Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 15 Cheaper Ways to Travel Around the World http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheaper-ways-to-travel-around-the-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cheaper-ways-to-travel-around-the-world" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-woman-rome-tourist-travel-selfie-Dollarphotoclub_63884714.jpg" alt="woman travel rome" title="woman travel rome" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I circled the globe in 300 days once. It wasn't 10 months of constant travel; after getting married in Wisconsin, my husband and I flew to Bangkok for our honeymoon, continued on to our home in Beijing, and then six months later, traveled overland to Paris. Finally, we flew back to Chicago to complete the circle. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-while-you-travel?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Make Money While You Travel</a>)</p> <p>Whether your turn to circumnavigate the earth comes in one fell swoop or dozens of smaller trips taken over years, chances are you'll want to minimize the impact of the long journey on your wallet. Here are some ideas.</p> <h2>1. Up Your Frequent Flyer Game</h2> <p>Collecting frequent flyer miles is not a new tactic, but tapping into online help can increase your mile-hoarding prowess. My cousin joined paid site <a href="http://travelhacking.org/">Travel Hacking Cartel</a> and used advice she found there to accumulate 200,000 miles for herself and her husband in just four months by taking advantage of credit card offers. Advice is still free on the <a href="http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/">FlyerTalk</a> forums, where milehounds discuss &quot;mileage runs&quot; (long flights taken strictly to accumulate miles) and other tactics.</p> <h2>2. Buy a Round-the-World Flight Pass</h2> <p>Often referred to as RTW tickets, these offers give you access to one airline and its international partners for multiple flights over a set period (usually one year). For instance, if you want to travel on United and its partners, you can buy a <a href="http://www.staralliance.com/en/fares/round-the-world-fare/">Star Alliance Round the World Fare</a>. You pay a set price and receive up to 16 coupons for the various legs of your journey.</p> <p>Are RTW tickets a bargain? That depends.</p> <p>NomadicMatt.com advises that you can sometimes save up to 30% over buying individual flights, but warns that these packages work best for people who can stick to their original schedule without changing flights. Be wary of fees tacked onto the purchase price of your RTW ticket. Also, check to see if it's <a href="http://www.frugaltravelguy.com/2014/01/booking-a-round-the-world-award-ticket-for-less.html">cheaper to book all the flights in your round-the-world trip</a> separately.</p> <p>I entered an 11-city globe-circling itinerary (economy class) into the Star Alliance site and received an estimated price of $6,335. You can also buy these tickets with miles.</p> <h2>3. Get a Job That Requires Travel</h2> <p>This can be a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">long-term stint overseas</a> as an au pair or English teacher, a <a href="http://www.firstabroad.com/paid-work-internships">work abroad program</a>, or a job that pays you to move around a lot, such as a financial auditor or hotel inspector. Or apply at San Francisco's Expensify, where the company takes all-staff monthlong working vacations to beachy destinations.</p> <h2>4. Get a Job That Is Travel</h2> <p>Flight attendants, pilots, train engineers, and cruise ship staff all may report for work in one country and get off duty in another. But the list doesn't stop there. You can take a job as <a href="http://www.overseasjobcentre.co.uk/seahitch.shtml#.VNPQyp3F-tM">crew on a private yacht</a>. Being an air courier used to be a good chance to get paid to travel; in the age of FedEx and the Internet there are <a href="http://gadling.com/2012/03/22/a-traveler-in-the-foreign-service-getting-paid-to-travel-livin/">just a few opportunities</a> there.</p> <h2>5. Get on the Bus, Gus</h2> <p>It's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-why-bus-travel-is-cheaper-easier-and-more-awesome-than-you-think">79% cheaper</a> to take a bus from city to city than to fly. Overseas, bus travel can range from cushy to treacherous, but you're almost guaranteed to have more adventures traveling this way.</p> <h2>6. Get a Rail Pass</h2> <p>When I was a student in Paris 20 years ago, the youth Eurail pass was the obvious way to get around Europe on the cheap. But for those over 25 &mdash; and with the advent of budget airlines and other changes to budget travel &mdash; you need to do your homework before <a href="http://www.priceoftravel.com/2794/should-you-buy-a-eurail-pass-heres-how-to-decide/">deciding to invest in a pass</a>.</p> <h2>7. Travel Off-Season</h2> <p>Last year, my husband and I toured Southwestern France in October. We were lucky enough to have warm, sunny weather &mdash; in fact some days we wished that hotel swimming pools had not been shut down for the season! Crowds at attractions such as the citadel of Carcassonne were nothing compared to the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-travel-anywhere">hoards that descend upon them in summer</a>.</p> <h2>8. Go Freight</h2> <p>I'm not advocating hopping freight trains; rather, I'm thinking of a little-known way to cruise. Since I live near the Port of Oakland, I often find myself fantasizing about crossing the ocean on one of the massive freighters that I see laden with shipping containers. Freighters do take on passengers, usually for <a href="http://www.freightertrips.com/guide/costs.html">half the price</a> of a traditional cruise ship or less. However, if you want to take a cruise, going freight is not a no-brainer. You get a lot more on a cruise ship for the extra money: rock climbing, water slides, entertainment, etc. Also, discounts can be found for traditional cruises that could shrink the price difference. Then, there is the fact that freight cruises <a href="http://www.freighterexpeditions.com.au/">can last for months</a>, charge by the day, can skip ports without much warning, and provide a rougher ride than a cruise ship. All in all, I'd love to try a freight cruise as an adventure one day, but not just because of the price.</p> <h2>9. Try Trading Places</h2> <p>As a member of <a href="https://www.homeexchange.com/en/">HomeExchange.com</a>, I've gotten vacation swap requests from families in Paris, the Swiss Alps, London, Spain, and coastal Italy. We're currently discussing a free two-week house exchange with an English family, who is also willing to care for our cats while we're gone. This works best if you live near popular vacation destinations.</p> <h2>10. Couch Surf</h2> <p><a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/">Couchsurfing</a> is the most famous of the <a href="http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-tips/finding-cheap-accommodation/">&quot;hospitality exchange&quot; sites</a>, where you stay free in locals' spare rooms (or living rooms) and in turn host travelers at your own home.</p> <h2>11. Volunteer or Work for Lodging</h2> <p>Full-time traveler and Wise Bread writer, Nora Dunn recommends <a href="http://www.caretaker.org/">The Caretaker Gazette</a> and other resources that help people find jobs that come with free housing. Then there are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Peace Corps-style volunteer programs</a> that pay all your expenses &mdash; but expect pretty serious work in exchange.</p> <h2>12. Cook Your Own Meals</h2> <p>Whenever possible, get accommodations with a kitchen and try these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef?ref=seealso">travel-friendly recipes</a>. Even if you have no kitchen, you can save a lot by hitting grocery stores and picnicking. On our trip to France, my husband and I ate at least one meal a day of simple fresh vegetables, bread with cheese, and deli case goodies.</p> <h2>13. Make Technology Work Harder for You</h2> <p>Hardcore travelers swear by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">ITA Matrix</a> or <a href="http://www.skyscanner.com/">Skyscanner</a> for sleuthing out cheap fares. When using other travel sites, use these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-getting-the-lowest-rate-from-travel-websites">cheap fare-finding tricks</a> to find the deals.</p> <h2>14. Get Money Back After Booking</h2> <p>A number of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-travel-discounts-on-stuff-youve-already-booked">price drop alert sites</a>, such as Yapta, will let you know if you could get a better deal, sometimes even after you've booked. For car rentals, use <a href="http://www.autoslash.com/">AutoSlash</a> to find better deals after reserving.</p> <h2>15. Get a Free Local Guide</h2> <p>In a comprehensive list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">tips from pro frugal travelers</a>, Nora Dunn included this gem: Use the <a href="http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/">Global Greeter Network</a> to find a local who can serve as a free local guide.</p> <p><em>What other tricks or techniques have you used to travel the world cheaply?</em></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/15-cheaper-ways-to-travel-around-the-world">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/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional 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/4-secrets-to-getting-the-lowest-rate-from-travel-websites">4 Secrets to Getting the Lowest Rate From Travel Websites</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-popular-vacation-spots-that-arent-worth-the-money-and-where-to-go-instead">7 Popular Vacation Spots That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money (and Where to Go Instead)</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-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less">10 Things You&#039;re Paying Too Much for When You Travel (and How to Pay Less)</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/24-train-hacks-from-an-amtrak-veteran">24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel cheap travel travel hacks world travel Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:00:07 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1316506 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Cheap Ways to Make Flying Coach Feel Like First Class http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-sleeping-airplane-flight-Dollarphotoclub_59083499.jpg" alt="woman sleeping airplane" title="woman sleeping airplane" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hard seatbacks, no legroom, subpar snacks &mdash; flying coach can be less-than-cozy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline?ref=seealso">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a>)</p> <p>Unfortunately, the average first-class ticket can be exorbitantly expensive in comparison. For many of us, it's just not worth it. But with a few simple tricks, you can make your back-of-the-plane flying experience feel more like that of those folks sitting up in the first few rows.</p> <h2>1. Choose Your Airline Wisely</h2> <p>Not all coach flights were created equal. JetBlue, for example, offers economy passengers an average of <a href="http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/JetBlue-adds-bag-fee-and-shrinks-legroom-but-strikes-a-balance/">33 inches of legroom</a>, compared to the standard 31 inches. Plus, you can watch DirecTV for free. Southwest doesn't charge its economy flyers for blankets, pillows, and snacks. Virgin Atlantic has free in-flight comfort kits containing slippers, earplugs, and eye-masks. And on most Virgin flights, <a href="http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/us/en/the-virgin-experience/economy/best-ever-meal.html">a free welcome cocktail</a> is served before the three-course meal.</p> <h2>2. Select Your Seats With Care</h2> <p>Websites like <a href="http://www.seatguru.com/">SeatGuru</a> and <a href="http://seatexpert.com/">SeatExpert</a> were made to help you identify the roomiest, most comfortable seats on your flight. But don't be fooled &mdash; there's a lot more to consider than legroom. Distance to the nearest restroom or inflight entertainment screen are other factors that can impact the enjoyability of your flight.</p> <p>Simply look up the seating details for your specific flight and select one of the seats designated as most comfortable. Not all hope is lost if all the good seats are already taken, by the way. You can create an alert that will notify you if any of your prefered seats become available by using apps like <a href="http://www.expertflyer.com/free-program">ExpertFlyer</a>, which costs $4.99 monthly, although it won't actually execute a seat-swap on your behalf.</p> <p>Another option is TripIt Pro's <a href="https://www.tripit.com/seattracker">Seat Tracker</a>, which not only notifies you of preferred seat openings, but also allows you to confirm a seat change with the airline without ever leaving the app ($49 per year).</p> <h2>3. Invest in a Self-Inflating Seat Cushion</h2> <p>You can pretty easily go from feeling like you're sitting on a block of concrete to feeling like you're floating on a cloud by investing in a simple self-inflating seat cushion like the <a href="http://www.magellans.com/itemdy00.aspx?T1=MIF781">Luxe Self-Inflating Seat Cushion</a> ($41) by online travel gear consortium Magellan's. Sitting on this orthopedically designed cushion relieves pressure from your spinal cord, making for not only a more comfortable flight, but a more comfortable few next days.</p> <h2>4. Pack Your Own Personalized Comfort Kit</h2> <p>Melatonin to help you relax and fall asleep. Face wipes to keep you feeling fresh and clean. An iPod pre-loaded with a playlist of all your favorite travel songs. If your airline doesn't offer the little accoutrements that make all the difference between a comfortable flight and a dreadful one, pack them yourself. Other easy-to-pack items that make for a cozier in-flight experience include chocolates, fuzzy socks, eye drops, face lotion, and lots of bottled water.</p> <h2>5. Look the Part</h2> <p>If you want to enjoy a comfortable flight, dress for it. Leave the belts, heels, heavy jewelry, and neckties at home (or in your luggage) and opt instead for clothing that's soft, loose-fitting, and layered. Breathable fabrics will help you body adjust to warm or cool air cabin temperatures. Scarves, shawls, vests, sweatshirts, sweaters, and light jackets will keep you warm, plus they can double as blankets and pillows. And flat shoes you know won't make you limp or blister will be your saving grace as you stand patiently waiting to board.</p> <p><em>How do you make flying coach more comfortable?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class">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/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-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/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel flying what to pack Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1289845 at http://www.wisebread.com 24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free http://www.wisebread.com/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-airplane-cabin-Dollarphotoclub_69162482.jpg" alt="businessman airplane cabin" title="businessman airplane cabin" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling on a plane around the holidays can be pretty stressful, especially if you're not a particular fan of flying as it is. If the bumps on your flight make you anxious &mdash; or worse, sick to your stomach &mdash; then follow a few simple tips that real flyers gave us on how to have a stress-free plane ride and travel experience in general. Try these tips and some <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Airport-Hacks-35723248" helpful="" airport="" a="">, and you may even end up looking forward to your flight!</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Airport-Hacks-35723248" helpful="" airport="" a="">RELATED: </a><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Travel-36092909">Need Quick Cash For a Trip? 11 Easy Ways to Save</a></p> <h2>For Anxiety:</h2> <h3>1. Be Prepared</h3> <p>Pack completely the night before so that you can get a good night's sleep without worrying about last-minute details. Get to the airport earlier so you aren't stressed out about time.</p> <h3>2. Know Your Facts</h3> <p>Read plane crash statistics and facts, because, statistically speaking, crashes are extremely rare. Remind yourself that it's safer to fly than to drive, and research <a href="http://qz.com/216999/the-complete-guide-to-getting-over-your-fear-of-air-turbulence/">why you shouldn't be afraid of turbulence</a>.</p> <h3>3. Get Comfortable</h3> <p>Once you board the plane, do your best to get comfortable immediately. Adjust the air conditioning, have a snack or some water, read a book or magazine, take deep breaths, and try to relax.</p> <h3>4. Sleep</h3> <p>Consider taking Dramamine or an antianxiety medicine that may help you sleep. If you're sleeping, you can't be nervous!</p> <h3>5. Fly During the Day</h3> <p>Sometimes flying during the day (when possible) is less stressful because it can lessen the feeling of being closed in, which tends to be worse in the blackness of night.</p> <h3>6. Make Friends</h3> <p>If you are a really nervous flyer, then try striking up a conversation with a stranger and let them know that you are nervous. This can be a good conversation starter and a useful distraction &mdash; especially during takeoff. Even if the plane hits turbulence during the flight, that person can help reassure you.</p> <h3>7. Use Your Imagination</h3> <p>Imagine the plane landing safely on the ground every time you're nervous.</p> <h3>8. Enjoy a Beverage</h3> <p>A preflight cocktail (and if necessary, a midflight cocktail) can be helpful.</p> <h3>9. Expect Issues</h3> <p>Especially when traveling over the holidays, always expect delays. That way, you aren't stressed out, upset, or surprised when they inevitably happen. In fact, when and if your flight takes off on time, it will feel like a pretty big victory.</p> <h3>10. Make a Playlist</h3> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Calming-Travel-Playlist-36216000">Listen to calming music</a> that will help you relax and sleep.</p> <h3>11. Distract Yourself</h3> <p>If takeoffs are what cause you the most anxiety, find a good podcast &mdash; something with a calming voice or something funny &mdash; and turn it up loud enough to drown out surrounding noise (but not loud enough to drive your neighbor nuts!), or play a game on your device that requires all of your attention (preferably with a timer) so that you can't look away and don't even notice the takeoff.</p> <h3>12. Block It All Out</h3> <p>Use noise-canceling headphones to block out noises and distract yourself with books, music, magazines, podcasts, movies, or TV shows.</p> <h3>13. Use Calming Techniques</h3> <p>Wear something around your wrist that you can jangle, pull, or snap, which can distract you just enough to get through the takeoff or turbulence.</p> <h3>14. Rationalize</h3> <p>Think about the fact that all the flight attendants in the plane fly nearly every day, and they are all perfectly fine.</p> <h2>For Motion Sickness:</h2> <h3>15. Ginger Is Key</h3> <p>If you are prone to motion sickness, drink ginger ale or eat ginger chews to soothe your stomach.</p> <h3>16. Eat Mints or Chew Gum</h3> <p>Sometimes the coolness and freshness of mints, mint gum, mint tea, or Tic Tacs can help relieve some nausea. Chewing gum can also help, but avoid sugarfree gum, which can upset your stomach. Cinnamon gum, like Big Red, is a good option.</p> <h3>17. Buy a Motion Sickness Band</h3> <p>A <a href="http://www.rei.com/product/783422/psi-bands-wristbands">motion sickness band</a> uses acupressure to stimulate your body's ability to fight off nausea.</p> <h3>18. Don't Read</h3> <p>Avoid any kind of reading, including any phone applications, when taking off and landing and during periods of turbulence.</p> <h3>19. Drink Water</h3> <p>Make sure to stay hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverages or coffee.</p> <h3>20. Take Dramamine</h3> <p>Try taking Dramamine about an hour before you will be on the plane.</p> <h3>21. Find a Fixed Point</h3> <p>If the takeoff, landing, or plane ride is bumpy, keep your eyes on the horizon so that you're focused on a fixed point.</p> <h3>22. Plan Ahead</h3> <p>For the 12 hours before you'll be traveling, stick to simple, easy-to-digest foods, avoiding lettuce, nuts, and any kind of dairy.</p> <h3>23. Breathe!</h3> <p>Try taking deep breaths, which will help to relax the muscles that tend to contract when you're feeling sick.</p> <h3>24. Bring a Fan</h3> <p>Pack a portable fan! Keeping yourself cool can do wonders for motion sickness.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> From drop-off at the curb to touchdown at your destination, flying is filled with stress inducers. Take the edge off with some simple relaxers. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class">5 Cheap Ways to Make Flying Coach Feel Like First Class</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-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel air travel fear flying stress Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:00:10 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1286137 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won't Break the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tremblant.jpg" alt="tremblant" title="tremblant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is one of the best times of year for finding bargain travel deals &mdash; colder weather means many destinations in northern climes are on sale, and even trips to warm-weather destinations can be found on the cheap, if you know where to look.</p> <p>Here are seven (sometimes unexpected) winter travel destinations that won't break the bank.</p> <h2>1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/philadelphia%20museum.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Philadelphia is a known for its architecture, cultural attractions, nightlife, and Revolutionary War history. This is the home of the Liberty Bell and Ben Franklin statue, and the city's museum district houses the Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art (including the famous &quot;Rocky&quot; steps and Rocky Balboa Statue). Mass transit and a grid system makes getting around convenient, and you can easily take in all the sights and sounds of Philly in a single weekend. Better still: Many travelers avoid the Northeast in winter (even though Philly's highs are usually still well above freezing). That means cheaper travel to the City of Brotherly Love for you.</p> <h2>2. Bucharest, Romania</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/bucharest.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The capital of Romania was once referred to as &quot;little Paris&quot; because its grand architectural style was reminiscent of Parisian buildings, promenades, and gardens. Bucharest is usually among the cheapest European cities, and prices drop even further with the temperature, which makes winter the ideal time of year to visit.</p> <h2>3. Orlando, Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/disney%20world%20train%20station.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Orlando is the #1 family vacation destination and not for nothing. There are tons of theme parks, including Universal Studios, Sea World, and Walt Disney World, along with nearby beaches on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. Even during the travel rush in the dead of winter, airfare from the Northeast can be found for under $200, and mid-range hotel rooms can be had for under $100 per night. Although theme park tickets can be costly, package deals can save money, and visiting the beaches or enjoying the warmth remains absolutely free.</p> <h2>4. Puerto Rico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/puerto%20rico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Puerto Rico is a short, three to four hour flight from many parts of the U.S., and airfare can usually be had for under $400 per person, round-trip. Hotels and food on the island are also cheaper than similarly ranked mainland venues. San Juan, Puerto Rico is a city rooted in culture and alive with history, music, and food. It's truly is a Caribbean paradise with white sand beaches, amazing underwater sightseeing, and rainforests. With 80 degree temperatures all year around, it's a great winter escape.</p> <h2>5. Tremblant, Quebec</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/tremblant.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Tremblant is an easy drive for those in most of the northeastern United States. It's also a great place to ski while getting a taste of European culture. Plus, the US dollar is still stronger than the Canadian dollar, so a buck will get you $1.24 Canadian &mdash; meaning a nice bargain on everything from hotels to food.</p> <h2>6. Heavenly, California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/heavenly%20california.jpg" width="605" height="341" alt="" /></p> <p>Another great, lower-cost place to ski is Heavenly, California, with its massive mountain containing 4,800 skiable acres and a great view across the deep blue of Lake Tahoe. I recommend the forest suites resort so you can be the first on the mountain.</p> <h2>7. Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/jamaica.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Through December, hotel rates drop by 6%, with prices averaging $169 per night. The best time to travel is during the lull after hurricane season &mdash; October through mid December &mdash; making it the perfect Caribbean cold-weather getaway.</p> <p><em>Do you have any favorite low-cost winter getaways?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/qiana-chavaia">Qiana Chavaia</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation">7 Stress-Free Ways to Stay Productive on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-more-travel-destinations-that-arent-worth-the-money">7 More Travel Destinations That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</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/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</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/booking-got-bumped-your-vacation-cancellation-recourse">Booking Got Bumped? Your Vacation Cancellation Recourse</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel caribbean skiing vacation winter escapes winter travel Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:15 +0000 Qiana Chavaia 1285073 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman-duty-free-airport-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_65500505_2.jpg" alt="businesswoman airport shopping" title="businesswoman airport shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your defenses are down when you enter the airport. You've got money to burn, time to waste, and you're in a state of euphoria because you'll be on a tropical beach in less than five hours. But, beware, ye of many impulses: Airport buys can make you broke if you're not careful. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers?ref=seealso">25 Secrets From the World's Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a>)</p> <p>So here's a list of what to watch out for at the airport (hint: most things), along with a couple items that are okay to dive into.</p> <h2>Worst Airport Buys</h2> <p>Plan ahead and you can avoid most of these pricey concourse purchases.</p> <h3>1. Personal Snacks and Drinks</h3> <p>David Bakke, travel expert at <a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com">Money Crashers</a>, implores you to avoid bottled water at all costs when you're at the airport. &quot;You'll pay about triple the price that you do in a grocery store.&quot;</p> <p>While you should avoid bottled water altogether &mdash; it's bad for the environment and tap water is free, ya know &mdash; I understand that sometimes you need it. To avoid this impulse buy, add a water bottle to your packing list and keep it in your carry-on so you can fill it from the fountain when you're past security. If you forget your water bottle, remember this tip from Aaron Deutsch, founder of <a href="http://www.tellthem.co">TellThem.co</a>.</p> <p>&quot;If you need a bottle of water at the airport, my tip is to buy it from McDonald's, not the news shops&quot; he says. &quot;McDonald's typically charges $1.50 to $2 while the news stores charge $2.50 to 3.50. Small savings but nice!&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Healthy food is hard to find at the airport, and usually I bring what I need for the kids,&quot; adds Sandra Magura, author of the children's book <em>HippoDuck &mdash; Trouble at the Airport</em>. &quot;But on those unexpected delayed flights sometimes you run short. When I did, I was forced to get something from one of the convenience stores. I ended up buying a granola bar for my two-year-old. He loves them and so do I. What I don't love is the $4 price tag that went along with it. I can buy a box of six at Walmart for $2. They got me that time, but I will be sure to pack extras on the next trip.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Wi-Fi</h3> <p>Airports are increasingly jumping on the free Wi-Fi bandwagon or offering personal tablets for free use when you're in the terminal, but there are still hubs that require you to pay for Internet service if you want to get online while you're at the terminal. Most of us can use our phone networks to do what we need to do, but if you need more capability or a bigger screen that can only operate with Wi-Fi, do some detective work before purchasing.</p> <p>Bakke offers a great hack. &quot;If you need to access the Internet, see if the airport has a Starbucks &mdash; where it's free &mdash; rather than paying for Wi-Fi,&quot; he says.</p> <p>Starbucks might not be the only place that offers free Wi-Fi, by the way. Pop into a few bars and restaurants to see if they offer it, if there are no Starbucks in the vicinity.</p> <h3>3. Headphones</h3> <p>Bakke warns to avoid headphones and other electronics from those newfangled vending machines that are popping up at airports. You've probably seen the Best Buy-branded models if you've traveled recently.</p> <p>&quot;I recently looked at these [headphones] with my son during a recent trip; he claimed he absolutely had to have them,&quot; Bakke recalls. &quot;I made a bet with him that I could find them for half of what the machine was charging. Sure enough, we checked Amazon and found them for about that much cheaper.&quot;</p> <p>You also can ask your airline's attendants if the flight offers headphones. Instead of buying a $200 pair of Beats just because they're pretty and you're on vacation and you think you deserve it, step back, take a breath, and find out if there are pairs for available on your flight, which usually only cost about $2.</p> <p>&quot;There is no reason that a set of headphones cannot have a permanent home in the side pocket of your carry on bag,&quot; adds John Z. Wetmore, producer for <a href="http://www.pedestrians.org/">Perils for Pedestrians</a> television. &quot;It takes very little planning to avoid overpriced last-minute purchases. Packing checklists are your friend if you have a tendency to leave things at home when you pack at the last minute.&quot;</p> <h3>4. Neck Pillows</h3> <p>You want to guess how many neck pillows are in my closet? Three! It seems like my husband buys a new pillow every time he flies, and those three aren't even counting the ones he's lost over the years. That's <em>hundreds</em> of dollars worth of <em>neck pillows</em>.</p> <p>I've never purchased a neck pillow in my life; it's always seemed like a huge waste of money to look so silly on an airplane to me. Instead, I bring my own travel-worn bed pillow from home (it's flat, so it's easy to travel with), or I ask for a blanket/pillow on the flight so I can cuddle up on the window or rest my head on the tray table. Much better than sleeping straight up with an inner tube around your neck, in my opinion.</p> <h3>5. Currency Exchange</h3> <p>The last time I traveled someplace where I needed to exchange currency, the dollar was worth half what it was at home &mdash; and that didn't include the fees that the service charged. That's a tough blow to take when you've saved for so long for something.</p> <p>DailyMail.com says, &quot;With so much else to sort out before you go away, it's tempting simply to purchase your foreign currency at the last minute in the airport departure lounge. But doing that means you'll pay significantly more than you need to, as airport bureaux de change offer some of the worst possible deals to walk-up customers.</p> <p>&quot;The alternatives? Pre-order currency. Earlier this week, buying &euro;500 on the spot at a Gatwick Moneycorp bureau would have cost you &pound;440.88. Had you ordered the &euro;500 online on <a href="http://www.moneycorp.com/">www.moneycorp.com</a> to pick up at the airport, the cost would have been &pound;404.17.&quot;</p> <p>This is obviously an example from Europe, but you can apply the same principles in the United States when you're preparing for travel abroad.</p> <h3>6. Parking</h3> <p>Sometimes you have no other choice but to drive yourself to the airport and park. And you'll pay dearly for it. If you can help it, ask a friend or family member to give you a ride &mdash; slip 'em some cash for helping you save some &mdash; or use public transportation where available and convenient.</p> <h2>Best Airport Buys</h2> <p>Okay, not everything at the airport is a total ripoff.</p> <h3>1. Local Food/Beverage Souvenir Items</h3> <p>I'm not much for tangible souvenirs &mdash; just one more piece of junk I have to put out at the yard sale next year &mdash; so I prefer to preserve my trips' memories with photos that I can frame and local food items that I can consume when I'm home. For instance, I've purchased beignet dry mix from New Orleans and BBQ sauce from Memphis that bring back fond memories of each trip when I use them.</p> <p>Liz Dahl, founder of <a href="http://boomertravelpatrol.com/">Boomer Travel Patrol</a>, agrees that this is a best practice, especially on liquids.</p> <p>&quot;For me, the best buys are local products from the city the airport is located, especially the liquid items,&quot; she says. &quot;This is the place to buy those souvenirs, because you can take them on the plane with you at that point.&quot;</p> <p>The latter is a good point to remember if you're only traveling with a carry-on bag. You won't be happy if you have to give up a liquid item because you overlooked the rules while you were shopping.</p> <h3>2. Duty Free</h3> <p>If you're in the market for cigarettes or alcohol, you can score great deals at the duty-free shops. All other items, especially electronics and beauty products, aren't a very wise purchase as you usually can find them cheaper at home or online.</p> <p>Consider, however, that you're allowed to bring mini bottles of liquor onto your flight. That's right &mdash; according to <a href="http://blog.tsa.gov/2014/01/tsa-travel-tips-tuesday-traveling-with.html">The TSA Blog</a>, &quot;Travelers may carry as many 3.4 ounce bottles of liquid (mini bottles of liquor are 1.7 ounces) that fit comfortably in one, quart sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. Comfortable means that the bag will seal without busting at the seams. One bag is permitted per passenger.&quot;</p> <p>That's pretty much an invitation to load up on the mini bottles at the duty-free shop.</p> <p>Of course, there's this stipulation: <a href="http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&amp;SID=03efb7c1b34301bf39ff6d98084cdd45&amp;rgn=div8&amp;view=text&amp;node=14:3.0.1.1.11.2.3.37&amp;idno=14">FAA regulations</a> state that &quot;No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage.&quot;</p> <p>But if you're savvy, you'll figure out how to make it work.</p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions for best/worse airport buys? Let me know in the comments below.</em></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/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class">5 Cheap Ways to Make Flying Coach Feel Like First Class</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/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel air travel airport flying Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1283485 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-airplane-luggage-Dollarphotoclub_69149855.jpg" alt="businessman airplane luggage" title="businessman airplane luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but just the thought of air travel fills me with dread. Booking a flight is a bit like agreeing to toss my schedule into a chipper-shredder for at least a day and embracing the Great Unknown. The whole process is just stressful enough that travelers are hungry for any tip or trick to help the whole process go a bit more smoothly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Traveler</a>s)</p> <p>After 15 years of living far enough from family that any visit requires a flight, I've adopted a personal travel policy that makes a world of difference: I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">pack strategically</a> and fit everything into a single carry-on bag. Seriously &mdash; I haven't checked a bag since the Clinton Administration. If you're still checking luggage when you fly, it's time for a change. Here are five ways you can save time and money by traveling with only a carry-on.</p> <h2>1. Easier Check-Ins</h2> <p>Without luggage to tag and check, you can skip the long lines at the check-in counter. Print your boarding passes beforehand or at the self-service check-in machines at the airport and then breeze right over to the TSA screening line. If you're running late, being able to dodge even a single slow-moving line can mean the difference between making your flight and screaming as you watch it taxi down the runway.</p> <h2>2. No Fees&hellip; Most of the Time</h2> <p>One of the most obvious benefits of traveling with a carry-on only is avoiding the notorious checked baggage fee. Depending on the carrier, these charges can range from $25-$50 for the first two bags and up to $125 for each additional bag. For budget-conscious travelers, those numbers can add up quickly. And while the majority of airlines still don't charge for properly-sized carry-on bags, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2014/05/carry-bag-fees">Frontier Airlines' new fees</a> may signify the first shot across the bow.</p> <h2>3. Itinerary Flexibility</h2> <p>During my most recent flight in August of last year, thunderstorms in Denver (my connecting city) left me stuck in Portland, Oregon. By checking-in with the gate attendant frequently, I was able to get rerouted through Chicago. The first question she asked me was &quot;Did you check any luggage?&quot; Of course I hadn't. I had everything I needed in a small carry-on slung over shoulder. No need to worry about where my luggage would end up and no need to make a special trip to the airport to pick up my belongings a day or two after I arrived at my final destination. I saved hours of time, avoided lots of drama, and dodged a major migraine.</p> <h2>4. Theft and Loss Avoidance</h2> <p>Take a second to Google this phrase: &quot;TSA theft checked luggage.&quot; If you still feel confident about the security of your checked luggage after wading through the 51,000 results, kudos to your boundless optimism. Though I don't travel with anything terribly expensive, I still cringe at the thought of someone thumbing through my daily planner, pocketing my favorite pair of sunglasses, or (worst of all), nabbing my fat jeans.</p> <h2>5. Speed and Convenience</h2> <p>Ever notice how antsy everyone gets as soon as a plane hits the tarmac? It's not because your fellow passengers have all developed a mad craving for a gooey Cinnabon &mdash; they're hoping to beat you to the car rental counter. Not having to wait for your luggage to be spit out onto the baggage carousel is a major benefit, especially if there are a limited number of rental cars or taxis available. Once again, the advantage goes to the traveler with the least amount of stuff to haul around.</p> <p>Let's face it, we live in a new era. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Air travel sucks</a> most of the time and all signs point to the whole process <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-scariest-things-probably-coming-to-air-travel">getting a lot scarier</a> for travelers in the not-too-distant future. Making it just a little more bearable means planning carefully, preparing diligently &mdash; and always packing lightly.</p> <p><em>Could you travel happily with a carry-on bag only? What ways do you save time and money when flying?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</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/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</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-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</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/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free</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-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel air travel airport carry-on luggage packing Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1283249 at http://www.wisebread.com US Bank FlexPerks Travel Rewards Credit Card http://www.wisebread.com/us-bank-flexperks-travel-rewards-credit-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/us-bank-flexperks-travel-rewards-credit-card" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-86529310.jpg" alt="travel" title="travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you a frequent air traveler? Do you enjoy being in the air, all the time? Then, the <a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=8368054&amp;fot=1191&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">U.S. Bank FlexPerks&reg; Travel Rewards Visa Signature&reg; card</a> is for you. However, with its interesting bonus level offerings, it may be a bit confusing for those used to the &quot;typical&quot; <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">travel rewards credit cards</a>. Let's cover some of the basics.</p> <h2>Card Benefits: Points</h2> <p>With the U.S. Bank FlexPerks&reg; Travel Rewards Visa Signature&reg; card, you get two points per one dollar spent on gas, grocery, or airline purchases (whichever you spend the most on each billing cycle). You also get two points per one dollar spent for cell phone expenses, and three points per one dollar spent for charitable donations. (For all other purchases, you get one point per dollar spent.)</p> <p>You'll also get an additional 3500 points each year you spend $24,000.</p> <p>Right now as a sign up bonus, you can earn 20,000 bonus points after spending $3500 within the first four months.</p> <h2>Other Benefits</h2> <p>As a Visa Signature Credit Card, you'll get the standard benefits like concierge service, travel discounts and upgrades, and dining and entertainment offers.</p> <h2>Costs</h2> <p>This card has an annual fee of $49, which is waived for the first year. There are no foreign purchase transaction fees.</p> <h2>Pros</h2> <p>This credit card offers a very flexible rewards schedule for the frequent traveler, that allows for the possibility of really maxing out the potential value of credit card points when it comes time to redeem points. 20,000 points can get you a $400 ticket.</p> <p>You can travel on more than 150 airlines with no blackout dates or online redemption fees. You also get up to a $25 airline allowance with every award ticket good towards baggage fees and in-flight treats.</p> <p>There are no foreign transaction fees and it includes the new smart chip technology that provides better security worldwide.</p> <h2>Cons</h2> <p>The annual fee, while waived for the first year, is still $49. This is above other cash back credit cards that offer similar or more benefits (like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-discover-it-card-attractive-cash-back-awards-for-shoppers">Discover It</a> credit card).&nbsp;</p> <h2>Who This Card Is Best For</h2> <p>This card is best for the frequent traveler who loves to exchange points for discounted or free travel. If you're able to spend that $24,000 in a calendar year, you can exchange the 3,500 points for the annual fee. Big spenders should see big rewards with this card.</p> <p><strong><a target="_blank" href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=8368054&amp;fot=1191&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Click here to apply for the U.S. Bank FlexPerks&reg; Travel Rewards Visa Signature&reg; card today!</a></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mark-jackson">Mark Jackson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/us-bank-flexperks-travel-rewards-credit-card">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-new-travel-rewards-cards-on-the-block-barclaycard-arrival-world-plus-world-elite-mastercard">The Best New Travel Rewards Cards on the Block: Barclaycard Arrival World / Plus World Elite MasterCard</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/discover-it-miles-simple-and-flexible-travel-rewards">Discover it Miles: Simple and Flexible Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-secured-credit-cards">The 5 Best Secured Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel credit card review us bank flexperks Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:06:59 +0000 Mark Jackson 1138511 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Stress-Free Ways to Stay Productive on Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-vacation-beach-laptop-Dollarphotoclub_63877813.jpg" alt="woman vacation laptop" title="woman vacation laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation is a time to relax and let loose &mdash; and you've earned every minute of it. But while it's healthy to slow down every once in a while to enjoy some of life's finer things, taking a much-needed break doesn't give you full credence to be lazy (unless that's what you want, of course; hey, it's your vacation). Fact is, you can still have fun &mdash; and stay productive &mdash; with bit of concerted effort. Here's how.</p> <h2>1. Tie Up Loose Ends Before Vacation Commences</h2> <p>There's nothing worse than having an open-ended project hanging over your head that you wished you'd have finished before your vacation started. Whatever the reason you didn't complete it &mdash; maybe you were rushed, maybe you just didn't feel like bothering with it &mdash; your lack of follow-through will nag you for the duration of your holiday, and that's no way to spend what should be an otherwise fun time. Do yourself a favor and be a trooper &mdash; work through the night if you have to &mdash; to check these tasks off your list so there's one less thing to worry about when it's time to kick your feet up. You'll likely find that with this burden lifted, you'll be more motivated to work leisurely on something else at your own pace &mdash; if you'd like.</p> <h2>2. Schedule Small Tasks to Accomplish in Short Bursts</h2> <p>Instead of scheduling large, daunting tasks to complete over vacation &mdash; let's use cleaning the house as a blanket goal &mdash; try fitting in smaller, more manageable projects into your schedule. For instance, if you have free time one afternoon, tackle cleaning your pantry; the next day clear out your medicine cabinet. By working in short bursts to accomplish small tasks, you'll avoid becoming overwhelmed but still enjoy the feeling of staying somewhat productive.</p> <h2>3. Engage in Activities That Stimulate Your Brain</h2> <p>Studies show that<a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/brain-games/games-make-you-think"> playing games, eating certain foods, and exercising can boost your brainpower</a>, the result of which is a conduit for productivity. If you're feeling a bit sluggish on vacation &mdash; like you just want to binge-watch every available season of House of Cards on Netflix instead of getting something worthwhile done &mdash; play a videogame,<a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/best-foods-your-brain?s=5"> have a piece of chocolate</a> (legit!), or go for a walk to help get you shake off the lazies and spend your time more wisely.</p> <h2>4. Reflect on Positive Things You've Accomplished Recently</h2> <p>When my business is lagging, or I haven't accomplished anything of which I can be proud lately, I like to reflect on some of the positive things that I've done in the recent past to help me remember why I do what I do. If you're in a similar rut on vacation, think back to one of your rock-star moments to help provide a boost of motivation to get moving.</p> <h2>5. Schedule Time to Exercise</h2> <p>There's<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-pozen/exercise-productivity_b_2005463.html"> a direct correlation between exercise and productivity</a>, so it's not a bad idea to schedule time to work out even when you're on vacation. I know, I know &mdash; who wants to break a sweat when there are free-flowing frozen margaritas at the pool bar? Very few of us. But I can tell you from experience that when I drag myself to the treadmill and commit to at least 20 minutes of non-stop exercise, my day is immediately much better. I feel healthier, my confidence gets a boost, and I walk away with more energy to do more than just tip a glass back (even though it's not completely off the schedule).</p> <h2>6. Limit Your Food and Drink Indulgences</h2> <p>Speaking of the sweet nectar of delicious drinks that seem to be omnipresent when you're on vacation, it's important to not overdo it. We all know what happens when we drink too much &mdash; we get a one-way ticket to Hangover City that sucks the fun right out of our getaway &mdash; but overeating also can be a detriment to your productivity. Indulging too much can make us feel nauseous, tired, and bloated &mdash; which ultimately will ruin our mood and kill our motivation.</p> <h2>7. Sleep In &mdash; But Not Too Long</h2> <p>Getting a good night's rest is<a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/physical-side-effects-oversleeping"> critical to staying productive</a> &mdash; and having the stamina to keep going &mdash; and there's no better time than vacation to catch a few extra Zs. But, mind you, there's a fine line between sleeping in and oversleeping. You want to get enough sleep that you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day opposed to rising lethargic and down in the dumps. A good way to handle this is to let yourself sleep one more hour than your normal schedule allows. That's a reasonable amount of time to get in a few more winks without wasting your vacation.</p> <p><em>How do you stay productive on vacation? Let us know in the comments below.</em></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/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-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-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</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-more-travel-destinations-that-arent-worth-the-money">7 More Travel Destinations That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</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/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</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/booking-got-bumped-your-vacation-cancellation-recourse">Booking Got Bumped? Your Vacation Cancellation Recourse</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Travel energy goals vacation Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 1279974 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Travel Hacks That Will Save Time, Money, and Your Sanity http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-phone-call-airport-Dollarphotoclub_68549683.jpg" alt="woman phone call airport" title="woman phone call airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes it seems like you need a vacation from your vacation. Although you usually associate traveling with relaxation, there are some aspects that can definitely stress you out. Luckily, we've complied some awesome travel hacks of our own and <a href="http://www.quora.com/Travel-Hacks/What-are-the-best-travel-hacks">from Quora</a> that will help make your trip more smooth.</p> <p>RELATED:<span class="title-text"> <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Car-Hacks-Kids-35505804#photo-35505804">11 Tricks for a Hassle-Free, Mess-Free Road Trip</a></span></p> <p>1. <strong>Delete people from your photos</strong>. Upset that you can't get a good shot because of all the tourists milling around in the background? According to <a href="http://www.quora.com/Sameer-Gupta">Sameer Gupta</a>, there's a <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/1hivuk/lpt_remove_tourists_from_your_travel_photos/">lifeprotip</a> that gets rid of people in your photos. &quot;Put your camera on a tripod; Take about 15 pictures about every 10 seconds; open them all in Photoshop from File-&gt;Scripts-&gt;Statistics; choose median.&quot;</p> <p>2. <strong>Empty water bottle</strong>. Since you can't bring water bottles through security, bring an empty one to fill up when you're in the airport.</p> <p>3. <strong>Sleep tight</strong>. Bring eye masks and ear plugs with you so you'll be able to get a good night's rest on the plane and your lodgings.</p> <p>4. <strong>Clothes that dry quickly</strong>. Bring clothes that dry quickly so you'll be able to wash them at the end of the day and wear them again the next. This cuts down on the amount of clothing you bring with you.</p> <p>5. <strong>Book the aisle and window</strong>. If you're traveling with someone and your flight has rows of three seats, book the aisle and window seat and leave the middle seat empty. It's likely to remain empty if the flight is not full, because people usually choose the window and aisle seat. And if someone does pick that seat, they'll be willing to switch with one of you.</p> <p>6. <strong>Google maps</strong>. Use the hidden offline maps feature of Google maps to access it without an international plan. <a href="http://www.quora.com/Kartik-Ayyar">Kartik Ayyar</a> explains, &quot;You can use this feature by simply zooming to a map area you want offline in the maps app and typing &quot;OK maps&quot; into the search box, and then this data will be available even when you don't have data connectivity&hellip; Works in both the iOS and Android apps. I also suggest 'starring' places of interest since you can't search or route when offline.&quot; And as for routes, &quot;take screenshots of searches when you are online&hellip; and use them as guides.&quot;</p> <p>7. <strong>Be one of the first people to board in your seating group</strong>. It's good to get in line and board as early as possible so there's enough overhead space for you to slip your luggage in. If you board too late, your luggage might have to go in cargo, which means it'll take longer for you to get off the plan than if you stored your luggage in the overhead bin.</p> <p>8. <strong>Pay-as-you-go cell phone plans</strong>. Bring an unlocked phone on your travels, and sign up for a pay-as-you-go plan.</p> <p>9. <strong>Use a phrase book</strong>. You don't have to become fluent in another language, but carrying a phrase book around and knowing the basics will help you get around better in a country where English isn't the first language.</p> <p>10. <strong>Go to the airport early</strong>. Arrive early, so you don't have to make a mad dash against time to make your flight. Unforeseen incidents can happen along the way (traffic, forgotten identification, etc.), so it's best go have a time buffer.</p> <p>11. <strong>Keep a copy of your passport online</strong>. Keep a copy of your passport in your email inbox, so you can print it out if you ever lose your passport. This will help expedite the process of getting a replacement.</p> <p>12. <strong>Rent houses or apartments</strong>. Check out the rental rates of houses or apartments in the area on sites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO while you're checking out hotels. Chances are, you'll get a better rate and some cool perks.</p> <p>13. <strong>Check out Charles Schwab High Yield Checking accounts</strong>. According to <a href="http://www.quora.com/Brian-Tse">Brian Tse</a>, you should get a <a href="http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/banking_lending/checking_account">Charles Schwab High Yield Checking account</a> when traveling internationally &quot;because it refunds every single ATM fee worldwide, requires no minimum balance, and has no monthly service fee.&quot;</p> <p>14. <strong>Money belt</strong>. Use a money belt, or sew a pocket in the inside of your clothes when traveling in places where there are lots of theft.</p> <p>15. <strong>Split your cash stash</strong>. Put cash in various places, such as your wallet, pocket, shoes, and your luggage.</p> <p>16. <strong>Ask your hotel for a charger</strong>. Hotels usually have a stash of forgotten chargers left behind by hotel guests that you can borrow.</p> <p>17. <strong>Bring an external battery for your cell phone</strong>. Walking around all day can make your phone quickly drain, especially if you're relying on it to be your GPS. Get an external battery or a car charger if you're taking a road trip.</p> <p>18. <strong>Hotel upgrade</strong>. Ask for a free upgrade at the hotel when you're checking in, because it doesn't hurt to ask, and you may actually get one for free.</p> <p>19. <strong>Bring plastic bags</strong>. Pack plastic bags so you can use them to throw your dirty clothes in and other items you want separated from the rest of your belongings in your luggage.</p> <p>20. <strong>Power strip</strong>. Bring a power strip for your electronics, so you will only need one or two local adaptors. But make sure it's one that supports 240V.</p> <p>21. <strong>Try calling the hotel</strong>. Try calling the hotel directly to see if there are better deals.</p> <p>22. <strong>Bring your ATM card</strong>. Get cash from your ATM when traveling, because in most places, you'll get better rates. Check to see if this is true in the country you're traveling to.</p> <p>23. <strong>Check the crime rates of the area you're going to</strong>. Just so you know what you're getting into, check the crime rates of the area you're staying in. The low prices might not be worth the stress of staying in an area where you're afraid for your safety.</p> <p>Here are <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Travel-24627929">39 tips that will help you save</a> on travel!</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take the hassle out of travel with this collection of nifty road trip shortcuts. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Travel-36092909">Need Quick Cash For a Trip? 11 Easy Ways to Save</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Annoying-Things-About-Air-Travel-35643339#photo-35643339">The 20 Most Annoying Things About Airplane Travel</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Adventurecom-Travel-Video-Ad-36296718">This Travel Video Will Have You Jumping on a Plane in 2015</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-travel-hacks-that-will-save-time-money-and-your-sanity">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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Read through our list of things people often forget to do before bidding adieu to their homes to make sure you're ready for your next travel adventure!</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Reasons-Why-You-Need-Vacation-36166220">You Might Be Suffering From Vacation Deprivation</a></p> <p>1. <strong>Pay off your bills before you leave or schedule automatic payments for your bills</strong>. You definitely don't want to be responsible for any late fees.</p> <p>2. <strong>Sort through your wallet and remove items you don't need for your trip</strong>. Think foreign currency from your last trip, extra credit cards, or reward cards that only apply in your country of residence.</p> <p>3. <strong>Make copies of important items</strong>. Be sure to have copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case you lose them on your trip. You can always have paper copies or scanned copies in your email &mdash; whatever you feel comfortable with.</p> <p>4. <strong>Update your calendar</strong>. Be sure to check your work calendar to see what commitments you have made while you are gone. Reschedule them before you leave. Check what other non-work appointments you have in store for you, and cancel or postpone them.</p> <p>5. <strong>Put mail on hold</strong>. You don't want strangers knowing that you're away with the pile of newspapers at your door, so be sure to go to the USPS website to request to hold your mail. You also don't want a mailbox that overstuffed when you're back from your vacation.</p> <p>6. <strong>Call your bank</strong>. Let your bank or credit card provider know that you're going to be out of town so they should expect to see some international charges.</p> <p>7. <strong>Unplug and switch off</strong>. Remember to turn everything off, or better yet, unplug them, to conserve energy and money.</p> <p>8. <strong>Create an automated email response</strong>. Remember to create an automated email response or even a personalized voicemail to let people who are trying to get in touch with you know that you're out of town.</p> <p>9. <strong>Make a checklist of things to bring and double check it</strong>. Include things like money, prescriptions, itinerary, confirmation numbers, emergency contact numbers, chargers, passport, tickets, and more.</p> <p>10. <strong>Pick up reading material and snacks</strong>. Don't blow your budget at the airport by forgetting to buy these items beforehand.</p> <p>11. <strong>Clean out your fridge and trash</strong>. Clean out perishables from the fridge so you're not in for a nasty surprise when you get back. Take out your trash as well so your apartment will smell fresh and clean.</p> <p>12. <strong>Wash your sheets and laundry</strong>. We often don't think about washing our sheets before we leave, but there's nothing more inviting than a fresh bed after we get back from our weary travels.</p> <p>13. <strong>Pack your chargers, and fully charge your electronics</strong>. We often forget our chargers when we're on a trip, which causes us to buy some from the area we're visiting. Remember to pack your chargers before you leave and to also fully charge your electronics, so you won't run out of batteries before you arrive at your hotel.</p> <p>14. <strong>Put liquid items in plastic baggies</strong>. Be sure to put your liquid items, such as cosmetics, into plastic baggies so they won't get confiscated by customs.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Honey? I think I left the oven on. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Photo-Ideas-31563033">20 Travel Photos You Must Take on Your Next Trip</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Calming-Travel-Playlist-36216000">77 Calming Songs For Anyone Who Hates Flying</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Upcycled-Map-Tile-Coasters-35068845">Give Old Maps New Life as Tile Coasters</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-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-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</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/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-vacation-package">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-the-united-states-should-copy-from-other-countries">10 Things the United States Should Copy From Other Countries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel forgetfulness holiday memory travel vacation what to pack Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:00:09 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1272038 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Save Big on Family Ski Trips http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-ski-trip-153831210-small.jpg" alt="family ski trip" title="family ski trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a working, single person in your 20s, a ski weekend might leave no lingering after-effects &mdash; either on the pocketbook or on aching joints. But once children join the picture, getting out to the slopes takes a little more financial planning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=seealso">9 Things You Must Do If You're Traveling With Kids</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 ways to cushion the financial blow of paying for two, three, or more little freeloaders' snowy fun.</p> <h2>1. Buy Passes Early</h2> <p>If you are going to ski more than two weekends, a season pass may be the cheapest way. The best time to start thinking about this is during the current season, not at the beginning of the next one. Most ski resorts progressively raise prices as the year goes on. Vail's <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2013/03/29/skiings-best-lift-ticket-pass-deals-are-right-now-for-next-season/">Epic Pass</a>, which gets you into multiple resorts, is typically available by March.</p> <p>My family purchased the Lake Tahoe local version of the Epic Pass in October for $499 per adult and $239 for our oldest child.</p> <h2>2. Look for Other Ticket Discounts</h2> <p>Even if you don't get a season pass, try to avoid buying your tickets at the resort ticket window. For one thing, waiting in the ticket line wastes some of your precious ski time. For another, the window price is typically the highest possible price. You can check with the resort website, local grocery stores, and ski supply shops for discount tickets. If you must buy at the ticket window, find out if there are any multi-day discounts available. Last year we were able to purchase three-packs at Sierra-at-Tahoe at a significant savings.</p> <h2>3. Ask If Kids Ski Free</h2> <p>Many resorts actually don't make you pay for small fries' lift tickets, but in my experience the staff might not tell you that. Other resorts offer a free kid's ticket with an adult purchase. Or they may let kids ski at least the rope tow area for free.</p> <h2>4. Look Into Parent Passes</h2> <p>When we had babies, my husband and I were sometimes able to get a &quot;parent pass,&quot; which allowed one of us to ski part of the day, then hand the ticket off to the other parent while the first parent took over childcare. <a href="http://www.timberlinelodge.com/ski-area/lift-tickets-passes/">Timberline Lodge</a> in Oregon offers a season pass that works this way, too.</p> <h2>5. Don't Pay for More Mountain Than Your Kids Can Handle</h2> <p>Mountains with a wide variety of Black Diamond slopes are great for accomplished skiers, but if your kids are going to spend most of the day on Green slopes or on a &quot;magic carpet&quot; conveyor belt, consider smaller, cheaper resorts. These places may also offer benefits such as closer, easier parking and a more family-friendly atmosphere.</p> <h2>6. Ski School Can Be Worth the Expense</h2> <p>My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I realized how much we would pay to put our littlest skiers into all-day ski school last year. However, once they were dropped off, I realized how much benefit we were getting from the service. Not only did our kids gain a lot of confidence on skis, but my husband and I were free to get our money's worth out of our lift tickets, instead of spending the whole day helping our kids get up after they fell.</p> <p>Not only that, but I really appreciated that the ski school staff helped my little skiers into and out of their skis and boots. With more than one kid to help, plus your own equipment to deal with, that part can be exhausting.</p> <h2>7. Pack a Picnic</h2> <p>Do you ever see people with barbecue grills in the parking lot of ski resorts? They're the smart ones. For the price of a typical ski resort small burger and fries, you can splurge on all your kids' favorite junk food, nice deli sandwiches, foie gras, or whatever your heart desires. If you can get close enough parking, rendezvous at the car at mealtime. Or get a locker, or even pack simpler fare in backpacks.</p> <h2>8. Intersperse Ski Days With Cheaper Activities</h2> <p>A lot of children are exhausted after a day of skiing. Take them onto the mountain three days in a row and you're just throwing away money on kids who will end up hanging around the lodge or lying in the snow, crying. (Not that I speak from experience or anything.)</p> <p>If you have a three day weekend, buy lift tickets for the first and last day, and plan an easy (and much less expensive) day of sledding or ice skating in the middle. With the decline of the snowpack in recent years, California resorts are putting in lots of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/24/sports/skiing/as-snow-fades-california-ski-resorts-face-a-brown-future.html?_r=0">alternative activities</a>. A day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing is also cheaper, if not less exhausting, than hitting the slopes. If nothing else, sitting around the cabin drinking hot cocoa and watching movies is practically free.</p> <h2>9. Consider Buying Rather Than Renting Equipment</h2> <p>It may seem counterintuitive since kids grow faster than they would wear out their skis, but experts say that you often get a better deal owning kids' equipment. Some stores offer <a href="http://sportsden.com/pages/ski-services-and-rentals/kids-ski-exchange.html">trade-in programs</a> for fast-growing kids. Swapping with other families or <a href="http://www.epicski.com/f/10/gear-swap-buy-sell-gear">buying second-hand</a> can also be a great saver. If you don't buy, a rental for the whole season can save frequent skiers time and money.</p> <h2>10. Team Up With Another Family</h2> <p>Cabin rentals are quite expensive in the Lake Tahoe area, where we ski, and our family of five can easily fill up the average cabin on our own. However, since we're only there for a weekend, the kids are really fine three or more to a bedroom &mdash; especially if they're able to share with their best friends. This season we'll spend one weekend at Tahoe sharing a 3-bedroom with another family, and while it may be tight, we'll save money. Another advantage of skiing with another family is that if one or two kids get tired, there are more adults around to take turns caring for them.</p> <p><em>Do you take the whole family skiing? How do you control the cost?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-big-on-family-ski-trips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</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/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor 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/14-fun-winter-staycation-ideas">14 Fun Winter Staycation Ideas</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-weird-money-laws-you-may-have-broken">7 Weird Money Laws You May Have Broken</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-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel family travel family trips outdoor sports ski trip skiing Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:00:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1264763 at http://www.wisebread.com Another 7 Travel Destinations Not Worth the Money http://www.wisebread.com/another-7-travel-destinations-not-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/another-7-travel-destinations-not-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Aspen Colorado.jpg" alt="aspen colorado" title="aspen colorado" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After my previous two articles on travel destinations to avoid (<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-popular-vacation-spots-that-arent-worth-the-money-and-where-to-go-instead">7 Popular Vacation Spots That Aren't Worth the Money</a>, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-more-travel-destinations-that-arent-worth-the-money">7 MORE Destinations</a>), it became quite clear that there was a need to highlight more places that you should cross off your &quot;see it at all costs&quot; list.</p> <p>Several people have commented that as travel becomes even more expensive, and vacation time is harder to take, spending precious time and money on a mediocre or disappointing holiday is gut wrenching. With that in mind, here are seven <em>additional</em> destinations to avoid.</p> <p>I'm not saying you should never, ever go to these places... But if your time and money is limited (and who has plenty of either to spare?), you should really move them much further down your list; or even off it. (And just like in previous pieces, each place listed comes with a suggested alternative.)</p> <h2>1. Key West, Florida</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Key%20West%20Florida.jpg" /></p> <p>You can get fabulous Key Lime Pies in Key West. However, that is not a great reason to spend a lot of time and money on a vacation.</p> <p>It may once have been a go-to destination, but it is a shadow of what it once was. One of the biggest complaints you'll read about this part of Florida is that it's overcrowded. If you like personal space, you are not going to like Key West, at all. The beach areas are not only chock full of tourists, they are also tacky and lined with tatty buildings that have seen much better days. Along with your overpriced hotel, you'll find underwhelming accommodations, sub-par restaurants, and vulgar tourist traps that are more interested in your money than making you feel happy and welcome. And then, there's Spring Break. If you are foolhardy enough to plan your trip around that time of year, get ready for endless nights of drunken college kids, rude behavior, and the kind of sordid displays more at home in the adult video section. Just say no to this one.</p> <p>Instead, try a little more culture in St. Augustine. It is rich in history, has wonderful architecture, and it not even close to being overcrowded.</p> <h2>2. Bali, Indonesia</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Bali%20Indonesia.jpg" /></p> <p>It has been called one of the most desired destinations on the planet. The Bali tourist board in particular likes to throw that one around. They tout the crystal clear waters and white beaches, which definitely do make up the Bali scenery. However, look a little deeper and there are some ugly truths to Bali that even the InBali.org website warns you about. Bali attracts the drunk, fighting Aussies and Brits (and as a Brit I know just the type) who come here to lounge on beaches by day, and throw up in street corners at night. And the idyllic scenery makes it easy to let down your guard, which brings the con artists and scammers out of the woodwork. When all is said and done, you'll spend 24 hours in the air, spending over $1,500 per ticket, to occupy a beach with louts, drunkards, and swindlers.</p> <p>Instead, <a href="http://allindonesiatravel.com/top-10-things-to-do-in-lombok-bali/">visit Lombok</a>. It is known as the best kept secret of Indonesia. You'll still get the fantastic beaches and scenery, but none of the Bali drawbacks.</p> <h2>3. Stonehenge, England</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Stonehenge.jpg" /></p> <p>&quot;Stonehenge. Where a man's a man. And the children dance to the pipes of Pan.&quot; That scene from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6305922756/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=6305922756&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ONR3DHAVYQSCAFW5">This Is Spinal Tap</a> is far more entertaining than any expensive trip to the actual Stonehenge, in Wiltshire. And as a Brit who has been there, trust me on this one.</p> <p>You may think there is some mystical aura awaiting to be discovered. But It's just a bunch of big rocks, and after ten minutes you'll start getting itchy feet. What else is there to do in Wiltshire? Well, let's think. You can see the eight White Horse chalk figures on the hillsides. There's an outlet shopping mall. You can also visit the UK's number one safari park; the animals just love the cold and rainy British climate. And, other than a few pubs and a lot more fields, that's about it. It's an awfully long way to go for some rock gazing.</p> <p>By all means take a day trip to Stonehenge (it will be a short trip as well), but make your actual destination something much more fun. Cornwall has much more to offer than Wiltshire, with spectacular beaches, a surfer's paradise, Land's End, Tintagel Castle, and some <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destination/uk/60513/Cornwall-nightlife.html">great watering holes.</a></p> <h2>4. Istanbul, Turkey</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Istanbul%20Turkey.jpg" /></p> <p>If you like smoking, you may actually like Istanbul. Cigarette smoke is everywhere, and your lungs will feel like they've been through a cheese grater if you're not used to it. That's not to mention the smell that lingers. The historic buildings and streets are littered with vendors selling cheap, tacky tourist souvenirs, screaming for your attention and blocking your experience of the real city. There is also a major traffic congestion problem in Istanbul, with aggressive drivers leaning on the horns and obeying none of the rules of the road. And that's not even the real dangerous side to this part of Turkey. Admittedly, it has been cleaned up in recent years and is not as dangerous as it once was. But it's still not a warm and friendly place, and if you walk the streets at night you are a target for street thugs and muggers.</p> <p>If you want to go to Turkey, visit Bodrum or Side. The latter is a wonderfully picturesque town with classic ruins, pristine beaches, and awesome dining and nightlife.</p> <h2>5. Aspen, Colorado</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Aspen%20Colorado.jpg" /></p> <p>I live in Colorado. I can tell you first hand, Aspen is not worth the expense. In fact, it's fair to say it is one of the most overrated places I have ever visited. For a start, everything in Aspen is extremely expensive. You will pay many times more to ski the same slopes that you can get to from other mountain areas. Rich celebrities have homes in Aspen, and they visit them from time to time. But if you think that means you're going to be rubbing shoulders with Tom Cruise and Oprah, think again. You'll be lucky if you see one of their personal shoppers. Honestly, it is now simply a very pricey tourist trap that is only worth visiting if you have more money than sense.</p> <p>Instead, there are so many more wonderful, and much less expensive, mountain towns and cities. Try Glenwood Springs, Vail, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Steamboat or Crested Butte.</p> <h2>6. Costa Rica</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Costa%20Rica.jpg" /></p> <p>A small, Central American country, Costa Rica sounds like an exotic paradise; and it certainly is lush and green. However, many people who visit seem to be underwhelmed by their visit. The food, for starters, has a tendency to be on the bland side. This is unexpected for Central American cuisine. The landscape can be harsh in places, with some roads being impassable or even dangerous. If you visit any time between April to the end of October, you can be rained out of many planned activities. And when I say rain, this is not a little downpour&hellip;this is tropical.</p> <p>If you want something in the same vein, but a little more exciting and reliable, visit Leon in Nicaragua. Rich in Spanish colonial architecture, Leon is filled with art and culture, beautiful beaches, and a lot more nightlife options.</p> <h2>7. Laguna Beach, California</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/Laguna%20Beach.jpg" /></p> <p>Smelly. Dirty. Crowded. Loud. Overrated. Rip-off. Just some of the words I've heard people use to describe their trip to Laguna Beach. I asked friends and co-workers what place they'd never visit again, and three instantly came back with Laguna Beach.</p> <p>This is one of those places that people flood to because they know the name, and not because they know a lot about it. You will be searching for parking, and a spot on the beach, for hours in peak season. Oh, that also goes for getting food, drinks, or anything else. At the local nightclubs and bars you'll be screaming over each other to be heard. And of course, as it's so touristy, all of the prices are inflated. Just avoid it completely. If you want a beach in Southern California, you have better options. Try Catalina Island, La Jolla Cove, or Coronado.</p> <p><em>Where will you never travel again? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/another-7-travel-destinations-not-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-more-travel-destinations-that-arent-worth-the-money">7 More Travel Destinations That Aren&#039;t Worth the Money</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/15-cheaper-ways-to-travel-around-the-world">15 Cheaper Ways to Travel Around the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</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-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel don't visit places to avoid tourist traps verpriced travel Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:00:07 +0000 Paul Michael 1257387 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Tips for Traveling With Pets http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/dog-car-travel-104523329-small.jpg" alt="dog travel" title="dog travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don't want to leave your furry family members behind if you don't have to. So here are 23 tips for traveling with pets to help you navigate the world of sticky border regulations, pet-friendly accommodation hacks, flying with pets, gear to make the journey easier, and much more.</p> <h2>Before You Go</h2> <p>Before you take to the road with your pet, you'll want to cover the following basics.</p> <h3>1. Research Embassy Requirements</h3> <p>Lauren and Kenin Bassart of <a href="http://www.theconstantrambler.com/">TheConstantRambler</a> have been traveling the world full-time with their dog Zoe, a wiemaraner, since 2012. They find that traveling with a dog sometimes dictates where they can and can't go.</p> <p>&quot;Different countries have different requirements. Many countries require quarantine periods and we avoid those when taking Zoe. Most countries require shots for rabies, bordetella (kennel cough), and parvo. Call an embassy and do your research online to see what the country's requirements are, and make sure to have your paperwork handy when crossing the border.&quot;</p> <p>You can research various country requirements at <a href="http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm">PetTravel.com</a>.</p> <h3>2. When Entering or Leaving a Country, Your Itinerary Matters</h3> <p>In researching pet travel requirements, consider both where you're going and where you're coming from. Gigi Griffis has also been on the road since 2012 with Luna, her pint-sized schnauzer-yorkie mix, who has 11 passport stamps and counting. She has a section for dog travel tips on her website <a href="http://www.gigigriffis.com/category/luna/">Gigigriffis.com</a>.</p> <p>&quot;Countries (especially those with low incidence of or no incidence of rabies) have requirements that vary based on where you are coming from. If you are coming directly from the U.S. or Canada, the requirements are often as simple as a vet visit, some paperwork, and a stamp from the appropriate U.S. or Canadian authorities. If you are coming from South Africa or Thailand, the rules might be different.&quot;</p> <p>It's not just about your last destination either, Gigi says even layovers in certain countries can affect your pet's ability to cross borders. You can find US requirements on the <a href="http://www.aphis.usda.gov/wps/portal/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth?1dmy&amp;urile=wcm:path:/aphis_content_library/sa_our_focus/sa_animal_health/sa_export_from_us/sa_live_animals/ct_iregs_animal_exports_home">APHIS website</a>.</p> <h3>3. Get a Health Certificate</h3> <p>Health certificates are required by airlines, border authorities, hotels, pet-care centers, and others. In many cases you need to get your health certificate within 10 days of starting your trip. Research the specific requirements of your itinerary before visiting the vet, so they can include everything necessary in the certificate.</p> <h3>4. Keep an Electronic Copy of Your Pet's Health Certificate</h3> <p>Many hotels, travel operators, pet care centers, airlines, and customs and immigration agencies require a printed record of your pet's veterinary certificate. Instead of printing off reams of copies for every possible instance, just print off a couple and keep an electronic copy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.twitter.com/myschatheriault">Myscha Theriault</a> is a best-selling author and internationally-syndicated travel columnist who travels full-time with her science journalist husband and giant Labrador retriever. With her electronic copy handy, she's always ready to produce her dog's health certificates as needed.</p> <p>&quot;The hotel's business center printer allows me to print a PDF copy of our Labrador's shot records as required, for example whenever we need to book an afternoon of daycare for her from the road. It keeps the paper clutter down day-to-day, while still remaining prepared for last-minute changes in our schedule.&quot;</p> <h3>5. Research Local Vets</h3> <p>Just in case something happens on the road, you don't want to be scrambling to find a reputable vet. Record the contact information for a few vets in the area you're visiting before you go.</p> <h3>6. Don't Carry Endless Amounts of Pet Food</h3> <p>Instead of worrying about finding a specific brand of pet food or carrying bags of food across borders, Gigi focuses on the ingredients.</p> <p>&quot;I usually carry enough food for a few days and then buy a bag of food when I arrive. Since different countries tend to have different brands, it's important that you know what ingredients are in your pet's food. Instead of trying to find your brand, look for a food that has the same basic structure. If you feed your pet something with chicken and grains (the majority of dog foods), look for chicken and grains. Even switching brands, I find that Luna's digestive system does fine if I stick with the right ingredients.&quot;</p> <h3>7. Bring a Pet First Aid Kit</h3> <p>You don't want to overdo it, but having a little kit to care for your pet can prevent you from scrambling for something at the last minute. Pawfriendly has some good suggestions for what to include in <a href="http://www.pawfriendly.com/community/pet-first-aid-kits">your pet's first aid kit</a>.</p> <h2>Flying With Pets</h2> <p>Flying with pets isn't particularly easy for either the pet or the owner, but it certainly isn't impossible. Here are some tips to make the process smooth.</p> <h3>8. Call the Airline</h3> <p>Airlines have differing regulations for traveling with pets, such as pet carrier dimensions, required health certificates, etc. Always check with the airline for their requirements before you book. You can view <a href="http://www.pettravel.com/airline_rules.cfm">various airline requirements here</a>, but you should still call the airline to confirm that their rules haven't changed.</p> <h3>9. Choose an Airline-Friendly Carrier</h3> <p>Petco, a company that features pet products (including these <a href="http://www.petco.com/N_4294955108/Airline-Travel-Shop.aspx">airline-travel-friendly pet carriers</a> and toys) suggests the following tips when selecting a carrier suitable for your pet and flying with them:</p> <ul> <li>Your pet should be able to stand freely, turn around, and fully lie down in the carrier.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Cats, who are especially prone to stress when flying, can be calmed with special sprays designed to reduce feline anxiety. For dogs, there are supplements that do the same thing as well as prevent motion sickness.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Put a familiar towel/blanket or toy in the carrier with your pet to provide them with comfort and a sense of home.</li> </ul> <h3>10. How and When to Crate Your Pet</h3> <p>Cesar Milan (the Dog Whisperer) has lots of <a href="http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/seasonal/cesars-travel-tips">pet-friendly travel tips</a> on his website. Among them, he has some good tips with regards to when and how to crate your pet.</p> <ul> <li>Don't leave anything in the crate (like leashes or loose collars) that can harm your pet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't treat the crate like a prison, for example by using a sad voice and saying things like &quot;sorry&quot; when you crate them.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fast your pet for four to six hours prior to crating them to fly, so they don't have a full stomach/bladder.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Exercise your pet as close to departure time as possible.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Crate your pet before entering the airport, which can be a stressful environment.</li> </ul> <h3>11. If Traveling in the Hold</h3> <p>If your pooch needs to travel in the hold, try to book direct flights. Clip their nails so they don't get caught on anything, and make sure you spend a few weeks getting your pet used to their crate before traveling to reduce anxiety. Also, carry a picture of your pooch (in case they're misplaced &mdash; yes, it happens), and notify the flight attendants/captain that you have a pet in the hold. The Humane Society website has some other <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/traveling_tips_pets_ships_planes_trains.html">good tips for flying with a pet in the hold</a>, in addition to a variety of general pet travel tips.</p> <h2>Staying in Hotels</h2> <p>Hotels have varying services and restrictions when it comes to checking in with pets. Here are some hotel hacks from the experts:</p> <h3>12. Finding Pet-Friendly Hotels</h3> <p>Myscha says La Quinta and Red Roof Inn are chains that typically take pets without a nightly fee. When there isn't one around, Myscha turns to tourism boards for suggestions.</p> <p>&quot;We typically ask the local tourism board and visitor center for recommendations of the more unique spots. They are always way more in-the-know than even the most up to date [pet-hotel] website.&quot;</p> <h3>13. Ask Questions Before You Book</h3> <p>Pet policies differ dramatically by hotel. Ask the following questions to ensure you're getting a good fit for both you and your pet:</p> <ul> <li>Are there additional fees for checking in with pets?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you have size restrictions?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Are there any resident pets? (Depending on the pet, they could be problematic or a great playmate).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you offer services for pets (anything from providing food/water bowls to pet-sitting services)?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>What are the rules and restrictions (for example are there certain areas I can and can't go with my pet)?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Do you have rooms with easy access to the outdoors?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Are there nearby parks where I can exercise my pet?</li> </ul> <h3>14. Book a Hotel With an Outdoor Restaurant or Bar</h3> <p>&quot;Having a resort where there are bars with outdoor access and tables or tie-on poles is a great perk for us,&quot; says Myscha. Her pup doesn't do well in restaurants, but can handle hanging out in an outdoor establishment. &quot;Strolling downstairs when the venue isn't crowded enables us to at least have a drink outside of the room without having to book daycare for the dog.&quot;</p> <h3>15. Train Your Pet to be Rental-Friendly</h3> <p>Gigi stays mostly in apartments through vacation rental sites like AirBnB. Instead of focusing on finding pet-friendly rentals, she focuses on making her dog a rental-friendly pet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-and-book-the-best-vacation-rentals?ref=seealso">How to Find and Book the Best Vacation Rentals</a>).</p> <p>&quot;I don't worry about whether the places are pet-friendly or not. Instead, I find four or five places I'd like to stay and reach out with a message that asks if they would be willing to make an exception for my dog explaining why she's an exception-worthy tenant. These reasons are that she is a non-shedding breed, small (about 12 lbs/6 kilos), therapy trained to work with kids in hospitals (and thus very well behaved), and has landlord references. For the most part, landlords and hotel owners are worried that pets will make noise, destroy something, leave hair all over the room, or bother other guests. If you can put these fears to rest, you have a chance of getting an exception.&quot;</p> <h3>16. Get &quot;Landlord&quot; References</h3> <p>For Gigi, the key to having a rental-friendly pet is in producing references. &quot;Almost nobody thinks about doing this, but it is endlessly helpful. Whenever you stay somewhere with your pet, ask the landlord or owner to mention the pet in their reference. It's a simple matter for the landlord and helps future landlords evaluate your exception request with confidence.&quot;</p> <h3>17. Request a Room on the First Floor</h3> <p>Many pet-friendly hotels will assign you a first floor room (or even better, one with direct outside access), but it's always good to ask. Myscha always specifically requests a first-floor room. &quot;Elevator or not, it's a pain in the neck to do midnight potty break runs with your pooch if you have to travel down several floors to do it.&quot;</p> <h3>18. Checking-In: What to do First</h3> <p>&quot;When you check into your hotel room make sure to bring your luggage, your pet's food, and their bedding in immediately. The smell is comforting and the pet will feel more at home in the hotel knowing that there are things in the room that smell familiar,&quot; says Lauren.</p> <p>Once initially settled in, Lauren and Kenin continue the integration process. &quot;We take a short stroll around the hotel and come back into the room 15-20 minutes later. This keeps separation anxiety at bay because they know we are not abandoning them. It also let's us know if they are going to bark or not when we leave for a longer period of time.&quot;</p> <h3>19. Have a Toy for Distraction While Checking In and Unpacking</h3> <p>Myscha uses the hotel mini-fridges to freeze a Kong full of peanut butter for times when they're tending to business and unable to pay attention to their dog. &quot;This keeps her distracted during lobby meetups, or while we are unpacking and organizing the room.&quot;</p> <h3>20. Continental Breakfast? Stock Up on Peanut Butter Packs</h3> <p>&quot;The [single-serve packets of peanut butter] at the morning continental breakfast bar are great for filling in when you've run out of your travel stash, and they can also be used for administering medication pills without fuss,&quot; says Myscha. She adds that grabbing a piece of bacon or sausage or even some cereal can come in handy when you've run out of treats and there's no convenience store in sight.</p> <h2>Road Trips With Pets</h2> <p>Going on a road trip? This is a much easier way of traveling with pets than flying, but there are still a few things to be aware of.</p> <h3>21. Limit Driving Times Each Day</h3> <p>Mary and Al Hone of <a href="http://www.talesfromthebackroad.com/">Tales From the Back Road</a> have been traveling full-time in their RV with their two dogs (Roxy and Torrey) for over two years. Despite traveling with all the comforts of home, they limit the amount of time spent on the road itself. &quot;We try to not travel more than five or six hours per day. It's tiring for us, and boring for the dogs. We make frequent stops at parks, or somewhere we can play fetch, or just somewhere we can walk.&quot;</p> <h3>22. Make it Comfortable, and Strap Them In</h3> <p>Lauren says preparing the car helps to make their pooch comfortable, and alleviates their worries while driving. &quot;She has a bed in the back of our VW with a blanket and her favorite toy. She is also harnessed and seat-belted so she is safe in case of emergency.&quot;</p> <p>Mary and Al are also sure to secure their dogs to keep everybody safe. &quot;Torrey has a seatbelt harness, and Roxy has a car seat to keep them both safe as we travel. This also keeps them from being a distraction to the driver.&quot;</p> <h3>23. Have Fresh Water and Treats On-Hand</h3> <p>&quot;We have a portable doggie water bottle and make frequent stops to let her stretch her legs and hydrate,&quot; says Lauren.</p> <p>Mary and Al also ensure they have some food on hand for wonky driving schedules. &quot;If we miss dinner time for the dogs, they know it and remind us. The treats keep them happy until we can stop and get them their dinner. They are also good for rewarding good behavior and patience.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you tried traveling with pets? Leave your best tips and recommendations in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-while-you-travel">15 Ways to Make Money While You 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/the-6-least-expensive-dog-breeds-to-own">The 6 Least Expensive Dog Breeds to Own</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-pet-expenses-that-arent-worth-it">4 Pet Expenses That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel dogs pets travel traveling with dogs Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Nora Dunn 1256479 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Unexpected Jobs With Insane Travel http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-travel-121200843-small.jpg" alt="businessman travel" title="businessman travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For most of us, travel is something we do when we're going on vacation or visiting friends and relatives. But other people, they get to travel all the time; once a month, or maybe even once or twice a week. Not only that, but it's all paid for. These are the people who have chosen careers that require travel as part of the job. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <p>And some of these are jobs you wouldn't expect to come with great travel benefits. If you're thinking of switching careers, here are the top 10 jobs you should look into if you want to see more of the world.</p> <h2>1. Auditor</h2> <p>You would not think a job in the financial sector would involve so much traveling, but auditors are out there as much as international jet setters and professional athletes.</p> <p>An auditor's job is to make sure than any given organization is utilizing its resources efficiently, whilst complying with all financial laws and rules. Every public company must, by law, undergo an annual audit. And these public companies are everywhere. As an auditor, you will travel to these companies, spending several weeks combing through the files and procedures. That's several weeks at a time that you get to spend in a city or town that is not where you call home (though beware, they're not always exactly glamorous locations).</p> <h2>2. English Teacher</h2> <p>The people most in need of help with English skills are those not living in English-speaking cities and countries. So an English teacher, or ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor, must be prepared to travel all over the world helping people to speak the language. Many ESL teachers not only get free travel benefits, but free accommodation and even free meals. There are even opportunities to work on military bases, if that's something that interests you. When you're not teaching English, you're taking in the local sights and sounds on someone else's dime.</p> <h2>3. Au Pair</h2> <p>Au pairs are usually hired by wealthy couples that both work full time, and require help with their children. The job can take you all over the world, working in France one year, and Australia the next. Room and board is usually given to you as part of the job, along with a salary and other benefits. The downside is that most of your time will be taken up by caring for another family, but if you're young and single and want to see the world at little cost to you, this is a great place to start.</p> <h2>4. Unit Photographer</h2> <p>If you are very good with a camera, the world is your oyster. Sure, the world's best photographers are in demand everywhere, but you don't have to be Annie Leibovitz or David Bailey to travel the world in style. One of the best areas to go into is entertainment photography. Movies and TV shows are filmed on location all over the world, and as a unit photographer you will be required to take still shots of the action as it's being filmed. The benefits, other than free travel and accommodation, are obvious. You get to be on the sets of some of the biggest shows and films in production, seeing them long before they come out in theaters. Your food will be supplied on set every day. You'll also get to hang with the cast and crew. This is a great job that most people don't even know exists.</p> <h2>5. Hotel Inspector</h2> <p>Wherever there are hotels, there are hotel inspectors. And there are hotels all over the world. Hotel inspectors are required to stay in places that run from Five Stars all the way down to Zero Stars (the ones that look more at home in horror movies than travel brochures). However, for the most part the hotel inspector will spend most of his or her days on the road, going from hotel to hotel, and rating the food, accommodations, customer service, and cleanliness of each hotel. This will involve flying to some parts of the country, and everything on the trip is paid for.</p> <p>You also have to be a master of disguise. As one hotel inspector noted, &quot;A hotel can scramble to clean up its act in seconds if it knows an inspector is checking in, and it's always a battle to make sure no one is on to me. That's why we disguise ourselves. I used to grow a beard every other year. One inspector I know dyes her hair. Another uses fake glasses. To keep my cover, I'll pay with credit cards that I've taken out in made-up names&hellip;&quot;</p> <h2>6. Writer</h2> <p>Obviously travel writers get the most gigs, but you can find a variety of writing jobs that come with a heavy dose of free travel. If you're a food writer, you'll have to go to the many different places around the world that serve the latest foods (which you will also be reimbursed for). If you follow sports teams, you will be on the road as they go to their various engagements. If you cover entertainment, you'll be in New York one day, and Hollywood the next. Yes, it's not an easy career to break into, but once you get a gig at a major publication, you can expect a lot of your time to be away from the office. Writers have to experience life, not read about it on the Internet.</p> <h2>7. Advertising and PR Executive</h2> <p>Advertising and PR may not be what is was in the eighties, but it's still a glamorous profession in many ways. As an account executive or PR employee, you will often have to travel around the country, or the world, to meet with clients and liaise with local press outlets and print shops. Once again, any travel you go on will be covered in full by the company, and that includes food, hotel bills, and anything else you need to live your life while on location.</p> <h2>8. Athletic Scout</h2> <p>As a scout in the sports industry, you need to find the best talent all around the country. Whether it's baseball, basketball, football, hockey, or soccer, you must be out there all the time making sure you get to the best talent before anyone else does. Some scouts work exclusively for one team, others freelance for several. As you go from college to college, and city to city, all of your travel and accommodation is paid for by the professional teams you're scouting for; and these teams are not exactly hurting for money. True, you'll have to sit through a lot of games, but if you do this for a living you'll love the sport anyway. Getting paid to travel the country watching sports? That sounds good to most people.</p> <h2>9. Roadie</h2> <p>Every music gig you've ever been was made possible by the crew of roadies working tirelessly behind the scenes. The roadie, or technical support staff, is responsible for helping the bands set up for a gig, and tear down after it. It's by no means an easy job. There is a lot of lifting and carrying involved, and there is often a need for musical ability or knowledge, especially if you're going to be tuning instruments for the band members. But the perks&hellip; oh, the perks.</p> <p>For a start, you're going to be traveling with some big names in rock, pop, metal, and every other genre that does nationwide (and even worldwide) tours. You will be on the road constantly, traveling from town to town, city to city, and country to country. You get to eat and drink well, and rub shoulders with the rich and famous. And you don't even need formal qualifications or training.</p> <h2>10. Field Service Technician</h2> <p>Due to the nature of the job, the FST has to go to the equipment, not the other way around. It could be elevator repair, heavy-duty equipment maintenance, or even train engine repairs and rebuilds. As a FST, you go where the work is, and you get paid to travel, stay in hotels, and get your per diem for meals and other expenses. Many companies offer on-the-job training too, so you can become qualified as you travel.</p> <p><em>Have you held any of these or other jobs with a lot of travel? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-jobs-with-insane-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Since you can arrive at your destination faster and you don't have to deal with a tiresome drive, flying is often a no-brainer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-flying-during-the-holidays?ref=seealso">The Ultimate Guide to Flying During the Holidays</a>)</p> <p>But even if flying is your preferred way to travel, there are times when driving makes more sense.</p> <h2>1. You're in No Hurry</h2> <p>If you don't have to be at your destination by a specific date or time, driving might be the lesser of two evils. You can take your time, travel at your own pace, and perhaps break up the trip over one or two days to avoid travel fatigue.</p> <p>Even if you booked a hotel for one or two nights while driving to your destination, the cost of driving &mdash; including fuel and food &mdash; might be cheaper than flying. And when you bring your car on vacation, there's no need to rent a car, duh.</p> <h2>2. You're Traveling With Your Family</h2> <p>I didn't realize how much airline tickets had skyrocketed until I was booking tickets this past June. Traveling as little as two hours in the sky costs an average of $450 round-trip per ticket.</p> <p>If you have a family, multiply this number by four (or however many family members you've got), and you're looking at $1,800 for plane tickets alone. And as we all know, vacation expenses involve more than just plane tickets. You have to factor in accommodations, a car rental, food, and entertainment. Frankly, most people don't have this kind of cash to spend.</p> <p>But if you pile your family or friends in the car and hit the road, you only pay for fuel. If it costs $50 to fill your car, and you fill up four times during the course of the trip, $200 sounds a lot better than $1,800.</p> <h2>3. You're Traveling Last Minute</h2> <p>Booking an airline ticket months in advance is one way to snag a low price. But life happens, and sometimes we have to travel last minute. Several factors influence the cost of airline tickets, such as oil prices, distance, and the timing of flights. And unfortunately, if you're booking a flight within seven days of a departure date, you're going to pay a premium. So, if you have to travel last minute, you might be better off driving.</p> <h2>4. You're a Heavy Packer</h2> <p>Not only is there the cost of purchasing airline tickets, you might pay a checked bag fee between $25 and $35 per bag. And if you overpack and your suitcase weighs more than 50 pounds, there's an additional charge.</p> <p>This isn't an issue if you pack light or have a carry-on item. However, if you're traveling with a family or if you're a heavy packer, multiple bags are inevitable. And the more luggage you pack, the more you'll pay in airline fees. But if you drive a car, SUV, or van, there may be plenty of space for luggage and any other items you need to bring.</p> <h2>5. You're Looking for a Bonus Experience</h2> <p>Driving has its headaches, which is why some choose to fly instead of drive. But if you want your entire trip to be an unforgettable experience, the fun can begin the moment you pull out of your driveway.</p> <p>Select a scenic route on the way to your destination and take advantage of a few photo opportunities. Or if there are popular attractions and landmarks along the way, spend a couple of hours exploring. Why not hike amidst Sequoia trees in Northern California or spend the day at Lake Tahoe in Nevada?</p> <h2>6. Your Car Is a Comfortable Ride</h2> <p>Even if you don't mind driving to a destination, you have to consider your car's comfort level. You don't want to spend two or three days recuperating from back, hip, or leg pain after your trip.</p> <p>But if there's ample leg room, the seats are soft, and you're confident that you can make the drive with little or no discomfort, give it a shot &mdash; especially if there are one or two other drivers in the car. You can drive a little and then rest your eyes, or recline your seat and rest your back. It might not be the fastest way to get to your destination, but at least you can enjoy a comfortable trip while saving money.</p> <p><em>Do you want to share other reasons why driving is better than flying sometimes? Let me know in the comments below!</em></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/6-times-you-should-drive-instead-of-fly">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-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hidden-comforts-to-consider-when-choosing-an-airline">5 Hidden Comforts to Consider When Choosing an Airline</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class">5 Cheap Ways to Make Flying Coach Feel Like First Class</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/24-helpful-travel-hacks-to-make-flying-stress-free">24 Helpful Travel Hacks to Make Flying Stress-Free</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-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel car trip driving family travel flying Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1250603 at http://www.wisebread.com