vacation http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6924/all en-US 8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-490080588.jpg" alt="frugal winter getaways" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is chock-full of fun activities and pastimes to enjoy with the whole family &mdash; including sledding, snowball fights, and watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve. But if you tire of the cold weather easily, the winter wonderland outside might get old quickly, especially after the holidays are over.</p> <p>To break up the chilly monotony, a lot of families plan a winter getaway somewhere warm. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the <a href="http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/publications/america_on_the_go/us_holiday_travel/html/entire.html">Thanksgiving and Christmas travel weeks are the busiest</a> of the year.</p> <p>If you're able to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">book your winter travel</a> during the holidays, doing so should save you money. If you have kids in school, however, it might be hard to escape the higher price tag. Either way, it helps to know which warm weather destinations offer the best deals. Before you book your winter getaway, check out these eight cheap spots around the world.</p> <h2>1. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/mexico_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Mexico offers an array of activities for beach-lovers and adventure-seekers alike. Swim in a <em>cenote</em>, go zip-lining, or simply relax on a beautiful palm-lined beach.</p> <p>Cities like Mazatlan offer beauty and comfort at crazy-low prices all winter long. Three-star hotels start at just $80 per night &mdash; even over the Christmas holiday. To get a beachfront room, however, rates start at around $98 per night. Since Mazatlan has its own airport, flights tend to be affordable, too. This winter, plan to pay around $400 for round-trip airfare to Mazatlan from most major cities.</p> <h2>2. Cuba</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/cuba.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Now that travel to Cuba is more feasible for American tourists, a world of hotel and travel options have become available. Plenty of airlines including: Spirit, JetBlue, United, and Delta have flights to Cuba running or in the works with round-trip fares as low as $400 over winter break.</p> <p>Cuban hotels run the gamut right along with the prices they charge. Count on paying around $50 per night, per person, for a lower end property, and more for something beachfront or all-inclusive.</p> <h2>3. Dominican Republic</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/domenican_rupublic.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches, fun and upbeat culture, and of course, low hotel rates. Even during the winter season, you can score a cheap deal on a hotel or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">all-inclusive resort</a>. According to Expedia.com, you'll pay an average of <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?paandi=true#adults=2&amp;star=30&amp;regionId=601906">$135 for a three-star hotel</a> over winter break.</p> <p>New flight options have made getting there a lot easier, and cheaper. Lots of major airlines fly to the Dominican Republic, including American Airlines, United, Delta, and even Southwest.</p> <h2>4. Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/ft_lauderdale.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Don't overlook Florida as a cheap travel destination this winter. Outside of the big resort towns, there's a ton of value to be had. If you can drive there, you'll save a bundle. But even if you have to fly, you can find a low fare. With Southwest Airlines, for example, flights into Fort Lauderdale or Orlando from select U.S. cities cost as little as $240 over winter break.</p> <p>Three-star hotels in towns like <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?#&amp;destination=Hollywood,%20Florida&amp;startDate=&amp;endDate=&amp;regionId=6076&amp;latLong=26.019087,-80.164662&amp;adults=1">Hollywood, Florida start as low as $200</a>, according to Expedia. You can also book a cheap, last minute rental through VRBO or Airbnb if you want to save money by preparing your own meals.</p> <h2>5. Arizona</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/arizona.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>There may not be any beaches in Arizona, but it is warm. Fortunately, Arizona is fairly cheap, too, even over winter break. If you can drive there, you can obviously save a lot of money.</p> <p>A three-star hotel in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Mesa starts at around $122 per night. That leaves plenty of cash leftover to enjoy the great outdoors and the many natural marvels nearby.</p> <h2>6. Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/jamaica_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Flights into Montego Bay cost as little as $400 during some parts of winter break, depending on where you're coming from. It helps to be flexible, both in terms of your travel dates and your departure city.</p> <p>Meanwhile, three-star hotels in Montego Bay start at just $162 per night during winter break, while all-inclusive resorts (including food, drinks, and entertainment) offer rates as low as $199 per night. A beachfront stay at a property like Doctor's Cave Beach hotel starts at just $111 per night, and that's over the New Year's holiday!</p> <h2>7. Southern California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/california.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Flights into most southern California airports like LAX and SAN start at just $360 if you're flexible with travel dates over the winter holiday. This is partly because you're rushing against the crowd. Where most people are heading south or to the Caribbean, your southern Cali trip takes you in the opposite direction.</p> <p>Hotel prices vary greatly depending on where you stay. If you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-your-sunscreen-and-25-other-beach-trip-hacks">need a beachfront spot</a>, you can expect to pay more. Obviously, you'll pay less if you're slightly flexible.</p> <h2>8. Egypt</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/egypt.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Feel like turning winter break into an adventure? Egypt is offering crazy-low prices on everything this holiday season. In the resort region of Sharm el-Sheikh, for example, three-star resorts start at around $33 USD per night and the average five-star hotel costs around $157. You can even stay at an all-inclusive hotel like the <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Sharm-El-Sheikh-Hotels-Club-Reef-All-Inclusive.h4512940.Hotel-Information?chkin=12%2F29%2F2016&amp;chkout=12%2F31%2F2016&amp;rm1=a2&amp;hwrqCacheKey=c48d5702-9b58-4707-8ab5-84fddd25c422HWRQ1475865626261&amp;c=d872ef87-e8c2-4321-a6db-98c5a7f5e548&amp;&amp;exp_dp=70.56&amp;exp_ts=1475865620614&amp;exp_curr=USD&amp;exp_pg=HSR">Club Reef</a> for as little as $71 per night.</p> <p>Flights into nearby Cairo also start as low as $780 from major U.S. cities like Boston and Chicago over the busy winter travel season.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%20Frugal%20Destinations%20for%20a%20Dreamy%20Winter%20Getaway.jpg&amp;description=8%20Frugal%20Destinations%20for%20a%20Dreamy%20Winter%20Getaway" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Frugal%20Destinations%20for%20a%20Dreamy%20Winter%20Getaway.jpg" alt="8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-take-a-frugal-grownup-spring-break">4 Ways to Take a Frugal Grownup Spring Break</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel destinations frugal travel getaway vacation winter winter vacation Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:30:07 +0000 Holly Johnson 1843586 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach_christmas_snowman_48436354.jpg" alt="Finding expensive places to spend your holidays" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday this year, most workers will get at least a three-day weekend. Many companies even shut down for the entire week from Christmas to Jan. 2, providing as many as 10 days off in a row. That makes this a better year than most to plan a holiday getaway.</p> <p>Unfortunately, you may not be the only one with that idea. Demand for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know">vacation rentals</a> and experiences during the holiday week drives prices up. And sure, you could find relative bargains in all the popular destinations, but just for fun, let's look at what it would cost to pass the holidays in the grandest of styles at the merriest of destinations.</p> <h2>1. Manhattan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/manhattan_new_york_31052676.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>What could feel more like a classic American holiday than spending it in the city of <em>Miracle on 34th Street</em>, <em>Elf</em>, and <em>Scrooged</em>? If you spent Christmas week at the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park, you could walk to the Wollman Rink and to 5th Avenue to admire the shop windows, and stroll the Union Square Holiday Market. You could exchange gifts under the Ritz's gorgeous lobby tree.</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>For a week, more than $32,000. A <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-york/central-park/rooms-suites/premiere-suite">Premier Park Suite</a> at the Ritz-Carlton is $4,500 a night. Ice skating for four at the Wollman Rink is $100. Four orchestra tickets to the <a href="http://www.nyc.com/broadway_tickets/radio_city_christmas_spectacular.75774/">Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular</a> are $660. Four tickets to <a href="http://www.nyc.com/broadway_tickets/holiday_inn_the_new_irving_berlin_musical.1314383/">Holiday Inn</a> on Broadway are $800. A <a href="http://www.centralpark.com/guide/activities/horse-drawn-carriages.html">carriage ride</a> through Central Park is $140. Two deluxe photo packages at <a href="http://macys.com/santaland">Macy's Santaland</a> are $120. For shopping, restaurants, taxis, and entertainment? The sky's the limit.</p> <h2>2. Disney World</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/disney_world_florida76576235.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Any time that kids are out of school is a popular time to go to Disney World, sending both the price of lodging there and wait times through the roof. Special <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/">holiday shows, parties, and decorations</a> abound as Disney strives to present the happiest holidays, well, on earth.</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>More than $34,000. To stay in a Park View deluxe suite the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday week is <a href="https://reservations.fourseasons.com/choose-your-room?hotelCode=ORL354&amp;checkIn=2016-12-23&amp;checkOut=2016-12-30&amp;adults=2&amp;children=2&amp;promoCode=&amp;ratePlanCode=&amp;roomAmadeusCode=&amp;_charset_=UTF-8">$3,950 a night</a>. Add $450 for the <a href="http://disneyworld.disneyfloralandgifts.com/product/dreamingofadisneychristmaskit.do">Dreaming of a Disney Holiday</a> room package, which fills your suite with gifts and snacks from Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto. Five-day park hopper tickets for a family of four run about $1,700, and tickets to Mickey's Very merry Christmas Party add another $400. Because of the holiday crowds, consider engaging a <a href="https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/vip-tour-services/">VIP Tour Guide</a> for at least one day, at a cost of $3,600 for six hours, so you can skip lines and zip from park to park through secret entrances.</p> <h2>3. Courcheval 1850, France</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/skiing_mountains_snow_12320623.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You could jet off to Vail for a holiday in powder, but why limit yourself when you could go to the Alps and perhaps find yourself hot-dogging alongside royalty?</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>More than $54,000. A five-bedroom chalet with a <em>private ski lift</em> at Courcheval 1850 goes for about <a href="http://www.lapogeecourchevel.com/eng/chalets/chalet-l_amarante/">$7,600 a night</a> during Christmas week. (If that's not big enough, there's a $12,000-a-night place there that sleeps 12 and comes with its own butler. Haven't you always wanted a butler?) Five days of skiing there for a family of four will be just over $1,000, which is actually quite reasonable.</p> <h2>4. Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_snorkel_ocean_81051433.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Not everyone dreams of a white Christmas. Some people dream of white caps hitting the shore as they sip cocktails out of pineapples and wear leis. For that kind of person, who is also independently wealthy or has a ton of SPG loyalty points, a stay at the Princeville St. Regis would be the perfect holiday sojourn. You can zip line and hike on the resort's 2,500 private acres, kayak the Hanalei River, swim in the pool and the ocean, and <a href="http://www.stregisprinceville.com/pdf/StRegisSnorkelandDiveMap.pdf">snorkel or dive</a> without leaving the resort.</p> <h3>What'll It Cost You?</h3> <p>More than $45,000. The 1,800 square foot Presidential Suite (yes, it comes with a personal butler) is just over $6,000 a night. Playing 18 holes on the resort golf course is $200 per guest. A 90-minute Bespoke Oceanside Couples Massage is $700. Stand-up paddleboard rentals are $160 per person for two days.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%20Really%20Expensive%20Places%20to%20Spend%20Your%20Holidays.jpg&amp;description=4%20Really%20Expensive%20Places%20to%20Spend%20Your%20Holidays" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Really%20Expensive%20Places%20to%20Spend%20Your%20Holidays.jpg" alt="4 Really Expensive Places to Spend Your Holidays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-really-expensive-places-to-spend-your-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-diy-christmas-ornaments-that-are-better-than-store-bought">18 DIY Christmas Ornaments That Are Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel alps Christmas destinations disney world expensive france hawaii Holidays manhattan new years new york city peak season vacation Tue, 08 Nov 2016 10:30:26 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1827230 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beach_guam_50324852.jpg" alt="Finding travel destinations for people who hate crowds" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For those looking to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">get away from it all</a>, the last thing some people want to do is go to a place packed with people and fast-paced activity. Even a beach holiday, which sounds relaxing, can become a nightmare when you're surrounded on all sides with sunbathers, loungers, towels, coolers, and volleyball games. So if you're no fan of crowds, but desperately want to escape, here are 10 destinations worth checking out.</p> <h2>1. Negril, Jamaica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beach_jamaica_29967128.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With a population of just under 7,000, Negril is a widely dispersed beach resort in Jamaica. And despite travel magazines consistently naming it one of the top 10 beaches in the world, it's still very far from a crowded destination. The beach itself is over four miles long, and that alone makes it a tough one to fill with crowds. There are also a variety of activities to keep you busy over your vacation, if the beautiful beach gets to be too much for you. Snorkeling, diving, and cliff jumping offer the more adventurous holidaymakers a chance to live a little. There's also an all-inclusive resort on the beach, plus other boutique places to stay that cater to those who want a more exclusive experience.</p> <h2>2. Amelia Island, Florida</h2> <p>Mention a Florida vacation to anyone, and they'll usually chime in with Miami beaches, or Orlando (and Disney). But there is a place in Florida, hiding away, that is far from the overcrowding of those typical spots. Amelia Island is enchanting, with <a href="http://www.ameliaisland.com/Tour-Amelia-Island/Beaches">over 13 miles of beaches</a>, plus incredible scenery, wildlife, dining, fishing, boating, and so much more. Tour the website and one thing you'll instantly notice is how quiet and peaceful everything looks. Not a lot of hustle and bustle. The beaches are almost deserted. Even the festivals are way less crowded than the average event, should you decide to venture to one. Overall, you'd have to go out of your way to hit a large crowd on Amelia Island. Hopefully, this hidden gem stays that way.</p> <h2>3. Folly Beach, South Carolina</h2> <p>Located on Folly Island, there are many words that come to mind when describing Folly Beach. Charming, open, remote, tranquil, peaceful, refreshing, and comfortable, are just a few that barely scratch the surface of the place locals call &quot;the Edge of America.&quot; The beaches are wide open, there a long piers to walk along, local shops to peruse, and plenty of hotels and inns to accommodate your needs. <a href="http://www.follybeach.com/activities/">Activities</a> include surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, picnicking, camping, and bicycling. It's not exactly the city that never sleeps, but that's kind of the point.</p> <h2>4. Upolo, Samoa</h2> <p>There are few places that live up to that idyllic Hollywood vision of a tropical beach paradise; <a href="http://www.samoa.travel/page/explore-upolu-the-gateway-to-samoa">Upolo, Samoa,</a> is one of them. Immaculate white beaches, crystal blue water, tall palm trees, beach huts, and waterfalls, make Upolo a feast for your eyes. And fortunately, not too many eyes, as this blissful destination is rarely in anyone's top 20 places to go and visit. You can take advantage of that, and get away for some peace and quiet that will be the envy of others&hellip; once they see your photos on Facebook. You'll find incredible fresh food in the market on Fugalei Street, you can take up diving, and even venture into the rain forests.</p> <h2>5. County Donegal, Ireland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beach_ireland_63638197.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Lonely Planet has described County Donegal as&quot;a county of extremes: at times desolate and battered by brutal weather, yet in turn a land of unspoiled splendor where stark peaks and sweeping beaches bask in glorious sunshine.&quot;</p> <p>Anyone who has ever traveled to this part of Europe knows that the bad weather will always play a part in the vacation at some point. But for those wanting to avoid crowds, and take in a beautiful slice of Irish charm, County Donegal is perfect. Some of the sights worth taking in include Donegal Castle, Banba's Crown, Magheraroarty Beach, and Fort Dunree. Kick back in one of the local, uncrowded pubs, and indulge in a real pint of Guinness as you take in the peace and quiet.</p> <h2>6. Most Areas of Guam</h2> <p>I can speak from personal experience, as I visited my wife's family in Guam several years ago. My reaction was simply, &quot;How is a place this beautiful not packed with tourists?&quot; If you don't know it, Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, and it's a tropical paradise filled with the whitest beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear water. Visit places like Asan, Talofofo, and Ritidian Point, and you can find yourself on a clear stretch of beach that feels like Hawaii, but looks like a scene from <em>Robinson Crusoe</em>.</p> <p>The weather is hot and humid, but you will soon get used to that. And once you've paid for the flight, the accommodations and food are very affordable. Traditional Chamorro food is delicious, and there are influences of Japanese, Filipino, and even Jamaican flavors. This is an incredible place for people who want the island paradise without the crowds and tourists. You will also find some of the most welcoming and friendly people anywhere in the world. If you want to avoid the crowds, avoid Tuman Bay &mdash; that's the center of Guam's tourism industry.</p> <h2>7. New Braunfels, Texas</h2> <p>Imagine a place where Texan and German cultures coexist in perfect harmony. That's New Braunfels, a town in Texas that was founded in 1845 by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany. For the locals, it's nothing special to see German billboards and street names, but for those tourists who come to stay, it can be something of a surprise. There are a variety of activities for vacationers here, including tubing down the river, paddle boating, the Wurstfest, and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. There's also plenty of wildlife, the largest caverns in Texas, and <a href="http://www.nbghosttours.com/">spooky ghost tours.</a> Some will call it quaint, or even unremarkable, but if you want a relaxing, uncrowded vacation, give it a try.</p> <h2>8. Mindanao, Philippines</h2> <p>The second largest island in the Philippines (Luzon holds the top spot), Mindanao has some of the most stunning scenery and natural wonders that you will ever see on vacation. Take <a href="http://www.pinasmuna.com/2012/02/maria-cristina-falls-is-in-mindanoa.html">Maria Cristina Falls</a>, a waterfall that powers a hydroelectric plant, giving Mindanao most of its electricity. It's sometimes known as the &quot;twin falls,&quot; and at over 320 feet high, surrounded by lush trees and vegetation, it could be at home in a <em>King Kong</em> movie. Aside from the tropical rain forests and jungle adventures, you can also indulge in Bangus Fry fishing, snorkeling, mountain climbing, and swimming with whales. And once you arrive, your money will stretch far. For example, one liter of high quality Tanduay Rum costs just 45 pesos; at the current exchange rate, that's around 96 cents.</p> <h2>9. Rotorua, New Zealand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/beach_new_zealand_39724148.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nicknamed &quot;New Zealand's Coolest Hot Spot,&quot; the big draw for people who've done their research are the hot springs of Rotorua. The volcanic activity has created natural hot-water attractions such as <a href="http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/see-and-do/geothermal-wonders/lake-tarawera-water-taxi-ecotours">Te Rata Bay (Hot Water Beach)</a> and <a href="http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/see-and-do/geothermal-wonders/hells-gate-geothermal-mud-bath-spa">Hells Gate Mud Bath</a>, which has been used for generations by Maori to ease joint and muscle pain. Aside from the geothermal delights, you can also partake in cycling adventures, lake and river activities, fishing, hunting, golf, hikes, and scenic flights.</p> <h2>10. Huacachina, Peru</h2> <p>It's got sand. Lots of sand. And, it's got water. But this is no beach vacation. <a href="http://huacachina.smugmug.com/Huacachina/">Huacachina</a> is a desert oasis located in Southern Peru, and offers dune buggy rides and sand boarding for those who like adventure far from the masses. Located five hours south of Lima, you will stay in a paradise surrounded by ancient mountains of sand in every direction. Private tour packages are available, and you can also be taken outside of the oasis to other parts of Peru. But chances are, once you're here, away from everything, you'll want to stay.</p> <p><em>What are some other perfect destinations for people who hate crowds? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Travel%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Crowds.jpg&amp;description=10%20Travel%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Crowds" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Travel%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Hate%20Crowds.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-vacation-package">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budgeting hate crowds introvert travel travel destinations travel plans vacation Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Paul Michael 1791533 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ireland_castle_76621825.jpg" alt="Finding frugal fall getaways you can start packing for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel is always wonderful, but it can be a struggle when you're on a budget. It's important to look for places where the dollar is doing well, or maybe somewhere you can get a package deal that includes your flight and hotel. If you're looking for a cheap &mdash; but still awesome &mdash; getaway for the fall, here are some places you should look into. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel?ref=seealso">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Greece</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/athens_greece_66332307.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though it can still cost a lot to stay on one of the more famous islands like Santorini, Greece's economic issues make it one of the cheaper places to stay. Ferries run between islands &mdash; if you want to check all of them out &mdash; but there are <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/athens/travel-tips-and-articles/the-best-free-things-to-do-in-athens">tons of cheap things to do in Athens</a>, too. And that's probably what you're going to want to see when you're traveling to Greece.</p> <h2>2. Cambodia</h2> <p>Cambodia is <a href="http://www.priceoftravel.com/46/cambodia/phnom-penh-prices">one of the cheapest places</a> to visit, and it's filled with amazing things to see. Angkor Wat alone has so many temples and so much ground to cover, you might need more than just a day pass to do it. And that's only one of the sites this country has to offer. With its low prices and attractions, you'll get your money's worth here.</p> <h2>3. Camping Somewhere Stateside</h2> <p>If you feel like staying in the states, there's bound to be an awesome camping destination within a few hours of you. Hiking, fishing, and just being in the middle of all nature has to offer is an amazing thing. If you really want to rough it, tent sites are usually cheaper. But if you want something a little bit sturdier, log cabins are the way to go.</p> <h2>4. Dominican Republic</h2> <p>If you want a Caribbean vacation that doesn't hurt your wallet, the Dominican Republic is your perfect spot. It's a great place for an all-inclusive vacation. Some hotels have multiple pools, bars, and gourmet restaurants that are included with the price of your stay. Activities like golfing, scuba diving, and parasailing come with additional fees &mdash; and the resorts can book those adventures for you.</p> <h2>5. Puerto Rico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/puerto_rico_85980345.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Another decently priced tropical destination, Puerto Rico is great because the flights are cheap and they use the US dollar for currency. Avoid the touristy areas if you want to get your money's worth. Hit up the <a href="http://www.seepuertorico.com/en/destinations/west/">west coast of the island for amazing beaches</a> and smaller crowds.</p> <h2>6. Vietnam</h2> <p>Though it's becoming more popular, Vietnam is still cheap and beautiful. If you go while budgeting, you can get by on less than $40 a day. Since most of the country is pretty underdeveloped, it's a great place to backpack and go on a true adventure. If you're not into that, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the more popular tourist destinations.</p> <h2>7. Bolivia</h2> <p>One of only two landlocked countries in South America, Bolivia is often overlooked. The city of La Paz is a unique place that blends modern life with indigenous traditions, and it's full of activities that aren't to be missed. And if you venture away from the city, you can see more of the indigenous and religious culture you can't experience anywhere else.</p> <h2>8. San Diego</h2> <p>Unlike Los Angeles and San Francisco, it's a lot easier to get a bargain here. Beaches are your best bet, with miles of boardwalk and coastline to be explored. The Coronado Ferry is pretty cheap to ride, and it lets you see the sites from a different perspective. If you have a bit more money to spend, take in one of the famous destinations here, like the San Diego Zoo.</p> <h2>9. Bulgaria</h2> <p>Another frequently overlooked destination, Bulgaria has some of the most deserted beaches in Europe. It also boasts old towns to explore and mountain ranges to trek. It's been influenced by multiple cultures, so you'll see a unique blend of things here that make it a must-see destination. There are a ton of gorgeous monasteries and churches if you get tired of being on the beach all day.</p> <h2>10. Ireland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ireland_scenic_83019115.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Travel to Ireland has gotten cheaper in recent years, and it's a deal worth jumping on. With Dublin being a big city, it can be more on the expensive side for things like food, but there are still plenty of free things to do to fill your time. Journey out to the countryside for some amazing views and cheaper places to stay &mdash; though you might want to rent a car to fully experience everything this country has to offer.</p> <p>You can still travel to some of the most amazing places in the world while on a budget. Go to places less-traveled, plan ahead to find cheap flights and hostels, and make the most of the spending limit you have. There's nothing wrong with going off the beaten path to see something awesome!</p> <p><em>What are some other cheap fall destinations? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now.jpg&amp;description=10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anum-yoon">Anum Yoon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Travel budget travel budgeting fall getaways frugal travel saving money travel vacation Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Anum Yoon 1787549 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_new_shoes_45790784.jpg" alt="Finding things you should never pack on vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Going on a vacation is supposed to be fun, so you never want to get weighed down by what you're packing. Here's a useful list of items you will never need once you get wherever you're going. These things will become a waste of space in your luggage, not to mention a waste of the time you'll spend packing and unpacking them.</p> <h2>1. Multiple Pairs of Shoes</h2> <p>I get it, shoes are awesome. But if you're being completely honest with yourself, whether you're going on a weeklong trip or you'll be backpacking around the world, you don't need that many pairs of shoes. It may be hard, but it's not impossible to pare down your shoes.</p> <p>Shoes take up space and they weigh a fair amount. You will never regret bringing one pair of functional, semi-fashionable sneakers. These will come in handy at literally any destination, since traveling usually entails some amount of walking. So be kind to your feet and bring appropriate footwear.</p> <p>Depending on your destination, you should also bring <em>one </em>pair of versatile sandals. This means something that you can wear out at night or to the beach during the day. These should not give you blisters within five minutes of putting them on your feet.</p> <h2>2. Excessive Toiletries</h2> <p>You might have a complicated and involved skin care routine that includes face wash, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, and more. You might be loathe to go without your favorite bath soap and shampoo during your trip. But you'll survive. Not only do these items take up space, they have the potential to leak and get flagged by security. Use what the hotel or a local store offers. It'll be fine, really.</p> <h2>3. Too Many Electronics</h2> <p>We all love our gadgets and electronics. Surely, you're going to bring your phone and maybe your computer along. But traveling is also a time to disconnect, and you don't want to get bogged down into organizing and packing all of those extra charging cords &mdash; only to end up not using any of them because you were too busy having a good time.</p> <p>Electronics take up space, they weigh a lot, and they're an extra thing to worry about getting stolen since they're usually among the higher-value items you'll have with you. Limit it and reduce them whenever it's possible.</p> <h2>4. Towels</h2> <p>That's right. They seem like an item you can't live without, but you really don't need to pack towels. If you are on a backpacking trip, you can bring a microfiber backpacking towel along or just dry off with a cotton T-shirt.</p> <p>Towels that are packed away in your bag for any amount of time are going to get stinky and funky really fast. You'll be happier you left them at home.</p> <h2>5. Easy and Cheap Things You Can Buy</h2> <p>Nobody should be packing anything that you'll want to buy once you've reached your destination (preferably with a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">no foreign transaction fee credit card</a>). Consider the place you're going and identify things you're interested in buying, whether they're practical items that cost less or just souvenirs.</p> <p>Don't bring anything that falls into this category. You can always make your purchases on the road with space to spare in your bag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.inklingafar.com/"><em>Amanda Gokee</em></a><em>, a writer at </em><a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/"><em>Goats On The Road</em></a><em> contributed to this article.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Pack%20for%20Vacation.jpg&amp;description=5%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Pack%20for%20Vacation" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Things%20You%20Should%20Never%20Pack%20for%20Vacation.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/goats-on-the-road">Goats on the Road</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas">5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas</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/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Travel airports electronics leave behind luggage packing shoes suitcases toiletries towels vacation Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:00:09 +0000 Goats on the Road 1780047 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75848571_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="sneaky vacation costs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all love going away on vacation, but we don't love the costs associated with it. Usually, the big costs are taken into account before leaving the house &mdash; the hotel, the flight, the attractions, even the rental car. But what we often forget about are the little costs that can eat into the budget before your plane even takes off. Here are 10 of the biggest offenders, with a little advice on cutting down these last-minute expenses.</p> <h2>1. Check-In Fees</h2> <p>Most of us check-in way ahead of time to avoid lines at the airport. However, more airlines are starting to charge for different aspects of this service, knowing that you would rather pay a fee than leave it to the last minute. In some instances, you will be charged for the convenience of checking-in online. Amazingly, there may even be a cost for printing a boarding pass (currently Spirit charges $10 if you have one printed at the check-in counter), so look for options that are free (like printing yours at home, or using an app). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <h2>2. Checked or Carry-On Luggage Fees</h2> <p>If you've flown anywhere in the last few years, you probably noticed how insanely full the overhead luggage compartments were. That's because people got wise to the checked baggage fees, and started bringing even more carry-on luggage instead. In fact, you'd often see flight attendants asking for carry-on bags to be checked free, due to space issues. However, recent carry-on fees (which are usually more than checked baggage fees) have reversed that trend. Now, there's plenty of room in the cabin, because once again, people are looking for the cheapest option. So, even if you have a bag that's carry-on-sized, look at the prices. It may be cheaper to check it.</p> <h2>3. Overweight Luggage Charges</h2> <p>This one can really bite you at the last minute. If your bag weighs more than 50 pounds, you will pay a penalty, and this can vary depending on the airline. For instance, Frontier will charge you $75, whereas American Airlines tacks on a whopping $200! Sometimes, you can do some quick swapping between bags to get them all under 50 pounds, but if that's not an option, you may find it cheaper to leave some items at the airport (give them away, trash them) rather than pay the hefty fee.</p> <p>A good way to avoid this is to buy a luggage scale and weigh your luggage before you ever get to the airport. Bring it with you, too. You may also want to pack a light extra bag that you can use in an emergency. Usually, the additional bag fee is cheaper than the overweight bag charge. Or, try <a href="https://www.luggageforward.com/excess-baggage-fees/">Luggage Forward,</a> which ships your bags to and from your destination.</p> <h2>4. Seat Selection</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/seat_selection.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you're happy with any old seat on the plane, you usually don't have to worry. But if you would like to choose your seat (and if you're not traveling alone, you will most likely want to sit next to the person you're flying with), you'll be faced with a variety of costs. These costs get much higher as you move toward the front of the plane, where there is extra legroom, or if you want to sit in an exit row. Some airlines, like Spirit, will charge you for an advanced seat assignment, no matter where it is on the plane, so you may want to wait until you get to the check-in counter.</p> <h2>5. Food</h2> <p>When you're on vacation, you don't think much about food on the way to your destination. But remember, you're a captive audience in an airport. And when you're hungry or thirsty, you'll pay big bucks. Airport food is always more expensive than it is elsewhere, and when you're traveling as a family, those costs add up quickly. On the plane, it's even worse, with in-flight meals now costing upward of $10 for something quite meager. So before you leave, try and eat a good meal to keep you going through the airport and flight.</p> <h2>6. Parking</h2> <p>If you park at the airport, you won't be paying for this until you return. But make sure you budget for it, because it can really add up (especially at a garage parking, which can run over $20 a day). Instead, look at off-airport parking, which is cheaper and can be paid for in advance. These places offer valet, and covered and uncovered parking, with free shuttles to and from the airport. Most offer coupons and discounts as well, so do a little research before you book. You can get your parking down to $5 a day if you're smart.</p> <h2>7. Car Transportation</h2> <p>If you decide to take a taxi to the airport, you will save on parking fees, but you'll replace them with cab fares. An airport run is often a standard fee for most cab companies, and usually comes with the &quot;airport access fee&quot; tacked on. Depending on where you live in relation to the airport, you can easily spend $75 on a one-way trip, and that does not include the tip. Services like Lyft and Uber are cheaper (although watch out for the surge pricing with Uber), and you can also find car services that specialize in airport runs.</p> <h2>8. Currency Exchange</h2> <p>If you're traveling out of the country, you'll want to turn your dollars into cash you can use when you arrive. And that costs money. Depending where and when you do it, the service fee and poor exchange rate could really cost you. <em>Do not</em> exchange your money at the airport. It's the worst place to do it because it's the most convenient. Instead, order the cash from your own bank way ahead of time, or use a reputable online service. If you can, bring a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">credit card with no foreign transaction fees</a> with you. It'll really help.</p> <h2>9. Visa Fees</h2> <p>Depending on your destination, you will have to purchase visas to enter the country. For instance, right now U.S. passport holders are required to pay a <a href="http://www.mychinavisa.com/rates/">$140 fee per visa to enter China</a>. That's almost $600 for a family of four, which really adds a lot onto the cost of the vacation. You could choose to visit a country that does not require a visa. There are currently 38 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, so if you pick one of those, you don't have to worry about this fee.</p> <h2>10. Carry-On Friendly Items</h2> <p>If you're planning to bring toiletries and similar personal items on the plane with you, get ready to go shopping. The restrictions are quite clear: You can bring a quart-sized bag of essentials, but each liquid, aerosol or gel is <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/liquids-rule">restricted to just 3.4 ounces</a>. If you bring expensive perfume or cologne, and it's bigger than 3.4 ounces, it will be confiscated.</p> <p><em>What are some other sneaky vacation fees to look out for? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly.jpg&amp;description=10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Sneaky%20Vacation%20Costs%20That%20Add%20Up%20Quickly.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</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-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</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-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel air travel expenses fees flying Food luggage parking travel budget vacation vacation costs Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:30:12 +0000 Paul Michael 1773244 at http://www.wisebread.com Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal? http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal" 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_credit_card_94754805.jpg" alt="Woman learning if airline or travel credit cards are better" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is a battle underway for a place in the wallets of credit card users who value travel rewards. In one corner are the traditional <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=cc_article">airline credit cards</a>, which offer frequent flyer miles, as well as perks and benefits when traveling with a particular airline.</p> <p>Putting up a great fight against these traditional airline cards are the new crop of general travel rewards cards. These travel reward cards are not associated with a single airline. Rather, they offer points and miles that are worth a fixed amount toward travel reservations, or they can offer points that can be transferred to miles with several different airlines, and even hotels, allowing more flexibility when redeeming rewards for travel.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=cc_article">best travel rewards card</a> for you depends on your travel preferences.</p> <h2>The Current State of Airline Credit Cards</h2> <p>It wasn't that long ago that frequent flyer miles were like gold. Airlines published award charts, and travelers simply had to accumulate enough miles and then redeem them for the flights they wanted. And when miles were redeemed for expensive flights in business class, or reservations with little advance notice, it was possible to receive tremendous value from these miles.</p> <p>But now, airlines have devalued their miles by raising the number of miles needed for award seats, and by reducing the number of award seats available. However, these airline credit cards attract frequent flyers by offering an array of perks and benefits that save money and time, and provide comfort and convenience. These benefits include a free checked bag, priority boarding, in-flight discounts, access to airport lounges, and more.</p> <p>These cards make sense for travelers who are committed to flying a single airline, are flexible with travel times, and can use the additional benefits. Flying frequently with that airline will rack up miles faster than using another credit card because of the extra bonus points.</p> <h2>The Case for General Travel Reward Cards</h2> <p>For those who travel infrequently, or like to have flexibility in which airline they fly, the more general travel rewards cards will work better. Whether it's a card that can transfer points to various airline partners, or a card that simply offers a statement credit for any travel purchase, users won't get stuck with sold-out award seats or overpriced ones.</p> <p>Finally, these general travel reward cards are more likely to offer bonus points or miles for non-travel categories, so infrequent travelers can still rack up <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-everyday-purchases?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=cc_article">points for everyday purchases</a>.</p> <h2>Bottom Line</h2> <p>By examining your travel habits and the way you like to redeem your miles, the right kind of travel rewards credit card for your needs will become clear. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=cc_article">Use this Guide to Choose the Best Travel Rewards Credit Card for You</a>)</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/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">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/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">9 Ways to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</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-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel benefits best value flying frequent flyers miles rewards vacation Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:30:31 +0000 Jason Steele 1767288 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/toy_plane_map_65033677.jpg" alt="Learning miles secrets only frequent flyers know" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most frequent flyers are experts at collecting and redeeming miles for free travel. They know all the tricks for squeezing a bit more value from each point, where to find more award seats, and secrets to getting miles faster. These are the little known secrets for getting more miles and value so you can be on your way to your next <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=tavel">free vacation</a>. (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?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=travel">How to Get a Free Vacation through Credit Card Rewards in Less Than 9 Months</a>)</p> <h2>1. You Can Earn More Miles on the Ground Than in the Air</h2> <p>Even for frequent travelers, most airline miles are earned on the ground, not in the air. That's because <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">airline credit cards</a> award miles based on how much you <em>spend</em>, not how <em>far you fly</em>. That includes nonflying purchases. Use your card to pay for all your expenses and watch your miles add up.</p> <h2>2. You Don't Need an Airline Credit Card</h2> <p>Some of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">best travel rewards credit cards</a> aren't airline branded cards, but their <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">points can be transferred to the airline miles</a> of your choice. This gives you more flexibility in choosing the card that offers the most points for the category you spend the most in. Choose a card that offers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">bonus points for dining</a> if you frequent restaurants often. Get a card that offers <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=travel">high grocery rewards</a>. This will help you earn more points faster.</p> <h2>3. Not All Redemption Opportunities Offer the Same Value</h2> <p>Frequent travelers know how to look for <em>value</em> when redeeming their miles. Planning ahead of time to grab the best award price and comparing different routes will get you a much higher value for your hard earned points.</p> <h2>4. Look for Award Flights on Partner Airlines</h2> <p>If you're searching for award seats on a particular airline, look up the partners that also accept that airline's miles, and search for flights through them. Sometimes award seats show up on a partner site search rather than the specific airline site you're looking to fly on. Sometimes fees are much lower for the same flight through a partner airline. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=travel">The Secret to Getting the Cheapest Award Flights</a>)</p> <h2>5. Look for Business and First Class International Flights</h2> <p>You might think that business or first class seats are out of your reach, but when it comes to miles, a seat in business class on an international flight that would normally cost two to three times the cost of a coach seat, might only be 50% more miles. Instead of using your miles for a few domestic flights, saving them for upgraded seats on an international flight would give you much more value for your points.</p> <p><em>Do you play the airline miles game? How do you wring out the most value?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Airline%20Miles%20Secrets%20Only%20Frequent%20Flyers%20Know.jpg&amp;description=5%20Airline%20Miles%20Secrets%20Only%20Frequent%20Flyers%20Know" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Airline%20Miles%20Secrets%20Only%20Frequent%20Flyers%20Know.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/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know">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/get-the-most-from-your-airline-miles-in-these-5-overlooked-cities">Get the Most From Your Airline Miles in These 5 Overlooked Cities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <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> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">9 Ways 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/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline miles flights frequent flyers international points rewards vacation value Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:00:08 +0000 Jason Steele 1764990 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Theft While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_theft_wallet_50012006.jpg" alt="Man learning ways to protect himself from theft abroad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation is a time for rest and relaxation. But your good-time getaway can quickly turn into a living nightmare if you're the victim of theft while you're away from home. Lock down your loot and guard your identity <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-avoid-bank-fees-while-traveling" target="_blank">when you travel abroad</a> with these helpful tips on how to protect yourself.</p> <h2>1. Keep Your Money Hidden</h2> <p>Listen, we all know you're a baller with the big bills on vacay, but let's keep that our little secret. The less money you flash around in public, the fewer chances a would-be thief has to target you.</p> <p>&quot;I always kept my money hidden, and never ever pulled money out,&quot; says frequent traveler and blogger Stephen Roe, who lived in Tijuana, Mexico for five years without becoming a victim of theft. &quot;Other Americans would pull out a wallet to pay. I would always choose to select the money in my pocket and only pull out the amount I needed. That way, potential criminals wouldn't know how much I had.&quot;</p> <p>Roe adds, &quot;In addition, it's best to pay in the local currency whenever possible. Whipping out American dollars, even if it is accepted, can mark you as a potential target.&quot;</p> <p>Travel author <a href="http://amzn.to/29WGmnO">Susan Schenck</a> suggests a similar strategy with your debit card.</p> <p>&quot;When going to an ATM, have the card in a money belt,&quot; she relays. &quot;Make sure there are no loiterers around the area, though often they are even across the street. Go into the bank to count the money. There is a security guard there, often with a gun. Then place it all in your money belt. This is critical. I have so many friends who stuck the money in a pocket only to find it was gone when they got home. Pros can pickpocket you without your feeling anything. Keep the money belt well hidden under your pants.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Use Credit Cards Wisely</h2> <p>First, never use a debit card abroad. If it gets stolen, your funds can get depleted and it will take time for the bank to release the funds, if they decide you weren't responsible. Trying to settle these types of matters while you're on vacation abroad is definitely not ideal.</p> <p>Travel expert Ferdinand Goetzen suggests avoiding using your card in questionable places. &quot;This is especially important when traveling in less developed nations,&quot; he says. &quot;Payment security infrastructure can often be lacking so it's best to avoid using your card unless it is a trusted venue or bank.&quot;</p> <p>But credit cards can be helpful when used in safe environments, and can be a better alternative to carrying cash around. It's better to lose a credit card than cash. Credit card companies typically don't hold you accountable for fraudulent charges, as long as you report it quickly. Keep track of your cards carefully so you know if you've lost one, and set up alerts to notify you of purchases so you can see right away if someone has stolen your card information.</p> <h2>3. Use Caution When Taking Taxis</h2> <p>Taxis and nefarious taxi drivers can cause unnecessary trouble if you don't keep your wits about you. Schenck advises to write down the cab number before you get in for reference if you accidentally leave something behind. When exiting a cab, if you have luggage in the trunk, <em>do not </em>get out of the cab until the driver does; they've been known to high-tail out of there with your valuable belongings in tow. And never ask a taxi to wait while you go to the ATM if you leave stuff in the cab. &quot;One friend lost her laptop that way,&quot; Schenck says.</p> <h2>4. Use a Dummy Wallet for Fake-Outs</h2> <p>Want to trick the trickster? Have a fake wallet with outdated credit cards and maybe $20 in it that you can hand to anyone who holds you up. They want a quick getaway and aren't going to sit there and check the dates on the cards, says Schenck.</p> <h2>5. Keep $20 Where the Sun Don't Shine</h2> <p>Well, maybe not in the sense that you're thinking of, but it's not a bad idea to keep a $20 bill in your socks, bra, or other safe, close-to-your-body area in a hidden garment in the event that you're robbed. Twenty dollars goes a long way in many countries, and you'll at least be able to get home or to the nearest police station.</p> <h2>6. Bring a Separate Small Backpack for Valuable Objects</h2> <p>&quot;One of the most common thefts occurs when people leave valuables in their main luggage and leave it in the hotel lobby or in the baggage compartment on buses or trains,&quot; Goetzen warns. &quot;I always bring a small backpack with all of my most important belongings because I don't like to let them out of my sight.&quot;</p> <p>Also, stop assuming that your belongings will be safe with the friendly, nice-looking people next to you at transportation hubs while you go to the bathroom. Even friendly, nice-looking people steal things, and you'll be quite S.O.L. (and super P.O.ed) if they gang the bag with your tickets, passports, and wallet while you're taking a whiz.</p> <h2>7. Use Common Sense</h2> <p>Don't travel to areas that aren't policed, stay out of dark alleys, and don't go anywhere with anybody you don't know. Don't drink so much when you're in unfamiliar territory either. It makes you do stupid things and make poor decisions, and you become a sitting duck for criminals. Your mom totally would've told you so.</p> <p><em>Do you have tips on how to protect yourself when traveling abroad? Let's discuss in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Yourself%20From%20Theft%20While%20Traveling.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Yourself%20From%20Theft%20While%20Traveling" 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> <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/u5180/7%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Yourself%20From%20Theft%20While%20Traveling.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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling">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/dont-get-taken-how-to-evaluate-an-exchange-rate">Don&#039;t Get Taken: How to Evaluate an Exchange Rate</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/vacation-safe-11-tips-for-hotel-safety">Vacation Safe: 11 Tips for Hotel Safety</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel abroad cash caution money pickpocket safety theft thief vacation Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:30:37 +0000 Mikey Rox 1757847 at http://www.wisebread.com Here's How Brexit Could Affect Your Travel Plans http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-brexit-could-affect-your-travel-plans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-brexit-could-affect-your-travel-plans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holding_british_flag_94827249.jpg" alt="Learning how brexit could affect your travel plans" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Britain is divorcing Europe, and though the planned separation is a multiyear process, the repercussions are already being felt. So far, the pound is collapsing, the dollar is acquiring value, and the euro is experiencing a slump. But what does it all mean for your travel plans? If you've got your sights set on a hop across the pond in the near future, here's what you need to know.</p> <h2>You'll Get a Big Bang for Your Buck in Britain</h2> <p>When Britain voted to exit the EU, the British pound plummeted 8%. Let's put that in perspective: Overnight, the pound's worth dropped below the relative worth of the American dollar back in 1985. It was the currency's single worst day on record. The good news, however, is that the dollar-pound <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-get-taken-how-to-evaluate-an-exchange-rate" target="_blank">exchange rate</a> is the best it's been in three decades, giving Americans traveling in Britain big purchasing power.</p> <p>If you've never seen the land of Shakespeare and fish and chips &mdash; or if you're due for a revisit &mdash; now's your chance to do so at a better-than-ever price. Of course, this doesn't mean that your British vacation will be cheap. Even with the Brexit market turmoil, you'll pay far more to sightsee in the birthplace of the Beatles than you would to travel to a country with lower living standards, such as Mexico. But if a trip to Britain is already on your list, now is a great time to pull the trigger.</p> <h2>Travel to European Countries Will Also Be Cheaper</h2> <p>When the value of the British pound dropped, so, too, did the worth of the euro. Down, down, down it went, settling slightly lower than the dollar. This essentially puts <a href="http://www.vox.com/2016/6/24/12023856/brexit-travel-uk-london-deal">all trips to Europe</a> on sale. Not a huge sale, but a sale nonetheless. Americans traveling to Portugal, for example, will have nearly 1% more purchasing power, according to an analysis by Vox. (Hey &mdash; every little bit helps, right?) This is especially welcome news considering that travels to Europe were previously predicted to be more expensive this summer than last.</p> <h2>Travel to U.S. Destinations Could Drop in Price</h2> <p>If all of Britain is &quot;on sale&quot; to Americans, the inverse is also true: Travel to the U.S. is more expensive than ever for Brits. If this climate persists, it's likely that many British tourists will opt out of U.S. travel until the pound-to-dollar exchange rate stabilizes. It's yet to be seen, but this scenario opens up the possibility of cheaper travel within the U.S. (Think New York, Miami, Los Angeles).</p> <p>&quot;If British tourists, because of currency fluctuations, change their plans or don't come to U.S., you may see some ability to get some better prices in some cities,&quot; Mike Stitt, the North American president of Travelzoo, told The New York Times. &quot;We're seeing a little of that effect now with the Canadian travelers. As their currency has plummeted against the dollar, Canadians are staying home.&quot;</p> <h2>Airfare Specials to London May Become Easier to Snag</h2> <p>British Airways kicked off the uncertain era following Britain's EU split with a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2016/06/28/british-airways-having-brexit-fare-sale/86467110/">Brexit fare sale</a>. Pricing economy fares from New York to London for as low as $639 round trip, the airline used the country's economic turmoil as a hook to lure in more American tourists. &quot;Your dollar has never gone further,&quot; the airline trumpeted on its Twitter account. It's yet to be seen whether other airlines will follow suit. But it's worth keeping your eyes peeled for Brexit-inspired discounts.</p> <h2>Flights From Europe to Britain Could Climb</h2> <p>In the wake of Brexit, the low-cost Irish airline Ryanair said it would be <a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/ryanair-will-shift-investment-away-from-uk-after-brexit-vote-1.2702603">unlikely to deploy new planes</a> on British routes. Instead, the airline said it will funnel its finances toward its European routes. &quot;It's unlikely we will base any additional aircraft in the UK in 2017 as they will be allocated to European Union airports instead,&quot; a Ryanair spokesperson told The Irish Times. It's unclear whether other airline carriers will follow suit. But if they do, the price of flights to Britain could very well climb &mdash; especially if more low-cost airlines curb their commitment to Britain.</p> <h2>Longer Airport Waits Could Be On the Horizon</h2> <p>A few years out, when Britain's divorce from the EU is finalized, there will be a major change at British airports: Citizens of the European Union will be funneled to the international customs line &mdash; the same line that's used by Americans. This could lead to longer wait times. And, if you're traveling through a British airport to a final destination in Europe, you'll likely have to claim and <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/brexit-travel-british-pound-uk-international-spain-portugal-america-europe-terrorism-050106247.html">recheck your luggage</a> while going through immigration. A small hassle, perhaps, but who needs another hassle at the airport?</p> <p><em>Assuming the UK follows through with Brexit, what ramifications do you expect?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fheres-how-brexit-could-affect-your-travel-plans&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHere%26%23x27%3Bs%20How%20Brexit%20Could%20Affect%20Your%20Travel%20Plans.jpg&amp;description=Here%26%23x27%3Bs%20How%20Brexit%20Could%20Affect%20Your%20Travel%20Plans" 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/Here%27s%20How%20Brexit%20Could%20Affect%20Your%20Travel%20Plans.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/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-brexit-could-affect-your-travel-plans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare airports brexit Britain currencies dollars eu Europe euros pounds vacation Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1757122 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Airlines With the Best Customer Service http://www.wisebread.com/5-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/palm_trees_plane_81687745.jpg" alt="Learning which airlines have the best customer service" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flying is not the customer-focused experience it was back in the 60s and 70s. In fact, talk about flying to many people today and a grimace will make its way onto their faces. Some say that a plane has become nothing more than a Greyhound bus with wings, and the airlines seem to charge for every little thing. From fees for both checked and carry-on bags, fees for online check-in, charges for movies and meals, and even paying to rent headsets, you get very little for your money these days.</p> <p>So, when AirlineQualityRating.com releases the findings of its annual customer service study, everyone who flies should take note. If you are going to be in the air, it may as well be with one of the top five airlines that excel at customer service. Here they are.</p> <h2>1. Virgin America</h2> <p>The airline owned by Sir Richard Branson continues to have an incredibly positive impact on those who fly the Virgin skies. It all starts when you enter the aircraft and are greeted by a sumptuous glow of purple in the main cabin (and when you get to Select and First Class, you're in a completely different world). Seats in the main cabin are soft black leather, and of course, there is the vast array of on-demand entertainment, Wi-Fi, personal outlets, and snacks including jerky sausage and veggie chips.</p> <p>However, where Virgin America really steps it up is the customer service, and the overall passenger experience. Virgin recently introduced &quot;Seat-to-Seat delivery + Chat,&quot; and it's the kind of innovation that Sir Branson is known to embrace. If you're on a flight and fancy striking up a conversation with someone, be it a friend, a co-worker, or a complete stranger, the on-board touch screen system lets you break the ice by sending a drink or a snack to another seat. You can also mingle in a chat room, or flirt with someone you saw as you were getting on board. Suddenly, the prospect of a long flight can be turned on its head, and you are now entering an experience similar to a bar or club that uses social media. What's more, the flight attendants are known to be some of the most friendly (and funny) flying today.</p> <p>It was recently reported that Alaska Airlines plans to purchase Virgin America for $2.6 billion. No doubt the continued excellence in customer service, and on board innovation, was a big part of that purchasing decision. Let's hope it doesn't negatively affect the Virgin America experience.</p> <h2>2. JetBlue</h2> <p>The JetBlue experience is certainly different from most carriers these days. Take a quick look at their &quot;Experience JetBlue&quot; page and the first thing you'll see is the word <em>free</em>.</p> <p>Yes. Free. And this is from a low-cost carrier.</p> <p>Once you're onboard a JetBlue flight, you are treated to <em>unlimited </em>free brand name snacks and drinks, including Cheez-Its, Craisins, Terra Blues, and an array of cold Coke and Seagrams beverages. Dunkin' Donuts provides the tea and coffee. JetBlue also boasts the most legroom in coach of any airlines, and you can boost that to an Even More Space seat if you feel like treating yourself.</p> <p>And then, of course, there's the customer service. It's award-winning, ensuring your travel is the very best. To this end, JetBlue introduced the Customer Bill of Rights, and it guarantees that you get the very best flight your money can buy &mdash; or, you get your money back.</p> <p>Want more? Well, if your flight is delayed by between 90 minutes and two hours, you'll get a $25 credit for future JetBlue travel. If that hits six hours or more, you get a $200 credit. If it's an onboard ground delay, you'll get the same $200 after five hours.</p> <p>What does this mean? Well, if you're JetBlue, you have quite the financial incentive to keep the planes running on time. It's yet another reason JetBlue is nipping at the heels of Virgin America, and may well take the number one spot next year. See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-award-flights-faster-with-the-jetblue-rewards-mastercard-from-barclaycard?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=travel">Earn Award Flights Faster With the JetBlue Card</a></p> <h2>3. Delta</h2> <p>While not quite matching the performance of the top two on the list, Delta comes in at an impressive third place, beating out two airlines that are renowned for customer care. Perhaps part of that was Delta's on-time percentage for 2015, which was a remarkable 85.9%, with only two bags per 1,000 passengers mishandled.</p> <p>Delta does free snacks, including Biscoff cookies Starbucks coffee, and the usual array of beverages (although as is usual these days, you have to purchase larger snacks and alcoholic drinks).</p> <p>If you choose Delta to fly international, you'll get uninterrupted sleep courtesy of a sleep kit featuring eyeshades and earplugs (also handy for those screaming kids that can really put a dent in your good humor). See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-delta-skymiles-credit-card-has-the-best-value?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=travel">Which Delta SkyMiles Credit Card has the Best Value?</a></p> <h2>4. Hawaiian</h2> <p>Last year Hawaiian were in the number two spot, so they have dropped a few places. But don't let this convince you that their customer service has dropped, or that they are not making the effort. Rather, other airlines have upped their game based on some of the stories that have been told about Hawaiian.</p> <p>For a start, Hawaiian flights are more likely to be on time than any other airlines. In 2015, 88.4% of the flights operated by Hawaiian were on time and ready to go, which is a huge achievement.</p> <p>Hawaiian recently took a leaf out of Priceline.com's &quot;What's it worth to you?&quot; strategy, and introduced the Bud Up system. Basically, you book regular tickets and then enter a bid to upgrade those seats to First Class. If the bid is accepted (presumable based on availability, popularity, and route), you will get your seats bumped to First Class at the price you dictated. Could this be as little as $1 each? Doubtful&hellip;but who knows!</p> <p>Of course, being Hawaiian, the airline prides itself on the more laid-back customer service approach you would expect from the island paradise it is named after. Big smiles, great food, and if you like, you can purchase a Lei Greeting and have a garland of fresh flowers draped over you on your arrival at your destination.</p> <h2>5. Alaska</h2> <p>As mentioned in the top spot, Alaska recently put in a huge bid for Virgin America, so perhaps next year they will take the number one slot. For now, Alaska is sitting pretty in fifth place, and this is largely due to the low number of complaints it received in 2015; just 0.5 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. Or, five complaints for every one million passengers.</p> <p>When you consider how much people hate flying today, finding only five people in a million who had something negative to say about their trip is mind-boggling. So, what is Alaska doing right?</p> <p>According to J.D. Power, a lot. They have awarded Alaska &quot;Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America&quot; nine years running.</p> <p>Alaska's Customer Service Commitment plays a big part in this rating. It includes a promise of the lowest available fare, flexibility in the first 24 hours of booking, special treatment during extended delays, a guarantee of a clean and comfortable aircraft, and seamless partnerships with partners including Delta and Peninsula.</p> <p>And if you're wondering, the next five airlines for 2016 are&hellip;</p> <ol start="6"> <li>Southwest</li> <li>SkyWest</li> <li>United</li> <li>ExpressJet</li> <li>American</li> </ol> <p><em>What's your favorite airline?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service">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/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-do-airline-companion-tickets-work-and-where-do-you-get-them">How Do Airline Companion Tickets Work and Where Do You Get Them?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines alaska airlines customer service Delta flying hawaiian airlines JetBlue vacation virgin america Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:30:42 +0000 Paul Michael 1753207 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_85572493_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="Leave these things home on vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the price of travel going up and the amount of luggage you can carry going down, packing can no longer be a last-minute activity. Spend time making sure you don't bring anything you don't need. When I traveled home for a month after spending a year in New Zealand, I only had a backpack, which contained everything I needed &mdash; including a first aid kit.</p> <p>Here are some obvious (and not so obvious) items to leave at home when you head out of town. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-useful-items-hotels-usually-provide-for-free?ref=seealso">14 Useful Items Hotels Usually Provide for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Coffee/Tea/Coffee Maker</h2> <p>Almost everywhere you go, whether it be a hotel or an Airbnb, will likely have coffee, tea, and something to make it in. If you're going for an Airbnb or VRBO, make sure to check the description or send a message to the owner to see what is available.</p> <h2>2. Towels</h2> <p>Unless you're in <em>Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy</em>, you don't need a towel when you travel. Make sure towels are provided ahead of time, as some hostels don't provide them. A friend and I didn't make sure we had enough towels when we went to Paris and we had to use hand towels. Check ahead!</p> <h2>3. Full-Sized Toiletries</h2> <p>Don't bring full-sized toiletries with you, because you absolutely don't need them. The 3-oz. rule is applicable only for carry-ons, but you should implement it either way. Buy a small refillable bottle that you can use over and over. I have one for every toiletry and refill it whenever I need to. Make sure they're labeled though. I have been known to style my hair with face wash.</p> <h2>4. Hair Dryers and Irons</h2> <p>Hair dryers and irons are usually provided in hotels and most other rental places. If you can't find them in your room, call down to the front desk. While you're at it, they also usually have toothpaste, toothbrushes, sewing kits, and a myriad of other things you might've forgotten.</p> <h2>5. Full-Sized Pillows</h2> <p>There is absolutely no need for a full-sized pillow on a trip, and even most hostels will provide these. Pillows can be cumbersome and difficult to stuff into a bag. Again, make sure to check a website or call the place you're staying to make sure a pillow is available. I don't even travel with my travel pillow anymore, because besides the during plane ride, I don't use it.</p> <h2>6. Workout Clothes</h2> <p>Unless you actually plan on working out, bringing an extra pair of sneakers, socks, and workout clothes just takes up room in your bag. I've taken these multiple times on business trips and I've only used them once. In general, make sure you're only taking what you need or that you'll actually use what you take.</p> <h2>7. Uncomfortable Shoes</h2> <p>Unless you're in a wedding or attending a gala, taking uncomfortable shoes on a trip makes no sense. There are plenty of cute, comfortable options besides the four inch heels you were thinking about taking. Plan ahead and make sure you won't need them, and if not, leave them in your closet.</p> <h2>8. Speakers</h2> <p>Most hotels provide bluetooth or iPhone speakers, so you don't need to bring your own. If you're traveling to a hostel, having speakers can be rude because of thin walls and shared rooms. Check with your Airbnb and VRBO host to see if they have speakers. Taking an audio cord isn't a bad idea though, as sometimes I've noticed the speakers in my hotel room only work with the first version of the iPhone.</p> <h2>9. Expensive Items</h2> <p>Be it jewelry, bags, or computers &mdash; don't pack anything you don't actually need. Not only do you have the chance to lose them, but someone might steal them from your room. The most recent Powerball winners from Tennessee took their winning ticket all the way to the <em>Today Show</em> in New York before cashing it in back in Tennessee. Don't do that.</p> <h2>10. Credit Cards, Social Security Cards, or Other Important Documents</h2> <p>If you're not traveling abroad, don't take your passport. If you don't need your work credit card, don't take it. There should be no real reason to have your Social Security card or birth certificate on you. The reason to not take these items is simple: Replacing them can be a nightmare.</p> <p><em>What do you leave at home when you travel?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Things%20to%20Leave%20Behind%20During%20Your%20Midsummer%20Trip.jpg&amp;description=10%20Things%20to%20Leave%20Behind%20During%20Your%20Midsummer%20Trip" 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;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Things%20to%20Leave%20Behind%20During%20Your%20Midsummer%20Trip.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/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</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/pay-your-bills-and-5-other-things-you-must-do-before-you-leave-on-vacation">Pay Your Bills and 5 Other Things You Must Do Before You Leave on 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/3-ways-to-get-hotel-deals">3 Ways to Get Hotel Deals</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/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives">Car Yoga and 9 Other Ways to Beat Long Drives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping Travel amenities hotels midsummer travel summer vacation travel checklist travel hacks vacation Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1743313 at http://www.wisebread.com Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_33629166_XLARGE.jpg" alt="saving money on everyday buys" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are some payments and purchases you make because you have to, like gas, insurance, and a mortgage &mdash; but there are others that you make because they make you feel good. By saving money on your favorite purchases, you'll likely purchase them more often and thus, have a happier and more fulfilling life.</p> <p>Here's how you can save money on your favorite everyday things.</p> <h2>1. Restaurants</h2> <p>We all love dining out for a meal. But dinner at a nice restaurant can quickly eat up your budget, especially if you're going out two or three times a week. If you're a person who loves to go out for food, there are three things you should explore:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12562208-1462979854000">Groupon</a>: With restaurant discounts of up to 75%, you could essentially go out three times as often as you do now, for the same price.</li> <li><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10849242-1415311741000">Restaurant.com</a>: Get $25 certificates for as low as $4. Note that they have a new batch of certificates at the beginning of each month, and costs will keep going down as the month progresses, but it also might mean that the certificates for the restaurants you want will be sold out. No matter when you buy them, you'll still get a nice discount on your meal.</li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">Rewards Credit Cards for Dining Out</a>: Use the best credit card that offers rewards at restaurants, for example the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">Chase Sapphire Preferred Card</a> offers 2x points for dining. Or a general <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">cash back credit card</a> like the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unlimited-cash-back-the-quicksilver-cash-rewards-credit-card?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Credit Card</a>, which offers unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Travel</h2> <p>Once you become a Groupon member, you can get discounts on vacation packages, but once you're in the country, you should also look for local discount cards. Simply run a Google search with your planned destination and &quot;discount card.&quot; It should be something like this: &quot;Venice Discount Card.&quot;</p> <p>The Venice discount card has excellent discounts on transport, sights, and cultural events. You can find similar discount cards in Bangkok, <a href="http://www.cancun-discounts.com/cancun-discount-card.htm">Cancun</a>, <a href="https://www.parispass.com/">Paris</a>, <a href="https://www.londonpass.com/">London</a> and pretty much every major tourist town.</p> <p>You may be surprised how often there's a discount card on offer and these things can save you a lot of money! In Malta for example, the Malta Discount Card saves 50% off at dozens of restaurants, as well as discounts on tours, attractions, and water sports. You're likely to pay off the cost of the card within a day, so I recommend always searching for them before going anywhere.</p> <h2>3. Alcohol</h2> <p>Costco, Costco, Costco. You probably already have a number of Kirkland products in your house, but did you know that Kirkland alcohol was compared in a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oei8K2TYg9s">blind taste test</a> and the tasters couldn't decide if the expensive brands were better than Kirkland?</p> <p>They weren't drinking the liquor with mixers, either. Straight up, these people couldn't agree on the better booze. The Kirkland brand alcohol is as much as 75% cheaper, and if the experts can't tell the difference, you should probably get your buzz on for a bit less with the Costco brand. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-costco-anywhere-visa-card-by-citi-is-good-news-for-costco-shoppers">Get Cash Back on Your Costco Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>4. Movies</h2> <p>Head to the library. You remember that stuffy, quiet place where you had to go to get information in the '80s? As libraries are becoming more and more obsolete, they've made some efforts to bring in new clientele. One of the ways they've done this is by adding DVDs to their inventory.</p> <p>Go to the library, apply for a library card, and take out as many DVDs as you want. They even stock some TV series box sets, so you can save a few bucks of your cable bill as well.</p> <h2>5. Coffee</h2> <p>Stop going to Starbucks! That $3 Americano that you're buying could be made at home for much less.</p> <p>Pick up a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P0ZMWEC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00P0ZMWEC&amp;linkId=8bd38a03a49d9f429ee6f94b039d1276">2.2 pound bag of delicious Lavazza Espresso</a> on Amazon for under $20, then buy yourself a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H2BQATK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=B00H2BQATK&amp;linkId=51aa792433c4a0820c782f0aaf0ed330">Handpresso machine</a>. This thing can make the perfect cup of espresso every time, plus it's compact, and you don't need electricity to use it so you can take it anywhere.</p> <p>That 2.2 pound bag of coffee will make 120 cups of Americano coffee, meaning that each cup will cost you less than 17 cents, rather than $3. By the time you finish that bag, you'll have saved $340 on coffee, which pays off the cost of the Handpresso machine two times over!</p> <h2>6. Yoga</h2> <p>Your yoga instructor may not be happy that I'm telling you this, but you can get free Yoga classes on YouTube every day. There are some excellent channels like <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeYogaTV">Free Yoga TV</a>, that have professional yogis giving quality classes online for zero dollars.</p> <p>The best part of YouTube yoga, is that you can play it from your smartphone and turn pretty much anywhere into your own personal yoga studio. No more having to head to the gym or yoga center. Lock the door in your office, lay down a mat, and stretch to your heart's content.</p> <h2>7. Groceries</h2> <p>If you're not a foodie who loves to cook at home, maybe groceries aren't one of your favorite purchases. But even so, they're a costly budget item that everyone has to purchase every week. With <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/grocery-pal/id339684652?mt=8">Grocery Pal</a>, <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/mobile-coupons/">Coupon Sherpa</a>, and the right credit cards, you can save a lot of money on your groceries.</p> <p>Grocery Pal helps you find weekly sales at your local supermarkets, like Safeway, Whole Foods, Smart&amp;Final, Walmart, Target, and more. Coupon Sherpa helps you find all the right coupons for the stuff in your cart, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">credit cards that reward grocery purchases</a> will put more money back into your wallet. For example, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=internal&amp;utm_campaign=article">Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express</a> will give you 6% cash back on your supermarket purchases! Terms and limitations apply.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite purchases, and how do you save money on them? Share with everyone 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/goats-on-the-road">Goats on the Road</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">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/never-use-cash-for-these-11-things">Never Use Cash for These 11 Things</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/are-you-spending-too-much-on-halloween-this-year">Are You Spending Too Much on Halloween This 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/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</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/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Entertainment Shopping budgeting coffee credit cards groceries restaurants saving money shopping travel vacation Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Goats on the Road 1735240 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_map_000054071742.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to stay within travel budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once you've planned your big trip, written down all of your expenses, and come up with a travel plan, you may think that it will be easy to stay within your budget. But sometimes you end up going over your planned costs, no matter how prepared you think you are. Here are seven tips to help ensure that you stay under budget and on top of your travel spending.</p> <h2>1. Put Your Daily Budget in Your Wallet</h2> <p>This is a very easy way to make sure that you spend exactly what you were hoping to spend on your trip. Simply calculate a daily budget and only put that amount of money in your wallet each day. When the wallet is empty, your budget for the day is spent.</p> <p>Of course, some would argue that using cash instead of credit has all sorts of disadvantages. So if you want to use your credit card (the one with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation">no foreign transaction fees</a> and that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">offers travel rewards</a> so you can go on your next vacation sooner), you can always jot down what you've spent through the day, so you know how much is left in your daily budget.</p> <h2>2. Keep Track of Everything</h2> <p>The best way to stay on top of your spending is to write it all down, but who has a pen, paper, and calculator these days? Luckily, there's an app for that.</p> <p>The Trail Wallet app (only <a href="http://voyagetravelapps.com/trail-wallet/">available for Apple devices</a>) allows you to set a daily budget, add different currencies, and input each purchase you make throughout the day. It saves you the hassle of converting foreign money to your home currency and even puts everything into handy, easy-to-read pie charts so that you can see exactly where your money is spent.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources?ref=seealso">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></p> <h2>3. Cook and Drink In</h2> <p>This can be a huge money saver while on the road, especially when traveling to expensive destinations like Rome and Paris. Of course, I'm not saying you should forgo local food and cook for yourself every day to save a buck, but if you can eat at least one meal in each day, you can save a significant amount of money.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso">14 Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></p> <p>You don't have to rent your own apartment to have your own cooking facilities, either. Many hostels and some guest houses and B&amp;Bs have communal kitchens where you can store your groceries in the fridge and have full use of the stove and dishes.</p> <h2>4. Riding Isn't Always Cheaper Than Flying</h2> <p>People often assume that flying is always the more expensive option, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, especially in places with strong competition for budget airlines like in Europe and Asia, it's much cheaper to fly.</p> <p>For example, a train from Rome to Paris will cost you at least $136 and take you around 11 hours, while a cheap non-stop flight with Ryanair will only take two hours and won't likely cost you more than $40.</p> <h2>5. Travel a Little Slower</h2> <p>One sure way to blow your budget is to move around too much. When people plan their finances for a holiday, they rarely take into consideration how much buses, taxis, rental cars, and flights will cost.</p> <p>To cut down on these expenses, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/savor-your-trip-and-save-big-with-these-5-slow-travel-tips">traveling slower</a>. Stay in a place longer and get to know it better. Rent an apartment for a week and get a discount for a longer stay. Get to know the cheapest restaurants where the locals always eat and try to cook for yourself.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling?ref=seealso">Live Like a Local: How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling</a></p> <h2>6. Shop Around</h2> <p>Don't just take the first price you're given. This goes for everything while traveling. Take the time to walk around and find cheaper restaurants. Check different bus routes and companies to find better value transport. Check different tour companies for the best deals.</p> <p>If you're planning to rent a car, shop around to different rental companies. Find the best deal you can, and then go to other companies and see if they can beat the price. You'd be surprised how low these business are willing to drop their prices.</p> <p>I recently used this tactic in Croatia. At first, the car was going to cost me $25 per day for 12 days, but after shopping around and bargaining with different companies, I got it down to $15. I saved a total of $120 over 12 days just by shopping around.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less?ref=seealso">10 Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel and How to Pay Less</a></p> <h2>7. Rent a Motorcycle Instead of Doing Tours</h2> <p>This can be a big money saver, especially in Asian countries where it costs less than $5 per day for a motorcycle rental. Instead of taking expensive tours, consider heading into a tourist office or tourism information center and ask them where the best nearby sites are.</p> <p>They'll often give you a map and circle the highlights of the region. These are likely the same stops that a day tour would take you to, so now all you have to do is rent a motorbike or scooter for the day and visit the sites yourself.</p> <p>In Asia, you can rent a motorbike for $5 and you'll probably only use $5 worth of gas in a full day of touring. Tours usually cost $40 or more, so the motorbike is a good way to save money and stay in budget. You can even split the motorbike and gas cost with a friend or travel partner.</p> <h2>Don't Be Too Strict</h2> <p>Even budget travelers have to splurge sometimes. These tips will help you stay within your financial plan, but make sure you leave some room for extra activities and must-see side trips. Don't try to scrape by on as little as possible because you may end up missing out on some amazing experiences. Budget smart and travel safe!</p> <p><em>How do you stay on budget when you're on the road?</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%2F7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%20Fool-Proof%20Ways%20to%20Stay%20Within%20Your%20Travel%20Budget.jpg&amp;description=7%20Fool-Proof%20Ways%20to%20Stay%20Within%20Your%20Travel%20Budget" 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/u5180/7%20Fool-Proof%20Ways%20to%20Stay%20Within%20Your%20Travel%20Budget.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/goats-on-the-road">Goats on the Road</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on 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/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel car rentals saving money tourism travel budget vacation Tue, 17 May 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Goats on the Road 1706848 at http://www.wisebread.com Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money? http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000052055860_Large.jpg" alt="are all-inclusive cruises and vacations still worth it?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You see an ad for an &quot;all-inclusive&quot; tropical getaway. It seems like such a great vacation deal, right? All-inclusive resorts charge a flat fee for lodging, food, use of facilities, and activities, and it's a concept that has been adopted by thousands of hotels and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-13-craziest-cruises-ever-to-sail-the-high-seas">cruise ships</a> since Club Med premiered its one-stop-shop design in 1950. But are flat fee escapes truly a bargain? Here's how to decide whether the all-inclusive vacation model is right for you.</p> <h2>All-Inclusive Won't Work for Everyone</h2> <p>If you're looking for quiet relaxation, a party atmosphere, an opportunity to meet other singles in an exotic setting, a pampering experience, or a place where there's a little something to interest your family's three generations, there's an all-inclusive vacation out there to suit your wants. Some resorts cater to honeymooners, for example, while others target guests with young children in tow.</p> <p>If you're looking for adventure, however, an all-inclusive resort probably isn't the way to go. There's a certain ease in knowing where your next meal is coming from and exactly how much it will cost you, but that will only detract from the experience for folks seeking raw exposure to a new place and all of the historic, geographic, and culinary flair it has to offer. In short, all-inclusives make for great vacations, but they're not particularly suitable for adventure-driven travelers.</p> <h2>You'll Likely Miss Out On Local Culture</h2> <p>Even the hula dance shows offered to guests at Hawaii resorts have been culturally sanitized. For authentic local culture, you'll likely have to journey outside the resort's perimeter, where you can mix and mingle with the locals and experience first-hand how they live.</p> <h2>You Won't Have to Think About Money</h2> <p>There are very few people who aren't constantly <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/03/31/americans-still-stressed-out-over-financial-worries/TKQzcQfFQukQ7sWFuryOzM/story.html">thinking about money</a>. And studies show that just the thought of greenbacks can incite physical or emotional stress on the human body. Luckily, when all your food, drinks, and activities are prepaid, there isn't much opportunity to contemplate the money you're spending on your annual week of leisure. For this reason, all-inclusive getaways create an atmosphere that offers many guests a supreme form of relaxation. You literally never have to pay for anything, because you already have.</p> <h2>&quot;All&quot; Doesn't Mean Everything</h2> <p>Don't assume that spa treatments, airport transportation, and alcoholic beverages are included in the flat rate. Some all-inclusive packages include just food and lodging, while others also cover perks such as Internet access, parking, cocktails, premium meals featuring lobster or steak, and boat trips. &quot;<a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-all-inclusive-vacations-wont-tell-you-2014-04-17?page=1">It's &lsquo;all inclusive&rsquo; with an asterisk</a>,&quot; says Laura Mandala, the managing director of tourism-industry research firm Mandala Research.</p> <h2>Some Perks Go Unused</h2> <p>Marketed as money-savers, the all-inclusive vacation also offers a big convenience factor. Choose a resort or cruise ship, pay a single fee, show up, and enjoy. But if you're not taking full advantage of all the perks you're paying for &mdash; top shelf liquor, motorized water sports, horseback riding, adult comedy shows &mdash; then you might have been better off booking your lodging, food, and activities separately. The big benefit of the all-inclusive concept, of course, is that it makes budgeting easy. You know how much your vacation will cost you and if you don't want to spend any additional money, you don't have to. But you would be wise to do the math and make sure that you'll actually be utilizing the inclusives you're paying for.</p> <h2>Beware of Hidden Fees</h2> <p>Like other hotels and cruise ships, all-inclusive resorts can charge what's commonly dubbed a &quot;resort fee&quot; or &quot;convenience fee.&quot; Here's the kicker: This <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hotels-bills-charges-idUSBRE97D10120130814">charge isn't included in advertised prices</a> and it can run as high as $30 per night. &quot;Increasingly, hotels give away free breakfast, free Internet, and now some hotels are trying to claw that back with &quot;convenience fees,&quot;&quot; says Robert Habeeb, president of First Hospitality Group in Chicago, which operates 53 hotels. Notably, these fees are on the rise. The <a href="http://www.scps.nyu.edu/about/newsroom/news/2014/u_s_lodging_industry.html">hotel industry collects</a> more than $2 billion in fees annually. Guests paid just half that amount a decade ago.</p> <h2>Sometimes Cheap Is Cheap for a Reason</h2> <p>If the advertised price tag on an all-inclusive vacation package seems too good to be true, there's probably a reason. Maybe it's for a week that falls smack dab in the middle of hurricane season. Or maybe the view from that particular unit features nothing but concrete and pavement. Yes, there is such a thing as a good steal, but read all the particulars to be sure that you're comfortable with what you're getting.</p> <h2>Do Your Research</h2> <p>Before you book an all-inclusive package, be sure to read the recent online reviews and message board postings by other vacationers. That's where you'll learn just how good the food really is, whether the cocktails are too sugary or watered down, and if the resort is undergoing renovation work that may inhibit your experience.</p> <h2>Loyalty Is Often Rewarded</h2> <p>If you find an all-inclusive resort or cruise you love, it often pays to repeat the experience. Loyalty programs and perks for return guests are common, running the gamut from room upgrades to gratis premium meals and cocktails.</p> <p><em>Have you been on an all-inclusive vacation cruise? Was it worth the cost? Share with us!</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%2Fare-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FAre%20All-Inclusive%20Vacations%20and%20Cruises%20Worth%20the%20Money-.jpg&amp;description=Are%20All-Inclusive%20Vacations%20and%20Cruises%20Worth%20the%20Money%3F" 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/Are%20All-Inclusive%20Vacations%20and%20Cruises%20Worth%20the%20Money-.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/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-need-to-know-before-you-book-an-all-inclusive-vacation">6 Things You Need to Know Before You Book an All-Inclusive 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/4-ways-to-take-a-frugal-grownup-spring-break">4 Ways to Take a Frugal Grownup Spring Break</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel all-inclusive cruises all-inclusive vacations cruise resorts travel budget travel costs vacation Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1708886 at http://www.wisebread.com