family vacation http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12619/all en-US 15 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_92789511_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="learning how to save money at disneyland" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Disneyland is considered the &quot;happiest place on Earth,&quot; but if you look at the ticket prices, it is not the happiest place for your budget. Despite the pricey tickets, Disneyland is still a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things">fun and magical place</a> to visit for the whole family. Here are some overlooked tips for enjoying Disneyland on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Be Prepared</h2> <p>We went to Disneyland recently for my four-year-old's birthday. All month, it had been in the high 80s, so we did not think to bring extra clothes. Of course, once we were in the park, the weather was chilly, and my daughter was uncomfortable. We ended up spending $50 on an Elsa sweater to keep her warm.</p> <p>Had we been prepared, we would've brought a sweater so that we wouldn't have had to waste the money. The funny thing is that Costco now has a very similar Elsa sweater for less than $10. I suggest you also bring a change of clothes and maybe even a poncho, especially if your little one loves to go on the water rides.</p> <h2>2. Shop the Wal-Mart or Target Near Disneyland</h2> <p>Wal-Mart and Target near Disneyland both have a lot of Disney memorabilia, clothing, and souvenirs similar to those offered at the parks. The only difference is you'll pay much less at these stores than on Main Street.</p> <h2>3. Use the Disney Credit Card</h2> <p>Disney offers a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-disney-credit-card-is-best-for-you">Disney credit card</a> without an annual fee. Having it allows you to access to a special character meet-and-greet area. This card can also offer you discounts on Disney purchases, as well as special rewards for Disney spending.</p> <h2>4. Get a Multiday Pass</h2> <p>If you're going to experience Disneyland, <em>really </em>experience it. A one-day ticket for just Disneyland can cost $95-$119 per adult, depending on the day you go. However, a three-day park hopper ticket costs $295 per adult, which allows you to visit both Disneyland and California Adventure, as well as expand your trip over three days.</p> <h2>5. Go Offseason</h2> <p>Not only are offseason tickets lower in price, but it's also a more enjoyable time to go. Check the <a href="http://www.isitpacked.com/disneyland-crowd-forecast-predictor-calendar/">Is It Packed? calendar </a>to get a better idea of when to visit. Try to pick a &quot;ghost town&quot; day to really enjoy the park.</p> <h2>6. Consider the Season Pass</h2> <p>The season pass prices start at $329 per person and grant admission to both parks for the full year. With the lowest level of the season pass, there are quite a few blackout days. However, if you visit the park at least four days, you would have already saved money. I live an hour and a half away from Disneyland, and I know many families that take advantage of this deal, usually going once or twice a month. For the Disney lover, season passes are a great deal, but if you're on a strict budget, the season pass might not be for you. Not only will you have the cost of the passes, but you must also factor in gas, parking, and food expenses as well.</p> <h2>7. Bring a DIY Autograph Book</h2> <p>Autograph books are a lot of fun for kids. You can either find a discounted Disney autograph book, or you can make your own. You can even find a small, cute notebook at the dollar store and decorate it with Disney stickers.</p> <p>If you are a little more tech-savvy, you can collect signatures on an iPad or tablet device with a touch screen pen. This will then allow you to upload them alongside pictures from your trip into a digital file that you can then use to create your own Disney scrapbook.</p> <h2>8. Buy a Photopass or Use Photopass Photographer</h2> <p>We opted into getting the Photopass day pass for $39, so that we didn't have to lug our camera around. It was extremely convenient, and now we have over 30 pictures from our special trip available to download. You can also choose to skip the pass and just ask the photographers in the Photopass locations to take your photo for you with your phone or camera.</p> <h2>9. Download the Disneyland App</h2> <p>The free Disneyland app is extremely useful to use in the park. It will tell you the wait times of rides and attractions, as well as show you locations of characters and Photopass spots.</p> <h2>10. Bring Your Own Snacks</h2> <p>The rules of outside food and drinks is not the clearest, however, my diaper bag of snacks and water were not looked down upon when we went. Disneyland is very accommodating for individuals with special dietary needs. Bring your own water bottles and light snacks, and if you're hungry for more, just leave the park for a bit and eat at a nearby restaurant.</p> <h2>11. Stay in a Budget Hotel</h2> <p>The hotels closest to the park are pricey, but there are many other affordable hotels within a five-mile radius. Most also offer affordable shuttle rides to the park so you can avoid paying for parking.</p> <h2>12. Pay With Disney Gift Cards</h2> <p>Paying with Disney gift cards will allow you to save more on ticket prices, souvenirs, and food at the park. You can even find Disney gift cards for up to 9% off at <a href="https://www.giftcardgranny.com/buy-gift-cards/disney-store/">Gift Card Granny</a>.</p> <h2>13. Use a SoCal City Pass</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.citypass.com/southern-california">SoCal City Pass</a> is a great deal for $341 per adults. The pass includes three-day admission to both Disney parks, as well as admission to SeaWorld and Legoland.</p> <h2>14. Special Discounted Tickets</h2> <p>Disneyland offers special ticket discounts to several different groups of people, including active military, teachers, credit union members, and even college students. Check with your place of employment to see if you can buy discounted tickets. Through my husband's work benefits, we are able to save $10 per ticket.</p> <h2>15. Take Kids Before Three</h2> <p>Kids under three years old can visit for free, and this goes for one-day tickets and annual pass holders alike. My friends have twin daughters, and they took advantage of owning season passes before their daughters turned three. Therefore, every time they went, it cost about $35&ndash;$50 per trip, factoring in how often they went and the extra gas they had to pay for.</p> <p><em>How do you save money at Disneyland? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%20Little%20Known%20Ways%20to%20Save%20at%20Disneyland.jpg&amp;description=15%20Little%20Known%20Ways%20to%20Save%20at%20Disneyland" 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/u5180/15%20Little%20Known%20Ways%20to%20Save%20at%20Disneyland.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-new-toys-to-teach-kids-about-money">How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</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/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Family Travel Disney Disneyland family fun family vacation saving money saving money at disneyland savings hacks Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1766248 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save Money on Travel With an Awesome Group Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girls-travel-461993147-small.jpg" alt="group travel" title="group travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For years, my parents vacationed with their adult siblings in a big, boisterous group. For some people, an adult family vacation might seem like a nightmare, but for my parents, not only were the trips fun, but they provided years' worth of memories and inside jokes that tightened their family bonds.</p> <p>Group vacations can also have financial benefits. Lodging, transportation, food, and entertainment can all be cheaper when purchased for a group. Vacationers with children can share childcare duties while traveling together, so no one is stuck sitting in a hotel room bored every night after the little ones go to bed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-online-tools-that-help-organize-people?ref=seealso">Free Online Tools That Help Organize People</a>)</p> <p>The challenge that prevents most people from accessing these group travel benefits is arranging it all. Here are some ideas and resources to make that easier.</p> <h2>Plan the Trip</h2> <p>Group vacations are especially great for friends or family who live far from each other and want time to reconnect. Distance makes the heart grow fonder, but it can make planning a pain in the neck. I am currently planning a Wine Country weekend with girlfriends using a &quot;secret&quot; Facebook group, and posting links to potential lodging and attractions there for all of us to discuss.</p> <p>A more specialized option for trip planning is <a href="https://travefy.com">Travefy</a>, where you can search through Groupon deals, lodging, transportation options, and attractions; post them to a group board with one click; and then discuss them.</p> <p>Another travel planning site that allows you to make group decisions is <a href="http://www.triporama.com/">Triporama</a>.</p> <h2>Share the Costs</h2> <p>Unless your trip is financed by a rich uncle (in which case, I just discovered we are long-lost cousins!), you will need a good way to split up the costs of the trip. Many groups skip this important step, figuring they will simply take turns paying for things. This strategy could cause an otherwise fun trip to descend into arguments over who is not paying their share. Even if you would never squabble with your friends or relatives about money, this method just takes up too much brain space. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>There are web services to help you avoid this situation.</p> <h3>Divide It</h3> <p><a href="http://divide.it/">Divide It</a> tracks who owes what and can be updated throughout a trip to free vacationers of the hassle of remembering that Joe paid for dinner but not drinks, and Sue paid for breakfast which was much cheaper than either.</p> <h3>Pay It Square</h3> <p><a href="http://www.payitsquare.com">Pay It Square</a> also lets people pay their portion using a credit card or PayPal, and would be a good service to use to collect funds to pay for housing, etc., before embarking on a trip.</p> <h3>Travefy</h3> <p><a href="https://travefy.com">Travefy</a>, mentioned above, also has an expense-tracking tab, that totals up what each individual owes.</p> <p>But what if you're not sure how to divide expenses?</p> <h3>Splitwise</h3> <p>For instance, we took a trip with two other families this fall. One family had two members on the trip, one had three, and our family had five. Some of us were staying more nights than others. We decided to calculate the per-person, per-night cost, a time-consuming exercise that we could have automated if we had known about <a href="https://www.splitwise.com/calculators/travel">Splitwise's travel calculator</a>, which lets you choose between different ways to divvy things up, then does the math for you.</p> <h3>Shared Account and Prepaid Debit Card</h3> <p>Now, if you want to avoid having to track expenses on the trip at all, another idea is to create a group travel fund. Have each traveler or family contribute, either with a cash lump sum or as a monthly payment saved up over a year or more. When it's time to go, get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-prepaid-debit-cards">prepaid debit card</a> that you can whip out when it's time to gas up or pay at a restaurant, and your vacation can be math-free.</p> <h2>Find a Nice Place to Stay</h2> <p>Groups will find a lot of advantages to renting a house or condo compared to staying in hotels. The price may be lower, but more importantly, you will most likely have common space to share. This is especially valuable for families traveling with children whose bedtimes are earlier than the parents'. On our three-family trip last fall, some of the most fun evenings we had were simply when we put the kids to bed and sat up in the living room drinking wine. And when the kids woke up at an uncivilized hour, only one parent had to stumble into the family room to switch on the TV, while the other adults slept blissfully on.</p> <h3>Vacation Rental Sites</h3> <p>To rent a house or condo, check out <a href="http://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> and <a href="http://www.vrbo.com">VRBO</a>. Another option that I've recently signed up for is <a href="http://www.homeexchange.com">HomeExchange</a>, where you can offer your own house to other travelers in exchange for free lodging. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-and-book-the-best-vacation-rentals?ref=seealso">How to Find and Book the Best Vacation Rentals</a>)</p> <h3>Camping</h3> <p>Camping can also be a great option for groups, because many campgrounds rent group spots that work out to be a better deal per-person than multiple family spots. And if a smallish group rents a spot designed for a large group, you can get the added benefit of privacy and/or more freedom to make noise without disturbing other campers.</p> <h2>Share Duties</h2> <p>With or without kids, renting a house tends to involve a little more elbow grease than living in a hotel. There will probably be at least some meals cooked &quot;at home&quot; and dishes to wash. It's sensible to come up with a system for dividing up the chores, so that the same people don't end up doing maid duty every day and missing out on the fun.</p> <p>For families with kids, if possible it's a great idea to give each couple a kid-free night out while the others stay home and do tuck-in duty. Or you can pool your funds to get a sitter from a service like <a href="https://www.sittercity.com/">Sitter City</a> and go out together.</p> <h2>Get Group Discounts</h2> <p>When hitting attractions as a group, you may have the opportunity to save money by buying all your tickets together. <a href="http://www.hollywoodwaxmuseum.com/hollywood/group_discounts.htm">The Hollywood Wax Museum</a> cuts 25% off the price of tickets for 25 people or more, for example.</p> <p>At some attractions, it might make more sense to buy a family pass that lasts the whole year rather than a bunch of individual tickets. For instance, if a family of five is visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium along with two friends, you can buy an <a href="http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/support-us/membership">Ocean Advocate-level membership</a> for $275 that would get all seven of you in. Individual tickets for four adults and three children would cost $234.61. If this is a one-day only opportunity, there is a slight savings to buying the individual tickets, but if anyone in the group can go back even once, you'll save.</p> <p>Some tour companies even offer a free trip to an individual who organizes a group trip. <a href="http://www.goaheadtours.com/groups/group-travel">Go Ahead Tours</a>, for example, gives every seventh person in a group a free ride, so if you recruit six relatives or friends, you're on Easy Street. Or, if you want to be more equitable, you could offer to &quot;share&quot; your free trip with the rest of the group by pooling everyone's fees and dividing the cost.</p> <h2>Travel as a Pack</h2> <p>Renting one minivan that seats seven is likely to be more affordable than renting two sedans, and you'll save on gas, too. For larger groups, savings are less clear cut, since the big vans that seat 12 or more can be expensive and gas-guzzling.</p> <p>However, there can be advantages to riding together besides cost savings. For one thing, you have less stress from trying to follow other cars in your group through traffic. For another, it can just be fun to stick together. Earlier this year I rented a 12-seat Ford Econoline van with family, and we had a blast chatting and singing songs on the way.</p> <p><em>Have you traveled in a big group? Please share your organizing tips in comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Save%20Money%20on%20Travel%20With%20an%20Awesome%20Group%20Vacation.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Save%20Money%20on%20Travel%20With%20an%20Awesome%20Group%20Vacation" 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/How%20to%20Save%20Money%20on%20Travel%20With%20an%20Awesome%20Group%20Vacation.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></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/how-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/8-frequently-under-budgeted-air-travel-costs">8 Frequently Under-Budgeted Air Travel Costs</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-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for 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/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</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/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel family vacation group travel vacation Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:00:15 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1142122 at http://www.wisebread.com A Beginner's Guide to Miles and Points http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-miles-and-points <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-beginners-guide-to-miles-and-points" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-477825273.jpg" alt="family vacation" title="family vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think that racking up enough airline miles, hotel points, and credit card rewards to travel around the world at dramatically reduced prices is a treat reserved for full-time road warriors and the wealthy, you would be wrong.</p> <p>Traveling the world on reward points is for middle class working families, retirees, stay-at-home moms, leisure travelers, and lots of people in between. In other words, a world of very affordable, luxurious, and attainable travel is waiting for folks like you and me! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=seealso">5 Great Travel Rewards Cards</a>)</p> <p>I know this because I have been traveling with my family using miles and points for years. Sometimes it is in first class lie-flat beds across the Atlantic, sometimes it is in five star hotel suites, and sometimes it is more budget carriers like Southwest or Spirit Airlines, but it can all be done using miles and points that can be earned doing everyday things.</p> <p>The world of miles and points can seem a bit overwhelming at first given all of the earning and redemption options, but don't let that stop you from getting started. I'll help you break down a few easy and straightforward steps to your new hobby that can literally put the world at your feet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers?ref=seealso">Secrets From Frugal Frequent Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>1. Think About Your Travel Goals</h2> <p>Any good endeavor starts with a good goal, so think about where you would travel if money weren't holding you back. This may be taking the family to Disney World, taking your spouse to Hawaii, or heading by train across Europe. There are no limits to where miles and points can take you, so dream big. It will be much easier to know what type of miles or points to earn in the beginning, if they are being earned with a specific trip in mind. Plan your future dream vacation, and see it manifest. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-vacations-the-entire-family-will-love?ref=seealso">Frugal Family Vacations</a>)</p> <h2>2. Research Your Dream Destination</h2> <p>In order to know what type of hotel points or airline miles to earn at the beginning, you need to know which type will help you get where you want to be. Find out what hotels and airlines serve the city (or cities) you want to visit, and then see which ones look like they would be your top choices. If you aren't sure where to start, <a href="http://wikitravel.org/">Wikitravel.org</a> is a great resource to discover the basics.</p> <p>While you can use some types of credit card points essentially as cash to pay for any type of travel expense you want, it can be easiest to begin your miles and points journey by looking at chain hotels like Hyatt, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express">Starwood</a>, or IHG Rewards since you will have the most points earning opportunities to get &quot;free&quot; nights at those types of hotels.</p> <h2>3. Check Your Credit Score and Review Credit Reports</h2> <p>Now that you have narrowed down where you want to go, it is time to get down to business.</p> <p>There's no denying the fact that the quickest and easiest way to rack up tons of miles and points is by obtaining <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">rewards credit cards</a>.</p> <p>This is something that I do in moderation, and it has been insanely lucrative for my family. However, before you decide if that route is for you, it is important to get a handle on your credit situation.</p> <p>You can obtain one free credit report from each of the three credit bureaus annually from <a href="https://www.annualcreditreport.com">annualcreditreport.com</a>. I also strongly recommend getting an idea about the range into which your credit score falls. You can get an estimate of your score free from sites like <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10809829-1284618439000?sid=hull-1133375">Credit Karma</a> or <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12336153-1455123184000?sid=hull-1133375">Credit Sesame</a>. There is no &quot;magic number,&quot; but if your credit score isn't at least 700, I would not recommend applying for rewards credit cards until you can bring your credit score up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-rebuild-your-credit-in-8-simple-steps?ref=seealso">How to Rebuild Your Credit</a>)</p> <h2>4. Apply for a Good Rewards Credit Card (or Two)</h2> <p>After you determine that your credit score is good, then consider applying for a good rewards earning credit card&hellip;or two.</p> <p>There are dozens and dozens of rewards credit cards out there, and the best ones for you will depend on your travel goals. For example, if you are going somewhere that is served by United and has a Hyatt hotel that you want to stay at, then it makes sense to focus on getting the cards that will give you those types of points. This is where having well defined travel goals can help define how to get started in your points journey.</p> <p>There won't be one best card for everyone, but some that are often good for beginners include the Chase Sapphire Preferred that earns Ultimate Reward points that can transfer 1:1 to programs such as United, Hyatt, IHG Rewards, Southwest, British Airways, Marriott, and others.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review">Chase Sapphire Preferred Card</a> is usually my first recommendation for beginners, but other solid cards to start with include <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express">Starwood Preferred Guest Amex</a> and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-platinum-select-aadvantage-world-mastercard-review">Citi AAdvantage American Airlines card</a>&nbsp;from our partner Citi. It is very possible to get $500 to $1000 worth of &quot;free&quot; travel from each of these in the form of sign-up bonuses.</p> <p>Keep in mind that there is usually a minimum spending requirement in order to get the sign-up bonus, so don't bite off more than you can chew. Go slow and focus on the sign-up bonuses that will get you the closest to your travel goals, or beyond.</p> <h2>5. Shift Your Everyday Spending to Your Rewards Cards</h2> <p>The more you use your rewards credit cards, the more points you will earn.</p> <p>We have charged everything from car insurance, to daycare, to groceries, to doctor's bills, to gasoline, and more on our rewards credit cards. The result is that we earn a large number of miles and points each year for things we were going to have to pay for anyway.</p> <p>Once you get a bit more experienced, you can focus on utilizing cards that pay out a bonus in certain categories. Some cards will pay out extra on gas, groceries, or travel, for example. We have one that gives 2x points on dining charges, so we make sure to use that card when we eat out or hit the drive thru line on the way home.</p> <h2>6. Redeem Your Points for an Amazing Trip!</h2> <p>The miles and points you earn are only as valuable as what you redeem them for, so when you have enough for your first &quot;dream trip,&quot; use them!</p> <p>With many types of miles and points, you will have the greatest success if you start looking for award availability early and have some flexibility with your dates. Not all types of points require you to have flexibility, but with many programs that does help. Various sites&nbsp;aim to help you learn about some tips and tricks for how to earn and redeem over time. But to start with don't worry about getting the best redemption ever, just work on getting the trip you are after!</p> <p><em>Have you used travel rewards points for a family vacation? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-hull">Summer Hull</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-miles-and-points">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/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</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-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">9 Ways to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</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/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel family vacation rewards travel points Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:48:17 +0000 Summer Hull 1133375 at http://www.wisebread.com Train Now for a Summertime Family Cycling Trip http://www.wisebread.com/train-now-for-a-summertime-family-cycling-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/train-now-for-a-summertime-family-cycling-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bike trail for WB.jpg" alt="Pine Creek Trail" title="Pine Creek Trail" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is a great time to get ready for a summer cycling vacation with your family. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/summer-freebies-and-bargains-for-kids">Summer Freebies and Bargains for Kids</a>)</p> <p>A couple of winters ago, I convinced my husband that taking the kids, then 15 and 12, on an <a href="http://www.railstotrails.org/getinvolved/findanevent/sojourn/index.html">organized cycling trip</a> was a great idea. Actually, I persuaded him to sign up for the trip and withhold judgment on our family&rsquo;s capabilities (individually and collectively) to ride over 150 miles in 4 days. My job was to prepare the family for this adventure. I discovered that there are really four components to getting ready for a cycling trip (or similar outdoor vacations involving moderate physical activity):</p> <ul> <li><a href="#Fitness">Fitness</a></li> <li><a href="#Nutrition">Nutrition</a></li> <li><a href="#Gear">Gear</a></li> <li><a href="#Mental_Readiness">Mental Readiness</a></li> </ul> <h2>Create a Trip Evaluation</h2> <p>Before you get ready, you'll need to know <em>what you are getting ready for, </em>so start with a trip evaluation. Note your trip's:</p> <ol> <li>Distance</li> <li>Average speed</li> <li>Conditions</li> </ol> <p>Getting the distance of a trip should be straightforward. I&rsquo;ll mention, though, that the mileages for our trip were updated periodically as trails and road safety were evaluated and re-evaluated. There were also some optional miles for side trips.</p> <p>For a casual trip, you may not receive information stating the average speed of the cyclists, but you can calculate this number using the schedule of activities. For example, if the start time is 9 a.m. and lunch is served at 12 noon at a site 30 miles from the starting point, then cyclists should average 10 mph to arrive on time.&nbsp;</p> <p>Assessing conditions is the most difficult task. Look at:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Surface:</strong> Will you be riding on a trail where cars are prohibited? What type of surface is the bike path?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Support: </strong>Will you need to transport your own gear, such as tents and clothing? Are meals, snacks, and water provided by organizers? What type of overnight facilities are available &mdash; hotel, bed and breakfast, campsite? Will cell phone service be available if you have problems?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Climate: </strong>What is the average temperature? Will you need winter gear or rain apparel?</li> </ol> <p>Having participated in cycling events with friends, I&nbsp;had the knowledge to get the family ready. However, finding time to train was a challenge with winter weather, short days, schoolwork, and real work persisting as interferences to a fitness regimen. Plus we had some false starts.</p> <p>Our first training ride has become part of family lore in the &ldquo;disaster&rdquo; category: My youngest son collapsed (figuratively, though he did feign a near-physical collapse) after cycling about five miles on a multi-use trail. My husband, then 49-years-old and an occasional exerciser, wasn&rsquo;t feeling energized either. I ditched my dreams of idyllic family outings in which we harmoniously enjoyed each other&rsquo;s company as we pedaled happily, steadily, and swiftly. Then I developed and activated Plan B.</p> <h3><a name="Fitness"></a>Fitness</h3> <p>To get ready for a cycling trip, <em>ideally</em> you and your family should take rides together on weekends, early mornings before work, or evenings after work (or during the day if everyone has a flexible schedule). Steadily you&rsquo;ll progress toward your fitness goals and trip readiness. Specifically, you should try to attain the average speed for the longest-mileage day.</p> <p>As I mentioned, my total-family approach didn&rsquo;t work smoothly for us, so my Plan B was to get each person ready separately, even though we&rsquo;d progress at different rates. My husband and I started by taking long bike rides on a greenway near our house on Saturday mornings and occasional evenings. Whenever possible, I took my 12-year-old during the week. Eventually, my husband and younger son rode together to take on more challenging distances. (I&rsquo;ll note that this son was working toward a Cycling Merit Badge and was motivated to complete a series of rides including the capstone 50-mile ride.)</p> <p>My oldest son didn&rsquo;t take many rides with the family as he was working out with his high school football team. His physical strength, mental toughness, and youth &mdash; along with the right gear &mdash; allowed him to complete daily distances easily.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s my approach:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Create and follow a plan that builds your mileage to the longest daily distance.</strong> Work out a few times each week, talking a long ride on the weekend and a couple of shorter rides during the week. Progressively increase the longest ride of the week, adding 15-30% in miles if possible until you reach your goal. If you are not able to ride during the week, do something: walk, take an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class">indoor cycle class</a>, swim, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/exercising-in-a-winter-wonderland-how-to-be-fit-and-frugal">run outside</a>, or lift weights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Add speed. </strong>You don&rsquo;t need to cycle 30 miles at an all-out pace to improve your fitness level. Quicken the pace slightly or put forth short bursts of intense effort and then slow down instead of stopping so that you&rsquo;ll get used to continuous effort (and avoid sudden drops in heart rate).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Rest. </strong>Take breaks during the bike rides every 10-15 miles or so. Recover between workout sessions. If you are relatively new to regular exercise, you may need to take more than a day of recovery between rides. If you feel tired, slow down or cut your distances, or take an extra rest day.</li> </ol> <p>As a note of encouragement, even if you walk a mile or so daily now, you have a better base level of fitness than you might imagine; getting to the next level is more attainable than you might realize. As a note of caution, don&rsquo;t overdo workouts. Build up slowly, and don't try to set speed records.</p> <h2><a name="Nutrition"></a>Nutrition</h2> <p>Novices consistently underestimate the impact of nutrition and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-drink-more-water">hydration</a> in tackling a long or multi-day ride. Those seemingly average in fitness can ride for hours when taking in the proper fuel and plenty of fluids.</p> <p>Generally, eating balanced meals and healthy snacks while avoiding fast food and processed food works well. My regimen is a fruit smoothie for breakfast with bananas, blueberries, yogurt, and orange juice; trail mix or energy gels for snacks; a sandwich and chips or pretzels for lunch; and a good dinner with protein, vegetables, and carbs, plus plenty of water and some electrolyte-laden sports drinks along the way. Others like eggs and toast for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for snacks, for example.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s my approach:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Develop menus that suit your preferences</strong> (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks). Test foods, meals, and drinks to determine which benefit your performance and what causes problems.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Pay attention to your diet and fluid intake</strong> during the weeks of training as well as immediately before the trip, during the rides, and afterwards. Never start an event hungry or thirsty as you'll likely suffer throughout the ride.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Never try a new approach before or during a long ride.</strong>&nbsp;This idea is like #1, but important enough that it should stand on its own.</li> </ol> <h2><a name="Gear"></a>Gear</h2> <p>Bringing the right gear that is easily transported to the trip is a major consideration. Training sessions will give you indicators of what type of gear is essential. For more specific information, review trip packing lists, ask organizers for recommended items, and interact with ride veterans on trip forums (if available) to discover useful items that may not be mentioned otherwise.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s my approach:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Find a bicycle and helmet that fit</strong> you and the cycling surface (that is, use a hybrid or mountain bike if you are traveling on a rails-to-trails trail or a road bike if you are riding on the road).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Bring a water bottle and other essentials</strong> in a bicycle bag, which should include a basic repair kit (bicycle tube, tool, and pump), snacks, and possibly a first-aid kit. Avoid carrying a daypack on your back as this arrangement becomes uncomfortable quickly.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Acquire additional gear as needed. </strong>These items may include a bicycle computer, moisture-wicking clothing (shirts, shorts, and socks), raingear, bicycle lock, and camping gear.</li> </ol> <p>Renting bikes and other equipment makes sense if you are traveling a long distance for the trip, and you are confident that you can rent the right type of bicycle that is in excellent working condition and fits properly. Our family&rsquo;s disastrous experience was due partly to a problem bicycle, selected hurriedly from a rental shop next to the bike trail. The chain fell off repeatedly and seemed permanently stuck in one gear, which didn&rsquo;t allow for ease of pedaling. The owner helped us and adjusted our bill, but the experience taught me to be diligent in checking out rental shops and bike rentals.</p> <h2><a name="Mental_Readiness"></a>Mental Readiness</h2> <p>Getting mentally ready is just as important as physical fitness. You don&rsquo;t have to pursue mental toughness specifically. As you train and encounter challenges, make mistakes, and survive these experiences, you&rsquo;ll develop mental toughness naturally.</p> <p>Things that have happened to me, for example, include times when I started to become dehydrated because a rest stop closed early, ate a hamburger just an hour before a long and fast ride, pushed myself too hard in the early phase of a ride and struggled for the subsequent 20 miles, and cycled for hours in the rain. I've also heard &quot;war stories&quot; that included sudden muscle cramping and extreme fatigue during an epic ride a few days after donating blood.</p> <p>These things are scary but they are helpful because they...</p> <ol> <li>...teach you what <em>not </em>to do next time.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>....help you to encourage others to avoid these problems or recognize what&rsquo;s wrong when someone repeats your past mistake (instead of panicking).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>...demonstrate your resilience.</li> </ol> <p>Another way to build your readiness is by completing the longest daily distance and doing back-to-back rides. The intimidation of a 40-mile ride and riding multiple days in a row disappears if you have managed to conquer those challenges already. You'll also learn techniques for handling such exertion.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t panic if you cannot take that long ride if you are otherwise healthy and fit, and the trip difficulty level is low. On a typical day, you'll have completed a workout plus all your daily chores (such as going to work, fixing dinner, and doing laundry), which can zap your energy. During the trip, all you have to do is ride.</p> <p>To find a trip that's right for your family, talk to folks at your local bicycle,&nbsp;outdoor shop, and bicycle club; or investigate&nbsp;trips offered by <a href="http://www.adventurecycling.org/tours/index.cfm">Adventure Cycling</a>, hosted by state agencies (such as the <a href="http://www.mostateparks.com/katytrail/2011ride.htm">Katy Trail Ride in Missouri</a>) and organized by adventure travel companies. To find trails suitable for family training, check out maps from <a href="http://www.traillink.com/home.aspx">Rails-to-Trails Conservancy </a>or your local parks and recreation department.</p> <p><em>If you have techniques for getting families or yourself ready for a cycling vacation, share them in the comments. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/train-now-for-a-summertime-family-cycling-trip">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland">15 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland</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/surefire-ways-to-save-on-summer-camp-costs">Surefire Ways to Save on Summer Camp Costs</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/tips-for-starting-or-jumpstarting-your-exercise-regimen">Tips For Starting (Or Jumpstarting) Your Exercise Regimen</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-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health</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-affordable-alternatives-to-pet-boarding">5 Affordable Alternatives to Pet Boarding</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty Travel cycling family activities family vacation summer activities training regimen Mon, 31 Jan 2011 13:00:21 +0000 Julie Rains 483647 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frequently Under-Budgeted Air Travel Costs http://www.wisebread.com/8-frequently-under-budgeted-air-travel-costs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frequently-under-budgeted-air-travel-costs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport-food-482364461-small.jpg" alt="airport food" title="airport food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the next few months, many people will hop on an airplane to visit friends or family for the holidays.</p> <p>At some point in my life, I read about why airline miles are much more popular than hotel points (even though hotel points are more valuable). The reason is that our minds plan out trips sequentially. When planning a vacation, we first want to take care of airfare, then we will look into making a hotel booking. Thus, an average person might find it hard to envision the total cost (including all the extras) of his vacation or family trip.</p> <p>Most people who come back from a vacation that involves air travel often complain about how expensive everything was along the way. Check out the list below for air travel charges you should budget for.</p> <h2>Baggage</h2> <p>When booking tickets, I suggest you go ahead and make a total airline cost spreadsheet, because the cost of baggage when comparing airlines can make a significant difference. I&rsquo;ve heard people talk about how the price is the same to fly with multiple airlines, but that is not true when you factor in extra fees and charges. Since there are five people in my family, any time we can get on a Southwest flight we save a bunch in baggage fees. While traveling, you might consider one of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-minimize-baggage-fees-when-flying">five ways to minimize baggage cost</a>.</p> <h2>Airport and In-Flight Meals</h2> <p>If you are flying stateside, don&rsquo;t expect to get a free lunch. For the most part, those days are over. Remember, also, that airports tend to have inflated meal prices because they have a monopoly. You&rsquo;re not going to drive to the nearest restaurant while you&rsquo;re waiting for a connecting flight.</p> <p>Of course, the obvious alternative is to take your own meal.</p> <h2>Foreign Currency Exchange</h2> <p>For those who will travel overseas, you should expect to pay a fee to exchange your currency. However, different ways to exchange your money carry varying fees. Depending on how long you plan to be on vacation and how much you plan to spend, that could make a significant difference. As an example, if you use a Visa or MasterCard that charges a 3% foreign currency exchange fee compared to a 0% foreign currency exchange fee credit card, then on a $5,000 vacation you can save $150.</p> <h2>Tipping</h2> <p>A personal pet peeve about traveling in America is all the people along the way who expect you to tip them.</p> <p>If you are traveling in and out of airports and in and out of hotels, you will likely incur some tipping expenses.</p> <h2>In-Flight Entertainment</h2> <p>Showing up at the airport with nothing to do can be expensive. The airport is one of the most expensive places to buy a book. In addition, some airlines are starting to charge for use of internet or movies.</p> <p>Consider your entertainment needs before getting on the flight, and bring your own.</p> <h2>Airport Transportation or Parking</h2> <p>The cost of getting to and from the airport can really add up.</p> <p>Determine which of these options is the cheapest for you: taxi, shuttle bus, stay at a hotel and leave your car, airport parking lot (don&rsquo;t forget to look for an online coupon), or have a friend drop you off.</p> <h2>Visa or Passport Fees</h2> <p>If traveling internationally, you should expect to pay fees for tourist visas. You&rsquo;ll need to find out details about that particular country.</p> <h2>Credit Card Interest</h2> <p>If you don't have the money to pay for the trip and think you can just charge it, let me just say that is a horrible game plan. The expense of the trip will be outrageous. If you are in credit card debt or getting out of credit card debt, you should consider a staycation or a vacation that doesn&rsquo;t cost any money. If you are paying interest on a credit card, this is not the right time for a vacation.</p> <p>While planning a vacation can be a lot of fun, you need to be sure to add all these extra fees into your budget or you&rsquo;re going to run out of coins before you even get to your destination.</p> <p><em>Can you think of any more often overlooked travel costs?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craig-ford">Craig Ford</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frequently-under-budgeted-air-travel-costs">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/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</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-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</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/how-to-save-money-on-travel-with-an-awesome-group-vacation">How to Save Money on Travel With an Awesome Group Vacation</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-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel cheap air travel family vacation vacation Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:00:08 +0000 Craig Ford 264863 at http://www.wisebread.com