free travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2706/all en-US 5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/amazing_nature_view_with_trolltunga.jpg" alt="Amazing nature view with Trolltunga" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people's bucket lists include visiting nature's most impressive sites: the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, the Great Barrier Reef, and Mount Everest, just to name a few. But entrance fees can cut into tight travel budgets.</p> <p>However, there are natural wonders that charge no entrance fees. These attractions are not man-made, they're totally wondrous, and cost nothing to visit and enjoy. Of course, you'll have to organize transport to and from the sites, but once there, you're free to witness them without paying for a ticket.</p> <h2>1. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/aerial_view_of_christ_and_botafogo.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The harbor of Rio de Janeiro, also known as Guanabara Bay, is the second largest bay in Brazil, stretching 19 miles inland and over 17 miles across at its widest point. It's dotted with islands and surrounded by mountains, including the well known Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Peak with its Christ the Redeemer statue (there is a cost to visit the statue).</p> <p>The surrounding mountains provide spectacular vantage points to view the harbor from, and while the hikes to reach their peaks are challenging, the views far outweigh the exertion. Hiking up Pedra da Gavea (for experienced hikers/climbers only due to a technical section toward the top), Dois Irmãoes, or Corcovado will all give you panoramic views of the bay.</p> <h2>2. Dead Sea</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/dead_sea_salt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Despite its moniker, the Dead Sea is actually a giant salt lake that borders Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian territories. The other part of its name is quite accurate, though, and stems from the fact that virtually nothing living can survive in its waters. This is due to the high concentration of salt contained in its water, almost 10 times as much as found in the ocean, making it one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth.</p> <p>Thanks to its high salinity, swimming in the Dead Sea is a strange and unusual experience. Rather than having to flap around to stay on the surface you can just lie back and let go. You'll naturally stay afloat. Most of beaches at the Dead Sea are privately owned and charge a fee to enter, however there are also a number of public beaches that you can use for free (including my favorite, Herodus Spring).</p> <h2>3. Redwood forests</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/path_in_the_redwoods.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Redwood National Park in California is famously home to some of the tallest trees on the planet, which can grow to well over 300 feet tall and have a diameter of 30 feet. These trees used to grow abundantly across much of California's coastline, but due to extensive logging over the past couple of centuries, their population has been significantly reduced. The remaining ones that lie within Redwood National and State Parks are now protected. While the state parks charge entrance fees, the national park is free to enter.</p> <p>Some of the oldest of these redwoods have been alive for more than 2,000 years, though the average age is closer to 600. Standing under one, you are completely dwarfed and can barely see the top. The feeling is both humbling and magnificent. There's plenty of wildlife to see as well, including elk, foxes, bears, and cougars on land. Because it's a coastal park, you can also catch sight of marine animals like whales and seals.</p> <h2>4. Amazon rain forest</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wetlands_in_belem_do_para_brazil.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The world's largest rain forest covers an area of around 2,100,000 square miles and crosses into the territory of nine South American countries. Though 60 percent of the Amazon rain forest belongs to Brazil, parts of it stretch into Perú, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It's amazing not just for its vast size, but also for its incredible biodiversity, with one in 10 known species on the planet calling the thick entanglement of life their home. Running through it is the Amazon River, which at around 4,000 miles is the second longest river in the world, after the Nile River.</p> <p>Thanks to the enormous land area that it covers, there are hundreds of ways to get into the Amazon rain forest, and it's possible to enter from any of the countries that it covers. There are also a number of cities that lie within or on the edge of the Amazon rain forest, such as Manaus, Santarem, and Belem in Brazil as well as Iquitos in Peru.</p> <p>It's definitely not advisable to go off on big independent excursions through the rain forest, but there are plenty of jungle retreats and hotels that allow you to experience the Amazon up close. You may have to pay for a hotel, but most access points don't require an entrance fee.</p> <h2>5. Trolltunga</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/amazing_nature_view_with_trolltunga.jpg" width="597" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The spectacular Trolltunga overhang has been the star of adventurous travelers' Instagram feeds for many years now, and seeing the photos it's easy to understand why. Not only does the rock hang precariously over a 2,300 plus foot drop, but it overlooks some truly spectacular natural scenery. Lake Ringedalsvatnet sprawls out into the mountainous distance directly beneath the rock, whose name translates to &quot;troll's tongue,&quot; thanks to its long flat shape. Daredevil visitors perch themselves on the edge of the overhang for an adrenaline rush captured with the perfect snap.</p> <p>Thanks in part to Norway's right to roam rules that allow you to go virtually anywhere without restriction, you can hike to Trolltunga and even camp nearby for the night at no cost. Bear in mind that it's a challenging 10&ndash;12 hour round trip hike, so you'll need to be in decent shape, as people get caught out each year and have to be rescued. Your personal safety when you reach Trolltunga is also entirely up to you because there are no barriers or guards present.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Natural%2520Wonders%2520You%2520Can%2520See%2520For%2520Free.jpg&amp;description=5%20Natural%20Wonders%20You%20Can%20See%20For%20Free"></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%20Natural%20Wonders%20You%20Can%20See%20For%20Free.jpg" alt="5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free" 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-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camping-for-a-week-is-only-160-at-these-national-parks">Camping for a Week Is Only $160 at These National Parks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</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-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit">9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel adventure travel adventures free free travel natural wonders nature outdoor travel Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2066635 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_can_not_wait_to_get_on_that_plane.jpg" alt="I can&#039;t wait to get on that plane" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're a beginner at traveling for free using miles and points, it makes sense to think of each program as a separate entity. Want to fly for free on American Airlines? Get some American AAdvantage miles. Want to stay at a Hilton for free? Start saving up Hilton Honors points.</p> <p>But once you've mastered the basics, you'll find that limitless opportunities arise when you start mixing and matching your programs, and adding in points from banks or credit card issuers, which can be traded for a variety of point types. When you start doing this, you not only gain more flexibility, but sometimes you're able to take advantage of deals and bargains that help you wring more value out of the points you have. (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>For example, I will soon be using British Airways' Avios points to fly from California to Hawaii. Does British Airways fly from California to Hawaii? Nope. I'll be flying on Alaska Air. Alaska is a partner of British Airways, and accepts Avios for flights. Why use Avios? Because each airline has its own ways of calculating how many points different flights cost, and British Airways' system makes flights from the West Coast to Hawaii a better deal than I would get using Alaska Miles or other domestic carrier programs. Generally, booking a flight from the West Coast to Hawaii costs 12,500 Avios points each way, compared to 17,500 to 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles each way. Also, I happen to have plenty of Avios, but no Alaska Airlines miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards With Airline Partners</a>)</p> <p>Here are the three main ways you can travel using points from different companies to get the best deal possible.</p> <h2>Use miles on a partner airline</h2> <p>The major airlines belong to large partnership programs. For example, United Airlines belongs to the <a href="https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/Marketing/CustComm/Promotions/Pages/AirlinePartners.aspx" target="_blank">Star Alliance</a>, allowing its MileagePlus members to use or earn United miles on 26 other airlines, including Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.</p> <p>Sometimes these mileage partners show up when you search for flights to book on an airline site, so you might not even notice that you're flying a partner airline until you get to the airport. Other times, you need to work a little harder. For my flight to Hawaii, for example, I will have to make the reservation by phone, because Alaska Airlines flights don't show up on the British Airlines booking site.</p> <p>Besides helping you get a good deal, this method can help you use your miles to access routes or destinations that aren't served by the airline with which you hold the miles. For example, last year I wanted to fly direct from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. I had accumulated a lot of American AAdvantage miles, so that's the &quot;currency&quot; I wanted to pay with. American doesn't fly to Sydney from San Francisco, but its partner Qantas does, so I used my AAdvantage miles to fly Qantas. (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> <h2>Transfer points from one program to another</h2> <p>You can't generally transfer miles from one airline to another, but you can often transfer points from a hotel loyalty program to an airline or from a credit card travel rewards program to an airline or hotel. These companies all have exchange agreements with select partners &mdash; and sometimes you can actually gain value by moving your points from one program to another. But beware, in some cases you lose value in the transaction.</p> <p>Before you start converting points, check the conversion rate carefully. Most of the time it'll be 1:1, meaning one credit card reward point can be converted to one airline mile. But other times, it might take two credit card rewards point to get one airline mile. Sometimes this is still going to be worth it to you, because that airline is the only one that will get you to your destination. But other times, it's better to consider another option that does give you a 1:1 ratio.</p> <p>However, another scenario is when you get a <em>better</em> value than 1:1. Some programs will give you a bonus for transferring your points. That's why it pays to shop around when <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal" target="_blank">choosing a travel rewards credit card</a>.</p> <p>What if the airline you want to fly doesn't have a partnership with the points program you want to use? All's not lost. You can arrange a double transfer. A what now? Well, imagine you have a bunch of rewards points, but it doesn't transfer to the airline miles you want. But do a little digging and you notice that the credit card rewards program allows you to convert to a certain hotel program, which allows you to transfer those hotel points to its partner airline program, the very airline you want to fly. Unfortunately, many times this sort of double transfer will cause you to lose lots of value in your initial points. Especially since hotel loyalty programs generally have poor exchange rates. So consider the double exchange a last resort in most cases.</p> <p>It's always a good idea to search for a more direct strategy before resorting to a double transfer. Or if that sounds too complicated, try method three, below.</p> <h2>Spend points like cash on a travel portal</h2> <p>Credit card rewards programs have portals through which you can book flights on a variety of airlines (and hotels) using points. Usually, when going this route, your points will be converted to a discount on the cash price of the flight, and if you don't have enough points, you can pay the remainder in cash.</p> <p>The value per mile you get when shopping through the airline portals is often a little less than you would get by redeeming miles directly through an airline, but there is also an advantage to doing it this way: The airlines see your booking as a cash purchase, not a miles redemption. This means that you're not limited to the sometimes small number of award seats made available by the airlines, or by holiday blackout dates. Even better, when you book this way, you can earn miles on the flight. And some flights booked this way may be eligible for upgrades.</p> <p>Sometimes, the credit card portals sweeten the deal. Because I hold a premium card, for instance, I got a points rebate for my flight purchase, reducing the total cost of the trip. My card also gives me five points for every dollar I spend on the portal, so between getting miles for flying, a points rebate on some of the points I spent, plus five points for every dollar cash I paid, I considered this a win/win/win.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Flexible%2520Ways%2520to%2520Cash%2520In%2520Your%2520Miles%2520and%2520Points.jpg&amp;description=3%20Flexible%20Ways%20to%20Cash%20In%20Your%20Miles%20and%20Points"></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/u5180/3%20Flexible%20Ways%20to%20Cash%20In%20Your%20Miles%20and%20Points.jpg" alt="3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">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/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop">How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop</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/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-understanding-airline-flight-routes-can-score-you-better-rewards">How Understanding Airline Flight Routes Can Score You Better Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-splurges-that-are-worth-every-penny">5 Travel Splurges That Are Worth Every Penny</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping Travel airline miles airline points free travel frequent flyer miles shopping tips travel tips Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2062562 at http://www.wisebread.com Airline Credit Card or Flexible Rewards Card: What's the Best Way to Earn a Free Flight? http://www.wisebread.com/airline-credit-card-or-flexible-rewards-card-whats-the-best-way-to-earn-a-free-flight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/airline-credit-card-or-flexible-rewards-card-whats-the-best-way-to-earn-a-free-flight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-596778594.jpg" alt="Learning the best ways to earn a free flight" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to strategizing how to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=internal" target="_blank">earn free airfare</a> with travel rewards credit cards, there are two main schools of thought. On one hand, you can sign up for your favorite airline's frequent flyer program and get their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">co-branded credit card</a> to earn miles through regular spending and flying. Or, you can get a credit card that lets you earn flexible travel rewards good for any airline instead.</p> <p>Both strategies can be advantageous depending on your travel style and goals. Still, earning a free flight becomes easier when you're able to make an informed decision about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide" target="_blank">what type of travel rewards card is right for you</a>.</p> <p>So, which should you choose? Airline miles or travel credit?</p> <h2>Airline frequent flyer programs</h2> <p>While each airline loyalty program works differently, they all follow a similar format. When you pay for a flight, you earn frequent flyer miles based on the cost of your paid airfare and/or the many miles you fly. You can get more points by using the airline's credit card to pay for it.</p> <p>The upside of earning airline miles is obvious; through regular flying, credit card spending, or a combination of the two, you can earn miles and redeem them for flights around the globe. With the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=internal" target="_blank">American AAdvantage program</a>, a round-trip domestic flight costs as little as 25,000 miles while a round-trip flight to Europe can run as little as 45,000 miles. Since the average domestic flight costs around $400 and the average flight to Europe can cost $1,000 or more, you can score an exceptionally good value for your miles with this program (points are worth 1.6 cents and 2 cents respectively). (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>Keep in mind that, on top of your miles, you'll need to pay government-mandated taxes and fees. These fees are usually $5.60 per leg for domestic flights, but can range in the hundreds of dollars for flights abroad. The fees also differ with airlines. Do your research before you settle on the airline program to pursue miles with. Other factors include where they fly and their partner airlines that you'd be able to get use miles for. Also, blackout dates and award seat availability are factors, too.</p> <h2>How to choose a frequent flyer program</h2> <p>These are the things you should look for when considering a frequent flyer program to join.</p> <h3>No blackout dates or seat limitations</h3> <p>The best programs allow you to redeem your miles for any seat on any flight as long as they haven't been sold. Some programs designate a specific number of award seats per flight (or on select flights), or they impose blackout dates when you can't use miles at all. Unless you are a solo traveler with very flexible plans on when and even where to go, you'll end up very frustrated at your options and may see a lot of your points go unused due to the lack of availability. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Get Free &mdash; or Almost Free &mdash; Flights</a>)</p> <h3>Multiple ways to earn miles</h3> <p>Being able to earn miles through other ways than flying with that airline makes racking up miles easier and faster, which means free flights faster. Airline credit cards will often give points for all spending, and maybe even bonus points for additional categories.</p> <h3>Travel perks</h3> <p>Nothing is better than getting priority boarding, airport lounge access, and top notch service when traveling through the airport. Additionally, the best credit cards will include free checked bags, and a variety of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel insurance</a> and protections. Some will include elite status (or give you a head start on getting there) so that you can enjoy the most luxurious perks like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-frequent-flyer-programs-with-free-first-class-seat-upgrades?ref=internal" target="_blank">free seat upgrades</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Includes</a>)</p> <h3>Travel partners</h3> <p>Most airlines are part of a network that includes travel partners. This means you may be able to use your miles to get a free flight on their partner airline, or even a hotel stay and car rental. This provides more options for your travel plans. The ease of getting award seats and stays for partners differ between programs. Some make it very difficult and you have to call someone to inquire about availability. Others will let you book on your own through their portal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards With Airline Partners</a>)</p> <h2>Flexible travel programs</h2> <p>If you don't want to be tied down to a particular airline or deal with restrictions and limitations on using your miles, there are travel rewards credit cards that allow you to accrue points through spending, which you redeem via a statement credit toward your travel purchases. For example, if you have 40,000 points, you can book a flight through any airline or booking service on your credit card, and then apply the 40,000 points (which comes out to $400) to pay for it. It will appear as a statement credit on your account. There are many benefits to this.</p> <h2>Benefits of flexible travel programs</h2> <p>What are those benefits? Let's have a look.</p> <h3>No restrictions</h3> <p>Book any type of travel reservation you want. You don't need to go through the program's portal website. You aren't limited by airline or award availability. You can choose to book through a travel site like Orbitz or Airbnb. If you have specific travel plans you'd like to stick with, as well as companions, this type of travel program will be the best way for you to use your rewards for travel.</p> <h3>Pay the difference</h3> <p>While there are some programs that allow you to pay for additional miles if you don't have quite enough, or pay the difference in cash, most frequent flyer programs do not allow this. This means that if you only have enough for one flight, but you have two travelers, you'd have to pay for one ticket with miles, and then do a separate transaction for the second ticket. That's only when you're able to split up a purchase like that. Maybe you are just shy of 100 miles for that flight to Europe. Or that all inclusive vacation package. Some programs simply won't allow you to book. But with a flexible travel program, you can make a $450 travel reservation, use 40,000 points for a $400 credit, and then pay for the $50 balance.</p> <h3>Works for non-frequent flyers</h3> <p>For those who don't often travel, it's hard to build up a balance of miles through a frequent flyer program. Credit cards that offer statement credits on travel purchases allow you to earn points through regular spending, even offering bonus points for everyday categories like dining and groceries. This is the best way for non-frequent flyers to be on their way to travel redemption faster.</p> <h2>The inbetween option</h2> <p>There is an option that stands between the two. These are travel rewards cards that have their own rewards program. For example, Chase cardholders earn Ultimate Rewards Points. American Express users earn Membership Rewards Points. Each program has its own set of travel partners and includes a travel portal that allows you to book flights, hotel stays, car rentals, and vacation packages with points. Additionally, you may be able to transfer your points to airline or hotel loyalty programs, many times at a 1:1 ratio so you don't lose a single point of value.</p> <p>Using these credit cards can be a strategic option for those who want a little more flexibility in their travel options but also want to optimize the value of each point. When you use points for a statement credit, they are always worth one cent per point. But if you can use miles or points in a loyalty program, those points are often worth more than one cent (as shown above with the American Airlines example). Furthermore, these exclusive travel portals offer discounts and deals that are not available to the public. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <h2>What's right for you?</h2> <p>The best way to decide which program and credit card is right for you is to determine your travel goals and preferences. Are you dedicated to one particular airline? Are you traveling in a large group? Do you have flexibility in your travel dates and destinations? Do you enjoy special travel perks and benefits? These questions will help you choose the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">best travel rewards card</a> for you.</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/Airline%20Credit%20Card%20or%20Flexible%20Rewards%20Card-%20What%27s%20the%20Best%20Way%20to%20Earn%20a%20Free%20Flight-.jpg" alt="Airline Credit Card or Flexible Rewards Card: What's the Best Way to Earn a Free Flight?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/airline-credit-card-or-flexible-rewards-card-whats-the-best-way-to-earn-a-free-flight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <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-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/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines blackout dates free flights free travel frequent flyers loyalty programs miles rewards travel partners Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:14 +0000 Holly Johnson 1931720 at http://www.wisebread.com Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned With Credit Card Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-466442994.jpg" alt="Traveler earning experiences with credit card rewards" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a travel rewards enthusiast, I've burned through well over a million points and miles in the last few years alone. While I've cashed in some of our credit card points for boring stuff (think motel stays and flights to work conferences), my family and I have also enjoyed once-in-a-lifetime excursions that have helped us see the world in new ways. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months</a>)</p> <p>The best part is, these experiences have all been free, thanks to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card</a> points and airline miles. Here are some of the most memorable adventures we've checked off our bucket list using rewards points.</p> <h2>Snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Cayman</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/Greg%20Stingray.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>In May of 2016, I surprised my husband with a trip to Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. We used points from the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express?ref=internal" target="_blank">Starwood Preferred Guest program</a> to stay at The Westin Grand Cayman, and we paid for our flights with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=internal" target="_blank">American Airlines AAdvantage</a> miles.</p> <p>The highlight of the trip: an excursion to Stingray City, a famous stretch of sandbar that's home to dozens of huge stingrays. I booked this excursion with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-might-be-the-best-travel-rewards-program-no-matter-what-airline-you-fly?ref=internal" target="_blank">Chase Ultimate Rewards points</a> so it didn't even cost a dime.</p> <p>Once we arrived by boat to the sandbar, we were surrounded by enormous stingrays within minutes. We climbed down a ladder into the crystal-clear water, and the stingrays approached all around. Some let you hold them and even kiss them, while others just swam around our legs. The entire trip was a hoot, and we got awesome pictures of ourselves holding stingrays as big as five feet across. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <h2>Luxing out at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme<strong> </strong></h2> <p>A few years ago, we used two free nights from my Hyatt credit card to book a weekend stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Considering the fact that rooms here usually cost $800+ per night, this isn't just any hotel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-in-a-5-star-hotel-for-less-than-the-cost-of-a-motel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Stay in a 5-Star Hotel for Less Than the Cost of a Motel</a>)</p> <p>The lobby is pristine, with art and décor that screams Parisian elegance. The large rooms are decorated in gold leaf, while the whole hotel reeks of luxury and seclusion. The breakfast, which we got for free, was regularly more than $100 for two people. And the service was impeccable.</p> <p>Because the hotel was the most luxurious I have ever stayed in, it was an experience in itself. (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 the Best Hotel Rewards Programs and Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Exploring Athens on an electric bike</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/Late%20Day%20Athens.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When my husband and I visited Greece in 2016, we wanted a fun and interesting way to see the city. While we did a lot of exploring on foot, we were stoked when we found an electric bike tour we could book through Chase Ultimate Rewards.</p> <p>The weather was perfect the day of our trip, making breezing through ancient Athens fun and comfortable. On our electric bikes, we viewed the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon from afar, visited other historic sites like the Roman Agora and the Temple of Zeus, and zipped through busy streets lined with locals and tourists dining al fresco.</p> <p>We thought the bike tour was the perfect way to see parts of the city up close and can't wait to do something similar again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a>)</p> <h2>Touring ancient Tuscany on rewards</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/San%20Gimignano%20Tour%20-%20Tuscany.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When we went to Italy a few years ago, we wanted to see some of the countryside near Florence without renting a car. We found the perfect solution: a day trip to three ancient cities throughout Tuscany, which we booked using Chase Ultimate Rewards points.</p> <p>After we boarded our bus near the train station in Florence, we set off to experience the unique charms of San Gimignano, Pisa, and Siena.</p> <p>Our visit to the medieval town of San Gimignano was a wander back in time. The walled city is home to beautifully preserved tower homes &mdash; the medieval equivalent of skyscrapers. After climbing 200+ steps to the top of the highest tower, we were rewarded with some of Tuscany's best views.</p> <p>In Pisa, we of course saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa and its adjacent baptistery. And yes, we got a silly picture of ourselves pretending to hold up the tower. Our last stop was Siena, where we visited the beautiful gothic cathedral known as the Siena Duomo, strolled through the famous Piazza del Campo in the heart of the city, then explored the winding city streets on our own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Miles Have the Best Value?</a>)</p> <h2>Snorkeling through Cenotes in Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/Greg%20and%20Lydia%20Snorkeling.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Another excursion we loved was snorkeling within three separate ecosystems in Mexico. This is yet another trip we booked with points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and it was a great one.</p> <p>After the bus picked us up at our Playa del Carmen hotel, we went to swim in a freshwater cenote &mdash; a natural sinkhole formed where a cave ceiling has collapsed. There, we saw tons of tiny tropical fish and zip-lined from a platform high above. Next, we snorkeled in a freshwater cave with catfish and amazing rock formations. Lastly, we headed to a protected ocean reef where we snorkeled with vast schools of fish and sea turtles. While there, I dove down to the quiet ocean floor and observed stingrays and huge parrot fish. It was an unforgettable experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation With Credit Cards in 2 Months</a>)</p> <h2>Plan your own amazing rewards adventure</h2> <p>When it comes to credit card rewards, don't forget to think outside of the box. Sure, you can use your points for a regular flight or hotel stay, but there's so much more you can do.</p> <p>With the right card, you could take a hot-air balloon ride to see the Loire Valley's famous castles, dive for pearls off the coast of Hawaii, or spend a few nights in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel you could otherwise never dream of affording</a>. If you're ready to boost your vacation fun with credit card rewards, be sure to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal" target="_blank">compare travel credit cards</a> to find an option that will help you see the world your own way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-started-with-travel-rewards-in-4-simple-steps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Get Started with Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps</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%2Fonce-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FOnce-In-A-Lifetime%2520Experiences%2520I%2527ve%2520Earned%2520With%2520Credit%2520Card%2520Rewards.jpg&amp;description=Once-In-A-Lifetime%20Experiences%20I've%20Earned%20With%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards"></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/Once-In-A-Lifetime%20Experiences%20I%27ve%20Earned%20With%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards.jpg" alt="Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned With Credit Card Rewards" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">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/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-2 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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <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/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel abroad caribbean Europe free travel hotels international travel mexico miles points rewards vacation Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Holly Johnson 1921684 at http://www.wisebread.com Learn How to Travel Forever From These 7 Digital Nomads http://www.wisebread.com/learn-how-to-travel-forever-from-these-7-digital-nomads <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/learn-how-to-travel-forever-from-these-7-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/iStock-513070060.jpg" alt="these people will teach you how to travel forever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chances are you've heard the term &quot;digital nomad,&quot; as this lifestyle has become more popular &mdash; and more visible &mdash; in recent years. Digital nomads are people who have taken their work online, using the Internet as a means to continue working while they travel. Their work is truly location independent, allowing them to earn money no matter where they are.</p> <p>But here's an intriguing statistic: In the United States, freelancers make up around a third of the workforce, according to a study commissioned by Freelancers Union. And while most have not become digital nomads, many of them certainly could. At the least, telecommuters and freelancers can borrow some of the tricks and strategies digital nomads use for more flexibility, or even to get away for brief working holidays.</p> <p>If you've been wanting to travel more often or for a longer period of time, take a moment to explore the world as seen through the eyes of these six digital nomads. Who knows, maybe one day you'll join them.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year</a></p> <h2>1. Matt Kepnes</h2> <p>Founder of <a href="http://www.nomadicmatt.com/" target="_blank">NomadicMatt.com</a>, Matt Kepnes started traveling in 2006 after finishing his MBA in the United States. He liked it so much, he decided to continue traveling as a lifestyle. He started a travel blog, and since then has continued running his website from anywhere (and everywhere) in the world.</p> <p>On Matt's blog you'll find plenty of advice for staying on the road for extended periods with his handy tips on saving money and sustaining travel. His motto is &quot;Travel Better. Cheaper. Longer,&quot; after all. He's also authored several guides for different locations around the globe. His site contains a plethora of resources for those looking to become digital nomads or just wanting to travel for extended periods.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></p> <h2>2. Derek &quot;Earl&quot; Baron</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wanderingearl.com/" target="_blank">Wandering Earl</a> started his journey to becoming a digital nomad way back in 1999, right about the time when this type of work was becoming a real possibility. Now one of the main aims of his website is to &quot;use [his] own experiences to prove that long-term travel does not have to be a crazy fantasy. It can, and should be, a realistic lifestyle option instead.&quot;</p> <p>He does so quite convincingly and thoroughly. He's not one to sugar coat the digital nomad lifestyle, and his posts are all the more valuable for their honesty about both the good and the bad that come along with living on the road.</p> <h2>3. James Clark</h2> <p><a href="http://www.nomadicnotes.com/" target="_blank">Nomadic Notes</a> is a website started by James Clark, who has been location independent since 2003. His well-written website provides guides, honest reviews, and tips about managing extended travel. In fact, his site features an entire section devoted to long-term travel as well as an information packed resource page for digital nomads. He also shares information on starting your own travel blog, and a directory that links to blogs from around the world, so you can easily find location-specific information.</p> <h2>4. Jodi Ettenberg</h2> <p>After five years of working as a corporate lawyer in New York City, Jodi Ettenberg decided to ditch the routine for a yearlong sabbatical on the road. That was in 2008 and she's still traveling today.</p> <p>When Jodi started <a href="http://www.legalnomads.com/" target="_blank">Legal Nomads</a>, it was to share stories and photos with friends and family. The website grew to be a big success and she started getting offers to do freelance work. Now she dedicates an entire section of her site to providing resources for other digital nomads.</p> <h2>5. Pat Flynn</h2> <p>Although, his website, <a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/" target="_blank">The Smart Passive Income Blog</a> is not directly related to travel, Pat Flynn provides valuable information about how to set up passive income streams, which can be important if you're looking to use a website to help you sustain your travels.</p> <p>Check out his website if you have questions about the finances of running a business online, podcasts, or blogging.</p> <h2>6. Tom Allen</h2> <p><a href="http://tomallen.info" target="_blank">Tom Allen</a> has a website with just about every resource you need if you're looking to travel by bike. But he also has some great posts for non-biking digital nomads. He writes thought-provoking essays that are good food for thought for prospective or experienced digital nomads. He also posts useful video editing tips, if your brand of digital nomadism involves anything to do with videography.</p> <h2>7. Nick Wharton and Dariece Swift</h2> <p>I don't mean to toot my own horn, but <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/" target="_blank">Goats on the Road</a> has become a valuable resource for people interested in the digital nomad lifestyle. The blog is built on more than just our personal experience, which makes it unique. We interview and feature amazing digital nomads who tell their stories, share their income, explain their achievements and failures, and break down their business models so that others can follow in their footsteps.</p> <p>We've covered almost every job one can get overseas with in-depth guides about how you can get started, find work, and make money abroad. Check out our Sustaining Travel Section for dozens of jobs that allow you to earn a living while traveling.</p> <h2>Ready to Hit the Road?</h2> <p>As you've certainly noticed, many of the digital nomads that made this list are involved with travel blogging, and it's true that travel blogging can be a great way to sustain travel. However, there are many other ways that you can travel forever.</p> <p>While it is true that digital nomadism is a relatively recent development in the global workforce, it has become a viable lifestyle for successful entrepreneurs, freelancers, writers, and others who conduct their business mainly online.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Flearn-how-to-travel-forever-from-these-7-digital-nomads&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FLearn%20How%20to%20Travel%20Forever%20From%20These%207%20Digital%20Nomads.jpg&amp;description=Learn%20How%20to%20Travel%20Forever%20From%20These%207%20Digital%20Nomads" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Learn%20How%20to%20Travel%20Forever%20From%20These%207%20Digital%20Nomads.jpg" alt="Learn How to Travel Forever From These 7 Digital Nomads" 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/learn-how-to-travel-forever-from-these-7-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-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fantastic-phone-services-for-people-on-the-go">Fantastic Phone Services for People on the Go</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-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Travel digital nomad free travel travel bloggers work abroad Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:30:35 +0000 Nick Wharton 1884233 at http://www.wisebread.com How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/football_player_498545428.jpg" alt="Man using credit card rewards to go to the Super Bowl" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Millions of Americans use their rewards credit cards to earn frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards, or just a little extra cash back. But Artie Lange, business owner and New York Giants fan, goes for a more unusual reward. His credit card is his ticket to the Super Bowl. When this 50-year-old father of four arrives at Houston's NRG Stadium, it will be the 12th consecutive Super Bowl he's attended using just credit card rewards.</p> <h2>Rewards Get Him to the Game</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Artie%20and%20his%20son%20on%20the%20Field.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>Lange's Super Bowl attendance began 22 years ago when he started cajoling some of the well-connected clients of his business, which builds and renovates custom homes, to give him tickets each year. &quot;When you're 29, it's easy to ask people for tickets,&quot; he remembers. But after a while, he could tell that his annual pleas were starting to wear thin.</p> <p>Then, Lange discovered the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nfl-extra-points-credit-card-review?ref=internal" target="_blank">NFL Extra Points credit card</a>, which allowed him to earn rewards for his spending that could be redeemed for cash back, or for a variety of exclusive NFL purchases, including Super Bowl tickets.</p> <p>With the NFL Extra Points card, you earn two points per dollar spent on all NFL and team purchases, and one point per dollar spent on everything else. You also get a 20% discount on all purchases from NFLShop.com, and special financing on all eligible NFL ticket purchases. New cardholders earn 10,000 bonus points after spending $500 on their card within 90 days of account opening. There is no annual fee for this card.</p> <p>Lange uses his NFL Extra Points card for all of his personal purchases and many of his business expenses as well. By November every year, he's ready to go. When tickets were released in 2016, they sold out within hours. Once again, Artie Lange was able to redeem his points and book his trip to the big game in February.</p> <h2>How Many Points Do You Need?</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Our%20Seats.jpg" width="605" height="454" alt="" /></p> <p>For Super Bowl LI, Barclaycard offered three different ticket packages, each with the option to add hotel accommodations. That's a valuable option, as getting a hotel reservation in the host city for Super Bowl weekend is not only expensive, it can be almost as hard as getting the game tickets themselves.</p> <p>The options for this year were:</p> <ul> <li>175,000 points for two upper-level tickets, or 325,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>225,000 points for two mid-level tickets, or 375,000 points including three hotel nights.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>275,000 points for two premium-level tickets, or 425,000 points including three hotel nights.</li> </ul> <p>Furthermore, Barclaycard invites all cardholders to a welcome brunch featuring an NFL player. This year it will be former quarterback and nine-time Pro-Bowler Warren Moon.</p> <h2>Other Ways to Use NFL Extra Points Card Rewards</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Arties%20Son%20On%20The%20Field.JPG" width="453" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>The NFL Extra Points program offers unique awards beyond just Super Bowl tickets. You can redeem points for tickets to regular season games, starting at 25,000 points for two tickets and even playoff games. There is also a variety of exclusive opportunities available to cardholders that vary by team, including sideline passes, tickets to the coach's press conference, and the chance to be in the tunnel as the teams exit the locker room.</p> <p>And during the Super Bowl, cardholders can redeem points to attend events such as opening night with the media, a VIP player meet and greet, and a private kicking clinic with legendary kicker and four-time Super Bowl champ Adam Vinatieri.</p> <h2>Super Bowl Memories Worth Every Point Spent</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Super%20Bowl%20L.jpg" width="454" height="605" alt="" /></p> <p>As a New York Giants fan, Lange's favorite game was Super Bowl XLII in 2008, when his underdog team emerged victorious in a spectacular finish against the previously unbeaten New England Patriots. He also has great memories of going with his wife, who's been to 12 Super Bowls, and his son, who will be attending his 10th this year.</p> <p>Then there was halftime at Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002. &quot;As a New Yorker, there was nothing more memorable than U2 singing while all the names of the victims of 9/11 scrolled in the background.&quot; Lange says. &quot;I had three friends that died in the towers, so that brought me to tears and is burned into my brain.&quot;</p> <p>On a happier note, he and his three daughters got to go on the field during halftime of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in 2013, and watch Beyonce up close. As he recalls, &quot;The kids went crazy for that experience.&quot;</p> <p>Not everyone will be able to spend the amount needed on an NFL Extra Points card each year to join Artie Lange at the Super Bowl, but it's within reach for many small business owners. Others might save up their points over a few years for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, or just redeem fewer rewards points for a regular season game or other NFL experiences. But Lange's story proves that it's possible to use credit card rewards to attend the Super Bowl every year, and to bring home some incredible memories with it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg&amp;description=How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20One%20Man%20Used%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards%20to%20Go%20to%20the%20Last%2011%20Super%20Bowls.jpg" alt="How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls" 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-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-sell-or-donate-your-airline-miles">6 Ways to Sell or Donate Your Airline 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/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles">The Best Credit Cards that Transfer Points to Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airline miles churning football free travel rewards sports Super Bowl Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Jason Steele 1882260 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Smart Ways to Meet a Rewards Card Minimum Spending Requirement http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-meet-a-rewards-card-minimum-spending-requirement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-smart-ways-to-meet-a-rewards-card-minimum-spending-requirement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_credit_card_635966732.jpg" alt="Woman meeting her credit card&#039;s minimum spending requirement" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're new to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=internal" target="_blank">chasing credit card rewards</a>, it can feel like there's a lot to learn at once. One of the fastest ways to earn credit card rewards points is through a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal">sign-up bonus</a>. This is a big slew of points you'll get from a new card if you spend a certain amount on that card within a specified period of time &mdash; often the first three months. The spending requirement could be anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the card.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation With Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months</a></p> <p>Of course, the whole idea for earning points that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">translate into travel rewards</a> is to spend less. It's counterproductive to go into debt just to meet a minimum spending requirement. That's why the tips below relate to things you're likely <em>already </em>spending on, not additional expenses that will break your budget. You should never let a balance accrue on a credit card just to get rewards. You will never come out ahead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months or Less With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>1. Start With Everyday Expenses</h2> <p>Chances are you can get a significant fraction of the way to meeting your minimum requirement just by putting your regular expenses on your credit card whenever you can.</p> <p>If you're conditioned to paying for things in cash, it's time to break that habit since you're missing out on tons of potential points-earning opportunities. This means putting all your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?ref=internal" target="_blank">grocery purchases on your card</a>. Same for when you pay for gas, dry cleaning, prescriptions, or any of your other regular expenses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-everyday-purchases?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards to Use for Everyday Expenses</a>)</p> <h2>2. Pay Your Bills With Your Card</h2> <p>The same is true for monthly bills like your Internet, Netflix, cellphone, cable, etc. If you have automated payments set up, update them with your new card. For any other bills, see if there's an option to pay with a credit card instead of a checking account. Watch out for any fees charged for credit card payments, though. It's usually not worth it.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></p> <h2>3. Let Little Things Add Up</h2> <p>If you use Uber or Lyft to get around, make sure you update your payment method so that it is linked to your new credit card. The same goes for other apps that you are using to make payments, as small as they may be. If you use Venmo to pay individuals or iTunes for the occasional song download, you'll want to link them to your new card, too, so you'll be earning points toward rewards even when you're not thinking about it.</p> <h2>4. Prepay Current Subscriptions</h2> <p>If you have the extra cash to pay for subscriptions up front, you'll not only help meet the spending requirement, but may score a discount in the process. Many services offer a discount for prepaying.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">10 Ways to Get Free or Almost Free Airline Tickets</a></p> <h2>5. Buy Gift Cards</h2> <p>Buying gift cards is a straightforward way to earn points toward reaching your minimum balance. You are spending money now by purchasing the card, which you can then use later. Due to fraud concerns, many brick-and-mortar retailers no longer take credit cards for gift card purchases, but many e-tailers, including Amazon, will.</p> <p>Again, the most important thing to remember is to only spend what you can pay off every month. Make your payments on time, so you don't accrue interest or late payment fees that will obliterate any rewards you get for your purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-meet-a-rewards-card-minimum-spending-requirement">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/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</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-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">7 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <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/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards bills free travel gift cards groceries hacks minimum spending requirement points rewards sign up bonuses subscriptions Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:00:13 +0000 Nick Wharton 1870054 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_69540947_LARGE.jpg" alt="travel the world for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A common misconception is that travel is expensive. But you may be surprised to learn that there are easy, accessible ways to score free travel that don't require you to be an expert travel hacker. In fact, most of them are fairly straightforward.</p> <h2>1. Get a Free Plane Ticket With Your Next Credit Card</h2> <p>If you're serious about getting free travel fast, you can do so in as little as 15 minutes, and it doesn't have to cost you a thing. There are many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal">travel rewards credit cards</a> that offer a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal">large sign-up bonus</a>. This bonus alone can be enough to cover a domestic round-trip ticket. If you wait a little longer, you can earn more points through purchases and get enough for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months?ref=internal">free international trip</a>.</p> <p>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">5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months or Less with Credit Cards</a></p> <h2>2. Sail for Free</h2> <p>You can score a lot more than free flights. Many people who sail in the Caribbean or between Europe and the Americas are often looking for extra help to crew their vessels.</p> <p>You don't necessarily need to have experience. You just need to be willing to learn and spend a few weeks at sea. You will learn a valuable skill and have an unforgettable experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats?ref=seealso">How to Score Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a>)</p> <h2>3. Sleep for Free</h2> <p>Once you get to your destination (whether by a free flight or a free sail), there are some easy ways to get free accommodations. If you have a home, consider signing up for a home exchange program. This works especially well if you live in a desirable city, such as New York, or San Francisco.</p> <p>Services such as <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10495603-1429299077000">Home Exchange</a> are well-regarded, and although you may have to pay a sign-up fee, you can save more than this initial fee in the free accommodations you will receive after signing up.</p> <p>For those who don't have an apartment or home to list, you can still find free accommodations in the form of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=internal">house or pet sitting</a>. You can find house-sits throughout the world for different dates. If you are looking for a shorter stay, check out <a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/">Couchsurfing</a>, which is ideal for a few days. You can connect with locals in the city you are traveling to and they will put you up for absolutely free.</p> <p>And finally, another great way to land free accommodation is by volunteering or staying in places such as ashrams and Sikh temples. Especially in India, you can volunteer your time cooking, cleaning, or being a yogi, and in exchange you'll get free room and board, plus an unforgettable experience.</p> <h2>4. Volunteer</h2> <p>Volunteer programs are available both on a short-term and long-term basis. Travel with the Peace Corps, United Nations, and ArtCorps for assignments that can last one or two years. <a href="http://www.wwoof.net/">World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms</a> connects you with farms all over the world that will host and feed you in exchange for a few hours of work on their farm daily. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso">11 Volunteer Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <h2>5. Travel by Foot or by Bike</h2> <p>If travel by plane or boat are not your cup of tea, consider walking or biking. You are guaranteed to have a memorable travel experience, while spending $0 on transportation costs. There are some amazing places in the world you can see by foot. You could hike the <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/travel-tips-and-articles/1467">Camino trail in Spain</a>. You can stay in hostels and refuges along the way, or you can bring your own tent, avoiding all accommodation costs as well.</p> <p>Bike trips are another way to eliminate the cost of transportation entirely. Tom Allen provides great resources for <a href="http://tomsbiketrip.com/planning-a-bike-tour/">planning a bike trip</a>. Usually you can buy a bike for very cheap and it will quickly pay for itself in the savings you'll make on busses, trains, or planes.</p> <h2>6. Start a Travel Blog</h2> <p>Starting a blog is easy, but building it up takes some time. However, if you learn how to start a travel blog and begin building your blog audience now, by this time next year, you could have a following that is actually worth something.</p> <p>Many hotels, tour operators and airlines will be keen to access your hard-earned audience, and they will often offer you free accommodation, trips, and flights in exchange for an honest review on your blog. I know from experience! I haven't had to pay for scuba dives, hotels, or tours in a very long time! This is technically more of an "exchange" than free travel, but it's pretty amazing staying in beautiful hotels and getting to share the experience with your readers.</p> <p>There are many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=internal">ways to travel for free</a>. All it takes is a little bit of thinking outside the box and some time. Remember that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/savor-your-trip-and-save-big-with-these-5-slow-travel-tips?ref=internal">traveling slow</a> is another way to save a lot of money. Consider what skills you have to offer and then remember that you can always barter those skills along the way instead of paying.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel.jpg&amp;description=6%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Free%20Travel.jpg" alt="" 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/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-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-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/earn-free-travel-sooner-with-these-frequent-flyer-mileage-secrets">Earn Free Travel Sooner With These Frequent Flyer Mileage Secrets</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/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-streamline-your-travel-rewards-strategy">How to Streamline Your Travel Rewards Strategy</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/get-started-with-travel-rewards-in-4-simple-steps">Get Started With Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps</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/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel free flights free travel frequent flyer miles frugal living travel rewards Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Nick Wharton 1782253 at http://www.wisebread.com Earn Free Travel Sooner With These Frequent Flyer Mileage Secrets http://www.wisebread.com/earn-free-travel-sooner-with-these-frequent-flyer-mileage-secrets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/earn-free-travel-sooner-with-these-frequent-flyer-mileage-secrets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_42077894_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="earning free travel sooner with these frequent flyer mileage secrets" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the biggest costs you will encounter when planning for travel is the transportation: airfare to and from your destination. That's where frequent flyer miles come in &mdash; an easy way to travel more and spend less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-known-trick-to-getting-exclusive-travel-discounts-and-rewards?ref=seealso">Little Known Trick to Getting Exclusive Travel Discounts and Rewards</a>)</p> <h2>An Intro to Frequent Flyer Miles</h2> <p>Frequent flyer programs are nothing new. The <a href="http://www.economist.com/node/5323615">first airline loyalty program</a> of this type debuted in 1981, offered by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">American Airlines</a>. Ever since, these programs have been gaining in popularity. Now nearly every major airline offers a frequent flyer program.</p> <p>Each program has its own set of rules but generally, if you sign up for their loyalty program, you can get points for purchases or other activities that you can then redeem for free flights. However, accruing enough points to get those free flights can take a long time, unless you know some of the secrets to getting more points, faster, so you can be on your way to your next vacation.</p> <h3>1. Loyalty Can Get You More</h3> <p>These programs aren't called loyalty programs for nothing. If you consistently fly with the same airline, you'll earn points and rewards toward a free flight faster than spreading your points across various airline programs. Rather than having 200 points with three different airline programs, you can have 600 with one, which should be enough for a free domestic flight.</p> <h3>2. Use a Co-Branded Credit Card</h3> <p>Once you've decided on your favorite airline, check their credit card options. Getting a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">co-branded airline credit card</a> will allow you to get points for everyday shopping, not just when you book a flight. These credit cards usually come with great perks, like priority boarding, free checked bags, and discounts on in-flight purchases.</p> <h3>3. Make Your Frequent Flyer Miles Go Farther</h3> <p>Now that you've accumulated enough points, it's time for the fun part: redeeming them for free travel.</p> <p>Pay attention to how you redeem your points, to make them worth as much as possible. This means making a high-value trade-in for your points. Simply put, this means don't waste your points on something that would cost you a small amount in dollars. For example, a $300 round trip economy flight might cost 500 points. That's a $0.60 value you're getting from each point. But a $1,200 international flight might only cost 1,000 points. That would get you a $1.20 value for each point! So it could be worth your while to hold on to those points until you can get a large ticket item.</p> <p><em>What are some other ways to score free travel fast? Share with us!</em></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/earn-free-travel-sooner-with-these-frequent-flyer-mileage-secrets">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/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-airlines-frequent-flyer-miles-have-the-best-value">Which Airline&#039;s Frequent Flyer Miles Have the Best Value?</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/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</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/get-started-with-travel-rewards-in-4-simple-steps">Get Started With Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps</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/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel free travel frequent flyer miles saving money travel on a budget travel rewards Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Nick Wharton 1779795 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Smart Ways to Travel the World for Free http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-travel-the-world-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-travel-the-world-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_map_travel_000070316443.jpg" alt="Woman finding smart ways to travel the world for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on smart ways to travel the world for free, how to save on summer destinations, and ways to eat healthy on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/06/ways-to-travel-the-world-for-free.html">4 Smart Ways to Travel The World For Free</a> &mdash; Travel with a group and take advantage of group discounts on tours, train tickets, festivals, etc. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/healthy-eating-on-a-budget/">10 best ways to save on summer's hottest destinations (including Disney)</a> &mdash; Bundled tickets may offer a better value if you're heading to an amusement park. [Money Rates]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/healthy-eating-on-a-budget/">10 Tips for Healthy Eating on a Budget</a> &mdash; Learn to cook ethnic cuisines, which tend to rely on inexpensive, self-stable ingredients. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2016/06/01/6-steps-getting-debt/">6 Steps to Getting Out of Debt</a> &mdash; Get a clear picture of where you stand by listing every balance that you owe. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2016/06/02/7-theme-park-tips-to-save-you-time-and-money/">Inexpensive Ways to Decorate Your Home</a> &mdash; Don't pay full price for wall art and other home décor items. You can find interesting pieces at lower prices at yard sales and flea markets. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Apps-Help-You-Sleep-41514914">Technology CAN Help You Fall Asleep at Night</a> &mdash; These creative apps can help you work through a variety of sleeping issues. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-things-parents-can-learn-from-the-cincinnati-zoo-situation">50 Father's Day Gifts for $50 or Less</a> &mdash; Need a thoughtful (but affordable) Father's Day gift? Consider getting him a brewery tour or a day of geocaching. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://shopperstrategy.com/2016/06/02/7-theme-park-tips-to-save-you-time-and-money/">7 Theme Park Tips to Save You Time and Money</a> &mdash; Do your research! Map out any attractions that you want to see so you don't miss out in the bustle of the day. [Shopper Strategy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.adaringadventure.com/3-oddball-ways-eliminate-frustration-get-moving-forward/">3 Oddball Ways to Eliminate Frustration and Get Moving Forward Again</a> &mdash; Kids throw tantrums when they're frustrated. Adults can use the Emotional Freedom Technique (or &quot;tapping&quot;) to release the energy caused by your frustrations and to figure out other ways to handle the problem. [A Daring Adventure]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-things-parents-can-learn-from-the-cincinnati-zoo-situation">6 Things Parents Can Learn from the Cincinnati Zoo Situation</a> &mdash; This tragedy is a teaching moment for all parents with young children. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbest-money-tips-smart-ways-to-travel-the-world-for-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FBest%20Money%20Tips-%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20the%20World%20for%20Free.jpg&amp;description=Best%20Money%20Tips%3A%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20the%20World%20for%20Free" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Best%20Money%20Tips-%20Smart%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20the%20World%20for%20Free.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-smart-ways-to-travel-the-world-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit">9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips free travel Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:30:28 +0000 Amy Lu 1723162 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000067360057_Large.jpg" alt="couple traveling for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a full-time travel blogger and a full-time traveler, people often say to me, &quot;I want to travel, but I don't have enough money.&quot; But with online communities and worldwide volunteering opportunities growing, anyone can now travel for free. The following tips are for anyone who wants to make travel a bigger part of their lives, but doesn't have the funds to make it happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a>)</p> <h2>1. House Sitting</h2> <p>The idea of getting paid to house-sit seems almost too good to be true. But hundreds of listings are posted every day on a collection of amazing websites (my personal favorite is TrustedHouseSitters.com).</p> <p>The homes available vary from oceanside cottages and jungle cabins to castles and mansions on vineyards. The amazing thing, is that anyone and everyone can sign up for these websites, add their profile, and start finding free accommodations all around the world.</p> <p>Don't like animals? Some of the jobs are only house-sits, with no pets to worry about.</p> <p>If you love animals, this is the perfect chance for you to bond with a furry companion while discovering new destinations and learning about cultures around the world.</p> <p>There is a yearly fee of $113.88 ($9.49/month) to view the jobs. Look over these <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/house-sitting-frequently-asked-questions/">frequently asked questions about house sitting</a> for a better understanding of the program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso">How to Land the Perfect House Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <p>In my experience, most of the homes on the website are luxurious. Typically, the homeowners that post their houses on the site have money to take a few months off each year, so they also have money for a beautiful home, a gardener, a housekeeper etc.</p> <p>My wife and I once even landed a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi5iGJ_-6E&amp;list=PL6F38OL31c4kOKbzalniqh9lI_Dy_i64-&amp;index=18">house sitting job in the Caribbean</a>!</p> <h2>2. Volunteer</h2> <p>Travel is a wonderful way to grow as a person, learn about different traditions around the world, and meet new people from different cultures. For all the good travel does you, why not give back a little (and enjoy some free travel along the way)? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso">11 Volunteer Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <p>Volunteering will give you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and help out where it's needed most. Some of the most popular options include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://wwoofinternational.org/">WWOOFing</a> (Fee varies by locale):</li> </ul> <p>Sorry dog-lovers, this isn't a K9 rescue program, as the name would imply. WWOOFing is a worldwide organization that aims to connect people who want to live on an organic farm and learn more about sustainable living and eco-friendly farming. Typically, volunteers are involved in planting, tending to crops and animals, and helping out wherever possible. In exchange, they are usually offering free room and board. To find jobs, click on a country where you're interested in WWOOFing. You'll then be brought to that country's WWOOF website where you can pay a fee to join their network. There is no international WWOOFing fee, so if you want access to jobs all over the world, you'll have to pay for numerous annual fees (usually around $15-$40 per year).</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.workaway.info/">WorkAway.info</a> (Registration fee = $29/2 years):</li> </ul> <p>This site is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to work overseas in exchange for free accommodations. The site features volunteering and cultural exchange programs, helping you to integrate and help local communities in over 130 countries worldwide. Jobs range from home and community restoration to teaching English in rural villages.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.helpx.net/">helpX</a> ($0-$23):</li> </ul> <p>Yet another online network of hosts from around the world who need an extra hand. HelpX has a great network of people. Volunteers are typically asked to work between 4-6 hours per day in exchange for room and board. The basic package is free, but premium users must pay &euro;20 ($23) for a two-year membership. Premium users have access to direct communications with the hosts.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats?ref=seealso">How to Get Free Accommodations and Paid Jobs on Boats</a></p> <h2>3. Use Credit Card Points</h2> <p>If you want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">travel for free</a>, then you should be charging all of your day-to-day purchases on your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">favorite travel rewards credit card</a>, so that at the end of each year, you can put the points towards travel.</p> <p>If you don't already have an excellent rewards credit card, consider signing up for a few of the best ones at the same time based on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">best sign-up bonuses</a>, which can equal up to $500 each. Sign up for three cards with large sign-up bonuses and by the end of the year you may have enough for a free trip. There's no better way to get a free (or close to free flight) than using your rewards points.</p> <h2>4. Hitchhike (On Land<em> and Sea</em>)</h2> <p>Before you cringe at the idea of being kidnapped from the side of the road, you should know that hitchhiking isn't nearly as dangerous as we've been led to believe. According to <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/12/travel/vounteer-free-travel/">some recent studies</a>, you are more likely to die from tripping and falling over than from being murdered while hitchhiking. But that could also be because most people don't hitchhike anymore.</p> <p>Thumbing it is an excellent way to get from one destination to another, and in many parts of the world, it's still the norm. While I was traveling in Kyrgyzstan, everyone and their goat (literally in some cases) used hitchhiking as a form of transport.</p> <p>You don't have to limit your thumb to the side of the road either! You can even hitchhike on sail boats and cruise around the sea for free. Usually you'll be asked to help out as a &quot;skipper,&quot; but it's definitely worth it for a free sailing tour.</p> <p>I've met many people in the Caribbean who have seen numerous islands without spending a cent to get between them. On top of that, they used our next trick to get free accommodation.</p> <h2>5. Camping</h2> <p>In most parts of North America, there will be a fee for camping, but in many parts of the world (including Mexico, Central America, and most of the Caribbean), camping on beaches is free.</p> <p>Locals often use camping as a way to enjoy a cheap domestic holiday, so why not join them? The great thing about this method of free travel is the opportunity to meet new people along the way. You'll often be camping in groups and you may even meet people who will drive you to your next destination.</p> <p>Note: To find free campsites around the world, check out <a href="http://freecampsites.net/">FreeCampsites.net</a>.</p> <p>Of course, you'll have to be careful about where you post up your tent, as some beaches can be dangerous. But a little bit of research and an adventurous spirit can give you some pretty amazing travel experiences, without breaking your bank.</p> <h2>6. Find Free Food</h2> <p>Few people know how easy it is to find free food while traveling.</p> <h3>Ashrams (Typically in India)</h3> <p>Head into the nearest ashram and take part in the day-to-day meditations and yoga classes (also free). Help out by cleaning and guiding new visitors and you'll be given free room and board. That's right. Enjoy free yoga, free meditation, free food, and free housing all while finding inner peace and learning more about yourself. Does it get any better than that?</p> <h3>Bakeries</h3> <p>Did you know that bakeries often give away their leftovers at the end of a day? Any bakery worth eating at will bake fresh goods each and every morning &mdash; meaning that there is typically a lot of leftovers come nightfall. Visit a nearby bakery at closing time and enjoy free food.</p> <h3>Temples and Places of Worship</h3> <p>Free food can be found at places of worship around the world. You'll usually have to volunteer and help out in order to eat for free, but the experience is always worth it! I helped roll chapati bread at a Sikh temple in India and was given free food for the day.</p> <h3>Festivals</h3> <p>There's nothing like a good festival to land yourself some free food. There's almost always some company giving away free samples, or even full plates of food. If you hear music, celebrations, and a rumble in your stomach at the same time, follow your nose to a free lunch!</p> <h2>7. Work in Hostels, Hotels, and Bars</h2> <p>You'd be surprised at how many establishments are looking for foreigners to help out. Usually you'll be offered free room and board in exchange for your cleaning, bartending, administration, or reception services.</p> <p>To find work, simply check-in or order a drink and ask if they are looking for help. There are so many jobs available around the world that it may even be worth traveling with multiple copies of your resume.</p> <h2>No More Excuses!</h2> <p>Start putting your expenses on your favorite travel rewards credit card to earn points for your flight, then start browsing, researching, and registering for opportunities and you could easily hit the road with very little (or no) money in your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year</a>)</p> <p>Once you're on the road working and volunteering, you'll start networking with businesses and communities, and you'll find more and more opportunities to continue traveling without spending money. You can potentially travel forever!</p> <p><em>Have you ever traveled for free? Share your tips with us in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520That%2520Anyone%2520Can%2520Travel%2520for%2520Free.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20That%20Anyone%20Can%20Travel%20for%20Free"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20That%20Anyone%20Can%20Travel%20for%20Free.jpg" width="250" height="374" align="middle" alt="" /></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-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/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/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</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/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</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-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt</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-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel free travel travel tips vacation wanderlust Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:30:20 +0000 Nick Wharton 1654566 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 25 Ways to Travel for Free http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-25-ways-to-travel-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-25-ways-to-travel-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_airport_travel_000048751410.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to travel for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found ways to travel for free, last-minute gifts you don&rsquo;t have to buy, and how to have more money at the end of each month.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.becauseimcheap.com/ways-to-travel-for-free/">25 Ways To Travel For Free</a> &mdash; Certain volunteer programs give you the opportunity to travel around the world. [Because I'm Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://patverettosfrugalliving.blogspot.com/2015/12/last-minute-gifts-you-dont-have-to-buy.html">Last Minute Gifts You Don't Have to Buy</a> &mdash; For kids, you can throw together an art box with an assortment of paper, some coloring pages printed from the Internet, stamps, pencils, glue, and anything else you can find lying around. [Pat Veretto's Frugal Living Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-have-more-money-in-your-wallet-at-the-end-of-each-month">How to Have More Money in Your Wallet at the End of Each Month</a> &mdash; Consider replacing cable with a low-cost streaming alternative. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Dollar-Store-Item-DIY-Projects-22623041#photo-22623041">36 Dollar-Store DIY Projects to Try Out</a> &mdash; Add style to your home with a beaded chandelier that you can make out of materials from the dollar store. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1220/Want-to-see-Cuba-before-the-tourists-get-there-Go-now">Want to see Cuba before the tourists get there? Go now.</a> &mdash; Thanks to a new agreement, commercial airlines can now schedule regular flights between the U.S. and Cuba. If you want to explore Cuba before it's overrun with tourists, now's the time to do it! [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/make-money/6-ways-to-increase-semi-passive-income-today/">6 Ways to Increase Semi-Passive Income Today</a> &mdash; Rent out the tools and appliances that you rarely use. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2015/12/21/start-financial-year-off-right/">How to Start Your Financial Year Off Right</a> &mdash; Stop making excuses to avoid paying off debt. Face your fears and just do it! [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/passenger-rights-you-should-know-about-airlines">Lost Bag? Overbooked Flights? Passenger Rights You Should Know About (But Airlines Never Mention)</a> &mdash; Learn what you're owed &mdash; and how to get it &mdash; if your baggage is lost. [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://productivitytheory.com/5-ways-to-boost-productivity-after-the-holidays/">5 Preemptive Ways To Boost Productivity After The Holidays</a> &mdash; Take a random weekday off, if you can, to run errands that you couldn't squeeze in after work. [Productivity Theory]</p> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2015/12/21/the-10-best-indoor-plants/">The 10 Best Indoor Plants</a> &mdash; The Spider Plant helps to clear chemicals in the air and is easy to look after. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-25-ways-to-travel-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit">9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips free travel Wed, 23 Dec 2015 20:00:03 +0000 Amy Lu 1625700 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-154076695.jpg" alt="tourist" title="tourist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacationing abroad is going to put a dent in your wallet. Sure, you can search through<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources"> money-saving travel websites</a>, book with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">insane travel rewards programs</a>, and even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">eat cheap while you're abroad</a>, but it's still all but unavoidable: at some point, you're going to have to fork over some cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Which is why finding just one amazing free activity in a foreign city can be so liberating. Beyond the activity itself, a fun freebie can go a long way to putting your mind at rest that you're not over-spending.</p> <p>So if you're thinking about a trip sometime soon, or just want to be reminded that you can take one without splurging on <em>everything</em>, check out this list highlighting 14 of the Best Free Things to do Abroad.</p> <h2>1. Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights Show</h2> <p><img width="605" height="268" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hongkong_0.jpg" /></p> <p>The Guinness Book of World Records calls it &quot;<a href="http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/harbour-view/a-symphony-of-lights.jsp">the world's largest permanent light and sound show</a>.&quot; You'll call it &quot;free&quot;. Enjoy the show that involves over 40 buildings along the impressive Victoria Harbour, and synchronizes laser beams, spotlights, and music.</p> <h2>2. Amsterdam's Buiksloterweg Ferry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/amsterdam.jpg" /></p> <p>Americans often think of ferries as ways to commute, not beautiful scenic tour-boats. And very rarely to they think of them as free. But so it is with the <a href="http://www.amsterdamcityblog.com/tag/buiksloterweg/">ferries that leave just behind Amsterdam's Central Station</a> and take you to all sorts of different downtown neighborhoods.</p> <h2>3. Raffles Hotel, Singapore</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/singapore.jpg" /></p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.raffles.com">The grand of dame of Singapore</a>&quot; feels like it should cost you and arm and a leg just to walk through the colonial majesty of its grounds&hellip; but it doesn't. Just don't even <em>think</em> of staying the night if you're on a budget.</p> <h2>4. Parisian Flicks at the Parc de la Villette</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/paris.jpg" /></p> <p>Just outside the city, this <a href="http://goparis.about.com/od/parismovietheaters/a/cinemalavillette.htm">enormous outdoor movie theater</a> plays free movies (both classic and contemporary) every night during July and August.</p> <h2>5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/tokyo.jpg" /></p> <p>You're on an adventurous vacation in an exotic country looking for excitement. &quot;Metropolitan government office&quot; probably isn't the first attraction that pops into your head. But <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/sights/architecture/tokyo-metropolitan-government-offices">Japan's towering Tokyo Tocho building</a> will change all that with its 45<sup>th</sup> floor (free!) observation deck providing views of the city and even Mt Fuji.</p> <h2>6. Riverdale Farm, Toronto</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/toronto.jpg" /></p> <p>Imagine what would happen if you plopped a <a href="https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a4f8dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD">7.5 acre farm</a> full of sheep, goats, and cows in the middle of Chicago or San Francisco? In Canada, they can get away with that sort of wackiness, most notably at this free farmland sanctuary tucked inside a bustling downtown neighborhood.</p> <h2>7. The Art of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vatican.jpg" /></p> <p>Want to see works from some of history's best artists for free? Then don't go to an art museum, go to <a href="http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/vr_tour/index-en.html">this holiest of Catholic holy sites</a> filled the artwork of Raphael, Bramante, and Michelangelo.</p> <h2>8. Biking in Copenhagen</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/copenhagen.jpg" /></p> <p>Denmark may just be home to <a href="http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen-tourist">the world's most bikeable city</a>, and the Danes want your pedal power so badly, they'll let you ride for free with the Go Bike bikeshare. Just pop in a small coin deposit, and hours of parks, beaches, and 17<sup>th</sup> century neighborhoods later, lock the bike up and you'll get your money back.</p> <h2>9. Northern Lights in Oslo</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/oslo.jpg" /></p> <p>It would be very, very difficult for the Norwegian government to charge you for looking up. So take full advantage by visiting in the winter, and more than likely <a href="http://www.visitnorway.com/en/what-to-do/attractions-culture/nature-attractions-in-norway/the-northern-lights/?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqWQ9ENLCN43jrRZcihUARaM117kdY7vu4KqyNS6rwDnw_wcB">seeing the sky turn green</a> without having to spend any green.</p> <h2>10. The Kensington High Street Roof Gardens, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londonken.jpg" /></p> <p>Until 2012 <a href="http://www.roofgardens.virgin.com">the largest rooftop garden</a> in Europe, this charmingly lush 1.5 acres are free and open to the public, but not visible from the street, so locate them by looking for the Virgin flag.</p> <h2>11. Sydney's Harbour Bridge</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sydney.jpg" /></p> <p>Though walking <em>up</em> the bridge's catwalk can cost an arm and a leg (also what you'll lose if you fall&hellip;), walking across the bridge is free, and provides some amazing views of the city skyline and famed <a href="http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/homepage.aspx?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqXMhk76TSfPE8T01_YFe6dVW3j2guZsv1EL3RGjUPS3w_wcB">Sydney Opera House</a>.</p> <h2>12. Lindt Chocolate Factory in Zurich</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/zurich.jpg" /></p> <p>Even Charlie's golden ticket cost the price of a candy bar. Not so at the home of <a href="http://www.lindtusa.com">the world's most famous (real) chocolate</a>, which offers free tours.</p> <h2>13. Santa Skiing in Quebec</h2> <p><img width="605" height="342" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/quebec.jpg" /></p> <p>Just because it's free doesn't mean you don't have to work for it. But if you're willing to dress up like Old Saint Nick, you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7f5pOnTmEE">hit the slopes at Le Massif in Charlevoix</a> at no charge.</p> <h2>14. The Tate Modern, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londontate.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">T</a><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">he most-visited art gallery in the world</a> is also&hellip; the free-est! Except for special exhibitions, there's no charge to visit London's famous museum.</p> <p><em>Done any equally amazing (or <strong>more </strong>amazing) free activities aboard? 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Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F14%20of%20the%20Best%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20Abroad.jpg&amp;description=14%20of%20the%20Best%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20Abroad" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/14%20of%20the%20Best%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20Abroad.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">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/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt</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-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment Travel budget travel free travel Wed, 28 May 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Joe Epstein 1140149 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-dv1286014.jpg" alt="couple" title="couple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>OK, so you have a vacation planned to a big city, but your budget's already been shot to heck by airfare and hotel. You may feel like a lack of funds will limit your ability to have fun, but there are plenty of things to do in most cities that won't cost you a dime. In fact, one of the great things about cities is that there's a lot of free stuff built in. It may take some creativity, but rest assured you can find plenty to do without opening your wallet.</p> <h2>1. Visit a Park</h2> <p>Most sizable cities have big parks (Central Park in NY, Grant Park in Chicago, Retiro in Madrid). These are usually pleasant to walk, run, or bike through, and you'll often be able to check out things like free music concerts or other performances. The park is also a great place to people-watch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Get Free Airline Tickets</a>)</p> <h2>2. Visit a Church</h2> <p>Most major cities have churches that are some of the most historic buildings in town. The St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans or the San Miguel Mission in Santa Fe, for instance, are two of the oldest structures in the United States. Churches are usually landmarks and great examples of certain types of architecture. Best of all, they are usually free to visit.</p> <h2>3. Stop by a Cemetery</h2> <p>This may seem a bit macabre, but it's often a great history lesson. Most major cities have graveyards with markers of famous people. Did you know that Granary Burying Ground in Boston has the graves of three signers of the Declaration of Independence? In Halifax, Novia Scotia, there's a graveyard of those who perished on the Titanic. And the graveyards in New Orleans are a top tourist destination.</p> <h2>4. Go to a Museum</h2> <p>It's true that most museums do charge admission (the Smithsonian museums in Washington, DC being notable exceptions). But many popular museums do offer free admission at certain days or times, or under other special circumstances. Chicago's Museum of Industry, for example, offers free admission on special days if you are an Illinois resident. Boston's Children's Museum offers free admission to any teacher from New England. If you plan ahead and do some research, you may find that you can access some great museums without paying a cent. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free?ref=seealso">How to Visit Museums for Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Volunteer</h2> <p>This may not seem like a very touristy thing to do, but it's a great way to really learn about the people and culture of a city. Consider taking a day to help out a charity working on homes in a specific neighborhood. Help out at a soup kitchen or a park cleanup. You'll feel good about yourself, and you'll connect with some locals who can further enrich your visit there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-benefits-of-volunteering?ref=seealso">Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering</a>)</p> <h2>6. Check Out the Public Art</h2> <p>Most cities are filled with great sculptures, murals, and other pieces that are worth seeing. If you're in Barcelona, Gaudi's Parc Guell is a must-see attraction. Melbourne has a great collection of public art, thanks to an ongoing injection of public funds. Sculptures like the LOVE statue in Philadelphia and the Bull statue on New York's Wall Street are tourist destinations in and of themselves.</p> <h2>7. Search for Hollywood</h2> <p>Most major cities can boast of at least one or two famous movies filmed there, and some cities, like New York and Toronto, have been home to countless films. The movie &quot;Rocky&quot; came out in 1976, but not a day goes by that someone doesn't triumphantly climb the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the Georgetown section of Washington, DC, anyone can go check out the famous &quot;Exorcist&quot; steps.</p> <h2>8. Browse the High-End Shops (But Don't Buy Anything)</h2> <p>When I was in high school, a few friends and I took a day trip to New York City and spent an afternoon browsing around Park Avenue and popping into places like Tiffany and Co., Gucci, and Prada. We had no money to spend, and the store employees knew it. But it was fun to play pretend for a while, and the whole experience was good for many laughs. We even saw a couple of supermodels! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nyc-basic-tips-and-etiquette?ref=seealso">NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette</a>)</p> <h2>9. Hold a Scavenger Hunt</h2> <p>This works great if you're with a sizable group of friends, but you could probably do it as challenge yourself as well. Before you visit a city, make a list of landmarks, then hold a contest to see who can find the most. It's a great, free way to make sure you're not missing a main attraction, and it will help you learn how to get around the city better as well.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any free, fun activities while visiting another city? What'd you do?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20in%20Any%20City%20You%20Visit.jpg&amp;description=9%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20in%20Any%20City%20You%20Visit" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20in%20Any%20City%20You%20Visit.jpg" alt="9 Free Things to Do in Any City You Visit" width="250" height="374" />&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-free-things-to-do-in-any-city-you-visit">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/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-natural-wonders-you-can-see-for-free">5 Natural Wonders You Can See For Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel free adventures free events free travel Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:24:09 +0000 Tim Lemke 1111193 at http://www.wisebread.com Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/483734202_e36594b0b9_z_0.jpg" alt="home exchange" title="home exchange" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you and your family like to get away, but are held back by the cost of a vacation? Accommodations are one of the big stumbling points for any vacation budget, and a home exchange might be just the solution for you. And with some added perks (like the security of having somebody watching your home while you're away), it's a win-win for everybody. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a>)</p> <h2>How It Works</h2> <p>Just like it sounds, the basic principle of a home exchange is that you temporarily exchange dwellings with somebody else. The terms of the exchange are up to you, including how long the exchange is for, compensation (if any) for household expenses, and any requested chores like watering plants, picking up mail, use of vehicles, or even taking care of a pet.</p> <p>And contrary to what you might think, not all home exchanges need to be simultaneous or just two-way. With a plethora of sites connecting home exchangers, you have lots of options.</p> <h2>Home Exchange Benefits</h2> <p>Home exchanges offer lots of benefits for your next vacation.</p> <p><strong>Comforts of Home</strong></p> <p>With a home exchange you get to enjoy all the comforts of home &mdash; somebody else's home, that is!</p> <p><strong>Frugal (and Healthy) Eating</strong></p> <p>During most vacations, some big dollars (and often some extra weight!) accrue when you eat out. By staying &ldquo;at home,&rdquo; you can save money by cooking healthy meals and packing picnics for days out.</p> <p><strong>Stay Longer</strong></p> <p>By saving on the cost of accommodations, you can afford to stay longer in your chosen destination. (Now it's just a matter of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">how much vacation time you have</a>.)</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Rent&rdquo; Money</strong></p> <p>Depending on the terms of the exchange, some home exchange sites (more on this below) actually allow you to &ldquo;rent&rdquo; out your place for extra income while you're away. This can further subsidize your own vacation!</p> <p><strong>Family Accommodations</strong></p> <p>Home exchanges are great for families, since paying for accommodations for an entire family can be pricey and awkward.</p> <p>But don't assume that you need a big house (or big family) to participate in a home exchange; there's a market for everything from bachelor pads to resort-style mansions.</p> <p><strong>Vehicle Use</strong></p> <p>Some home exchanges include the use of a vehicle &mdash; thus saving you further on the cost of transportation while you're on vacation.</p> <p><strong>Slice of Local Life</strong></p> <p>When staying in a local's home, you get a much better feel for what daily life is like in the place you are visiting.</p> <p><strong>Home Security</strong></p> <p>With a simultaneous home exchange, you have the peace of mind in knowing your home is being cared for in your absence.</p> <h2>Home Exchange Drawbacks</h2> <p>There are always two sides to the story. Here are some potential drawbacks to a home exchange.</p> <p><strong>Trust Factor</strong></p> <p>Having a relative stranger (who you likely only conversed with online or over the phone) stay in your home while you're away requires a leap of faith and trust. Then again, it works two ways since you're staying in somebody else's home, so the trust is mutual.</p> <p><strong>Rural Living</strong></p> <p>Many homes aren't nearly as central to the action as hotels are. So while you have the benefit of living the &ldquo;local life,&rdquo; it also means you might need to spend a little more time (and money) to get out and see the sights.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Making the Most of a Home Exchange</h2> <p>Here are some tips to ensure your home exchange experience is as good as it can be &mdash; for everybody.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Do Your Due Diligence</strong></p> <p>To alleviate your home security concerns, make sure you communicate extensively with your potential home exchangers. The better you know each other, the more trust you'll have in the reciprocal process.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Set up a Detailed Profile</strong></p> <p>You'll get more &ldquo;hits&rdquo; by setting up a detailed profile on whatever home exchange site(s) to which you belong. (Check out some detailed tips for setting up a good profile here: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>.)</p> <p><strong>Set the Terms</strong></p> <p>Be clear about all the terms of the home exchange in advance. Determine who pays for which household expenses, what is off-limits, and any household upkeep expectations.</p> <p><strong>Leave It as You Found it</strong></p> <p>You wouldn't like it if you left a clean home for your home exchangers only to return to a rearranged and trashed place, would you? Of course not. So make sure you extend the same courtesy where you are staying.</p> <p><strong>Replace What You Use</strong></p> <p>If you finish off cleaning supplies or kitchen staples, be sure to replace them. (And it goes without saying that if you break something, try to replace that too).</p> <p><strong>Out of Sight, Out of Mind</strong></p> <p>Put away anything you don't want touched in your absence.</p> <p><strong>Leave a Welcome Kit</strong></p> <p>Since everybody here is on vacation, help your home exchangers make the most of it! Leave a welcome kit with information on local places to go, things to do, and tips for getting around.</p> <p><strong>Create a Tips Sheet</strong></p> <p>Don't take basic household functions for granted; in other places in the world even simple tasks like appliance use and recycling/garbage procedures can be dramatically different (and additionally complicated if there is a language barrier as well).</p> <p>Leave a tips sheet for your home exchangers with everything they need to know about general household maintenance, routine procedures (like mail and garbage collection), and any little quirks of your place (or preferences).</p> <p><strong>Plan for Contingencies</strong></p> <p>Sometimes things go wrong. Arm your home exchangers with everything they need to know in case of an emergency, such as the numbers of local repair-people and instructions for dealing with any foreseeable problems that might arise.</p> <p><strong>Hook Them Up With a Friend</strong></p> <p>For everybody's peace of mind, connect your home exchangers with a local friend or neighbor who can be on-call for questions or emergencies. In an ideal world a friendship will blossom, enhancing their vacation experience (and your peace of mind).</p> <p><strong>Check Your Auto Insurance Policy</strong></p> <p>If you are giving use of a vehicle to your home exchangers, make sure your insurance policy allows for occasional drivers, and if need be, contact them with your home exchangers' driving license information.</p> <h2>Home Exchange Resources</h2> <p>Here is an alphabetical list of sites that offer various types of home exchange services. Most (if not all) of them offer a secure way to converse with home exchange candidates and can connect you with all manner of accommodation options. Many allow you to browse their listings for free, so click around to find the one(s) that feel right for you and your needs.</p> <p><strong>Casa Swap</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.casaswap.com/">Casa Swap</a> is unique site geared towards students (although anybody can use it) to rent, sublet, and swap places. You can also find a roommate, place to stay, or exchange rooms. Free to join.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Global Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.4homex.com/">Global Home Exchange</a> is a multi-home exchange club which includes listings on other partner home exchange clubs and networks. Located in France, UK, Denmark, Germany, Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand. Membership ranges from $20-$150 depending on the options you choose.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Green-Theme International Home Exchange</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.gti-home-exchange.com/">Green-Theme International Home Exchange</a> is for eco-friendly homes, including hospitality (hosting) exchanges and some house-sitting options. Located in England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain, and Italy. Membership from $35/year.</p> <p><strong>Home Base Holidays</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.homebase-hols.com/">Home Base Holidays</a> is great for home exchanges, hospitality exchanges, house-sitting, B&amp;B listings, and more. Membership is ₤29 for 1 year, ₤39 for 2 years.</p> <p><strong>Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.homeexchange.com/">Home Exchange</a> offers overage in over 150 countries. Membership from $120/year.</p> <p><strong>Home Link</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.homelink.org/">Home Link</a> offers coverage in 78 countries. If you can't find an exchange in the first year as a member, your second year is free. Membership is $115/year, $190 for 2 years.</p> <p><strong>International Home Exchange Network</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.ihen.com/">International Home Exchange Network</a> is for home exchanges and vacation rentals. Membership is $40/year.</p> <p><strong>International Vacation Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.ivhe.com/">International Vacation&nbsp;Home Exchange</a> offers coverage in over 50 countries. Specializing in non-simultaneous home exchanges by using vacation properties. Membership from $160/year, with an intricate credit and trade system giving you access to vacation rentals.</p> <p><strong>InterVac</strong></p> <p><a href="http://intervacusa.com/">InterVac</a> offers coverage in most countries. Membership is $99/year.</p> <p><strong>Invented City</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.invented-city.com/">Invented&nbsp;City</a> offers coverage in over 40 countries. Membership is $100/year.</p> <p><strong>Jewett Street</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.jewettstreet.com/">Jewett Street</a> offers boutique coverage of both home and hospitality exchanges. Membership is $40/year.</p> <p><strong>Knok</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.knok.com">Knok</a> has coverage in over 150 countries. Membership is $149/year.</p> <p><strong>Seniors Home Exchange</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.seniorshomeexchange.com/">Seniors Home&nbsp;Exchange</a> is exclusively for home exchangers over the age of 50. Membership is $79 for 3 years, or $100 for lifetime membership.</p> <p>For other tips and techniques for getting free accommodation, check out these Wise Bread articles:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (Or Less!)</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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