Travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_tourists_smiling_at_the_camera_near_eiffel_tower.jpg" alt="Kids tourists smiling at the camera near Eiffel Tower" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In early June, my husband and I took a bucket list trip to Europe with our kids. While we've visited countless countries worldwide as a couple, this was our first &quot;big trip&quot; with our daughters, ages six and eight. In addition to the four of us, we took a family caregiver to help with the kids and give Mom and Dad a break. Over the course of 19 days, we spent time in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The entire ordeal was exhausting, but it was an absolute blast!</p> <p>Fortunately, we planned far enough ahead that we didn't spend too much out of pocket while we were there. By leveraging <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit cards</a> and setting a daily spending budget, we were able to get the entire trip, which would normally cost $20,000 retail, for around $3,500. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free (or Close to Free) Vacation with Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>In addition to the virtues of planning ahead as a savings strategy, we learned numerous financial lessons during our travels. While we were aware of most of these lessons already, seeing the world through our children's eyes served as the perfect reminder of the reasons behind some of our most important financial decisions.</p> <p>Here are a few lessons we relearned thanks to our trip abroad.</p> <h2>1. Failing to plan means planning to fail</h2> <p>One of the most expensive components of our trip was dining, mostly because there were five people in our group. No matter how cheaply you try to eat, feeding five people three meals a day means your food budget adds up quickly.</p> <p>While we tried to minimize our food costs by eating breakfast in our condo and searching for budget options, there were times where we didn't plan ahead and paid a steep price for our lack of preparation.</p> <p>One meal in particular stands out. We traveled by train to Rome in the morning and arrived in early afternoon without researching restaurants or stores in the immediate area. In a tired and hungry daze, we entered the first restaurant we walked past near Piazza Navona.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we paid big time for this oversight. Not only was the food overly touristy (pictures on the menu &mdash; blech), but our lunch set us back nearly $90. If we had searched ahead of time, we would have known we could have found much cheaper (and probably tastier) options had we walked a block in the other direction. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>2. Expensive does not equal better</h2> <p>That meal also served as a reminder that expensive isn't always better. We paid $90 for a lunch that was mediocre at best on that particular day, but at other times we enjoyed meals that were absolutely delicious and downright cheap.</p> <p>One that comes to mind was a meal we had in nearby Florence, Italy. In order to keep our food budget under control, we started researching local restaurants once we arrived. Eventually, we stumbled upon a sandwich shop &mdash; Panini Toscani &mdash; that was uber-cheap but was also the third highest rated restaurant in Florence.</p> <p>We wound up eating there twice. The food was delicious and convenient, and our total meal for five people was less than $20 both times.</p> <h2>3. Even budget trips can be fun</h2> <p>By the time we got to Switzerland (our last stop), I was pretty tired of spending money in general. So, when we had our final &quot;free day&quot; in the country, I spent some time looking for something fun and affordable to do. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</a>)</p> <p>Eventually, I remembered a town we drove by that had the most beautiful, clear-green lake I had ever seen. After looking up the details, I found that the tiny village of Lungern had a public beach and a few waterslides with a daily admission cost of about $5.25 per adult.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/man_jumping_in_a_lake.jpg" width="605" height="454" alt="" /></p> <p>This relatively cheap day was probably the most fun we had. All of us swam and rode waterslides the entire day, stopping only to have a low-cost lunch.</p> <p>It just goes to show that budget travel can absolutely be fun, and that you don't have to spend a ton of money to enjoy yourself.</p> <h2>4. There's more than one &quot;right way&quot; to do things</h2> <p>One of the most rewarding components of travel is watching my kids react to the many ways other countries handle things differently. My kids were obsessed with euros, for example. They couldn't understand why anyone would choose to offer two euros in the form of a coin.</p> <p>I also had to explain why we didn't tip as much as we normally do. Since workers in Europe are paid higher wages, you don't have to tip 15&ndash;20 percent like you do in the states.</p> <p>While we could argue all day over which way is better, I told my kids there is more than one &quot;right way&quot; to do things sometimes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants</a>)</p> <h2>5. We actually need very little</h2> <p>While I wasn't sure we could pull it off, we made it through the entire trip with just carry-on luggage and two school-sized backpacks of stuff. It helped that one of our condos had a washing machine, but I was still amazed we enjoyed ourselves without many comforts from home.</p> <p>This just goes to show that most of us don't need a lot to be happy. We need clothes, food, and shelter, but everything else is optional. We can be happy and content without having a bunch of stuff to bog us down.</p> <h2>6. Most people are honest, but not everyone</h2> <p>Most of the people we dealt with abroad were both kind and honest &mdash; except for a couple of small incidences. First, we encountered a taxi driver who tried to charge us $28 (instead of running his meter) to take us four blocks in Rome. Not only was this outrageous since we'd paid $7 for the same ride earlier that day, but it was illegal for him to do this since the city of Rome regulates official taxis.</p> <p>Second, when we got home from the trip, we received a fraud alert from Chase. Apparently, someone had swiped our card information and tried to make a purchase in Peru.</p> <p>This kind of stuff happens no matter where you are, so it's important to always stay vigilant. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Theft While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>7. Exchange rates matter</h2> <p>Whenever I travel abroad, I almost always struggle to keep track of the currency exchange rate and how it affects everything we buy. But, since a single U.S. dollar is currently worth just .87 euros, this is an important detail to keep in mind. If something costs 10 euros, for example, you're actually paying $11.55.</p> <p>While I used a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card with no foreign transaction fees</a> to pay most of our expenses, I tried hard to impart this lesson on our kids. No matter where you are in the world, chances are good the money isn't worth the same as at home. And, if you don't pay attention, you could wind up spending a lot more than you think!</p> <h2>8. Some experiences are worth the money, even if they're expensive</h2> <p>While we definitely saved a bundle on this trip due to the way we leveraged credit card rewards, we still spent $3,500 of our hard-earned dollars. On top of that, I probably spent 30&ndash;50 hours planning not only our credit card rewards strategy, but our hotels, flights, and trains.</p> <p>The thing is, I don't regret a single cent &mdash; or a single second. Over my lifetime, I've learned that some experiences are worth the money and the time, even if it seems like a lot.</p> <p>It's hard to put a price tag on a fun family trip that exposed us to cultures in a completely different part of the world. I believe it was priceless. Some memories are worth saving up to splurge on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a>)</p> <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-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <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/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel Europe exchange rates experiences family food costs money lessons rewards vacation Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Holly Johnson 2007686 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Luggage Scales http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-luggage-scales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_suitcase_511590724.jpg" alt="Woman using best luggage scale for suitcase" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A luggage scale can save you big money on your next vacation by reducing your luggage costs. Each excess baggage fee can add anywhere from $50-$200 to the total cost of your vacation, while the most expensive luggage scale option on our list is under $20 and can save you money every time you fly.</p> <p>It can also give you peace of mind knowing that you won&rsquo;t have to deal with unnecessary stress at check-in (like having to possibly repack at the counter). It is also lightweight and easy to pack, so you can bring one on your trip to ensure you don&rsquo;t go over the allowable weight limit with souvenirs.</p> <h2>What is a luggage scale?</h2> <p>A luggage scale is a compact, portable device that can conveniently weigh your baggage. It is easy to use and a must-have for any frequent traveler.</p> <h2>Top 5 luggage scales</h2> <h3>Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i8SLZ0" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/etekcity_0.jpg" width="190" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in luggage scales, the lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2i8SLZ0" target="_blank">Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale</a> has a weight capacity up to 110 lbs. with precision accuracy of 0.1 lb. It features a durable nylon wraparound hanging system, convertible units, tare and auto-off functions, a temperature sensor, low battery and overload indications, and memory of the previous weight. It also features rubber paint technology, a textured grip, and an easy-to-read LED-backlit digital display.</p> <p>This includes the battery, so you can start using it right away. It is one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon, and recommended by Travel Gear Zone. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i8SLZ0" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fMDj3Z" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tarriss.jpg" width="202" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The stylish <a href="http://amzn.to/2fMDj3Z" target="_blank">Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale</a> has a 110-lb weight capacity with precision accuracy of 0.2 lb. The compact, lightweight design features an easy-to-read LCD display, low battery indicator, capacity overload indicator, 30-second auto shut-off, and auto-lock display.</p> <p>This includes a lithium battery and downloadable PDF with tips to get you through the airport faster. It is an Amazon best-seller, a top Amazon &ldquo;gift idea,&rdquo; and recommended by the Huffington Post, Johnny Jet, the Travel Fashion Girl, and Travel Gear Zone. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is built to last and backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fMDj3Z" target="_blank"><em>Currently $14.97 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Camry Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i6Zvqe" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/camry.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2i6Zvqe" target="_blank">Camry Luggage Scale</a> has the added bonus of a built-in portable travel thermometer with temperature display in F/C. It features unit conversion, two-minute auto shut-off, low battery and overload indications, two-button operation, and zero and tare function. The lightweight scale has a maximum weight capacity of 110 lb, with accuracy to 0.1 lb. It has a large LCD display and rubber paint handle for a comfortable, sturdy grip.</p> <p>This is powered by a CR2032 lithium battery (included). It is recommended by Travel Gear Zone. It is an Amazon best-seller, a top Amazon &ldquo;gift idea,&rdquo; and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon. It also has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2i6Zvqe" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.29 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Dunheger Digital Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w3uGIO" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/dunheger.jpg" width="245" height="227" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2w3uGIO" target="_blank">Dunheger Digital Luggage Scale</a> is so popular that it was even part of the 2016 Official GOLDEN GLOBE&reg; Awards Celebrity Gift Bag. The durable, lightweight scale features a bright backlit display, hold feature, auto weight-lock with sound indicator, tare function, 60-second auto-off, auto-lock, and overload indicator. The compact scale has a steady grip, ergonomic design, and simple one-button operation. It has a 110-lb weight capacity and can quickly weigh in pounds and kilos.</p> <p>This includes a carrying pouch and batteries. It is recommended by People, InStyle, The Boston Globe, and Travel Gear Zone. It is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is built to last and backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w3uGIO" target="_blank"><em>Currently $12.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Digital Luggage Scale</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vKKr4D" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazo.jpg" width="236" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s Choice for luggage scales, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2vKKr4D" target="_blank">AmazonBasics Digital Luggage Scale</a> has a maximum weight capacity of 110 lb. It features low-battery and error indicators, zero and tare function, and push-button control, which allows you to switch between pounds and kilos. The compact scale has a large, easy-to-read digital display and a contoured shape for a secure grip.</p> <p>This runs on a CR2032 battery (included). It is an Amazon best-seller and one of the &ldquo;most wished for&rdquo; items on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vKKr4D" target="_blank"><em>Currently $9.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best luggage scales. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <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-luggage-scales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</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-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</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-binoculars">The 5 Best Binoculars</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-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</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-travel-pillows">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best luggage luggage scales product reviews shopping suitcase travel accessories Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2004730 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Travel Adapters http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-adapters <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-adapters" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_outlet_adaptor_491616630.jpg" alt="Using best travel adapters for international travel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A travel adapter is a must-have for any international traveler. Each country has their own outlets, which fit different sized plugs. With a travel charger, you can conveniently and safely charge your electronic devices, no matter where you are in the world.</p> <h2>What is a travel adapter?</h2> <p>A travel adapter is a compact device that allows you to quickly, easily connect to any electrical outlets around the world. You&rsquo;ll want to find the appropriate plug for the country you&rsquo;re visiting or you can purchase an all-in-one converter that has plugs for multiple countries.</p> <p>Every adapter is different. Some offer the added benefit of built-in surge protection, which can provide peace of mind that your devices are protected in the event of a power surge. Some can even convert the voltage, so you can safely charge your devices when traveling.</p> <h2>Top 5 travel adapters</h2> <h3>Insten Universal All-in-One Worldwide Travel Power Plug</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vCGgcJ" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/insten.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The compact, lightweight <a href="http://amzn.to/2vCGgcJ" target="_blank">Insten Universal All-in-One Worldwide Travel Power Plug</a> features dual USB charging ports and one AC socket to charge three devices at one time. It has plugs for U.S./EU/UK/AU, which fits over 150 countries. This updated version features a patented circuit board that protects your devices from short circuits.</p> <p>The universal charger is available in two colors. It has outstanding online reviews, including more than 2,500 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vCGgcJ" target="_blank"><em>Currently $11.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>BESTEK Voltage Converter</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w9goHc" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/bestek.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2w9goHc" target="_blank">BESTEK Voltage Converter</a> has four USB ports and a UK/AU/U.S./EU travel adapter, which works in more than 150 countries. The upgraded portable power voltage converter can convert overseas voltage to U.S. voltage (110V), so you can safely charge your devices when traveling. The reliable compact adapter protects you and your devices with built-in surge and short circuit protection. The all-in-one design has three AC outlets and four USB charging ports, so you can charge up to seven devices at the same time.</p> <p>This is available in two different colors. It is recommended by Lifehacker. It is also an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a 30-day money back guarantee and 18-month hassle-free warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2w9goHc" target="_blank"><em>Currently $36.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>OREI European Plug Adapter</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fJY1S4" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/orei.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>Amazon&rsquo;s #1 best-seller in power distribution units, the <a href="http://amzn.to/2fJY1S4" target="_blank">OREI European Plug Adapter</a> is a &quot;Type E/F&quot; universal plug adapter with a two-in-one input that can safely accept two plugins at once. The patented universal socket accepts a wide variety of two-prong or three-prong plugs from around the world. The new insulated design provides better conductivity and safety protection.</p> <p>The grounded Schuko plug is an Amazon best-seller and has outstanding online reviews, including more than 3,500 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a lifetime limited warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fJY1S4" target="_blank"><em>Currently $6.49 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Travel Inspira Universal All-in-One Worldwide Travel Power Plug</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fJUcw1" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/universal.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2fJUcw1" target="_blank">Travel Inspira Universal All-in-One Worldwide Travel Power Plug</a> offers five different plugs in one adapter, all with a built-in surge protector and safety shutters to better protect you and your devices. The compact, lightweight adapter features dual USB fast-charging ports and can charge up to three devices at once.</p> <p>The durable plug works with U.S./EU/UK/AU plugs, which fits over 150 countries. It is recommended by Lifehacker and has outstanding online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2fJUcw1" target="_blank"><em>Currently $22.19 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Kensington International Travel Adapter</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uHKwc8" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/kensington.jpg" width="245" height="211" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2uHKwc8" target="_blank">Kensington International Travel Adapter</a> couldn&rsquo;t be easier to use. Simply push the integrated plug release button to slide out the correct plug configuration for the country you&rsquo;re in. When you're done charging, simply slide it back into the adapter. The two-pole adapter can power a laptop and quickly charge two mobile devices at the same time. The compact adapter has plugs for U.S./Japan, AUS/China, UK, and EU, which works in over 150 different countries.</p> <p>This is recommended by Lifehacker and has outstanding online reviews. It is also backed by a 90-day money-back guarantee and two-year warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2uHKwc8" target="_blank"><em>Currently $23.79 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best travel adapters. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <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-adapters">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</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-binoculars">The 5 Best Binoculars</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-smart-alarm-clocks">The 5 Best Smart Alarm Clocks</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-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</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-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology Travel 5 best power plug product reviews shopping travel accessories travel adapters Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:19:52 +0000 Andrea Cannon 2004036 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Passport http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/serious_lady_with_luggage.jpg" alt="Serious lady with luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in business school, I went to South Africa as part of an economics class. Seeing South Africa was a dream I had for many years, and it was a nearly perfect trip. In the airport on the way home, I discovered my passport had been stolen right out of my bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do If You Don't Have Your ID at the Airport</a>)</p> <p>Picture this: I was the last person in line at airport security, it was Friday at 6 p.m., and the next day was my birthday. None of my friends could come back through security to stay with me. I was alone and stranded in South Africa for an entire weekend without my main proof of ID, something you need to stay at a hotel or purchase any travel tickets when you are abroad. It was a harrowing journey to get a new passport under these circumstances. On the upside, it taught me about the kindness of strangers and what to do if you lose your passport. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet</a>)</p> <h2>Report the loss immediately</h2> <p>Whether at home or abroad, it is important for you to report your lost passport immediately. If, like me, you are traveling when it happens, contact the local police department and file a report. Make sure to keep a copy of the report for your records. Additionally, the United States Department of State must also be notified to prevent fraudulent use of your passport. You can contact them by phone at (877) 487-2778. Once the passport is reported missing, it will be made invalid, so even if you do find it later, you'll no longer be able to use it.</p> <h2>Contact the U.S. embassy</h2> <p>If you are traveling internationally when you lose your passport, you need to contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate to get a replacement. Unfortunately, my passport was stolen after the embassy was closed on a Friday evening so I had to wait until Monday morning to get a replacement.</p> <p>When you go to the embassy or consulate, you will need a recent color headshot facing the camera taken within the last six months. Make sure the photo is two inches tall and two inches wide. Your head must be between one inch and one and three-eighths inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. I know this sounds nitpicky, but passport photos have very specific requirements.</p> <p>Also, be prepared to pay the passport replacement fee, provide proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship, and bring the police report and your travel itinerary. The embassy or consulate will have the forms you need to file to get a replacement passport. The wait at the embassy or consulate can be a few hours and you may need to answer a number of questions. Replacing my passport took the better part of a day from start to finish.</p> <h2>Be prepared to pay</h2> <p>If you are in the U.S. when you lose your passport, you have some additional options depending upon when you next plan to travel abroad. You can put in for a rush order if you are willing to pay an additional fee of $60 and can visit a <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply/agencies.html" target="_blank">regional passport agency office</a> in person. Just as when you are abroad, you will need to bring a photo, proof of your identity and citizenship, the police report, and your travel itinerary. This rush option is for people who are traveling abroad within the next two weeks.</p> <p>If you have more time, you can go to an authorized passport acceptance facility, such as a local post office, to get your replacement passport. The State Department website has a list of <a href="https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/" target="_blank">approved U.S. passport facilities</a> that you can filter by ZIP code. It will take about four to six weeks to receive your new passport through an authorized facility.</p> <p>Replacing a lost or stolen passport is an inconvenience, but don't beat yourself up over it. You are not the first person, nor will you be the last to have this happen. Fortunately, there is a well-detailed process to get a replacement no matter what the circumstances. And, like me, it may just give you an interesting travel story to tell when you do (eventually!) arrive home.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong">5 Places to Travel While the Dollar Is Strong</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/packing-light-dont-forget-these-5-must-haves">Packing Light? Don&#039;t Forget These 5 Must Haves</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/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler">Technology Hacks for the International Traveler</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-cheap-international-vacation-destinations">5 Cheap International Vacation Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel id identification international travel lost passport Passport travel documents Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Christa Avampato 2003024 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-539645842.jpg" alt="Man finding affordable destinations for fishing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the lookout for new places to cast your rod to reel in the &quot;Big One?&quot; Look no further. Any of these hotbeds of underwater action will turn your fishing hobby into a memorable getaway, without costing an arm and a leg. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></p> <h2>1. White River, Arkansas</h2> <p>With 9,700 miles of fishable streams and rivers and 600,000 acres of lakes, bayous, and creeks, Arkansas offers plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of freshwater fish year-round, including trout, bass, catfish, bluegill, walleye, crappie, and more. One of the more popular spots, White River, is stocked with thousands of rainbow trout by the Fish and Game Commission each year, helping anglers catch the largest haul of the species of all trout streams in the country. First-timers will especially appreciate those odds.</p> <p>Need another perk? Getting around Arkansas should be easy on your wallet. According to AAA, the state boasts some of the lowest average gas prices in the country. More money for tackle and bait!</p> <p>Step right outside your cabin and start fishing bright and early at <a href="http://fultonslodge.com/lodging/page/8/one-bedroom-units" target="_blank">Fulton's Lodge</a> along the White River. One bedroom units (double occupancy with two twin beds) include TV, Wi-Fi, a picnic table, BBQ grill, a small fridge with freezer, stove, cookware, and other amenities for just $96 per night.</p> <h2>2. Landgraff, West Virginia</h2> <p>Considered by some folks as &quot;the best wild trout stream in the USA,&quot; the Elkhorn Creek in Landgraff is known for its abundance of large brown and rainbow trout. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, since, according to the nearby Elkhorn Inn and Theater, many of its guests catch 30 to 60 fish a day. All you need to fish the creek is a West Virginia fishing license, which you can obtain online at the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources website or any Walmart in the state.</p> <p>Military service members may find Landgraff particularly appealing, as the <a href="http://www.elkhorninnwv.com/" target="_blank">Elkhorn Inn and Theater</a> offers a year-round 10 percent discount on guest room rates to active duty and retired military personnel and their families. It also participates in the &quot;B&amp;B For Vets&quot; program on Veterans Day, allowing vets to stay free with a valid military ID.</p> <h2>3. Lake Placid, New York</h2> <p>If you're from the Northeast, head out to the Adirondacks &mdash; particularly the Lake Placid region &mdash; where you can choose from eight lakes and ponds, and 10 rivers and brooks to reel in more than 15 species of fish. If you're a fly fisherman, head straight for the East Branch of Ausable River in the town of Keene, where the best hatches begin in May. Other destinations in the area include Franklin Falls Flow and Union Falls for walleye. For pike, you'll want to set up camp in the scenic Saranac Chain of Lakes.</p> <p>If you're traveling the open roads in an RV, park it at the <a href="http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-placid/" target="_blank">Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA</a>, which offers 50-amp spaces for up to eight people for a little over $50 a day. This includes full hookups, a gravel site pad, and cable with limited channels. Pets are allowed if you want to bring your fur-buddy along.</p> <h2>4. Yellowstone Country, Wyoming</h2> <p>Named after the legendary showman of the American Frontier, Buffalo Bill's Cody/Yellowstone Country in Wyoming provides ample opportunity for anglers near and far to fish private waters, or try their hand at fly fishing. Five scenic byways, plus airports make the area accessible, despite its remote location. The town of Cody has everything you'll need to make the most of your trip, including fishing outfitters for gear (fishing pro Tim Wade owns North Fork Anglers in town), as well as guest and dude ranches to lay your head at night.</p> <p>If you prefer a guided experience, the nonprofit organization<a href="https://shop.yellowstone.org/" target="_blank"> Yellowstone Forever</a> offers a variety of angling-focused, multiday field seminars, such as Women's Fly-Fishing for Beginners, and a Backpacking and Fly Fishing the Upper Snake River trip.</p> <p>And if you're looking to save some serious cash while in Yellowstone National Park, why not pitch a tent and live off the land like Buffalo Bill himself? If you prefer a trip with more creature comforts, head over to the <a href="http://www.shoshonelodge.com/" target="_blank">Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch</a> where you can catch a few winks in a tepee for about $130 per night in the off season.</p> <h2>5. Miami Beach, Florida</h2> <p>This pastel-painted region is ideal for deep-sea fishing, where you can test your strength and stamina against yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, giant sailfish, Amberjack, mahi-mahi, and more. Even better, you don't have to do any of the dirty work once dinner's on the boat, because many local restaurants will prepare and cook your catch for you.</p> <p>Toss out your line from piers and docks along the coastline or book fishing charter trips if you want an expert experience. If you think you've got what it takes to reel in a trophy fish, register for one of the several sport fishing tournaments hosted in the city.</p> <p>Airbnb is the way to go in Miami if you're in town for a fishing trip. You can book space in someone's apartment or condo, either on South Beach or in the outlying suburbs (the latter option will be cheaper), or rent out an entire home if you're bringing a few fishing buddies along with you. Definitely more bang for the buck than a hotel in Miami Beach.</p> <h2>6. Kenai Peninsula, Alaska</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-520292314.jpg" width="605" height="341" alt="" /></p> <p>Depending on where you live in North America, getting to Alaska may prove difficult, both logistically and financially. But there are deals out there if you look for them. The Alaska Airlines website is one place to look.</p> <p>Shave even more off the overall cost of the trip by renting a cabin in the borough city of Soldotna rather than staying in the pricier hotels and Kenai River lodges. With the cash you'll conserve, you can spring for a day with a <a href="http://www.mykenairiverguide.com/" target="_blank">Kenai River guide</a> fishing in the sun, where you're likely to hook the world-famous king salmon, halibut, and massive rainbow trout, among other species of good eats.</p> <h2>7. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri</h2> <p>Self-proclaimed &quot;bass masters&quot; will be in their glory fishing the 54,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, which is home to several major bass-fishing competitions throughout the year. In addition to bass aplenty, the lake is home to huge numbers of baitfish such as gizzard shad and bluegill, as well as crappie, several species of catfish, and more. You'll also find some of the best winter fishing here, according to tourism info that puts an emphasis on January and February as prime fishing months.</p> <h2>8. Ilwaco, Washington</h2> <p>Charter fishing for salmon is huge in the Port of Ilwaco, a place that claims the highest catch per unit of effort of any fishing destination on the U.S. West Coast. Salmon and Dungeness crab are caught from land off the North Jetty at Cape Disappointment State Park, but you also can expect to reel in sturgeon, albacore tuna, halibut, and lingcod. Surf perch is another favorite for land-based fishing.</p> <p>Plus there are lakes stocked with rainbow trout and shellfish harvesting, razor clams, oysters from Willapa Bay, and butter clams. Ilwaco is located at the mouth of the Columbia River, at the foot of the Long Beach Peninsula, three hours from the greater Seattle area.</p> <p>If luxury isn't important during your downtime, check into <a href="http://www.heidisinnilwaco.com/" target="_blank">Heidi's Inn</a>, a no-frills roadside motel-type joint just a few blocks from the water in downtown Ilwaco. The budget-friendly rooms will only set you back $95 per night.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Affordable%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Love%20to%20Fish.jpg" alt="8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish" 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/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</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-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">How to Live the &quot;Location Independent&quot; Lifestyle</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-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-sure-youre-getting-a-deal-with-groupon-getaway">How to Make Sure You&#039;re Getting a Deal With Groupon Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel fishing fishing destinations summer travel travel destinations travel tips vacation tips Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1994329 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Packing Cubes http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-packing-cubes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_hands_luggage_623065654.jpg" alt="Woman using best packing cubes in luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a reason that most frequent travelers highly recommend packing cubes. They are a travel must-have that can make organizing, packing, and unpacking a cinch. They can save space, compress clothing, and get you through airport security faster.</p> <p>Packing cubes are ideal for your suitcase or carry-on, and can be used on any trip, ranging from business travel and vacations to backpacking and camping. They keep everything in place so nothing shifts or gets wrinkled. By first organizing everything for your trip, you can unpack much more quickly by leaving your belongings inside of the packing cubes. Unpack in seconds by placing the cubes directly into hotel drawers, which also serves as a hygienic barrier.</p> <h2>What is a packing cube?</h2> <p>Packing cubes are zippered fabric bags that can make your items more organized and easier to find. They act like drawers in a dresser, squeezing more items into smaller spaces, so you can fit more in your bag and stay organized in the process. They are ideal for packing clothing, accessories, jewelry, cords, small electronics, sunglasses, toiletries, and other small items.</p> <p>You can use the cubes to group items together in a number of ways. For instance, you can pack each cube by specific outfit or types of clothing. This ensures that there&rsquo;s a place for everything, so you stay organized on your trip.</p> <h2>Top 5 packing cubes</h2> <h3>eBags Packing Cubes Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eNdeRL" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ebags_0.jpg" width="245" height="210" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eNdeRL" target="_blank">eBags Packing Cubes Set</a> includes three different-sized slim, lightweight, durable cubes. They feature breathable nylon, fabric bound interior seams for a snag-free interior, mesh tops for superior venting and visibility of your items, and premium YKK zippers with corded pulls. They save space while protecting everything in your luggage. They can also help you get through TSA security check quickly.</p> <p>These are available in 10 different colors and are machine washable for easy cleaning. They are frequently recommended online by sites like The Wirecutter. They are the #1 rated travel accessory on Amazon, with more than 2,000 five-star reviews. They are also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eNdeRL" target="_blank"><em>Currently $29.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMZWVp" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/eagle%20creek.jpg" width="245" height="140" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMZWVp" target="_blank">Eagle Creek Pack-It Cube Set</a> can get you through TSA security check with ease. The set includes three different-sized cubes, each with a quick-grab handle. The lightweight cubes have a zipper closure and 300D poly micro-weave material with 100 percent nylon lining that feels nicer than most sets.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors and are covered by a lifetime warranty. They are recommended by The Wirecutter and have great online reviews.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMZWVp" target="_blank"><em>Currently $23.25 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>Shacke Pak</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMqwOB" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/shake.jpg" width="245" height="184" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMqwOB" target="_blank">Shacke Pak Packing Cubes Set</a> is ideal for organizing your belongings both before and during the trip. The set includes four different-sized cubes and a laundry bag to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate. They are made with durable water-resistant nylon material and high-quality YKK zippers. They are reinforced with an X-design web stitching to prevent the fabric from folding in the middle, allowing it to hold your clothes in place and prevent wrinkles. The four-inch deep design of the space-saving bags will allow you to pack more in a small space.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors. They are frequently recommended online and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMqwOB" target="_blank"><em>Currently $24.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>AmazonBasics Packing Cube Set</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMTsWw" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/amazonbasics.png" width="245" height="196" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMTsWw" target="_blank">AmazonBasics Packing Cube Set</a> includes two medium and two large packing cubes. They are made of lightweight, durable nylon fabric with finished interior seams, double zipper pulls, and a webbing handle. They also feature mesh top panels for breathability and quick viewing of contents. The soft mesh won't damage delicate fabrics and can actually help prevent wrinkles, so you won&rsquo;t need to iron once you get to your destination.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors and are machine washable for easy cleaning. They have outstanding online reviews, including hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMTsWw" target="_blank"><em>Currently $22.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <h3>PRO Packing Cubes</h3> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMUMIR" target="_blank"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pro.jpg" width="245" height="245" align="right" alt="" /></a>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2eMUMIR" target="_blank">PRO Packing Cubes</a> include four different-sized cubes. They are ultralightweight, durable, soft, and feature high-quality YKK zippers, ripstop nylon, double stitched seams, mesh panel vision, and grab handles. They squeeze air out to compress clothes by 30 percent to fit more into a small space.</p> <p>These are available in a wide range of colors. They are recommended by Practical Travel Gear and have outstanding online reviews, including more than 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. They are also backed by a lifetime guarantee and risk-free refund/exchange policy.</p> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2eMUMIR" target="_blank"><em>Currently $21.99 on Amazon</em></a></p> <p>And those are our recommendations for the best packing cubes. As always, be sure to check <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar" target="_blank">Wise Bread's Buying Calendar</a> to learn when and how to buy just about anything!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-5-best-packing-cubes&amp;media=The%205%20Best%20Packing%20Cubes&amp;description=The%205%20Best%20Packing%20Cubes"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%205%20Best%20Packing%20Cubes_0.jpg" alt="The 5 Best Packing Cubes" 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-packing-cubes">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-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</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-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</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-travel-toiletry-bags">The 5 Best Travel Toiletry Bags</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-travel-pillows">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</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-binoculars">The 5 Best Binoculars</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel 5 best cosmetic bag luggage packing packing cubes product reviews shopping suitcase Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:19:01 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1991192 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Live the "Location Independent" Lifestyle http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_working_on_laptop_with_coffee_and_young_coconut.jpg" alt="Young woman working on laptop with coffee and young coconut" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you dreamed of traveling the world, using your laptop and a Wi-Fi connection to do all the work you need to do, from anywhere you want, whenever it's convenient for you?</p> <p>For years, this has been called telecommuting and more recently, digital nomadism. Lately, this lifestyle has been called &quot;location independent,&quot; because you can live and work from anywhere. I have been living this life for over five years now and, while I haven't used my freedom to travel the world, I wouldn't trade my current life for anything.</p> <p>Living this way seems like a lofty goal, reserved for a few people with trust funds or for those lucky enough to have that perfect, unattainable job. But the truth is, living the location independent lifestyle is probably within your reach. Before diving in, here's what you need to consider. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads</a>)</p> <h2>Determine what your goals are</h2> <p>Before you make any solid plans to quit your job, decide what you want from a location independent lifestyle. Do you want to travel the world? Or do you want to keep your home and much of your life, but have the freedom to take days off when you want them, or maybe spend more time with your kids or an aging parent?</p> <p>I chose location independence because I knew that my husband's job was going to involve at least a couple of moves in pretty quick succession, and because I wanted to spend time with my children while they were young. It's not quite as romantic as working from a beach in Tahiti, but it has worked quite well for us.</p> <h2>Make a plan</h2> <p>If you like the work you're doing now, would your company let you work remotely? This can be a toss up, depending on what, exactly, you do and who you work for. But it can be worthwhile to ask around or to approach your boss directly. The worst they can do is say, &quot;No.&quot;</p> <h3>Fine-tune your skills</h3> <p>Consider, too, your skill set. A lot of work can be done on a freelance basis. Things like writing, editing, proofreading, business coaching and consulting, and more, are easily done with just a computer and an internet connection. When I made my transition, I chose to focus on writing and editing, because I had already done a little work in both fields, and because I saw a lot of good opportunities around me. Whatever you choose, make sure it's something you like and something where work seems readily available. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them?ref=seealso" target="_blank">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a>)</p> <h3>Sell the stuff you won't need</h3> <p>If you're going to travel, you will also want to think about what to do with all of your possessions. Will you store them or sell them? Even if you only plan to travel part-time, you might not need to own as much or have as much space.</p> <h3>Figure out health coverage</h3> <p>Health insurance is another important consideration. If you are currently getting that through an employer, you will want to figure out what you will do once that expires. Will you buy your own, or go on a spouse's plan? Map it all out beforehand so you're prepared for any potential obstacles.</p> <h2>Test the waters</h2> <p>Before I went location independent, I built up a freelance clientele while I kept my day job. This meant quite a lot of hustling to get everything done, but it also meant that when I cut my ties to that steady job, I knew I had other sources of income coming in.</p> <p>Sometimes people also find out that they aren't cut out for working independently. They miss their coworkers, they don't feel motivated, or get sad and depressed. So spending some time actually doing the work that you plan to do after you quit can be key to ensuring your future happiness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a>)</p> <h2>Be flexible</h2> <p>Living a location independent lifestyle has it's own set of problems, separate from those that people face when they live more traditional lives. Clients can up and disappear, or you can be so swamped with work that you don't look up from the computer for four days. People forget to pay, or they think they can get away with shorting you. A client could reject a project after you've put hours and hours into it. Or maybe the Wi-Fi dies at your hotel, 30 minutes before a big pitch. Or your Airbnb doesn't even have Wi-Fi, or someone else is in it when you get there, or you find out you actually hate the part of the world you've moved to.</p> <p>While you do have recourse in most of these situations, you will get through them easier and like your lifestyle better if you remember that these are simply the ups and downs of this kind of life. They can feel bigger and harder because they are so different from the ups and downs of a regular life, but the truth is that they will all pass. Things will get better. You will become more savvy at figuring out which clients to take, where to stay, and more.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Live%2520the%2520Location%2520Independent%2520Lifestyle.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Live%20the%20Location%20Independent%20Lifestyle"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Live%20the%20Location%20Independent%20Lifestyle.jpg" alt="How to Live the Location Independent Lifestyle" 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/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish">8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish</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/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life">Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</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-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel location independent telecommute travel tips work from anywhere work from home work from home lifestyle work tips Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1989546 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Keep Social Media From Ruining Your Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_black_woman_taking_a_selfie_at_beach.jpg" alt="Young black woman taking a selfie at beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's fun to make your social media followers envious of your vacation plans and post the perfect beach selfie; we've all done that a time or two. On the other hand, spending too much time documenting your adventures on different social platforms can easily negate that fun in the sun. According to a recent survey conducted by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, 49 percent of vacationers said that social media has negatively impacted their travels.</p> <p>Why? For starters, social media keeps us from being present in the moment. It may keep us from fully experiencing our surroundings, or talking with new people. What's more, on-location status updates, photos, and videos leave us vulnerable to home robberies while we're away.</p> <p>Log off and remember what actually enjoying yourself feels like with these tips on how to keep social media from ruining your vacay.</p> <h2>Never use the check-in or location tagging features</h2> <p>When you're on a glorious trip, the first thing you want to do is tell everybody on social media about it. Fair enough. But by allowing your device's geolocation technology to pinpoint wherever you are around the world, you could be giving the common criminals with whom you're connected the intel they need to rob you blind. Some &quot;friends,&quot; eh?</p> <p>&quot;You might as well put a sign in your front yard stating, 'This house is empty for seven days,'&quot; says Justin Lavelle, chief communications director of BeenVerified.com, an online background check platform. &quot;Even though you may make your profiles private, you can't be sure of your entire network, your friends, or your friends' friends.&quot;</p> <p>Lavelle recommends waiting to post pictures until after you're back from your trip. Yeah, I know, this sort of takes all the fun out of rubbing your ocean-view suite in everybody's faces, but at least you won't come home to an empty house, right?</p> <h2>Limit your selfies</h2> <p>Just as geotagging can alert evildoers that your joint is ripe for the pickin', selfies taken far from home also send a message to thieves that you're &quot;not in Kansas anymore.&quot; So just wait until you've resumed your rightful place as protector of your castle to share your pearly whites and the fantastic places you've been.</p> <p>&quot;If you do plan to use social media to share your vacation, then you might want to consider using a housesitter so that your home appears to be lived in,&quot; Lavelle suggests. &quot;This will alleviate would-be thieves from having an uninterrupted week to plan their attack on your property.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things to Stop Doing on Social Media by 30</a>)</p> <h2>Find alternative ways to connect so you're not using a ton of data</h2> <p>I took a trip to Canada a couple years ago and I was online for about five minutes after crossing the border. The cost? About $30 additional on my monthly bill for roaming data charges. You can avoid these charges by turning off your roaming and staying off social media while the financial burden is yours.</p> <p>&quot;Using media-rich social networks like Facebook or Instagram, and video-chat type communication like Snapchat, while not connected to Wi-Fi, can use a lot of additional data, which can increase plan costs or leave a customer stranded with no data on their trip,&quot; says M. Curtis McCoy, president of Best Cellular. &quot;Make it a priority to connect to your hotel Wi-Fi or free Wi-Fi at restaurants and even gas stations before using these high consumption apps.&quot;</p> <p>It's also a good idea to call your provider to discuss data fees and restrictions before you leave so you're not blindsided by a costly bill when you return. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-wasting-data?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Ways to Prevent Your Smartphone From Wasting Data</a>)</p> <h2>Set a limit on your social media access each day</h2> <p>You owe it to yourself to relax on vacation, so do that. If you really want to check social media while you're away, set a schedule to log on for 15 to 30 minutes in the morning and at bedtime, and stick to it. If there's an emergency, the people who need to get hold of you will get hold of you. Otherwise, sharing cute cat videos and bookmarking recipes can wait until you're back at your desk.</p> <h2>Confiscate your children's connected devices</h2> <p>If your kids want to read or watch movies on their devices while on vacation &mdash; sure, let them. That's what getting away and unwinding is all about. But do they really need access to social media? Take away those devices altogether, or delete the social media apps from their devices while you're on vacation. They're probably gonna whine that they miss their friends, but you're on vacation to spend time together and experience new things going on around you.</p> <p>It might be an uphill battle, but putting your foot down at the beginning of the trip to inform the kids that this will be a social-media-free getaway could be the best decision you make all week. You'll spend quality time together, but most importantly, they'll have fond memories of the vacation for which they'll thank you later.</p> <h2>Avoid offending your international hosts with insensitive posts</h2> <p>It should go without saying that you need to be conscious and careful of what you post on social media while on vacation, especially in foreign countries. Laws vary widely around the world, and what you think of as innocuous could very well land you in a foreign jail.</p> <p>McCoy recommends, when in doubt, check with locals before posting images of religious or historical landmarks. &quot;Your innocent selfie could be a huge offense against their religious practices, traditions, or beliefs,&quot; he says.</p> <p>Furthermore, travelers should not take or share pictures of military or government personnel in certain countries. Always ask first, or just decide that you can totally live without that photo or video. I'd recommend the latter.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Keep%2520Social%2520Media%2520From%2520Ruining%2520Your%2520Vacation.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Keep%20Social%20Media%20From%20Ruining%20Your%20Vacation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Keep%20Social%20Media%20From%20Ruining%20Your%20Vacation.jpg" alt="How to Keep Social Media From Ruining Your Vacation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-well-do-you-know-your-facebook-friends-precautions-for-travelers">How Well Do You Know Your Facebook Friends? Precautions for Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</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-travel-adapters">The 5 Best Travel Adapters</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/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel off the grid selfies social media technology hacks travel tips vacation hacks vacation selfie Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:31:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1988461 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Evaluate a Travel Program for the Best Rewards Redemption http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-evaluate-a-travel-program-for-the-best-rewards-redemption <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-evaluate-a-travel-program-for-the-best-rewards-redemption" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_concept_on_wooden_table.jpg" alt="Travel concept on wooden table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Credit cards that offer frequent flyer miles or hotel points can sound like a great deal. Their ads often feature pictures of people taking their dream vacation in paradise, made possible by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card travel rewards</a>.</p> <p>But for some users, redeeming their rewards for a trip remains elusive. Airline award seats may be scarce or nonexistent at the lowest mileage levels, and hotels may restrict the rooms available for free night awards during peak travel periods. When you finally realize how hard it is to use your points and miles, you may regret your choice of credit card.</p> <p>How can you prevent this from happening to you? The key is to closely examine a rewards program and how useful it will be to you before signing up for the credit card. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <h2>How to gauge the value of a frequent flyer program</h2> <p>Before you sign up for a credit card that earns rewards from an airline program, you need to investigate how useful its miles will be. For example, select a few destinations that you hope to use your rewards for, and then go to the airline's website and perform an award search. Thankfully, many airlines allow you to search for awards without logging into their site. However, some require you to create a frequent flyer account (at no charge) before you can begin searching for awards. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Loyalty Program Has the Best Value for Their Miles?</a>)</p> <p>What you want to look for are awards at the lowest mileage levels available among a range of dates for flights to your preferred destinations. You also need to make sure there are often enough seats for the number of travelers that would be in your party.</p> <p>You have to set the same kinds of realistic expectations as you would if you were booking an actual flight. If you are hoping to find four seats on a nonstop flight to a warm weather destination over winter break, then you are bound to be disappointed. You are also likely to come up short if you are always looking for award seats available within a few months of departure. Instead, you need to be flexible with your award travel, and try to book as far in advance as possible.</p> <p>Your test to check out award availability and cost should also reflect the same realistic expectations. And sadly, there's no guarantee that an award that's available now will also be available in the future.</p> <p>Finally, you should be aware of frequent flyer programs that offer awards on any flight, based on how much the flight costs. Programs like this include Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards, and JetBlue's TrueBlue program. With these programs, you don't really need to look at the award availability. Instead, you should see how much each point is worth. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Airline Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Examining the value of a hotel rewards program</h2> <p>Credit cards that offer rewards in hotel loyalty programs can be extremely valuable, as they often lack the blackout dates and capacity controls that plague airline programs. For example, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, and Hilton all promise that all &quot;standard&quot; unsold rooms are available as awards. On the other hand, IHG and Wyndham hotels may restrict the number of standard rooms available for awards during peak travel times. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Benefits and Value of Hotel Rewards Programs and Cards</a>)</p> <p>But even with the hotel programs that have no blackout dates or capacity controls, there can still be a catch. Individual properties can designate the majority, or nearly all of their rooms as &quot;upgraded&quot; in some way, in a thinly veiled effort to avoid releasing them as free night awards. For example, many hotels in Hawaii have labeled nearly all of their rooms as &quot;garden-view,&quot; which are therefore not eligible for awards.</p> <p>To do a proper &quot;test drive&quot; of a hotel rewards program, you can start by searching for award pricing and availability at a few properties that you are interested in visiting. As with the airlines, you may have to create a free account first. If you find that there aren't any award nights available during holiday periods, but there are still plenty of rooms available for sale, then you will want to avoid the credit cards that earn points in this program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Hotel Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>You also want to compare the cost of the room to the number of points needed to book it. If you are getting very little value from your points, you have consider if it's worth earning these rewards from a particular credit card. You could instead put your spending on a card whose rewards provide better value.</p> <p>By looking at the value of a rewards program before you start earning points and miles, you can make sure that you are choosing the right credit card for your needs.</p> <h2>The easiest ways to redeem travel rewards</h2> <p>Besides signing up for the co-branded airline and hotel credit card, which arguably would give you the most value per mile, but may not net you an actual realized trip, you can use other types of travel rewards credit cards.</p> <p>The first type is a card that offers ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?ref=internal" target="_blank">transfer points to various travel programs</a>. This allows you to have more options when it comes to airlines to fly on and hotels to stay with. You earn points on these credit cards, then when you're ready, you can either use the card's travel portal to book with points, or transfer to airline or hotel partners, and then log into those programs to book your flights and rooms. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <p>These cards also have the added benefit of offering bonus points in more everyday categories, like supermarkets and dining. This can mean that you would accrue more points than if you went with an airline or hotel specific credit card, which often only award bonus points for flights and stays. If you aren't a frequent traveler, building up your miles cache may take much longer.</p> <p>However, what you would be missing out on is that airline and hotel credit cards often have exclusive travel benefits like priority boarding or in flight discounts. You'd have to weigh your preferences.</p> <p>Finally, another type of travel rewards credit card allows you even more freedom to book the trip you want. You earn points, and when you've got the amount you need, you book your travel through almost any vendor you want. Then simply apply your points as a statement credit, paying off your travel expenses. For those that want simple, easy redemption, these cards provide the most flexible travel redemption option. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-with-easy-travel-redemption?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards With Easy Travel Redemption</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-evaluate-a-travel-program-for-the-best-rewards-redemption&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Evaluate%2520a%2520Travel%2520Program%2520for%2520the%2520Best%2520Rewards%2520Redemption.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Evaluate%20a%20Travel%20Program%20for%20the%20Best%20Rewards%20Redemption"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Evaluate%20a%20Travel%20Program%20for%20the%20Best%20Rewards%20Redemption.jpg" alt="How to Evaluate a Travel Program for the Best Rewards Redemption" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-evaluate-a-travel-program-for-the-best-rewards-redemption">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-picking-the-best-airline-credit-card-for-the-most-rewards-value">5 Steps to Picking the Best Airline Credit Card for the Most Rewards Value</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-build-your-best-travel-budget">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</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/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel Airfare best value frequent flyer hotels miles rewards tickets Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Jason Steele 1982252 at http://www.wisebread.com Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lazy_summer_afternoon.jpg" alt="Lazy summer afternoon" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The top reason: cost, named by 49 percent of those who'll be staying home.</p> <p>Traveling in low season may just be the answer to this nation without vacation conundrum. By traveling outside of summer and public holidays, or by going abroad during the less popular times of year, you can save a considerable amount of money on your total travel bill. Here's how.</p> <h2>First of all, what is peak season?</h2> <p>Typically peak season refers to the time of year when the most tourists (foreign or local or both), descend upon a popular travel destination. In many countries, peak season falls around Christmas, New Year's, Easter, and over some summer holidays.</p> <p>The exact dates of peak season will depend on where you're traveling to, what festivals are on, and what the majority religion is in the country. For example, Easter is extremely busy in the Philippines, while there isn't much rise in tourism in Muslim countries during the Christian holiday.</p> <p>Similarly, Brazil is extremely busy during Carnival in February, but the date of Carnival is different in many South American countries and it's different on Caribbean islands as well. It's best to do a bit of research to find out exactly when &quot;offseason&quot; happens in your selected destination.</p> <h2>Pros and cons of offseason travel</h2> <p>Of course, there are a few cons to offseason travel or everyone would travel then, so it's important to cover those here. While many people might worry that they'd be constantly drenched if they travel during rainy season, that's often not the case. In many places, heavy rainfall does occur in the off-peak months, but typically it falls for an hour or so and then goes away.</p> <p>If you're really worried about weather, you may consider traveling in the &quot;shoulder season,&quot; which is a good middle ground between high season and low season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-travel-anywhere?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Times of Year to Travel Anywhere</a>)</p> <p>Pros of low-season travel:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Cheaper prices.</p> </li> <li> <p>Fewer travelers.</p> </li> <li> <p>Some great local festivals happen in the offseason.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Cons:</p> <ul> <li> <p>May not be optimal weather.</p> </li> <li> <p>Some sights and hotels may be closed.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>How to save on accommodations</h2> <p>Hotels, hostels, B&amp;Bs, and vacation rental apartments all tend to jack up their prices during the most desirable travel periods. Take, for example, a three-bedroom home listed on Airbnb in Manzanillo, Mexico. If you book this particular apartment in July, when it's not peak season, it's only $166 a night, while the same apartment booked over Christmas this year will run you $330 a night!</p> <p>This isn't just on Airbnb, either. I've personally been traveling over the Christmas season for nearly eight years straight and I've always had a hard time finding accommodation deals for that time period. Typically I end up spending at least 50 percent more, simply because I'm getting close to Christmas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-ways-to-save-money-on-hotels?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Hotels</a>)</p> <h2>How to save on flights</h2> <p>We all know that hotels aren't the only ones jacking up their prices during the holiday and peak seasons. Airlines have been doing this for years. According to a study by CheapAir.com:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Over the course of the entire holiday booking period, travelers paid an average 50 percent more for a flight during the holidays than for the same flight during a non-holiday time. That means a $300 ticket during off-peak time cost $450 during the holidays.&quot;</p> <p>That's no joke! I've personally paid as much as 60 percent more on my airfare, simply because I was flying during a public holiday or during a festival. Traveling in the offseason could save you a lot of money on your airfare. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>How to save on food</h2> <p>Believe it or not, even restaurants give discounts in the offseason. I have been in some towns where nearly every restaurant offers a &quot;local discount&quot; during the offseason because there are so few tourists that it is the only way they can make money during the slower months.</p> <p>During a trip to Thailand in 2014, I watched many restaurants on Railay Beach change their menus over to get ready for the peak season. All of the prices I had come to know (and love) suddenly went up by as much as 20 percent. As peak season starts, many restaurants will hike up their prices, so traveling off-peak can save you money on food as well! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Offseason is a fine season for travel</h2> <p>When I first started traveling frequently back in 2008, I was always checking the weather to make sure that I was planning my trip for the perfect time of the year. The only problem with that theory was that everyone and their dog had the same idea and my trips cost me a lot more than they had to.</p> <p>Today I use the offseason or the shoulder season as much as I can and I'm able to travel for far less. So can you. Next time you plan a holiday, consider going when fewer others do. The amount you save could mean that you can go on a longer trip, or maybe budget in another holiday throughout the year.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhy-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhy%2520Timing%2520Is%2520Everything%2520When%2520Saving%2520Money%2520on%2520Travel.jpg&amp;description=Why%20Timing%20Is%20Everything%20When%20Saving%20Money%20on%20Travel"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Why%20Timing%20Is%20Everything%20When%20Saving%20Money%20on%20Travel.jpg" alt="Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less">7 Ways Students Can Travel Abroad for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fly-out-of-these-airports-and-save-big-on-airfare">Fly Out of These Airports and Save Big on Airfare</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</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-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-these-sneaky-fees-on-discount-airfare">Beware These Sneaky Fees on Discount Airfare</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations Airfare budget friendly climate flights Food off peak offseason price hikes tourists vacation weather Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Nick Wharton 1981841 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waitress_hand_holding_tray_money_change_giving_back_to_customers_in_cafe.jpg" alt="Waitress hand holding tray money change giving back to customers in cafe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you hate tipping and want to plan your vacations around countries where it's an unheard of concept. Or perhaps you're interested in how other cultures handle tipping and if the service is affected by the custom. Whatever your motivations, it's good to be aware of the places where it's unexpected to tip, those where it's uncommon but appreciated, and the ones where it's considered an outright insult. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-tipping-wrong-this-is-what-you-should-be-leaving?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is How Much to Tip in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>1. Japan</h2> <p>Japan is a country built on traditions that stretch back centuries and which can still be seen clearly in everyday life. Respect, courtesy, and politeness are basic principles in society, and good service comes as standard without the expectation of extra compensation.</p> <p>Japan quite simply doesn't have a tipping culture, so trying to leave a gratuity could result in a fair amount of confusion. That confusion will inevitably lead to attempts to give you back your change, and could even open up the potential for causing offense. Avoid an awkward situation with a heartfelt thank you instead.</p> <h2>2. China</h2> <p>China is such a vast country with such a diverse history that many aspects of life differ drastically from region-to-region. The food, the landscapes, and even the language vary depending on where you are. But one thing that remains largely the same is that tipping is unexpected and unnecessary.</p> <p>Similar to Japan, China has no tipping culture traditionally, though in some of the big, international destinations it is becoming more common, largely thanks to overseas visitors. In Hong Kong and Macau, restaurants will often include a 10 percent service charge. If you feel you got exceptional service you may want to leave a little something extra.</p> <p>I lived in a relatively unknown city called Yangzhou for one year, and when I first arrived, my North American habits meant that I was frequently leaving tips without really noticing. I soon realized that this was not a custom in Yangzhou, and often the waitstaff would chase me down the street to return my change to me!</p> <h2>3. French Polynesia</h2> <p>This collection of magical tropical islands in the South Pacific Ocean might be an overseas collectivity of France, but the tipping rules are slightly different from the country that oversees it. Tipping traditions here stem from Tahitian traditions rather than the French customs.</p> <p>In France, a service charge is included in the price of meals, and is required by law to be passed on to the staff. Additional tipping is not an obligation, but is accepted as a gesture for good service. In French Polynesia, no tip is required ordinarily, though if one is expected it will usually be clearly indicated with a note on the receipt to say that it would be appreciated.</p> <h2>4. Switzerland</h2> <p>Switzerland is a country whose identity is heavily influenced by the countries surrounding it, with French, German, Italian, and Romansch all considered official languages. Its tipping customs are unique to Switzerland, though, as there is no expectation to leave a gratuity for any services received.</p> <p>Unlike in many countries where tipping is ingrained in the culture, staff in the service industry in Switzerland are generally paid a decent basic salary. This means they aren't reliant on tips to bolster their wages. Any service charge must be clearly stated on your bill by law, and any tips here tend to be confined to the change left over from payment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-cash-while-traveling-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get Cash While Traveling Abroad</a>)</p> <h2>5. Brazil</h2> <p>Tipping in Brazil is not common practice, partly because culturally it's not been done, but also because a 10 percent service charge is usually automatically added to your bill.</p> <p>Having said that, tips here are genuinely appreciated, even if they're not relied upon. Many customers tend to round up to the nearest <em>real </em>rather than waiting for small change, and don't be surprised if service staff do this as well when giving you your change back. Use your discretion as to when to give a tip, but remember that waiting service is a well regarded profession here and anything you do leave will be well received.</p> <h2>6. South Korea</h2> <p>South Korea is a country that manages to seamlessly merge age-old tradition with cutting edge modernity. Its vibrant capital Seoul is a mammoth metropolis with a thriving food scene, futuristic architecture, and streets full of trendy fashionistas. Outside of Seoul there's an abundance of stunning natural landscapes that will take your breath away.</p> <p>Regardless of where you are in South Korea, tipping is generally not expected, though it may still be appreciated in certain settings such as more westernized restaurants. In some instances it can even be considered as an act of pity rather than generosity, and may be refused. The easiest option is to simply not tip.</p> <h2>7. Denmark</h2> <p>This stunning Scandinavian country, like many others in this region, is well renowned for its egalitarian social policies. Its relatively high minimum wage means that service staff are well compensated for their work. Add to this the fact that a service charge of 10 percent is more often than not included in your final bill and it goes some way in explaining why tipping is so uncommon here.</p> <p>Don't feel obliged to leave a tip, but if you do receive great service, a tip is taken as a token of your appreciation. It's also more common to tip in higher end establishments than it is in cafes or bars, but still not considered a requirement. Five to 10 percent is sufficient if you do decide that you want to leave something.</p> <p>In the U.S., tipping is such an ingrained part of the culture that it can feel strange not leaving a gratuity, particularly when you've received great service. But whether you feel comfortable resisting leaving a tip or not, it's important to follow the customs and traditions of the places that you visit.</p> <p>What you consider a harmless and even generous act could be seen as completely the opposite and cause offense to the intended recipient. Be respectful, and if in doubt, feel free to discreetly ask what the expectation is.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Dont%20Have%20to%20Tip%20at%20Restaurants.jpg" alt="7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads">7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads</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-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-travel-destinations-you-thought-were-unaffordable">5 Amazing Travel Destinations You Thought Were Unaffordable</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-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel countries customs eating out gratuity international offensive restaurants service industry tips tradition vacation Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:31:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 1981840 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/studying_in_the_park.jpg" alt="Studying in the park" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The ranks of digital nomads &mdash; people who use technology to work remotely and travel &mdash; are growing. Every digital nomad has a different set of criteria when they are searching for their next destination. But high up on the list of requirements are usually low living costs, a strong community of like-minded people, and workable internet speeds. If you are on the lookout for somewhere to set up or continue your online activities, then look no further. These are the hottest digital nomad spots right now.</p> <h2>1. Chiang Mai, Thailand</h2> <p>Located in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai is the smaller, laid-back older brother to the frenetic capital of Bangkok. Built around the remaining walls and moats of the old city, Chiang Mai has fostered a reputation as the digital nomad capital of South East Asia. It has an active community of digital nomads that use this city as a base for their business activities.</p> <p>The incredibly low cost of living in Chiang Mai is one of the main reasons so many people choose to set up here. Accommodation is readily available at low prices, with the average monthly rent for a furnished studio in a normal area coming in at just $197, and utility bills at around $32, according to Expatistan.</p> <p>High speed internet is easy to install in your property, and the average download speed is around 16.7 Mbps. Alternatively, there is a huge selection of co-working spaces around the city where you can meet with like-minded individuals, and lots of cafes and bars also have good Wi-Fi connections. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-how-to-travel-forever-from-these-7-digital-nomads?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Learn How to Travel Forever From These 7 Digital Nomads</a>)</p> <h2>2. Phnom Penh, Cambodia</h2> <p>Cambodia is a relatively recent addition to the South East Asia tourist trail, and its capital Phnom Penh is leading the way. There's a growing community of digital entrepreneurs taking advantage of its continuing evolution, which has seen it rapidly modernizing over the past couple of decades.</p> <p>Because of the huge amount of development that is still ongoing here, it's relatively easy to secure newly built and furnished apartments on modern blocks. Despite this, living costs in Phnom Penh are still low. Expatistan lists the average rent for a furnished studio apartment at $392 and utilities at $61.</p> <p>Internet speeds average out at an unremarkable but respectable 6.6 Mbps, but mobile internet is very quick for the region if you need to tether. Co-working spaces are a relatively new phenomenon for Cambodia but there are lots of cafes, bars, and restaurants that accommodate people wanting to work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-world-cities-you-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible World Cities You Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>3. Medellin, Colombia</h2> <p>Colombia has grown massively in popularity over recent years as it continues its move away from its violent history. Now people are visiting for the untouched beaches, the vibrant culture, and the uber-modern cities that have quietly risen up throughout the country. No city has experienced a bigger transformation than Medellin, which has reinvented itself as one of South America's leading cities.</p> <p>Rental costs in Medellin are low considering how modern a city it is, with an apartment costing $297, but utilities for the month will set you back $132. Standards of accommodation can vary greatly, but it's possible to get quite a lot of bang for your buck depending on which area you settle in.</p> <p>Internet is generally reliable but slow throughout much of Colombia, with Medellin supposedly having the best services with speeds falling somewhere between five and 10 Mbps. Free Wi-Fi is widely available in cafes and bars and there are lots of high quality co-working spaces to choose from.</p> <h2>4. Buenos Aires, Argentina</h2> <p>Buenos Aires has a reputation as being the most &quot;European&quot; city in South America and is often referred to as the Paris of Latin America. This is largely thanks to its historic mix of Italian, Spanish, and German immigrants that helped shape the culture in so many ways, from the food to the architecture.</p> <p>Costs in Buenos Aires fluctuate a lot due to the unpredictable nature of the country's economy, but at present, rent will cost you about $476 and utilities will be around $86. Apartments here are generally quite large, as lots of them are in older buildings.</p> <p>Free Wi-Fi is available in many of the public spaces in Buenos Aires, including parks and squares. Internet speeds average at about 9.6 Mbps, though there is high-speed internet available. But beware, all services are prone to regular outages, which can be frustrating. Co-working spaces are a good solution, and though not plentiful, do manage to offer more reliable services. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-digital-nomads-can-save-for-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Digital Nomads Can Save for Retirement</a>)</p> <h2>5. Valparaiso, Chile</h2> <p>Valparaiso is a laid-back, bohemian port city famed for its colorful buildings and the outstanding street art that's visible around every corner. The city has seen plenty of modernizing development in recent years, though it's still slightly ramshackle in appearance,.</p> <p>The majority of the housing is in historic old buildings. Monthly rental prices average out at $358 for a furnished studio, with utilities adding an extra $80. Thanks to the city being built high into the hills, most apartments come with stunning views.</p> <p>Internet speeds in Chile are some of the fastest you'll find in South America, clocking in at a zippy average speed of 15.3 Mbps. You shouldn't find any connection issues whatsoever here.</p> <h2>6. Sofia, Bulgaria</h2> <p>Because one of the points on a remote worker's checklist is often cost, there aren't many cities in Europe that are hotbeds for digital nomads. But despite its burgeoning popularity, Bulgaria remains one of the cheapest destinations in that part of the world. Its capital Sofia is renowned for its young outlook and raucous night life, so it naturally attracts the &quot;work hard, play hard&quot; crowd.</p> <p>At $237 for monthly rent and just $54 for utilities per month, these are some of the cheapest living costs you will find anywhere in Europe. Being a former communist country, many of the apartment blocks aren't the prettiest to look at from the outside, but still have a good standard of decoration within.</p> <p>Internet here is reliable and fast, with download speeds averaging a smoking 60 Mbps. Wi-Fi is available in cafes and restaurants. There are free hot spots available all over the city as well, which you'll find in many parks, shopping malls, and train stations.</p> <h2>7. Mexico City, Mexico</h2> <p>Mexico, and particularly Mexico City, has something of a turbulent reputation, but it's worked hard to turn that around over recent years. Though it has a population of more than 21 million, it's cheap and easy to navigate, has a neighborhood to suit everyone, and an energetic, fun-loving vibe.</p> <p>Rental costs come in at around $496 per month plus $103 for utilities, but vary wildly depending on which area you choose within the city and how good your negotiating skills are in Spanish. Most accommodation here is a little bit old school, but has a certain charm about it.</p> <p>When it comes to telecoms, Mexico is pretty advanced and that extends to its internet speeds. At the top end, you can get up to an extremely rapid 50 Mbps high speed internet service. There are also dozens of excellent co-working spaces to choose from here, many with top notch facilities in great locations.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Trendy%20Destinations%20for%20Digital%20Nomads.jpg" width="300" height="449" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants">7 Countries Where You Don&#039;t Have to Tip at Restaurants</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-ways-to-slash-the-cost-of-wi-fi-when-you-travel">6 Ways to Slash the Cost of Wi-Fi When You Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-prepare-for-your-work-at-home-gig">6 Ways to Prepare for Your Work at Home Gig</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">How to Live the &quot;Location Independent&quot; Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Travel cities co-working countries digital nomads international Internet telecommute wi-fi working remotely Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Nick Wharton 1979039 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourists_posing_in_front_of_temple_in_koh_samui_thailand.jpg" alt="Tourists posing in front of temple in koh samui thailand" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people believe that traveling is extremely expensive, and while this may be true if you're expecting five-star hotels and luxury cruises, on the whole it's a misconception. There are countries all over the world where, thanks to the low cost of living and (in some cases) <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong?ref=internal" target="_blank">strong U.S. dollar</a>, it's possible to get around on a very low budget.</p> <p>Traveling on the cheap is certainly not for everyone and it often means making a few sacrifices, but choosing the right place to visit is half the battle. Here are seven countries where you can travel on $30 a day or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel</a>)</p> <p>Unless otherwise stated, all figures quoted are referenced from <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/" target="_blank">numbeo.com</a>, the largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.</p> <h2>1. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/woman_sitting_on_long_tail_boat.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nicknamed &quot;The Land of Smiles&quot; thanks to its welcoming and friendly reputation, Thailand is the original backpacker's paradise. Its mix of stunning tropical islands, bustling cities, mouthwatering food, and vibrant night life has seen its popularity explode in recent decades. Despite this huge growth in visitor numbers, Thailand's prices have remained extremely low and it's still one of the cheapest countries to visit in the whole of Southeast Asia.</p> <p>Hostel dorm beds are available for as little as $1.47 per night. While I was there in 2014 I found private double rooms for just $7 a night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $1.77, and a pint of domestic beer costs the same.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Take advantage of the amazing street food in Thailand. It's famous for being some of the best in the world and is also some of the cheapest, with some meals costing as little as $1. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>2. Bolivia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/female_tourist_on_salar_de_uyuni_during_sunset_altiplano_bolivia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bolivia is often overlooked as a travel destination in favor of more illustrious South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. That's a real shame, because this diverse country shares some of the most impressive landscapes on the continent with them, accessible at a far cheaper price. Sections of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, and Lake Titicaca all lie within its borders, as well as its crowning jewel, the Salar de Uyuni &mdash; the world's largest salt flat.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $6 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $3.50, and a pint of domestic beer can be as cheap as $2.10.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Eat lunch at local markets where two-course specials are available at rock-bottom prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>3. China</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/tourists_in_beijing_riding_bikes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>China is a country of massive contrasts. Ancient history meets cutting edge modernity, small cities house millions of inhabitants, and landscapes range from arid deserts to the freezing &quot;ice city&quot; of Harbin. With its vast size and population of over 1.3 billion people, it's a fascinating country with so much to explore that it can be overwhelming.</p> <p>But China is also very affordable for travelers from the U.S. and other nations with strong currencies.</p> <p>Hostel dorm rooms are available for as little as $2.93 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $2.95, and domestic beer can be as cheap as (0.5 liter draft) 89 cents.</p> <p>In my experience in small-town China, you can buy large beers at the grocery store for as little as 30 cents and bring them into almost any restaurant, no questions asked. Sometimes the staff will even keep them in their refrigerator and open them for you.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Spend less time in the big cities where costs, particularly for accommodation, are higher. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-travel-destinations-you-thought-were-unaffordable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing Travel Destinations You Thought Were Unaffordable</a>)</p> <h2>4. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/view_of_el_castillo.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For many, the mention of Mexico conjures up images of palm-fringed beaches and large seafront resorts catering to sun-seeking vacationers. While this is a side of Mexico that exists, there is so much more of interest in this country, from its rich history to its heavenly cuisine (the latter was listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity). There's also a surprising amount of wildlife that doesn't get the recognition it deserves, with black bears, flamingos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of marine life.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as 50 cents per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost about $5, and domestic beer can be as cheap as $1.38.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Avoid the popular coastal areas, which are more pricey. Head inland instead to towns like <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/10-awesome-things-guanajuato-mexico/" target="_blank">Guanajuato</a> and <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/visiting-valladolid-colonial-city-crossroads-culture/" target="_blank">Valladolid</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a>)</p> <h2>5. Ukraine</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/person_is_standing_at_street_of_downtown_lviv_ukraine.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>As one of the least visited countries in Europe despite being the second largest, Ukraine can be a difficult place to travel in at times. English is not widely spoken, and the Cyrillic alphabet means it's not possible to glean any meaning from the written language.</p> <p>It's also important to be aware that Ukraine has a volatile recent history, and parts of it are still off-limits to visitors due to ongoing political disputes with neighboring Russia. However, with a little bit of effort you'll discover an enchanting country that's brimming with tradition and warmth.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $3.09 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Ukraine&amp;displayCurrency=USD" target="_blank">$3.84</a>, and domestic beer can be as cheap as 58 cents.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip: </strong>Use overnight trains for long-distance travel. They're inexpensive and will save a night's accommodation as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-world-cities-you-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible World Cities You Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>6. India</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/woman_in_taj_mahal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Spirituality, wildlife, chaos, color, and excitement collide in this enormous and at times perplexing country. All of your senses will be engaged while you make your way through India, as you try to make sense of what is truly a country like no other. Though at times it can be overwhelming, the countryside is as calm and tranquil as the big cities are tumultuous.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $2.16 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $2.33, and you can get a pint of domestic beer for as little as $1.55.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Always haggle for everything. The original price you're quoted is likely to be highly inflated but shouldn't be the price you pay.</p> <h2>7. Egypt</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/pyramids_bedouin.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Egypt is most celebrated for being the home of the great Pyramids of Giza, built to immortalize the Pharaohs who reigned these lands over 5,000 years ago. It's said to be the birthplace of western civilization, making it the perfect destination for history buffs and intrepid explorers. Being on the boundary between North Africa and the Middle East lends the country a unique and remarkable mix of two very diverse cultures.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $2.21 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $3.04, and domestic beer can be as cheap as $1.19. When I was there last, I was eating filling meals of falafel, bread, and chips for just 50 cents!</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Shop around when booking activities, there are lots of companies offering very similar things at hugely varying prices.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Countries%2520Where%2520You%2520Can%2520Travel%2520on%252030%2520Dollars%2520a%2520Day%2520or%2520Less.jpg&amp;description=7%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Travel%20on%2030%20Dollars%20a%20Day%20or%20Less"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Travel%20on%2030%20Dollars%20a%20Day%20or%20Less.jpg" alt="7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day">5 International Destinations You Can Visit for $50 a Day</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/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable bolivia China egypt Food hotels india international mexico thailand transportation ukraine vacation Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Nick Wharton 1979038 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_senior_couple_talking_a_walk_in_park.jpg" alt="Happy senior couple talking a walk in park" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us have dreams of retiring to a life of leisure, with a nest egg that will enable us to live comfortably. But according to the Government Accountability Office, up to <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-419" target="_blank">two-thirds of workers</a> are potentially at risk of not maintaining the same standard of living they enjoyed pre-retirement.</p> <p>Moving to a new country to live out your retirement could provide the perfect solution. <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp" target="_blank">Numbeo's Cost of Living Index</a> has the U.S. listed as the 18th most expensive country to live in, meaning retirees have a huge number of cheaper countries to select from. Here are five countries where you can retire on $1,000 per month. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-that-welcome-american-retirees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries That Welcome American Retirees</a>)</p> <h2>1. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sukhothai_temple_lake_panorama.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Thailand is best known for its tropical islands and exciting big cities, but it's also a destination where an increasing number of overseas retirees are settling down. It's got the magic combination of being well-developed while maintaining very low living costs.</p> <p>Grocery costs are well-priced and good quality, and fresh produce is widely available. According to Numbeo, the average price of a loaf of bread is $1, a dozen eggs is $1.80, and a pound of rice costs just 60 cents. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant costs $20.60, so you'll also be able to enjoy regular evenings out.</p> <p>The transport infrastructure in Thailand is also good, with tuk tuks, taxis, and public transport providing easy ways to get around. Costs are also low, with Numbeo suggesting the flag fare for an average one-way taxi ride is about $1 plus 28 cents per mile after that.</p> <p><strong>Typical fixed costs per month:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Rent for one-bed apartment city center: $615</p> </li> <li> <p>Utilities: $84</p> </li> <li> <p>Internet: $18</p> </li> </ul> <h2>2. Bolivia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/copacabana.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Although not the most fashionable country in South America, Bolivia is a great retirement option for outdoor lovers. From the Amazon rain forest to the Andes Mountains, there's an abundance of beautiful landscapes to explore. It's also one of the most affordable countries in South America.</p> <p>The cheapest place to buy fresh produce is from the local markets throughout the country, but there are also many supermarkets with wider selections of international goods. Numbeo lists the average price of a loaf of bread as 92 cents, a dozen eggs for $1.40, and a pound of rice at 60 cents. Splashing out on a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant will cost $25.</p> <p>Transport systems in Bolivia are not the most advanced, but there are good public bus networks and inexpensive taxi services in most areas. According to Numbeo, the average cost of a one way bus fare is 32 cents, and the starting fare for a taxi is $1.45 with $2.33 added for each mile.</p> <p><strong>Typical fixed costs per month:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Rent for one-bed apartment city center: $290</p> </li> <li> <p>Utilities: $43</p> </li> <li> <p>Internet: $70</p> </li> </ul> <h2>3. Nicaragua</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/cathedral_of_granada_nicaragua.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Central America's largest country has become a popular destination for retirees in recent years. The scenery is dramatic and lush, with numerous volcanoes peppering the countryside, verdant rain forest covering large portions, and coastal areas lined with white sand beaches.</p> <p>Between the markets and the major supermarkets, one of which is owned by Walmart, it's possible to get virtually everything you're used to in the U.S. The average price, according to Numbeo, for a loaf of bread is $1.50, a dozen eggs runs $1.63, and a pound of rice 43 cents. A three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant will run you $30.</p> <p>Buses, taxis, and mototaxis are the most popular and inexpensive forms of transportation, with many of the buses being the familiar old yellow school buses imported from the U.S. Numbeo lists the average fare as just 35 cents, while the starting tariff for taxis is $1 and an extra $1.64 per mile after that.</p> <p><strong>Typical fixed costs per month:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Rent for one-bed apartment city center: $273</p> </li> <li> <p>Utilities: $119</p> </li> <li> <p>Internet: $70</p> </li> </ul> <h2>4. Malaysia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_over_tea_plantation_in_malaysia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Year-round warm temperatures, stunning beaches, and diverse, bustling cities make this a great choice for people on the lookout for top spots to retire. Thanks to English being spoken by virtually everyone, it's an easy place to get by without learning a new language.</p> <p>Though it's easy to get your hands on international branded goods, local produce is far cheaper and of good quality. The average price for a loaf of bread is 70 cents, a dozen eggs will cost you $1.24, and a pound of rice is available for 56 cents, according to Numbeo. Eating out is a particular pleasure is Malaysia, thanks to the unique fusion of cuisines found here. It's also cheap at just $16 for a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant.</p> <p>Kuala Lumpur, the capital, is well connected by trains and buses, while the rest of the country is serviced by good bus networks. The average price of a one way train fare is 70 cents, and taxis are also a price-effective option, with starting tariffs of 70 cents and a per-mile cost of just 56 cents.</p> <p><strong>Typical fixed costs per month:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Rent for one-bed apartment city center: $557</p> </li> <li> <p>Utilities: $50</p> </li> <li> <p>Internet: $38</p> </li> </ul> <h2>5. Georgia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/view_over_the_city_of_tbilisi_georgia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>No, we're not talking about the state tucked down in the southeast of the U.S., but a tiny nation that lies on the edges of both Europe and Asia. Though it's little known, it's growing in popularity, especially among retirees, thanks to its beautiful countryside and extremely low cost of living.</p> <p>Georgia is known for its abundance of fresh produce, as well as reputedly being the birthplace of wine. Both are extremely cheap in this country, as are most groceries on offer. A loaf of bread is just 31 cents, a dozen eggs come in at $1.47, and a pound of rice at 36 cents. Eating out is also reasonable at $21 for a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant.</p> <p>Transport in the capital Tbilisi is excellent, with a metro system as well as good bus links and cost-effective taxis. Elsewhere in the country buses and trains are easy to use. The average fare is just 20 cents, and taxis start at $1.25 with 33 cents per mile after that.</p> <p><strong>Typical fixed costs per month:</strong></p> <ul> <li> <p>Rent for one-bed apartment city center: $310</p> </li> <li> <p>Utilities: $60</p> </li> <li> <p>Internet: $11.20</p> </li> </ul> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/retire-for-half-the-cost-in-these-5-countries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Retire for Half the Cost in These 5 Countries</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Countries%2520Where%2520You%2520Can%2520Retire%2520for%25201%252C000%2520dollars%2520a%2520Month.jpg&amp;description=5%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Retire%20for%201%2C000%20Dollars%20a%20Month"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Retire%20for%201%2C000%20dollars%20a%20Month.jpg" alt="5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">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-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-almost-anyone-can-afford-to-retire-in-mexico">How Almost Anyone Can Afford to Retire in Mexico</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/dont-let-these-expenses-spoil-your-retirement-abroad">Don&#039;t Let These Expenses Spoil Your Retirement Abroad</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-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</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/retire-for-half-the-cost-in-these-5-countries">Retire for Half the Cost in These 5 Countries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-saved-enough-for-a-down-payment-while-working-in-china">How I Saved Enough for a Down Payment While Working in China</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement Travel abroad affordable Asia cost of living countries Europe expats expenses food costs international transportation Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 1978059 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_photographing_zeus_temple_in_acropolis.jpg" alt="Woman photographing Zeus temple in Acropolis" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While credit card rewards may not be life-changing for everyone, for some, they make the impossible possible. With airline miles, hotel points, cash back, or flexible rewards, many people find they can afford to travel farther, and potentially stay longer. And, who knows? Perhaps you can visit a destination you've always dreamed of.</p> <p>If you're aching to see parts of the world you assume are beyond your reach, researching airline and hotel rewards programs can help you see what's possible. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards" target="_blank">Airline credit cards</a> can help you get free flights, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards" target="_blank">hotel credit cards</a> can help you score free accommodations, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards" target="_blank">flexible travel cards</a> allow you to use points for all kinds of travel expenses.</p> <p>Need help jump-starting your wanderlust? Here are five bucket list spots you can absolutely see with rewards.</p> <h2>1. Bora Bora</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bora_bora_hammock.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bora Bora is undoubtedly the most beautiful island in French Polynesia. A short flight from Tahiti, this island paradise is comprised of tiny islands (<em>motus</em>) that surround a central mountain and an inspiring, azure blue lagoon teeming with sea life. While Bora Bora is perfect for a honeymoon or romantic retreat, it's well known as a fun (albeit expensive) family destination as well.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>There are numerous ways to get at least part of the way to Bora Bora with airline miles. From Los Angeles International (LAX) to Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, for example, you can fly round trip with Alaska Airlines for 80,000 miles plus taxes and fees. You can also fly round trip using Air France's Flying Blue program for 60,000 miles plus taxes, or 80,000 American AAdvantage miles plus taxes round trip.</p> <p>No matter how you get to Tahiti, however, you'll have to pay around $400 per person, round trip, for the short flight from Papeete to Bora Bora. The airline that operates this leg (Air Tahiti) doesn't offer a mileage program.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>Numerous hotel programs promise to let you stay in Bora Bora for free, including the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort, which you can book with free nights from the&nbsp;IHG Rewards Club.&nbsp;If you build a stash of Hilton Honors points, on the other hand, you can score free stays at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.</p> <h2>2. Maldives</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_on_maldives_island_water_villas_resort.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Maldives is another tropical destination well known for its crystal-clear waters and overwater bungalows. Smack dab in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are expensive to visit and quite a trek for most of us to reach. However, there's a reason why so many people travel to the ends of the earth for a stay in the Maldives. According to many who have been there, the water, scenery, and atmosphere make it one of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the world.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>The best airline strategy for the Maldives depends a lot on where you live. Many would say that Air France is the way to go due to its plentiful award availability and cheap economy redemptions. Currently, you can book round-trip flights from New York City to Male, the capital, for 80,000 Flying Blue miles plus around $400 in taxes and fees.</p> <p>Cathay Pacific is another option if you have Alaska Airlines miles. For just 60,000 Alaska miles plus taxes you can fly from certain U.S. cities to Male on Cathay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-travel-destinations-you-thought-were-unaffordable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing Destinations You Thought Were Unaffordable</a>)</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>The Hyatt Credit Card offers two free nights you can use to stay in any Hyatt property worldwide, and that includes the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. That means if you're going to be traveling with a spouse or partner, you can both get the card and book two subsequent reservations, for a total of four free nights.</p> <h2>3. Aruba</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/royal_plaza_oranjestad_aruba.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the southern Caribbean Sea. Known for its desert landscape and amazing blue waters, Aruba is bursting with hotels, casinos, night life, and water activities galore. While Aruba is popular for land-based vacations, cruise ships bring thousands of passengers to the island weekly. Fortunately, Aruba's location in the Caribbean makes it fairly easy to travel there on points.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>While you can get to Aruba a few different ways, the easiest strategy is utilizing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-southwest-airlines-is-the-best-domestic-airline-for-families?ref=internal" target="_blank">Southwest Rapid Rewards</a> points. Depending on where you live in the United States, you can usually get to Aruba for less than 25,000 miles plus taxes round trip. Another popular option is Flying Blue, especially if your credit card rewards program transfers to the frequent flyer program. On Flying Blue, you can get to Aruba for 25,000 miles plus taxes and fees round trip.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>Most of the major hotel chains let you earn points for free stays in Aruba. Marriott Rewards can help you score free nights at the Renaissance Aruba Resort &amp; Casino, the Aruba Marriott Resort &amp; Stellaris Casino, Marriott Aruba Surf Club, and more. You can also stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba with IHG Rewards points, or at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa &amp; Casino with World of Hyatt points.</p> <h2>4. Italy</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/colosseum_in_rome_and_morning_sun_italy_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Italy is a bucket list destination for nearly everyone, well known for its inspiring culture, historical sites, delicious cuisine, and dynamic landscapes, which span from the mountainous north to idyllic beachfronts on the country's western shore. While most people go to Italy to see major sites like Rome's Colosseum and Forum, the Vatican, or the world-famous art spread across Florence, others dream of Tuscan wineries, lazy beach days in Cinque Terre or Sorrento, or a trip to the famous island of Capri.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>If you're looking for a cheap and easy way to get to Italy, check out American Airlines' AAdvantage program. If you fly coach and travel off-peak (October 15&ndash;May 15), you can score a round-trip flight for just 45,000 miles plus airline taxes and fees.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>The best part about being in Italy isn't its huge, prestigious hotels; it's the side streets and the intimate culture of the locals. To see the real Italy, we recommend booking an Airbnb or condo, which you can do with a credit card that offers rewards for all kinds of travel purchases.</p> <h2>5. Greece</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/santorini_sunset_at_dawn_village_of_oia_greece.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Greece is home to some of the most wondrous sites on the planet &mdash; the renowned Parthenon, Olympia where the world's first Olympic Games were held, the historic Delphi, and the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora. That doesn't even include the famous Greek Islands, such as Crete and Santorini. Fortunately, Greece is also cheap to visit, with plentiful hotels and resorts for less than $100 or even $50 per night.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>Flying to Greece can be cheap and easy with airline miles. You can fly round-trip economy using United MileagePlus for 60,000 miles plus taxes and fees. If you have American AAdvantage miles, you can score an off-peak fare for 45,000 miles plus taxes and fees.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>Greece is another country where it's smart and economical to book a small, independent hotel versus a big chain property. Sign up for a credit card that offers a travel portal through which you can use rewards points to book cheap hotels (with free breakfast). Or, opt for a flexible card that offers travel credit so you can book an Airbnb or a small boutique hotel near the major sites.</p> <h2>Credit cards that will get you there</h2> <p>Start earning points with your everyday purchases today! These credit cards allow you to transfer your points to the airline programs mentioned above.</p> <h3>Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review" target="_blank">Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</a> is offering 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on your card within the first three months. Those points are worth $625 if you use them to book travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, but they can be worth considerably more when you transfer them to a partner airline (includes Air France and United) or hotel (Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and IHG). This card does charge a $95 annual fee, but the fee is waived the first 12 months.</p> <h3>Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card from American Express</h3> <p>Since Delta is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, you can use points to book flights on Air France and Alaska Airlines.</p> <h3>Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; World Elite&trade; Mastercard&reg;</h3> <p>Use points to book flights on oneworld alliance partners, like Cathay Pacific.</p> <h3>The Platinum Card&reg; from American Express&nbsp;</h3> <p>The current offer on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amex-platinum-do-the-perks-justify-the-fee" target="_blank">The Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</a>&nbsp;makes it possible to earn 60,000 points after you use your card for $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. While you could potentially afford a flight to Europe by booking through the AmexTravel.com portal (where 60,000 points is worth $600 in flights), you'll get better value with an Amex transfer partner (includes Air France, Delta, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Hilton).</p> <p>While the card does have a $550 annual fee, it includes $200 airline credit, lounge access to over 1,000 lounges around the world, Uber credits, and a global entry credit which add up to way more value than that, but only if you actually use it.</p> <h3>BankAmericard Travel Rewards</h3> <p>Use this card to apply points as statement credit to any travel purchases that you have to make that's not covered with points. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months Through Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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