free travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2706/all en-US 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-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-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation with Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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-free-hotel-stays-with-wyndhams-best-rate-guarantee">Get Free Hotel Stays with Wyndham&#039;s Best Rate Guarantee</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/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad</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 How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation with Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000027276924_Large.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One area where having a family can really cost you is travel, especially if you are like me and want to take your brood on international trips. This year, a family wedding is calling my family of five, plus my mom, to Sydney, Australia. Round trip fares from San Francisco to Sydney range from $1,000 to $2,000 a ticket, meaning that our group could have spent a hefty $12,000 getting there and back. Instead, we&rsquo;re <a href="http://carfreemom.com/?p=519">flying there for nearly nothing</a>.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d heard about this increasingly popular hobby of collecting frequent flyer miles through promotional offers, mostly <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">credit card sign-up bonuses</a>. But as I was planning this trip in February, I worried that I would not be able to accrue the needed miles -- about 450,000 -- in time to reserve our seats for the September wedding.</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">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months or Less</a></p> <p>But just two months later, all six of my round trip seats are reserved, and all we paid was $651.86 in taxes and fees -- about $180 per person. How did I get so many miles that could be applied to one airline in such a short time? Here is the process I followed.</p> <h2>Step 1: Make a flight plan</h2> <p>My first order of business was making a list of airlines that flew from my starting point (San Francisco) to my destination (Sydney), and noting their routes. A Kayak search can give you an idea of that -- but keep in mind that not every airline is on the site.</p> <p>I narrowed down the list of potential airlines by itinerary. Then, I looked at what reward &ldquo;currencies&rdquo; I already held. I had about 100,000 American AAdvantage miles and 75,000 American Express Membership Rewards Points. Ideally, I would look for a way to combine the different reward points I held; you can use a <a href="http://www.webflyer.com/programs/mileage_converter/">Mileage Converter</a> to figure out how. Unfortunately, while it&rsquo;s possible to transfer Amex MRP to the American AAdvantage system, it&rsquo;s not a great deal. I decided to use AAdvantage miles and look for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-american-express-membership-rewards-points">smarter way to use my Amex MRP</a>.</p> <p>I decided to take Qantas because it flies direct from San Francisco to Sydney, and because it&rsquo;s part of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards">American&rsquo;s oneworld alliance</a>, meaning that I could book seats on Qantas using AAdvantage miles.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=seealso">Best AAdvantage Credit Cards</a></p> <h2>Step 2: Figure out what it takes</h2> <p>By consulting American&rsquo;s award chart, I found that I would need 37,500 miles per person to travel in coach from San Francisco to the South Pacific region, which includes Australia. (American recently reconfigured its chart, and now the same flight costs 40,000 miles.) So for six people to fly both ways, I&rsquo;d need 450,000 miles.</p> <h2>Step 3: Get what you need</h2> <p>Remember, I only had about 100,000 miles at this point. My mom had 30,000 miles in her AAdvantage account. How on earth were we going to rack up more than 300,000 miles in a short time?</p> <p>Two words: credit cards.</p> <p>Many of us are already used to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">receiving airline miles</a> as a reward for credit card spending. But I had been using the same card for years, and hadn&rsquo;t paid much attention to the many generous bonuses being offered to sign up for new cards.</p> <p>One thing that surprised me is that you can generally get approved for different kinds of cards from the same bank. For instance, I already held a Citi AAdvantage Gold card, but Citi was happy to also issue me an AAdvantage Platinum card, as well as a Platinum card for my freelance writing business. My husband got both Gold and Platinum cards, and my mother got a Platinum card.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-platinum-select-aadvantage-world-mastercard-review?ref=seealso">Travel in Comfort and Ease: Citi/AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard</a></p> <p>Most of these cards were offering 50,000-mile sign up bonuses at the time (they have since reduced their bonuses). These five new cards -- after meeting spending targets -- yielded 225,000 bonus miles. Plus, between the three of us we earned about 15,000 miles on spending because we had some major expenses that we were able to put on the new cards, helping us meet the $3,000 spend that most require to get the bonus. So, after adding the 240,000 from these cards to the 130,000 we already had, we ended up with 370,000 miles -- still about 80,000 short.</p> <p>I wasn&rsquo;t sure how to get the remaining miles until a friend who has been playing the miles game for a while pointed out that we could each get 25,000 Starwood points by getting the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express">Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card</a>. Starwood points are the award currency of Sheraton hotels, and not only can you transfer them to American AAdvantage, but you can get a 5,000-mile bonus for every 20,000 miles you transfer at one time.</p> <p>Three Starwood bonuses later, we had the 450,000 miles we needed to book six round trips to Australia. Credit cards always say that it could take a few weeks for the miles to hit your account, but all of mine were credited right after the close of the period in which I completed the minimum spend.</p> <p><strong>Frequently Asked Questions</strong></p> <p>When I tell friends about the maneuvering I did to fly the family around the world for free, a few recurring concerns pop up:</p> <p>1. Don&rsquo;t you end up spending more than you would have spent just buying the airline tickets outright?</p> <p>Answer: Well, yes, but you should only be charging purchases that you were going to make anyway. And it&rsquo;s very important to pay off all these charges as soon as you get the bill, to avoid accruing financing charges that would make the whole exercise pointless. If you can&rsquo;t afford to pay off the minimum spend right away, <em>don&rsquo;t play this game</em>. In our case, we were able to charge a major purchase (new furnace) and the kids&rsquo; summer activities, which we had to pay for anyway, so it made sense.</p> <p>2. Won&rsquo;t applying for so many new cards trash your credit?</p> <p>Answer: While having too many recent inquiries and too many cards that you haven&rsquo;t had for very long could hurt your chances of qualifying for a loan in the short term, it&rsquo;s not a long-lasting effect. Also, the number of recent inquiries and age of accounts are only responsible for a small part of your credit score; factors such as your payment history and the overall amount you owe are more important.</p> <p>My FICO score was 790 in January, before I started this project. In February, when I made most of the credit applications, it went up to 796; in March it was 783. My report listed the young age of my accounts as one factor why my score was not higher, so it&rsquo;s plausible that this activity dinged my credit slightly. However, 783, like 790, is still near the top of the second highest category, meaning that lenders view me as &ldquo;very dependable.&rdquo;</p> <p>3. Isn&rsquo;t this a lot of work?</p> <p>Answer: Frankly, yes, especially because I wanted to accrue a lot of miles in such a short time. I ended up spending large chunks of several days when I would have normally been working doing nothing but researching miles and figuring out what expenses to charge to what card.</p> <p>However, you know what else is a lot of work? Work. I received $6,000 to $12,000 worth of airfare for my efforts, and I couldn&rsquo;t have earned that much by working those hours. So the game was definitely worth playing for me. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-started-with-travel-rewards-in-4-simple-steps?ref=seealso">How to Get Started with Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps</a>)</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/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards">The Best Credit Cards for Hotel Deals and 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/the-best-credit-card-perks-beyond-points-and-miles">The Best Credit Card Perks Beyond Points and 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/how-to-earn-tons-of-frequent-flyer-miles-without-flying">How to Earn Tons of Frequent Flyer Miles Without Flying</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel credit card rewards free travel Mon, 09 May 2016 19:38:03 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1695512 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. If you want, you can potentially <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/sustaining-travel/">travel forever</a>!</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-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-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</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/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-brexit-could-affect-your-travel-plans">Here&#039;s How Brexit Could Affect Your Travel Plans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</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-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-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation with Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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-free-hotel-stays-with-wyndhams-best-rate-guarantee">Get Free Hotel Stays with Wyndham&#039;s Best Rate Guarantee</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/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad</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? Then help grow this list by sharing in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-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-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/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</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/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-little-known-ways-to-save-at-disneyland">15 Little Known Ways to Save at Disneyland</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> <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/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation with Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months</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/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks">Home Exchanges: Free Accommodations With Perks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</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> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-exchanges-free-accommodations-with-perks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-negotiate-a-cheaper-hotel-room">The Easy Way to Negotiate a Cheaper Hotel Room</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/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation with Credit Card Rewards in 2 Months</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-reuse-a-comforter-bag">8 Ways to Reuse a Comforter Bag</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Travel accommodations free travel home exchange Tue, 10 Jul 2012 10:00:24 +0000 Nora Dunn 941395 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Ways to Travel Free (Or At Least Really Darned Cheap!) http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-travel-free-or-at-least-really-darned-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-ways-to-travel-free-or-at-least-really-darned-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cheap_travel_small_pic.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="218" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How would you like to get out and &quot;see the world&quot;? Visit the Carthage Ruins or spend a week just hiking across Europe. Paris, Italy or maybe the Bahamas... there&#39;s really just no end to the places you can go.</p> <p>Now, I know what you&#39;re saying - those places cost money and technically you&#39;d be right. While traveling is certainly one of the more exciting ways to spend your time, airfare and hotel rooms can add up quickly and with the economy the way it is... well, it looks like Aunt Tessie&#39;s farm is about all the traveling you&#39;ll be doing anytime soon.</p> <p>But there are ways to get around those big travel expenses without sacrificing your fun. In fact, with these tips you might just find that your trips become all the more adventurous!</p> <ol> <li><strong>House Swap</strong> - Seriously. Swap your house with someone else for a week, a month or how ever long the two of you agree to do so. House swapping is actually a pretty popular way to travel and it has quite a few advantages to staying in a hotel. For starters, most house swappers make their various amenities available to you so you&#39;ll have a functional kitchen which means you can save money by buying a few groceries and eating in and you won&#39;t go home with a big bag of dirty laundry because you can wash your clothes before you go. Those &quot;amenities&quot; also often include a car, jet skis, boats and other cool things that you&#39;d have to rent otherwise. Another advantage is that while you&#39;re manning the ship in their house, they&#39;ll be watching over yours as well which means that your property isn&#39;t left vacant and theives are less likely to try to venture in. No more packing up your valuables when you leave and no more vacating the room so that the cleaning staff can change your sheets. And instead of those goofy connecting rooms for the kids, you can keep your family under one roof for the entire trip. To learn more about house swapping, check out <a href="http://intervac.com">InterVac</a> or <a href="http://homexchange.com">The International Home Exchange Network</a>.</li> <li><strong>Cruise For Free</strong>. Yes, free! Those big cruise liners take pride in providing a variety of entertainment and activities for their paying guests. Provide some of that entertainment or activity and you could sail the seas for free. Traditional entertainment includes singing, dancing and of course acrobatics but don&#39;t think for a minute that the list stops there. Magicians are very popular on cruises as well as comedians and jugglers. But again, the list doesn&#39;t stop there. Don&#39;t let a lack of artistic talent keep you off that boat - cruise lines are also looking for a variety of &quot;enrichment&quot; instructors, meaning those who can teach something fun and/or enriching such as arts and crafts, painting, yoga or even how to trace a family tree. The idea is to come up with something that&#39;s inexpensive for you (you&#39;ll have to provide any necessary supplies) while giving the passengers a unique opportunity to learn something new. Teach them to mambo or jitterbug. Give them a crash course in Spanish or French. Show them how to write a best-selling novel or how to meditate properly to gain eternal peace. Whatever your niche, think about how you could share your knowledge and turn it into a class for others. Then market that course to the cruise lines. You can also check out <a href="http://www.shipjobs.com/">Cruise Ship Jobs</a> to help you get the most from your efforts.</li> <li><strong>Study For Free, Live Abroad</strong>. Universities tend to believe that an education obtained abroad is one of the most enlightening ways to learn and our government tends to agree. As a result, there are a number of grants and scholarships available for students that want to study in a foreign country. If you want to tap into government funding, you&#39;ll have to find a school that has a domestic branch in the States as any credits you obtain must be able to count here at home as well. That said, there are also work-study programs that don&#39;t come with those restrictions so if you don&#39;t need the government funding, you&#39;re pretty much free to go anywhere you like. Check out <a href="http://aifs.org">American Institute for Foreign Study</a> for more information.</li> </ol> <p>And there you have it. Three creative ways to seriously cut your travel expenses and tap into the vast opportunities that await you when you see the world. Granted, these ideas aren&#39;t as conventional as just booking your own hotel room but then let&#39;s be honest... life without a little adventure isn&#39;t really &quot;life&quot; at all, now is it?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kate-luther">Kate Luther</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-travel-free-or-at-least-really-darned-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I asked him why and he told me that he will be staying in Washington DC hotels for free for three nights. I asked him how he managed that and he told me about the Best Rate Guarantee from Wyndham hotels.</p> <p>Wyndham is a company that owns thousands of hotels and motels around the world. These hotels include the brands of Ramada, Howard Johnson, Baymont Inn &amp; Suites, Super 8, Days Inn, Wingate by Wyndham, Knights Inn, AmeriHostInn, and Travelodge.Its Best Rate Guarantee (BRG for short) basically lets you stay for free for one night if you find a rate for their hotels that is lower than the price on Wyndham's site.</p> <p>The basics rules are:<br /> 1) You must find a publicly available rate for a specific Wyndham hotel that is lower than Wyndham's posted rate for the same hotel.<br /> 2) The room type for the rate you find must match the room type on the Wyndham site.<br /> 3) You must book your reservation through one of Wyndham's hotel sites.<br /> 4) You must notify Wyndham of your claim within 24 hours of making the reservation and your reservation cannot be booked within 72 hours of arrival.<br /> 5) Only the first night is free for each eligible stay.</p> <p>More detailed <a href="http://www.wyndhampromotions.com/webmatch/terms.asp" target="_blank">terms and conditions are available here at Wyndham's site and a claim form</a> is also available.</p> <p>Of course, the secret sauce to taking advantage of the guarantee is finding the cheaper posted rates. You can look through sites like <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=6kXlXnibQOs&amp;offerid=100094.10000005&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Kayak</a> , <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-3358344-10450484" target="_blank">Hotels.com</a> ,&nbsp; <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-3358344-10517617">Expedia</a> or <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=6kXlXnibQOs&amp;offerid=163355.10000001&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">HotelsCombined</a> , but it could take time to find a cheaper rate for the hotel you are interested in. Fortunately, there is a great website called <a href="http://bestrateguarantee.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">The Best Rate Guarantee Blog</a> that posts many of these rates almost daily. Sometimes the competitor rates are only 99 cents cheaper than Wyndham's rates, but the guarantee is still honored and the customer gets a free night. When you plan well like the <a href="http://frugaltravelguy.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-rate-guarantee-site.html" target="_blank">Frugal Travel Guy</a> , you could get an entire vacation's hotel stays for free. You could also move around different Wyndham properties in the same city and get multiple nights for free. For example, the super cheap ex-boyfriend actually found three lower rates for three different hotels in the DC area and that is why he is getting three nights free.</p> <p>I am not sure how long this guarantee will last, but while it is here you could save hundreds of dollars on your travels just by finding a better price online!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-hotel-stays-with-wyndhams-best-rate-guarantee">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/the-guide-to-staying-at-hostels-for-people-over-30">The Guide to Staying at Hostels for People Over 30</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/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know">5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Frugal Traveler Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel cheap travel free nights free travel frugal travel hotels Fri, 09 May 2008 01:46:23 +0000 Xin Lu 2077 at http://www.wisebread.com Drive across America for FREE. http://www.wisebread.com/drive-across-america-for-free <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/24840_bosnia.jpg" alt="car trip" title="car trip" width="300" height="225" /> </p> <p>How would you like to see everything that America has to offer, with all your friends, and not pay one cent for it? Well, it&#39;s not as far-fetched as you may think. </p> <p>David, Dima and Tara are three friends who wanted to take a huge road trip across the USA, but did not have the funds to pay for a sight-seeing vacation of this magnitude. To really see all of America would take big bucks. For some folks, that would be a problem. But for these guys, it was just a solution waiting to happen. The solution is called <a href="http://www.cashroadtripusa.com/">cashroadtripusa.com</a> .</p> <p>The idea is simple (the best ones are). As we all know, cars and vans can be traveling advertisements these days. And what better place to put your ad than on a car going all across America? So, the gang decided to set up a website that sells blocks of ad space on their van. One block = $100 (it&#39;s similar in concept to the clever student who sold 1 pixel for $1 on his million dollar website).</p> <p>It&#39;s not only the van you can buy space on. The folks themselves are also for sale, via t-shirt sponsorship, jackets, pants, that kind of thing. No surprise that getting a full day of advertising on the pretty girl in the trio is the most expensive space to buy. This is the world we live in. </p> <p>But the plan itself is well worth a mention here on Wisebread because it epitomizes the very essence of our philosophy - living large on a small budget. To travel across the whole of America and see so many great sights is definitely living large. And getting advertisers to foot the bill, that&#39;s not even a small budget. That&#39;s no budget. </p> <p>They plan to start the trip this year, if they raise enough money. At roughly 4400 paces for $100 each, plus the high-end ad spaces on themselves, it looks like they could be setting off with over $500,000 in the kitty. That&#39;s going to be one hell of a vacation! </p> <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1PwnxaJSMeY" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1PwnxaJSMeY" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/drive-across-america-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-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/the-dirt-on-travel-insurance">The Dirt on Travel Insurance</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/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Become a Frequent Flyer Master and Earn a Free Flight Every Year</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-travel-in-style-for-free">How to Travel in Style...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/if-its-not-sunny-in-philadelphia-its-free">If It’s Not Sunny In Philadelphia, It’s Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-dichotomy-of-media-messages">The Dichotomy of Media Messages</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Art and Leisure car ads cashroadtripusa.com free gas. free travel free vacation road trip sponsorship Thu, 29 Mar 2007 02:55:46 +0000 Paul Michael 412 at http://www.wisebread.com