vacation http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/6924/all en-US Best Money Tips: A Travel Agent's Tips for the Best Vacation Ever http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-a-travel-agents-tips-for-the-best-vacation-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-a-travel-agents-tips-for-the-best-vacation-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beach_surfboard_627011162.jpg" alt="Woman getting tips for the best vacation ever" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on how to have the best vacation ever, pre-workout fitness tips, and how to fix the money mistakes that we all make.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Travel-Tips-From-Travel-Agent-44083263">9 Tips For Having the Best Vacation, According to a Travel Agent</a> &mdash; Before boarding your plane, look up the best way to get from the airport to your accommodations. Consider splitting fares with other travelers or using airport shuttle services to keep travel costs low. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="https://blog.cheapism.com/workout-tips-18098">12 Fitness Tips You Should Know Before Even Breaking a Sweat</a> &mdash; Are you an endomorph, an ectomorph, or a mesomorph? Customize your fitness routine around your body type for a more productive workout. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="https://wallethacks.com/6-crucial-money-mistakes-probably-making-fix/">6 Common Money Mistakes We All Make (and How to Fix Them Fast!)</a> &mdash; Don't set and forget your 401(k). Review your allocations regularly and rebalance as necessary. [Wallet Hacks]</p> <p><a href="https://moneyqanda.com/how-to-save-money-on-dog-food/">Top 4 Ways to Save Money on Dog Food Without Sacrificing Quality</a> &mdash; When it comes to quality dog food, ingredients matter more than the brand &mdash; or the buzzwords that you often find on the packaging. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/pricing-used-furniture/">Here&rsquo;s How You Should Price Used Furniture (to Get the Most Cash!)</a> &mdash; The basic guideline for decent-quality used furniture is 70% to 80% of the original selling price. [Money Pantry]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://dyernews.com/right-wrong-kind-of-side-hustles/">The Right and Wrong Kinds of Side Hustles</a> &mdash; One of the best reasons to start a side hustle is to set up something will hopefully blossom into a future career. [Dyer News]</p> <p><a href="https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/how-to-request-payment-and-actually-get-paid/">How to ask for payment politely (and firmly)</a> &mdash; Use these scripts to request payment and get paid by your clients faster. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="https://shoppingkim.com/tips-shopping-perfect-car/">Tips For Shopping For The Perfect Car</a> &mdash; Don't let the salesperson pressure you into buying a model you don't like or can't afford. Show them that you know what you want and you won't be intimidated into a decision. [Shopping Kim]</p> <p><a href="https://www.dumblittleman.com/types-of-insurance/">5 Types of Insurance You May Need But Haven&rsquo;t Heard Of</a> &mdash; Wedding insurance can protect the bride or groom from a wide range of contingencies, including venue closings, loss of physical property, accidents, and financial loss if one party changes their mind. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0925/Sowing-common-ground-Botanical-gardens-tell-the-story-of-climate-change">Sowing common ground: Botanical gardens tell the story of climate change</a> &mdash; Botanical gardens can help visitors better understand the local effects of climate change. [The Christian Science Monitor]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-a-travel-agents-tips-for-the-best-vacation-ever">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-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-2 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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips vacation Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Amy Lu 2029061 at http://www.wisebread.com Where to Do 9 Popular Bucket List Items on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_on_bungee_jumping.jpg" alt="Man on bungee jumping" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people have a list of things that they would love to experience before they get old. Unfortunately, lots of popular bucket list ideas also cost a bucket of money to take part in.</p> <p>If you do manage to find a bargain, there tends to be a catch. For instance, there are plenty of places where you can bungee jump, scuba dive, or sky-dive for really cheap, but the scenery leaves a lot to be desired. Most people are probably not thinking of bungee jumping in a parking lot when they put it on their bucket list. That's why I've compiled this list of some of the best places to try out nine of the most popular bucket list activities on a budget.</p> <h2>1. Bungee jumping: Monteverde Extremo Park, Costa Rica</h2> <p>Monteverde in Costa Rica is in one of the most picturesque regions in Central America, boasting a huge expanse of virgin cloud forest and an extremely diverse selection of wildlife. Thanks to the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding jungle, a bungee jump in Monteverde Extremo Park provides more than just the thrill of falling through the air attached to a rubber band. A breathtakingly scenic jump from the platform, which is suspended by wires 450 feet over the lush green rain forest, will cost you $73. You can find cheaper jumps in other parts of the world, but not many with this kind of view.</p> <h2>2. Scuba diving: Koh Tao, Thailand</h2> <p>Scuba diving isn't just about the actual activity. A good dive hinges on the underwater landscapes and visibility, so where you do it is equally important. Thailand has many well priced hot spots, but the island of Koh Tao is particularly well known for its diverse marine life and colorful coral reefs. A &quot;fun dive&quot; with a PADI certified divemaster here can cost as little as $30, including equipment.</p> <p>When I was there last, I purchased a 10-dive package for just $200, making each dive just $20! In my experience, the average cost of a dive around the world is $40, so $20 is a great deal.</p> <h2>3. Run a major marathon: London, England</h2> <p>Obviously it costs absolutely nothing to lace up your running shoes and pound the sidewalk for 26.2 miles. But part of the magic of doing a marathon is running a world famous course with huge crowds and an inspiring atmosphere.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a group of six of the largest marathons in the world, is getting more expensive. The New York Marathon now costs an astronomical $295. The London Marathon is priced at just over $104 for an overseas entry, which works out as the cheapest of all the majors.</p> <h2>4. See the Northern Lights: Fairbanks, Alaska</h2> <p>Many people make trips to Scandinavia in an attempt to get a glimpse of the greatest natural light show on earth, the ethereal Aurora Borealis. But Fairbanks, Alaska is easier for most Americans to get to, and is a reliable locale for seeing the northern lights in winter. Both Alaska Airlines and Delta offer direct flights from Seattle to Fairbanks. After the price of a night's accommodation (three-star hotels start at around $80), you can witness them for absolutely nothing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money On Travel</a>)</p> <h2>5. Spot a killer whale: Vancouver Island, Canada</h2> <p>Though it's possible to see whales in various locations around the world, the waters near Vancouver Island in Canada are among the most dependable for sighting the king of them all, the orca. That's because a killer whale sanctuary nearby is home to around 200 orcas. Seeing one of these 30-foot-long majestic creatures breach the misty waters of the Johnstone Strait, between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland, is an experience of a lifetime. Around $80 will pay for a half-day whale watching tour where you may also spot humpbacks, porpoises, and dolphins.</p> <h2>6. Eat at a Michelin-starred restaurant: Singapore</h2> <p>The Michelin star system is the world renowned standard for consistently high quality food cooked by the best chefs in the world. While a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant will often set you back hundreds of dollars, it's not necessary to spend that much. You can eat for a bargain $3 at Liao Fan Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Singapore. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The World's Most Affordable Michelin Starred Restaurants</a>)</p> <h2>7. Swim with great white sharks: Gansbaai, South Africa</h2> <p>Coming face to face with the ocean's most fearsome predator is the stuff of nightmares for most of us, but some adrenaline junkies take a different view. There are numerous varieties of shark, but cage diving with great whites is the ultimate in underwater adventure.</p> <p>Though you can see great whites in other locations, the waters off Gansbaai, South Africa are often said to be the best location in the world to do it. That's because there's a population of more than 60,000 seals here, providing a constant source of food. Not only will you see sharks up close from the cage, but you may see them leap clean out of the water attempting to catch their prey.</p> <p>Gansbaai is one of the cheaper locales for shark-diving, too. Just $119 will pay for an exhilarating expedition of a lifetime. That's a bargain, considering you could pay $775 for a day trip to the Farallon Islands in California, or $3,000 plus for the necessary five to six day expedition to Isla Guadalupe in Mexico.</p> <h2>8. Own an island: Canada</h2> <p>Everyone dreams of owning their own private island that they can escape to whenever they want, but few people realize that it could be a more realistic proposition than they imagine. Surprisingly, <a href="https://www.privateislandsonline.com/search?region=&amp;diversion=&amp;availability=sale&amp;price_range=0%3A500000&amp;size_range=0%3A9950&amp;q=&amp;view%5B%5D=1&amp;order=price_usd%3AASC&amp;order=price_usd%3AASC" target="_blank">Canada has many islands</a> on the market that come in way cheaper than the average sales price of a new house in the U.S.</p> <h2>9. Raft a Class V rapid: Kaituna River, New Zealand</h2> <p>Not all white water rafting is created equal, and while you may find cheaper deals for tamer runs, for the ultimate thrill you need to take on a Class V rapid. Where better to do this than the home of adventure sports: New Zealand.</p> <p>Throw yourself in at the deep end by attempting the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, located on the Kaituna river, which is in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand's North Island. At 23 feet high it's certainly no joke, but at about $76, the price will definitely leave you smiling.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonBookmark" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Where%20to%20Do%209%20Popular%20Bucket%20List%20Items%20on%20a%20Budget%20%281%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 31%; margin-right: 2%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Where%20to%20Do%209%20Popular%20Bucket%20List%20Items%20on%20a%20Budget_0.jpg&#10;" style="float: left; width: 31%; margin-right: 2%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Where%20to%20Do%209%20Popular%20Bucket%20List%20Items%20on%20a%20Budget.jpg" style="float: left; width: 31%; margin-right: 0%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-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-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/10-insane-life-affirming-and-cheap-things-you-must-do-before-you-die">10 Insane, Life-Affirming, and Cheap Things You Must Do Before You Die</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-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-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/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare 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/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel adventure bucket list bungee jumping Fine Dining northern lights scuba diving sharks thrill seeking vacation whale watching Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Nick Wharton 2027882 at http://www.wisebread.com Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US http://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/it_is_a_piggyback_horserace.jpg" alt="It&#039;s a piggyback horserace" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While some kids have a unique bucket list of travel dreams and goals, nearly every child dreams of going to Disney World one day. For many kids &mdash; and many families &mdash; Disney is a box that must be checked off no matter the cost or the inconvenience involved.</p> <p>But, with Disney World tickets approaching $100 per person, per day, many families can't justify the cost. This is especially true if you need to fly to the park, since even domestic airfare can add an extra $300&ndash;$500 per person to the cost of your trip.</p> <p>Fortunately, there is an array of other family-friendly destinations just waiting to be discovered all over the United States. If you're planning a fun trip with your kids but want to spend less than you would at Disney World, consider these affordable vacation spots all over the country.</p> <h2>1. Orlando, Florida</h2> <p>Sure, Orlando is home to Disney World, but that's not all. This southern city is actually bursting with affordable things to do and see that have little to do with Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck.</p> <p>For starters, you'll find plenty of non-Disney parks, including Fun Spot America Theme Park and Aquatica Orlando Water Park, both of which are less than $50 per person, per day to visit. Also keep in mind that the Disney Springs district (formerly Downtown Disney), which features plenty of Disney stores and attractions, is free to visit even if you're not going to one of the parks. You'll also find numerous non-park attractions in Orlando, including a wax museum, the Orlando Science Center, and Ripley's Believe It Or Not.</p> <p>The best part about Orlando is that there is a nearly endless supply of affordable hotel and condo options. Not only can you book a three-bedroom Orlando condo for less than $99 per night, but three-star hotel properties around the city start at just $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney" target="_blank">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun as Disney</a>)</p> <h2>2. Santa Claus, Indiana</h2> <p>While Santa Claus, Indiana probably sounds obscure (and it kind of is!), this tiny town is actually home to Holiday World &amp; Splashin' Safari &mdash; a theme park/water park that was recently named number four in the nation and number 13 in the world. The big difference is, instead of Disney's $100 per person ticket price, a day at Holiday World starts at just $27.99 per person. You also get free sunscreen, soft drinks, parking, and Wi-Fi, making it easy to save even more.</p> <p>But, there's other stuff to do in Santa Claus, including Santa's Candy Castle (a sweets shop), Santa's Stables (horseback riding), golf courses, and a berry farm. You can also pitch a tent affordably at Lake Rudolph Campground &amp; RV Resort, or book a local two-star or three-star hotel for as little as $56 per night in October. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-ways-to-save-on-your-next-rv-camping-trip" target="_blank">Easiest Ways to Save on Your Next RV Camping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>3. San Diego, California</h2> <p>San Diego is well-known for its year-round perfect weather, its beautiful beaches, and its endless bounty of things to do. You can visit the famous San Diego Zoo, check out the USS Midway Museum, explore Balboa Park, or enjoy a beach day in nearby (and famous) La Jolla.</p> <p>While California is an expensive state to visit overall, San Diego can be surprisingly affordable. For example, you can book an overnight at a downtown hotel this October for as little as $70 per night. Heck, even the Wyndham Garden San Diego near Sea World can be booked for as little as $83 per night this fall. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to" target="_blank">5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a>)</p> <h2>4. Branson, Missouri</h2> <p>Branson is known for its honky-tonk music and over-the-top shows, but that's not all. The city is also home to a range of family-friendly activities to please kids (and parents) of all ages. You can check out an inexpensive country or Broadway-style show, visit the famed Titanic Museum, or ride rides at Silver Dollar City theme park or take on the Runaway roller coaster at Branson Mountain Adventure Park.</p> <p>Branson hosts a wide range of lodging options, many of which have amazing pools and on-site entertainment of their own. You can book a nightly stay at Castle Rock Resort &amp; Waterpark this fall for as little as $69 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free" target="_blank">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a>)</p> <h2>5. Grand Canyon</h2> <p>The Grand Canyon is a natural wonderland with jaw-dropping scenery and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Depending on where you stay near the Grand Canyon, you can find hiking, white-water rafting, and waterfalls to explore.</p> <p>The Grand Canyon Skywalk allows your family to walk over the expansive canyon without fear, while the historic Grand Canyon Railway offers a fun way to see the area without too much work.</p> <p>Amazingly, you can book a four-star hotel in Flagstaff for as little as $120 per night this fall, or a simple room at Country Inn &amp; Suites for as little as $99.</p> <h2>6. South Dakota</h2> <p>South Dakota is constantly overlooked as a top travel destination, which is a shame. Taking your kids to South Dakota is both a walk through time and a celebration of our country's natural beauty. Not only is the state home to historic Mt. Rushmore, but it offers the scenic Badlands National Park, Black Hills National Forest, and quirky spots like the Corn Palace and Wall Drug Store.</p> <p>South Dakota is perfect for a family RV or camping trip, or as part of an extensive road trip across the northern states. Hotels in Wall start at about $70 per night, while lodging in cities like Keystone starts at just $50 per night.</p> <p>Even some of the pricier hotels in the state are rather affordable. A night's stay at the three-star Black Forest Inn Bed &amp; Breakfast, for example, will set you back just $160 per night this fall.</p> <h2>7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina</h2> <p>Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is beautiful indeed, but it doesn't get enough credit as an affordable beach destination. Believe it or not, you can book an oceanfront condo for as little as $700 per week this fall. Oceanfront hotels like Bar Harbor start at just $44 per night. If you want something fancier, even the Embassy Suites on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront can be booked for as little as $219 per night.</p> <p>While the beach will keep everyone in your group busy, there is plenty of other stuff to do when you tire of the sand and surf. For example, Myrtle Beach is home to several small amusement parks and water parks, plus a state park and a Ripley's Aquarium. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to" target="_blank">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</a>)</p> <h2>8. Gatlinburg, Tennessee</h2> <p>Gatlinburg, Tennessee sits in a beautiful setting among the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains. The area is known for its mountain scenery, outdoor recreation like hiking and climbing, and a family-friendly atmosphere with plenty to do and see.</p> <p>For example, you'll find the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, which features over 10,000 exotic sea creatures from all over the world. You can also enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in all its glory, dozens of breweries and mom n' pop diners, and shopping. Dollywood, an Appalachian-themed family park, is also just 20 minutes away in nearby Pigeon Forge.</p> <p>Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are affordable spots for families as well, with three-star hotels starting at just $109 per night this fall during peak leaf-changing season.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fbeyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Affordable%2520Family%2520Destinations%2520in%2520the%2520US.jpg&amp;description=8%20Affordable%20Family%20Destinations%20in%20the%20US"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Affordable%20Family%20Destinations%20in%20the%20US.jpg" alt="8 Affordable Family Destinations in the US" 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/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us">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/10-affordable-water-parks-you-can-drive-to">10 Affordable Water Parks You Can Drive To</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-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</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-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable children family grand canyon kid friendly kids orlando san diego theme parks united states vacation Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Holly Johnson 2025391 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Beautiful Ski Resorts to Visit This Fall http://www.wisebread.com/7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-524621933.jpg" alt="visit these ski resorts in the offseason" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ski resorts are notorious for large crowds, overpriced accommodations, and pricey lift tickets. But, did you know that you can get great deals in the offseason? You won't be skiing, but you can enjoy hiking, biking, and other fall adventures. Many ski resorts offer amusement park-like activities, discounted rates, and package deals to tempt vacationers in before the big crowds come in the winter.</p> <p>If you're looking for a peaceful, fun, and affordable place to take your family this fall, one of these seven ski resorts may be just the place for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-fun-fall-getaways?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Cheap, Fun Fall Getaways</a>)</p> <h2>1. Breckenridge, Colorado</h2> <p>Breckenridge has been a go-to town ever since gold was found here in 1859. Hike or bike your way through bright autumn foliage, stopping to take a look at some of the many old gold mine remnants that dot the area. Later, shop for handmade goods in downtown boutiques, and relax in tantalizing restaurants and historic dive bars, including the Gold Pan Saloon, which has been in continuous operation for more than 130 years.</p> <p>If you get here before mid-September, you may even be able to enjoy Epic Discovery, where you can coast down the mountain on 2,500 feet of track, test your skills on a climbing wall, check out the view from a 10-tower zip line course, or bounce off a bungee trampoline. There's something for every age.</p> <p>Save up to 20 percent by buying the Great Summer Break package, which, despite its name, is valid through October. It includes lodging and Epic Discovery.</p> <h2>2. Stowe, Vermont</h2> <p>Stowe Mountain Resort is a beautiful New England getaway, and it partners with local businesses to offer you even more in fall. You can book activity and lodging packages at discounts of up to 35 percent off normal rates. Choose from adventure activities like soaring in a glider, hiking, mountain biking, ziplining, or just going on a local craft brew tour. For accommodations with a twist, splurge at the historic Trapp Family Lodge, which is still owned and operated by the von Trapp family from <em>The Sound Of Music</em> fame.</p> <h2>3. Snowbird, Utah</h2> <p>You won't have to drive far from the airport to get to this playground resort, located just six miles from Salt Lake City. Choose from amusement-park style activities built right into the mountain, including a vertical drop, alpine slide, and roller coaster, all open until October 8. If you get hungry in between all of the adventures, dip into one of the resort's 16 different eateries, ranging from a simple deli, to French, Mexican, and steakhouse cuisine.</p> <p>Snowbird Resort offers several fall deals to choose from, including an Oktoberfest package and a romantic retreat. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing for Now</a>)</p> <h2>4. Boyne Mountain, Michigan</h2> <p>Boyne Mountain was built for golf lovers and their families. The resort is home to two golf courses, and two different golfing vacation packages are offered until mid-October that include access to some of the eight other golf courses in Boyne. If your family isn't that into golf, don't worry &mdash; the resort is also home to Michigan's largest indoor water park, Avalanche Bay. Or you can play disc golf or tennis, go hiking or ziplining, or go on a hayride and make s'mores around a bonfire.</p> <h2>5. Mammoth Mountain, California</h2> <p>Mammoth Mountain offers several fall vacation packages and can serve as a home base for wider exploration among the Sierra Nevada. Mammoth itself is an outdoor lover's dream: A bike park with 80 miles of trails competes with a half-dozen hiking trails and superb fishing in the nearby Mammoth Lakes Basin.</p> <p>If you want something a little more tame, you can also take a relaxing gondola ride to the mountaintop Eleven53 cafe, or hit the links at the Sierra Star golf course.</p> <h2>6. Blue Mountain, Ontario</h2> <p>Ontario might sound like a flat place compared to the Rocky Mountains, but there are still plenty of ski resorts. Blue Mountain in particular offers a ton of value for a smoking price &mdash; and if you're an American headed up north, your dollar stretches even further.</p> <p>Choose from some of the more traditional autumn ski-lodge offerings, including mountain coasters, zip lines, gondola rides, and even a heart-pounding bag jump. Unlike most landlocked ski resorts, however, Blue Mountain maintains its own private beach right on the shores of Lake Huron.</p> <h2>7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming</h2> <p>If rustic civilization is more your thing, you'll want to check out the Jackson Hole Resort. It offers great packages that'll place you in local accommodations with a list of breathtaking adventures. You can explore the eclectic town of Jackson Hole, visit nearby Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Park, go white-water rafting, scout for bison, wolves, bald eagles, and more on a wildlife safari, or go hiking in one of the most picturesque areas of the country.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Beautiful%2520Ski%2520Resorts%2520to%2520Visit%2520This%2520Fall.jpg&amp;description=7%20Beautiful%20Ski%20Resorts%20to%20Visit%20This%20Fall"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Beautiful%20Ski%20Resorts%20to%20Visit%20This%20Fall.jpg" alt="7 Beautiful Ski Resorts to Visit This Fall" 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/lindsay-vansomeren">Lindsay VanSomeren</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-beautiful-ski-resorts-to-visit-this-fall">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise">10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise</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-ways-to-enjoy-fall-camping">10 Ways to Enjoy Fall Camping</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-more-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 More Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers">4 Affordable Autumn Destinations for Nature Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel autumn biking deals discounts fall foliage hiking offseason ski resorts vacation Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Lindsay VanSomeren 2024912 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_woman_picking_up_luggage.jpg" alt="Tourist woman picking up luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your last air travel experience was rough? Just imagine what your luggage went through. According to a 2017 report by SITA, a multinational company that provides IT support to the air transport industry, airlines mishandled (i.e., <em>lost</em>) approximately 21.6 million bags in 2016. And while that figure actually represents a record low for airlines, it doesn't reflect theft, damage, or all the other things that can sack your bags. So before you and your luggage enter the fray, take some common sense precautions. Here are nine ways to protect your luggage on your next trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose the right bag</h2> <p>Protecting your luggage starts by selecting the <em>right</em> luggage. Hard-shell cases are less adaptable to pressure and can crack or break from rough handling and overstuffed baggage hulls. Soft-sided or nylon bags can handle impacts better.</p> <p>If you're worried about distinguishing your suitcase from all the others on the baggage carousel, customize it with a piece of bright ribbon, a scarf, or unique luggage tag.</p> <h2>2. Keep it simple</h2> <p>When it comes to luggage, don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Obviously high-end luggage is more likely to be noticed by thieves; not only because the bags themselves are valuable, but because expensive bags suggest expensive contents.</p> <h2>3. Wrap it up</h2> <p>Encasing your luggage in plastic cling wrap not only protects it from scrapes and scratches, it's a slight deterrent for the wide range of folks who'll be handling your bag on its journey. Keep in mind, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the right to cut through any wrapping if an agent needs to inspect the contents.</p> <h2>4. Buy bag protectors</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2wmYfRu" target="_blank">bag protector</a> is the commercial (and reusable!) version of plastic wrap. Made of durable PVC, these clear protectors fit over suitcases of various sizes and are secured in place with Velcro. They're designed to allow for free wheel movement and feature cutouts for easy access to handles.</p> <h2>5. Put your photo on it</h2> <p>The UK-based online retailer, Firebox, distributes a product called <a href="https://www.firebox.com/Head-Case/p8279" target="_blank">Head Case</a>, a line of stretchable Spandex sleeves that fit over suitcases. Similar to the bag protectors mentioned above, the sleeves offer a distinct advantage: They can be customized with a photo of your choice. By choosing a giant selfie, you can protect your luggage from theft while shielding it from damage (if you don't mind a few chuckles at baggage claim, that is).</p> <h2>6. Take a photo of it</h2> <p>Snap a photo of your luggage before the first leg of any journey &mdash; especially international trips. Photos can help airport staff identify lost bags and facilitate communication between personnel in different nations.</p> <h2>7. Use a luggage tag outside and inside</h2> <p>Even the most secure luggage tags can get torn off in transit. Put a duplicate tag inside your bag in case it gets lost at the airport and you need to prove ownership. Oh, and for personal security, don't list your home address or landline phone number on luggage tags; use an email address and cellphone number instead.</p> <h2>8. Zip up toiletries</h2> <p>Though zip-top bags are required for the toiletries in your carry-on, they make just as much sense for checked luggage. Zip it up and protect your bags from leaking liquids like shampoo, mouthwash, and perfume. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>9. Travel light</h2> <p>What's the best way to protect your luggage from loss or damage? Use less of it. By traveling with a carry-on only, you can keep essentials close at hand, adapt to last-minute flight changes easily, and hop off the baggage carousel once and for all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520to%2520Protect%2520Your%2520Luggage%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Luggage%20on%20Your%20Next%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Luggage%20on%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg" alt="9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip" 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/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-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-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</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-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</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-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare 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/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airport destination lost luggage luggage new luggage suitcase travel tips vacation Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 2021152 at http://www.wisebread.com How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_looking_out_window_at_airport.jpg" alt="Family looking out window at airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to travel rewards, families have different needs than single travelers and couples. For example, families are typically less flexible than other travelers, as they need to work their vacations around school schedules. Families also tend to go to popular vacation destinations during peak travel seasons, while others may be more interested in out-of-the-way destinations. And obviously, families tend to travel in larger groups than singles or couples.</p> <p>So, if you need to earn rewards that you can use toward a family vacation, consider these award travel strategies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-miles-and-points-for-a-big-award-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Miles and Points for a Big Award Trip</a>)</p> <h2>The Southwest plan</h2> <p>Southwest Airlines is an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-southwest-airlines-is-the-best-domestic-airline-for-families?ref=internal" target="_blank">ideal carrier for family travelers</a>. It offers two free checked bags for everyone, and it doesn't impose fees for changing your reservation once you've purchased tickets. It also features early boarding for families with young children, and an open seating policy that makes it easy for families to ensure that they are sitting together.</p> <p>Southwest also offers the Companion Pass, which lets you book a second extra ticket at no charge (other than taxes), on every flight including award tickets. To receive a Companion Pass, you need to earn 110,000 points within a single calendar year. Fortunately, Southwest offers various credit cards that help you get there. The pass can significantly cut your family's travel costs for the year.</p> <h2>Earn miles that can be redeemed as travel statement credits</h2> <p>The problem that most families have with traditional frequent flyer programs is that awards are seldom available at the lowest mileage levels. This is especially true at peak travel times when families travel, and for groups of three or more.</p> <p>Therefore, the best way for families to earn award travel is to use a credit card that offers miles that can be redeemed as statement credits toward any travel reservations. These <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit cards</a> allow you to book your own travel (flights, hotel, car rentals, cruises, tours, and more) on any booking site you prefer, and then use your points toward those purchases. This gives families the most flexibility in terms of being able to use their hard earned travel rewards for an actual trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-with-easy-travel-redemption?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards With Easy Travel Redemption</a>)</p> <h2>Earn points that can be transferred to different frequent flyer and hotel programs</h2> <p>Another great award travel strategy for families is to earn flexible <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?ref=internal" target="_blank">rewards that can be transferred to numerous travel partners</a>. This gives you the ability to earn points on your credit card without having to commit to a particular airline or hotel chain.</p> <p>Cards in this category may allow you to rack up points, and then transfer them when you're ready to use one of several popular airline or hotel rewards programs. While travel statement credits are even more flexible, with those programs your points are usually worth about 1 cent a piece. You can often get a better rate when you transfer to, say, an airline program and book an expensive flight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Rewards Program Has the Best Value for Their Miles?</a>)</p> <h2>Be flexible with travel plans and expectations</h2> <p>Redeeming travel rewards for a trip is not for the faint of heart. While going with the flexible redemption option allows you the most freedom to plan a trip according to your precise preferences, being flexible with your plans will give you the most <em>value</em> out of your hard earned rewards. This means that if you want to get the largest discount off your trip, you'll want to identify the destinations and resorts that are available under that travel program. You might not get the exact hotel you want, or even visit the exact city that you want, but if you can be flexible and open minded, even a large family can take advantage of travel rewards and redeem them for an amazing vacation. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-to-making-the-most-of-your-reward-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Tricks to Making the Most of Your Reward Miles</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520Families%2520Can%2520Earn%2520and%2520Use%2520Travel%2520Rewards.jpg&amp;description=How%20Families%20Can%20Earn%20and%20Use%20Travel%20Rewards"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20Families%20Can%20Earn%20and%20Use%20Travel%20Rewards.jpg" alt="How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel airlines awards family frequent flyers hotels miles points rewards tickets trips vacation Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:30:05 +0000 Jason Steele 2020048 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sad_work_502957193.jpg" alt="Woman trying to get over post-vacation blues" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's something that every vacation has, and it's something we cannot avoid: an end. After all the planning, the shopping, the traveling, the fun nights out, the wonderful weather, and the incredible food, it's time to come home. And for many, the first step back into the house can bring some serious post-vacation depression. But it doesn't have to be that way. Follow these tips and you can avoid that vacation letdown for good.</p> <h2>1. Plan extra days off before you return to work</h2> <p>Before you even go on vacation, make sure you give yourself at least a couple of days at home before you have to go back to the office. It's hard to fault people squeezing every last drop of vacation time at a resort or holiday destination, but if you don't plan ahead and give yourself downtime when you return, you will really feel the blues. So if you're planning a week off to a sunny destination, add a couple of extra days to your vacation request. You may think you're wasting it by being at home. However, going back to work after getting back to the house the night before is a surefire way to feel the night-and-day of vacation versus work.</p> <h2>2. Tackle as many to-do items as you can before leaving</h2> <p>Make sure you have as much done as possible at work before leaving the office for your vacation. That means finishing up projects, delegating to co-workers, and reminding people well ahead of time that you will be gone. Set up out-of-office messages on your phone and email accounts, and tell people that issues will be addressed as soon as possible after you return. The last thing you want to do is come back from a lazy vacation to a bunch a fires that need to be put out. The same goes for your home life, too. Don't leave anything until your return that can be dealt with before you leave. From chores to bills, the less you have to deal with, the smoother your transition will be. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</a>)</p> <h2>3. Organize your home for the return</h2> <p>Before you leave, you're excited, energetic, and ready to take on the world. You have that pre-vacation buzz. But coming back home, that person is gone. In their place, is someone worn out from travel. Do your tired self a favor before you leave, and get the house ready. Clean as much as you can. Do the laundry. Make the beds. Get all the dishes cleaned and put away. Coming home to a disorganized home will just add to your stress. Coming home to something clean and tidy, with a pristine bed ready to be slept in will make you feel so much better.</p> <h2>4. Prepare yourself before you come home</h2> <p>This is important. A lot of people have this attitude of &quot;I'm not even thinking about that until I'm back from vacation.&quot; To be fair, a vacation is time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, so bringing them with you may seem futile. But if you work out daily, and have been giving yourself a break, get in a workout at the hotel. If you were putting off thinking about grocery shopping, or bills that need paying, start to prepare a list on the flight home. By doing this, you are not suddenly faced with a list of items that must all be addressed at once. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick on Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>5. Ease into the daily grind gradually</h2> <p>When you get back home, you can be tempted to dive right back into the chores and routines that you wanted to leave behind for a week or two. Instead, make a list of the items you need to address, and which ones are important versus which ones can wait. Do you really have to do three loads of laundry on the first night home? Why not just unpack a few essentials, order some takeout, and relax with a movie or TV show for the night? Don't put undue pressure on yourself to stop the vacation the second you open the front door. A few days of gentle transition will really help.</p> <h2>6. Take some time to go over photos and memories</h2> <p>It used to take hours, or days, to get the photos of your trip developed at the local photo kiosk. These days, you have your entire collection of photographs instantly on hand, and ready to be screened on the 50-inch TV in the family room. The day after you get back, make a point of going through the great memories of your vacation. Prepare a few snacks and drinks, and flip through your photos leisurely. Don't rush it. If there are friends and family around, share your experiences. What was funny? What sucked in the moment, but can be laughed about now? This is all part of the process of truly enjoying the vacation after the fact.</p> <h2>7. Bring some of the vacation back with you</h2> <p>Just because you're no longer on vacation doesn't mean you can't do some of the things you did while you were away. Did you visit a place that served up wonderful local cuisine? Try to recreate it at home. If there was a certain kind of music that you listened to on your adventures, look it up and make a playlist. Smells are important, too. You can find candles and oils in thousands of different scents. When you're in the bathtub, sipping the same wine or beer you had on vacation, listening to the same sounds, smelling the same smells &hellip; it's like a transporter beam back to the holiday you just had.</p> <h2>8. Don't forget the souvenirs</h2> <p>Just like photographs, souvenirs can be wonderful reminders of the good times you had on your vacation. Most of the time, we buy goodies for our family and friends, but don't think about ourselves. Make a point of bringing something small, but meaningful, home from your vacation just for you. It doesn't have to cost a lot; it could even be a shell from the beach, or a trinket from a tourist shop. Put it on display on your desk at work, or on the nightstand. Every time you see it, it will bring back great memories for you.</p> <h2>9. Start planning your next vacation soon</h2> <p>After a few days, start looking forward to your next vacation. It may be a few months away, or the same time next year, but beginning the planning process now can take the sting out of returning from a well-earned break. Do you want to go back to the same place again? Do you want to venture to a different place? Or do something really out of the box? Just by thinking about it, you get back into that excited state you were in before your vacation started. And it also gives you plenty of time to save for the vacation.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Over%2520Your%2520Post-Vacation%2520Blues.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Over%20Your%20Post-Vacation%20Blues"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Over%20Your%20Post-Vacation%20Blues.jpg" alt="9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues" 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/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-sure-youre-getting-a-deal-with-groupon-getaway">How to Make Sure You&#039;re Getting a Deal With Groupon Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel post-vacation blues time off travel tips vacation vacation time work stress Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 2014097 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise http://www.wisebread.com/10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_relaxing_on_cruise_drinking_cocktail.jpg" alt="Girl relaxing on cruise drinking cocktail" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cruising has long been considered an affordable vacation option for couples, groups, and families. With cruise ports dotted across the country, if you live near a coastline, you could probably drive to your departure port and save money on airfare. And with your food and entertainment included in the cruise fare itself, the bulk of your vacation expenditures are paid for upfront.</p> <p>Once you pay for your cruise, plus applicable taxes and port fees, you'll have little else to cover other than transportation, tips, alcohol, and cruise stop excursions.</p> <p>Of course, creative cruisers have been saving in other ways for years. With some out-of-the-box thinking, there are numerous ways to save on common cruise &quot;extras&quot; or avoid them completely.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: georgia; font-size: 1.5em; font-weight: normal;">1. Book when &quot;kids cruise free&quot;</span></p> <p>With onboard kids' clubs, pools, water parks, and endless family-friendly activities to choose from, most cruises are ideal for families with kids.</p> <p>Still, you may be able to save even more if you book a cruise where &quot;kids cruise free.&quot; Believe it or not, some of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families" target="_blank">most affordable cruise lines for families</a> waive cruise fare for kids on at least some sailings. For example, MSC Cruises has the most enticing offer, which is year-round. On many of their Caribbean cruises, children ages 11 and under cruise free with paid adults.</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that even &quot;free&quot; kid cruises require the payment of government-mandated taxes and port fees for your stowaways.</p> <h2>2. Save up to 82 percent on last-minute cruises</h2> <p>While many people plan their cruise vacations far ahead of time, you can save a bundle if you wait until the last minute. A website called VacationstoGo.com promises up to 82 percent off unsold cruises that depart within 90 days.</p> <p>At the moment, you can score a six-night Alaskan cruise on Norwegian for as little as $449, or a four-night Caribbean cruise on Carnival for as little as $224 per person. A seven-night French Polynesia cruise on Paul Gauguin that retails for $7,000 per person can be had for $2,499 per head on certain dates.</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that the lowest discount fares usually apply to interior rooms and may not include taxes and port fees.</p> <h2>3. Save with cruise-friendly rewards credit cards</h2> <p>An array of rewards credit cards let you earn points redeemable for any cruise of your choosing. Most of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">best travel credit cards</a> offer this option, especially flexible cards.</p> <p>Carnival and several other cruise lines offer their own co-branded credit card with a sign-up bonus and ongoing earning potential, as well. If you want to save money, it helps to check out the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-cruises" target="_blank">best credit cards for cruises</a> ahead of time.</p> <h2>4. Bring your own booze</h2> <p>While cruises include food, snacks, entertainment, and some drinks, most don't include alcohol in their regular cruise fares. Unfortunately, onboard drinks are notoriously expensive, and they can really add up if you don't watch it.</p> <p>The good news is, you may be able to bring your own booze on board &mdash; specifically wine. Each cruise line has its own policy. For example, Carnival lets you bring up to one bottle of wine per person in your luggage on embarkation day.</p> <h2>5. Book your own excursions</h2> <p>Cruises are interesting because they let you visit multiple destinations with a diverse offering of activities. On the flip side, &quot;excursions&quot; are not generally included in cruise fare and can be expensive on their own. Sometimes excursions can cost as much as the cruise itself!</p> <p>Most of the time, you can avoid cruise ship markup by booking excursions yourself. Imagine your Carnival cruise stops in Aruba and you want to go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters. You could book Aruba's Dushi Sail &amp; Snorkel excursion with lunch through Carnival for $89.99 per adult, or you could book directly with the operator for $61 per adult.</p> <p>Websites like <a href="http://www.viator.com/" target="_blank">Viator.com</a> are especially helpful when it comes to booking shore excursions at a discount.</p> <h2>6. Skip the excursions</h2> <p>Most cruise stops offer free stuff to do in addition to paid shore excursions. If you're creative and flexible, you can enjoy each port without paying an arm and a leg.</p> <p>Most beach destinations have free public beaches, and other stops let you sightsee or visit parks for free. <a href="http://boards.cruisecritic.com/" target="_blank">Cruise critic forums</a> are a great place to get ideas for free stuff to do. You can also gain insights on local bus routes that will take you away from the port and off the beaten path for cheap.</p> <h2>7. Get your status matched</h2> <p>Cruise &quot;status&quot; works a lot like hotel or airline status. If you cruise with the same cruise line often enough, you can eventually earn status upgrades good for cruise discounts, room upgrades, early boarding, and additional perks.</p> <p>But, what if you're tired of cruising with the same company over and over? While it's not well known, cruise lines will occasionally &quot;match&quot; your status to earn your business. MSC Cruises does this all year long, and will match your cruise or even your hotel status to earn your business.</p> <h2>8. Book a repositioning cruise</h2> <p>When cruise lines need to move their ships from one place to another during seasonal changes, rather than sending an empty cruise ship, they will often offer a repositioning cruise at a steep discount. These one-way journeys &mdash; say, from Alaska to Hawaii &mdash; may offer a few stops in the early part of the trip, but otherwise, you are at sea for much of the time. You can still enjoy the sea views and take advantage of onboard activities.</p> <p>You can shop for repositioning cruises on any cruise website, and on discount travel websites like Expedia and Travelocity. You can also scoop even lower fares on repositioning cruises through <a href="http://vacationstogo.com/repositioning_cruises.cfm" target="_blank">VacationtoGo.com</a>.</p> <h2>9. Get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees</h2> <p>Cruising to multiple international destinations sounds like a lot of fun, and using your credit card is usually the best way to get around without exchanging currency. Unfortunately, many cards charge a foreign transaction fee that tacks an extra 3 percent onto everything you buy.</p> <p>You can get around these extra charges by signing up for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card with no foreign transaction fees</a> before your cruise. Some cards that fall into this category have rewards programs that make them even more valuable, and/or come without annual fees, too.</p> <h2>10. Turn cruise gift cards into discounts</h2> <p>If you're into credit card rewards and have your heart set on a specific cruise, it can pay to combine both goals into one. By purchasing gift cards for your favorite cruise line with your rewards card, you can earn more rewards over time, even using them to offset the cost of your cruise if you want. Check your credit card rewards portal to see if it offers cruise gift cards as redemption options for your points. Otherwise, use your favorite rewards credit card to purchase them.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Little-Known%2520Secrets%2520to%2520Saving%2520Money%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Cruise.jpg&amp;description=10%20Little-Known%20Secrets%20to%20Saving%20Money%20on%20Your%20Next%20Cruise"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Little-Known%20Secrets%20to%20Saving%20Money%20on%20Your%20Next%20Cruise.jpg" alt="10 Little-Known Secrets to Saving Money on Your Next Cruise" 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/10-little-known-secrets-to-saving-money-on-your-next-cruise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel booking cruise ships cruises deals discounts kids points ports rewards sailing saving money vacation Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:09:50 +0000 Holly Johnson 2008286 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_tourists_smiling_at_the_camera_near_eiffel_tower.jpg" alt="Kids tourists smiling at the camera near Eiffel Tower" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In early June, my husband and I took a bucket list trip to Europe with our kids. While we've visited countless countries worldwide as a couple, this was our first &quot;big trip&quot; with our daughters, ages six and eight. In addition to the four of us, we took a family caregiver to help with the kids and give Mom and Dad a break. Over the course of 19 days, we spent time in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The entire ordeal was exhausting, but it was an absolute blast!</p> <p>Fortunately, we planned far enough ahead that we didn't spend too much out of pocket while we were there. By leveraging <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit cards</a> and setting a daily spending budget, we were able to get the entire trip, which would normally cost $20,000 retail, for around $3,500. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free (or Close to Free) Vacation with Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>In addition to the virtues of planning ahead as a savings strategy, we learned numerous financial lessons during our travels. While we were aware of most of these lessons already, seeing the world through our children's eyes served as the perfect reminder of the reasons behind some of our most important financial decisions.</p> <p>Here are a few lessons we relearned thanks to our trip abroad.</p> <h2>1. Failing to plan means planning to fail</h2> <p>One of the most expensive components of our trip was dining, mostly because there were five people in our group. No matter how cheaply you try to eat, feeding five people three meals a day means your food budget adds up quickly.</p> <p>While we tried to minimize our food costs by eating breakfast in our condo and searching for budget options, there were times where we didn't plan ahead and paid a steep price for our lack of preparation.</p> <p>One meal in particular stands out. We traveled by train to Rome in the morning and arrived in early afternoon without researching restaurants or stores in the immediate area. In a tired and hungry daze, we entered the first restaurant we walked past near Piazza Navona.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we paid big time for this oversight. Not only was the food overly touristy (pictures on the menu &mdash; blech), but our lunch set us back nearly $90. If we had searched ahead of time, we would have known we could have found much cheaper (and probably tastier) options had we walked a block in the other direction. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>2. Expensive does not equal better</h2> <p>That meal also served as a reminder that expensive isn't always better. We paid $90 for a lunch that was mediocre at best on that particular day, but at other times we enjoyed meals that were absolutely delicious and downright cheap.</p> <p>One that comes to mind was a meal we had in nearby Florence, Italy. In order to keep our food budget under control, we started researching local restaurants once we arrived. Eventually, we stumbled upon a sandwich shop &mdash; Panini Toscani &mdash; that was uber-cheap but was also the third highest rated restaurant in Florence.</p> <p>We wound up eating there twice. The food was delicious and convenient, and our total meal for five people was less than $20 both times.</p> <h2>3. Even budget trips can be fun</h2> <p>By the time we got to Switzerland (our last stop), I was pretty tired of spending money in general. So, when we had our final &quot;free day&quot; in the country, I spent some time looking for something fun and affordable to do. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</a>)</p> <p>Eventually, I remembered a town we drove by that had the most beautiful, clear-green lake I had ever seen. After looking up the details, I found that the tiny village of Lungern had a public beach and a few waterslides with a daily admission cost of about $5.25 per adult.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/man_jumping_in_a_lake.jpg" width="605" height="454" alt="" /></p> <p>This relatively cheap day was probably the most fun we had. All of us swam and rode waterslides the entire day, stopping only to have a low-cost lunch.</p> <p>It just goes to show that budget travel can absolutely be fun, and that you don't have to spend a ton of money to enjoy yourself.</p> <h2>4. There's more than one &quot;right way&quot; to do things</h2> <p>One of the most rewarding components of travel is watching my kids react to the many ways other countries handle things differently. My kids were obsessed with euros, for example. They couldn't understand why anyone would choose to offer two euros in the form of a coin.</p> <p>I also had to explain why we didn't tip as much as we normally do. Since workers in Europe are paid higher wages, you don't have to tip 15&ndash;20 percent like you do in the states.</p> <p>While we could argue all day over which way is better, I told my kids there is more than one &quot;right way&quot; to do things sometimes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants</a>)</p> <h2>5. We actually need very little</h2> <p>While I wasn't sure we could pull it off, we made it through the entire trip with just carry-on luggage and two school-sized backpacks of stuff. It helped that one of our condos had a washing machine, but I was still amazed we enjoyed ourselves without many comforts from home.</p> <p>This just goes to show that most of us don't need a lot to be happy. We need clothes, food, and shelter, but everything else is optional. We can be happy and content without having a bunch of stuff to bog us down.</p> <h2>6. Most people are honest, but not everyone</h2> <p>Most of the people we dealt with abroad were both kind and honest &mdash; except for a couple of small incidences. First, we encountered a taxi driver who tried to charge us $28 (instead of running his meter) to take us four blocks in Rome. Not only was this outrageous since we'd paid $7 for the same ride earlier that day, but it was illegal for him to do this since the city of Rome regulates official taxis.</p> <p>Second, when we got home from the trip, we received a fraud alert from Chase. Apparently, someone had swiped our card information and tried to make a purchase in Peru.</p> <p>This kind of stuff happens no matter where you are, so it's important to always stay vigilant. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Theft While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>7. Exchange rates matter</h2> <p>Whenever I travel abroad, I almost always struggle to keep track of the currency exchange rate and how it affects everything we buy. But, since a single U.S. dollar is currently worth just .87 euros, this is an important detail to keep in mind. If something costs 10 euros, for example, you're actually paying $11.55.</p> <p>While I used a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card with no foreign transaction fees</a> to pay most of our expenses, I tried hard to impart this lesson on our kids. No matter where you are in the world, chances are good the money isn't worth the same as at home. And, if you don't pay attention, you could wind up spending a lot more than you think!</p> <h2>8. Some experiences are worth the money, even if they're expensive</h2> <p>While we definitely saved a bundle on this trip due to the way we leveraged credit card rewards, we still spent $3,500 of our hard-earned dollars. On top of that, I probably spent 30&ndash;50 hours planning not only our credit card rewards strategy, but our hotels, flights, and trains.</p> <p>The thing is, I don't regret a single cent &mdash; or a single second. Over my lifetime, I've learned that some experiences are worth the money and the time, even if it seems like a lot.</p> <p>It's hard to put a price tag on a fun family trip that exposed us to cultures in a completely different part of the world. I believe it was priceless. Some memories are worth saving up to splurge on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Money%2520Lessons%2520I%2520Learned%2520From%2520Three%2520Weeks%2520in%2520Europe.jpg&amp;description=8%20Money%20Lessons%20I%20Learned%20From%20Three%20Weeks%20in%20Europe"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Money%20Lessons%20I%20Learned%20From%20Three%20Weeks%20in%20Europe.jpg" alt="8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe" 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-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Travel Europe exchange rates experiences family food costs money lessons rewards vacation Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Holly Johnson 2007686 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Times Splurging on Experiences Is a Bad Idea http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-splurging-on-experiences-is-a-bad-idea <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-times-splurging-on-experiences-is-a-bad-idea" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_having_a_duh_moment.jpg" alt="Man having a duh moment" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a regular reader of Wise Bread, you know that we encourage you to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-you-should-splurge-on-experiences-not-things?ref=internal" target="_blank">spend your money on experiences</a> rather than material things. You will be happier if you make great memories, rather than stockpiling great electronics, clothes, shoes, watches, and jewelry. But there are two sides to every story. And sometimes, these experiences are just not worth the splurge.</p> <h2>1. Exotic destination weddings</h2> <p>We've all received those wedding invitations that, at first, seem like a dream come true. We picture ourselves tanning on a beach in Hawaii or Jamaica with a cocktail and a smile. But that's usually not the case. Destination weddings don't give you a lot of time to yourself. You are there for the bride and groom. It's their big day, they've spent a lot of money on it. You'll be expected to go to rehearsals, receptions, and other parties. You may well have to hang out with a bunch of people you don't know or even like all that much. And to top it all off, you're paying through the nose to go on this trip. It will likely cost thousands. You might make some good memories from it, but this isn't the same as a vacation on your own terms. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-resist-a-splurge?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Resist a Splurge</a>)</p> <h2>2. Tickets to the Super Bowl</h2> <p>Blasphemy, right?! Well, not really. When it comes down to it, a trip to the Super Bowl is a great experience if you can get it for the right price. But if you're buying the tickets through the secondary market, or even worse, getting an &quot;On Location Experience,&quot; you are going to be spending a small fortune. SeatGeek.com states that the <a href="https://seatgeek.com/events/super-bowl" target="_blank">average price of a Super Bowl 52 ticket</a> will be between $2,500 and $3,000. For those On Location Experiences, you're looking at between $6,000 to $12,000. Up to $12,000 to see a football game. Now, think about the experience you're going to have for that money. You're there, in the stadium, but most of the time you're actually watching the action on the big screen projection. You're paying an arm and a leg for food and drinks. You also had to pay to get to the Super Bowl and stay in a hotel, unless you're lucky enough to live in that city. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-man-used-credit-card-rewards-to-go-to-the-last-11-super-bowls?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How One Man Used Credit Card Rewards to Go to the Last 11 Super Bowls</a>)</p> <p>What else could you do with that money? How about two weeks in Europe? Or Japan? Or paying down debt? Wouldn't that be a better use of your money? Forget the Super Bowl experience, and watch it on a big screen at home with your friends and family.</p> <h2>3. Extremely high-priced restaurants</h2> <p>There are some restaurant experiences that balance good food with a reasonable check at the end of the meal. And there are others that just blow the budget completely out of the water. You may be thinking that once, just once, you want to spend a whole lot of money on an amazing meal &hellip; just to experience it. Well, honestly, you will not be getting your money's worth. For example, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-of-the-worlds-most-expensive-restaurants" target="_blank">Sublimotion in Spain</a> charges over $2,000 per person for a series of 15-20 small courses. It gets exceptional reviews of course, but $2,000 for a meal is just an absurd waste of your cash, and you will find stunning food in your area for way, way less money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-worlds-most-affordable-michelin-starred-restaurants?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The World's Most Affordable Michelin-Starred Restaurants</a>)</p> <h2>4. A trip on the Orient Express</h2> <p>I mean, it's a train. It may be the most famous train the world, but is it worth the cost to ride? If you were to book a <a href="https://www.luxury-trains.co.uk/orient-express/venice-simplon-orient-express-train-fares.htm" target="_blank">cabin suite from Paris to Istanbul</a>, the cost is almost $16,000! If you instead opt for a double or single room, it's still up there at around $8,000! And what do you get for that? Honestly, not all that much. Some nice food, some fancy service, and nice views.</p> <p>However, if you purchase a First Class InterRail ticket for the same journey, with the same views, you will only be out of pocket around $400 per person. Don't bother with the Orient Express. It's overpriced and underwhelming, and includes a lot of wood paneling and polished brass.</p> <h2>5. The big fight</h2> <p>Despite the phenomenal rise in popularity of UFC, world-class boxing matches still command massive audiences. And it seems massively inflated ticket prices, too. In 2015, Forbes reported that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao fight had ticket prices so incredible they broke records. As hard as it is to believe, some tickets went on sale for upward of $350,000! That's right, over a quarter of a million dollars, for a fight that many thought did not come close to living up to the title of &quot;Fight of the Century.&quot; If you're thinking, <em>Well, yeah, but most tickets didn't cost anywhere near that price,</em> then you're right. The worst seats in the house were being sold for over $3,500 per ticket. And that would have gotten you on the upper level with a view that left a lot to be desired. People were spending upward of $150 to attend the weigh-in for that fight! And these fights will continue to garner a lot of attention, and ask for grossly-inflated sums of money. Watch it on Pay-Per-View if you really want to see it, and split the cost with your friends.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-times-splurging-on-experiences-is-a-bad-idea&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Times%2520Splurging%2520on%2520Experiences%2520Is%2520a%2520Bad%2520Idea.jpg&amp;description=5%20Times%20Splurging%20on%20Experiences%20Is%20a%20Bad%20Idea"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Times%20Splurging%20on%20Experiences%20Is%20a%20Bad%20Idea.jpg" alt="5 Times Splurging on Experiences Is a Bad Idea" 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/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-splurging-on-experiences-is-a-bad-idea">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/11-budgeting-skills-everyone-should-master">11 Budgeting Skills Everyone Should Master</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/never-borrow-money-for-these-5-buys">Never Borrow Money for These 5 Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-sneaky-ways-you-cheat-on-your-budget">6 Sneaky Ways You Cheat on Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-out-of-social-obligations-that-break-your-budget">How to Get Out of Social Obligations That Break Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment expensive things experiences material things saving money spending splurges travel vacation weddings Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:00:04 +0000 Paul Michael 1990724 at http://www.wisebread.com Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lazy_summer_afternoon.jpg" alt="Lazy summer afternoon" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The top reason: cost, named by 49 percent of those who'll be staying home.</p> <p>Traveling in low season may just be the answer to this nation without vacation conundrum. By traveling outside of summer and public holidays, or by going abroad during the less popular times of year, you can save a considerable amount of money on your total travel bill. Here's how.</p> <h2>First of all, what is peak season?</h2> <p>Typically peak season refers to the time of year when the most tourists (foreign or local or both), descend upon a popular travel destination. In many countries, peak season falls around Christmas, New Year's, Easter, and over some summer holidays.</p> <p>The exact dates of peak season will depend on where you're traveling to, what festivals are on, and what the majority religion is in the country. For example, Easter is extremely busy in the Philippines, while there isn't much rise in tourism in Muslim countries during the Christian holiday.</p> <p>Similarly, Brazil is extremely busy during Carnival in February, but the date of Carnival is different in many South American countries and it's different on Caribbean islands as well. It's best to do a bit of research to find out exactly when &quot;offseason&quot; happens in your selected destination.</p> <h2>Pros and cons of offseason travel</h2> <p>Of course, there are a few cons to offseason travel or everyone would travel then, so it's important to cover those here. While many people might worry that they'd be constantly drenched if they travel during rainy season, that's often not the case. In many places, heavy rainfall does occur in the off-peak months, but typically it falls for an hour or so and then goes away.</p> <p>If you're really worried about weather, you may consider traveling in the &quot;shoulder season,&quot; which is a good middle ground between high season and low season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-travel-anywhere?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Times of Year to Travel Anywhere</a>)</p> <p>Pros of low-season travel:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Cheaper prices.</p> </li> <li> <p>Fewer travelers.</p> </li> <li> <p>Some great local festivals happen in the offseason.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Cons:</p> <ul> <li> <p>May not be optimal weather.</p> </li> <li> <p>Some sights and hotels may be closed.</p> </li> </ul> <h2>How to save on accommodations</h2> <p>Hotels, hostels, B&amp;Bs, and vacation rental apartments all tend to jack up their prices during the most desirable travel periods. Take, for example, a three-bedroom home listed on Airbnb in Manzanillo, Mexico. If you book this particular apartment in July, when it's not peak season, it's only $166 a night, while the same apartment booked over Christmas this year will run you $330 a night!</p> <p>This isn't just on Airbnb, either. I've personally been traveling over the Christmas season for nearly eight years straight and I've always had a hard time finding accommodation deals for that time period. Typically I end up spending at least 50 percent more, simply because I'm getting close to Christmas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-ways-to-save-money-on-hotels?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Hotels</a>)</p> <h2>How to save on flights</h2> <p>We all know that hotels aren't the only ones jacking up their prices during the holiday and peak seasons. Airlines have been doing this for years. According to a study by CheapAir.com:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Over the course of the entire holiday booking period, travelers paid an average 50 percent more for a flight during the holidays than for the same flight during a non-holiday time. That means a $300 ticket during off-peak time cost $450 during the holidays.&quot;</p> <p>That's no joke! I've personally paid as much as 60 percent more on my airfare, simply because I was flying during a public holiday or during a festival. Traveling in the offseason could save you a lot of money on your airfare. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>How to save on food</h2> <p>Believe it or not, even restaurants give discounts in the offseason. I have been in some towns where nearly every restaurant offers a &quot;local discount&quot; during the offseason because there are so few tourists that it is the only way they can make money during the slower months.</p> <p>During a trip to Thailand in 2014, I watched many restaurants on Railay Beach change their menus over to get ready for the peak season. All of the prices I had come to know (and love) suddenly went up by as much as 20 percent. As peak season starts, many restaurants will hike up their prices, so traveling off-peak can save you money on food as well! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Offseason is a fine season for travel</h2> <p>When I first started traveling frequently back in 2008, I was always checking the weather to make sure that I was planning my trip for the perfect time of the year. The only problem with that theory was that everyone and their dog had the same idea and my trips cost me a lot more than they had to.</p> <p>Today I use the offseason or the shoulder season as much as I can and I'm able to travel for far less. So can you. Next time you plan a holiday, consider going when fewer others do. The amount you save could mean that you can go on a longer trip, or maybe budget in another holiday throughout the year.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fwhy-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhy%2520Timing%2520Is%2520Everything%2520When%2520Saving%2520Money%2520on%2520Travel.jpg&amp;description=Why%20Timing%20Is%20Everything%20When%20Saving%20Money%20on%20Travel"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Why%20Timing%20Is%20Everything%20When%20Saving%20Money%20on%20Travel.jpg" alt="Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less">7 Ways Students Can Travel Abroad for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fly-out-of-these-airports-and-save-big-on-airfare">Fly Out of These Airports and Save Big on Airfare</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable">These 6 Things Will Make Your Next Flight More Comfortable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations Airfare budget friendly climate flights Food off peak offseason price hikes tourists vacation weather Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Nick Wharton 1981841 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waitress_hand_holding_tray_money_change_giving_back_to_customers_in_cafe.jpg" alt="Waitress hand holding tray money change giving back to customers in cafe" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you hate tipping and want to plan your vacations around countries where it's an unheard of concept. Or perhaps you're interested in how other cultures handle tipping and if the service is affected by the custom. Whatever your motivations, it's good to be aware of the places where it's unexpected to tip, those where it's uncommon but appreciated, and the ones where it's considered an outright insult. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-tipping-wrong-this-is-what-you-should-be-leaving?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Is How Much to Tip in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>1. Japan</h2> <p>Japan is a country built on traditions that stretch back centuries and which can still be seen clearly in everyday life. Respect, courtesy, and politeness are basic principles in society, and good service comes as standard without the expectation of extra compensation.</p> <p>Japan quite simply doesn't have a tipping culture, so trying to leave a gratuity could result in a fair amount of confusion. That confusion will inevitably lead to attempts to give you back your change, and could even open up the potential for causing offense. Avoid an awkward situation with a heartfelt thank you instead.</p> <h2>2. China</h2> <p>China is such a vast country with such a diverse history that many aspects of life differ drastically from region-to-region. The food, the landscapes, and even the language vary depending on where you are. But one thing that remains largely the same is that tipping is unexpected and unnecessary.</p> <p>Similar to Japan, China has no tipping culture traditionally, though in some of the big, international destinations it is becoming more common, largely thanks to overseas visitors. In Hong Kong and Macau, restaurants will often include a 10 percent service charge. If you feel you got exceptional service you may want to leave a little something extra.</p> <p>I lived in a relatively unknown city called Yangzhou for one year, and when I first arrived, my North American habits meant that I was frequently leaving tips without really noticing. I soon realized that this was not a custom in Yangzhou, and often the waitstaff would chase me down the street to return my change to me!</p> <h2>3. French Polynesia</h2> <p>This collection of magical tropical islands in the South Pacific Ocean might be an overseas collectivity of France, but the tipping rules are slightly different from the country that oversees it. Tipping traditions here stem from Tahitian traditions rather than the French customs.</p> <p>In France, a service charge is included in the price of meals, and is required by law to be passed on to the staff. Additional tipping is not an obligation, but is accepted as a gesture for good service. In French Polynesia, no tip is required ordinarily, though if one is expected it will usually be clearly indicated with a note on the receipt to say that it would be appreciated.</p> <h2>4. Switzerland</h2> <p>Switzerland is a country whose identity is heavily influenced by the countries surrounding it, with French, German, Italian, and Romansch all considered official languages. Its tipping customs are unique to Switzerland, though, as there is no expectation to leave a gratuity for any services received.</p> <p>Unlike in many countries where tipping is ingrained in the culture, staff in the service industry in Switzerland are generally paid a decent basic salary. This means they aren't reliant on tips to bolster their wages. Any service charge must be clearly stated on your bill by law, and any tips here tend to be confined to the change left over from payment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-cash-while-traveling-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Get Cash While Traveling Abroad</a>)</p> <h2>5. Brazil</h2> <p>Tipping in Brazil is not common practice, partly because culturally it's not been done, but also because a 10 percent service charge is usually automatically added to your bill.</p> <p>Having said that, tips here are genuinely appreciated, even if they're not relied upon. Many customers tend to round up to the nearest <em>real </em>rather than waiting for small change, and don't be surprised if service staff do this as well when giving you your change back. Use your discretion as to when to give a tip, but remember that waiting service is a well regarded profession here and anything you do leave will be well received.</p> <h2>6. South Korea</h2> <p>South Korea is a country that manages to seamlessly merge age-old tradition with cutting edge modernity. Its vibrant capital Seoul is a mammoth metropolis with a thriving food scene, futuristic architecture, and streets full of trendy fashionistas. Outside of Seoul there's an abundance of stunning natural landscapes that will take your breath away.</p> <p>Regardless of where you are in South Korea, tipping is generally not expected, though it may still be appreciated in certain settings such as more westernized restaurants. In some instances it can even be considered as an act of pity rather than generosity, and may be refused. The easiest option is to simply not tip.</p> <h2>7. Denmark</h2> <p>This stunning Scandinavian country, like many others in this region, is well renowned for its egalitarian social policies. Its relatively high minimum wage means that service staff are well compensated for their work. Add to this the fact that a service charge of 10 percent is more often than not included in your final bill and it goes some way in explaining why tipping is so uncommon here.</p> <p>Don't feel obliged to leave a tip, but if you do receive great service, a tip is taken as a token of your appreciation. It's also more common to tip in higher end establishments than it is in cafes or bars, but still not considered a requirement. Five to 10 percent is sufficient if you do decide that you want to leave something.</p> <p>In the U.S., tipping is such an ingrained part of the culture that it can feel strange not leaving a gratuity, particularly when you've received great service. But whether you feel comfortable resisting leaving a tip or not, it's important to follow the customs and traditions of the places that you visit.</p> <p>What you consider a harmless and even generous act could be seen as completely the opposite and cause offense to the intended recipient. Be respectful, and if in doubt, feel free to discreetly ask what the expectation is.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Dont%20Have%20to%20Tip%20at%20Restaurants.jpg" alt="7 Countries Where You Don't Have to Tip at Restaurants" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-dont-have-to-tip-at-restaurants">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads">7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-travel-destinations-you-thought-were-unaffordable">5 Amazing Travel Destinations You Thought Were Unaffordable</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel countries customs eating out gratuity international offensive restaurants service industry tips tradition vacation Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:31:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 1981840 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourists_posing_in_front_of_temple_in_koh_samui_thailand.jpg" alt="Tourists posing in front of temple in koh samui thailand" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people believe that traveling is extremely expensive, and while this may be true if you're expecting five-star hotels and luxury cruises, on the whole it's a misconception. There are countries all over the world where, thanks to the low cost of living and (in some cases) <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong?ref=internal" target="_blank">strong U.S. dollar</a>, it's possible to get around on a very low budget.</p> <p>Traveling on the cheap is certainly not for everyone and it often means making a few sacrifices, but choosing the right place to visit is half the battle. Here are seven countries where you can travel on $30 a day or less. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel</a>)</p> <p>Unless otherwise stated, all figures quoted are referenced from <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/" target="_blank">numbeo.com</a>, the largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.</p> <h2>1. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/woman_sitting_on_long_tail_boat.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nicknamed &quot;The Land of Smiles&quot; thanks to its welcoming and friendly reputation, Thailand is the original backpacker's paradise. Its mix of stunning tropical islands, bustling cities, mouthwatering food, and vibrant night life has seen its popularity explode in recent decades. Despite this huge growth in visitor numbers, Thailand's prices have remained extremely low and it's still one of the cheapest countries to visit in the whole of Southeast Asia.</p> <p>Hostel dorm beds are available for as little as $1.47 per night. While I was there in 2014 I found private double rooms for just $7 a night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $1.77, and a pint of domestic beer costs the same.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Take advantage of the amazing street food in Thailand. It's famous for being some of the best in the world and is also some of the cheapest, with some meals costing as little as $1. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>2. Bolivia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/female_tourist_on_salar_de_uyuni_during_sunset_altiplano_bolivia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bolivia is often overlooked as a travel destination in favor of more illustrious South American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. That's a real shame, because this diverse country shares some of the most impressive landscapes on the continent with them, accessible at a far cheaper price. Sections of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Rainforest, and Lake Titicaca all lie within its borders, as well as its crowning jewel, the Salar de Uyuni &mdash; the world's largest salt flat.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $6 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $3.50, and a pint of domestic beer can be as cheap as $2.10.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Eat lunch at local markets where two-course specials are available at rock-bottom prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Secrets to Eating Great Food for Cheap While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>3. China</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/tourists_in_beijing_riding_bikes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>China is a country of massive contrasts. Ancient history meets cutting edge modernity, small cities house millions of inhabitants, and landscapes range from arid deserts to the freezing &quot;ice city&quot; of Harbin. With its vast size and population of over 1.3 billion people, it's a fascinating country with so much to explore that it can be overwhelming.</p> <p>But China is also very affordable for travelers from the U.S. and other nations with strong currencies.</p> <p>Hostel dorm rooms are available for as little as $2.93 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $2.95, and domestic beer can be as cheap as (0.5 liter draft) 89 cents.</p> <p>In my experience in small-town China, you can buy large beers at the grocery store for as little as 30 cents and bring them into almost any restaurant, no questions asked. Sometimes the staff will even keep them in their refrigerator and open them for you.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Spend less time in the big cities where costs, particularly for accommodation, are higher. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-travel-destinations-you-thought-were-unaffordable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing Travel Destinations You Thought Were Unaffordable</a>)</p> <h2>4. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/view_of_el_castillo.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For many, the mention of Mexico conjures up images of palm-fringed beaches and large seafront resorts catering to sun-seeking vacationers. While this is a side of Mexico that exists, there is so much more of interest in this country, from its rich history to its heavenly cuisine (the latter was listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity). There's also a surprising amount of wildlife that doesn't get the recognition it deserves, with black bears, flamingos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of marine life.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as 50 cents per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost about $5, and domestic beer can be as cheap as $1.38.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Avoid the popular coastal areas, which are more pricey. Head inland instead to towns like <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/10-awesome-things-guanajuato-mexico/" target="_blank">Guanajuato</a> and <a href="https://www.goatsontheroad.com/visiting-valladolid-colonial-city-crossroads-culture/" target="_blank">Valladolid</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a>)</p> <h2>5. Ukraine</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/person_is_standing_at_street_of_downtown_lviv_ukraine.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>As one of the least visited countries in Europe despite being the second largest, Ukraine can be a difficult place to travel in at times. English is not widely spoken, and the Cyrillic alphabet means it's not possible to glean any meaning from the written language.</p> <p>It's also important to be aware that Ukraine has a volatile recent history, and parts of it are still off-limits to visitors due to ongoing political disputes with neighboring Russia. However, with a little bit of effort you'll discover an enchanting country that's brimming with tradition and warmth.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $3.09 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Ukraine&amp;displayCurrency=USD" target="_blank">$3.84</a>, and domestic beer can be as cheap as 58 cents.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip: </strong>Use overnight trains for long-distance travel. They're inexpensive and will save a night's accommodation as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-world-cities-you-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible World Cities You Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>6. India</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/woman_in_taj_mahal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Spirituality, wildlife, chaos, color, and excitement collide in this enormous and at times perplexing country. All of your senses will be engaged while you make your way through India, as you try to make sense of what is truly a country like no other. Though at times it can be overwhelming, the countryside is as calm and tranquil as the big cities are tumultuous.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $2.16 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $2.33, and you can get a pint of domestic beer for as little as $1.55.</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Always haggle for everything. The original price you're quoted is likely to be highly inflated but shouldn't be the price you pay.</p> <h2>7. Egypt</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/pyramids_bedouin.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Egypt is most celebrated for being the home of the great Pyramids of Giza, built to immortalize the Pharaohs who reigned these lands over 5,000 years ago. It's said to be the birthplace of western civilization, making it the perfect destination for history buffs and intrepid explorers. Being on the boundary between North Africa and the Middle East lends the country a unique and remarkable mix of two very diverse cultures.</p> <p>Hostel rooms are available for as little as $2.21 per night. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost $3.04, and domestic beer can be as cheap as $1.19. When I was there last, I was eating filling meals of falafel, bread, and chips for just 50 cents!</p> <p><strong>Top money saving tip:</strong> Shop around when booking activities, there are lots of companies offering very similar things at hugely varying prices.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Countries%2520Where%2520You%2520Can%2520Travel%2520on%252030%2520Dollars%2520a%2520Day%2520or%2520Less.jpg&amp;description=7%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Travel%20on%2030%20Dollars%20a%20Day%20or%20Less"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Countries%20Where%20You%20Can%20Travel%20on%2030%20Dollars%20a%20Day%20or%20Less.jpg" alt="7 Countries Where You Can Travel on $30 a Day or Less" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-countries-where-you-can-travel-on-30-a-day-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day">5 International Destinations You Can Visit for $50 a Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable bolivia China egypt Food hotels india international mexico thailand transportation ukraine vacation Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Nick Wharton 1979038 at http://www.wisebread.com Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_photographing_zeus_temple_in_acropolis.jpg" alt="Woman photographing Zeus temple in Acropolis" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While credit card rewards may not be life-changing for everyone, for some, they make the impossible possible. With airline miles, hotel points, cash back, or flexible rewards, many people find they can afford to travel farther, and potentially stay longer. And, who knows? Perhaps you can visit a destination you've always dreamed of.</p> <p>If you're aching to see parts of the world you assume are beyond your reach, researching airline and hotel rewards programs can help you see what's possible. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards" target="_blank">Airline credit cards</a> can help you get free flights, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards" target="_blank">hotel credit cards</a> can help you score free accommodations, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards" target="_blank">flexible travel cards</a> allow you to use points for all kinds of travel expenses.</p> <p>Need help jump-starting your wanderlust? Here are five bucket list spots you can absolutely see with rewards.</p> <h2>1. Bora Bora</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bora_bora_hammock.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bora Bora is undoubtedly the most beautiful island in French Polynesia. A short flight from Tahiti, this island paradise is comprised of tiny islands (<em>motus</em>) that surround a central mountain and an inspiring, azure blue lagoon teeming with sea life. While Bora Bora is perfect for a honeymoon or romantic retreat, it's well known as a fun (albeit expensive) family destination as well.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>There are numerous ways to get at least part of the way to Bora Bora with airline miles. From Los Angeles International (LAX) to Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, for example, you can fly round trip with Alaska Airlines for 80,000 miles plus taxes and fees. You can also fly round trip using Air France's Flying Blue program for 60,000 miles plus taxes, or 80,000 American AAdvantage miles plus taxes round trip.</p> <p>No matter how you get to Tahiti, however, you'll have to pay around $400 per person, round trip, for the short flight from Papeete to Bora Bora. The airline that operates this leg (Air Tahiti) doesn't offer a mileage program.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>Numerous hotel programs promise to let you stay in Bora Bora for free, including the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort, which you can book with free nights from the&nbsp;IHG Rewards Club.&nbsp;If you build a stash of Hilton Honors points, on the other hand, you can score free stays at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.</p> <h2>2. Maldives</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_on_maldives_island_water_villas_resort.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Maldives is another tropical destination well known for its crystal-clear waters and overwater bungalows. Smack dab in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are expensive to visit and quite a trek for most of us to reach. However, there's a reason why so many people travel to the ends of the earth for a stay in the Maldives. According to many who have been there, the water, scenery, and atmosphere make it one of the most beautiful and unique destinations in the world.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>The best airline strategy for the Maldives depends a lot on where you live. Many would say that Air France is the way to go due to its plentiful award availability and cheap economy redemptions. Currently, you can book round-trip flights from New York City to Male, the capital, for 80,000 Flying Blue miles plus around $400 in taxes and fees.</p> <p>Cathay Pacific is another option if you have Alaska Airlines miles. For just 60,000 Alaska miles plus taxes you can fly from certain U.S. cities to Male on Cathay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-travel-destinations-you-thought-were-unaffordable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing Destinations You Thought Were Unaffordable</a>)</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>The Hyatt Credit Card offers two free nights you can use to stay in any Hyatt property worldwide, and that includes the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa. That means if you're going to be traveling with a spouse or partner, you can both get the card and book two subsequent reservations, for a total of four free nights.</p> <h2>3. Aruba</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/royal_plaza_oranjestad_aruba.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Aruba is one of the Lesser Antilles islands in the southern Caribbean Sea. Known for its desert landscape and amazing blue waters, Aruba is bursting with hotels, casinos, night life, and water activities galore. While Aruba is popular for land-based vacations, cruise ships bring thousands of passengers to the island weekly. Fortunately, Aruba's location in the Caribbean makes it fairly easy to travel there on points.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>While you can get to Aruba a few different ways, the easiest strategy is utilizing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-southwest-airlines-is-the-best-domestic-airline-for-families?ref=internal" target="_blank">Southwest Rapid Rewards</a> points. Depending on where you live in the United States, you can usually get to Aruba for less than 25,000 miles plus taxes round trip. Another popular option is Flying Blue, especially if your credit card rewards program transfers to the frequent flyer program. On Flying Blue, you can get to Aruba for 25,000 miles plus taxes and fees round trip.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>Most of the major hotel chains let you earn points for free stays in Aruba. Marriott Rewards can help you score free nights at the Renaissance Aruba Resort &amp; Casino, the Aruba Marriott Resort &amp; Stellaris Casino, Marriott Aruba Surf Club, and more. You can also stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Aruba with IHG Rewards points, or at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort, Spa &amp; Casino with World of Hyatt points.</p> <h2>4. Italy</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/colosseum_in_rome_and_morning_sun_italy_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Italy is a bucket list destination for nearly everyone, well known for its inspiring culture, historical sites, delicious cuisine, and dynamic landscapes, which span from the mountainous north to idyllic beachfronts on the country's western shore. While most people go to Italy to see major sites like Rome's Colosseum and Forum, the Vatican, or the world-famous art spread across Florence, others dream of Tuscan wineries, lazy beach days in Cinque Terre or Sorrento, or a trip to the famous island of Capri.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>If you're looking for a cheap and easy way to get to Italy, check out American Airlines' AAdvantage program. If you fly coach and travel off-peak (October 15&ndash;May 15), you can score a round-trip flight for just 45,000 miles plus airline taxes and fees.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>The best part about being in Italy isn't its huge, prestigious hotels; it's the side streets and the intimate culture of the locals. To see the real Italy, we recommend booking an Airbnb or condo, which you can do with a credit card that offers rewards for all kinds of travel purchases.</p> <h2>5. Greece</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/santorini_sunset_at_dawn_village_of_oia_greece.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Greece is home to some of the most wondrous sites on the planet &mdash; the renowned Parthenon, Olympia where the world's first Olympic Games were held, the historic Delphi, and the mountaintop monasteries of Meteora. That doesn't even include the famous Greek Islands, such as Crete and Santorini. Fortunately, Greece is also cheap to visit, with plentiful hotels and resorts for less than $100 or even $50 per night.</p> <h3>How to get there</h3> <p>Flying to Greece can be cheap and easy with airline miles. You can fly round-trip economy using United MileagePlus for 60,000 miles plus taxes and fees. If you have American AAdvantage miles, you can score an off-peak fare for 45,000 miles plus taxes and fees.</p> <h3>Where to stay</h3> <p>Greece is another country where it's smart and economical to book a small, independent hotel versus a big chain property. Sign up for a credit card that offers a travel portal through which you can use rewards points to book cheap hotels (with free breakfast). Or, opt for a flexible card that offers travel credit so you can book an Airbnb or a small boutique hotel near the major sites.</p> <h2>Credit cards that will get you there</h2> <p>Start earning points with your everyday purchases today! These credit cards allow you to transfer your points to the airline programs mentioned above.</p> <h3>Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</h3> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review" target="_blank">Chase Sapphire Preferred&reg; Card</a> is offering 50,000 points after you spend $4,000 on your card within the first three months. Those points are worth $625 if you use them to book travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, but they can be worth considerably more when you transfer them to a partner airline (includes Air France and United) or hotel (Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and IHG). This card does charge a $95 annual fee, but the fee is waived the first 12 months.</p> <h3>Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card from American Express</h3> <p>Since Delta is part of the SkyTeam Alliance, you can use points to book flights on Air France and Alaska Airlines.</p> <h3>Citi&reg; / AAdvantage&reg; Platinum Select&reg; World Elite&trade; Mastercard&reg;</h3> <p>Use points to book flights on oneworld alliance partners, like Cathay Pacific.</p> <h3>The Platinum Card&reg; from American Express&nbsp;</h3> <p>The current offer on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amex-platinum-do-the-perks-justify-the-fee" target="_blank">The Platinum Card&reg; from American Express</a>&nbsp;makes it possible to earn 60,000 points after you use your card for $5,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. While you could potentially afford a flight to Europe by booking through the AmexTravel.com portal (where 60,000 points is worth $600 in flights), you'll get better value with an Amex transfer partner (includes Air France, Delta, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Hilton).</p> <p>While the card does have a $550 annual fee, it includes $200 airline credit, lounge access to over 1,000 lounges around the world, Uber credits, and a global entry credit which add up to way more value than that, but only if you actually use it.</p> <h3>BankAmericard Travel Rewards</h3> <p>Use this card to apply points as statement credit to any travel purchases that you have to make that's not covered with points. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso2" target="_blank">How to Get a Free Vacation in 9 Months Through Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Famazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FAmazing%2520Destinations%2520You%2520Can%2520Go%2520to%2520With%2520Rewards%2520Points%2520and%2520Miles.jpg&amp;description=Amazing%20Destinations%20You%20Can%20Go%20to%20With%20Rewards%20Points%20and%20Miles"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Amazing%20Destinations%20You%20Can%20Go%20to%20With%20Rewards%20Points%20and%20Miles.jpg" alt="Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles" 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/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">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-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel beaches Europe greece hotels islands Italy miles points rewards tropical vacation Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Holly Johnson 1978029 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Affordable Gifts for Travel Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/15-affordable-gifts-for-travel-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-affordable-gifts-for-travel-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waiting_for_the_flight.jpg" alt="Waiting for the flight" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have a person in our lives who spends more time living it up on the road than they do at home. That friend who seems to be permanently on vacation, and whose Instagram feed is full of photos of them in exotic locations doing exciting things.</p> <p>Short of buying them a round-the-world ticket, how do you choose a gift for someone who's been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt without breaking the bank? Here are 15 affordable gift ideas for travel lovers.</p> <h2>1. Filter water bottle</h2> <p>Water quality varies wildly the world over, so many travelers find the safest option is to only drink bottled water wherever they go. But buying bottled water can be costly, and it also has an extremely detrimental impact on the environment. A <a href="http://amzn.to/2u2nUPF" target="_blank">filter water bottle</a> will mean they never have to waste money on bottled water again while actively reducing the amount of plastic they're using. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/packing-light-dont-forget-these-5-must-haves?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Packing Light? Don't Forget These 5 Must Haves</a>)</p> <h2>2. Portable power bank</h2> <p>Whether it's for a hard-core adventurer or a casual vacationer, a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks?ref=internal" target="_blank">portable power bank</a> is a must-have piece of tech. Keeping your gadgets charged when you're on the move can be difficult, but a portable battery pack removes the worry of running out of juice in an unfamiliar place. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>3. Travel pillow</h2> <p>Trying to catch a few Zs on the plane can be an impossible task when you're uncomfortable. Even if you do manage to doze off, you run the risk of waking up with severe neck pain and feeling like you're suffering from whiplash. Any travel lover will thank you for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel pillow</a> that provides them with the right support for a good night's sleep.</p> <h2>4. E-reader</h2> <p>Vacations provide many perfect opportunities for settling down with a good book, from long flights to lazy days on the beach. But baggage allowances mean it's impossible to take a decent selection of paperbacks. E-readers are the perfect solution, and not only are many of the devices affordable, it's easy to get your hands on thousands of free ebooks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-must-packs-for-your-summer-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Must-Packs for Your Summer Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>5. Portable Bluetooth speaker</h2> <p>An essential for any music-loving traveler, portable Bluetooth speaker technology has improved massively to allow tiny devices to produce huge, high quality sound. Many designs are also waterproof and shockproof making them perfect for taking to the beach or getting the party going around the pool. They're also able to survive those inevitable bumps received from being thrown in the backpack. Just be sure to get the lighter ones as no traveler wants to pack around a 5-pound speaker! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-pack-for-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>6. Packing cubes</h2> <p>These revolutionary little cases make packing your travel bags unbelievably simple. Whether your friend favors a backpack or a suitcase, they'll thank you forever for this gift. <a href="http://amzn.to/2tt7rqA" target="_blank">Packing cubes</a> make organizing your clothes and belongings within your bag an easy and efficient process, while helping to save space and allowing you to find things easily. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>7. Selfie stick</h2> <p>Whether you love them or hate them, selfie sticks are now woven into the fabric of everyday life. They are an undeniably convenient tool for the traveler, allowing them to take snaps of themselves in the dreamy locations they visit without having to hassle any passers-by. Go for a lightweight one that won't take up much space in their bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-selfie-sticks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Best Selfie Sticks</a>)</p> <h2>8. Scratch off world map</h2> <p>Travelers love to reminisce about the places that they've visited, so why not help them out with a fun and permanent way of keeping track of which countries they've been to? These <a href="http://amzn.to/2s5BFvI" target="_blank">scratch off maps</a> come with a foil layer that you scratch off to reveal a colorful representation of each country that you've visited. The perfect way for any travel lover to log their voyages.</p> <h2>9. A nice journal</h2> <p>They say that everyone has a book inside of them, and all travelers certainly have a story or two to tell. Why not set them on the way to literary stardom with the gift of a beautiful journal where they can compile all of their exciting adventures in one place? A personalized, leather-bound journal will be well received and give them a charming space to record all of their thoughts and experiences.</p> <h2>10. Tech tacos</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2s5t8IT" target="_blank">Tech tacos</a> are the ultimate organization tool for every expeditioner. Somehow, wires always manage to get tangled up in a bag, no matter how neatly you pack them. They can avoid that hassle by using these tech tacos for all of their electrical lead. Simply loop around the body and snap shut and they'll never have to detangle a cable again.</p> <h2>11. Personalized passport cover</h2> <p>For the frequent international traveler, a passport is a prized possession. Help them keep it safe with a personalized passport cover that you can design with touches you know they'll love. Get their name or initials engraved on it, a photo printed on it, or even a funky pattern.</p> <h2>12. Mini wrap around tripod</h2> <p>The discerning traveler will love a mounting device for a camera or phone that will attach itself to virtually anything. It has lots of advantages over a traditional tripod, including being far easier to carry around, and also extremely versatile while still providing a stable base for the perfect snap. <a href="http://amzn.to/2tpD43I" target="_blank">GorillaPods</a> are the most popular option, but be sure to get the right size to support whatever type of camera your friend has.</p> <h2>13. Combination padlock</h2> <p>A combination padlock is something that every traveler should take with them when heading off on an excursion. They're the single most effective way of keeping your valuables safe in multiple situations. Use them on a bag or suitcase during transit, secure a locker or wardrobe with them when in a hotel or hostel, and even to keep a day pack safely fastened. Use a TSA approved lock, which will allow transportation security officials to open your lock to inspect your luggage without breaking the lock.</p> <h2>14. Toiletry bag</h2> <p>Don't bother trying to find a space in your shared hostel bathroom sink to hold your toothbrush, comb, face wash, etc. Hang your travel toiletry bag on back of the door or the curtain rail and you've got everything you need within hand's reach.</p> <h2>15. Document holder</h2> <p>Every frequent flyer needs somewhere safe to put their travel documents when they're jetting off to some far-flung destination. It's easy to misplace passports, boarding passes, insurance documents, vaccination records, or visas if you're not organized, so help a friend out by gifting them a <a href="http://amzn.to/2t582fn" target="_blank">document holder</a>. The best ones come with multiple compartments of varying sizes to store all of the important papers.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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