Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US How to Choose the Perfect Country to Retire In http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-the-perfect-country-to-retire-in <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-choose-the-perfect-country-to-retire-in" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_senior_couple_sitting_on_a_sail_boat.jpg" alt="Happy Senior Couple Sitting on a Sail Boat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many of us harbor dreams of retiring overseas in some far-flung, exotic country. Whether it&rsquo;s for pure adventure, to make retirement dollars stretch further, or both, retiring abroad is becoming more common. But choosing exactly where to go can be difficult. Without proper planning and consideration, a country that appears perfect on the surface could end up being a nightmare. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-to-know-before-retiring-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Things to Know Before Retiring Abroad</a>)</p> <p>I know just how daunting the task of choosing a country can be. I&rsquo;ve been living a semiretired life in multiple countries over the past eight years and I&rsquo;ve written many articles on early retirement. I&rsquo;ve found it helps to start with a list of all the countries where you can envision yourself living. Maybe it will be made up of places you&rsquo;ve fallen in love with while visiting in the past. Perhaps you&rsquo;ll include countries you&rsquo;ve never visited, but have heard are great retirement havens for Americans. From there, follow these guidelines to shorten your list and eventually pin down the perfect retirement destination for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/retire-for-half-the-cost-in-these-5-countries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Retire for Half the Cost in These 5 Countries</a>)</p> <h2>Figure out your finances</h2> <p>Finding a country that fits your finances is probably the most important part of the puzzle. It&rsquo;s crucial that you opt for someplace where you can enjoy the lifestyle that you dream of without draining your bank account in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-american-cities-where-you-can-retire-on-just-social-security?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 American Cities Where You Can Retire On Just Social Security</a>)</p> <p>As a first step, you need to calculate exactly how much you have in your retirement savings and how much you can withdraw every month. Then, project how much income you&rsquo;ll have from other sources, such as Social Security or any private pension or annuity plans you have. Account for any taxes you might have to pay, and come up with a ballpark figure for how much you&rsquo;ll be able to spend every month during retirement. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>Rule out unaffordable destinations</h2> <p>Once you have your estimated income, start researching the cost of living in each place on your dream list and determine whether it fits your finances. Tools like <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/" target="_blank">Numbeo</a> and <a href="https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living" target="_blank">Expatistan</a> are great for estimating the cost of living in different countries. Cross out the places you can&rsquo;t afford. This will naturally narrow down which countries are realistic to put on a short list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">5 Countries Where You Can Retire on $1,000 a Month</a>)</p> <h2>Check out the quality and affordability of health care</h2> <p>Health care is one of the most significant factors to take into account when choosing a retirement destination. Medicare generally won&rsquo;t cover you outside of the U.S., so you need to put a plan in place for how you&rsquo;ll afford any medical requirements. Fortunately, some of the most affordable countries to live in also have top class medical services, but it&rsquo;s something you&rsquo;ll need to research for each country on your list. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-let-these-expenses-spoil-your-retirement-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Let These Expenses Spoil Your Retirement Abroad</a>)</p> <p>If the health care is cheap, it may be possible to just pay as you go, but you should also look into suitable insurance plans. In particular, think about how you&rsquo;d pay for treating a major illness or catastrophic injuries.</p> <h2>Take your hobbies and interests into account</h2> <p>No doubt you have a good idea of how you&rsquo;d like to fill your free time once you&rsquo;re not working anymore. But make sure you double check that you&rsquo;re able to do the things you love most in the country of your choice.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a keen golfer, there&rsquo;s no point in selecting a country that has no golf courses, as it&rsquo;s probably something you&rsquo;ll want to do more of in retirement. Don&rsquo;t just assume that every country will have the facilities or resources you need for your hobbies and pastimes.</p> <h2>Consider your security</h2> <p>Unrest and crime are two factors that can quickly endanger your life, affect your finances, and hamper your dreams. Though it&rsquo;s impossible to predict what will happen in the future, it is possible to make educated assumptions based on the historical and current security situation in the city, region, and country you&rsquo;re considering. Is it somewhere prone to civil unrest, gang activity, or petty crime? Are there upcoming elections that may significantly alter the political landscape?</p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html" target="_blank">U.S. State Department&rsquo;s travel website</a>, which provides advice on every country in the world. Also read articles and check with local residents to see whether any problems reported in the media ring true in real life.</p> <h2>Research visa options and other relevant laws</h2> <p>Residency laws differ from country to country and can come with significant costs attached. Check these requirements thoroughly. In most cases, you can find information put out by the country&rsquo;s immigration office online. You can also contact the closest consulate or embassy of the country you&rsquo;re considering. Often, you will need to apply for residency while you&rsquo;re outside that country, but check first. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-that-welcome-american-retirees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries That Welcome American Retirees</a>)</p> <p>Consider other relevant laws and regulations, too. Perhaps you won&rsquo;t be allowed to work if you&rsquo;re on a retiree visa, or you won&rsquo;t be allowed to buy property in certain areas. You may or may not be subject to local taxes, as well. Remember also that moving overseas does not preclude the requirement to <a href="https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/taxpayers-living-abroad" target="_blank">pay taxes in the U.S.</a>, even if it&rsquo;s necessary to pay them in your new home.</p> <h2>Consider cultural fit</h2> <p>Moving to a new country, not understanding the language, and trying to adjust to the culture all at the same time can be a singularly isolating experience. Ask yourself if you&rsquo;re ready to learn a new language if necessary, and whether you&rsquo;re able to change to fit in with the culture of the places you&rsquo;re considering. Are there things that you don&rsquo;t like about a particular culture that you think you&rsquo;d grow accustomed to? On the other hand, could annoying local biases or customs that you&rsquo;ve put up with on a vacation grow unbearably wearisome once you&rsquo;re living in that place full-time?</p> <h2>Get to know the weather</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s a good idea to check year-round weather forecasts, too. Even if you think you&rsquo;re familiar with the outlook somewhere, it could drastically change throughout the year. If you&rsquo;ve always visited during high season, make a conscious effort to check what the weather is like during low season. There&rsquo;s often a reason why tourists don&rsquo;t visit then. Temperatures may rise or drop to uncomfortable levels, storms may make living dangerous or at least inconvenient, and drawn-out rains may just make everyone miserable. Many weather websites or destination-specific websites have data on historical temperatures and precipitation for every month of the year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/33-places-to-retire-if-you-love-the-rain?ref=seealso" target="_blank">33 Places to Retire If You Love the Rain</a>)</p> <h2>Do a test run</h2> <p>Possibly the biggest mistake that retirees can make before heading abroad is to take the plunge without having tested the waters first. Do yourself a big favor and complete a test run in the country that you settle on. It may cost you a little extra, but the expense is usually worth it.</p> <p>Consider where you&rsquo;ll go if you don&rsquo;t like your new retirement country. Maybe you&rsquo;ll want to move back to the home you own in the U.S. If so, it makes sense not to sell right away. Perhaps you can rent it out temporarily while you do your test run.</p> <p>Then make a semi-permanent move. Rent a temporary home, preferably furnished, and get by with whatever you can take in suitcases. Give yourself enough time to experience different seasons, get to know a few people, and see if your monthly budget will really work. If it doesn&rsquo;t work out, you may be disappointed, but at least you&rsquo;ll have minimized your moving expenses and you&rsquo;ll have a place to go when you move back. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-questions-you-need-to-answer-before-relocating-in-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Questions You Need To Answer Before Relocating in Retirement</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-the-perfect-country-to-retire-in">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/6-ways-travel-in-retirement-keeps-you-young">6 Ways Travel in Retirement Keeps You Young</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-digital-nomads-can-save-for-retirement">6 Ways Digital Nomads Can Save for Retirement</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/x-exciting-world-cities-you-can-afford-to-retire-in">4 Exciting World Cities You Can Afford to Retire In</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-questions-couples-must-ask-before-retirement">5 Questions Couples Must Ask Before Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement Travel living expenses moving retirement retirement fund retiring abroad saving money Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2035913 at http://www.wisebread.com Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check http://www.wisebread.com/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check" 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_opens_curtains_to_look_at_the_view_from.jpg" alt="Young woman opens curtains to look at the view from" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don't ask for much from hotels &mdash; a clean and comfortable environment, a decent night's sleep, and a basic level of personal security. Sadly, standards for each vary wildly &mdash; even at upscale establishments. Though we can usually cope with a lumpy mattress and lousy water pressure, safety and security are nonnegotiable. So, the next time you're traveling, focus on what's most important. Here are eight things you need to check in your hotel room as soon as you get inside.</p> <h2>1. Are you alone?</h2> <p>Maybe I watch too much late night TV, but the first thing I check in every hotel room is occupancy. Is there someone hiding in the closet? In the shower? On the balcony? Hey, when it comes to staying safe, a little extra vigilance never hurt anyone.</p> <h2>2. Do all door and window locks work?</h2> <p>Though they're sometimes pretty flimsy, locks are the primary barrier between you and an intruder. Check to make sure door and window locks are functional. If there's an adjoining room, secure your side of the entryway with a deadbolt. For added security when traveling, invest in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2xnn9pK" target="_blank">portable door lock</a> or door wedge &mdash; each is designed to prevent doors from opening inward. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-safe-11-tips-for-hotel-safety?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Vacation Safe: 11 Tips for Hotel Safety</a>).</p> <h2>3. Is the smoke detector functional?</h2> <p>Don't assume that smoke detector in your hotel room is in good working order. First, check to make sure the alarm contains batteries, and then give it a quick test. (Remember, hitting that &quot;test&quot; button can be a noisy affair, so reserve it for daylight hours.)</p> <h2>4. Does the landline phone work?</h2> <p>If there's an issue in the middle of the night, picking up the landline and dialing &quot;0&quot; is a lot quicker than fumbling for your smartphone. Make sure the landline phone is plugged in and functional, as cords often get pulled from the jacks during vacuuming.</p> <h2>5. Is there a clear emergency exit route?</h2> <p>If your mom is anything like mine, you've been trained to mentally map out an emergency escape route no matter where you are. Make Mom proud. Familiarize yourself with the fire escape map on the back of your hotel room door, and then scan the room and the hallways to determine the quickest path to safety in case of emergency.</p> <h2>6. Is the bedding clean and bedbug free?</h2> <p>For its size, no creature strikes more fear in our hearts than the bedbug. And with good reason. Bedbugs are insidious and trying to get rid of them is a total nightmare.</p> <p>Before settling into your room, store your luggage in the bathtub (creepy crawlies are less likely to thrive on solid, frequently cleaned surfaces), and then conduct a thorough, <a href="https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/how-find-bed-bugs" target="_blank">EPA-endorsed bedbug check</a>. If you spot anything questionable, grab your bags and bug out.</p> <h2>7. What are the exterior spaces like?</h2> <p>Exterior access is the forgotten factor in hotel security. Think like a criminal. How easy would it be for someone to access your room via a deck or connected balcony? What barriers would a person encounter from above, from below, or from each side? Are there deterrents in place such as high railings, security lighting, cameras, or a well-traveled walkway? Make sure you scan for these barriers once you arrive.</p> <h2>8. Is there an in-room safe?</h2> <p>If you're traveling with valuables, make sure your room has a safe. Though there's sometimes a modest daily charge for their use, safes add an extra layer of protection to your belongings by keeping them locked away from prying eyes and sticky fingers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Avoid Theft While Traveling</a>)</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/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans">What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-cash-in-on-getting-bumped-from-a-flight">How to Cash In On Getting Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight">What to Do If You Get Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel accommodations hotel booking hotel room hotel safe travel safety travel tips Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Kentin Waits 2035052 at http://www.wisebread.com What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans? http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired_in_the_airport.jpg" alt="Tired in the airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No matter where on the globe you're traveling to, there's a possibility a natural disaster or man-made tragedy could ruin your plans. Maybe you're staring down a hurricane like this year's Harvey, Maria, or Irma &ndash; or a volcanic eruption like the one supposedly brewing in Bali. Acts of terrorism &mdash; shootings, bombings, and the like &mdash; are just as likely to affect your trip, or at least make you think twice about traveling.</p> <p>But, what do you do when one of these tragedies inconveniently falls right in the midst of an upcoming trip? Do you cancel? And if you do cancel, are you deserving of a refund?</p> <p>The answer is complicated. The financials of canceling or rerouting your trip depend a lot on how you booked and the severity of the tragedy. However, a few general rules of thumb can help you understand the process.</p> <h2>The way you booked your trip matters</h2> <p>First things first. The manner in which you booked and paid for your trip matters a great deal when it comes to who you should contact to cancel and how your situation will be handled.</p> <p>If you booked a vacation package with a third-party travel booking service like Expedia or Travelocity, for example, you'll want to contact them right away. If you booked your hotel, flights, and rental car separately, on the other hand, you'll need to call each individual vendor to explore your options.</p> <p>Hotels tend to be the most lenient of all travel vendors, especially if you've booked through the hotel directly. You may also have some leeway with rooms booked through third-party sites &mdash; that is, as long as you didn't book a non-refundable rate. While all hotels and resorts have their own unique terms and conditions, many let you cancel without penalty up to a few weeks or even a few days before your trip.</p> <p>Read through your reservation to find the cancellation terms, then cancel quickly if you can. If you're beyond the cancellation window, calling your hotel's customer service line can help. In the midst of a natural disaster or an impending one, they may be willing to let you cancel without penalty. Or, they might be willing to shift your reservation to another hotel.</p> <p>Flights can be a lot trickier, but it depends on your carrier and the specific disaster at hand. Right before Hurricane Irma this year, my husband and I were scheduled to fly into Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The hotel told us not to come, but we had trouble canceling our flights. First, American Airlines told us that we wouldn't get a refund unless the flight was actually canceled. The day before the trip &mdash; with a Category 4 hurricane barreling through the Caribbean &mdash; they said to show up at the airport. They also said we had the option of changing our flights after paying a $150 change fee <em>per person</em>.</p> <p>But when I called back the same night, they relented and offered a travel credit good for another trip if we booked within six months. After another call the next day, however, they said they would convert the travel credit into the original form of payment, which was 57,500 American AAdvantage miles for one flight.</p> <p>The bottom line: Airline policies aren't always set in stone, and you're not always entitled to a full refund unless your flight is canceled altogether. So, call your airline early and ask about your options. And if you don't hear what you want, hang up and call back later.</p> <h2>Cruises may offer several options</h2> <p>If your cruise was impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, your options will vary quite a bit based on your cruise itinerary, port of departure, and how you paid. It also depends on your cruise line's individual cancellation policy.</p> <p>With Carnival Cruise Line, for example, canceled cruises qualify for a cash refund or credit for another cruise. Some cruise lines also ran shortened itineraries to avoid hurricanes this year, only to give customers a partial refund for the days they missed.</p> <p>Cruise lines also retain the option to change your itinerary for any reason. So, if you have a cruise scheduled to stop in an area with severe damage, your cruise line may alter your itinerary so you stop elsewhere that day. Instead of stopping in storm-ravaged St. Maarten, for example, you could spend that day at the port in nearby St. Kitts instead.</p> <p>If you have a Caribbean cruise planned for later this year and are worried about going, check your cruise booking to see if you have the option to cancel.</p> <h2>Can travel insurance help?</h2> <p>If you have travel insurance, it can be a real game-changer. While you can buy your own travel insurance policy, you can also get some types of travel insurance through a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card.</a></p> <p>With trip interruption and cancellation insurance from one credit card issuer, for example, the cardholder and their immediate family qualifies for up to $10,000 per covered trip and a maximum limit of $20,000 per occurrence if their trip is canceled or interrupted for a &quot;covered reason.&quot; Covered reasons include not only illness or injury, but also severe weather and terrorist acts.</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that in order to be covered by your credit card's policy, you have to use that card to pay for your trip. Just being a cardholder is not enough. And, as always, make sure to read the fine print and terms and conditions to see what's covered.</p> <p>Individual travel insurance policies also offer various forms of coverage for natural disasters or unforeseen travel emergencies, with limits that vary from policy to policy. Make sure to read your policy's terms and conditions to see if canceling your trip is covered &mdash; or if you're better off using the coverage offered by your credit card. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Types of Travel Insurance Credit Cards Include</a>)</p> <h2>How do you deal with an act of terrorism?</h2> <p>Acts of terrorism are harder to plan for and plan around, which means travel vendors may be less likely to bend the rules to provide a refund. You may know a hurricane is headed toward your travel destination a week before it hits, but nobody can predict a bombing or a terrorist attack.</p> <p>If an event of this nature takes place, you're at the mercy of your travel vendors in terms of whether they will provide a refund or not. If your flight isn't canceled, it's unlikely you'll have any options other than paying a change fee to switch up your itinerary.</p> <p>If you booked with a hotel that has a generous cancellation policy, on the other hand, you may be able to cancel up until the day before your trip. But, if you don't &mdash; or if you booked a nonrefundable hotel stay &mdash; you may be out of luck.</p> <p>Of course, you may be able to cancel your trip and get a refund via a travel insurance policy, but you have to own the policy before the act of terrorism takes place. You can't wait for something to happen, then purchase a policy. If you paid for your trip with a credit card that offers trip cancellation/interruption coverage, on the other hand, you may already be covered.</p> <h2>The bottom line</h2> <p>Because each event or disaster is different, there are no hard and fast rules that govern how cancellations and refunds are handled. Travel vendors are usually dealing with disasters on a day-by-day basis too, meaning they aren't always sure how things will pan out, either. The best thing you can do when a disaster threatens your plans is keep the lines of communication open. Stay in touch with your airline or travel vendor and make sure you know your options.</p> <p>It also never hurts to have travel interruption/cancellation coverage, whether you purchase it on your own or use the coverage offered through a credit card. That way, you'll have peace of mind no matter what disaster strikes next.</p> <p>Also keep in mind that, if you're flexible, you can just forge ahead with your trip regardless of weather or damage. In hurricane-hit areas in the Caribbean especially, islands that rely heavily on tourism could use your dollars more than anything else. By sticking with your plans, you'll have the opportunity to give help where it's needed most. You can shop in the local markets and dine at local eateries, putting cash directly into the hands of those harmed in the process.</p> <p>You can even turn your trip into a volunteer opportunity. Contact a reputable charity or help organizations like <a href="https://www.hands.org/" target="_blank">All Hands Volunteers</a> to get assistance coordinating your volunteer activities on islands like St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Trade your beach hat and tropical drink for a hard hat and shovel, and you could end up with a trip you'll never forget.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans">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/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight">What to Do If You Get Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-cash-in-on-getting-bumped-from-a-flight">How to Cash In On Getting Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel flight canceled hurricanes natural disaster travel tips tropical storm vacations Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Holly Johnson 2032525 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save Money in Europe http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-in-europe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-in-europe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_selfie_paris_535525670.jpg" alt="Woman saving money in Europe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on surprising ways to save money in Europe, how to save money on meat, and how to put together a smart home system yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Europe-44091045">10 Surprising Ways to Save Money in Europe</a> &mdash; Many attractions offer discounts on the entry fee when you buy tickets online in advance. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/how-to-save-money-on-meat/">How To Save Money On Meat</a> &mdash; If you need ground meat, it's cheaper and fresher to buy a whole piece and ask your butcher to grind it for you. [A Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T057-C000-S002-put-smart-home-technologies-to-work-for-you.html">Put Smart-Home Technologies to Work for You</a> &mdash; Learn how to put together a basic smart home system for only a few hundred dollars. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2017/10/avoid-these-mistakes-at-all-costs-when.html">Avoid These Mistakes At All Costs When Buying Property</a> &mdash; The worst thing you can do is to overlook building checks. A professional assessor's expertise is well worth the small fee, considering how much money you would need to spend to make repairs you weren't expecting. [Stretching the One Income Dollar]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/retirement-tips-for-women-18116/">Smart Retirement Moves for Women</a> &mdash; Everyone needs retirement savings, even stay-at-home moms. A spousal IRA is a good option for nonworking spouses. [Cheapism]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://shebudgets.com/personal-finance/money-skills-teach-kids/67887">Money Skills We Need to Teach Our Kids Right Now</a> &mdash; It's important to teach your kids to have a healthy view of money early on. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/home-making-tips-couples/">Home-Making Tips for Couples</a> &mdash; Setting up a new home isn't easy. Follow these tips to make the process less stressful for you and your partner. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2017/10/01/7-things-to-remember-when-youre-scared-to-speak-up/">7 Things to Remember When You&rsquo;re Scared to Speak Up</a> &mdash; Silencing yourself can be a form of self-abuse. Give yourself permission to openly communicate what matters to you. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="https://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/feel-bored-life/">Why You Feel Bored With Your Life &ndash; And What to Do About It</a> &mdash; Think about the activities, people, and environments that you enjoy, and think about why they make you feel better. When you know the reasons, you'll be able to figure out ways to fulfill those emotional needs more often. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/science-backed-reasons-to-take-breaks-at-work/">Science-Backed Reasons to Take Breaks at Work</a> &mdash; Skipping your lunch break means depriving your body of the fuel it needs to be productive. [Productivity Theory]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-money-in-europe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe">8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</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-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</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/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips Europe Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Amy Lu 2030265 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Score the Best Deals on Flights http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-score-the-best-deals-on-flights <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-score-the-best-deals-on-flights" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_airport_504876940.jpg" alt="Woman scoring the best deals on flights" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to score the best deal on flights, ways to get free gift cards, and what you need to do before buying your first car.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://blog.mint.com/travel-tips/7-ways-to-score-the-best-deals-on-flights-100217">7 Ways to Score the Best Deals on Flights</a> &mdash; Always set your browser to incognito or private mode when you are searching for flights.&nbsp; [MintLife]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/get-free-gift-cards/">11 (Overlooked) Ways to Get Free Gift Cards with &amp; Without Surveys</a> &mdash; Try your luck at a Twitter party! Many businesses give away free stuff, like gift cards, during special social media events. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="https://www.cashthechecks.com/buying-first-car-9-things-first/">Buying Your First Car? Do These 9 Things First</a> &mdash; Before you decide on a car, research at least three different makes and models. Pay special attention to the weak points, repair costs, and resale value. [Cash The Checks]</p> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Why-You-Shouldnt-Open-Gifts-Parties-44080453">3 Reasons You Should Stop Opening Gifts During Parties</a> &mdash; Opening gifts can get boring for the recipient and the guests, and it puts pressure on everyone to act excited and interested about every single gift. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/how-to-stop-thieves-18097/">20 Cheap Ways to Protect Yourself From Thieves</a> &mdash; Don't make it easier for thieves to get into your house. Stash ladders and tools away when you aren't using them. [Cheapism]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-get-clients/">6 ways to get your first client</a> &mdash; When you first start a business, don't worry about getting as many clients as possible. Focus on getting just one client &mdash; and more will follow. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/retirement-planning/">6 Secrets To Create An Effective Retirement Plan</a> &mdash; When deciding your portfolio, don&rsquo;t go straight to the highest yield. Higher yield means higher risk. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.fool.com/personal-finance/2017/10/02/5-ways-to-reduce-your-healthcare-expenses.aspx">5 Ways to Reduce Your Healthcare Expenses</a> &mdash; Take advantage of any free or low-cost preventive services your health insurance plan may include, like discounted gym memberships, free flu shots, or nutrition classes. [The Motley Fool]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cleverdude.com/content/how-to-prevent-identity-theft-when-you-travel/">How to Prevent Identity Theft When You Travel</a> &mdash; Staying at a hotel? Store sensitive and important information in your room safe to keep it secure while you are out and about. [Clever Dude]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0922/How-digital-media-fuels-moral-outrage-and-what-to-do-about-it">How digital media fuels moral outrage &ndash; and what to do about it</a> &mdash; It's in the interest of social media companies to encourage the sharing of moral outrage in a way that fosters amplification rather than action. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-score-the-best-deals-on-flights">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/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays">9 Ways to Avoid or Mitigate Flight Delays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel">Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ultimate-money-saving-tips-for-travelers">6 Ultimate Money-Saving Tips for Travelers</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-in-flight-amenities-worth-the-cost">7 In-Flight Amenities Worth the Cost</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips flights Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Amy Lu 2030264 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: A Travel Agent's Tips for the Best Vacation Ever http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-a-travel-agents-tips-for-the-best-vacation-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-a-travel-agents-tips-for-the-best-vacation-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beach_surfboard_627011162.jpg" alt="Woman getting tips for the best vacation ever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to have the best vacation ever, pre-workout fitness tips, and how to fix the money mistakes that we all make.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Tips-From-Travel-Agent-44083263">9 Tips For Having the Best Vacation, According to a Travel Agent</a> &mdash; Before boarding your plane, look up the best way to get from the airport to your accommodations. Consider splitting fares with other travelers or using airport shuttle services to keep travel costs low. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/workout-tips-18098">12 Fitness Tips You Should Know Before Even Breaking a Sweat</a> &mdash; Are you an endomorph, an ectomorph, or a mesomorph? Customize your fitness routine around your body type for a more productive workout. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/6-crucial-money-mistakes-probably-making-fix/">6 Common Money Mistakes We All Make (and How to Fix Them Fast!)</a> &mdash; Don't set and forget your 401(k). Review your allocations regularly and rebalance as necessary. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://moneyqanda.com/how-to-save-money-on-dog-food/">Top 4 Ways to Save Money on Dog Food Without Sacrificing Quality</a> &mdash; When it comes to quality dog food, ingredients matter more than the brand &mdash; or the buzzwords that you often find on the packaging. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/pricing-used-furniture/">Here&rsquo;s How You Should Price Used Furniture (to Get the Most Cash!)</a> &mdash; The basic guideline for decent-quality used furniture is 70% to 80% of the original selling price. [Money Pantry]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://dyernews.com/right-wrong-kind-of-side-hustles/">The Right and Wrong Kinds of Side Hustles</a> &mdash; One of the best reasons to start a side hustle is to set up something will hopefully blossom into a future career. [Dyer News]</p> <p><a href="https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-request-payment-and-actually-get-paid/">How to ask for payment politely (and firmly)</a> &mdash; Use these scripts to request payment and get paid by your clients faster. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://shoppingkim.com/tips-shopping-perfect-car/">Tips For Shopping For The Perfect Car</a> &mdash; Don't let the salesperson pressure you into buying a model you don't like or can't afford. Show them that you know what you want and you won't be intimidated into a decision. [Shopping Kim]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/types-of-insurance/">5 Types of Insurance You May Need But Haven&rsquo;t Heard Of</a> &mdash; Wedding insurance can protect the bride or groom from a wide range of contingencies, including venue closings, loss of physical property, accidents, and financial loss if one party changes their mind. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0925/Sowing-common-ground-Botanical-gardens-tell-the-story-of-climate-change">Sowing common ground: Botanical gardens tell the story of climate change</a> &mdash; Botanical gardens can help visitors better understand the local effects of climate change. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-a-travel-agents-tips-for-the-best-vacation-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</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/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us">Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US</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/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget">Where to Do 9 Popular Bucket List Items on a Budget</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/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues">9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips vacation Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Amy Lu 2029061 at http://www.wisebread.com Where to Do 9 Popular Bucket List Items on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_on_bungee_jumping.jpg" alt="Man on bungee jumping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people have a list of things that they would love to experience before they get old. Unfortunately, lots of popular bucket list ideas also cost a bucket of money to take part in.</p> <p>If you do manage to find a bargain, there tends to be a catch. For instance, there are plenty of places where you can bungee jump, scuba dive, or sky-dive for really cheap, but the scenery leaves a lot to be desired. Most people are probably not thinking of bungee jumping in a parking lot when they put it on their bucket list. That's why I've compiled this list of some of the best places to try out nine of the most popular bucket list activities on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Bungee jumping: Monteverde Extremo Park, Costa Rica</h2> <p>Monteverde in Costa Rica is in one of the most picturesque regions in Central America, boasting a huge expanse of virgin cloud forest and an extremely diverse selection of wildlife. Thanks to the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding jungle, a bungee jump in Monteverde Extremo Park provides more than just the thrill of falling through the air attached to a rubber band. A breathtakingly scenic jump from the platform, which is suspended by wires 450 feet over the lush green rain forest, will cost you $73. You can find cheaper jumps in other parts of the world, but not many with this kind of view.</p> <h2>2. Scuba diving: Koh Tao, Thailand</h2> <p>Scuba diving isn't just about the actual activity. A good dive hinges on the underwater landscapes and visibility, so where you do it is equally important. Thailand has many well priced hot spots, but the island of Koh Tao is particularly well known for its diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs. A &quot;fun dive&quot; with a PADI certified divemaster here can cost as little as $30, including equipment.</p> <p>When I was there last, I purchased a 10-dive package for just $200, making each dive just $20! In my experience, the average cost of a dive around the world is $40, so $20 is a great deal.</p> <h2>3. Run a major marathon: London, England</h2> <p>Obviously it costs absolutely nothing to lace up your running shoes and pound the sidewalk for 26.2 miles. But part of the magic of doing a marathon is running a world famous course with huge crowds and an inspiring atmosphere.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a group of six of the largest marathons in the world, is getting more expensive. The New York Marathon now costs an astronomical $295. The London Marathon is priced at just over $104 for an overseas entry, which works out as the cheapest of all the majors.</p> <h2>4. See the Northern Lights: Fairbanks, Alaska</h2> <p>Many people make trips to Scandinavia in an attempt to get a glimpse of the greatest natural light show on earth, the ethereal Aurora Borealis. But Fairbanks, Alaska is easier for most Americans to get to, and is a reliable locale for seeing the northern lights in winter. Both Alaska Airlines and Delta offer direct flights from Seattle to Fairbanks. After the price of a night's accommodation (three-star hotels start at around $80), you can witness them for absolutely nothing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money On Travel</a>)</p> <h2>5. Spot a killer whale: Vancouver Island, Canada</h2> <p>Though it's possible to see whales in various locations around the world, the waters near Vancouver Island in Canada are among the most dependable for sighting the king of them all, the orca. That's because a killer whale sanctuary nearby is home to around 200 orcas. Seeing one of these 30-foot-long majestic creatures breach the misty waters of the Johnstone Strait, between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland, is an experience of a lifetime. Around $80 will pay for a half-day whale watching tour where you may also spot humpbacks, porpoises, and dolphins.</p> <h2>6. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant: Singapore</h2> <p>The Michelin star system is the world renowned standard for consistently high quality food cooked by the best chefs in the world. While a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant will often set you back hundreds of dollars, it's not necessary to spend that much. You can eat for a bargain $3 at Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The World's Most Affordable Michelin Starred Restaurants</a>)</p> <h2>7. Swim with great white sharks: Gansbaai, South Africa</h2> <p>Coming face to face with the ocean's most fearsome predator is the stuff of nightmares for most of us, but some adrenaline junkies take a different view. There are numerous varieties of shark, but cage diving with great whites is the ultimate in underwater adventure.</p> <p>Though you can see great whites in other locations, the waters off Gansbaai, South Africa are often said to be the best location in the world to do it. That's because there's a population of more than 60,000 seals here, providing a constant source of food. Not only will you see sharks up close from the cage, but you may see them leap clean out of the water attempting to catch their prey.</p> <p>Gansbaai is one of the cheaper locales for shark-diving, too. Just $119 will pay for an exhilarating expedition of a lifetime. That's a bargain, considering you could pay $775 for a day trip to the Farallon Islands in California, or $3,000 plus for the necessary five to six day expedition to Isla Guadalupe in Mexico.</p> <h2>8. Own an island: Canada</h2> <p>Everyone dreams of owning their own private island that they can escape to whenever they want, but few people realize that it could be a more realistic proposition than they imagine. Surprisingly, <a href="https://www.privateislandsonline.com/search?region=&amp;diversion=&amp;availability=sale&amp;price_range=0%3A500000&amp;size_range=0%3A9950&amp;q=&amp;view%5B%5D=1&amp;order=price_usd%3AASC&amp;order=price_usd%3AASC" target="_blank">Canada has many islands</a> on the market that come in way cheaper than the average sales price of a new house in the U.S.</p> <h2>9. Raft a Class V rapid: Kaituna River, New Zealand</h2> <p>Not all white water rafting is created equal, and while you may find cheaper deals for tamer runs, for the ultimate thrill you need to take on a Class V rapid. Where better to do this than the home of adventure sports: New Zealand.</p> <p>Throw yourself in at the deep end by attempting the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, located on the Kaituna river, which is in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand's North Island. At 23 feet high it's certainly no joke, but at about $76, the price will definitely leave you smiling.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhere-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhere%2520to%2520Do%25209%2520Popular%2520Bucket%2520List%2520Items%2520on%2520a%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=Where%20to%20Do%209%20Popular%20Bucket%20List%20Items%20on%20a%20Budget"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Where%20to%20Do%209%20Popular%20Bucket%20List%20Items%20on%20a%20Budget.jpg" alt="Where to Do 9 Popular Bucket List Items on a Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-insane-life-affirming-and-cheap-things-you-must-do-before-you-die">10 Insane, Life-Affirming, and Cheap Things You Must Do Before You Die</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us">Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US</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/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues">9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel adventure bucket list bungee jumping Fine Dining northern lights scuba diving sharks thrill seeking vacation whale watching Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Nick Wharton 2027882 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Airlines With the Cheapest First Class Seats http://www.wisebread.com/4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_enjoying_onboard_entertainment_in_her_tablet_computer.jpg" alt="Woman enjoying onboard entertainment in her tablet computer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>All travelers know the feeling. You're boarding a long flight, and you have to walk past the first class cabin in order to get to your cramped, economy class seats. Everyone wants to fly in first class, but most of the time it's way out of your budget.</p> <p>But what if you could find flights with affordable first class domestic seats, or business class international cabins? Thankfully, there are a few airlines that have gone out of their way to offer larger seats up front, without the astronomical airfare.</p> <p>Here are four airlines that offer the cheapest first and business class seats.</p> <h2>Spirit</h2> <p>This is an airline that everyone loves to hate due to its numerous fees and often questionable customer service, but bear with me. Technically, Spirit doesn't offer a first class, but it does give you the option of what it calls the &quot;Big Front Seat.&quot; For an additional charge of $12&ndash;$175 per flight, you can select a seat that is equivalent to other airlines' domestic first class.</p> <p>These are seats that are 20 inches wide and have a 36-inch pitch (pitch is the distance from the back of one seat to the back of the next). In contrast, Spirit's standard seat has just 17.75 inches of width, and a knee crunching 28 inches of pitch.</p> <p>Just note that this charge is per flight, meaning that you'll have to pay it twice for a round-trip, and four times if you have to change planes in each direction. However, the prices are lower ($12&ndash;$150) if you book the larger seat in advance. Finally, you should note that the Big Front Seat option offers just that and nothing more. Unlike other airlines' first class, you'll still have to pay for both carry on and checked bags, as well as all food and beverages on board.</p> <h2>La Compagnie</h2> <p>Going to Paris, but not looking to be squeezed into economy class during your transatlantic flight? Consider La Compagnie, an airline so small that it only flies from Newark to Paris using a total of two planes. Both of its planes have 74 business class seats, and no economy section.</p> <p>To be fair, the airline's business class seats are the 175-degree angled recliners that most other carriers have already replaced with full lie-flat seats. But these seats are still light years ahead of any economy class seats. Best of all, flights on La Compagnie start at a mere $1,300 round-trip. Seats are more expensive than a discounted flight in economy class, but they're far less than most competitors' business class fares.</p> <h2>Norwegian Air</h2> <p>This carrier has been rapidly expanding to a variety of international routes. While its name might suggest that it primarily transports people to Norway, most of its routes from the United States are to London, Paris, and other major European destinations. From these international gateways, you can connect to short-haul flights to secondary destinations if you want.</p> <p>Norwegian offers a premium section with wider, reclining seats than you'll find in economy class. Premium passengers get two free checked bags, a three-course dinner, and breakfast. As with La Compagnie, Norwegian's premium product is more expensive than discounted economy, but less than the business class service offered by its competitors.</p> <h2>JetBlue</h2> <p>Like the other airlines here, JetBlue doesn't call it's premium product &quot;first class.&quot; However, its Mint seats and service are some of the most luxurious offered by any airline. Mint class, which is only offered on select Caribbean and coast-to-coast domestic routes, offers a full lie-flat seat and premium dining options. It also comes with priority check-in, security, boarding, and baggage claim. And all JetBlue flights come with free, high-speed internet service. Mint flights start at $599 each way, which is a bargain for a six-hour flight in this kind of comfort.</p> <h2>Other tips for getting cheap first class</h2> <p>Even if you're not flying one of the airlines listed above, there are ways to save on a premium class experience.</p> <h3>1. Use miles</h3> <p>I've analyzed dozens of airline award charts and in my experience, business and first class seats often cost three to five times as much as a nonrefundable economy class ticket. Compared to that, you can get a relative bargain by redeeming your miles for them. A domestic first class seat usually requires about twice as many miles as economy, while I've seen business class international tickets that require just 60&ndash;100 percent more than economy. You also have to consider the price of meals and baggage fees that you can avoid by traveling in business or first class. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <h3>2. Consider paying for upgrades after your purchase</h3> <p>After you've already booked your seat, many airlines will offer you a paid upgrade. Check the online forums for frequent travelers and you'll see lots of discussions about how good these offers can be. In short, the cost of a discounted seat with a paid upgrade is often less than the original price of a business class seat. Paid upgrade offers may also be available at check-in.</p> <h3>3. Double check the price at the time of purchase</h3> <p>After years of seeing outrageous prices for first class seats, many travelers have simply given up looking. However, some of the major airlines occasionally discount their first class seats. At the same time, you might be paying a premium for economy class. As a result, it's not uncommon to see first class selling for just a little bit above economy class. And when you factor in luggage charges and the cost of onboard food purchases, you could have a very good deal.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Airlines%2520With%2520the%2520Cheapest%2520First%2520Class%2520Seats.jpg&amp;description=4%20Airlines%20With%20the%20Cheapest%20First%20Class%20Seats"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Airlines%20With%20the%20Cheapest%20First%20Class%20Seats.jpg" alt="4 Airlines With the Cheapest First Class Seats" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats">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/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use 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-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</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/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare cheap airlines economy class first class frequent flyers international travel JetBlue la compagnie miles norwegian air seats spirit Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:30:05 +0000 Jason Steele 2027881 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Sign Up for Global Entry http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sign-up-for-global-entry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-sign-up-for-global-entry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_waiting_for_flight_at_the_airport_lounge.jpg" alt="Woman waiting for flight at the airport lounge" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you travel a lot, you probably also stand in line a lot. You can rest your weary feet and make the whole travel process a lot more streamlined by signing up for the Global Entry program, especially if you plan on traveling abroad.</p> <p>Applying for Global Entry isn't rocket science, but it does take some work on your part before you travel. Here's how to do it.</p> <h2>What is the Global Entry program?</h2> <p>You might be familiar with the TSA Precheck program. It's run by the Transportation Security Administration and allows approved applicants to speed through domestic security checkpoints without removing their shoes, laptops, liquids, belts, or light jackets.</p> <p>The Global Entry program is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's version of an expedited traveler program. If you have Global Entry status, you're entitled to all of the benefits of the TSA Precheck program, but you'll also get expedited entry through customs when traveling abroad. No more waiting in long U.S. customs lines, which means you can be on your way even sooner.</p> <h2>Why choose Global Entry over the TSA Precheck program?</h2> <p>On the surface, the TSA Precheck program seems like a better deal. It costs $85 to apply, whereas the Global Entry program is $100.</p> <p>However, for that extra $15, you can get access to all of the TSA Precheck benefits <em>plus </em>the extra Global Entry benefits, like being able to travel through customs much easier. Your approval for either program lasts for five years, so even if you don't have any plans to travel abroad right now, you may still be able to use these benefits in the future</p> <h2>How to get Global Entry for free</h2> <p>The $100 application fee for Global Entry may seem steep. But you can get it for free by using <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-that-offer-tsa-pre-check-and-global-entry-reimbursement?ref=internal" target="_blank">certain travel rewards credit cards</a>. All you have to do is charge the $100 fee to the credit card, and the charge will be wiped away through a statement credit. I paid for my application fee with an eligible credit card, and I received an automatic $100 statement credit right after making the purchase. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Had</a>)</p> <h2>How do you apply for the Global Entry program?</h2> <p>You'll need to meet a few criteria to apply for the program. You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and you can't be convicted of or under investigation for a criminal offense.</p> <p>If you meet those qualifications, the next step is to apply for the Global Entry program. To do this you'll need to create an account with the <a href="https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/goes/jsp/login.jsp;jsessionid=MGoJj6qp_0PE2OyaxVJkV2h8w2lXhoJU2UMHVAhfwqEh0Mk-LsX3!-1357168311" target="_blank">Global Online Enrollment System</a> (GOES). This will be your portal for all Global Entry-related communications throughout the application process and into the future.</p> <p>Once you create a GOES account, you can log in and complete an application for the Global Entry program. You'll need to have some information on hand: your passport, driver's license, and employment and residence history for the past five years. Be patient; the website still looks like it's from 1995. It took me about 38 minutes to complete my application. Finally, you'll need to pay a nonrefundable $100 application fee.</p> <p>Assuming everything checks out, you'll be granted a <em>conditional acceptance</em> into the program. The final step is actually going in to an <a href="https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/enrollment-centers" target="_blank">enrollment center</a> for an in-person interview. These enrollment centers are often located at major airports, so check beforehand to see if you will actually be able to easily get to one for your interview.</p> <p>Apply far in advance of your next international trip. In busy areas, it can take weeks or even months to get an interview appointment. The good news is, a new program called Enrollment on Arrival is available at a select number of airports and allows you to do your interview as you arrive and clear U.S. Customs. However you arrange it, make sure to bring your passport and driver's license for the interview.</p> <h2>What happens if you're approved?</h2> <p>Congratulations! You'll be issued two things: a <em>known traveler number</em>, and a <em>Global Entry card</em>. Make sure you activate your Global Entry card through your GOES account within 30 days of receiving it.</p> <p>Then enter in your known traveler number when making airline reservations so you can take advantage of the program's features. You can use the TSA Precheck line to zip through security, and you can take advantage of Global Entry kiosks at <a href="https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/locations" target="_blank">eligible international airports</a> to bypass the laborious customs re-entry procedures.</p> <p>If you're traveling by land, you can use your Global Entry card when coming back into the United States from Canada or Mexico, in conjunction with the NEXUS and SENTRI programs. SENTRI allows expedited clearance for preapproved travelers arriving in the U.S. from Mexico, and NEXUS does the same thing for travelers from Canada. Simply pop into the NEXUS lanes if you're coming back from Canada, or the SENTRI lanes if you're coming back from Mexico.</p> <h2>What are the limits of the Global Entry program?</h2> <p>Although the Global Entry program works very similarly to the TSA Precheck and NEXUS programs, there are some differences that could trip you up if you're not careful.</p> <p>TSA Precheck allows minors under 13 to accompany you without applying for the program themselves. Not so with Global Entry: If you have kids, <em>each</em> <em>one</em> will need to go through the whole application and interview process before they can use the Global Entry benefits</p> <p>If you renew your passport within the five-year Global Entry membership timeline, you'll need to remember to update your passport in your GOES account or you can't use the program.</p> <p>The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is mute on whether your passengers need Global Entry cards or not if riding with you back into the U.S. through a NEXUS or SENTRI lane. However, to be on the safe side, it's best to assume they <em>do</em> need it, and to avoid these lanes if you're with non-Global Entry passengers.</p> <p>Applying for the Global Entry program sounds intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. All it takes is a little bit of time now so that you can save oodles of time later. After all, you've got better things to be doing than waiting around in lines all day.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-sign-up-for-global-entry&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Sign%2520Up%2520for%2520Global%2520Entry.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Sign%20Up%20for%20Global%20Entry"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Sign%20Up%20for%20Global%20Entry.jpg" alt="How to Sign Up for Global Entry" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lindsay-vansomeren">Lindsay VanSomeren</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sign-up-for-global-entry">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/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line">6 Money Moves You Can Make While Stuck in an Endless TSA Line</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-avoid-or-mitigate-flight-delays">9 Ways to Avoid or Mitigate Flight Delays</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/your-flight-was-canceled-now-what">Your Flight Was Canceled. Now What?</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/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel abroad air travel airports flying global entry international precheck security transportation security administration tsa Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Lindsay VanSomeren 2027474 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Avoid Vacation Debt http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-vacation-debt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-avoid-vacation-debt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_cost.jpg" alt="Travel cost" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation is meant to be fun and relaxing. With no office to go into and no stove to slave over, you can enjoy some peace and quiet and forget about life for a while. Unfortunately, many Americans return home to a rude awakening in the form of a big, fat vacation bill. Nearly three-quarters of Americans have gone into debt to pay for a vacation, racking up an average balance of $1,108, according to LearnVest's 2017 Money Habits and Confessions Survey.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to avoid vacation debt and the havoc it creates. If you're gearing up for a trip but don't want to return home to a nasty bill, here are some steps you can take in advance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Start a travel savings account</h2> <p>One possible reason Americans wind up with vacation debt could be the fact that more than half of us don't have a travel budget. The LearnVest survey shows that 55 percent of Americans don't factor vacations into their annual spending plans.</p> <p>One of the best ways to ensure you have vacation funds saved in advance of your holiday is to create a targeted savings account just for travel. A travel account allows you to see exactly how much you have to spend on vacation without digging into your regular budget, or worse, going into debt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2>2. Carve out some travel savings in your monthly budget</h2> <p>Once you have a travel account, you need to save regularly if you want your funds to grow. Make it easy on yourself by budgeting for travel expenses monthly &mdash; as in, set aside a few hundred dollars (or whatever you can afford) each month as if you were paying a regular bill. By stashing this money in your travel savings account, you help make sure it doesn't get spent elsewhere. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>3. Find ways to save on travel</h2> <p>Part of our problem with vacation debt could stem from the fact that we're spending too much on travel compared to our incomes. LearnVest's survey showed that the average American spends around 10 percent of their income on vacations &mdash; meaning an individual who earns $50,000 is spending $5,000 a year on holiday travel. Worse, 39 percent of millennials spend 15 percent or more of their annual income on vacations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months or Less With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>While there's no one-size-fits all way to save on travel, we could all stand to dig a little deeper to find savings. Consider searching for package deals that include both airfare and hotels, for example. Or, vacation closer to home so you can avoid flying altogether. Also check out the many useful <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel deals websites</a> that can help you save money on nearly any trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources?ref=seealso" target="_blank">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a>)</p> <h2>4. Leverage credit card rewards (but only if you're debt-free)</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Travel credit cards</a> can serve as a valuable money-saving tool, as long as you don't run a balance on them. If you plan ahead to earn airline miles or hotel points, and pay your bill in full before your due date every month, you can use rewards to supplement your travel budget and save money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-miles-and-points-for-a-big-award-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Miles and Points for a Big Award Trip</a>)</p> <p>For example, if you cash in frequent flyer miles to pay for your airfare, you can focus on saving for your hotels and food separately. Or, consider driving to a hotel you paid for with points. In that case, you would only be on the hook for travel expenses, activities, and food.</p> <p>Of course, travel rewards are not a good option for people struggling with debt. The key to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=internal" target="_blank">using credit card rewards for travel</a> is to never carry a balance. Instead, consider your cards as a thoughtful extension of a planned out monthly budget.</p> <h2>5. Cut your expenses, or try a &quot;spending freeze&quot;</h2> <p>The LearnVest survey found that the most common ways Americans save money for travel are avoiding restaurants, shopping less often, and spending less on entertainment. This is all good news, as &quot;extra&quot; spending categories like dining out and entertainment are often the easiest to cut. But, that doesn't mean you can't look for more ways to save money over time.</p> <p>As you save up for a vacation, you can even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-do-a-one-month-spending-freeze?ref=internal" target="_blank">try a spending &quot;freeze&quot;</a> &mdash; an exercise in which you only spend money on absolute essentials for several weeks or months. If you can avoid extra spending for short bursts of time, you can reach your vacation budget goal much quicker.</p> <h2>6. Pick up a side gig</h2> <p>Not everyone has enough wiggle room in their budget to cut out enough to pay for a vacation. Maybe you live in a high-cost area, or perhaps your monthly expenses are unusually high due to debt, child support, or other factors. Either way, it's hard to save for vacation when you're barely making ends meet.</p> <p>If you're struggling to come up with the cash to travel, consider picking up a side hustle or part-time job that leads to additional income. Since the extra cash you earn is in addition to the money you earn at your job, you should theoretically be able to save it for anything you want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-best-side-jobs-for-fast-cash" target="_blank">14 Best Side Jobs for Fast Cash</a>)</p> <p>Your side hustle can be anything, although you'll probably earn more if you align it with your career or some skill you already have. If not, you can always try something like baby-sitting, dog-sitting, or housesitting. Mow lawns, drive for Uber, or tutor kids online. Start hustling, and by the time your next vacation rolls around, you'll be ready.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-to-avoid-vacation-debt&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520to%2520Avoid%2520Vacation%2520Debt.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20to%20Avoid%20Vacation%20Debt"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Avoid%20Vacation%20Debt.jpg" alt="6 Ways to Avoid Vacation Debt" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-avoid-vacation-debt">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-living-on-a-tight-budget-makes-you-happier">How Living on a Tight Budget Makes You Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About 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/how-to-find-the-savings-strategy-that-works-for-you">How to Find the Savings Strategy That Works For You</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/why-retiring-with-debt-isnt-the-end-of-the-world">Why Retiring With Debt Isn&#039;t the End of the World</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Debt Management Travel budgeting expenses saving money side gigs Spending Money vacation debt Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Holly Johnson 2027163 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Folding Chairs http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-folding-chairs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-folding-chairs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_folding_chair_649772840.jpg" alt="Woman using best folding chair" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The right folding chair can make or break your next hike, camping trip, tailgating party, beach day, picnic, or sporting event. It can provide a comfortable place to sit, no matter where you may be, so you can better enjoy the experience.</p> <h2>What is a folding chair?</h2> <p>A folding chair is a lightweight portable chair that can be collapsed for easy storage and transport. We&rsquo;ve found the best folding chairs available, which offer the perfect combination of comfort, durability, and affordability.</p> <h2>Top 5 folding chairs</h2> <h3>Coleman Oversized Quad Chair</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wSzHoN" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/coleman_3.jpg" width="197" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The lightweight, compact <a href="http://amzn.to/2wSzHoN" target="_blank">Coleman Oversized Quad Chair With Cooler</a> is the perfect option for your next camping trip or tailgating party. The built-in armrest cooler holds up to four cans, so you always have a cold drink at hand. It&rsquo;s durable, roomy, and folds up small enough to fit in the included carry bag. It features adjustable armrests, a mesh cup holder, storage pocket, and fully cushioned seat and tall back. The heavy-duty frame supports up to 300 lbs.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;Most Wished For&rdquo; Items and Top Gift Ideas on Amazon. It also has more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Travel + Leisure, The Wirecutter, Digital Trends, and OutdoorGearLab. It is also backed by a one-year limited warranty. Another great option from the brand is Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for camping folding chairs, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2wVE5hV" target="_blank">Coleman Broadband Mesh Quad Chair</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2wSzHoN" target="_blank"><em>Currently $18.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2y7swt7" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/alps_0.jpg" width="201" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2y7swt7" target="_blank">ALPS Mountaineering King Kong Chair</a> features a patented support system that can handle up to 800 lbs. It&rsquo;s roomy and durable thanks to ample cushioning, a heavy-duty frame, and ultra-sturdy adjustable armrests. It also features strong 600D polyester fabric, two cup holders, and multiple pockets. It folds up small enough to fit in the included shoulder carry bag.</p> <p>This has more than 900 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Travel + Leisure, Digital Trends, and OutdoorGearLab. It is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2y7vfCN" target="_blank">ALPS Mountaineering Rendezvous Folding Camp Chair</a> is another frequently recommended option from the brand.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2y7swt7" target="_blank"><em>Currently $50.41 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kijaro Dual Lock Chair</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2y6BKpj" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kijaro.jpg" width="245" height="224" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2y6BKpj" target="_blank">Kijaro Dual Lock Chair</a> locks open and closed thanks to patented dual-lock technology. It features ripstop polyester, two mesh cup holders, back mesh for breathability, padded seat and headrest, and various pockets. It offers improved posture, maximum back and seat support, and a firm &ldquo;no sag&rdquo; seating experience. The heavy-duty frame supports up to 300 lbs.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors and includes a built-in carry strap and carry bag. It has over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon and is recommended by Digital Trends and OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2y6BKpj" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Big Agnes Helinox Chair</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ysfEtt" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/helinox.jpg" width="196" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The award-winning <a href="http://amzn.to/2ysfEtt" target="_blank">Big Agnes Helinox Chair</a> is the ultimate portable, compact camping chair. It weighs in at less than two pounds and folding up small enough to fit in the included storage bag. It&rsquo;s made of lightweight aluminum, polyester fabric, and a heavy-duty frame that supports up to 320 lbs.</p> <p>This is available in a range of colors and is easy to set up because the poles pop themselves into place automatically. It has outstanding online reviews and is recommended by Travel + Leisure, The Wirecutter, and OutdoorGearLab.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2ysfEtt" target="_blank"><em>Currently $99.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2y79NOu" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/caravan.jpg" width="175" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in reclining patio chairs, the lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2y79NOu" target="_blank">Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair</a> takes the folding chair game to another level. The smooth recline function locks in any position so you can enjoy zero gravity comfort. It also features an adjustable headrest pillow and footrest to elevate the legs and reduce back pressure. The durable, long lasting outdoor grade fabric and heavy-duty frame supports up to 300 lbs.</p> <p>This folds up small and is available in a range of colors. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure and has nearly 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2y79NOu" target="_blank"><em>Currently $46.38 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best folding chairs. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-folding-chairs&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%25205%2520Best%2520Folding%2520Chairs.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Folding%20Chairs"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Folding%20Chairs.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Folding Chairs" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-folding-chairs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-shampoos">The 5 Best Pet Flea Shampoos</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-home-security-systems">The 5 Best Home Security Systems</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-cast-iron-skillets">The 5 Best Cast Iron Skillets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-thermoses">The 5 Best Thermoses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Shopping Travel 5 best beach chairs camping chairs folding chairs portable chairs product reviews shopping Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2027509 at http://www.wisebread.com Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_making_list_for_traveling.jpg" alt="Woman making list for traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Holiday air travel is hectic. Between long lines, weather delays, harried passengers and employees, and the stress of wanting to make the season perfect, getting to your destination can feel like a long, difficult process.</p> <p>While there's nothing you can do to change the lines you'll have to stand in or the people standing in them with you, there are some things you can do now that will alleviate some of the stress of the actual travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Holiday Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Sanity</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan your trip ASAP</h2> <p>It may seem early, but now is the time to buy your tickets and plan your trip, if you haven't done it already. While there may be some last-minute deals, planning your trip now allows you to figure out exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it, and it gives you peace of mind for the rest of the season. Once you have your tickets in hand, that part of the hassle is over. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <h2>2. Hunt for deals</h2> <p>Before you buy any tickets, look into holiday deals. Compare ticket prices using different search engines, and even see what it would cost to book directly with your preferred airline. While this won't guarantee you the lowest prices of the season, it will help you make sure that you aren't spending more than you have to in order to pre-plan your travel.</p> <p>Look, too, at holiday deals for attractions you'd like to see when you arrive at your destination. When you look for holiday-specific things to do, you may also find some discounts for these activities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>3. Save important numbers</h2> <p>Whenever you get a piece of your trip planned, add important numbers, like your reservation number and the phone number for customer support, to a document or file on your phone. That way, if you run into trouble or want to confirm something, you won't have to dig through your email first.</p> <p>This is particularly handy if you have a snafu while you are traveling. If your flight is canceled and you know exactly where to find the number to call for help, you'll be miles ahead of everyone else who has to look the number up.</p> <h2>4. Bring an extra bag for presents</h2> <p>When you travel over the holidays, you tend to come home with gifts. Even if you aren't actually traveling over Christmas, chances are that someone will give you a holiday gift while you're away. Plan ahead for getting these home by bringing an extra, empty bag in your suitcase. Take the time now to find one that folds up small, so you don't have to haul around town looking for one later.</p> <h2>5. Get your travel supplies together</h2> <p>What do you like to have on the airplane? Make sure that you have all of those things now and that you know where to find them, so you aren't running around like a crazy person the night before you leave.</p> <p>Popular travel supplies include noise canceling headphones; a neck pillow for sleeping in transit; small toys, games, and candy for any children traveling with you; travel-sized toiletries; and any snacks that you want to bring on the plane. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>6. Buy your gifts</h2> <p>If you are planning to open gifts with someone during your trip, buy those gifts now. The sooner you have that shopping done, the sooner you'll be able to figure out how to transport the presents. Remember that gift wrap doesn't always make it through security, and things like jams and jellies will be confiscated if you try to carry them on.</p> <p>The best way to transport your gifts is to ship them, rather than trying to transport them yourself. Sure, there's a cost involved, but you might have to pay for that extra suitcase, too! Shipping also allows you to insure your package, in case something breaks or gets damaged along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>7. Download travel apps</h2> <p>Make sure you have all of the apps you need for your trip downloaded and installed before you start your trip. If you have a customer login for air travel, make sure you've entered that, too, so you don't have to fuss with your phone to find your boarding pass at check-in. Most airlines have apps, as do car rental places, and even individual attractions. Get these organized now so you know where they are later.</p> <h2>8. Get the right luggage</h2> <p>If you don't have the luggage that you want for your trip, buy it now rather than later. Take into account how much stuff you are taking and bringing back, and whether you want to check your bag or carry it on. Decide, too, if each member of your party will have their own bag or if it would be cheaper and easier to pack fewer, larger bags.</p> <p>Think, too, about how you will move your luggage from place to place. Do you need a suitcase with wheels, or can you shoulder that duffle bag all the way to the gate? Making these decisions now will make your packing less frantic later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a>)</p> <h2>9. Prep for security checkpoints</h2> <p>Security is a pain, but it's a necessary evil. Thinking about it now could make it much less of a headache for you later. Decide if <a href="http://www.tsatraveltips.us/how-to-get-tsa-precheck-global-entry/" target="_blank">TSA Precheck</a> is the right choice for you and your party. You will need to apply ahead of time, so it's best to decide now whether you want to use it. Make sure that your entire party can qualify, or you will still end up waiting for some people to get through the long lines.</p> <p>If you decide not to use PreCheck, you can still prepare yourself to get through the TSA checkpoint as quickly as possible. Make sure you wear shoes that are easy to remove and avoid a belt. Have an easy way to remove laptops from your larger bag, so you don't have to struggle with it. Plan out who will help any children in your party to get through, too, so they don't cause a holdup.</p> <p>Though holiday travel can be stressful, there's nothing like spending those special days with people you love, doing things you love to do. Begin your planning now to minimize the impact of this stress and maximize your holiday joy.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fdo-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FDo%2520These%25209%2520Things%2520Now%2520to%2520Make%2520Holiday%2520Air%2520Travel%2520Easier.jpg&amp;description=Do%20These%209%20Things%20Now%20to%20Make%20Holiday%20Air%20Travel%20Easier"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Do%20These%209%20Things%20Now%20to%20Make%20Holiday%20Air%20Travel%20Easier.jpg" alt="Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and 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/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-super-smart-travel-hacks">31 Super Smart Travel Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel be prepared christmas vacation holiday travel luggage packing tips travel tips Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2026293 at http://www.wisebread.com Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/it_is_a_piggyback_horserace.jpg" alt="It&#039;s a piggyback horserace" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While some kids have a unique bucket list of travel dreams and goals, nearly every child dreams of going to Disney World one day. For many kids &mdash; and many families &mdash; Disney is a box that must be checked off no matter the cost or the inconvenience involved.</p> <p>But, with Disney World tickets approaching $100 per person, per day, many families can't justify the cost. This is especially true if you need to fly to the park, since even domestic airfare can add an extra $300&ndash;$500 per person to the cost of your trip.</p> <p>Fortunately, there is an array of other family-friendly destinations just waiting to be discovered all over the United States. If you're planning a fun trip with your kids but want to spend less than you would at Disney World, consider these affordable vacation spots all over the country.</p> <h2>1. Orlando, Florida</h2> <p>Sure, Orlando is home to Disney World, but that's not all. This southern city is actually bursting with affordable things to do and see that have little to do with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.</p> <p>For starters, you'll find plenty of non-Disney parks, including Fun Spot America Theme Park and Aquatica Orlando Water Park, both of which are less than $50 per person, per day to visit. Also keep in mind that the Disney Springs district (formerly Downtown Disney), which features plenty of Disney stores and attractions, is free to visit even if you're not going to one of the parks. You'll also find numerous non-park attractions in Orlando, including a wax museum, the Orlando Science Center, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not.</p> <p>The best part about Orlando is that there is a nearly endless supply of affordable hotel and condo options. Not only can you book a three-bedroom Orlando condo for less than $99 per night, but three-star hotel properties around the city start at just $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney" target="_blank">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun as Disney</a>)</p> <h2>2. Santa Claus, Indiana</h2> <p>While Santa Claus, Indiana probably sounds obscure (and it kind of is!), this tiny town is actually home to Holiday World &amp; Splashin' Safari &mdash; a theme park/water park that was recently named number four in the nation and number 13 in the world. The big difference is, instead of Disney's $100 per person ticket price, a day at Holiday World starts at just $27.99 per person. You also get free sunscreen, soft drinks, parking, and Wi-Fi, making it easy to save even more.</p> <p>But, there's other stuff to do in Santa Claus, including Santa's Candy Castle (a sweets shop), Santa's Stables (horseback riding), golf courses, and a berry farm. You can also pitch a tent affordably at Lake Rudolph Campground &amp; RV Resort, or book a local two-star or three-star hotel for as little as $56 per night in October. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip" target="_blank">Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>3. San Diego, California</h2> <p>San Diego is well-known for its year-round perfect weather, its beautiful beaches, and its endless bounty of things to do. You can visit the famous San Diego Zoo, check out the USS Midway Museum, explore Balboa Park, or enjoy a beach day in nearby (and famous) La Jolla.</p> <p>While California is an expensive state to visit overall, San Diego can be surprisingly affordable. For example, you can book an overnight at a downtown hotel this October for as little as $70 per night. Heck, even the Wyndham Garden San Diego near Sea World can be booked for as little as $83 per night this fall. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to" target="_blank">5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a>)</p> <h2>4. Branson, Missouri</h2> <p>Branson is known for its honky-tonk music and over-the-top shows, but that's not all. The city is also home to a range of family-friendly activities to please kids (and parents) of all ages. You can check out an inexpensive country or Broadway-style show, visit the famed Titanic Museum, or ride rides at Silver Dollar City theme park or take on the Runaway roller coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park.</p> <p>Branson hosts a wide range of lodging options, many of which have amazing pools and on-site entertainment of their own. You can book a nightly stay at Castle Rock Resort &amp; Waterpark this fall for as little as $69 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free" target="_blank">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Grand Canyon</h2> <p>The Grand Canyon is a natural wonderland with jaw-dropping scenery and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Depending on where you stay near the Grand Canyon, you can find hiking, white-water rafting, and waterfalls to explore.</p> <p>The Grand Canyon Skywalk allows your family to walk over the expansive canyon without fear, while the historic Grand Canyon Railway offers a fun way to see the area without too much work.</p> <p>Amazingly, you can book a four-star hotel in Flagstaff for as little as $120 per night this fall, or a simple room at Country Inn &amp; Suites for as little as $99.</p> <h2>6. South Dakota</h2> <p>South Dakota is constantly overlooked as a top travel destination, which is a shame. Taking your kids to South Dakota is both a walk through time and a celebration of our country's natural beauty. Not only is the state home to historic Mt. Rushmore, but it offers the scenic Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, and quirky spots like the Corn Palace and Wall Drug Store.</p> <p>South Dakota is perfect for a family RV or camping trip, or as part of an extensive road trip across the northern states. Hotels in Wall start at about $70 per night, while lodging in cities like Keystone starts at just $50 per night.</p> <p>Even some of the pricier hotels in the state are rather affordable. A night's stay at the three-star Black Forest Inn Bed &amp; Breakfast, for example, will set you back just $160 per night this fall.</p> <h2>7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina</h2> <p>Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is beautiful indeed, but it doesn't get enough credit as an affordable beach destination. Believe it or not, you can book an oceanfront condo for as little as $700 per week this fall. Oceanfront hotels like Bar Harbor start at just $44 per night. If you want something fancier, even the Embassy Suites on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront can be booked for as little as $219 per night.</p> <p>While the beach will keep everyone in your group busy, there is plenty of other stuff to do when you tire of the sand and surf. For example, Myrtle Beach is home to several small amusement parks and water parks, plus a state park and a Ripley's Aquarium. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to" target="_blank">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</a>)</p> <h2>8. Gatlinburg, Tennessee</h2> <p>Gatlinburg, Tennessee sits in a beautiful setting among the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains. The area is known for its mountain scenery, outdoor recreation like hiking and climbing, and a family-friendly atmosphere with plenty to do and see.</p> <p>For example, you'll find the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, which features over 10,000 exotic sea creatures from all over the world. You can also enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in all its glory, dozens of breweries and mom n' pop diners, and shopping. Dollywood, an Appalachian-themed family park, is also just 20 minutes away in nearby Pigeon Forge.</p> <p>Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are affordable spots for families as well, with three-star hotels starting at just $109 per night this fall during peak leaf-changing season.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbeyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Affordable%2520Family%2520Destinations%2520in%2520the%2520US.jpg&amp;description=8%20Affordable%20Family%20Destinations%20in%20the%20US"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Affordable%20Family%20Destinations%20in%20the%20US.jpg" alt="8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use 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/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe">8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <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-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise">10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable children family grand canyon kid friendly kids orlando san diego theme parks united states vacation Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Holly Johnson 2025391 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: What to Check When You're Booking an Airbnb http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-to-check-when-youre-booking-an-airbnb <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-what-to-check-when-youre-booking-an-airbnb" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_laptop_624889306.jpg" alt="Woman checking things when booking an airbnb" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on what you should check before booking an Airbnb, how to find your own network without networking, and mortgage mistakes to avoid.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Book-Airbnb-44046956">3 Things You Should Always Check Before Booking an Airbnb</a> &mdash; Read up on your host's cancellation policy. It can make all the difference if you need to make changes to your reservation later. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/22/pf/women-networking/index.html">How to find your own network without 'networking'</a> &mdash; It can be easier to foster trust in informal networks, like a hobby club or sports team, where you can build relationships around a shared activity. [CNN Money]</p> <p><a href="https://shebudgets.com/personal-finance/mortgages/mortgage-mistakes/68240">Easy to Avoid Mortgage Mistakes for Any Homebuyer</a> &mdash; A mortgage is a huge financial commitment! Learn the terminology so you know exactly what you're signing up for. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/usa-tourist-attractions-3616/">Cheap Must-See Attractions in All 50 States</a> &mdash; Tourist attractions abound in every state, but these destinations offer the most value for travelers on a budget. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2017/09/5-tips-to-ensure-you-are-prioritizing-your-priorities/">5 Tips to Ensure You are Prioritizing your Priorities</a> &mdash; Rank your priorities. When you need to make a tough decision, it'll be easy to know which one you should do first. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/create-a-laundry-schedule/">How to Create a Laundry Schedule You&rsquo;ll Stick With</a> &mdash; The more people who live in your house, the more laundry you need to do &mdash; and the more planning it takes to get it all done. [A Mess Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2017/09/20/houseplants.html">Houseplants That Help You Breathe Easier</a> &mdash; These houseplants produce more oxygen than other plants and some even absorb toxins like ammonia and formaldehyde. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="https://lifedev.net/2017/09/20/13-ways-best-morning-routine-ever/">13 Ways to Have the Best Morning Routine Ever</a> &mdash; Your morning routine is your warmup for an awesome day. Taking a quick walk and getting a little social can help you feel connected and build confidence. [LifeDev]</p> <p><a href="https://www.getorganizedwizard.com/blog/2017/09/declutter-clinic-should-i-sell-donate-or-throw-it-out/">Declutter Clinic: Should I Sell, Donate, Or Throw It Out?</a> &mdash; It can be difficult to part with things (even things you know you don't want to keep) when you don't have a clear idea of where they should go. [Get Organized Wizard]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0919/UN-solution-for-a-pollution-free-planet-polluters-should-pick-up-the-bill">UN solution for a pollution free planet: polluters should pick up the bill</a> &mdash; Businesses have an important role to play in turning the planet's environmental fortunes around. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-to-check-when-youre-booking-an-airbnb">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-good-money-from-airbnb">5 Easy Ways to Make Good Money From Airbnb</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/13-things-i-learned-from-renting-out-my-home-on-airbnb">13 Things I Learned From Renting Out My Home on Airbnb</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/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings">9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings</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-find-and-book-the-best-vacation-rentals">How to Find and Book the Best Vacation Rentals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel AirBnb best money tips Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:05 +0000 Amy Lu 2025474 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beautiful Ski Resorts to Visit This Fall http://www.wisebread.com/7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-524621933.jpg" alt="visit these ski resorts in the offseason" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ski resorts are notorious for large crowds, overpriced accommodations, and pricey lift tickets. But, did you know that you can get great deals in the offseason? You won't be skiing, but you can enjoy hiking, biking, and other fall adventures. Many ski resorts offer amusement park-like activities, discounted rates, and package deals to tempt vacationers in before the big crowds come in the winter.</p> <p>If you're looking for a peaceful, fun, and affordable place to take your family this fall, one of these seven ski resorts may be just the place for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Cheap, Fun Fall Getaways</a>)</p> <h2>1. Breckenridge, Colorado</h2> <p>Breckenridge has been a go-to town ever since gold was found here in 1859. Hike or bike your way through bright autumn foliage, stopping to take a look at some of the many old gold mine remnants that dot the area. Later, shop for handmade goods in downtown boutiques, and relax in tantalizing restaurants and historic dive bars, including the Gold Pan Saloon, which has been in continuous operation for more than 130 years.</p> <p>If you get here before mid-September, you may even be able to enjoy Epic Discovery, where you can coast down the mountain on 2,500 feet of track, test your skills on a climbing wall, check out the view from a 10-tower zip line course, or bounce off a bungee trampoline. There's something for every age.</p> <p>Save up to 20 percent by buying the Great Summer Break package, which, despite its name, is valid through October. It includes lodging and Epic Discovery.</p> <h2>2. Stowe, Vermont</h2> <p>Stowe Mountain Resort is a beautiful New England getaway, and it partners with local businesses to offer you even more in fall. You can book activity and lodging packages at discounts of up to 35 percent off normal rates. Choose from adventure activities like soaring in a glider, hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, or just going on a local craft brew tour. For accommodations with a twist, splurge at the historic Trapp Family Lodge, which is still owned and operated by the von Trapp family from <em>The Sound Of Music</em> fame.</p> <h2>3. Snowbird, Utah</h2> <p>You won't have to drive far from the airport to get to this playground resort, located just six miles from Salt Lake City. Choose from amusement-park style activities built right into the mountain, including a vertical drop, alpine slide, and roller coaster, all open until October 8. If you get hungry in between all of the adventures, dip into one of the resort's 16 different eateries, ranging from a simple deli, to French, Mexican, and steakhouse cuisine.</p> <p>Snowbird Resort offers several fall deals to choose from, including an Oktoberfest package and a romantic retreat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing for Now</a>)</p> <h2>4. Boyne Mountain, Michigan</h2> <p>Boyne Mountain was built for golf lovers and their families. The resort is home to two golf courses, and two different golfing vacation packages are offered until mid-October that include access to some of the eight other golf courses in Boyne. If your family isn't that into golf, don't worry &mdash; the resort is also home to Michigan's largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay. Or you can play disc golf or tennis, go hiking or ziplining, or go on a hayride and make s'mores around a bonfire.</p> <h2>5. Mammoth Mountain, California</h2> <p>Mammoth Mountain offers several fall vacation packages and can serve as a home base for wider exploration among the Sierra Nevada. Mammoth itself is an outdoor lover's dream: A bike park with 80 miles of trails competes with a half-dozen hiking trails and superb fishing in the nearby Mammoth Lakes Basin.</p> <p>If you want something a little more tame, you can also take a relaxing gondola ride to the mountaintop Eleven53 cafe, or hit the links at the Sierra Star golf course.</p> <h2>6. Blue Mountain, Ontario</h2> <p>Ontario might sound like a flat place compared to the Rocky Mountains, but there are still plenty of ski resorts. Blue Mountain in particular offers a ton of value for a smoking price &mdash; and if you're an American headed up north, your dollar stretches even further.</p> <p>Choose from some of the more traditional autumn ski-lodge offerings, including mountain coasters, zip lines, gondola rides, and even a heart-pounding bag jump. Unlike most landlocked ski resorts, however, Blue Mountain maintains its own private beach right on the shores of Lake Huron.</p> <h2>7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming</h2> <p>If rustic civilization is more your thing, you'll want to check out the Jackson Hole Resort. It offers great packages that'll place you in local accommodations with a list of breathtaking adventures. You can explore the eclectic town of Jackson Hole, visit nearby Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park, go white-water rafting, scout for bison, wolves, bald eagles, and more on a wildlife safari, or go hiking in one of the most picturesque areas of the country.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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