable seeds cost a few bucks per package, but she sells seedlings for $1 each at her the local farmers market a &mdash; 1,400 percent markup!</p> <h2>Sell your garden space or expertise</h2> <p>Most community gardens are on the lottery system. Only a fraction of the people who want to grow their own food have access to arable land. If you have space to spare in your backyard, try renting out your land to local greenthumbs.</p> <p>If you're creative with your own garden and landscaping, you might be able to market that expertise. My friend Judy accidentally launched her career as a garden designer after fixing up her own backyard.</p> <h2>Offer your yard as a wedding and party venue</h2> <p>Is your garden or farmland picturesque? Rustic weddings are all the rage these days. Connect with local wedding and event planners in your area to find out how much you can make renting out your pristine lawn or barn.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Turn%2520Your%2520Backyard%2520Into%2520a%2520Moneymaker.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Backyard%20Into%20a%20Moneymaker"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Turn%20Your%20Backyard%20Into%20a%20Moneymaker.jpg" alt="How to Turn Your Backyard Into a Moneymaker" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-your-backyard-into-a-moneymaker">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/9-creative-ways-to-boost-your-retirement-savings">9 Creative Ways to Boost Your Retirement Savings</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/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</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/4-ways-to-find-income-while-waiting-for-full-retirement-age">4 Ways to Find Income While Waiting for Full Retirement Age</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/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</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/clear-out-that-clutter-15-places-to-sell-your-stuff">Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income backyard beekeeper camping chickens DIY gardening home and garden plants renting selling vegetables Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Max Wong 2010037 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_camping.jpg" alt="Couple camping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Accommodations make up the biggest part of most travel budgets. Even if you opt to stay in the cheapest of places, it can still be a real drain on your finances. But with a little effort and an open mind, it's easy to get free accommodations all over the world when you travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Work in a hostel</h2> <p>Most hostels employ a mixture of permanent, long-term staff and temporary, short-term volunteers on a work-to-stay arrangement. These volunteers usually do a variety of work, ranging from reception duties and cleaning, to bartending and decorating. Often, you'll be required to work for just three or four hours a day so you still get plenty of time to explore. Just make sure you agree to the terms before you start. In exchange for your labor, you'll get a bed and often some food and drinks.</p> <h2>2. Housesit</h2> <p>Opportunities to housesit are available all over the world, usually for people who want someone to look after their pets while they are on vacation. The arrangement means that you get to stay in a whole house or apartment and enjoy the home comforts that come with it. Many websites, including <a href="https://www.mindmyhouse.com/" target="_blank">Mind My House</a> and <a href="https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/us/" target="_blank">Trusted Housesitters</a>, act as agents between the homeowners and potential sitters. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee to join. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <h2>3. Work exchanges</h2> <p>In return for free accommodations, travelers can offer their time and expertise to work within a small organization or even a family home. This may include farming duties, building or repairing properties, teaching English, or baby-sitting. The opportunities are wide ranging and vary in duration as well. One thing to keep in mind is that you will usually be working four to six hours a day, sometimes six days a week. If you're doing manual labor you may be too tired to sightsee in your downtime, so you may want to plan for doing that before or after your work exchange. You can find work exchange opportunities on websites such as <a href="https://www.workaway.info/" target="_blank">Workaway</a> and <a href="http://www.helpx.net/" target="_blank">HelpX</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-work-exchange-way-to-see-the-world?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Work Exchange Way to See the World</a>)</p> <h2>4. Couchsurf</h2> <p><a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/" target="_blank">Couchsurfing</a> is an online network that enables generous hosts to offer their spare beds or couches to travelers looking for somewhere to bed down for the night. It's absolutely free, and hosts are usually extremely sociable people looking to meet new friends and introduce them to their local area, with many being travelers themselves. This is better for short stays of a few days or less.</p> <h2>5. House swap</h2> <p>This is a really simple premise that involves swapping houses with someone who lives in a location that you want to visit. Sites such as <a href="https://www.homeexchange.com/en/" target="_blank">Home Exchange</a> allow you to search for situations worldwide. It's the perfect way to get free accommodations while ensuring that your home is looked after while you're away. Obviously it requires you to have a property in the first place, and as such, it is particularly good for families who own their houses and want a home to vacation in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks</a>)</p> <h2>6. Volunteer</h2> <p>Lots of charitable organizations offer free room and board in exchange for your services in helping with their activities. Opportunities range from teaching English to helping build schools in places that need them. These will often be longer-term, full-time placements where you'll be lodging with other volunteers or with local families. To get started, check out <a href="http://www.freevolunteering.net/" target="_blank">Free Volunteering</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <h2>7. Camp</h2> <p>There are lots of countries where it's absolutely legal to wild camp on public land, meaning you can stay virtually anywhere you want for no cost. Clearly you need to have camping equipment such as a tent and sleeping bag, but once you've got them, the world is your oyster. Always ensure that camping is allowed in the location you select to pitch up, and leave the site as you found it when you arrived.</p> <h2>8. Write a travel blog</h2> <p>One of the perks of <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/how-to-start-a-travel-blog-bluehost/" target="_blank">starting a travel blog</a> is that with a reasonable following, companies will want to work with you in exchange for access to your audience. Many accommodation providers, hotels, and hostels are willing to provide free stays in their properties in exchange for reviews or &quot;shout outs&quot; on your blog or social media channels. It takes time to grow a following, but the rewards are worth the effort. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-money-by-starting-a-blog?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Can You Really Make Money by Starting a Blog?</a>)</p> <h2>9. Work on a boat</h2> <p>Captains from across the world are constantly on the lookout for people to provide them with a helping hand as they sail the seas. The boats will vary, from small sailboats to huge super yachts. Tasks can range from cooking and cleaning to deckhand duties. Most captains aren't necessarily looking for experienced sailors, just someone willing to pitch in when needed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats" target="_blank">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a>)</p> <h2>10. Stay in a monastery or temple</h2> <p>Religious houses across the globe offer free stays to people wanting to learn and take part in their way of communal living. You don't have to have a great faith yourself, but you will be expected to abide by their rules, which in some cases can be quite strict. It's a great way to get a different perspective on an area, though, and opens you up to new experiences.</p> <h2>11. Language exchanges</h2> <p>Learning a new language can be costly, and finding someone to practice with can be difficult, depending on where you live. Language exchange trips such as those offered by <a href="https://www.lingoo.com/" target="_blank">lingoo</a> allow people wanting to learn a new language the opportunity to live with a native speaker who wants to learn English. In exchange, you may be asked to host that person in your home, too. As a traveler, you'll get regular language speaking opportunities and the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the culture by living with a local.</p> <h2>12. Use your points</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Credit cards that offer travel rewards</a> are extremely common now, with many providing generous sign-up bonuses that you can put toward accommodations. This could make it possible to get free nights in swanky hotels just for taking out the card. Many large hotel chains also have their own <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel-branded credit cards</a> that enable you to rack up points really quickly on your everyday purchases to use on stays at their properties. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>13. Use your connections</h2> <p>If you have friends or family living in a place you'd like to visit, ask if you can stay with them! Most people don't make the most of the connections they already have. Why not put out a message on social media asking if any of your friends know someone in your desired location who could put you up? You may be surprised at just how effective this is, and you'll meet some new people in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F13%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Free%2520Travel%2520Accommodations.jpg&amp;description=13%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel%20Accommodations"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/13%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel%20Accommodations.jpg" alt="13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations">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-6"> <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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</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-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">The Easy Way to Negotiate a Cheaper Hotel Room</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/the-guide-to-staying-at-hostels-for-people-over-30">The Guide to Staying at Hostels for People Over 30</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-build-your-best-travel-budget">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations blogging camping hostels hotels house swap traveling for free volunteering work exchanges Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 1976050 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Beach Tents http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-tents <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-beach-tents" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby_beach_tent_506060664.jpg" alt="Mother and baby in best beach tent" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you enjoy a day at the beach, but want some form of protection from harmful UV rays, then a beach tent is just what you need. It can help prevent overexposure to the sun, keep you cool and comfortable on hot summer days, and provide you with a relaxing shelter at outdoor events. It can add a touch of luxury and a lot of comfort to your beach day.</p> <h2>What is a beach tent?</h2> <p>A beach tent is a piece of outdoor gear that can shelter you from the sun, sand, water, and wind of the beach. It can also provide a comfortable place to relax and a safe place to store all of your belongings. It is ideal for use at any beach, park, campground, sporting event, or even your own backyard.</p> <h2>Top 5 beach tents</h2> <h3>Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2riuujp" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pacific.jpg" width="245" height="192" align="right" alt="" /></a>The ultra lightweight, spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2riuujp" target="_blank">Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent</a> has UPF 50+ sun protection. The compact beach tent is made from breathable polyester and is water-repellent. It is very easy to set up and pack up in the carrying case thanks to a specially designed EasyUp Hub System. The durable tent includes internal sand pockets, large windows for ventilation, and stakes. It is recommended by New York Magazine and has exceptional online reviews, including more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2t36CBA" target="_blank">Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent Deluxe XL</a> is another highly recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2riuujp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $69.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rhVKP3" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_1.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious <a href="http://amzn.to/2rhVKP3" target="_blank">Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade</a> can stand up to extreme winds. It offers low-angle sun protection and SPF 50+ UV guard protection. It features polyguard double thick fabric for added durability. It has a floor mat, protecting you from the sand, and a closable front with two zippered doors, so it can be used as a changing room. The Comfort Grip allows it to be setup in about three minutes. It packs up really small, so you can easily transport it around in the carry bag. It also includes four hanging pockets inside, a dry line, sandbags, and extra-long stakes. This is available in four different colors. It has exceptional online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon. It comes from the trusted Coleman brand and is backed by a one-year limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2rhVKP3" target="_blank"><em>Currently $39.70 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ri2exj" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/lightspeed.jpg" width="245" height="244" align="right" alt="" /></a>The spacious, yet compact, <a href="http://amzn.to/2ri2exj" target="_blank">Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter</a> is large enough for two adults and two kids with room for chairs and plenty of gear. It offers UPF 50+ sun protection and can stand up to high winds. It features interior pockets and three roll-up windows for extra ventilation and privacy. The lightweight cabana-style pop up beach shelter has quick, easy setup and takedown with a compression hub-system and integrated poles. It includes a carrying case, shoulder strap, sand pockets, stakes, and guylines. It comes in two different colors. It has exceptional online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ri2exj" target="_blank"><em>Currently $64.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2stxUnE" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/texsport.jpg" width="243" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The sturdy, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2stxUnE" target="_blank">Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy</a> has UPF 50+ UV protection. It is easy to set up and take down thanks to a three-pole pin and ring frame system with shock-corded fiberglass poles and four weighted sandbags. It features a durable ripstop polyurethane floor and three &quot;no-see-um&quot; mesh windows with interior zippered storm flaps for increased ventilation. It also includes stakes and a carry bag. The three-sided cabana allows you to sit completely inside for full-body protection or lie partially covered to protect just your face. It has exceptional reviews and is frequently recommended online.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2stxUnE" target="_blank"><em>Currently $33.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Genji Sports Pop Up Family Beach Tent</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sbwLhh" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/genji.jpg" width="245" height="184" align="right" alt="" /></a>The ultra lightweight, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2sbwLhh" target="_blank">Genji Sports Pop Up Family Beach Tent and Beach Sunshelter</a> comfortably fits two adults or one adult and several children. It automatically pops open in one second and then coils back down flat into a circle in three seconds for easy transport. The durable tent has a strong steel beam frame and UPF 50+ coating for sun protection. The special designed waterproof cover has a floor, zippered back and front panels, two ventilation windows with roll-up covers, and four ground stakes. There are also sandbags on both side panels. It has outstanding online reviews and is frequently recommended online. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2tnbAsc" target="_blank">Genji Sports Instant Push Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter</a> is another highly recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2sbwLhh" target="_blank"><em>Currently $40.52 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best beach tents. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-beach-tents">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/the-5-best-beach-umbrellas">The 5 Best Beach Umbrellas</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-5-best-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</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-5-best-luxury-pens">The 5 Best Luxury Pens</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/the-5-best-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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-5-best-rain-jackets-for-men">The 5 Best Rain Jackets for Men</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping 5 best beach day beach tents camping product reviews shopping tents Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:00:11 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1966192 at http://www.wisebread.com The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_couple_with_a_camper_van.jpg" alt="Young couple with a camper van" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Camping in a recreational vehicle can be a great way to see the country. You get to experience the great outdoors at campsites in some of the most beautiful areas at a comfort level you just can't get with tent camping. And while you'll pay more to travel in an RV than you would to camp in a tent, there are ways to pare costs down.</p> <h2>RV camping costs</h2> <p>The biggest expense with RV camping is the vehicle itself. Buying an RV isn't cheap, yet there are numerous ways to save on the purchase. For starters, you'll spend less if you purchase a smaller travel trailer or fifth wheel than if you splurge for a larger trailer that sleeps nine or 10.</p> <p>And if you're willing to buy used, you'll score considerable savings there, too. Just like cars, brand new RVs depreciate at a rapid pace.</p> <p>Of course, you could always just rent an RV when you need one. Through a website like <a href="http://www.gorving.com/" target="_blank">GoRVing.com</a>, you can search for and compare prices for RV rentals of all sizes, many of which cost less than $1,000 per week.</p> <p>According to Kevin Broom, spokesman for GoRVing.com, there are additional costs to consider on top of renting or owning an RV. For starters, you'll need to pay for fuel. You'll also need to pay for &quot;amenity kits&quot; that include pots and pans or bedding, unless you want to bring your own. On top of those expenses, you'll need to pay for food and entertainment, just like you would with any trip.</p> <p>From there, where you take your RV can play a huge role in how much you'll pay. &quot;You can choose to stay in different types of campgrounds &mdash; ranging from rustic to luxurious,&quot; says Broom.</p> <p>Some campgrounds are filled with amenities such as jumping pillows, zip lines, pools, fishing ponds, and scheduled activities like gem mining, scavenger hunts, nature hikes, and pancake breakfasts. Some are even located near tourist attractions such as amusement parks, so you can have the best of both worlds: amusement park during the day and a wonderful campground at night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a>)</p> <h2>Saving on RV campsites</h2> <p>If you want to save money, you may need to think outside the box. Why? Because campgrounds with more amenities tend to cost more. It pays to look beyond the highly advertised campgrounds to some alternative options. Here are some of the most affordable places to camp.</p> <h3>State parks</h3> <p>Although options vary dramatically from state to state, state parks offer one of the most affordable ways to camp. Many states offer their own websites or online portals that make researching and reserving camp space easy. You can also use a website like <a href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/" target="_blank">Reserve America</a> to look for inexpensive state camping resources in your area.</p> <p>You'll pay more or less for your campsite depending on the amenities you select. If you want to bring your RV to a &quot;primitive&quot; camping site without electricity and water, you'll pay a lot less. Sites that feature a &quot;full hookup,&quot; on the other hand, tend to cost more.</p> <p>Still, state parks can make camping affordable. At Brown County State Park in Indiana, for example, you can get a full hookup campsite for just $23 per night during summer. At state parks in Colorado, full hookup sites start at just $28 per night. And at Florida's Big Lagoon State Park, nightly rates for an electric campsite start at just $20. Explore state park options in your area to find the best deal.</p> <h3>National parks</h3> <p>National parks offer another smart option for campers and RV enthusiasts looking to save. While national parks don't necessarily have the amenities of luxury campgrounds, they do offer a closeness to nature that is harder to find elsewhere.</p> <p>And, depending on the national park, camping costs can be downright cheap. The downside to bringing an RV to a national park is that sites with full hookups are rarely available.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/camping/index.htm" target="_blank">U.S. National Park Service website</a> makes it easy to compare costs for camping on federal lands. Use the &quot;find a campground&quot; tool to search for national parks with camping space in your area or anywhere you want to take your RV.</p> <p>At glorious Glacier National Park, for example, you can book nonelectric and electric camping sites for as little as $20 per night. At Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, you can book a no-hookup site for just $31 per night.</p> <h3>Small, &quot;no-frills&quot; campgrounds</h3> <p>Another way to save money when traveling in an RV is to look for smaller, &quot;no frills&quot; campgrounds. There are plenty of options all around the country, but you'll need to search and compare prices to find the right one.</p> <p><a href="http://koa.com/why-koa/" target="_blank">KOA campgrounds</a> are a good place to begin your search. KOA offers three different types of camping experiences to fit anyone's budget &mdash; KOA Journey campgrounds located mostly near highways, KOA Holiday camps with more amenities for families, and KOA Resorts, which feature on-site activities, food, and entertainment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Tips for Camping Cooking</a>)</p> <p>Prices for the more affordable Journey campgrounds vary dramatically based on location and amenities. You can book a week at the Grand Canyon/Williams Campground in Arizona with full hookups for $411 per week in September, for example. Or, stay in a lower demand area such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where you can book a whole week with full hookups for $372.</p> <h2>Shop around before you book</h2> <p>According to Broom, the best step for families seeking cheap camping is to shop around and compare lots of different options. While you search, also remember the golden rule of camping: The more amenities or &quot;perks&quot; a campground has, the higher the nightly rates.</p> <p>And, if you're facing sticker shock, keep in mind that RV camping is just a lot more expensive than tent camping in general. Not only do you need a larger site when you have an RV, but you'll always pay more to hook up to electricity and water. The larger your RV, the more these charges typically cost.</p> <p>At the end of the day, RV camping can be as cheap or as expensive as you make it. The best way to keep costs under control is to choose your RV wisely, pick your camping stops carefully, and plan ahead.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520Easiest%2520Ways%2520to%2520Save%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520RV%2520Camping%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=The%20Easiest%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Your%20Next%20RV%20Camping%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Easiest%20Ways%20to%20Save%20on%20Your%20Next%20RV%20Camping%20Trip.jpg" alt="The Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-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-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/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</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/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</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/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</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/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</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/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable camping national parks nature lovers outdoors recreational vehicles road trips rvs summer Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Holly Johnson 1962383 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hiking_alone_in_the_mountains.jpg" alt="Hiking alone in the mountains" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exploring the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend a vacation, yet it's not always cheap. Many countries have expensive national park fees, camp fees, and general high cost of travel.</p> <p>Check out these inexpensive destinations for your next outdoor adventure.</p> <h2>1. Canada</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bull_elk_in_banff_in_the_canadian_rockies.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Canada is an incredible destination for nature lovers. With a population of 35 million people spread over a vast 3.85 million square miles spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and north to the Arctic Ocean, opportunities for outdoor recreation in untouched wilderness areas abound.</p> <p>Plus, as a part of the country's celebration of its 150th birthday, this year you can take advantage of the fact that <em>all </em>national parks in Canada are free with the <a href="https://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=22953&amp;categoryId=216870&amp;catalogId=53407" target="_blank">2017 Discovery Pass</a>. With more than 40 national parks throughout the country, there is plenty of outdoor exploration to be done in expansive forests, tundra, and mountainous regions.</p> <p>Canada's well-known highlights such as Vancouver Island, Banff National Park, and the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort are well worth a visit. But you should also consider some lesser-known gems, like going on a <a href="http://arctickingdom.com/trip/narwhal-watching-and-safari/" target="_blank">polar bear and narwhal safari</a> in the far northern province of Nunavut.</p> <p>Highlights in the east of the country include Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Highlands, where you can take in spectacular coastal views and may even glimpse minke or pilot whales breaking offshore. In the winter months, you can ski in Quebec, north of Montreal.</p> <p>Head to the Great Lakes region for an epic canoe or kayak trip in the warmer months. Some of the diverse wildlife you could see along the way may include moose, bears, and loons, just to name a few.</p> <p>As an added budget bonus, the U.S. dollar currently trades around 40 percent better than it did five years ago, so Americans can save some serious money on a trip to our great northern neighbor.</p> <h2>2. Kyrgyzstan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kazakh_jurt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Between its rugged mountain ranges, extensive pasture lands, and high-altitude lakes, this rural country has no shortage of outdoor activities. Seminomadic peoples still live in the mountains here, with yurts dotting many mountainsides.</p> <p>Landing in Bishkek, the country's capital, you can head to Issyk-Kul, the world's second largest alpine lake, which is located at the foot of the Tian Shan Mountains. The area is a great base for an outdoors-oriented vacation, with swimming, hiking, camping, and trekking all available.</p> <p>Other trekking destinations include Lake Song Kol and Lenin Peak on the border with Tajikistan. For those who aren't interested in walking the whole way, horse treks in Kyrgyzstan are a fun way to get around.</p> <p>Kyrgyzstan is an affordable destination overall. We calculate the cost of traveling there at <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/guide-backpacking-kyrgyzstan/" target="_blank">$63 per day for two people</a> sharing accommodations. Plus, you won't have to add visa fees to your travel budget, since no visa is required for Americans visiting for up to 60 days.</p> <p>Discover Kyrgyzstan, the government's official tourism arm, is currently planning new sustainable tourism options around Issyk-Kul and hiking opportunities in the Jyrgalan region, so it's likely that the country will soon be on the radar of all outdoor enthusiasts.</p> <h2>3. Nepal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/prayer_flags_and_mt._annapurna_i_background.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nepal is an internationally renowned destination for adventurers, boasting the famous Everest and Annapurna peaks, and lesser-known areas for trekking, such as the Langtang region north of the capital city, Kathmandu. While summiting Everest is a highly technical and expensive undertaking, there are many other treks in the country that are accessible to hikers of nearly all levels.</p> <p>Planning a trek to a mountain base camp is one good option, enabling you to hike in the vicinity of the world's greatest peaks without spending tens of thousands of dollars to summit them. These are still challenging hikes that should not be underestimated, but with training and proper preparation, they are certainly manageable.</p> <p>Most hikes can be easily planned out of Kathmandu, the country's vibrant and busy urban center. Here you can acquire the required permits for your trek, which usually cost around 2,000 Nepali rupees, or about $20. Farther west, the charming tourist town of Pokhara is a common base for travelers preparing to do the popular Annapurna circuit trek.</p> <p>Not only does Nepal boast stunning landscapes, but it's also a very affordable place to travel, with cheap transportation and meals costing as little as $1. Lonely Planet estimates you can travel for as little as $30 a day, including budget accommodations, two meals, and a trekking porter/guide. A midrange organized trek costs $60&ndash;$80 per day.</p> <h2>4. Chile</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/graceful_silhouette_guanaco_on_the_lake_pehoe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Chile is a country of abundant natural beauty, from its extensive coastline to the impressive mountains of Patagonia &mdash; a breathtaking trekking region at the southern end of Chile and Argentina.</p> <p>Torres del Paine National Park, in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, is replete with glaciers and crystal clear mountain lakes. You'll want to plan a trip between mid-September and early May, which are the southern hemisphere's warmer months.</p> <p>Overall, Patagonia is not a budget destination, but it is quite possible to do one of the famous treks in Torres del Paine without breaking the bank. The entrance fee is around $30, but if you plan to do the W Trek (four days) or the O Trek (around eight days), this fee is minimal given the amount of time you'll be spending in the park.</p> <p>There are also numerous free campsites in the park that can help you save money as well. Pack your own food, stay in as many free campsites as you can, and you can end the entire O Trek in Patagonia spending very little. Even if you do have to pay for campsites, they're only around $15 per person, so it's pretty affordable accommodations!</p> <p>Unless you have a lot of time for a road trip, you'll want to fly into the Patagonian towns of Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. Be sure to reserve your flight far ahead &mdash; Travel and Leisure recommends booking six months in advance &mdash; to ensure you get a seat on one of these in-demand flights.</p> <p>Other impressive sites in Chile include the Atacama Desert, which is one of the best places on earth for stargazing, given its high altitude and the near absence of humidity in the air. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things That Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a>)</p> <h2>5. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_thai_countryside_in_thailand.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Long known as a budget traveler's paradise, Thailand was recently rated as one of the world's 20 cheapest countries to visit by The Telegraph newspaper. Lonely Planet estimates travelers here can get by on as little as $29 a day, with delicious street meals costing less than $2 in many cases.</p> <p>Known for its beautiful beaches, Thailand is actually a fairly diverse outdoor destination. There are many jungle treks in the north of the country where you can explore the country's rich cultural heritage and visit some of the many impressive temples. Most of these treks depart from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.</p> <p>For shorter hikes off the beaten path, check out Sri Phang Nga National Park in southern Thailand, which features spectacular waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and huge parasitic rafflesia flowers.</p> <p>Interested in water activities? Head to islands like Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao, where you can complete your scuba diving certification without breaking the bank. An open water certification costs 9,800 baht (or around $285). There is no need to book ahead, since the island is full of dive shops that offer certifications, and you can comfortably shop around for the best price once you arrive.</p> <p>If you're not a diver, you can explore the islands by scooter or foot, stopping to snorkel and swim along the way.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Affordable%2520Countries%2520Every%2520Outdoor%2520Explorer%2520Can%2520Afford%2520to%2520Visit.jpg&amp;description=5%20Affordable%20Countries%20Every%20Outdoor%20Explorer%20Can%20Afford%20to%20Visit"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Affordable%20Countries%20Every%20Outdoor%20Explorer%20Can%20Afford%20to%20Visit.jpg" alt="5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-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-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/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</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/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</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/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</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/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</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-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping cheap travel credit cards hiking nature outdoors travel Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1957907 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Low-Cost Travel Items That Can Save You Big On Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-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="/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-491647652.jpg" alt="Couple finding low-cost travel gear that can save them big" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling can be great fun, but sometimes it requires a bit of creative thinking to figure out how to finance your next trip. Luckily there are some cost-effective purchases that can help you save money in the long run.</p> <h2>1. Tent</h2> <p>Camping can be a great alternative to staying in pricey hotels while you travel, but you will have to pay some one-time costs for a tent, sleeping bag, and a few other camping basics. You can purchase a light, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-tents?ref=internal" target="_blank">quality tent for under $150 on Amazon</a>. When you consider that is less than the cost of one hotel night in many places, you can see how quickly this investment will pay for itself.</p> <p>Having a tent also gives you the freedom to sleep in some of the world's most remote and beautiful places. Laws about where you can camp vary by location. For example, it's legal to camp on beaches in Mexico's Baja California, and it won't cost you anything. In the U.S., if you want to pitch your tent at an established campground, you'll usually have to pay, but you may be able to do primitive camping in some areas for free. Check with the U.S. Forest Service or state authorities in the area where you plan to camp. I've camped in many places in the world, and I've never paid more than $30. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Cool Camping Hacks</a>)</p> <h2>2. Water filter</h2> <p>Bottled water can cost $1 or more. That's not expensive, but it can add up, especially if you're in a place where the tap water is not safe to drink.</p> <p>You can buy an easy-to-use and affordable filter that enables you to drink water anywhere you go. Not only will you save money on bottled water, but you can reduce waste by cutting down your consumption of plastic. It is eco-friendly and budget-friendly.</p> <p>There are a variety of water filters available. &quot;<a href="http://amzn.to/2n0ZTFA" target="_blank">Water straws</a>&quot; are lightweight and portable. This type of filter won't take up much space in your bag, and usually fits into a standard-sized water bottle. You can either bring your own empty bottle or purchase a cheap one at your destination to reuse.</p> <p>On a wilderness canoe trip through the Boundary Waters, Minnesota, I found a water straw indispensable. There were no roads or drinking water in the area, and bringing water along wasn't practical because it's heavy and would have taken up a lot of space in the kayaks. The best option was to filter water from the pristine lakes.</p> <p>Another option for treating water is to use iodine pills, which are cheap and easy to transport. However, the disadvantage of iodine is that you have to wait half an hour for the treatment to become effective, while with a water straw filter system, the water is ready to drink as soon as you've filtered it.</p> <p>There are also <a href="http://amzn.to/2n6RYs8" target="_blank">water bottles that have built-in water filters</a>, which can make filtering water even easier. The filters are only safe for a certain number of uses, but they are still economical compared to buying bottled water. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/packing-light-dont-forget-these-5-must-haves?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Travel Must-Haves</a>)</p> <h2>3. Luggage scale</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2neLJ5P" target="_blank">digital luggage scale</a> costs about $10 and can help you avoid paying costly overweight baggage charges at the airport. I've seen these charges run from $50 into the hundreds.</p> <p>Plus, these scales are light and easy to transport so you can bring them along on your trip. That way, when you're ready to travel home, you won't have to stress about the weight of any souvenirs or other items you accumulated while you were away. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-save-on-travel-gear?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save on Travel Gear</a>)</p> <h2>4. Good shoes</h2> <p>Investing in a quality pair of shoes before your trip is a sure way to save money. If you can walk comfortably, you can avoid paying for expensive taxi cabs to get around once you reach your destination.</p> <p>Not only is walking a great way to save money, it will also help you stay active and better see the place you are visiting. When you're buying shoes, try to pick a pair that provides adequate support without being too heavy. You'll also want them in a design you genuinely like and a style that can go with most of your clothes. Buying shoes that are versatile means that you can pack a little lighter.</p> <p>Lems makes comfortable and incredibly portable travel footwear that I use and love.</p> <h2>5. Travel credit card</h2> <p>If you're already planning your next trip, now is a good time to sign up for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel credit card</a>. A good card will charge you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=internal" target="_blank">no foreign transaction fees</a>. That's the fee that some cards charge you for any purchases you make in another currency. It's usually around 3 percent, which means if you charge $1,000 on your trip, you'd have to pay an additional $30 in foreign transaction fees.</p> <p>By signing up for a travel credit card, you can also earn rewards for your next trip. Some credit cards offer <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">bonus points when you sign up</a> that are worth hundreds of dollars in travel. One sign-up bonus I got was so big that I have points left over after using it to purchase a round-trip flight from the United States to Mexico, and a domestic flight in Mexico. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-make-these-6-credit-card-sign-up-bonus-mistakes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Make These Credit Card Bonus Mistakes</a>)</p> <p>Many travel cards also come with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=internal" target="_blank">money-saving perks</a> such as free checked bags on flights, free <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-car-rental-insurance-really-cover-on-your-credit-card?ref=internal" target="_blank">rental car insurance</a>, free trip cancellation insurance and other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=internal" target="_blank">types of travel coverage</a>.</p> <p>The good news with a travel credit card is that you may not even have to &quot;purchase&quot; it at all. Many travel credit cards will waive their annual fee for the first year, as an additional incentive to get you to sign up.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-on-your-next-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Low-Cost%20Travel%20Items%20That%20Can%20Save%20You%20Big%20On%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=5%20Low-Cost%20Travel%20Items%20That%20Can%20Save%20You%20Big%20On%20Your%20Next%20Trip" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Low-Cost%20Travel%20Items%20That%20Can%20Save%20You%20Big%20On%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg" alt="5 Low-Cost Travel Items That Can Save You Big On Your Next Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-low-cost-travel-items-that-can-save-you-big-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-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/the-5-best-instant-tents">The 5 Best Instant Tents</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-5-best-backpack-tents">The 5 Best Backpack Tents</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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/should-you-go-on-vacation-while-youre-in-debt">Should You Go on Vacation While You&#039;re in Debt?</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/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel camping filtered water shoes tents travel gear travel rewards Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:31:12 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1913291 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-508921978.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the past week, I have experienced Polar Vortex-level temperatures in the upper Midwest and then back-to-back wind and rainstorms in California. I have not seen the sun in days. All this weather has got me dreaming about what my family will do this summer.</p> <p>But I can't just dream an epic summer into existence. I need to plan and prepare. Here are some things you &mdash; and I &mdash; can do in the gloom of winter to lay the groundwork for the best summer ever.</p> <h2>1. Reserve a Campsite</h2> <p>In some states, like California, state park sites book up devilishly early. In fact, a quick search of a couple of favorite beach campgrounds found them already booked for weekends throughout the summer. So if you haven't already booked any summer camp-outs, go to <a href="http://www.reserveamerica.com/" target="_blank">Reserve America</a> and snag them before it's too late.</p> <h2>2. Arrange a Home Exchange</h2> <p>If you're able to take a sabbatical or work from home, consider swapping your house with someone far away for a change of scenery, even without using vacation time. If you have to report to work every day, try a temporary relocation to a different part of your region. For instance, since my husband has a 40-mile commute to his Silicon Valley job, I'm eyeing swaps with families who live within the same distance from his work, but in other directions, on <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10774433" target="_blank">HomeExchange</a>.</p> <h2>3. Send the Kids to Camp</h2> <p>If you're a parent, time away from your job might not be as relaxing as time away from your kids. I should know, I have three little buggers of my own. Fortunately, there exists a wonderful institution to give you a vacation from parenting: sleep-away camp. Camp catalogs go out soon. Girl Scout, Boy Scout, church, and YMCA camps offer some of the best values. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-child-care-this-summer?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Money on Child Care This Summer</a>)</p> <h2>4. Book a National Park Trip</h2> <p>The big-name parks book up fast. In fact, a random check of <a href="http://www.yellowstonenationalparklodges.com/" target="_blank">Yellowstone lodges</a> for June showed that rooms are already getting hard to find. If you're planning to stay in &mdash; or even near &mdash; a National Park this summer, get going.</p> <h2>5. Buy Baseball Tickets</h2> <p>It's not as if it will be impossible to get seats in most ballparks after Opening Day, but still, wouldn't it be nice to see a big circle on the calendar around a July day and know you'll be spending it at the ballgame? My family received tickets to a Cubs game as a Christmas gift, and I'm already looking forward to that August event.</p> <h2>6. Figure Out Where You'll Be for the Solar Eclipse</h2> <p>In case you haven't heard, there will be a total solar eclipse August 21, but the full monty will only be <a href="http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/01/nasas_new_map_can_put_you_righ.html" target="_blank">viewable from certain parts of the United States</a>. You'd better believe that campgrounds and other lodging in the path, which will follow an arc from Oregon to South Carolina, are selling out fast. August 21 is a Monday, so if you can do a long weekend and get there, it should be a sight to see as the moon takes a big bite out of the sun and then blots it out entirely, bringing out the stars in the middle of the day. We haven't had a total eclipse cross the whole country like this for about 100 years.</p> <h2>7. Plan Your Garden</h2> <p>Your dirt may be buried under snow, but that doesn't mean you can't sketch out new garden beds (there's even <a href="http://theselfsufficientliving.com/7-vegetable-garden-planner-software-for-better-gardening/" target="_blank">gardening software</a> to help you do that now), ordering seeds, and starting seedlings indoors.</p> <h2>8. Research Major Summer Purchases on Your Wishlist</h2> <p>Is this the year you buy a boat or a camper, or even an inflatable dinghy? Most of the boat and <a href="http://www.rvpark411.com/rv-shows-camping-expos.html" target="_blank">RV shows</a> are in winter and spring. Even if you're just going to dream, walking through a boat show can help pass chilly days with dreams of fishing and snorkeling.</p> <h2>9. Get Medical Procedures Out of the Way</h2> <p>This may not be as fun as booking vacations or boat shopping, but think about it: If you need a knee replacement, do you want to be laid of up for six weeks in summer or now? Might as well get those bunions removed while you're stuck inside anyway.</p> <h2>10. Learn to Scuba Dive</h2> <p>If you live near water, you might love exploring the underside of it this summer. Did you know you can start learning even if it's too cold to jump in right now? First of all, scuba certification involves a classroom portion, which you can <a href="https://apps.padi.com/scuba-diving/elearning/purchasecourse.aspx" target="_blank">take online</a>. Then, there are <a href="http://www.dolphinscuba.com/scuba-diving-classes/overview.html" target="_blank">classes you can take in heated pools</a> to get you ready for dive season.</p> <h2>11. Buy Tickets to a Summer Theater Festival</h2> <p>For me, one of the highlights of summer is watching Shakespeare out in nature, whether it's at Wisconsin's <a href="http://americanplayers.org/" target="_blank">American Players Theatre</a> or the <a href="https://www.bard.org/" target="_blank">Utah Shakespeare Festival</a>. Tickets are already available for some of these festivals, and even if they're not, the schedule is probably posted, so you can decide which shows you'll see. And if you're unable to travel to see these, check for local shows in your area.</p> <h2>12. Book Amtrak Tickets</h2> <p>Even more than flights, Amtrak trains can fill up early, especially those sleeper cars that make the journey more pleasant. Buy it now or you may find yourself sleeping in a seat.</p> <h2>13. Buy Theme Park Season Passes</h2> <p>Early bird discounts can net you some real savings on these. For instance, Six Flags Great America in Chicago is selling season passes for $75-$93 right now; full price runs $189-$250.</p> <h2>14. Work Out</h2> <p>I'm not talking about a &quot;get your beach body&quot; weight-loss program, because all bodies are welcome at the beach. I'm talking about cardio and strength training to build your endurance for those summer hikes and swims you're going to do. 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Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F14%20Things%20You%20Can%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prep%20for%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Ever.jpg&amp;description=14%20Things%20You%20Can%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prep%20for%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Ever" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/14%20Things%20You%20Can%20Do%20Now%20to%20Prep%20for%20Your%20Best%20Summer%20Ever.jpg" alt="14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">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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