Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US Best Money Tips: Safety Tips for Traveling the World http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-safety-tips-for-traveling-the-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-safety-tips-for-traveling-the-world" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hiking_travel_508944508.jpg" alt="woman safely traveling around the world" 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 ways to stay safe while traveling the world, hacks to save money at Starbucks, and tips to keep you awake in class and at work.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://upgradedpoints.com/stay-safe-while-traveling/">30+ Ways To Stay Safe While Traveling The World</a> &mdash; Pack any medication you'll need in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bags are lost en route. [Upgraded Points]</p> <p><a href="https://www.savingfreak.com/save-money-at-starbucks-hacks/">19 Hacks to Save Money at Starbucks</a> &mdash; The venti size frap is typically only $1 more than the tall, but it is twice as large. Split the drink with a friend for shared savings. [Saving Freak]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Stay-Awake-Class-34151477">13 Tips to Keep You Awake in Class (and at Work!)</a> &mdash; It's hard to stay awake when your eyes are dry and irritated from lack of sleep. Bring eyedrops to keep your eyes refreshed. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.hometips.com/articles/10-time-saving-rental-tools-for-do-it-yourselfers.html">10 Time-Saving Rental Tools for Do-It-Yourselfers</a> &mdash; These tools will help you save time on home maintenance and repairs &mdash; and you can rent every one! [Home Tips]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/1124/Cleaning-out-your-closet-Turn-discards-into-profits">Cleaning out your closet? Turn discards into profits.</a> &mdash; A variety of apps are making it easier than ever to sell unwanted clothing. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/5-ways-pare-down-your-christmas-list-without-looking-cheap/">Tips to Pare Down Your Christmas List Without Looking Cheap</a> &mdash; Cross off casual acquaintances from your list. They probably aren't expecting a gift from you anyway. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/the-essential-guide-for-practicing-yoga-almost-for-free">The Essential Guide for Practicing Yoga Almost for Free</a> &mdash; Yoga is a healthy exercise that doesn't cost a lot to do, even for beginners. Look for community classes in your area to get the basics, or join a group of yoga enthusiasts and learn from them. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <p><a href="http://everythingfinanceblog.com/18885/more-than-one-budget.html">Why You Might Need More Than One Budget</a> &mdash; If your paycheck doesn't come all at once, you may want to have a Bi-Weekly budget along with a monthly one so you have better idea of how your cash flow is moving. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/how-to-get-a-promotion/">How To Get a Promotion Without Working Yourself To The Bone</a> &mdash; Balancing your PIE &mdash; Performance, Image, and Exposure &mdash; will help you stand out from your co-workers and get you the promotion that you've been eyeing. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/11/6-tips-to-keep-clutter-from-becoming-a-bigger-mess/">6 Tips to Keep Clutter from Becoming a Bigger Mess</a> &mdash; Create a chores schedule for the tasks that you forget to do regularly. [Time Management Ninja]</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-safety-tips-for-traveling-the-world">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</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/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> <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-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips travel safety tips Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1844378 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-490080588.jpg" alt="frugal winter getaways" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is chock-full of fun activities and pastimes to enjoy with the whole family &mdash; including sledding, snowball fights, and watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve. But if you tire of the cold weather easily, the winter wonderland outside might get old quickly, especially after the holidays are over.</p> <p>To break up the chilly monotony, a lot of families plan a winter getaway somewhere warm. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the <a href="http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/america_on_the_go/us_holiday_travel/html/entire.html">Thanksgiving and Christmas travel weeks are the busiest</a> of the year.</p> <p>If you're able to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">book your winter travel</a> during the holidays, doing so should save you money. If you have kids in school, however, it might be hard to escape the higher price tag. Either way, it helps to know which warm weather destinations offer the best deals. Before you book your winter getaway, check out these eight cheap spots around the world.</p> <h2>1. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/mexico_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Mexico offers an array of activities for beach-lovers and adventure-seekers alike. Swim in a <em>cenote</em>, go zip-lining, or simply relax on a beautiful palm-lined beach.</p> <p>Cities like Mazatlan offer beauty and comfort at crazy-low prices all winter long. Three-star hotels start at just $80 per night &mdash; even over the Christmas holiday. To get a beachfront room, however, rates start at around $98 per night. Since Mazatlan has its own airport, flights tend to be affordable, too. This winter, plan to pay around $400 for round-trip airfare to Mazatlan from most major cities.</p> <h2>2. Cuba</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/cuba.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Now that travel to Cuba is more feasible for American tourists, a world of hotel and travel options have become available. Plenty of airlines including: Spirit, JetBlue, United, and Delta have flights to Cuba running or in the works with round-trip fares as low as $400 over winter break.</p> <p>Cuban hotels run the gamut right along with the prices they charge. Count on paying around $50 per night, per person, for a lower end property, and more for something beachfront or all-inclusive.</p> <h2>3. Dominican Republic</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/domenican_rupublic.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches, fun and upbeat culture, and of course, low hotel rates. Even during the winter season, you can score a cheap deal on a hotel or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">all-inclusive resort</a>. According to Expedia.com, you'll pay an average of <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?paandi=true#adults=2&amp;star=30&amp;regionId=601906">$135 for a three-star hotel</a> over winter break.</p> <p>New flight options have made getting there a lot easier, and cheaper. Lots of major airlines fly to the Dominican Republic, including American Airlines, United, Delta, and even Southwest.</p> <h2>4. Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/ft_lauderdale.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Don't overlook Florida as a cheap travel destination this winter. Outside of the big resort towns, there's a ton of value to be had. If you can drive there, you'll save a bundle. But even if you have to fly, you can find a low fare. With Southwest Airlines, for example, flights into Fort Lauderdale or Orlando from select U.S. cities cost as little as $240 over winter break.</p> <p>Three-star hotels in towns like <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?#&amp;destination=Hollywood,%20Florida&amp;startDate=&amp;endDate=&amp;regionId=6076&amp;latLong=26.019087,-80.164662&amp;adults=1">Hollywood, Florida start as low as $200</a>, according to Expedia. You can also book a cheap, last minute rental through VRBO or Airbnb if you want to save money by preparing your own meals.</p> <h2>5. Arizona</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/arizona.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There may not be any beaches in Arizona, but it is warm. Fortunately, Arizona is fairly cheap, too, even over winter break. If you can drive there, you can obviously save a lot of money.</p> <p>A three-star hotel in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Mesa starts at around $122 per night. That leaves plenty of cash leftover to enjoy the great outdoors and the many natural marvels nearby.</p> <h2>6. Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/jamaica_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Flights into Montego Bay cost as little as $400 during some parts of winter break, depending on where you're coming from. It helps to be flexible, both in terms of your travel dates and your departure city.</p> <p>Meanwhile, three-star hotels in Montego Bay start at just $162 per night during winter break, while all-inclusive resorts (including food, drinks, and entertainment) offer rates as low as $199 per night. A beachfront stay at a property like Doctor's Cave Beach hotel starts at just $111 per night, and that's over the New Year's holiday!</p> <h2>7. Southern California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/california.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Flights into most southern California airports like LAX and SAN start at just $360 if you're flexible with travel dates over the winter holiday. This is partly because you're rushing against the crowd. Where most people are heading south or to the Caribbean, your southern Cali trip takes you in the opposite direction.</p> <p>Hotel prices vary greatly depending on where you stay. If you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">need a beachfront spot</a>, you can expect to pay more. Obviously, you'll pay less if you're slightly flexible.</p> <h2>8. Egypt</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/egypt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Feel like turning winter break into an adventure? Egypt is offering crazy-low prices on everything this holiday season. In the resort region of Sharm el-Sheikh, for example, three-star resorts start at around $33 USD per night and the average five-star hotel costs around $157. You can even stay at an all-inclusive hotel like the <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Hotels-Club-Reef-All-Inclusive.h4512940.Hotel-Information?chkin=12%2F29%2F2016&amp;chkout=12%2F31%2F2016&amp;rm1=a2&amp;hwrqCacheKey=c48d5702-9b58-4707-8ab5-84fddd25c422HWRQ1475865626261&amp;c=d872ef87-e8c2-4321-a6db-98c5a7f5e548&amp;&amp;exp_dp=70.56&amp;exp_ts=1475865620614&amp;exp_curr=USD&amp;exp_pg=HSR">Club Reef</a> for as little as $71 per night.</p> <p>Flights into nearby Cairo also start as low as $780 from major U.S. cities like Boston and Chicago over the busy winter travel season.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Frugal%20Destinations%20for%20a%20Dreamy%20Winter%20Getaway.jpg&amp;description=8%20Frugal%20Destinations%20for%20a%20Dreamy%20Winter%20Getaway" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Frugal%20Destinations%20for%20a%20Dreamy%20Winter%20Getaway.jpg" alt="8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway" 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/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">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/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays</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-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</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/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-take-a-frugal-grownup-spring-break">4 Ways to Take a Frugal Grownup Spring Break</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel destinations frugal travel getaway vacation winter winter vacation Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:30:07 +0000 Holly Johnson 1843586 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Money Moves You Can Make While Stuck in an Endless TSA Line http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_tsa_line_20741660.jpg" alt="Man making money moves in endless TSA line" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the airport closest to me, the TSA lines are legendary, especially during the holiday season. Last year, they were telling people to give themselves <em>an extra hour</em> before their flight, just to make sure they got through security on time. That's an extra hour on top of the usual hour or two recommended!</p> <p>I don't know about you, but I dread long lines. I spend the entire time thinking about what else I could be doing. Over the years, though, I've come up with ways to use my &quot;line time&quot; well. Here are a few things you can do to improve your financial life while waiting for TSA to get on the ball.</p> <h2>1. Start Using Mint</h2> <p><a href="http://mint.com">Mint</a> is a great way to track your finances. You sign up for an account, connect all of your bank, investment, and debt accounts, and it quietly tracks your overall financial situation. It allows you to look at spending, debt, and net worth automatically and with ease.</p> <p>This is a great thing to do if you're not really tracking your finances right now, or if you don't have a handle on your overall financial situation. Starting with the big picture is almost always a good idea, so that you know what is good and what is bad, right from the start.</p> <h2>2. Sign Up for Digit</h2> <p><a href="http://digit.co">Digit</a> is an online service that saves money for you. You connect the app to a bank account, and they track your spending. Based on what they find, they schedule automatic withdrawals to another account. They don't say much about their analysis algorithm, but people (myself included) claim that they don't notice or need the money that Digit removes from their accounts.</p> <p>If you're already saving, you probably don't need this tool. But if you forget to pay yourself first, this can be a great way to save without really thinking about it. And it's fun to watch your savings build up over time!</p> <h2>3. Check Your Credit</h2> <p>If you haven't looked at your free credit report in the last 12 months, you should. <a href="http://annualcreditreport.com">AnnualCreditReport.com</a> is the place to start. From there, you can enter identification information and view a report from each of the three credit reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. Check for incorrect information or credit cards/lines of credit that may have been opened fraudulently.</p> <p>Do make sure that you have a secure Internet connection before you start sharing sensitive personal information. If you aren't sure, add this to your To Do list and work on something else while you're in line.</p> <h2>4. Set a Financial Goal</h2> <p>What would you like your money to do for you? Do you want to travel? Maybe you need to buy a new car. Think about your wants and needs, and choose one or two financial goals for the next few months. Having a goal will help you focus, and it will make you more likely to do things like curb spending or follow through on a savings plan.</p> <p>Don't set too many goals, though. Picking one or two things to save for &mdash; maybe one practical thing and one that's fun &mdash; will give you plenty of motivation without the stress of feeling like your money has to go in too many different directions.</p> <h2>5. Choose a Charity</h2> <p>If you're like me, giving often falls by the wayside. It's not that I don't want to do it, but that I want to be responsible with it. If you want to make sure that any charity that gets your money is actually using it for their stated purposes, do your research while you stand in line.</p> <p>Start by going to your intended charity's website. Most of them will offer some sort of fiscal documentation. If you want to give to a smaller charity, you may need to give them a call and ask for it, instead.</p> <p>If you don't even know where to start giving, start with a simple Google search. Pick an issue that is important to you, and look for charities that target it. You can even limit your search to charities in your local area, if you're interested in volunteering or getting more involved.</p> <h2>6. Check Your Bills</h2> <p>Not sure how long you'll be in line? Pull up your latest credit card bills and glance through them. Make sure that you recognize all the charges and that, to the best of your knowledge, they are for the right amount. Many people find mistakes on their credit card bills, and you can always contact the company to have them fixed. That usually means more money in your pocket.</p> <p>If you don't recognize a charge but you aren't sure, flag it for later, when you can go through your receipts and figure out if it's correct. If you find something very concerning, call your credit company from the line. The sooner you can get in touch with them, the sooner you'll have your money back where it belongs.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20Money%20Moves%20You%20Can%20Make%20While%20Stuck%20in%20an%20Endless%20TSA%20Line.jpg&amp;description=6%20Money%20Moves%20You%20Can%20Make%20While%20Stuck%20in%20an%20Endless%20TSA%20Line" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Money%20Moves%20You%20Can%20Make%20While%20Stuck%20in%20an%20Endless%20TSA%20Line.jpg" alt="6 Money Moves You Can Make While Stuck in an Endless TSA Line" 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/6-money-moves-you-can-make-while-stuck-in-an-endless-tsa-line">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/13-financial-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season">13 Financial Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season</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-money-moves-you-will-always-be-thankful-for">7 Money Moves You Will Always Be Thankful For</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/6-simple-financial-upgrades-you-can-make-during-breakfast">6 Simple Financial Upgrades You Can Make During Breakfast</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/heres-why-you-shouldnt-freak-out-if-you-miss-a-payment-due-date">Here&#039;s Why You Shouldn&#039;t Freak Out If You Miss a Payment Due Date</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-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Travel airports apps bills budgeting charity credit report digit free time mint money moves security tsa waiting in line Thu, 10 Nov 2016 10:30:29 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1830272 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Get College Kids Home for the Holidays for Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_traveling_together_58534620.jpg" alt="Finding ways to get college kids home on the cheap" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Kid off to college this year? You're already feeling the pinch on your budget as he or she starts their (fingers crossed) four-year career, but there are perhaps a few expenses you may have overlooked during all the hustle and bustle &mdash; like how your little smarty pants will get home during breaks and holidays. To keep these travel costs manageable, consider these inexpensive ways.</p> <h2>1. Cash in Miles for Free Flights</h2> <p>In all the years you've been saving those airlines miles for the vacation of a lifetime, I bet you never thought you'd have to compromise them by bringing your kid back and forth from college for holiday breaks. Yeah, it sucks, but when they graduate and land that high-paying job, they'll totally pay you back&hellip; right?</p> <p>While you hold your breath on that prospect, consider consulting <a href="http://www.rewardexpert.com/">RewardExpert</a>, which helps travelers create easy-to-follow strategies by developing customized points earning plans and maximizing frequent flyer rewards. The service makes it easy to earn free tickets in just a few months, or help you make the most of what you already have.</p> <h2>2. Carpool With Someone Headed the Same Direction</h2> <p>I often carpooled with friends to and from college who lived at least somewhat close to my home. I'd offer gas money for the ride, and my parents would pick me up from their homes so they didn't have to go out of their way to drop me off at mine. Your kids can do the same thing the old-fashioned way by asking their friends for a ride, or &mdash; if they don't have any friends who live within driving distance of where you're from &mdash; suggest that they post an ad on Craigslist or a community or school message board looking for a driver.</p> <p>Alas, if that's too 20th century for them, there's <a href="http://thecollegecarpool.com/">College Carpool</a>, one of a handful of services that allow students to connect with others driving the same direction through private pages for each college. Through forums, students can find available rides, or proactively request one.</p> <h2>3. Enroll in a Car Share</h2> <p>Does your kid prefer to take the wheel, but they don't have a car of their own on campus? Nowadays they can sign up for car-sharing services, which help eliminate the issue of not being able to rent a car from traditional services (like Alamo) that usually require drivers to be at least 25 years old. Car-sharing services like <a href="http://www.zipcar.com/universities">Zipcar</a> and <a href="https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/us/en/home.html">Enterprise CarShare</a> are available to university students, and monthly fees are low. Once registered, students can reserve a car whenever they need one. This is a helpful convenience especially around the holidays when the rest of the family is busy with their own day-to-day concerns.</p> <h2>4. Hop on the Bus</h2> <p>I never took the bus home from college &mdash; that eight-hour ride didn't much appeal to me, plus I had awesome friends who didn't mind giving me a lift &mdash; but when I moved to Manhattan without a car in my mid-20s, I often hopped on a Greyhound to get back to my hometown of Baltimore. It was convenient, fast, and, most importantly, cheap.</p> <p>Thus, if you live a reasonable distance from child's university and they don't mind tight quarters, this may be a good option for you and your family. It's actually a rather relaxing ride once you get situated; most modern bus services, including BoltBus and Megabus, feature free WI-FI, power outlets, and even reclining seats. Smaller-scale regional buses, like <a href="http://www.coachusa.com/info/shortline/ss.studentdiscounts.asp">Short Line</a>, also offer student discounts.</p> <h2>5. Travel by Train</h2> <p>If booking your kid a bus ticket isn't an option, perhaps riding the friendly rails is a more accommodating compromise. <a href="https://www.amtrak.com/student">Amtrak</a> provides service from 500 destinations in 46 states, and it offers a 15% student discount along with the opportunity to earn points toward free travel. Amtrak is the only nationwide rail-service, which means you don't have any other options for train travel, unless you can work your regional lines to your advantage if they exist.</p> <h2>6. Get Creative</h2> <p>You don't always have to choose one option over another. Sometimes you can use a few different methods &mdash; like a bus to a train or a train to a plane, for instance. Look for the best deals among the types of transportation available to you and plan your student's trip home accordingly. It may take some time to plan and settle on the most efficient and cost-effective method, but it's worth it &mdash; especially when you consider how often you may have to do this over and over again in the next four (or five or six) years.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20Ways%20to%20Get%20College%20Kids%20Home%20for%20the%20Holidays%20for%20Cheap.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20to%20Get%20College%20Kids%20Home%20for%20the%20Holidays%20for%20Cheap" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Get%20College%20Kids%20Home%20for%20the%20Holidays%20for%20Cheap.jpg" alt="6 Ways to Get College Kids Home for the Holidays for Cheap" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap">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-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-graduate">5 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Graduate</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/get-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities">Get the Most From Your Airline Miles in These 5 Overlooked Cities</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-lessons-that-teach-your-kid-to-be-their-own-boss">5 Lessons That Teach Your Kid to Be Their Own Boss</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-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</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-money-moves-to-make-as-soon-as-the-kids-move-out">7 Money Moves to Make as Soon as the Kids Move Out</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Family Travel carpooling college flights holiday breaks kids moving home public transportation rewards miles teens trains young adults Wed, 09 Nov 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Mikey Rox 1806658 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach_christmas_snowman_48436354.jpg" alt="Finding expensive places to spend your holidays" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, most workers will get at least a three-day weekend. Many companies even shut down for the entire week from Christmas to Jan. 2, providing as many as 10 days off in a row. That makes this a better year than most to plan a holiday getaway.</p> <p>Unfortunately, you may not be the only one with that idea. Demand for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know">vacation rentals</a> and experiences during the holiday week drives prices up. And sure, you could find relative bargains in all the popular destinations, but just for fun, let's look at what it would cost to pass the holidays in the grandest of styles at the merriest of destinations.</p> <h2>1. Manhattan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/manhattan_new_york_31052676.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>What could feel more like a classic American holiday than spending it in the city of <em>Miracle on 34th Street</em>, <em>Elf</em>, and <em>Scrooged</em>? If you spent Christmas week at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park, you could walk to the Wollman Rink and to 5th Avenue to admire the shop windows, and stroll the Union Square Holiday Market. You could exchange gifts under the Ritz's gorgeous lobby tree.</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>For a week, more than $32,000. A <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-york/central-park/rooms-suites/premiere-suite">Premier Park Suite</a> at the Ritz-Carlton is $4,500 a night. Ice skating for four at the Wollman Rink is $100. Four orchestra tickets to the <a href="http://www.nyc.com/broadway_tickets/radio_city_christmas_spectacular.75774/">Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular</a> are $660. Four tickets to <a href="http://www.nyc.com/broadway_tickets/holiday_inn_the_new_irving_berlin_musical.1314383/">Holiday Inn</a> on Broadway are $800. A <a href="http://www.centralpark.com/guide/activities/horse-drawn-carriages.html">carriage ride</a> through Central Park is $140. Two deluxe photo packages at <a href="http://macys.com/santaland">Macy's Santaland</a> are $120. For shopping, restaurants, taxis, and entertainment? The sky's the limit.</p> <h2>2. Disney World</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/disney_world_florida76576235.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Any time that kids are out of school is a popular time to go to Disney World, sending both the price of lodging there and wait times through the roof. Special <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/">holiday shows, parties, and decorations</a> abound as Disney strives to present the happiest holidays, well, on earth.</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>More than $34,000. To stay in a Park View deluxe suite the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week is <a href="https://reservations.fourseasons.com/choose-your-room?hotelCode=ORL354&amp;checkIn=2016-12-23&amp;checkOut=2016-12-30&amp;adults=2&amp;children=2&amp;promoCode=&amp;ratePlanCode=&amp;roomAmadeusCode=&amp;_charset_=UTF-8">$3,950 a night</a>. Add $450 for the <a href="http://disneyworld.disneyfloralandgifts.com/product/dreamingofadisneychristmaskit.do">Dreaming of a Disney Holiday</a> room package, which fills your suite with gifts and snacks from Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto. Five-day park hopper tickets for a family of four run about $1,700, and tickets to Mickey's Very merry Christmas Party add another $400. Because of the holiday crowds, consider engaging a <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/vip-tour-services/">VIP Tour Guide</a> for at least one day, at a cost of $3,600 for six hours, so you can skip lines and zip from park to park through secret entrances.</p> <h2>3. Courcheval 1850, France</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/skiing_mountains_snow_12320623.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You could jet off to Vail for a holiday in powder, but why limit yourself when you could go to the Alps and perhaps find yourself hot-dogging alongside royalty?</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>More than $54,000. A five-bedroom chalet with a <em>private ski lift</em> at Courcheval 1850 goes for about <a href="http://www.lapogeecourchevel.com/eng/chalets/chalet-l_amarante/">$7,600 a night</a> during Christmas week. (If that's not big enough, there's a $12,000-a-night place there that sleeps 12 and comes with its own butler. Haven't you always wanted a butler?) Five days of skiing there for a family of four will be just over $1,000, which is actually quite reasonable.</p> <h2>4. Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_snorkel_ocean_81051433.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Not everyone dreams of a white Christmas. Some people dream of white caps hitting the shore as they sip cocktails out of pineapples and wear leis. For that kind of person, who is also independently wealthy or has a ton of SPG loyalty points, a stay at the Princeville St. Regis would be the perfect holiday sojourn. You can zip line and hike on the resort's 2,500 private acres, kayak the Hanalei River, swim in the pool and the ocean, and <a href="http://www.stregisprinceville.com/pdf/StRegisSnorkelandDiveMap.pdf">snorkel or dive</a> without leaving the resort.</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>More than $45,000. The 1,800 square foot Presidential Suite (yes, it comes with a personal butler) is just over $6,000 a night. Playing 18 holes on the resort golf course is $200 per guest. A 90-minute Bespoke Oceanside Couples Massage is $700. Stand-up paddleboard rentals are $160 per person for two days.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%20Really%20Expensive%20Places%20to%20Spend%20Your%20Holidays.jpg&amp;description=4%20Really%20Expensive%20Places%20to%20Spend%20Your%20Holidays" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Really%20Expensive%20Places%20to%20Spend%20Your%20Holidays.jpg" alt="4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">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-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</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-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</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-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel alps Christmas destinations disney world expensive france hawaii Holidays manhattan new years new york city peak season vacation Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:30:26 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1827230 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_51400926_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="buy these things before you go on an international trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From the bizarre-looking ostrich pillow, to jackets riddled with specialized pockets, you could spend thousands of dollars on supposedly must-have travel accessories. But which gadgets, innovations, or services are actually worth your money? This short list includes the items and services that globetrotting friends and I have found to be truly indispensable.</p> <h2>1. A Better Travel Pillow</h2> <p>Search Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find a ton of variations on the classic travel pillow, and for good reason. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Airplane seats are tiny</a>, and some airlines still don't have reclining seats. If an accessory that costs $40 could help you sleep comfortably on a long-haul flight, it could save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of upgrading to first class.</p> <p>Normal inflatable or stuffed travel pillows have never been comfortable for me because the back of the U shape prevents my back from resting comfortably against the seat. So, on a recent 13-hour flight to Australia, I brought along not one, but two new travel companions: the <a href="https://www.kuhicomfort.com/">Kuhi Comfort pillow</a>, basically two plush mini pillows connected by a strap that goes behind your neck, and the <a href="https://trtltravel.com/">Trtl Pillow</a>, which is really more of a combination scarf and neck brace. Each cost about $40.</p> <p>I found the soft and cozy Kuhi more helpful than the Turtl, which is supportive for sleeping without a window seat but can dig into your chin a bit. While I'm not 100% sold on either of these particular pillows, I'll never go back to a standard travel pillow again. Even if you don't want to experiment with a newfangled pillow, swapping a standard travel pillow for a memory foam or loose bead-filled pillow will increase your comfort significantly because the part behind your neck will flatten when you lean on it.</p> <h2>2. An Aeronaut Carry-On</h2> <p>Wheeled carry-ons have become the norm, but have you ever thought about what you sacrifice for those wheels, such as the ability to easily jump on a crowded escalator or bus?</p> <p>Designer Tom Bihn has developed a cult following among travelers for his ultra-customized, highly organized bags.</p> <p>&quot;There's a bit of an &quot;ethos&quot; you subscribe to when you buy a Tom Bihn bag. It inspires you to lighten your load and be a more efficient traveler,&quot; explains <a href="http://grosstravelchronicles.blogspot.com/">travel blogger Liz Gross</a>, who recently carried everything she needed for a five-day business trip in an <a href="https://www.tombihn.com/products/aeronaut-45?variant=17379023943">Aeronaut 45</a> duffle bag, which fits under the seat in some planes and in the overhead bin in others. Starting at $295 (without straps or the coordinating packing cubes that Bihn acolytes swear by), the bag is not cheap, but it has well-thought-out features such as clips to keep things in place, and pockets that can be combined to make larger pockets if needed.</p> <h2>3. A Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot</h2> <p>Using your cell phone overseas can be a pricey proposition. AT&amp;T international plans start at $40 for minimal data use, in addition to your regular plan fees, and on top of that, phone calls can cost up to $1 a minute.</p> <p>A more affordable way to go &mdash; especially if you are traveling with one or more companions &mdash; is to rent or buy a wireless hotspot. I brought <a href="https://www.tepwireless.com/">Tep Wireless</a>' portable Wi-Fi device to Australia, and my whole family was able to connect to it to use the web for navigation, looking up ferry schedules, and even making phone calls and sending texts via Google Voice. At $9.95 per day for the device rental and unlimited data, this makes a lot more sense than purchasing separate data roaming packages for multiple people.</p> <h2>4. A &quot;Spinner&quot; Suitcase</h2> <p>When I replaced one of my kids' suitcases a couple years ago, I didn't immediately realize how the new one was different than the rest of the family's. But after taking all three of our kids to Europe, I noticed that my daughter was having an easier time than the rest of us maneuvering her bag, especially in situations wherein she needed to move the bag in a tight space. Her suitcase was a &quot;spinner,&quot; or a suitcase with four wheels that can move in any direction. These extra wheels are especially helpful for handling heavier bags.</p> <p>But wait, didn't I just recommend a bag with no wheels at all? Indeed, with four wheels sticking out, spinners aren't ideal for fitting into overhead bins. They're best if you need to carry a lot of stuff and plan to check your bag. Make sure to get one with larger wheels, as these models are easier to tip and pull like a two-wheeler when desired.</p> <h2>5. Airport Spa Services</h2> <p>When flying to England for a wedding last year, fears about long TSA lines pushed me to arrive at the airport two and a half hours early, leaving no time to dash off for the mani-pedi that I was going to need for the big event. So imagine my delight when we passed a spa on the way to our gate in the international terminal of the San Francisco airport! I spent an hour in a massage chair there and strolled out, wedding ready, just as boarding began.</p> <p>Since then, I've learned that the company <a href="http://www.xpresspa.com/spas-a/204.htm">XpresSpa</a> has spas in airports all over the United States, including Chicago O'Hare, LAX, and JFK. Yes, it's more expensive than the same service in a neighborhood salon, but given the alternative of spending that sharing an armrest in a plastic waiting area chair, it's so worth it.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I used a Tep Wireless device at no charge in order to evaluate it for this article. All opinions are my own.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas.jpg&amp;description=5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas.jpg" alt="5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas">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/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel international travel luggage overseas travel packing travel accessories travel necessities Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1822945 at http://www.wisebread.com The Frugal Colonizer's Guide to Getting to Mars http://www.wisebread.com/the-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/astronaut_mars_office_19963703.jpg" alt="Frugal colonizer trying to get to Mars" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to take a trip to Mars?</p> <p>For many people, such a journey would be the thrill of a lifetime. But there's no indication that an average person can currently shell out the billions of dollars it would take to get there.</p> <p>However, there are people working every day on the concept of commercial space flight, and it's possible that one day, such interplanetary trips will be financially achievable even for middle class folks. Famed entrepreneur and inventor Elon Musk recently said he'd like to see the price of a Mars trip drop to about $200,000.</p> <p>Of course, that's still a big chunk of change. But with sensible financial planning, it's a plausible figure even for someone who's not filthy rich.</p> <p>Let's take a look at how an Average Joe might be able to accumulate $200,000 for a trip to Mars.</p> <h2>Save and Wait</h2> <p>Elon Musk didn't give an indication of <em>when </em>the $200,000 price tag might be in place. So let's assume that it's far out in the future. This gives you time to begin saving now and accumulate wealth over time. $200,000 isn't an amount that can be saved overnight, but over the course of, say, 25 years, it's achievable. If you put away just $250 per month and invest in the general stock market, earning about 7% per year, you'll have about $200,000 a quarter century from now, assuming inflation remains low.</p> <h2>Save More and Wait Less</h2> <p>So you don't want to wait 25 years? Fine. That means you'll have to find ways to save more and accumulate $200,000 in a shorter span of time. Assuming the typical 7% market return on investments, it will take about $650 a month to reach your goal in 15 years. To do it in 10 years, you'll need to save about $1,200 per month. It's possible to invest more aggressively and earn money faster, but you also run a greater risk of losing money or falling short of your goal.</p> <h2>Go Full Monk</h2> <p>So let's say you have a middle class salary but don't want to wait at all. You make about $50,000 a year, but want to go in the next five years or so. Well, sounds like it's time to practice living on Mars by cutting out just about every luxury in your life. Move in with your parents to save on rent, or downsize into a tiny house. Ditch your car and get a bus pass. Never eat out. For entertainment, go on long hikes and read books from the library. If Mars is your goal, you need to act like you're practically already there by living on the bare necessities.</p> <h2>Sell Your Story</h2> <p>If you can't afford to take the trip on your own, maybe there's someone who will pay you to tell the story of how you got to Mars. Maybe there's a book deal to be had, or a reality television show. Maybe you could start a blog and sell some ads on it. Why spend your own money when someone else can handle the expense?</p> <h2>Fund It on Kickstarter</h2> <p>It's highly doubtful many people will raise money online for your trip to Mars. But if you turn your trip into an unselfish venture, it might generate some donations, perhaps through a platform like Kickstarter or GoFundMe. For example, you might promise to perform certain kinds of scientific research, or raise awareness for a cause.</p> <h2>Get Sponsorships</h2> <p>Many people climb Mount Everest and do other big expeditions with the support of companies who like the exposure. Your trip to Mars may be highly publicized, so you can trade your potential visibility for cash to help pay for the trip. This might mean you have to travel in a spacesuit with GoDaddy or Red Bull on the back, but it will be worth it for a trip to the red planet.</p> <h2>Sell Mars Artifacts</h2> <p>People will pay big bucks for items from Mars. Rocks. Dirt. Jars of red dust. It can all be for sale if you can find a way to bring it back to Earth. Surely, there may be restrictions on what you can take from Mars, but if the Apollo astronauts brought back moon rocks, you could probably get away with snatching a Mars rock or two. Under this scenario, you'd probably need someone to front you the money and agree to be paid back later when you earn cash from your Mars artifacts.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%20Frugal%20Colonizers%20Guide%20to%20Getting%20to%20Mars.jpg&amp;description=The%20Frugal%20Colonizers%20Guide%20to%20Getting%20to%20Mars" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Frugal%20Colonizers%20Guide%20to%20Getting%20to%20Mars.jpg" alt="The Frugal Colonizer's Guide to Getting to Mars" 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/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-frugal-colonizers-guide-to-getting-to-mars">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-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-a-promotion">8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion</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-things-football-teaches-us-about-money">9 Things Football Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-money-management-tips-from-john-oliver">7 Best Money Management Tips From John Oliver</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/21-things-that-young-adults-absolutely-need-to-know-about-money">21 Things That Young Adults Absolutely Need to Know About Money</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-siri-can-be-your-personal-finance-assistant">9 Ways Siri Can Be Your Personal Finance Assistant</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Entertainment Travel commercial space flight investing Mars saving trips Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Tim Lemke 1822946 at http://www.wisebread.com Get the Most From Your Airline Miles in These 5 Overlooked Cities http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities" 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_beach_74998243.jpg" alt="Woman getting the most from her airline miles" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Arguably the best part of joining a frequent flyer program is when you've earned enough to redeem for a free plane ticket. There are ways to get more value out of your miles, though, than just getting a ticket for the first place that comes to mind.</p> <p>For starters, international destinations are a better value. The value of each point rises with the cost of the ticket. For example, an international flight might cost twice as much as a domestic ticket, but the points required to redeem a free flight are only 1.5 times the points for a domestic ticket. For one flight, you might only get a $0.50 per point, but for another, you might get a few dollars per point!</p> <p>Also, award miles value are sometimes counted by region. So if you book a domestic flight, you can still get a good value out of your miles by comparing different destinations in the same region. And don't forget seat availability. It's not a good idea to get your heart set on a location only to discover that there are never any award seats available.</p> <p>If you're counting down the days until you're able to redeem your free flight, here are some often overlooked international destinations that can give you great value for your miles while discovering a new and unique part of the world.</p> <h2>1. Valparaiso, Chile</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/scenic_chile_87675863.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Valparaiso, referred by those who know and love it as &quot;Valpo,&quot; was once the most important port in South America and is full of recently-renovated 19th century architecture. Many boutique hotels have sprouted alongside new and innovative restaurants. There have been promotions in the past for as little as 30,000 miles.</p> <p>You can fly into Santiago, which is an international hub, and take a 90-minute bus ride to get to Valparaiso from there. Santiago is easily accessible from many hubs in the U.S. such as Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, with plenty of seat availability for those looking to redeem awards.</p> <h2>2. Helsinki, Finland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/helsinki_finland_scenic_67161215.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Finnair releases a fair amount of reward seats, especially in the winter, so you're sure to get an authentic colder-weather experience. You can expect to use 20,000 miles in economy or 50,000 in business class with the American Airlines loyalty program. Flights are nonstop from JFK.</p> <p>Of course, if you do travel in the winter months, you'll easily be able to reward yourself for braving the colder temperatures with a soak in the traditional <a href="http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en/see-and-experience/activities-in-helsinki/swimming-and-saunas#/?listing_id=52343&amp;mode=list">Finnish sauna</a>.</p> <h2>3. Copenhagen, Denmark</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Copenhagen_denmark_35003198.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This beautiful city in Denmark is easily accessible with Scandinavian Airlines, offering nonstop flights from the east coast (Newark and Washington) to the middle of the country (Chicago) and on the west coast as well (San Francisco). Scandinavian Airlines offers plenty of economy seats for reward mile redemption. If you're looking to fly business class, you can easily find a seat with United.</p> <p>Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark as well as the country's biggest city, with picturesque architecture and many unique, historic sites to visit. It is known for among other things its vibrant design scene and wide offering of innovative dining experiences.</p> <h2>4. Malé, the Maldives</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/maldives_island_scenic_17979750.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Interested in booking an island getaway? The Maldives are easier to get to than you may think, and you can use your miles to do so. To score the best value use miles from any Oneworld airline. This alliance of 15 airlines includes American Airlines, Japan Airlines, British Airways, and other well regarded carriers. Note that you can also use <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=internal">American Airlines AAdvantage</a> Miles.</p> <p>Just 70,000 miles will get you there and back in economy.</p> <p>In the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a series of over 1,000 islands. There is excellent diving and snorkeling, not to mention fantastic, nearly untouched beaches. For a more urban experience, you can check out Malé, the bustling capital.</p> <h2>5. Mexico City, Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/mexico_city_95991235.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Getting to Mexico City is an easy flight from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. You can get a nonstop flight from Montreal, Toronto, multiple airports in New York, Las Vegas, or Los Angeles.</p> <p>Southwest Airlines is now serving Mexico and the Caribbean, with a great offer of unlimited reward seats, according to their website.</p> <p>Mexico City is one of Latin America's largest and most vibrant hubs, with a population of over 22 million people and amazing street food (tacos, tlacoyos, tlayudas, and burritos, just to name a few).</p> <p>Beyond the delicious culinary offerings, Mexico City is a center for art and the museums here are world-renowned. Architecturally, the city is diverse and portrays an interesting and unique history, from the Palacio National that houses some of Diego Rivera's most beautiful murals, to Bellas Artes that permanently feature Jose Orozco artwork plus other displays that change over time.</p> <h2>Bonus Tip: Get an Around the World Ticket to See More</h2> <p>Did I say five cities? Well you can actually enjoy your miles in scores more cities around the world instead!</p> <p>Using awards to buy an Around the World ticket is actually becoming quite rare, but there are still some options if you want to book multiple destinations. An Around the World ticket can allow you up to 16 different stops, and it can definitely save you money when compared to booking all of the legs of your trip individually.</p> <p>If you are redeeming with Star Alliance, you can purchase an RTW ticket for 200,000 points.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal">best travel rewards credit cards</a> will offer flexibility and award seats to the destination that you want. A card like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review?ref=internal">Chase Sapphire Preferred</a> will allow you use their travel portal to book with your points as well as transfer points to airline partners to book directly. An <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal">airline credit card</a> would limit you to that particular airline and its partners, but if you have a strong preference for a certain airline and its destination selection meets your needs, then you may be able to build up points faster by being a frequent flyer. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso">Which Airline Loyalty Program Offers the Highest Value?</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fget-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FGet%20the%20Most%20From%20Your%20Airline%20Miles%20in%20These%205%20Overlooked%20Cities.jpg&amp;description=Get%20the%20Most%20From%20Your%20Airline%20Miles%20in%20These%205%20Overlooked%20Cities" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Get%20the%20Most%20From%20Your%20Airline%20Miles%20in%20These%205%20Overlooked%20Cities.jpg" alt="Get the Most From Your Airline Miles in These 5 Overlooked Cities" 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/goats-on-the-road">Goats on the Road</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities">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-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Airline Miles Secrets 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-ways-to-get-college-kids-home-for-the-holidays-for-cheap">6 Ways to Get College Kids Home for the Holidays for Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards with Airline Partners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-in-flight-amenities-worth-the-cost">7 In-Flight Amenities Worth the Cost</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines destinations flights frequent flyer international points rewards miles seats value world travel Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:30:13 +0000 Goats on the Road 1820847 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_toiletry_bag_22879106.jpg" alt="Woman using best travel toiletry bag during travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The right toiletry bag can organize your shaving essentials, personal hygiene products, and makeup, so you can easily access them on your next trip. It will also ensure that your favorite items won&rsquo;t spill out into your suitcase.</p> <h2>What Is a Travel Toiletry Bag?</h2> <p>A travel toiletry bag can conveniently store and organize all of your beauty products and toiletries. They are available in a range of sizes and colors to complement your personal style and match your suitcase. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Travel Toiletry Bags</h2> <h3>Household Essentials Grooming Travel Bag Organizer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2edJKYi"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/household%20E.jpg" width="245" height="159" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in toiletry bags, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2edJKYi">Household Essentials Grooming Travel Bag Organizer</a> can hold a huge amount of items, making it ideal for both men and women. It features a zippered side pocket, three-sided zipper, see-through interior pocket with two elastic straps, and a strong webbing carry handle. The rectangular organizer features padding on all sides to better protect your delicates. The interior is lined with nylon, while the outside is made of durable ramie-polyester fabric, so you can easily wipe it clean. It has outstanding online reviews and can easily fit in your suitcase.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2edJKYi"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f9R5wS"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ebags.jpg" width="220" height="174" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2f9R5wS">eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit has Techlite Diamond Nylon</a>, premium self-repairing coil zipper closures, a removable hanging hook, and top-quality material. The hanging toiletry bag features lots of separate compartments, so you can easily keep your essentials organized. One section is lined with PVC film to safely store damp contents. The dopp kit holds a huge amount of items and is ideal for both men and women. It is available in a range of colors and folds up slim, so it won&rsquo;t take up much room in your backpack or suitcase. It is recommended by The Wirecutter and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a lifetime warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f9R5wS"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby Toiletry Organizer</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eTrWTv"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bag%203.jpg" width="225" height="173" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eTrWTv">Eagle Creek Pack-It Wallaby Toiletry Organizer</a> can hold a ton of items, so it&rsquo;s ideal for both men and women. It features two-way zippered access to the main compartment, interior zippered compartments, a shatterproof mirror, a clear plastic pouch, and a large stow-away swivel non-slip hook. It also features a removable quart-sized clear pouch for TSA checkpoint convenience. With so many zippered and elastic organizer pockets and compartments, it is easy to organize all your essentials. The three-tiered hanging organizer folds up small to save space. It is recommended by The Wirecutter and has outstanding online reviews. The <a href="http://amzn.to/2f9Qj33">Eagle Creek Pack-It Slim Kit Toiletry Organizer</a> is another highly recommended option.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eTrWTv"><em>Currently $35.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Alpine Swiss Hudson Travel Toiletry Bag Shaving Dopp Kit</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f9Sqns"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/alpine%20swiss.jpeg" width="200" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2f9Sqns">Alpine Swiss Hudson Travel Toiletry Bag</a> is self-mending and has smooth materials with large zippers, so it&rsquo;s built to last. It features an outside zippered pocket, clutch handle, main zip pocket with a wide opening, and a luxurious leatherette trim. The toiletry and shaving case is durable, sturdy, well designed, and high-quality. The dopp kit is made of rugged and durable ballistic polyester, which expands well, and is fully lined inside with water resistant lining. It has outstanding online reviews and is ideal for both men and women because it can comfortably hold all of your toiletries.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2f9Sqns"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Sea to Summit Traveling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dNTirP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sea%20to%20summit.jpg" width="220" height="160" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2dNTirP">Sea to Summit Traveling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag</a> features multiple internal mesh pockets, so there&rsquo;s plenty of room for all your essentials. The hanging travel bag is made of lightweight, strong, water-resistant materials and has plastic on the outside, so it&rsquo;s easy to wipe clean. It also has durable zippers with Hypalon grab tags, a hanging hook, and a mirror. It is available in various colors and sizes, and is backed by outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dNTirP"><em>Currently $39.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best travel toiletry bags. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">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> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-travel-toiletry-bags&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%205%20Best%20Travel%20Toiletry%20Bags%20(1).jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Travel%20Toiletry%20Bags" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Travel%20Toiletry%20Bags%20%281%29.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags" 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-travel-toiletry-bags">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-charcoal-scrubs">The 5 Best Charcoal Scrubs</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-tweezers">The 5 Best Tweezers</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-hair-serums">The 5 Best Hair Serums</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-repair-shampoos">The 5 Best Repair Shampoos</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-pencil-eyeliners">The 5 Best Pencil Eyeliners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping Travel 5 best bathroom products beauty products product reviews shopping toiletries toiletry bags Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1821837 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Travel Pillows http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-travel-pillows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_pillow_89291845.jpg" alt="Woman using the best travel pillow" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sleeping on a flight or road trip can be close to impossible. Fortunately, with the right travel pillow, you can actually get some much-needed rest with no resulting neck pain, so you can arrive at your destination refreshed. Travel pillows also work well for camping, sleeping on the couch, or even at home watching TV.</p> <h2>What Is a Travel Pillow?</h2> <p>A travel pillow can provide adequate support for your face, neck, and/or lumbar. They usually have an elastic band, which will allow you to secure it to the headrest. There are different types of travel pillows available, with some providing additional support to prevent neck and back pain. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-get-some-sleep-at-the-airport?ref=seealso">11 Smart Ways to Get Some Sleep at the Airport</a>)</p> <h2>Top 5 Travel Pillows</h2> <h3>J-pillow Travel Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2e9fgvH"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/jpillow.jpg" width="189" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in travel pillows, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2e9fgvH">J-pillow Travel Pillow</a> was the winner of the British Invention of the Year in 2013. The J-shaped pillow has cushioning to properly support the back and side of the head, the neck, and the chin. The curvy part of the &quot;J&quot; curls under your chin to optimally cradle and support your face and chin, while supporting your neck. Your head won&rsquo;t bob around, which means you can settle in for a long nap. It packs smaller than most travel pillows and you can use the handy snap-loop fastener to attach it to your luggage. The whole pillow is machine washable. It is also comfortable, plush, soft, and feels good against the skin.</p> <p>This is available in two colors. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Tech Insider, The Independent, USA Today, Daily Mail, LA Times, and Virgin Atlantic. It is one of the &ldquo;Most Wished For&rdquo; items on Amazon and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2e9fgvH"><em>Currently $27.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2e2uUW9"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/travelrest.jpg" width="186" height="220" align="right" alt="" /></a>With the <a href="http://amzn.to/2e2uUW9">Travelrest Ultimate Inflatable Travel Pillow</a>, you&rsquo;ll never have to worry about leaning on your neighbor&rsquo;s shoulder again. The patented ergonomic shape provides proper support to prevent tension and neck pain, so even side sleepers will love it. The oblong inflatable travel pillow provides full lateral support for the upper body, comfortably supports your head, neck, back, and shoulders, and won&rsquo;t slip when you lean on it. The long, curved design is adjustable and larger on the top, so you can rest your head. It tucks above your shoulder and across your body or down your side. The therapeutic tethered travel pillow keeps your head from falling forward, inflates easily, deflates instantly, and has a slip-resistant back. It is more comfortable and stable than traditional travel pillows. You can wear it, tether it, or attach it to the headrest. It is made of soft flocked PVC vinyl, is machine washable, and can be rolled up to 1/4 its size.</p> <p>This is available in four colors and works for both adults and children. It is recommended by The Wall Street Journal, The Wirecutter, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Tech Insider, Boston Globe, USA Today, San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC, Chicago Tribune, People Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and About.com. It an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. Most reviewers prefer it to traditional padded and around-the-neck pillows. It is also backed by a two-year warranty for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2e2uUW9"><em>Currently $29.95 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eT1qMA"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cabeau.jpg" width="189" height="200" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you prefer memory foam pillows to inflatable pillows, then consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2eT1qMA">Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow</a>. The patented ergonomic design offers 360 degrees of support for full head, neck, and chin comfort, so you can lean your head left, right, or even let it fall forward. The responsive memory foam core, raised side supports, and flattened rear cushion keep your neck from bending uncomfortably. It has a machine-washable soft velour cover, a media pouch for mobile devices, adjustable sliding support toggles, memory foam earplugs, and a travel bag. It&rsquo;s comfortable, high-quality, and packs down to 1/4 its size, so you can easily attach it to your luggage.</p> <p>This is available in a huge range of colors. The award-winning pillow is an Amazon best seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 1,100 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended The Wirecutter, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, and Tech Insider. It is also backed by a two-year money back satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eT1qMA"><em>Currently $39.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dB9wHP"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/aeris.jpg" width="245" height="173" align="right" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re a light sleeper and need more than just a comfy pillow to sleep on a plane, then consider the <a href="http://amzn.to/2dB9wHP">Aeris Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow</a>, which includes an eye mask, foam earplugs, portable carry bag, adjustable toggles, and machine-washable plush velour cover. The responsive memory foam molds to the contours of your neck for optimal support and includes adjustable toggles for the perfect fit, so your neck can rest in a natural, tension-free position. The pillow relieves pressure, stimulates blood circulation, and eliminates muscle tension. It has ventilation holes for optimal airflow and has been aired out to ensure there&rsquo;s no unpleasant odor. The high-quality visco-elastic, temperature-sensitive memory foam base has an internal cover and is placed in a removable machine-washable plush velour cover. It can also be folded up small for easy packing.</p> <p>This is available in four colors. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure and Business Insider. It is also backed by a lifetime free replacement guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2dB9wHP"><em>Currently $24.90 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eT3yUI"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thermarest.jpg" width="245" height="179" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eT3yUI">Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow</a> is the ultimate portable pillow. It has a comfortable brushed polyester cover on the outside with soft urethane foam filling on the inside that packs small and expands big. It is large enough to place on a plane window, so you can lean all the way over. It is machine washable and packs to 1/5 its normal size. This extra large pillow is available in a range of colors and designs. It is recommended by Travel + Leisure and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eT3yUI"><em>Currently $13.00 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best travel pillows. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">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? Post it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-travel-pillows&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%205%20Best%20Travel%20Pillows.jpg&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Travel%20Pillows" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Travel%20Pillows.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Travel Pillows" 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-travel-pillows">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-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</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-cameras">The 5 Best Pet Cameras</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-charcoal-scrubs">The 5 Best Charcoal Scrubs</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-smart-water-bottles">The 5 Best Smart Water Bottles</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-food-steamers">The 5 Best Food Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best flight pillow product reviews shopping travel necessities travel pillow travel pillows Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1816665 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_93221921_LARGE.jpg" alt="great jobs for snowbirds" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to hit the skies this winter and fly south? That's probably not a bad idea, considering that the trusty Farmer's Almanac says Old Man Winter plans to unleash an exceptionally cold and wet one. But between posting photos of palm trees and swimming pools to Facebook so your friends can curse the day you were born, you may need to pick up some work to pay the tab for such luxury. What kind of seasonal gigs can you get <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">this winter</a>? Take a look and start setting yourself up for success today.</p> <h2>1. Telecommute From Your Existing Job</h2> <p>Not everybody has the good fortune of being able to work from home, but if you work for a company that allows telecommuting, or you're an entrepreneur with mobility, take advantage of it. Earlier this year, I left my home in New York to spend a month dodging the cold in sunny, warm Los Angeles. It was just what I needed to recharge my winter-worn body and soul, and I returned home mid-spring excited and reinvigorated.</p> <h2>2. Pick Up Odd Jobs Around Town</h2> <p>There are plenty of ways to pick up odd jobs around the town you're visiting, especially if you're particularly skilled in a certain discipline. On Craigslist, for instance, you can find a decent amount of handyman jobs and other around-the-house work. In college, I used to help elderly folks around their homes, like weeding and planting in their gardens, and it was quite rewarding. If you're not as good with your hands, however, try picking up gigs as a freelancer. There are<a href="https://www.freshbooks.com/blog/freelance-jobs"> more than 70 sites from which to choose</a>, ranging from generic, all-job types to more focused disciplines including: writing, photography, and design.</p> <h2>3. Become a Personal Taxi Service</h2> <p>I started driving for Lyft and Uber a couple months ago &mdash; signing into the apps occasionally when I have the extra time &mdash; and I've made well over $1,000 already. If you've brought your personal vehicle with you to your winter escape, consider this option. It's been a great way for me to make extra cash, but I also enjoy interacting with my riders and learning a little about their lives during the ride.</p> <p><strong>Pro tip</strong>: Offer candy &mdash; I use Starbursts and Dum-Dums &mdash; and small bottles of water to your riders for free. Everyone who gets in my car is instantly happier when they see the candy, and as a result, they leave an excellent review and a tip (the latter of which isn't required on these services) more often than not.</p> <h2>4. Offer to Watch People's Pets</h2> <p>Last winter, I signed up for DogVacay (Rover.com is another <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-400-a-week-as-a-pet-sitter">pet-sitting site</a> that I can recommend) to make extra cash while I was working from home around the holidays or when it was too cold for me to go to my office. I've met so many awesome pets and pet parents using these services, I've put more than $500 in my bank account, and there's not a whole lot to it. All you have to do is make sure the pet is comfortable while their parent is away with lots of love and snuggles in between food and bathroom breaks. If you're snowbirding in a rental, you should check with the owners before you sign up, but for animal lovers, this is a great gig.</p> <h2>5. Apply for Seasonal Retail Work</h2> <p>Every mall in America needs extra hands on deck during the holiday season &mdash; and if you're a pro at customer service, pop into stores at which you think you'll enjoy working and inquire about opportunities. Don't limit yourself to the mall though. Lots of local businesses and stand-alone chains need additional help through the holidays and sometimes beyond, and you may be able to land a gig super close to home by broadening your search.</p> <h2>6. Wait Tables at a Local Restaurant</h2> <p>Like retailers, restaurants also often require additional staffing during the holidays to accommodate heavier traffic. You may not get prime hours, or even a spot on the floor if you don't have previous restaurant experience, but there may be a place for you behind the scenes or even as a host.</p> <h2>7. Investigate Substitute Teaching</h2> <p>Have a certified teaching certificate? Visit your local school district to identify opportunities that will put you in a classroom for a daily wage. Since requirements for substitute teachers vary from state-to-state, check out this guide on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.teacher.org/career/substitute-teacher/">How to Become a Substitute Teacher</a>.</p> <h2>8. Keep the Peace as a Part-Time Security Guard</h2> <p>Some states that have temperate weather year-round also play host to Major League Baseball training camps, and there are job opportunities at these small stadiums &mdash; like manning the concession stand or providing security. As a baseball fan, I couldn't pass up the chance for seasonal work in the southern states. You can also apply to become a security guard for apartment complexes, malls, or other public areas.</p> <h2>9. Look Into Opportunities at a Local Resort</h2> <p>Chances are, there are several resorts wherever you're heading for the winter, and just about the same time you plan to arrive is when they're in need for additional staff. There are lots of different types of jobs available at these resorts, including: front desk, night auditing, maid services, kitchen work, and more. If you happen to be close to an amusement park, you might even have a chance to walk around greeting guests at a costumed character, making you the hero of all your friends' children and grandchildren back home.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds.jpg&amp;description=9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Great%20Jobs%20for%20Snowbirds.jpg" alt="9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">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-holiday-gigs-that-are-perfect-for-introverts">5 Holiday Gigs That Are Perfect for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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/flashback-friday-68-best-ways-to-make-money-that-are-actually-fun">Flashback Friday: 68 Best Ways to Make Money That Are Actually Fun</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/11-signs-the-job-is-too-good-to-be-true">11 Signs the Job Is Too Good to Be True</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting Lifestyle Travel job search jobs snow snowbirds telecommute winter work-from-home Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1815055 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Get Free Money on Your Next Flight http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-get-free-money-on-your-next-flight <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-get-free-money-on-your-next-flight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_passport_flight_63799617.jpg" alt="Woman getting free money on her next flight" 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 get free money on your next flight, ways to watch sports without cable, and costumes you can DIY on the cheap.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/how-to-score-free-money-from-the-airlines/">How To Score Free Money From the Airlines</a> &mdash; Fly on a busy travel day to increase your chances of getting bumped to another flight and receiving a voucher as compensation. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/4-ways-to-watch-sports-without-cable/">4 Ways to Watch Sports without Cable</a> &mdash; If you're only into one sport, you may want to consider subscribing to an app that offers the sport you like. [Seed Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Homemade-Halloween-Costumes-20064402#photo-20064402">101 Costumes to DIY on the Cheap</a> &mdash; All you need for a piñata costume is crepe paper and a lot of patience. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/news/about/credit-101/">Credit 101: Strategies to Improve Your Credit Scores</a> &mdash; Your credit score is one of the most important numbers for measuring your financial health. Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for credit scores, credit reports, and what everyone should know about them. [Experian]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/sams-club-costco-christmas-savings-14649/">11 Ways to Stretch Your Holiday Budget at Costco, Sam's, and BJ's</a> &mdash; Warehouse clubs offer a variety of dessert options in large sizes perfect for a party. [Cheapism]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/free-apps-get-you/">How free apps get you (and what you can do about it)</a> &mdash; These games annoy you until you break and pay to get rid of the annoyance. [Mighty Bargain Hunter]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.allstate.com/tips-for-protecting-your-family-photos-injs/">6 Tips for Protecting Your Family Photos and Documents</a> &mdash; As you archive your files, make a list of every item you're preserving including the location and type of content. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-get-a-positive-performance-review-every-time/">How to get a positive performance review every time</a> &mdash; Before your performance review, set a timeline to make sure you do all that you can to get the results you want. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-make-the-most-money-from-your-decluttering-efforts/">How To Make The Most Money From Your Decluttering Efforts</a> &mdash; Don't put all your eggs (or clutter) in one basket. You'll make the most money by selling across a variety of venues. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/31-fun-books-and-movies-to-enjoy-this-october">31 Fun Books and Movies to Enjoy This October!</a> &mdash; Keep your kids frightfully entertained with these Halloween-themed books and movies! [Parenting Squad]</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-get-free-money-on-your-next-flight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips">Best Credit Cards For Road Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bankamericard-travel-rewards-more-rewards-for-more-travel">BankAmericard Travel Rewards®: More Rewards for More Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips free money Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Amy Lu 1815049 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach_guam_50324852.jpg" alt="Finding travel destinations for people who hate crowds" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those looking to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">get away from it all</a>, the last thing some people want to do is go to a place packed with people and fast-paced activity. Even a beach holiday, which sounds relaxing, can become a nightmare when you're surrounded on all sides with sunbathers, loungers, towels, coolers, and volleyball games. So if you're no fan of crowds, but desperately want to escape, here are 10 destinations worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Negril, Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beach_jamaica_29967128.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With a population of just under 7,000, Negril is a widely dispersed beach resort in Jamaica. And despite travel magazines consistently naming it one of the top 10 beaches in the world, it's still very far from a crowded destination. The beach itself is over four miles long, and that alone makes it a tough one to fill with crowds. There are also a variety of activities to keep you busy over your vacation, if the beautiful beach gets to be too much for you. Snorkeling, diving, and cliff jumping offer the more adventurous holidaymakers a chance to live a little. There's also an all-inclusive resort on the beach, plus other boutique places to stay that cater to those who want a more exclusive experience.</p> <h2>2. Amelia Island, Florida</h2> <p>Mention a Florida vacation to anyone, and they'll usually chime in with Miami beaches, or Orlando (and Disney). But there is a place in Florida, hiding away, that is far from the overcrowding of those typical spots. Amelia Island is enchanting, with <a href="http://www.ameliaisland.com/Tour-Amelia-Island/Beaches">over 13 miles of beaches</a>, plus incredible scenery, wildlife, dining, fishing, boating, and so much more. Tour the website and one thing you'll instantly notice is how quiet and peaceful everything looks. Not a lot of hustle and bustle. The beaches are almost deserted. Even the festivals are way less crowded than the average event, should you decide to venture to one. Overall, you'd have to go out of your way to hit a large crowd on Amelia Island. Hopefully, this hidden gem stays that way.</p> <h2>3. Folly Beach, South Carolina</h2> <p>Located on Folly Island, there are many words that come to mind when describing Folly Beach. Charming, open, remote, tranquil, peaceful, refreshing, and comfortable, are just a few that barely scratch the surface of the place locals call &quot;the Edge of America.&quot; The beaches are wide open, there a long piers to walk along, local shops to peruse, and plenty of hotels and inns to accommodate your needs. <a href="http://www.follybeach.com/activities/">Activities</a> include surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, picnicking, camping, and bicycling. It's not exactly the city that never sleeps, but that's kind of the point.</p> <h2>4. Upolo, Samoa</h2> <p>There are few places that live up to that idyllic Hollywood vision of a tropical beach paradise; <a href="http://www.samoa.travel/page/explore-upolu-the-gateway-to-samoa">Upolo, Samoa,</a> is one of them. Immaculate white beaches, crystal blue water, tall palm trees, beach huts, and waterfalls, make Upolo a feast for your eyes. And fortunately, not too many eyes, as this blissful destination is rarely in anyone's top 20 places to go and visit. You can take advantage of that, and get away for some peace and quiet that will be the envy of others&hellip; once they see your photos on Facebook. You'll find incredible fresh food in the market on Fugalei Street, you can take up diving, and even venture into the rain forests.</p> <h2>5. County Donegal, Ireland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beach_ireland_63638197.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Lonely Planet has described County Donegal as&quot;a county of extremes: at times desolate and battered by brutal weather, yet in turn a land of unspoiled splendor where stark peaks and sweeping beaches bask in glorious sunshine.&quot;</p> <p>Anyone who has ever traveled to this part of Europe knows that the bad weather will always play a part in the vacation at some point. But for those wanting to avoid crowds, and take in a beautiful slice of Irish charm, County Donegal is perfect. Some of the sights worth taking in include Donegal Castle, Banba's Crown, Magheraroarty Beach, and Fort Dunree. Kick back in one of the local, uncrowded pubs, and indulge in a real pint of Guinness as you take in the peace and quiet.</p> <h2>6. Most Areas of Guam</h2> <p>I can speak from personal experience, as I visited my wife's family in Guam several years ago. My reaction was simply, &quot;How is a place this beautiful not packed with tourists?&quot; If you don't know it, Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, and it's a tropical paradise filled with the whitest beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear water. Visit places like Asan, Talofofo, and Ritidian Point, and you can find yourself on a clear stretch of beach that feels like Hawaii, but looks like a scene from <em>Robinson Crusoe</em>.</p> <p>The weather is hot and humid, but you will soon get used to that. And once you've paid for the flight, the accommodations and food are very affordable. Traditional Chamorro food is delicious, and there are influences of Japanese, Filipino, and even Jamaican flavors. This is an incredible place for people who want the island paradise without the crowds and tourists. You will also find some of the most welcoming and friendly people anywhere in the world. If you want to avoid the crowds, avoid Tuman Bay &mdash; that's the center of Guam's tourism industry.</p> <h2>7. New Braunfels, Texas</h2> <p>Imagine a place where Texan and German cultures coexist in perfect harmony. That's New Braunfels, a town in Texas that was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany. For the locals, it's nothing special to see German billboards and street names, but for those tourists who come to stay, it can be something of a surprise. There are a variety of activities for vacationers here, including tubing down the river, paddle boating, the Wurstfest, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. There's also plenty of wildlife, the largest caverns in Texas, and <a href="http://www.nbghosttours.com/">spooky ghost tours.</a> Some will call it quaint, or even unremarkable, but if you want a relaxing, uncrowded vacation, give it a try.</p> <h2>8. Mindanao, Philippines</h2> <p>The second largest island in the Philippines (Luzon holds the top spot), Mindanao has some of the most stunning scenery and natural wonders that you will ever see on vacation. Take <a href="http://www.pinasmuna.com/2012/02/maria-cristina-falls-is-in-mindanoa.html">Maria Cristina Falls</a>, a waterfall that powers a hydroelectric plant, giving Mindanao most of its electricity. It's sometimes known as the &quot;twin falls,&quot; and at over 320 feet high, surrounded by lush trees and vegetation, it could be at home in a <em>King Kong</em> movie. Aside from the tropical rain forests and jungle adventures, you can also indulge in Bangus Fry fishing, snorkeling, mountain climbing, and swimming with whales. And once you arrive, your money will stretch far. For example, one liter of high quality Tanduay Rum costs just 45 pesos; at the current exchange rate, that's around 96 cents.</p> <h2>9. Rotorua, New Zealand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beach_new_zealand_39724148.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nicknamed &quot;New Zealand's Coolest Hot Spot,&quot; the big draw for people who've done their research are the hot springs of Rotorua. The volcanic activity has created natural hot-water attractions such as <a href="http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/see-and-do/geothermal-wonders/lake-tarawera-water-taxi-ecotours">Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach)</a> and <a href="http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/see-and-do/geothermal-wonders/hells-gate-geothermal-mud-bath-spa">Hells Gate Mud Bath</a>, which has been used for generations by Maori to ease joint and muscle pain. Aside from the geothermal delights, you can also partake in cycling adventures, lake and river activities, fishing, hunting, golf, hikes, and scenic flights.</p> <h2>10. Huacachina, Peru</h2> <p>It's got sand. Lots of sand. And, it's got water. But this is no beach vacation. <a href="http://huacachina.smugmug.com/Huacachina/">Huacachina</a> is a desert oasis located in Southern Peru, and offers dune buggy rides and sand boarding for those who like adventure far from the masses. Located five hours south of Lima, you will stay in a paradise surrounded by ancient mountains of sand in every direction. Private tour packages are available, and you can also be taken outside of the oasis to other parts of Peru. But chances are, once you're here, away from everything, you'll want to stay.</p> <p><em>What are some other perfect destinations for people who hate crowds? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Travel%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Crowds.jpg&amp;description=10%20Travel%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Crowds" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Travel%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Crowds.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">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/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-vacation-package">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budgeting hate crowds introvert travel travel destinations travel plans vacation Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 1791533 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ireland_castle_76621825.jpg" alt="Finding frugal fall getaways you can start packing for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel is always wonderful, but it can be a struggle when you're on a budget. It's important to look for places where the dollar is doing well, or maybe somewhere you can get a package deal that includes your flight and hotel. If you're looking for a cheap &mdash; but still awesome &mdash; getaway for the fall, here are some places you should look into. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel?ref=seealso">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Greece</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/athens_greece_66332307.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though it can still cost a lot to stay on one of the more famous islands like Santorini, Greece's economic issues make it one of the cheaper places to stay. Ferries run between islands &mdash; if you want to check all of them out &mdash; but there are <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/athens/travel-tips-and-articles/the-best-free-things-to-do-in-athens">tons of cheap things to do in Athens</a>, too. And that's probably what you're going to want to see when you're traveling to Greece.</p> <h2>2. Cambodia</h2> <p>Cambodia is <a href="http://www.priceoftravel.com/46/cambodia/phnom-penh-prices">one of the cheapest places</a> to visit, and it's filled with amazing things to see. Angkor Wat alone has so many temples and so much ground to cover, you might need more than just a day pass to do it. And that's only one of the sites this country has to offer. With its low prices and attractions, you'll get your money's worth here.</p> <h2>3. Camping Somewhere Stateside</h2> <p>If you feel like staying in the states, there's bound to be an awesome camping destination within a few hours of you. Hiking, fishing, and just being in the middle of all nature has to offer is an amazing thing. If you really want to rough it, tent sites are usually cheaper. But if you want something a little bit sturdier, log cabins are the way to go.</p> <h2>4. Dominican Republic</h2> <p>If you want a Caribbean vacation that doesn't hurt your wallet, the Dominican Republic is your perfect spot. It's a great place for an all-inclusive vacation. Some hotels have multiple pools, bars, and gourmet restaurants that are included with the price of your stay. Activities like golfing, scuba diving, and parasailing come with additional fees &mdash; and the resorts can book those adventures for you.</p> <h2>5. Puerto Rico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/puerto_rico_85980345.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Another decently priced tropical destination, Puerto Rico is great because the flights are cheap and they use the US dollar for currency. Avoid the touristy areas if you want to get your money's worth. Hit up the <a href="http://www.seepuertorico.com/en/destinations/west/">west coast of the island for amazing beaches</a> and smaller crowds.</p> <h2>6. Vietnam</h2> <p>Though it's becoming more popular, Vietnam is still cheap and beautiful. If you go while budgeting, you can get by on less than $40 a day. Since most of the country is pretty underdeveloped, it's a great place to backpack and go on a true adventure. If you're not into that, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the more popular tourist destinations.</p> <h2>7. Bolivia</h2> <p>One of only two landlocked countries in South America, Bolivia is often overlooked. The city of La Paz is a unique place that blends modern life with indigenous traditions, and it's full of activities that aren't to be missed. And if you venture away from the city, you can see more of the indigenous and religious culture you can't experience anywhere else.</p> <h2>8. San Diego</h2> <p>Unlike Los Angeles and San Francisco, it's a lot easier to get a bargain here. Beaches are your best bet, with miles of boardwalk and coastline to be explored. The Coronado Ferry is pretty cheap to ride, and it lets you see the sites from a different perspective. If you have a bit more money to spend, take in one of the famous destinations here, like the San Diego Zoo.</p> <h2>9. Bulgaria</h2> <p>Another frequently overlooked destination, Bulgaria has some of the most deserted beaches in Europe. It also boasts old towns to explore and mountain ranges to trek. It's been influenced by multiple cultures, so you'll see a unique blend of things here that make it a must-see destination. There are a ton of gorgeous monasteries and churches if you get tired of being on the beach all day.</p> <h2>10. Ireland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ireland_scenic_83019115.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Travel to Ireland has gotten cheaper in recent years, and it's a deal worth jumping on. With Dublin being a big city, it can be more on the expensive side for things like food, but there are still plenty of free things to do to fill your time. Journey out to the countryside for some amazing views and cheaper places to stay &mdash; though you might want to rent a car to fully experience everything this country has to offer.</p> <p>You can still travel to some of the most amazing places in the world while on a budget. Go to places less-traveled, plan ahead to find cheap flights and hostels, and make the most of the spending limit you have. There's nothing wrong with going off the beaten path to see something awesome!</p> <p><em>What are some other cheap fall destinations? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now.jpg&amp;description=10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anum-yoon">Anum Yoon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">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-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</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-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</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-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</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-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Travel budget travel budgeting fall getaways frugal travel saving money travel vacation Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Anum Yoon 1787549 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Enjoy Hawaii Without Going Broke http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-enjoy-hawaii-without-going-broke <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-enjoy-hawaii-without-going-broke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_beach_hawaii_87450407.jpg" alt="Couple enjoying hawaii without going broke" 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 ways to enjoy Hawaii without going broke, smart moves for career women this fall, and decorating ideas for a good night&rsquo;s sleep.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0901/Six-ways-to-enjoy-Hawaii-without-going-broke">Six ways to enjoy Hawaii without going broke</a> &mdash; Service industry jobs are the norm in Hawaii. If you're moving there without a job set up, expect to be working in the customer service, sales, or the restaurant and travel industries for at least a little while. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Fall-Career-Resolutions-20147431#photo-20147431">6 Smart Moves Career Women Should Make This Fall</a> &mdash; There only a few months before 2016 ends. Review any goals you want to achieve by December and decide if you still want to work on them. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T071-C000-S015-8-decorating-ideas-for-better-sleep.html">8 Decorating Ideas for a Good Night's Sleep</a> &mdash; Do a clean sweep of your bedroom. Even if you don't see the clutter, you know it's there. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/cheap-or-free-things-to-do-in-nyc-14374/">50 Free or Cheap Things to Do in New York City</a> &mdash; New York City is a big tourist destination, but you don't need to pay tourist prices to enjoy the big apple. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/emergency-preparedness-11-tips-you-havent-thought-of/">Emergency Preparedness: 11 Tips You Haven&rsquo;t Thought Of</a> &mdash; A headlamp is even handier than a flashlight because it frees up both of your hands during an emergency. [Bargain Babe]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/8-reasons-new-blog-will-fail-miserably/">8 Reasons Why Your New Blog Will Fail Miserably</a> &mdash; Bad design is even worse than bad content! Invest in a professional-looking theme to make your blog visually appealing to visitors. [Stack The Chips]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/life-hacks/best-tips-getting-off-good-start-every-morning/71080">The Best Tips for Getting Off to A Good Start Every Morning</a> &mdash; Clean up before bed so that you'll have a fresh start the next morning. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/09/05/5-ways-to-create-meaningful-birthdays/">5 Ways to Create Meaningful Birthdays</a> &mdash; Create mini-traditions that you come back to year after year. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2016/09/05/advanced-budgeting.html">3 Simple Ways to Use Advanced Budgeting to Stay On Track</a> &mdash; Don't forget to track your long-term and irregular expenses. If you integrate them into your regular budget, you'll be on top of things when the time comes to pay for them. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="https://due.com/blog/5-social-media-marketing-mistakes-avoid">5 Social Media Marketing Mistakes to Avoid</a> &mdash; You don't need to sign up for every social network. Think about where your audience is and what makes sense for your business. [Due]</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-enjoy-hawaii-without-going-broke">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/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips hawaii Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1787548 at http://www.wisebread.com