Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/playa_del_carmen.jpg" alt="Playa del Carmen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mexico is filled with gorgeous beach towns that beckon global tourists year-round. The great thing is, many of them are affordable. That's especially true these days for Americans carrying U.S. dollars, since the exchange rate is so attractive now. Here are eight of the most affordable Mexican beach towns to visit, plus why you should go.</p> <h2>1. Loreto</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/shopping_in_loreto_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated on the Baja California Peninsula, Loreto offers more than a cool splash in blue waters. It's also home to the centuries-old church, Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, and prehistoric cave paintings at the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range.</p> <p>Beach-lovers can see pelicans, dolphins, and whales off the coast around Bahía de Loreto National Park. If you come in spring, you may also catch the migration of whales. For those after a little more active vacation, there is plenty of snorkeling and sport fishing, too.</p> <p>Best of all, three-star hotels in Loreto start at just $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/caribbean-island-vacations-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>2. Mazatlán</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/mazatlan_mexico_scenic_look_out_point.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Referred to as the Pearl of the Pacific, this resort town boasts 11 miles of boardwalk that promises lovely strolls along the sea. Mazatlán is also known for gorgeous architecture, friendly locals, a rich history, and a world-renowned night life district called Zona Dorada (Golden Zone).</p> <p>A fun to-do list could include visiting the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the historic part of town, dropping by the Zona Dorada to mingle with fellow tourists, and catching breathtaking sunsets.</p> <p>Like surfing? Mazatlán is known as a surfing haven because of its enormous waves. If you are visiting as a family, you can also take the little ones to the Mazatlán Aquarium.</p> <p>Mazatlán is convenient to get to and offers semitropical weather all year. Plus, you can find three-star hotels starting from $70. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Hotel Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>3. Todos Santos</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/quiet_each_near_cabo_on_the_pacific_ocean.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Popular with both artists and surfers, Todos Santos is located on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. History enthusiasts might drop by the local Profesor Néstor Agúndez Martínez Cultural Center while beach-lovers might hang out at surfer-friendly San Pedrito, Los Cerritos, or La Pastora.</p> <p>While surfing is the most popular activity in Todos Santos, it's not the only adventure on the menu: You can go kayaking, camping, fishing, or hiking. You can also take part in an eco-tour.</p> <p>In the winter, Todos Santos is a premier spot to watch the migration of gray whales. And walking through the historic part of town will get you to numerous art galleries.</p> <p>You can find hotels starting at $30, although most three-star hotels cost $90 per night and up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Once-In-a-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned with Credit Card Rewards</a>)</p> <h2>4. Troncones</h2> <p>Troncones is a beach village 30 minutes away from Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport. The city is best known for its beaches and four main surf spots: La Saladita, Troncones Point, the Ranch, and La Boca. If surfing isn't your thing, you can still relax on the beautiful beaches with a good book. Animal lovers will also enjoy the many local pelicans and sea turtles.</p> <p>In Troncones, three-star hotels start at around $80 per night.</p> <h2>5. Playa del Carmen</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/playa_del_carmen_tourist_district_mayan_riviera_mexico_shops_restaurants.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Coastal resort town Playa del Carmen is the third largest city of its state, Quintana Roo, with seemingly endless palm trees, coral reefs, nightclubs, and restaurants. While it might be a bit more touristy than the other towns on the list, it makes up for it by its closeness to Cancun's International airport.</p> <p>In Playa del Carmen, you can spend the day diving, snorkeling, or swimming. In addition to its water-related activities, Playa del Carmen is also world famous for its restaurants and night life. At night, catch Mayan dance performances and free salsa classes while perusing the shops on the city's famous strip, 5th Avenue.</p> <p>For warm weather and fewer tourists, you may want to visit in April and May. Three-star hotels near the beach start at $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 International Destinations You Can Visit for $50 a Day</a>)</p> <h2>6. Puerto Escondido</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/puerto_escondido_mexico_493313786.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated along the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca, this beach town has become known as a world-class surf destination. But if you&rsquo;re not a surfer, there's still plenty to do. The town features a number of beaches where you can snorkel, swim, fish, and windsurf. And you can always just watch the powerful waves and surfers who ply them from the beach.</p> <p>If you want to soak in a little culture on land, try a Mexican cooking class and trip to the local market. For bustling nightlife, check out the bars at Zicatela beach. Some nights they may even have&nbsp;live music.</p> <p>Three-star hotels start at around $40 a night.(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <h2>7. La Paz</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_public_beach_with_water_slide_in_la_paz_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The capital of Baja California Sur is one of Mexico's best beach towns. La Paz is filled with lovely beaches, gardens, and parks. The town is also home to an array of seafront restaurants, hotels, and museums.</p> <p>Whether you want to go diving, watch the whales, or enjoy a secluded beach on your own, La Paz has tons to offer. Among La Paz's most famous beaches are Playa Balandra (especially great for kids), Playa el Coromuel, Playa Caimancito, Playa Pichilingue (ideal for camping), and Playa Tecolote, from which you can leave to see the island Espíritu Santo (or the Holy Spirit) &mdash; a Unesco World Heritage site. At any of these famous beaches, you can go kayaking or snorkeling, or simply enjoy the cliffs and inlets.</p> <p>Three-star hotels in La Paz start at just $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>8. Sayulita</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunrise_over_coast_of_sayulita_mexican.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Like many Mexican beach towns, Sayulita is affordable, beautiful, and surfer-friendly. The city also offers delicious seafood along with plenty of activities to keep you occupied.</p> <p>Since the waves are beginner-friendly, Sayulita is a great option if you want to learn how to surf with your kids. If you're after natural beauty and snorkeling opportunities, on the other hand, consider a day trip to nearby Marieta Islands.</p> <p>While in town, drop by Sayulita Fish Taco, a bar offering more varieties of tequila than you can count.</p> <p>Plan on paying $15 per night to stay in a hotel or $115 per night for three-star hotels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-hawaiian-resorts-you-can-book-with-rewards-points?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Amazing Hawaiian Resorts You Can Book With Rewards Points</a>)</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/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">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-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</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-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</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/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel budget travel mexican vacation mexico saving money on vacation travel tips tropical destinations Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Holly Johnson 1971281 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Amazing Hawaiian Resorts You Can Book With Rewards Points http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-hawaiian-resorts-you-can-book-with-rewards-points <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-amazing-hawaiian-resorts-you-can-book-with-rewards-points" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wailea_beach_on_the_southwest_shore_of_maui_hawaii.jpg" alt="Wailea Beach on the Southwest Shore of Maui Hawaii" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hawaii is notoriously expensive as a vacation destination, both in terms of getting there and accommodations. Due to the high cost of living on the island, you'll also pay more for food, drinks, and entertainment than you would on the mainland.</p> <p>The good news is, airline and hotel rewards programs can take the sting out of a Hawaiian getaway &mdash; or at least, part of the expense. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Airline credit cards</a> can boost your frequent flyer stash, making it fairly easy to fly to Hawaii for free, especially if you live on the West Coast.</p> <p>With British Airways, for example, you can redeem 25,000 Avios for a round-trip flight to Hawaii (on partners Alaska Airlines or American Airlines) from specific West Coast cities like Los Angeles. So, for a family of four, you would only need 100,000 Avios. That's a lot of miles, but it's not beyond reach.</p> <p>You can get even more value if you strategically plan your credit card spending to earn free hotel nights for your tropical getaway. With an array of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel credit cards</a>, you can book free nights at properties on nearly every Hawaiian island, and at nearly any price point.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Breakdown of Benefits and Value of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs</a></p> <p>Aching for a Hawaiian getaway, but trying to avoid full fare? Check out these Hawaiian hotels you can book with points.</p> <h2>1. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort</h2> <p>For just 25,000 Hyatt points per night, you can book a garden room with a king or queen bed, score a complimentary minibar with snacks, and enjoy a private lanai with stunning views at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.</p> <p>The Andaz Maui is popular for its beachfront location on Maui's Pacific coast, multitiered infinity pools, and top-notch customer care. Guests have access to a private adults-only pool, an on-site spa and salon, and beach activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.</p> <h2>2. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa</h2> <p>The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa owns a startling spot on the white sand beaches of Poipu with 50 acres of beachfront gardens, manicured lawns, and open courtyards for guests to enjoy. A nightly stay here costs just 25,000 Hyatt points, for which you'll get a standard king or queen guest room with a private lanai and classic Hawaiian décor.</p> <p>The resort itself, which is fairly large considering it has more than 600 rooms, offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour fitness center, Camp Hyatt for children, and access to a beautiful beach and pools.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-sign-up-bonuses-for-hotel-stays?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards with Sign Up Bonuses for Free Hotel Stays</a></p> <h2>3. Hilton Waikiki Beach</h2> <p>Consider a stay at the Hilton Waikiki Beach. A standard room with two queen beds and a city view can cost as little as 50,000 Hilton Honors points outside of peak times. These spacious rooms come with a flat screen TV and complimentary HBO, private balconies, and luxurious marble bathrooms.</p> <p>The hotel itself features an amazing location in the thick of Waikiki Beach, along with a spectacular beachfront and plenty of on-site activities and restaurants for families and couples. It's just over a mile from Diamond Head, and some rooms feature views of the famous mountain. It's also walking distance to the International Marketplace, Honolulu Zoo, Kapiolani Park, and the Waikiki Aquarium.</p> <h2>4. Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort</h2> <p>If you're familiar with the Waldorf Astoria Brand, you already know just how luxurious and opulent the Grand Wailea must be. This gorgeous beachfront property features seven on-site restaurants, inspiring art, an unbelievable beachfront directly out its doors, and nine amazing pools perfect for families. Active adults and kids can sign up for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking tours, scuba lessons, and much more.</p> <p>If you want to stay here, you'll need a lot of Hilton Honors points. A standard garden view room with two queen beds can cost 138,000 Hilton Honors points per night or more. A Hilton credit card, however, could get you free stays at this property. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-hilton-hhonors-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Hilton Credit Card Should You Get?</a>)</p> <h2>5. Holiday Inn Resort: Waikiki Beachcomber</h2> <p>The Waikiki Beachcomber Holiday Inn Resort is located in a premier spot near the heart of Waikiki, upscale shopping, and one of the area's most beautiful beaches. The property itself offers free internet, spectacular ocean and mountain views, the perfect beach for swimming or sunbathing, and a pool ideal for kids.</p> <p>You can book a standard king room for just 40,000 IHG points per night, or use a combination of points and cash. Like other Holiday Inn Resorts, this property lets kids stay free when they share a room with their parents.</p> <h2>6. Sheraton Kona Resort &amp; Spa at Keauhou Bay</h2> <p>For just 10,000 Starwood starpoints per night, you can stay at the Sheraton Kona Resort &amp; Spa at Keauhou Bay. Its basic mountain and garden view rooms (bookable with points) feature the Sheraton Signature sleep experience with upgraded bedding, a private lanai, and an in-room refrigerator.</p> <p>The Sheraton Kona Resort &amp; Spa sits right at the edge of the water, providing amazing views of the mountains and ocean. You'll find meandering pools perfect for splashing or relaxing, killer views from every angle, and spacious rooms perfect for families. Enjoy sailing canoe tours, fishing, snorkeling, lei making, morning yoga, and many other activities.</p> <h2>7. Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort &amp; Spa, Waikiki Beach</h2> <p>If you're in the mood to splurge, book the Moana Surfrider for 20,000-25,000 starpoints per night with the Starwood Preferred Guest program. A free night award qualifies you for a stay in a historic Banyan room with Heavenly bedding, high-speed internet access, and basic décor.</p> <p>The resort itself is bursting with things to do and see. An expansive lobby, outdoor dining opportunities, huge pool, and idyllic beachfront make it the perfect spot for families and couples alike. You'll also find an on-site fitness center and spa, perfect for staying in shape and scoring some much-needed relaxation.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Our Favorite Hotel Credit Card: Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card</a></p> <h2>8. Residence Inn Maui Wailea</h2> <p>If you're looking for a Hawaiian getaway with as much room as possible, consider cashing in some Marriott Rewards points for a stay at the Residence Inn Maui Wailea. Here, 40,000 Marriott Rewards points will get you a studio suite with a king or two queen beds, a living and dining area with full kitchen, and free breakfast. If you've vacationed in Hawaii in the past, you already know just how valuable free breakfast can be.</p> <p>The hotel itself has a spacious lobby, outdoor fire pits for guests, outstanding ocean views, a putting green, basketball court, fitness center, and a huge pool. With your own kitchen and so many amenities, you may never want to leave.</p> <p><strong>Related Stories:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/caribbean-island-vacations-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">Once-In-a-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned with Credit Card Rewards</a></p> </li> </ul> <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/8-amazing-hawaiian-resorts-you-can-book-with-rewards-points">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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Today we found articles on airport hacks for your next flight, things to do before you start looking for a job, and tips for hosing a summer BBQ in a small space.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Airport-Hacks-35723248">22 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a> &mdash; Bring an empty water bottle and fill it up once you get past the security checkpoints. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.fool.com/careers/2017/06/20/do-these-things-before-looking-for-a-job.aspx">Do These 5 Things Before Looking for a Job</a> &mdash; Google yourself so you have an idea of what prospective employers will find if they do a search on you. [The Motley Fool]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/how-to-host-summer-barbecue-small-space/">How to Host a Summer &lsquo;Barbecue&rsquo; in a Small Space</a> &mdash; Clear all surfaces of unnecessary clutter and décor to make room for displaying food and drinks, and for your guests to rest their cups and plates. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/aaa-benefits/">21 AAA Membership Benefits You May Not Know About (You&rsquo;ll Love #20!)</a> &mdash; AAA is a licensed DMV representative in some states, which means you may be able to complete certain DMV transactions and tasks at a AAA office instead. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0615/Understanding-why-loneliness-exists-can-help-ease-it-say-scientists">Understanding why loneliness exists can help ease it, say scientists</a> &mdash; Loneliness causes you to retreat inward, which in turn makes you feel lonelier. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2017/06/19/small-ways-make-big-difference/">Small Ways to Make a Big Difference</a> &mdash; Support the small businesses in your community and shop local whenever you can. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="https://www.goodfinancialcents.com/make-money-online-at-home">51 Legit Ways to Make Money Online</a> &mdash; You can earn some extra cash or gift cards by participating in online focus groups. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="https://dyernews.com/starting-your-own-business-take-care-of-these-things-first/">Starting Your Own Business? Take Care of These Things First</a> &mdash; Having a detailed business plan in place will help keep you from making expensive and time-consuming mistakes. [Dyer News]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/improve-communication-skills/">How To Boost Your Communication Power</a> &mdash; Learn how to use emotional intelligence to communicate better. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://zenhabits.net/happy-things/">How to Be Happy When You&rsquo;re in an Unhappy Situation</a> &mdash; Wanting to avoid pain is a very human response, but it's important to allow yourself to be unhappy. That's where the healing starts. [zen habits]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-22-airport-hacks-for-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-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/11-smart-ways-to-get-some-sleep-at-the-airport">11 Smart Ways to Get Some Sleep at the Airport</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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/cheap-passport-pictures-part-two-online-ordering">Cheap Passport Pictures (Part Two): Online Ordering</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airport hacks best money tips Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:31:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1969824 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/italian_street_food_in_venice.jpg" alt="Italian street food in Venice" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people would never dream of buying street food from a stall when traveling, and with the number of horror stories out there, that's understandable. Reports of widespread contamination and severe food-borne illnesses are common. As a result, choosing the right stall can feel like a minefield if you don't know what to look for.</p> <p>I've been seriously ill many times in my eight years of traveling, but in my experience, it's nearly as likely to come from a nice sit down restaurant as from a street food stall.</p> <p>Street stalls are an important part of the culture in many countries, and they are where you'll find some of the most delicious and authentic cuisine. They also happen to be a cheap way to eat well. It pays to be cautious, but there's no need to miss out on street food altogether if you follow a few basic rules. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Only eat at local mealtimes</h2> <p>Wherever you are, spend a little time figuring out what time people tend to eat their meals. One way to do this is to observe the areas that serve street food and make a mental note of when they get busy. You can also ask a local resident for the inside scoop. Once you're armed with the local mealtimes, stick to them rigidly and make sure that the stall you choose is bustling before you start to order.</p> <p>If you arrive before or after peak times, you won't know how long the food ingredients have been sitting around. You want a stall with a high turnover, constantly refreshing their ingredients and swapping out utensils and containers. When it comes to street food, it's always best to follow the crowd.</p> <h2>Look closely at the queue</h2> <p>In almost every other aspect of life, queues are looked at as a tedious and unnecessary waste of time. But if there is not a line of people waiting to order at the stall and you've followed the point above, then you should be questioning why.</p> <p>Put simply, queues mean quality, because people don't stand in line unless they know they're going to get something that's worth waiting for. Consider queues your best friend. They don't just mean that the food will be tasty, but they virtually guarantee that it will be fresh and safe to eat.</p> <p>In areas where competition for street food vendors is high, this applies even more so. Quite often, street food stalls that sell exactly the same dishes will group together in one place. Though it seems counterintuitive, the economies of agglomeration mean that it's actually beneficial for vendors to do this, as a higher volume of similar stalls attracts a higher number of buyers. Don't go rogue and be the person that chooses to save time by heading to the place with no queue. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Watch the preparation of the food</h2> <p>One of the greatest things about street food is the element of theater that comes with it. Watching chefs elaborately toss ingredients in the air with their wok, or chop fresh produce at lightning speed can be as entertaining an experience as eating the food itself. But more important than the open air performance is the fact that watching the preparation means you can plainly see how hygienic their methods are.</p> <p>Take a look at the preparation surfaces that are in use: Are they clean as a whistle or covered in flies? Does the stall owner look like they have decent standards of personal hygiene? Where is the raw food being kept? Is it out in the sun or carefully packed away in a cooler or refrigerator? Watch closely for a few minutes before you make your choice, and if you're not happy with how the food is being prepared, move on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>If it doesn't taste right, don't continue</h2> <p>When it comes to food, using the sniff and poke test to determine whether something is safe to eat is not a good idea. Just because it smells fine, that doesn't necessarily mean it's not going to be harmful. Food could appear on the surface to be perfectly fine and still be riddled with illness-causing bacteria. That said, if a dish smells or tastes terrible, then you should definitely err on the side of caution and take it as a sign that something is potentially off or rotten.</p> <p>A solid rule of thumb to follow is that if it doesn't seem right, then just don't continue eating it. There's no need to be rude, but you should let the cooks know that something doesn't seem quite right, so they don't pass on contaminated food to other customers. You may have paid for it already, but it's really not worth the risk. You should, quite literally, go with your gut in this instance.</p> <h2>Eat cooked food or peelable food</h2> <p>If it's not cooked, or not peelable, then don't let it pass your lips. In many countries, there are delicacies that are made from raw eggs, raw vegetables, and even raw meat. Though they may be lovely and perfectly safe for those who are used to eating them, don't play Russian roulette with your digestive system. If you are desperate to try one of these dishes, then it's far better to go to a restaurant that you have reference-checked thoroughly beforehand than to take a gamble on the street.</p> <p>Always be sure to check that food is piping hot throughout, as partial heating is a surefire way to encourage bacterial growth. You can always ask for something to be cooked longer if you're unsure. When it comes to fruit, stick to the stuff that's peelable. A removable skin is nature's promise of sterility within.</p> <h2>What to do if the worst does happen</h2> <p>If you do end up getting sick, the first and most important thing to do is remain hydrated by drinking lots of water, because it's essential to replace any fluids you lose when you're sick. Get lots of rest, as it will help your body recover quickly. Remember, most bouts of food poisoning won't last longer than three days. It's not usually necessary to take any medication for sickness or diarrhea and it will ordinarily just run its course naturally.</p> <p>If your symptoms are severe, or they haven't improved after three days, then you should get in touch with a medical professional to seek further help.</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/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling">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/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</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/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</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-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford">5 International Destinations Anyone Can Afford</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-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar">5 Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper Due to a Strong U.S. Dollar</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/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel food poisoning food tips international travel safe travel safety tips street food travel tips Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1969596 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_summer_vacation_496796385.jpg" alt="Family using credit for a cheaper, safer summer vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer travel season has arrived! Whether you&rsquo;re going to the beach, the lake, the mountains, or &ldquo;The Happiest Place on Earth&rdquo; (at least from the kids&rsquo; perspective), summer vacation can be expensive. It also can put you at risk for theft &mdash; both of your personal belongings and your identity.</p> <p>According to Experian, the average per-person cost of a vacation is $2,275, and half of this expense is put on a credit card. Planning ahead, setting a budget, and saving money in advance are essential for a debt-free vacation. Even after putting in the time and effort to start a vacation fund at the bank, using credit can be a smart financial choice. Here are seven ways using credit as a financial tool during your summer travel can help you have a safer, less-expensive vacation without taking on debt.</p> <h2>1. Convenience</h2> <p>Figuring out foreign currency can be like Harry Potter counting Muggle money. Using a credit card can eliminate uncomfortable stares from the locals, who you know are thinking, <em>Yup, they&rsquo;re tourists,</em> while you and yours hold up the line deciding whether the gold coin with the lady on it or the silver coin with the man is the right change. A credit card can also automate the calculation of exchange rates. Look for cards that don&rsquo;t charge a foreign transaction fee. Finally, credit cards hold up much better than cash when you drop your wallet in the pool.</p> <h2>2. Travel insurance</h2> <p>Some credit card agreements provide travel insurance when you book flights or hotels. You&rsquo;ll be glad you didn&rsquo;t reserve those nonrefundable tickets with cash when the hurricane blows through two weeks before departure and takes your hotel with it.</p> <h2>3. Purchase discounts</h2> <p>Branded credit cards may offer discounts for purchases on the resort property or in stores and restaurants in the area. The right logo or cute cartoon character on the card can leave you with a little extra cash in the bank back home.</p> <h2>4. Rewards and incentives</h2> <p>Airline miles, hotel points, and cash back can add up quickly on a cross-country road trip or overseas vacation. Using a credit card could put a bit of money back in your savings account, get you a free room for a night, or earn a seat upgrade on a long overnight flight.</p> <h2>5. Identity theft protection</h2> <p>Your identity may be your most valuable possession. Using a credit card for vacation purchases will protect you when your identity is compromised. Because losses due to fraud are limited to $50, if your identity is stolen while on the road, you won&rsquo;t lose any cash. In most cases, even the $50 is waived by the credit card company.</p> <h2>6. Theft deterrence</h2> <p>Want to put a bullseye on your back? Pull out a big wad of cash in a crowded vacation spot. Flashing loads of lucre can make you a prime target for thieves and pickpockets. Eliminate bulging pockets and use a credit card instead of cash. If you do have your pocket picked, simply call the credit card company to have the account blocked and a replacement card delivered to you.</p> <h2>7. Expense tracking</h2> <p>Using a single credit card for all your vacation purchases can be a good financial management tool. Designating a single card will give you a complete record of your expenses when you get home &mdash; in the form of your monthly statement.</p> <p>You might also consider applying for a new card expressly for your summer vacation. That makes expense tracking even easier &mdash; any spending on the card is automatically &quot;vacation spending.&quot; If you choose your vacation card carefully, you may be able to boost your rewards and savings, too. Before applying, check your Experian credit report and <a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/credit-education/score-basics/" target="_blank">score</a>. Knowing what&rsquo;s in the report will ensure there aren&rsquo;t any surprises when you apply.</p> <p>Of course, you can&rsquo;t just charge it and forget it. You still have to monitor your spending along the way, stick to your budget, and use your vacation savings to pay the balance in full when you get home. But if you use credit wisely, you may be able to leave a bit in the account to use next year.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rod-griffin">Rod Griffin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-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/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever</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-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel cheap travel saving money summer travel summer vacation travel Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:11 +0000 Rod Griffin 1969124 at http://www.wisebread.com Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girls_ in_bed_under_the_covers_0.jpg" alt="Girls in bed under the covers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any parent who travels knows that kids can make a travel experience more rewarding.&nbsp;Unfortunately, children can also make travel &mdash; including hotel accommodations &mdash; frighteningly expensive.&nbsp;</p> <p>Adding children to your room can increase your bill significantly. This is especially true in all-inclusive resorts, where in many instances, adding two children under 12 years old to a reservation for two adults hikes the room rate by 50 percent. Hotels in larger U.S. cities and elsewhere in the world also charge extra for children.</p> <p>Fortunately, a handful of family-friendly hotel chains and resorts allow children to stay for free.</p> <h2>Choice Hotels</h2> <p>Choice Hotels offers an array of lodging options around the country where kids under the age of 18 are welcomed with open arms. Think Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn. These properties may not be the type you'll want to select for a full-fledged vacation, but they can make a nice resting spot while you traverse the country or wait for your next-day flight.</p> <p>According to&nbsp;Choice Hotels, kids stay free at select locations, provided you book at an eligible rate and don't require any additional bedding. Also keep in mind that Choice Hotels are relatively inexpensive to begin with. It's fairly easy to book one of their properties for less than $100 per night, which is a stellar deal whether you bring the kids along or not. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Hotel Rewards</a>)</p> <h2>Holiday Inn Hotels &amp; Resorts</h2> <p>While this isn't commonly known,&nbsp;kids stay and eat free&nbsp;at all Holiday Inn Hotels and Holiday Inn Resorts. The rules vary at different properties, however. For example, kids 19 and under stay free in a shared room with their parents at traditional Holiday Inn properties. And up to four children age 12 and under can eat for free with a paid adult any time of the day in any on-site Holiday Inn restaurant.</p> <p>At Holiday Inn's all-inclusive properties in Mexico and Jamaica, however, only kids under 12 stay for free.&nbsp;And since all their meals are included anyway, you won't have to pay for their food, either. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Breakdown of Benefits and Value of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs and Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>IBEROSTAR Hotels and Resorts</h2> <p>IBEROSTAR offers five-star, all-inclusive vacations in some of the most beautiful destinations around the world. It also makes its offerings more affordable by allowing kids to stay free with certain packages. Currently, one child can stay free with a paying adult at certain hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean, while the chain's Cozumel property welcomes two kids for free with two paid adults. A minimum three-night stay is required, and other terms and conditions apply. IBEROSTAR hotels also offer supervised kids clubs and unique programming created especially for children. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a>)</p> <h2>Club Med Resorts</h2> <p>At&nbsp;all-inclusive Club Med Sun Resorts&nbsp;in Europe, Africa, and Mauritius, children under six years old are always free; At Club Med all-inclusive resorts everywhere, else the cutoff age is four. From there, a sliding scale of discounts is in place. Children ages four to 11 get a 50 percent discount, for example, while kids 12&ndash;15 are 40 percent off.</p> <p>Like other all-inclusive resorts, Club Med offers all your food, drinks (including alcohol), and entertainment for one low price. But Club Med offers another round of excellent programming for children, including supervised kids' clubs, trapeze lessons, and special sports activities for children of all ages.</p> <h2>Divi Resorts</h2> <p>Divi Resorts&nbsp;offers all-inclusive properties in some of the most stunning regions of the Caribbean. Children stay free at some, but rules vary by location. At Divi Dutch Village Beach Resort in Aruba, for example, kids ages 12 and under stay and eat for free with the all-inclusive plan. At Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, on the other hand, only children ages five and under stay free with the all-inclusive option. Kids ages six to 12 eat at a discounted rate.</p> <p>Before you book a Divi Resort for a family-friendly stay, make sure to read the guidelines to see what children cost, if anything. And whichever resort you stay at, make sure to sign your kids up for Treasures of the Caribbean, a supervised children's program for kids ages four to 12.</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/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</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-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</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-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</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/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations all inclusive amenities families hotels kids resorts rooms stay for free vacation Tue, 13 Jun 2017 08:30:18 +0000 Holly Johnson 1965087 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Avoid or Mitigate Flight Delays http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_waiting_for_his_flight_in_the_international_airport.jpg" alt="Man waiting for his flight in the international airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you fly even a few times a year, chances are at some point you'll have your flight delayed or canceled. About one in five flights by the major U.S. airlines have been canceled or delayed this year, according to the Department of Transportation.</p> <p>Either event can mean missed connections or disruptions to your schedule at your destination. A cancellation can mean being stuck in an airport for hours or days while you wait for another flight. When it comes to shorter itineraries with a quick turnaround, you could even be delayed so long you miss your event. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-flight-was-canceled-now-what?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Your Flight Was Canceled. Now What?</a>)</p> <p>Worried about getting to your destination on time? Consider these strategies.</p> <h2>1. Fly morning routes</h2> <p>If you book the last flight of the night and it's canceled, you can guess what will happen. You and every one of your fellow passengers will try their hardest to get on the next flight out the following morning. And yes, an overnight stay is imminent.</p> <p>If you fly morning flights, on the other hand, you'll have a good chance of squeezing onto another flight later in the day. This is especially true with popular routes that feature several flights departing from your home airport on a daily basis.</p> <h2>2. Book nonstop flights whenever you can</h2> <p>The more stops or layovers on your itinerary, the more opportunities for delays or cancellations you'll face. This is especially true if some of your stops are in areas where inclement weather is common, or if you're traveling to an airport with a poor on-time flight record. If you have an extremely tight connection time (less than 60 minutes), a delay on the first leg of your flight increases your chances of missing the second leg. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster?ref-seealso" target="_blank">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a>)</p> <h2>3. Fly on off-peak days</h2> <p>According to a recent study from CheapAir.com, the cheapest days to fly this summer are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You'll save $62 per person on average if you avoid Sundays (the most expensive day to fly). You can also save if you avoid the month of July altogether and travel instead during late summer or fall, when airports are less crowded.</p> <p>This is the simple result of supply and demand. Since weekends and certain months are busier times to travel, airfare costs more.</p> <p>But there's another reason to avoid those busy times. The more flights that are scheduled and in the air, the more chances of something going wrong. If you want to reduce your chances of having a flight canceled or delayed and perhaps save some money in the process, avoid flying on busy weekends and choose off-peak days instead.</p> <h2>4. Consider flying out of smaller airports</h2> <p>Another way to reduce the chance of delays or cancellations is to avoid congested airports. The more flights coming in and out, the more schedule changes may take place. By choosing an airport with fewer flights, you may reduce your chances of having your travel plans spoiled by a cancellation or delay. If you live in an area with more than one airport, consider flights from the smaller of the two.</p> <h2>5. Avoid airports with a bad reputation for delays</h2> <p>Some airports are more prone to cancellations and delays than others, for various reasons. MileCards recently profiled the best and worst airports in the country in terms of on-time departures during the summer.</p> <p>According to its study, Newark has the worst 10-year record for summer travel, with only a 66.5 percent on-time rate. New York's LaGuardia and Kennedy airports, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago O'Hare, Philadelphia, Miami, Washington Reagan, and Columbus round out the top 10 worst airports.</p> <p>If it's feasible to avoid these airports, you can add this strategy to your delay-avoiding arsenal.</p> <p>On the other hand, Kahului, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Orange County, Phoenix, Seattle, San Jose, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas are the best for on-time summer travel, according to the report.</p> <h2>6. Avoid holidays and other peak travel times</h2> <p>This tip goes without saying. Whenever you travel over a holiday or peak travel time, there's more chance of something &mdash; anything &mdash; going wrong. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values" target="_blank">Peak travel times</a> can include entire seasons like &quot;summer,&quot; but they can also include peak travel weeks like spring break and winter break.</p> <p>It also depends where you're traveling. While &quot;peak&quot; travel time to Europe is summer, winter is the most popular time to travel to the Caribbean.</p> <p>You can't always avoid traveling during peak times, but it helps to keep the fact that delays and cancellations are more likely during these times in mind. If you're going to travel during peak travel season, using some of the other strategies on this list could lessen the impact of a delay or help you avoid one.</p> <h2>7. Have alternative flights picked out and ready</h2> <p>Here's another smart tip: If you are paranoid about cancellations, try choosing your alternative flights and having the information about them written down and easily accessible. That way, if your flight is indeed canceled, you'll be ready to let the airline know a solution to your issue. By having flights picked out, you can beat the masses who aren't prepared and have no idea what to do next.</p> <h2>8. Check your credit card</h2> <p>The agents at the gate not being helpful? Does your credit card have a concierge service you can call? Does it give you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=internal" target="_blank">access to an airport lounge</a> (where you cannot only sit out the delay in quiet and comfort, but where there are available agents that are not as harried as the ones at the gate facing a long line of angry and irritable customers)? Can you book a new flight with your points so you don't feel the sting of the extra charges as much? Some may even provide a refund for your delayed or canceled flight, as well as for charges incurred because of it, if it includes the right travel insurance.</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">good travel credit card</a> can help you in a travel pinch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Types of Travel Insurance Credit Cards Include That You Didn't Know About</a>)</p> <h2>9. Never check a bag</h2> <p>This tip may sound crazy, but if you're worried about flight delays and cancellations, never check a bag. Once your bag is on a flight, you could experience severe hardship tracking it down if you wind up on another flight leaving later that day or the next day. By sticking to carry-on only, on the other hand, you can ensure your bag is always nearby &mdash; and never in luggage purgatory.</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/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays">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/your-flight-was-canceled-now-what">Your Flight Was Canceled. Now What?</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/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</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-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel airports cancellations delays flights flying Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Holly Johnson 1962382 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Good Travel Habits You Should Pick Up http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-good-travel-habits-you-should-pick-up <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-good-travel-habits-you-should-pick-up" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_map_541288182.jpg" alt="Woman using good travel habits she picked up" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on good travel habits you should develop, ways to get fit over the summer, and how to defeat negativity.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://fusion.kinja.com/only-in-death-will-we-know-peace-fusions-live-blog-of-1795903136">12 Good Travel Habits You Should Develop ASAP</a> &mdash; Start packing at least a night before your trip. The extra time you have to throw items into your bag as you think of them means you're less likely to forget something. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://pakwired.com/addicted-to-facebook/">10 Ways to Get Fit Over the Summer</a> &mdash; You don't need to do intensive workouts to get fit. Do activities that keep you moving, like swimming or taking walks. [Life Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/how-you-can-win-the-battle-against-negativity/">How You Can Win The Battle Against Negativity</a> &mdash; Create a strategic retreat where you can recharge after dealing with negativity. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2017/06/10-tough-questions-to-ask-yourself-about-your-goals/">10 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Goals</a> &mdash; Are your goals yours or someone else's? Are they goals that society has imposed on you? [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="https://pakwired.com/addicted-to-facebook/">4 Signs You&rsquo;re Addicted to Facebook (and How to Break the Habit for Good)</a> &mdash; Do you check notifications as soon as you get them? You'll be more productive if you only check updates at certain, predesignated times of the day. [PakWired]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.northerncheapskate.com/financial-tips-for-couples-to-think-about/">Financial Tips for Couples to Think About</a> &mdash; Divide up the financial responsibilities so that both parties are involved in the family's budgeting and spending. [Northern Cheapskate]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/free-product-can-cost-you-money/">Free Product Can Cost You Money</a> &mdash; A free product isn't really free if it means you have to buy accessories to keep using it. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="http://www.financialsamurai.com/how-to-make-your-business-last-forever/">How To Make Your Business Last Forever</a> &mdash; Even successful businesses need to diversify if they want to keep up with the changing world. [Financial Samurai]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/5-causes-bankruptcy-avoid/">5 Causes Of Bankruptcy And How To Avoid It</a> &mdash; To avoid bankruptcy due to medical expenses, make sure you have the best insurance plan you can afford &mdash; even if you're relatively healthy. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://justsave.info/reduce-shopping-bill-20-ways-save-money-groceries/">Reduce Your Shopping Bill: 20 Ways To Save Money On Groceries</a> &mdash; Organize your grocery list by department to avoid having to double back for items you missed. [Just Save]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-good-travel-habits-you-should-pick-up">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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward 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/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer 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/cheap-passport-pictures-part-two-online-ordering">Cheap Passport Pictures (Part Two): Online Ordering</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips travel habits Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Amy Lu 1963113 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-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/heres-how-the-right-rv-and-vehicle-insurance-protects-your-summer-fun">Here&#039;s How the Right RV and Vehicle Insurance Protects Your Summer Fun</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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 7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don't Have a Vacation Fund http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/parents_and_their_two_children_on_the_beach.jpg" alt="Parents and their two children on the beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oops! It's already summer, and you have yet to save for a summer vacation. No worries. There are many ways you can still enjoy a family getaway on the cheap. If you get creative, adjust your expectations, and put in a little extra effort, you can get some much needed rest and relaxation without going into debt.</p> <h2>1. Gather last-minute funds</h2> <p>Maybe you haven't done your big spring clean-out. You can host a yard sale this weekend and get some cash for your old treasures. Check out local resale shops for clothing, children's items, and more. I've made a couple hundred dollars after a big clear out of toys and baby clothes to put toward time away. My husband is a teacher and has taken on summer gigs (like being a camp counselor) to make money to put toward travel.</p> <p>Sit down and write up a list of any and all the ways you think you might be able to make some quick cash. Other ideas include selling clothing on sites like Poshmark, finally rolling all that loose change, selling your unwanted event tickets on StubHub, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-money-today?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Ways to Make Money Today</a>)</p> <h2>2. Adjust your expectations</h2> <p>Consider approaching your usual vacation in a new way. Why not skip going out to eat and save a ton by trying to cook your way through each day? If you reserve a room or suite with a kitchen, this will be much easier. Try spending no more than you would on a normal week of groceries at home. Also, don't get sucked in by high-priced tourist attractions &mdash; many beaches and parks you'll find at your destination are free.</p> <p>There are many ways to cut dollars along your journey. If your hotel offers a free breakfast, take advantage. Call ahead to see if there are any perks included in your reservation, like free transportation, reduced ticket prices to local attractions, or special nightly events. If you have yet to secure your room, try staying a little farther away from the most alluring towns and attractions. Even driving 10 to 15 minutes can save you hundreds.</p> <h2>3. Check out your state</h2> <p>I recently researched everything the great state of New York has to offer in the way of travel. And I found plenty. Fresh water beaches on Lake Ontario. Majestic lake and mountain views in the Adirondacks. Romantic castles in the Thousand Islands region. Wineries and waterfalls in the Finger Lakes. There's so much to do within a couple hours of my front door, and I didn't even know it.</p> <p>Skip the pricey plane ticket and check out your state. You could plan a road trip visiting different regions, spending just a day or so in each area. Or you could choose the coolest thing you find and spend a couple days there. If you're not going to the more traditional vacation hot spots &mdash; the beach, for example &mdash; you may save a good chunk on hotels and eats.</p> <h2>4. Scope out campgrounds</h2> <p>If you have yet to try camping, you're missing out on an extremely inexpensive way to see the world. Try camping out at some of our country's National Parks. In fact, you can stay for an entire week at some of them for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks" target="_blank">less than $200</a>. Can't afford to go far? Check out state or even county parks. One of my favorites is in the Finger Lakes. Camping is dirt cheap, yet the setting gives you million dollar views and free swimming to boot.</p> <p>If you're not the outdoorsy type, some campgrounds offer glamping, aka glamorous camping, in cabins, yurts, and other accommodations that will feel more indoors than tent camping. (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>5. Go in with a friend (or two)</h2> <p>My family is actually taking a trip with another family this summer. We're both on a limited budget. Our kids are the same ages, and we like doing a lot of the same things. So, we hunted around to find a house rental to split in the Catskills. One of our shared interests is cooking, so we've already planned our homemade meals for the week. The house is close to the municipal pool, so that will be great for cooling off and it only costs a few dollars for a weekly pass.</p> <p>What do we plan to do for entertainment? Mostly just hang out. If you are close enough to certain friends or even family, sharing space can be a huge money-saver. And you'll have so much fun being together that you won't need to spend money to find things to do. If you're really strapped, your friends may even offer to let you come visit them for free. We've also done that in the past, and it was so much fun.</p> <h2>6. Consider day tripping</h2> <p>Who says you have to spend the night to get away? There are tons of places you can pack up and go for the day and get some much-needed R&amp;R. I like to go the old fashioned way and look at a physical map of my area. I have drawn a radius that gets us places in two or three hours (or less). In my circle, I can hit up gorgeous gorges and wineries in Ithaca, NY. Spend the day trekking around Philadelphia or New York City. We can even jaunt down to the Crayola Factory or Hershey Park for the kids.</p> <p>One of my close friends cannot afford to go on a full vacation in the summer. So, she takes her family on an incredible day trip most weekends. She packs lunch and snacks, too. Her kids absolutely love the adventures they find, and it keeps the fun going all summer long.</p> <h2>7. Research housesitting</h2> <p>Another friend of mine recently offered us her apartment near the Flatiron district of NYC because she needs a house- and cat-sitter while she backpacks around Europe. Unfortunately, we're not able to go. But seriously! What an amazing opportunity to spend a week in the heart of the City for basically nothing.</p> <p>Did you know that people post house-sitting gigs online? It's a great way to get a super awesome vacation, and fast. Try searching around on Craigslist or targeted sites like House Sitting America or Care.com. You can even put out a call on your Facebook to see if any friends are in need of this service. Gigs vary from place to place, but many will let you bring your pets and family. Some even pay you for your caretaking services. (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 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%2F7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Affordable%2520Family%2520Getaways%2520When%2520You%2520Dont%2520Have%2520a%2520Vacation%2520Fund.jpg&amp;description=7%20Affordable%20Family%20Getaways%20When%20You%20Dont%20Have%20a%20Vacation%20Fund"></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/u5180/7%20Affordable%20Family%20Getaways%20When%20You%20Dont%20Have%20a%20Vacation%20Fund.jpg" alt="7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don't Have a Vacation Fund" 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/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">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-great-places-to-take-the-family-for-spring-break">8 Great Places to Take the Family for Spring Break</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-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</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/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever</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-cheap-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-this-summer">6 Cheap Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel family trips family vacation frugal travel getaways summer vacation travel tips Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1961114 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Easy Ways to Minimize Jet Lag http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-easy-ways-to-minimize-jet-lag <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-easy-ways-to-minimize-jet-lag" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_tired_airport_490994267.jpg" alt="Man finding easy way to minimize jet lag" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on easy ways to minimize jet lag, when to replace common household items, and ways to have summer fun for under $100.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jet-Lag-Tips-41812780">12 Easy Ways to Minimize Jet Lag</a> &mdash; Dehydration is the part of jet lag that can make you feel the worst, physically, so drink plenty of water during your flight. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://www.officialcouponcode.com/how-often-should-you-replace-common-household-items/">How Often Should You Replace These 25 Common Household Items?</a> &mdash; A natural loofah should be replaced every month; a synthetic one lasts twice as long. [Official Coupon Code]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/06/06/6-ways-to-have-fun-this-summer-for-under-100/">6 Ways to Have Fun This Summer for Under $100</a> &mdash; Most towns have local festivals over the summer, complete with rides, games, and fried food. Go in with a strict budget to avoid overspending. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/summer-travel-spots-to-avoid-16954/">26 Summer Tourist Spots to Avoid &mdash; and Where to Go Instead</a> &mdash; Avoid the crowds and hassle of tourist hot spots by checking out other destinations that are just as fun and beautiful. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/do-smartphones-make-us-more-impulsive-shoppers-or-less/">Do Smartphones Make Us More Impulsive Shoppers &ndash; or Less?</a> &mdash; Smartphones can encourage bad spending habits, but they can also be a useful tool for saving money.&nbsp; [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/inexpensive-wedding-ideas/">15 Inexpensive Wedding Ideas</a> &mdash; Keep your rehearsal dinner or shower simple and informal to save money. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/student-finances/5-ways-to-side-hustle-through-college-060517/">5 Ways to Side Hustle Through College</a> &mdash; Being a college ambassador for an app will take some work to set up, but it can turn out to be a lucrative side job for students. [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://wellkeptwallet.com/ways-to-recycle-computers-for-money/">4 Ways to Recycle Computers for Money</a> &mdash; Upgrading your computer? Consider selling the parts of your old one to people who like building computers from scratch. [Well Kept Wallet]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/20507/5-places-find-quality-used-furniture.html">5 Places to Find Quality Used Furniture</a> &mdash; Don't be afraid to pick up furniture from the side of the road if it looks like it's still in good condition. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="https://lifedev.net/2017/06/07/how-to-transform-a-lazy-workday-into-a-professional-success/">How to Transform a Lazy Workday into a Professional Success</a> &mdash; Use any downtime at work to think of ways to make yourself a more valuable employee. [LifeDev]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-easy-ways-to-minimize-jet-lag">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-over-jet-lag-and-enjoy-your-trip">10 Ways to Get Over Jet Lag and Enjoy Your Trip</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</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/what-will-you-do-when-gas-hits-4-per-gallon">What will you do when gas hits $4 per gallon?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips jet lag Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:30:19 +0000 Amy Lu 1962379 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-623691410.jpg" alt="summer travelers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to get away this summer? Conserve your cash on general expenses so you can spend more on the things you'd like to do. Some pricey travel hiccups are unavoidable, but most of them you can definitely sidestep with a little bit of planning. Here are 12 tips on how to avoid costly travel mistakes.</p> <h2>1. Booking your entire hotel stay with one reservation</h2> <p>Like the stock market, nightly hotel rates fluctuate based on demand, time of year, and other factors, which means that you may not be getting the very best deal if you book the entire length of your stay in one reservation.</p> <p>In fact, you could save up to 40 percent off your entire stay by playing with your booking dates within the reservation system before you commit. For example, a five-night reservation at a popular hotel may book for $190 per night, but if you book the transaction as a one-night <em>and</em> a four-night reservation, the nightly rate drops to $127 the first night and $126 per night for the additional four nights. A great site to help you master this technique is <a href="https://findoptimal.com/en/" target="_blank">FindOptimal.com</a>, which will use its patent-pending technology to optimize your saving potential by providing cost-cutting solutions over two reservations instead of a single booking.</p> <h2>2. Overbooking your activity itinerary</h2> <p>I'm a planner through and through. My vacation days are jam-packed the moment I arrive at my destination, sometimes to the dismay of my travel partners who prefer a more leisurely approach to new-area exploration. While staying busy and active on vacation is my idea of a good time, I can admit that my tight schedule has hit a few snags in the past. Things don't always go according to plan and I've lost money on activity reservations because I was just too tired to do one more thing that day. Avoid this mistake by creating a loose itinerary ahead of time &mdash; do your research but don't lock down everything hour by hour unless it's something that's only offered on specific dates and times, or is in danger of being sold out. Once you have what you'd like to do on paper, fill in when you'd like to do them once you've arrived and are settled.</p> <h2>3. Over-packing things you don't need</h2> <p>Over-packing can present several dilemmas over the course of your trip, starting with the cost of exceeding the 50-pound checked bag limit before boarding your flight. If you're unable to transfer the overage to other bags you may be carrying, you will be required to pay up. Not a great start to your vacation. Then you have to lug that luggage around with you wherever you go, and you'll curse the day you bought that extra pair of shoes when you're hunched over like Quasimodo because you've carried the equivalent of a well-fed preteen on your back for miles.</p> <p>Let's not forget the trip home either. Now you have to buy an additional bag or leave clothing and accessories behind to make room for the items you've acquired during your travels. You can avoid all this hassle by editing your bag before you ever leave your house. Pack it, let it sit for a day so you can think about everything thing that's in it, then revisit it and pare down to only the essentials. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>4. Racking up international transaction fees</h2> <p>While abroad, you could get slammed with international fees for both your credit and debit cards. Call your card providers to understand their international fees, and consider getting a new card if your current ones don't have good rates for overseas purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards with Zero Foreign Transaction Fees</a>)</p> <p>&quot;Be sure to set a travel notice for your credit card so that your provider doesn't lock your account on suspicion of fraud,&quot; adds Benjamin Glaser, features editor for shopping-comparison site DealNews. &quot;For debit cards, find your bank's international ATM partners. You will still get charged a fee every time you withdraw money, but you will avoid an additional fee for going out of network.&quot;</p> <p>It's also a good idea to keep at least $100 cash on you at all times during vacation for emergency situations. You don't want to be S.O.L. if your card is declined or if it gets lost or stolen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Had</a>)</p> <h2>5. Traveling solo</h2> <p>I thoroughly enjoy dining alone and going shopping or to see a movie by myself, but when I travel I prefer to have a partner. For starters, how spectacular will my trip be if I don't have anyone with whom to share my experiences? Secondly, traveling with a companion cuts almost all expenses in half, including lodging, grocery bills, ground transport fares, and more. The buddy system is always a more economical option if you practice good personal finance, in my opinion.</p> <h2>6. Waiting to book ground transportation at your destination</h2> <p>A few years ago I traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, for my birthday and decided to book the car at the destination airport. <em>It's Memphis</em>, I thought to myself, how many people are renting cars here? Big mistake. Murphy's Law dictates then when I think something stupid like that, all the cars are sold out when I arrive. As such, I had to pay a premium for the car they were able to find me, which was a major letdown and an expensive annoyance.</p> <p>Booking ahead also applies to chauffeured transportation to avoid higher-than-standard rates on the ground.</p> <p>&quot;In many cases you can order a shared or private transfer at a lower cost than taking a taxi,&quot; says Isar Meitis, president of travel-booking site Last Minute Travel. &quot;Plus, you can have a designated driver waiting with your name, saving you a lot of time, and, in many cases, money. Also, many tourist attractions are cheaper if you book them prior, compared to a 'walk-in.' For a family with kids, these savings add up very quickly. In addition, these tickets can usually be picked up from a will-call kiosk or booth, which also means you don't have to wait in lines.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Dining out for most meals</h2> <p>One of the most budget-draining parts of your vacation is food, especially if you're eating out for most of your meals. You already know this. But you can cut the fat &mdash; literally and figuratively &mdash; by taking advantage of the complimentary breakfast that may be included with your hotel stay, locating free happy hour snacks and deals in the area (many hotels are now offering a free wine reception in the afternoons for guests); and buying groceries locally that you can make in the kitchen at your accommodations. And I always consult Groupon and Restaurant.com for discounts before choosing where I'll eat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>8. Leaving the hotel fridge stocked</h2> <p>Minibars are problematic if you have self-control issues, or children. It's easy to ravage these goodies when you're famished, and eventually you'll give in to your kids begging to get at the gummy bears in the bear-shaped bottle. Your resistance is futile, in fact.</p> <p>&quot;Hotel fridges can come in handy, but they can also be expensive &mdash; especially with hungry little ones looking for a drink or snack,&quot; says Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of travel-review site Family Vacation Critic. &quot;Many times, the cost of a single in-room water bottle is the same cost as what you'd spend on a full case of water &mdash; so take advantage of that. Ask your hotel to clear out the in-room fridge &mdash; they can do that &mdash; and then fill it with your own supplies.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Assuming you're locked into your original reservations</h2> <p>Airlines and travel-booking sites have given us cause to pause before canceling our reservations, because they hit us straight in the pocket if we want to make an amendment to our itineraries. But that's not always the case, and it's worth investigating the fine print of your reservations if you've since found a way to save additional cash.</p> <p>&quot;Most hotel bookings today are refundable, up to almost the very last minute,&quot; Meitis says. &quot;Even after a booking was made, if a traveler can find a better deal, they can make the same reservation for less, and then cancel the original reservation. Obviously, the traveler needs to first verify he or she is not within penalty at the time of cancellation.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-ways-to-save-on-hotel-stays?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Simple Ways to Save on Hotel Stays</a>)</p> <h2>10. Traveling to popular summer destinations during peak season</h2> <p>The term &quot;peak season&quot; is enough to keep me away, and you should avoid the high time at popular destinations, too. Not only will you pay far and above for just about everything you would during the offseason &mdash; from transportation to lodging to gas &mdash; but you'll have a heck of a time getting around and staying sane. If traffic and hourslong waits in line at amusements don't drive you crazy, your restless companions will. Do yourself a favor a book the road less traveled.</p> <h2>11. Failing to budget for extra costs on cruises and at resorts</h2> <p>While you might have snagged a great cruise or resort fare, it's important to keep in mind additional costs when budgeting for your trip. You never want to be caught off-guard when you're just about broke at the end of your journey. Avoid sticker shock by familiarizing yourself with all additional costs on a cruise or at the resort in advance.</p> <p>&quot;Gratuities are one of the top costs that can catch travelers by surprise,&quot; explains Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of CruiseCritic.com. &quot;While it can be quite convenient not worrying about tipping while onboard, remember that gratuities are automatically added to your final bill, generally on a per person, per day basis. The total cost can add up to hundreds, maybe more, depending on the number of guests in your party and the number of days you're sailing.&quot;</p> <p>Take that cost into account when budgeting for your trip to be sure that deal really is as great as it seems. Other added costs to consider include beverages, internet, shore excursions, and alternative dining. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-travel-expenses-you-forgot-to-budget-for?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Travel Expenses You Forgot to Budget For</a>)</p> <h2>12. Overreliance on your mapping apps</h2> <p>I traveled to Costa Rica once where my husband and I rented a car to drive from our first stop at a resort below the Arenal Volcano to a beach resort a few hours away in Guanacaste. We decided to follow new friends on their newly planned scenic route, but when it turned out to be much longer than anticipated, we broke off from the group to get back on an easier path. We plugged the destination into Google Maps, which we assumed would choose the most efficient route, but our choice was ill-advised. The service cut us across the country through about 30 miles of very rocky and mountainous rural terrain that, frankly, scared us half to death.</p> <p>Asad Raza, co-founder of the travel blog Off the Beaten Trails, offers a similar warning against relying too heavily on mapping services when you're in foreign territory.</p> <p>&quot;We planned to go to Hoota Cave in Oman and decided to check the route on Google Maps and follow it,&quot; he recalls. &quot;Unfortunately, the route given was only accessible with a four-wheel drive and we just had a saloon car [<em>that's a sedan in the U.S.</em>]. It wasn't until we consulted with a local that we found the right route to follow. We ended up wasting four to five hours.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;We learned that we should not <em>only</em> rely on Google Maps, but also should do plenty of research and always be ready to consult with locals,&quot; Raza adds.</p> <p>Sound advice for staying alive while traveling, for sure.</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-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Avoid%2520These%252012%2520Summer%2520Travel%2520Mistakes.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Avoid%20These%2012%20Summer%20Travel%20Mistakes"></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%20Avoid%20These%2012%20Summer%20Travel%20Mistakes.jpg" alt="How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes" 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">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/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation</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/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</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-ways-to-save-on-your-next-glamping-trip">5 Ways to Save on Your Next Glamping Trip</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/flashback-friday-40-best-budget-friendly-travel-tips-ever">Flashback Friday: 40 Best Budget-Friendly Travel Tips Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel costly mistakes frugal travel saving money summer travel summer vacation travel budget travel hacks travel tips Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:30:18 +0000 Mikey Rox 1961856 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Flight Was Canceled. Now What? http://www.wisebread.com/your-flight-was-canceled-now-what <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-flight-was-canceled-now-what" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/delayed_flight.jpg" alt="Delayed flight" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to the&nbsp;U.S. Department of Transportation, 23,221 flights by 12 major U.S. based airline carriers were canceled altogether in 2016, and that's on top of the 215,131 arrival delays reported last year. Some 82 percent of flights arrived on time.</p> <p>While the bulk of delays and cancellations are due to inclement weather and entirely out of the control of airlines, some flights are delayed or canceled for reasons airlines <em>can </em>control.</p> <p>Occasionally, a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight?ref=internal" target="_blank">flight isn't canceled but oversold</a>, in which case you may be booted off while everyone else departs. Other times, staffing issues and mechanical breakdowns are at fault. Again, these issues are rarely optimal for airlines, and more of the Murphy's Law of travel.</p> <p>What should you do if your flight is completely canceled or delayed so long it becomes a hardship? Here are some tips that can help you avoid this issue and deal with the outcome.</p> <h2>Get in line, and call the airline while you wait</h2> <p>If you're already at the gate when you learn your flight is canceled, you'll quickly find yourself in the midst of an angry crowd. The best thing you can do is get in line, and do it quickly. Then, while you wait, search for alternative flights on your smartphone so you're ready with alternatives once you reach the desk.</p> <p>If you're way back in a slow-moving line, don't be afraid to call the airline while you wait. If you're able to connect over the phone before you get to the gate agent, you may get an answer and be offered an alternative right away.</p> <h2>Ask to be rebooked on the next available flight, pronto</h2> <p>The ideal situation is one where you're rebooked on the next available flight. Unfortunately, this is the scenario everyone else on your canceled flight is hoping for.</p> <p>By searching for flight alternatives and calling the airline while you wait, you can hopefully beat the crowds and score a seat. And if you can't get on the next flight out, you can ask for access to the following flight or even a flight with a partner airline traveling to the same destination.</p> <h2>Request food and lodging vouchers</h2> <p>While an airline might not offer assistance if the delay or cancellation is caused by a situation beyond their control (e.g. weather, civil unrest, acts of terrorism, etc.), they will normally pony up something if the flight is canceled due to reasons within their control. In the U.S., you may be entitled to a room voucher for a stay at a local hotel in the case you can fly out the next morning. You may also be eligible for dining vouchers to pay for your next few meals.</p> <p>For flights within the European Union or arriving to the EU on an EU airline, your rights are typically more robust.&nbsp;According to EU air passenger rights rules, &quot;you have the right to&nbsp;reimbursement, rerouting or return, as well as the right to&nbsp;assistance&nbsp;and a right to&nbsp;compensation. Compensation is due if you were informed less than 14 days before the scheduled departure date.&quot; The air carrier has the obligation to prove if and when you were personally informed that the flight was canceled.</p> <p>Make sure you know your rights so you can ask for what you're eligible for.</p> <h2>Get a refund</h2> <p>While a refund may not get you where you were going, it's an option to consider when others won't work. With an instant refund, you may be able to book a flight to your destination with another airline, after all.</p> <p>Fortunately, airlines are equipped to dish out refunds for the unused portion of your ticket for flights canceled by the airline, regardless of circumstances. If that's the best case scenario for this particular canceled trip, make sure to ask for your money back right away.</p> <h2>Lean on travel insurance for help</h2> <p>Some of the best rewards and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel credit cards</a> offer coverage that can help in the event of a delayed or canceled flight. Often called trip cancellation or interruption insurance, you might be able to get a refund for your expenses, as well as reimbursement for additional expenses such as meals or lodging if your common carrier (airline, bus, cruise ship, train) travel is delayed by 12+ hours or you require an overnight stay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about" target="_blank">6 Types of Travel Insurance Credit Cards Include</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%2Fyour-flight-was-canceled-now-what&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FYour%2520Flight%2520Was%2520Canceled.%2520Now%2520What-.jpg&amp;description=Your%20Flight%20Was%20Canceled.%20Now%20What%3F"></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/Your%20Flight%20Was%20Canceled.%20Now%20What-.jpg" alt="Your Flight Was Canceled. Now What?" 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/your-flight-was-canceled-now-what">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/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays">9 Ways to Avoid or Mitigate Flight Delays</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/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</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-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</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-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel airports flight canceled flying overbooked reimbursement vouchers Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Holly Johnson 1959964 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_laughing_on_the_trolltunga.jpg" alt="Girl laughing on the Trolltunga" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you love the great outdoors, you don't want to look back on this brief, beautiful summer as a time spent inside crowded movie theaters or waiting in long lines at amusement parks. But maybe this isn't the year that you can afford to take that naturalist-guided Galapagos Islands excursion, either.</p> <p>No worries! There are many affordable places stateside where you can get off the grid without spending extravagantly. Some of these destinations have cushy lodging available, if that's your jam, but you also have the option to rough-it on a more modest budget.</p> <h2>1. California's Sierra country, other than Tahoe</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kings_river_in_sequoia_national_park_california.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you visit Lake Tahoe in the summer, you'll love the crystalline waters, but hate the traffic and the brunch prices. Smart Californians know that you can enjoy the Sierra's fresh, piney breezes more affordably (and peacefully) from the shores of any number of less famous alpine lakes.</p> <p>Stay at the <a href="https://www.mslodge.com/" target="_blank">Montecito Sequoia Lodge &amp; Family Camp</a>, where a room that sleeps four or more is under $300 a night including meals and activities such as guided hikes through giant sequoias, bouldering, and stand-up paddleboarding in their private lake.</p> <h2>2. Kodachrome State Park, Utah</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/kodachrome_storm.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></h2> <p>Many a dreamed-of National Park vacation has been spoiled by the reality that lodging books up really, really early. A great workaround &mdash; and often a money saver &mdash; is checking out state and county parks in the same region.</p> <p>Located just outside Bryce Canyon National Park (one of Utah's Big Five) much-smaller Kodachrome gets its name from its 67 flashily-pigmented stone spires. You can <a href="https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/kodachrome-basin/park-campground/" target="_blank">camp in the park ($17-$30 per night)</a> and take a trail ride through the red canyon past the gaudy spires, then take day trips into neighboring Bryce, famous for its hoodoo rock formations, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, known for the series of colorful plateaus, and the Wave, an undulating expanse of pulled-taffy-like sandstone that you have to win a daily lottery to hike.</p> <h2>3. Anchorage, Alaska</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/anchorage.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></h2> <p>The largest city in the state for a nature lover's getaway? Well, yes, when the state is Alaska and that largest metropolis has just over 300,000 people. Right in town, 1,400-acre Kincaid Park is home to moose, porcupines, lynx, and eagles. Chugach State Park, one of the largest in the United States, begins just seven miles from downtown, and contains mountains, ferns, wildflowers, forests, ptarmigan, and brown and black bears.</p> <p>Modestly-priced hotels in Anchorage include the $140-a-night <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g31000-d10662666-Reviews-Ski_Inn-Girdwood_Anchorage_Alaska.html" target="_blank">Ski Inn</a>. Anchorage is pretty far from the rest of the United States, but getting there need not be a bank-breaker. Alaska Airlines offers flights from San Francisco and other lower-48 cities for under $400 round-trip, depending on dates.</p> <h2>4. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida</h2> <h2><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/dry_tortugas_island.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></h2> <p>Would you like to camp under a palm tree on a white sand beach, under a star-studded sky 70 miles from the mainland? What if I told you it only <a href="https://www.nps.gov/drto/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm" target="_blank">costs $15 a night</a>? It really does, at one of the most isolated national parks in the lower 48.</p> <p>Activities include snorkeling coral reefs among young barracuda, lobsters, and tropical fish; birding; and watching for the adorable sea turtles that give the park its name.</p> <p>The campground fee isn't the only expense of a Dry Tortuga getaway. The ferry from the mainland will set you back <a href="https://www.drytortugas.com/rates-reservations/" target="_blank">$195 round-trip</a> &mdash; but it includes breakfast, lunch, and the use of snorkeling equipment.</p> <h2>5. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sleeping_bear_dunes_national_lakeshore.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Including sand dunes 400 feet above Lake Michigan and offshore islands, this lovely area is home to pine forests, abandoned farms reverting back to meadowland, the occasional bobcat, and wildflowers such as cowslips and St. John's Wort.</p> <p>Stay at a rural inn like the <a href="http://www.duneswood.com/rooms.html" target="_blank">Duneswood Resort</a> for $100-$200 a night, or in one of the many hotels in Traverse City, where you can stroll the charming downtown. In early July, the city holds its <a href="http://www.cherryfestival.org/our-events/2017-tickets" target="_blank">Cherry Festival</a>, with an air show, concerts, and foodie events.</p> <h2>6. Cannon Beach, Oregon</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/indian_beach_in_ecola_state_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>From a single platform at Ecola State Park on this Oregon Coast spot, you can view gray whales, bald eagles, and brown pelicans. At dusk, moose emerge to graze in the park. On the beach, tide pools teem with life that the ocean left behind, including sea stars, hermit crabs, and sometimes even spiny little sea urchins. The best pools are around <a href="http://friendsofhaystackrock.org/haystack-rock-awareness-program/marine-garden-refuge/" target="_blank">Haystack Rock</a>, a 235-foot-tall arrowhead-shaped rock sticking out of the ocean that you can walk to at low tide.</p> <p>Nearby hotels range from $100-$200 or so per night.</p> <h2>7. Joshua Tree National Park, California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/joshua_tree_national_park_at_sunset_usa.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Don't be fooled into thinking there's nothing to see in the desert &mdash; or that all desert nature is the same. In fact, this <a href="https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/night-sky-festival.htm" target="_blank">Southern California national park</a> sits at the confluence of two distinct desert ecosystems, the low Colorado and the high Mojave. Admire the Seussian trees the park is named for; explore boulder piles, desert washes, and strange rock formations; and gaze at some of the most spectacular night skies you'll see anywhere.</p> <p>You can camp in the park, or stay at the <a href="http://www.campbellhouse29palms.com/" target="_blank">Campbell House</a> bed and breakfast outside the gate for about $150 a night, which gives you the ability to cool off in a swimming pool after hikes.</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%2F7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Affordable%2520Destinations%2520for%2520Nature%2520Lovers.jpg&amp;description=7%20Affordable%20Destinations%20for%20Nature%20Lovers"></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/u5180/7%20Affordable%20Destinations%20for%20Nature%20Lovers.jpg" alt="7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers" 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/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</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/flashback-friday-40-best-budget-friendly-travel-tips-ever">Flashback Friday: 40 Best Budget-Friendly Travel Tips Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable travel frugal travel get outside nature nature lovers travel travel destinations travel tips Wed, 07 Jun 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1961112 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? 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