international travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7473/all en-US 10 Hot Spots for Digital Nomads in 2018 http://www.wisebread.com/10-hot-spots-for-digital-nomads-in-2018 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-hot-spots-for-digital-nomads-in-2018" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bo_kaap_township_in_cape_town.jpg" alt="Bo Kaap Township in Cape Town" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Digital nomadism is the perfect way for travel enthusiasts to combine their insatiable wanderlust with a career they can conduct anywhere, such as computer programming or graphic design. While previously only a lucky few people managed to make this lifestyle work, digital technology has made it easier for more people.</p> <p>Many digital nomads choose to set up shop in a location for a few days or months before moving on. However, not everywhere offers the same possibilities.</p> <p>There are certain requirements that most digital nomads would agree are necessary to qualify a destination as a &quot;hot spot,&quot; chief among them is the widespread availability of stable, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-slash-the-cost-of-wi-fi-when-you-travel?ref=internal" target="_blank">affordable Wi-Fi</a>. Other considerations might include an entrepreneurial community, affordability, and temperate weather. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <p>If you're a location-independent worker looking for a new place to base yourself, here are what I consider to be the 10 best hot spots for digital nomads in 2018.</p> <h2>1. Medellin, Colombia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/pueblito_paisa_in_nutibara_hill.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Colombia is a country on the rise, and over the past few years it has started to appear on many of the &quot;must-visit&quot; lists written by travel publications in the know. The city of Medellin is now a thriving, modern metropolis that has undergone a complete regeneration since the days when it was considered the most dangerous city on earth.</p> <p>Free Wi-Fi is widely available in Medellin&rsquo;s many parks and public areas, and there are tons of trendy internet cafes with strong connections serving fantastic cups of locally produced coffee. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-expats-can-maintain-their-credit-scores?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Expats Can Maintain Their Credit Scores</a>)</p> <h2>2. Buenos Aires, Argentina</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/colorful_building_la_boca_buenos_aires.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Argentina's capital city Buenos Aires is often described as being the most European city in South America because of its culture, architecture, and immigration history. So while it may not be the quintessential slice of South America, it has an individual charm that you won't find anywhere else on the continent.</p> <p>There's free Wi-Fi in many of the city's leafy parks and plazas, allowing you to work virtually anywhere. Plus the widespread cafe culture means that you'll have endless choices of great places to set up shop and hang out with like-minded people. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-amazing-cheap-places-to-live-as-an-expat?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing, Cheap Places to Live as an Expat</a>)</p> <h2>3. Sofia, Bulgaria</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sofia_in_orange.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bulgaria has become an increasingly popular European vacation destination due in large part to its affordability, with a reputation as one of the cheapest countries on the continent. It's also full of culture and history, has a pristine coastline, and some amazing nature and wildlife to explore. And Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, has become a popular digital nomad hot spot, as it allows people on the first steps of their entrepreneurial journey to keep costs extremely low. (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>4. Cape Town, South Africa</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/cable_car_going_up_table_mountain.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Overlooked by the imposing Table Mountain and sprawling out toward the surrounding ocean, Cape Town is certainly one of the most recognizable cities in the world. It's also beginning to receive recognition as an up-and-coming hub for digital nomads, with a relatively small but growing community.</p> <p>There are a large number of co-working spaces in Cape Town that cater to an entrepreneurial crowd. If splitting days between your budding business and a beautiful beach sounds appealing, then Cape Town may be the perfect choice.</p> <h2>5. Malta</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/marsaxlokk_harbor_malta.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This tiny Mediterranean island is forging a big reputation as one of Europe's premiere digital nomad destinations. You'll more than likely recognize the capital city of Valletta from its use as the backdrop for the blockbuster movies <em>Troy</em> and <em>Gladiator</em>, as well as King's Landing in the <em>Game of Thrones</em> series.</p> <p>Malta is a relatively low-cost destination when compared to much of Europe. When coupled with high speed Wi-Fi and the laid back pace of life on the island, it's easy to see why digital nomads are starting to settle down here.</p> <h2>6. Mexico City, Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bicycle_riders_on_sunday_mornings_in_mexico_city.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Mexico City is one of the biggest cities on the planet with a population of almost 9 million people. It has a fascinating colonial history that's plain to see in much of the architecture, a year-round springlike temperature, and a world famous culinary scene.</p> <p>Mexico City is not only modern, but each of its neighborhoods has a completely different vibe, meaning it appeals to all. From hipster coffee shops to numerous co-working spaces, there are plenty of places to make your office all over the city. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries Where You Can Retire on $1,000 a Month</a>)</p> <h2>7. Lisbon, Portugal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/beautiful_beach_in_carvoeiro_algarve_portugal_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Lisbon's reputation as a tourist destination has been on the rise for a number of years. This is thanks to its tropical climate, the historic colonial charm of its architecture, and the healthy food and drinks enjoyed by its residents. It's also close to the famous Algarve coastline, and yet relatively inexpensive compared to much of Europe.</p> <p>It's little wonder that this has translated into a rising popularity among digital nomads, with freelancers arriving from around the globe. There are lounges, coffee shops, and co-working spaces readily available all across the city, which makes finding a great place to settle down for the day incredibly easy.</p> <h2>8. Bali, Indonesia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bali_water_temple.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Bali is too established among digital nomads to fall under the &quot;up-and-coming&quot; banner. But rather than losing its appeal, Bali has become more attractive for remote workers over time.</p> <p>Luxury villas in close proximity to the beach are affordable and easy to come by, contributing to a high standard of living. Another attraction for many is the popularity of vegetarian food and ubiquitous yoga classes, so you may just leave healthier than when you arrived.</p> <h2>9. Portland, Oregon</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/st_johns_bridge_in_autumn.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Not all of the best digital nomad hot spots are overseas. There are plenty of awesome locations attracting remote workers across the U.S., and none more so than Portland, Oregon. Well known for its numerous microbreweries, independently-run coffee shops, and niche food carts, Portland is home to an artsy crowd of free thinkers.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, Portland is the gateway to stunning nature in the region. Outdoor-lovers who enjoy hiking wilderness trails, hitting deserted beaches, or marveling at secluded waterfalls will feel right at home here. Though it may not be the cheapest place on the list, Portland still checks many boxes on the digital nomad checklist.</p> <h2>10. Chiang Mai, Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_best_of_landscape_in_chiang_mai_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Sometimes referred to as &quot;the digital nomad capital of the world,&quot; Chiang Mai was one of the original hot spots for remote workers looking to settle down for a while. Though it's one of Thailand's top cities, it's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the capital Bangkok. Think &ldquo;easy going&rdquo; paired with highly affordable prices, and you'll be closer to the reality of Thailand's second city.</p> <p>Many spaces are set up to cater to the digital nomad crowd that has been coming here for years. You'll find cafes specifically designed with laptop users in mind, bustling co-working spaces, and lightning fast Wi-Fi in many places across Chiang Mai. It was one of the first, and is still one of the best digital nomad hot spots around. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dirty-details-of-traveling-full-time?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Dirty Details of Traveling Full-Time</a>)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="display: none;"> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Hottest%20Digital%20Nomad%20Destinations%20Right%20Now.jpg" alt="The Hottest Digital Nomad Destinations Right Now" width="212" height="605" /></p> </div> <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/u5180/10%20Hot%20Spots%20for%20Digital%20Nomads%20in%202018%20%281%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 30%; margin-right: 3%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Hot%20Spots%20for%20Digital%20Nomads%20in%202018%20%282%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 30%; margin-right: 3%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Hot%20Spots%20for%20Digital%20Nomads%20in%202018.jpg" style="float: left; width: 30%; 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/10-hot-spots-for-digital-nomads-in-2018">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-wisely-choose-your-next-travel-destination">How to Wisely Choose Your Next Travel Destination</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-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites-right-here-in-the-us">11 Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites Right Here in the U.S.</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-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling">How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling</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-take-a-cheap-spring-break-trip">How to Take a Cheap Spring Break Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel destinations digital nomads international hot spots international travel travel tips vacation spots Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:30:08 +0000 Nick Wharton 2097603 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Affordable Retirement Spots With World-Class Health Care http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-retirement-spots-with-world-class-health-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-affordable-retirement-spots-with-world-class-health-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/senior_woman_placing_hands_on_the_shoulder_of_senior_man.jpg" alt="Senior woman placing hands on the shoulder of senior man" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Health care is one of the biggest considerations for any retiree planning to settle abroad, and could be a deciding factor when choosing which country to move to. Since Medicare does not cover health care costs for U.S. citizens living overseas, it&rsquo;s important to have a plan in place for how you&rsquo;re going to pay for it. But more than that, it&rsquo;s well advised to select somewhere that has a quality health care system to ensure that you get a good standard of treatment when you require it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/follow-these-5-steps-to-full-health-care-coverage-in-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Follow These 5 Steps to Full Health Care Coverage in Retirement</a>)</p> <p>As the saying goes, you can&rsquo;t put a price on your health. You can however, reduce how much it will cost for any treatment required. Many countries that are affordable to live in have health care on par with the U.S., so not only will your medical bills go down, but so will your cost of living.</p> <p>Note: All cost of living estimates refer to figures from <a href="http://numbeo.com" target="_blank">Numbeo</a>, the world&rsquo;s largest database of user contributed data about cities and countries worldwide.</p> <h2>Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/san_miguel_de_allende_in_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Living costs in Mexico City are nearly 60 percent lower than those in New York City, which is just one of the many reasons the country is a popular destination for retirees. It also has a high number of expats and a selection of communities specifically set up for retired Americans. Whether you want beautiful beaches, quaint colonial towns, or bustling cities with developed infrastructures, Mexico has it all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-almost-anyone-can-afford-to-retire-in-mexico?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Almost Anyone Can Afford to Retire in Mexico</a>)</p> <p>As a foreigner, you won&rsquo;t be entitled to free public health care, but you&rsquo;ll have wide access to facilities because the majority of hospitals in Mexico are private establishments. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the best medical facilities in this country are based within the major cities of Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. Thanks to the country&rsquo;s proximity to the U.S., many of Mexico&rsquo;s doctors not only speak excellent English, but have also spent time training and studying in the U.S.</p> <p>Dental care is particularly cheap in Mexico, with many U.S. citizens making special trips to enjoy the low prices. The border town of Los Algodones has even been nicknamed the &ldquo;dental capital of the world&rdquo; thanks to the high concentration of dental clinics there. Opticians are also easy to find in Los Algodones and there are a number of national chains and franchises that provide low priced examinations and treatments. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/retire-for-half-the-cost-in-these-5-countries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Retire for Half the Cost in These 5 Countries</a>)</p> <h2>Malaysia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/floating_mosque_reflection_in_penang_malaysia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Malaysia is regularly recognized as one of the best countries to retire in thanks to its welcoming culture, warm climate, and extremely low living costs. Life in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, is 54 percent cheaper than in New York City, meaning your dollar goes a lot further. Retirees from across the globe understandably see this as a real attraction, and in the major cities you&rsquo;ll find large expat populations.</p> <p>Medical tourism is big business here, so much so that Malaysia&rsquo;s Ministry of Health has its own Healthcare Travel Council. It was set up by the government to raise the profile of the country as a top destination for world-class health care services and increase both the quality and quantity of medical tourism. It helps provide a standardized level of service by only approving and endorsing top quality medical facilities, which should give you peace of mind when selecting where to get treatment.</p> <p>As a non-Malaysian, you won&rsquo;t have access to free public health care, meaning you&rsquo;ll need to get a good insurance policy. However, these are generally cheaper than in the U.S., and will enable you to receive treatment in either public or private facilities, depending on your preference. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>Costa Rica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/national_theatre_of_costa_rica_in_san_jose.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With stunning Caribbean beaches, lush inland jungles, developed cities, and a warm, sunny climate all year round, Costa Rica really has it all. The cost of living in San Jose is 40 percent below that of New York City, while the standard of living remains extremely high. It&rsquo;s little wonder Costa Rica is so popular among retirees from the U.S.</p> <p>Many U.S. citizens already travel to Costa Rica every year for so-called medical tourism, as the prices are far lower than back home. But for expats living there as legally recognized residents, it gets even better. You have access to both tiers of their health service, private and public. If you need emergency treatment, you are eligible to receive it under the universal Caja system, as well as regular checkups, many prescription drugs, and even some surgeries.</p> <p>In addition to the public health care available, there&rsquo;s also an excellent private system that many retirees pay for, mainly because waiting times on non life-threatening surgeries are much shorter. Both systems are renowned for having up-to-date equipment, facilities, and technologies, which partly explains why the health care is rated so highly. You&rsquo;ll also find that most doctors speak English to a very high standard, which should alleviate any concerns around communication. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-that-welcome-american-retirees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries That Welcome American Retirees</a>)</p> <h2>Portugal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/porto_portugal_cityscape.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This former world superpower on the southern tip of Europe&rsquo;s Iberian Peninsula once ruled over territories across Latin America, Oceania, Asia, and Africa. These days it&rsquo;s more famous as a major tourist destination, thanks to its incredible beaches, historic architecture, and diverse cuisine. With Lisbon&rsquo;s cost of living 43 percent lower than New York&rsquo;s, many retirees are now viewing this as the perfect place to settle down. The Algarve coast in particular is a retirement hot spot, as it has great weather, beautiful beaches, and a large, established expat community for support.</p> <p>Portugal has always been a well-loved holiday and retirement destination for Europeans, but recently it&rsquo;s become popular among Americans as well. With Portugal&rsquo;s introduction of the Non-Habitual Resident Regime, it&rsquo;s now possible receive your pension tax free here as well as many other sources of income.</p> <p>On top of these benefits, Portugal&rsquo;s health care system is well-known for having excellent facilities and well-trained staff. There is a good public health care system here that foreigners have access to. It&rsquo;s free apart from some nominal patient contributions used to ensure people access the service in the correct way &mdash; for example, not going to the emergency room unless absolutely necessary. Doctors, particularly in the popular areas for retirees, generally speak English.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-affordable-retirement-spots-with-world-class-health-care&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Affordable%2520Retirement%2520Spots%2520With%2520World-Class%2520Health%2520Care%2520%25281%2529.jpg&amp;description=4%20Affordable%20Retirement%20Spots%20With%20World-Class%20Health%20Care"></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/u5180/4%20Affordable%20Retirement%20Spots%20With%20World-Class%20Health%20Care.jpg" alt="4 Affordable Retirement Spots With World-Class Health Care" width="250" height="374" /></p> <div style="display: none;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Affordable%20Retirement%20Spots%20With%20World-Class%20Health%20Care%20%281%29.jpg" alt="4 Affordable Retirement Spots With World-Class Health Care" width="212" height="605" /></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/4-affordable-retirement-spots-with-world-class-health-care">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/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</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-common-medicare-myths-debunked">5 Common Medicare Myths, Debunked</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/avoid-these-5-mistakes-when-retiring-abroad">Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Retiring Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-travel-in-retirement-keeps-you-young">6 Ways Travel in Retirement Keeps You Young</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Retirement Travel health care international travel retire abroad retirement retirement hot spots world-class health care Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2056742 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/glimpse_of_andalusia.jpg" alt="Glimpse of Andalusia" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Financial considerations are the biggest factor for many people when deciding where they want to enjoy their retirement years. As the strength of the dollar continues its hold against other currencies, it&rsquo;s providing us with far more purchasing clout when it comes to buying other currencies.</p> <p>This in turn is helping to make many destinations even more affordable to U.S. citizens who are looking to decamp to foreign locales. Here are nine retirement hot spots that are cheaper than you thought. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/retire-for-half-the-cost-in-these-5-countries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Retire for Half the Cost in These 5 Countries</a>)</p> <h2>1. Panama</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/casco_viejo_nightlife_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With its interesting mix of advanced amenities and lush natural landscapes, Panama has been one of the most popular retirement hot spots in Latin America for a number of years. The capital, Panama City, is a skyscraper-filled, modern metropolis with a well developed infrastructure to rival any city in the U.S.</p> <p>The U.S. dollar is actually legal currency in Panama so you&rsquo;ll be able to see just what value you&rsquo;re getting without any conversions. The cost of living in Panama is comparatively low. Numbeo puts it at around 26 percent of what it is in the U.S., with expenses such as health care and real estate working out extremely cheaply. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a>)</p> <h2>2. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/museo_soumaya_in_mexico_city.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Hopping over the border to Mexico has always been a convenient option for U.S. citizens wanting somewhere nearby to retire to. Rich with incredible culture, fascinating history, a great coastline, and a mouthwatering cuisine, Mexico is both familiar and exotic at the same time.</p> <p>The exchange rate hit a high in 2017, meaning U.S. dollars go further there now. That, combined with a cost of living of around 60 percent lower than in the U.S., means your dollar will go a lot further in Mexico than it would at home.</p> <p>While drug-related crime has risen in recent years, there are many retirement communities that are completely safe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-almost-anyone-can-afford-to-retire-in-mexico?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Almost Anyone Can Afford to Retire in Mexico</a>)</p> <h2>3. Spain</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/glimpse_of_andalusia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Spain frequently tops the list of the most popular retirement destinations for Europeans. It&rsquo;s little wonder when you consider the number of major cities, the stunning beachside resorts along the coastline, and the slow pace of life.</p> <p>The dollar is closing in on par with the Euro and the country has only just pulled out of a financial crisis that began in 2008. As a result, U.S. citizens have more purchasing power than ever in Spain right now, making the prospect of retiring here even more enticing. The cost of living stands at about 27 percent lower than the U.S., according to Numbeo, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that there are over 5.5 million foreign nationals living in Spain.</p> <h2>4. Ecuador</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/fruit_market_otavalo_ecuador.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a lover of the great outdoors, then Ecuador could be the ideal choice as your retirement location. It&rsquo;s home to portions of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon Rainforest, some of the most untouched Pacific Coast beaches in South America, and the remarkable Galápagos Islands.</p> <p>Pricewise it comes in at around 50 percent cheaper than the U.S., according to Numbeo, so you&rsquo;ll have plenty of cash left over for exploring and adventuring each month. Ecuador adopted the U.S. dollar in 2000 as its official currency so your nest egg won&rsquo;t be affected by exchange charges or currency fluctuations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>5. Costa Rica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wild_caribbean_beach_of_Costa_rica.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Costa Rica is famous among surfers all over the world for its awesome swells, but in recent years it&rsquo;s also been making waves of a different kind. People of retirement age are flocking here for its year-round tropical climate, stunning beaches, and green landscapes.</p> <p>Numbeo reports that the cost of living is around 34 percent less in Costa Rica, so it&rsquo;s easy to see why up to 100,000 American citizens have decided to call Costa Rica home. Exchange rates to the Costa Rican Colon have been steadily rising over the past year, peaking at around 591 to the dollar.</p> <h2>6. Malaysia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/classic_local_rickshaw.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in Asia, making it a continuously interesting place to live. It has influences from Malay, Chinese, and Indian populations clearly visible in the culture and cuisine, with an added bonus that English is widely spoken. It also has bustling, modern cities that have the same amenities, restaurants, and funky bars that you&rsquo;re used to in the U.S.</p> <p>Many retirees enjoy a better standard of living here than they would be able to afford in the U.S. thanks to the cost of living being around 52 percent lower, according to Numbeo. Health care is one of the biggest reasons that retirees come to Malaysia &mdash; its quality is so good that a medical tourism boom has sprung up.</p> <h2>7. Malta</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/boats_in_bugibba_bay_malta.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Thanks to the laid back island life with year-round sun, Malta is a popular destination for retirees. This tiny archipelago of just three islands lies in the Mediterranean Sea between the South coast of Italy and North Africa and has a population of around only 400,000.</p> <p>Many of Malta&rsquo;s residents are English speaking, and one of the islands, Gozo, is home to a particularly large expat community with a big American contingent. Numbeo reports that prices here are around 13 percent cheaper than in the U.S. overall, but it&rsquo;s possible to live for much cheaper.</p> <h2>8. Portugal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/beautiful_beach_in_carvoeiro_algarve_portugal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Europeans have been retiring to Portugal for decades, attracted by the warm weather, the picturesque coastline, and government tax breaks offered to overseas retirees. But the secret is slowly beginning to reach U.S. shores as Americans start to realize just what they&rsquo;re missing out on.</p> <p>Portugal has some impressive infrastructure boasting world class golf courses, fantastic restaurants, and some of the highest rated health care in the world. Despite all of this, the cost of living here is still relatively low, and you&rsquo;ll pay around 34 percent less in Portugal than in the U.S., according to Numbeo.</p> <h2>9. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_best_of_landscape_in_chiang_mai.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Thailand is also a hot spot for retirees from all over the globe. Thanks to its diversity, it&rsquo;s possible to settle down in a vast city, a lush green mountainous region, or even a secluded island with golden beaches.</p> <p>Despite its popularity, Thailand remains one of the cheapest countries in Asia to live in, with costs at over 43 percent less than in the U.S., according to Numbeo. The exchange rate has dropped in recent months, but is still considered favorable for expats wanting to move here now. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-that-welcome-american-retirees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries That Welcome American Retirees</a>)</p> <h2 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/u5180/9%20Retirement%20Hotspots%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20Now%20Than%20Ever%20Before%20%282%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 31%; margin-right: 3%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Retirement%20Hotspots%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20Now%20Than%20Ever%20Before.jpg&#10;" style="float: left; width: 31%; margin-right: 3%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Retirement%20Hotspots%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20Now%20Than%20Ever%20Before%20%281%29.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/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">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/avoid-these-5-mistakes-when-retiring-abroad">Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Retiring Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-retirement-spots-with-world-class-health-care">4 Affordable Retirement Spots With World-Class Health Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-semi-retire-abroad-right-now">What You Need to Semi-Retire Abroad Right 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/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-overseas-retirement">How to Get the Most Out of Your Overseas Retirement</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-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement Travel international travel moving retire abroad retirement retirement tips travel travel tips Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2038473 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Airlines With the Cheapest First Class Seats http://www.wisebread.com/4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_enjoying_onboard_entertainment_in_her_tablet_computer.jpg" alt="Woman enjoying onboard entertainment in her tablet computer" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>All travelers know the feeling. You're boarding a long flight, and you have to walk past the first class cabin in order to get to your cramped, economy class seats. Everyone wants to fly in first class, but most of the time it's way out of your budget.</p> <p>But what if you could find flights with affordable first class domestic seats, or business class international cabins? Thankfully, there are a few airlines that have gone out of their way to offer larger seats up front, without the astronomical airfare.</p> <p>Here are four airlines that offer the cheapest first and business class seats.</p> <h2>Spirit</h2> <p>This is an airline that everyone loves to hate due to its numerous fees and often questionable customer service, but bear with me. Technically, Spirit doesn't offer a first class, but it does give you the option of what it calls the &quot;Big Front Seat.&quot; For an additional charge of $12&ndash;$175 per flight, you can select a seat that is equivalent to other airlines' domestic first class.</p> <p>These are seats that are 20 inches wide and have a 36-inch pitch (pitch is the distance from the back of one seat to the back of the next). In contrast, Spirit's standard seat has just 17.75 inches of width, and a knee crunching 28 inches of pitch.</p> <p>Just note that this charge is per flight, meaning that you'll have to pay it twice for a round-trip, and four times if you have to change planes in each direction. However, the prices are lower ($12&ndash;$150) if you book the larger seat in advance. Finally, you should note that the Big Front Seat option offers just that and nothing more. Unlike other airlines' first class, you'll still have to pay for both carry on and checked bags, as well as all food and beverages on board.</p> <h2>La Compagnie</h2> <p>Going to Paris, but not looking to be squeezed into economy class during your transatlantic flight? Consider La Compagnie, an airline so small that it only flies from Newark to Paris using a total of two planes. Both of its planes have 74 business class seats, and no economy section.</p> <p>To be fair, the airline's business class seats are the 175-degree angled recliners that most other carriers have already replaced with full lie-flat seats. But these seats are still light years ahead of any economy class seats. Best of all, flights on La Compagnie start at a mere $1,300 round-trip. Seats are more expensive than a discounted flight in economy class, but they're far less than most competitors' business class fares.</p> <h2>Norwegian Air</h2> <p>This carrier has been rapidly expanding to a variety of international routes. While its name might suggest that it primarily transports people to Norway, most of its routes from the United States are to London, Paris, and other major European destinations. From these international gateways, you can connect to short-haul flights to secondary destinations if you want.</p> <p>Norwegian offers a premium section with wider, reclining seats than you'll find in economy class. Premium passengers get two free checked bags, a three-course dinner, and breakfast. As with La Compagnie, Norwegian's premium product is more expensive than discounted economy, but less than the business class service offered by its competitors.</p> <h2>JetBlue</h2> <p>Like the other airlines here, JetBlue doesn't call it's premium product &quot;first class.&quot; However, its Mint seats and service are some of the most luxurious offered by any airline. Mint class, which is only offered on select Caribbean and coast-to-coast domestic routes, offers a full lie-flat seat and premium dining options. It also comes with priority check-in, security, boarding, and baggage claim. And all JetBlue flights come with free, high-speed internet service. Mint flights start at $599 each way, which is a bargain for a six-hour flight in this kind of comfort.</p> <h2>Other tips for getting cheap first class</h2> <p>Even if you're not flying one of the airlines listed above, there are ways to save on a premium class experience.</p> <h3>1. Use miles</h3> <p>I've analyzed dozens of airline award charts and in my experience, business and first class seats often cost three to five times as much as a nonrefundable economy class ticket. Compared to that, you can get a relative bargain by redeeming your miles for them. A domestic first class seat usually requires about twice as many miles as economy, while I've seen business class international tickets that require just 60&ndash;100 percent more than economy. You also have to consider the price of meals and baggage fees that you can avoid by traveling in business or first class. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <h3>2. Consider paying for upgrades after your purchase</h3> <p>After you've already booked your seat, many airlines will offer you a paid upgrade. Check the online forums for frequent travelers and you'll see lots of discussions about how good these offers can be. In short, the cost of a discounted seat with a paid upgrade is often less than the original price of a business class seat. Paid upgrade offers may also be available at check-in.</p> <h3>3. Double check the price at the time of purchase</h3> <p>After years of seeing outrageous prices for first class seats, many travelers have simply given up looking. However, some of the major airlines occasionally discount their first class seats. At the same time, you might be paying a premium for economy class. As a result, it's not uncommon to see first class selling for just a little bit above economy class. And when you factor in luggage charges and the cost of onboard food purchases, you could have a very good deal.</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%2F4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Airlines%2520With%2520the%2520Cheapest%2520First%2520Class%2520Seats.jpg&amp;description=4%20Airlines%20With%20the%20Cheapest%20First%20Class%20Seats"></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/u5180/4%20Airlines%20With%20the%20Cheapest%20First%20Class%20Seats.jpg" alt="4 Airlines With the Cheapest First Class Seats" 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/4-airlines-with-the-cheapest-first-class-seats">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/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare cheap airlines economy class first class frequent flyers international travel JetBlue la compagnie miles norwegian air seats spirit Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:30:05 +0000 Jason Steele 2027881 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Passport http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/serious_lady_with_luggage.jpg" alt="Serious lady with luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in business school, I went to South Africa as part of an economics class. Seeing South Africa was a dream I had for many years, and it was a nearly perfect trip. In the airport on the way home, I discovered my passport had been stolen right out of my bag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-dont-have-your-id-at-the-airport?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do If You Don't Have Your ID at the Airport</a>)</p> <p>Picture this: I was the last person in line at airport security, it was Friday at 6 p.m., and the next day was my birthday. None of my friends could come back through security to stay with me. I was alone and stranded in South Africa for an entire weekend without my main proof of ID, something you need to stay at a hotel or purchase any travel tickets when you are abroad. It was a harrowing journey to get a new passport under these circumstances. On the upside, it taught me about the kindness of strangers and what to do if you lose your passport. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet</a>)</p> <h2>Report the loss immediately</h2> <p>Whether at home or abroad, it is important for you to report your lost passport immediately. If, like me, you are traveling when it happens, contact the local police department and file a report. Make sure to keep a copy of the report for your records. Additionally, the United States Department of State must also be notified to prevent fraudulent use of your passport. You can contact them by phone at (877) 487-2778. Once the passport is reported missing, it will be made invalid, so even if you do find it later, you'll no longer be able to use it.</p> <h2>Contact the U.S. embassy</h2> <p>If you are traveling internationally when you lose your passport, you need to contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate to get a replacement. Unfortunately, my passport was stolen after the embassy was closed on a Friday evening so I had to wait until Monday morning to get a replacement.</p> <p>When you go to the embassy or consulate, you will need a recent color headshot facing the camera taken within the last six months. Make sure the photo is two inches tall and two inches wide. Your head must be between one inch and one and three-eighths inches from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. I know this sounds nitpicky, but passport photos have very specific requirements.</p> <p>Also, be prepared to pay the passport replacement fee, provide proof of your identity and U.S. citizenship, and bring the police report and your travel itinerary. The embassy or consulate will have the forms you need to file to get a replacement passport. The wait at the embassy or consulate can be a few hours and you may need to answer a number of questions. Replacing my passport took the better part of a day from start to finish.</p> <h2>Be prepared to pay</h2> <p>If you are in the U.S. when you lose your passport, you have some additional options depending upon when you next plan to travel abroad. You can put in for a rush order if you are willing to pay an additional fee of $60 and can visit a <a href="https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/where-to-apply/agencies.html" target="_blank">regional passport agency office</a> in person. Just as when you are abroad, you will need to bring a photo, proof of your identity and citizenship, the police report, and your travel itinerary. This rush option is for people who are traveling abroad within the next two weeks.</p> <p>If you have more time, you can go to an authorized passport acceptance facility, such as a local post office, to get your replacement passport. The State Department website has a list of <a href="https://iafdb.travel.state.gov/" target="_blank">approved U.S. passport facilities</a> that you can filter by ZIP code. It will take about four to six weeks to receive your new passport through an authorized facility.</p> <p>Replacing a lost or stolen passport is an inconvenience, but don't beat yourself up over it. You are not the first person, nor will you be the last to have this happen. Fortunately, there is a well-detailed process to get a replacement no matter what the circumstances. And, like me, it may just give you an interesting travel story to tell when you do (eventually!) arrive home.</p> <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%2F3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Things%2520You%2520Should%2520Do%2520Immediately%2520After%2520Losing%2520Your%2520Passport.png&amp;description=3%20Things%20You%20Should%20Do%20Immediately%20After%20Losing%20Your%20Passport"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Things%20You%20Should%20Do%20Immediately%20After%20Losing%20Your%20Passport.png" alt="3 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Passport" 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/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-passport">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-hot-spots-for-digital-nomads-in-2018">10 Hot Spots for Digital Nomads in 2018</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-retirement-spots-with-world-class-health-care">4 Affordable Retirement Spots With World-Class Health Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations">5 Cheap International Vacation Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel id identification international travel lost passport Passport travel documents Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Christa Avampato 2003024 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Reasons You Should Buy the Rental Car Insurance http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-should-buy-the-rental-car-insurance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-reasons-you-should-buy-the-rental-car-insurance" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/loss_adjuster_inspecting_car_involved_In_accident.jpg" alt="Loss Adjuster Inspecting Car Involved In Accident" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Erika Plank Hagan knows all too well the value of buying rental car insurance. In July 2013, Hagan and her family drove from Connecticut to Ohio in a rental car to attend her brother's wedding. While they were on the road, Hagan's eldest son, who has special needs, got bored in the back seat and decided to wrap the middle shoulder harness belt around his neck &mdash; when it suddenly locked.</p> <p>They happened to be driving through a construction zone at the time, meaning there was no place for them to pull over. Hagan's husband was driving, so she leapt into the back seat and wedged two fingers between the seat belt and her son's neck, and they drove that way until they were able to pull over. The belt would not unlock, and so the Hagans had to cut their son out of the shoulder harness. Thankfully, he was shaken, but unharmed.</p> <p>This terrifying story has Hagan almost believing in premonitions, however. Her husband just happened to pack a pair of scissors, which he normally wouldn't do because he was so used to traveling by air. In addition, though the Hagans do not usually buy car rental insurance, they happened to agree to the rental insurance for this trip, meaning they did not have to pay for the cut shoulder harness.</p> <p>This is the story that also got me to question my own belief that rental car insurance is an unnecessary add-on that car rental companies use to upsell their customers. While few drivers will experience a scenario like the one Hagan and her family went through, it is important to recognize that there are definitely good reasons to sign up for the rental car insurance.</p> <h2>1. You will have to pay your auto insurance deductible</h2> <p>Relying on your own personal insurance can be more costly than signing up for the rental car insurance because of your deductible. Depending on what you have set as your deductible, you might find yourself staring down a bill as high as $1,000 after an accident in a rental car. The daily cost of rental insurance will surely be less expensive than your deductible, and paying that cost can provide you with a great deal of peace of mind.</p> <h2>2. Your auto insurance does not cover &quot;loss of use&quot;</h2> <p>The majority of auto insurance policies will cover your rental car within the limits of your collision and comprehensive coverage. As long as you are prepared to pay your deductible in the event of an accident or other damage to the car, then it can seem as if your personal auto insurance should be enough.</p> <p>Unfortunately, that assumption does not take into account all of the costs of damage to a rental car. In many states, automobile insurance does not cover what's known as &quot;loss of use.&quot; When the rental car is in the shop for repairs, the company is losing the money it would earn from renting that car out. You will be on the hook for that cost if you are relying on your auto insurance to cover damage to a rental car.</p> <h2>3. Rental car insurance might protect you from auto insurance rate hikes</h2> <p>One major downside to relying on your personal auto insurance to cover a claim on a rental car is the fact that your insurance rates will probably go up afterward. However, using the rental car insurance you purchased from the company will not increase your auto insurance premiums in certain cases. According to Hannah Rounds, Consumer Finance Expert at Unplanned Finance, &quot;If you hit a pole while insured by a rental car company, you'll probably escape rate hikes. If you hit another vehicle, you should expect to see your primary auto insurance rates increase.&quot;</p> <p>Here's how it works: National rental car companies sell primary collision damage waivers, which means your rental vehicle is covered at 100 percent. If you purchase the rental car insurance and have an accident, the rental car company won't go after your personal insurance for money, and they normally don't report damage. As a result, your insurance claim remains outside of mainstream reporting, and your rates remain unchanged. However, if there are police involved in your accident, then the incident will be reported to your Motor Vehicle Record, which means you might see your premiums rise even if you don't make a claim with your insurance.</p> <p>Finally, there are multiple types of rental car insurance. Supplemental liability insurance through the rental car agency covers any damage not already covered by your personal auto insurance, meaning that a claim will be made to your insurance and you will likely be seeing a rate hike as a result.</p> <h2>4. Insurance provided by your credit card may not cover enough</h2> <p>Travelers who have both a robust automobile insurance policy and a credit card that offers car rental coverage may believe that they are completely covered in case of a rental car mishap. Unfortunately, credit card coverage is not nearly as comprehensive as you might think. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-car-rental-insurance-really-cover-on-your-credit-card?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What Does Car Rental Insurance Really Cover On Your Credit Card?</a>)</p> <p>To start, some cardholders may not be aware that they need to use the specific card offering rental car insurance benefits when they rent the car. It's not enough to be a cardholder. You must use the card with rental insurance benefits to rent the car in your own name in order to access the benefits. You must also decline all optional coverage offered by the rental car company.</p> <p>In addition, not every card offers these insurance benefits, so you need to know ahead of time if your card will protect you.</p> <p>Credit card rental insurance also has some pretty specific limitations. For instance, some types of vehicles are excluded from credit card rental insurance coverage, including pickup trucks, some SUVs, and expensive and/or exotic vehicles. The traveler who dreams of exploring the city in a Porsche needs to remember this limitation.</p> <p>Furthermore, many card policies won't cover administrative fees charged by the rental car company, and none will cover diminished value. Diminished value refers to the reduction in a rental car's resale value caused by an accident. If you get into a crash that is serious enough to lower the car's value but not serious enough to total it, you'll be on the hook for that diminished value if you are relying on your credit card for rental insurance coverage.</p> <h2>5. Business travelers may not be covered by personal auto insurance</h2> <p>My father used to fly to Arizona for an annual business conference, and then stay for a few extra days to enjoy the sunshine. That kind of business/pleasure trip can be a land mine for car renters. That's because while their company may cover the insurance for car rental during the business portion of the trip, their personal auto insurance will likely not cover them for the pleasure part of the trip. One workaround for this would be returning the car and then re-renting it once the trip ticks over from business to pleasure &mdash; but you might find that buying the rental car insurance from the start is an easier fix for this problem.</p> <h2>6. International travel is often excluded from personal auto insurance</h2> <p>If you are renting a car outside of the United States, you may or may not be able to count on your personal auto insurance and/or your credit card's rental insurance for coverage. Many auto insurers specifically limit their coverage to driving in the States, and credit cards specifically exclude several countries from their rental insurance benefits.</p> <h2>Better safe than sorry</h2> <p>By its nature, insurance is something you hope you never have to use. The cost of rental car insurance can make it seem like it's financially smarter to skip it and hope for the best. But if you ever do have a problem with a rental car, you'll be glad you bought the insurance and didn't rely on hope to keep you financially fit.</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%2F6-reasons-you-should-buy-the-rental-car-insurance&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Reasons%2520You%2520Should%2520Buy%2520the%2520Rental%2520Car%2520Insurance.jpg&amp;description=6%20Reasons%20You%20Should%20Buy%20the%20Rental%20Car%20Insurance"></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/u5180/6%20Reasons%20You%20Should%20Buy%20the%20Rental%20Car%20Insurance.jpg" alt="6 Reasons You Should Buy the Rental Car Insurance" 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/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-should-buy-the-rental-car-insurance">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/3-things-you-should-know-about-rental-car-insurance">3 Things You Should Know About Rental Car Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-the-right-rv-and-vehicle-insurance-protects-your-summer-fun">Here&#039;s How the Right RV and Vehicle Insurance Protects Your Summer Fun</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-filing-an-insurance-claim-after-a-natural-disaster">What You Need to Know About Filing an Insurance Claim After a Natural Disaster</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-times-you-shouldnt-file-an-insurance-claim">7 Times You Shouldn&#039;t File an Insurance Claim</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/heres-how-a-claim-will-impact-your-car-insurance">Here&#039;s How a Claim Will Impact Your Car Insurance</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Insurance accidents auto policies collision damage deductibles international travel loss of use rate hikes rental car insurance waivers Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1981389 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/italian_street_food_in_venice.jpg" alt="Italian street food in Venice" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people would never dream of buying street food from a stall when traveling, and with the number of horror stories out there, that's understandable. Reports of widespread contamination and severe food-borne illnesses are common. As a result, choosing the right stall can feel like a minefield if you don't know what to look for.</p> <p>I've been seriously ill many times in my eight years of traveling, but in my experience, it's nearly as likely to come from a nice sit down restaurant as from a street food stall.</p> <p>Street stalls are an important part of the culture in many countries, and they are where you'll find some of the most delicious and authentic cuisine. They also happen to be a cheap way to eat well. It pays to be cautious, but there's no need to miss out on street food altogether if you follow a few basic rules. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>Only eat at local mealtimes</h2> <p>Wherever you are, spend a little time figuring out what time people tend to eat their meals. One way to do this is to observe the areas that serve street food and make a mental note of when they get busy. You can also ask a local resident for the inside scoop. Once you're armed with the local mealtimes, stick to them rigidly and make sure that the stall you choose is bustling before you start to order.</p> <p>If you arrive before or after peak times, you won't know how long the food ingredients have been sitting around. You want a stall with a high turnover, constantly refreshing their ingredients and swapping out utensils and containers. When it comes to street food, it's always best to follow the crowd.</p> <h2>Look closely at the queue</h2> <p>In almost every other aspect of life, queues are looked at as a tedious and unnecessary waste of time. But if there is not a line of people waiting to order at the stall and you've followed the point above, then you should be questioning why.</p> <p>Put simply, queues mean quality, because people don't stand in line unless they know they're going to get something that's worth waiting for. Consider queues your best friend. They don't just mean that the food will be tasty, but they virtually guarantee that it will be fresh and safe to eat.</p> <p>In areas where competition for street food vendors is high, this applies even more so. Quite often, street food stalls that sell exactly the same dishes will group together in one place. Though it seems counterintuitive, the economies of agglomeration mean that it's actually beneficial for vendors to do this, as a higher volume of similar stalls attracts a higher number of buyers. Don't go rogue and be the person that chooses to save time by heading to the place with no queue. (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>Watch the preparation of the food</h2> <p>One of the greatest things about street food is the element of theater that comes with it. Watching chefs elaborately toss ingredients in the air with their wok, or chop fresh produce at lightning speed can be as entertaining an experience as eating the food itself. But more important than the open air performance is the fact that watching the preparation means you can plainly see how hygienic their methods are.</p> <p>Take a look at the preparation surfaces that are in use: Are they clean as a whistle or covered in flies? Does the stall owner look like they have decent standards of personal hygiene? Where is the raw food being kept? Is it out in the sun or carefully packed away in a cooler or refrigerator? Watch closely for a few minutes before you make your choice, and if you're not happy with how the food is being prepared, move on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>If it doesn't taste right, don't continue</h2> <p>When it comes to food, using the sniff and poke test to determine whether something is safe to eat is not a good idea. Just because it smells fine, that doesn't necessarily mean it's not going to be harmful. Food could appear on the surface to be perfectly fine and still be riddled with illness-causing bacteria. That said, if a dish smells or tastes terrible, then you should definitely err on the side of caution and take it as a sign that something is potentially off or rotten.</p> <p>A solid rule of thumb to follow is that if it doesn't seem right, then just don't continue eating it. There's no need to be rude, but you should let the cooks know that something doesn't seem quite right, so they don't pass on contaminated food to other customers. You may have paid for it already, but it's really not worth the risk. You should, quite literally, go with your gut in this instance.</p> <h2>Eat cooked food or peelable food</h2> <p>If it's not cooked, or not peelable, then don't let it pass your lips. In many countries, there are delicacies that are made from raw eggs, raw vegetables, and even raw meat. Though they may be lovely and perfectly safe for those who are used to eating them, don't play Russian roulette with your digestive system. If you are desperate to try one of these dishes, then it's far better to go to a restaurant that you have reference-checked thoroughly beforehand than to take a gamble on the street.</p> <p>Always be sure to check that food is piping hot throughout, as partial heating is a surefire way to encourage bacterial growth. You can always ask for something to be cooked longer if you're unsure. When it comes to fruit, stick to the stuff that's peelable. A removable skin is nature's promise of sterility within.</p> <h2>What to do if the worst does happen</h2> <p>If you do end up getting sick, the first and most important thing to do is remain hydrated by drinking lots of water, because it's essential to replace any fluids you lose when you're sick. Get lots of rest, as it will help your body recover quickly. Remember, most bouts of food poisoning won't last longer than three days. It's not usually necessary to take any medication for sickness or diarrhea and it will ordinarily just run its course naturally.</p> <p>If your symptoms are severe, or they haven't improved after three days, then you should get in touch with a medical professional to seek further help.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Eat%2520Street%2520Food%2520Safely%2520While%2520Traveling.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Eat%20Street%20Food%20Safely%20While%20Traveling"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Eat%20Street%20Food%20Safely%20While%20Traveling.jpg" alt="How to Eat Street Food Safely While Traveling" 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/how-to-eat-street-food-safely-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-vacation-destinations-where-eating-healthy-is-surprisingly-cheap">4 Vacation Destinations Where Eating Healthy Is Surprisingly Cheap</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-hot-spots-for-digital-nomads-in-2018">10 Hot Spots for Digital Nomads in 2018</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-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</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-take-a-cheap-spring-break-trip">How to Take a Cheap Spring Break Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel food poisoning food tips international travel safe travel safety tips street food travel tips Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:31:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1969596 at http://www.wisebread.com Technology Hacks for the International Traveler http://www.wisebread.com/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/french_woman_walking_in_paris_on_the_phone.jpg" alt="French woman walking in Paris on the phone" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When traveling around the world, knowing how to use technology in the right way can save you time, money, and headaches while you are on the road. We've compiled a list of a few of the best hacks that allow you to use your smartphone and other devices easily when you're on your next trip.</p> <h2>Unlock your phone</h2> <p>Your phone is likely one of the most important tools that you use while you are at home. You may rely on it daily for communication, navigation, social media, and personal banking, among other things.</p> <p>Using your regular cellphone plan abroad, however, can be pricey. Verizon, for example, charges $10 a day for you to use your plan outside of North America &mdash; meaning if you use it every day for a month, you could end up with a $300 bill.</p> <p>You can lower your costs significantly by using a cellular service provider in your destination country. For example, when I was living in France, a month of unlimited data and calling with Free Mobile cost just $20.</p> <p>To use a foreign carrier, you'll need to have your phone unlocked. Having an unlocked phone simply means that you can change your SIM card and get service from different carriers, as opposed to being stuck with one service provider that is locked to the phone.</p> <p>To unlock an existing phone, the first step is to ask your cellular service provider if it will unlock the phone for you. Most will, but you usually have to meet certain requirements, such as completing a two-year service plan if you signed up for one.</p> <p>Alternatively, if you travel a lot, the next time you're planning to buy a phone, you can buy one that is already unlocked. Unlocked Android phones can be purchased from Best Buy, and you can get unlocked iPhones from an Apple Store.</p> <p>If you already have a locked phone and your provider will not do unlock it for you, you can use one of the many shops that offer this type of service. In my experience, the price runs anywhere from $10 to $145, depending on the shop, the phone, and the carrier the phone is locked to. If you're going abroad, you can have it unlocked in your destination country, where it may be less expensive. For example, I found unlocking a phone in Mexico to be cheaper than doing it in the United States.</p> <h2>Buy a SIM card for cheap global coverage</h2> <p>Now that you have an unlocked phone, you'll need to purchase service by buying a SIM card at your destination. A SIM card is a small &quot;smartcard&quot; containing a chip that stores your mobile phone number, address book, and information on your cellular carrier and billing. You insert the SIM in your phone to get service from a certain provider.</p> <p>This means buying a SIM from, for example, France's Free Mobile will enable you to then buy coverage from them. You can usually buy a month's worth of service or prepay for minutes. You will get a new phone number and you can choose a plan depending on the quantity of data, calls, and messages you plan to use while abroad.</p> <p>A good data plan means that if you need to use the internet, you will no longer be reliant on a strong Wi-Fi connection. These plans are often just as fast as international phone plans offered by U.S. carriers &mdash; and they're often cheaper, too. In Argentina for example, Claro offers 50MB per day of data for one week for just 40 Argentinian pesos ($2.51 at the time of writing).</p> <p>Talk time is similarly inexpensive in many countries. When I was in Colombia, Claro offered 60 minutes of local talk time for 2,900 pesos, which equates to just 93 cents.</p> <h2>Tether with a personal hotspot</h2> <p>Once you've gotten your phone connected and you're able to take advantage of cheap data packages abroad, you can get your computer connected as well. You do this by &quot;tethering&quot; the computer to your phone's data connection via the phone's &quot;hotspot.&quot; Whether you need to work or you just want to upload some pictures of your trip, this can be a very useful trick for travelers.</p> <p>To get your connection going, you'll want to turn on your personal hotspot on your phone, which you'll find in your general settings, often in the same menu where your Wi-Fi connection is listed. From there, you'll turn the hotspot on so that it is searchable and viewable on other devices, in this case your computer. Some phones may have already created a password for you, or if it asks you to create one, make sure to select a strong password so others nearby you can't just jump onto your hotspot and use your data plan.</p> <p>Open your computer, click on your Wi-Fi connection, and you should see your phone appear as one of the hotspots. Enter the password and then you'll be able to surf the web from your computer, using the signal from your phone.</p> <p>You can also use your personal hotspot to give Wi-Fi access to a friend or travel partner if they don't happen to have a connection. They'll select your phone's hotspot from their list of Wi-Fi networks and enter the password.</p> <h2>Get secure access with a VPN</h2> <p>VPN stands for a virtual private network. I was introduced to VPNs when traveling recently to China. Using a VPN, I was able to access websites such as Facebook and Instagram, which the Chinese government blocks, as well as Netflix, which limits access to U.S. accounts in some countries.</p> <p>A VPN encrypts and reroutes your connection to the VPN provider's servers. It allows you to hide your IP address and your location; websites you're trying to access see the IP address and location of the VPN provider instead of your actual information. This helps when you're trying to access sites that geo-block access, such as Netflix.</p> <p>In addition, your local internet service provider won't be able to see which websites you're connecting to. It will only see that you're connecting to a VPN. That means you're more likely to get past government censors in the country where you're staying.</p> <p>Some VPNs are free, but they come with limited bandwidth. You're usually better off purchasing access for $5&ndash;$15 a month.</p> <h2>Use map apps offline</h2> <p>Google Maps is the king of smartphone navigation apps, and you can even use it when you don't have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. It takes a little advance planning, as you'll need to open the map of the place you're going &mdash; say, Paris &mdash; while you're online. Once you've got the Paris map pulled up, type &quot;OK Maps&quot; into the search bar. You can then save the map for use when you're offline. The Google Maps app will even give you driving directions within the saved area when you're offline, though you can't get walking or transit directions.</p> <p>Other apps such as <a href="http://maps.me/" target="_blank">maps.me</a> let you download maps for a whole country. Maps.me also has a navigation feature that is entirely accessible offline once you've downloaded the map of your choice.</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%2Ftechnology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FTechnology%2520Hacks%2520for%2520the%2520International%2520Traveler.jpg&amp;description=Technology%20Hacks%20for%20the%20International%20Traveler"></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/Technology%20Hacks%20for%20the%20International%20Traveler.jpg" alt="Technology Hacks for the International Traveler" 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/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-the-end-of-net-neutrality-could-impact-your-wallet">How the End of Net Neutrality Could Impact Your Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-slash-the-cost-of-wi-fi-when-you-travel">6 Ways to Slash the Cost of Wi-Fi When You Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-smartphones-which-ones-are-worth-it">Cheap Smartphones: Which Ones Are Worth It?</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-free-wi-fi-at-airports-that-charge-for-internet-connections">How to Get Free Wi-Fi at Airports That Charge for Internet Connections</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel abroad cellphones data hotspots international travel Internet maps service providers smartphones unlocked phones vpn Mon, 29 May 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1950842 at http://www.wisebread.com Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned With Credit Card Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-466442994.jpg" alt="Traveler earning experiences with credit card rewards" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a travel rewards enthusiast, I've burned through well over a million points and miles in the last few years alone. While I've cashed in some of our credit card points for boring stuff (think motel stays and flights to work conferences), my family and I have also enjoyed once-in-a-lifetime excursions that have helped us see the world in new ways. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months</a>)</p> <p>The best part is, these experiences have all been free, thanks to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card</a> points and airline miles. Here are some of the most memorable adventures we've checked off our bucket list using rewards points.</p> <h2>Snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Cayman</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/Greg%20Stingray.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>In May of 2016, I surprised my husband with a trip to Caribbean island of Grand Cayman. We used points from the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-rewards-card-the-starwood-preferred-guest-credit-card-from-american-express?ref=internal" target="_blank">Starwood Preferred Guest program</a> to stay at The Westin Grand Cayman, and we paid for our flights with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=internal" target="_blank">American Airlines AAdvantage</a> miles.</p> <p>The highlight of the trip: an excursion to Stingray City, a famous stretch of sandbar that's home to dozens of huge stingrays. I booked this excursion with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-might-be-the-best-travel-rewards-program-no-matter-what-airline-you-fly?ref=internal" target="_blank">Chase Ultimate Rewards points</a> so it didn't even cost a dime.</p> <p>Once we arrived by boat to the sandbar, we were surrounded by enormous stingrays within minutes. We climbed down a ladder into the crystal-clear water, and the stingrays approached all around. Some let you hold them and even kiss them, while others just swam around our legs. The entire trip was a hoot, and we got awesome pictures of ourselves holding stingrays as big as five feet across. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <h2>Luxing out at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme<strong> </strong></h2> <p>A few years ago, we used two free nights from my Hyatt credit card to book a weekend stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Considering the fact that rooms here usually cost $800+ per night, this isn't just any hotel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-in-a-5-star-hotel-for-less-than-the-cost-of-a-motel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Stay in a 5-Star Hotel for Less Than the Cost of a Motel</a>)</p> <p>The lobby is pristine, with art and décor that screams Parisian elegance. The large rooms are decorated in gold leaf, while the whole hotel reeks of luxury and seclusion. The breakfast, which we got for free, was regularly more than $100 for two people. And the service was impeccable.</p> <p>Because the hotel was the most luxurious I have ever stayed in, it was an experience in itself. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Benefits and Value of the Best Hotel Rewards Programs and Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Exploring Athens on an electric bike</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/Late%20Day%20Athens.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When my husband and I visited Greece in 2016, we wanted a fun and interesting way to see the city. While we did a lot of exploring on foot, we were stoked when we found an electric bike tour we could book through Chase Ultimate Rewards.</p> <p>The weather was perfect the day of our trip, making breezing through ancient Athens fun and comfortable. On our electric bikes, we viewed the Acropolis and its famous Parthenon from afar, visited other historic sites like the Roman Agora and the Temple of Zeus, and zipped through busy streets lined with locals and tourists dining al fresco.</p> <p>We thought the bike tour was the perfect way to see parts of the city up close and can't wait to do something similar again. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a>)</p> <h2>Touring ancient Tuscany on rewards</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/San%20Gimignano%20Tour%20-%20Tuscany.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When we went to Italy a few years ago, we wanted to see some of the countryside near Florence without renting a car. We found the perfect solution: a day trip to three ancient cities throughout Tuscany, which we booked using Chase Ultimate Rewards points.</p> <p>After we boarded our bus near the train station in Florence, we set off to experience the unique charms of San Gimignano, Pisa, and Siena.</p> <p>Our visit to the medieval town of San Gimignano was a wander back in time. The walled city is home to beautifully preserved tower homes &mdash; the medieval equivalent of skyscrapers. After climbing 200+ steps to the top of the highest tower, we were rewarded with some of Tuscany's best views.</p> <p>In Pisa, we of course saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa and its adjacent baptistery. And yes, we got a silly picture of ourselves pretending to hold up the tower. Our last stop was Siena, where we visited the beautiful gothic cathedral known as the Siena Duomo, strolled through the famous Piazza del Campo in the heart of the city, then explored the winding city streets on our own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Miles Have the Best Value?</a>)</p> <h2>Snorkeling through Cenotes in Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/Greg%20and%20Lydia%20Snorkeling.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Another excursion we loved was snorkeling within three separate ecosystems in Mexico. This is yet another trip we booked with points through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and it was a great one.</p> <p>After the bus picked us up at our Playa del Carmen hotel, we went to swim in a freshwater cenote &mdash; a natural sinkhole formed where a cave ceiling has collapsed. There, we saw tons of tiny tropical fish and zip-lined from a platform high above. Next, we snorkeled in a freshwater cave with catfish and amazing rock formations. Lastly, we headed to a protected ocean reef where we snorkeled with vast schools of fish and sea turtles. While there, I dove down to the quiet ocean floor and observed stingrays and huge parrot fish. It was an unforgettable experience. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-redeemed-a-12000-family-vacation-with-credit-card-rewards-in-2-months?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How I Redeemed a $12,000 Family Vacation With Credit Cards in 2 Months</a>)</p> <h2>Plan your own amazing rewards adventure</h2> <p>When it comes to credit card rewards, don't forget to think outside of the box. Sure, you can use your points for a regular flight or hotel stay, but there's so much more you can do.</p> <p>With the right card, you could take a hot-air balloon ride to see the Loire Valley's famous castles, dive for pearls off the coast of Hawaii, or spend a few nights in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel you could otherwise never dream of affording</a>. If you're ready to boost your vacation fun with credit card rewards, be sure to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal" target="_blank">compare travel credit cards</a> to find an option that will help you see the world your own way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-started-with-travel-rewards-in-4-simple-steps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Get Started with Travel Rewards in 4 Simple Steps</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fonce-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FOnce-In-A-Lifetime%2520Experiences%2520I%2527ve%2520Earned%2520With%2520Credit%2520Card%2520Rewards.jpg&amp;description=Once-In-A-Lifetime%20Experiences%20I've%20Earned%20With%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Once-In-A-Lifetime%20Experiences%20I%27ve%20Earned%20With%20Credit%20Card%20Rewards.jpg" alt="Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned With Credit Card Rewards" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe">The Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-families-can-earn-and-use-travel-rewards">How Families Can Earn and Use Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays">Which Credit Card Should You Use to Get Free Hotel Stays?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel abroad caribbean Europe free travel hotels international travel mexico miles points rewards vacation Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Holly Johnson 1921684 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 International Destinations Anyone Can Afford http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-460181455.jpg" alt="visit these cheap international travel destinations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most important determinants of an international travel budget is the destination you choose to visit. Some countries are always bargains, while the price of other destinations may rise and fall with the nation's economic climate, political situation, and exchange rate.</p> <p>The good news for travelers on a budget is that there are many economic options that offer great value for hotels, transportation, and activities. Here are some of the cheapest destinations to consider in 2017.</p> <h2>India</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/india.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>From tea gardens of Darjeeling, to the white sand beaches of Goa, to the tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh, and the Great Living Chola Temples (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Tamil Nadu, India has something for everyone. Take a cruise on the extensive system of coastal canals in Kerala, or stroll the temples of Varanasi, an ancient city considered holy to both Buddhists and Hindus.</p> <p>The price of travel in India is hard to beat. The cost of living ranks near the bottom of <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp" target="_blank">Numbeo's 2017 Cost of Living Index</a>. When I was <a href="http://www.inklingafar.com/archives/2013/04/19/the-long-road-north-or-an-unending-series-of-train-rides#sthash.0I0bfQuk.dpbs=" target="_blank">backpacking in India</a>, I was able to get by on a budget of $200&ndash;$250 a month (and the exchange rate has only improved since then for Americans).</p> <p>This kind of travel budget is hard to imagine anywhere else in the world. Granted, there were trade-offs. The hotels I stayed in cost only about $6 for a double, but the quality varied greatly. I had some terrible nights with bedbugs, and others in pristine rooms in beautiful, historic buildings and even old palaces.</p> <p>Food quality and prices also run a wide range. You can get a bite from a street stall for 50 cents or less, while a vegetarian meal in a simple restaurant usually costs $1&ndash;$2. As with any destination, if you want to spend more, you can usually find more expensive options, too, unless you're in a very small town off the beaten track that doesn't see much tourism.</p> <h2>Nepal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/nepal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nepal is ranked a bit higher on Numbeo's list, but it is still an extremely affordable country for travel. In my experience, a typical meal of delicious momos (steamed meat or vegetable dumplings) or traditional noodle soup costs about 75 cents.</p> <p>Of course, costs are variable, especially depending on the types of activities you pursue. The Nepalese Himalayas are full of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including trekking, mountaineering, and whitewater rafting.</p> <p>If you are an experienced hiker, you can buy a map for less than $5 and strike out on your own, but less advanced hikers may feel more comfortable with a knowledgeable guide. According to <a href="https://www.elitetrekkers.com/diy-treks-porter-guide-nepal/how-much-does-a-guide-cost-in-nepal" target="_blank">EliteTrekkers</a>, a service that matches trekkers to guides and porters, hiring an experienced guide costs $28 per day.</p> <p>Keep in mind that more technical trips to summit different mountains come with a very different cost, requiring the use of a guide and experienced team of support crew members. Expect to pay $60,000 or more for a trip to the summit of Mt. Everest, including gear, permits, food, and accommodations in Kathmandu before and after the expedition.</p> <h2>Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/mexico_1.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Mexico is the 10th cheapest country in terms of cost of living, according to Numbeo. For travelers departing from the U.S., Mexico is particularly attractive because the cost of airfare to your destination is often very affordable. While flying to India out of the United States can cost around $800 round trip, I consistently find round-trip flights to Mexico from major U.S. departure cities such as Houston for as little as $200. Of course, prices depend on your travel dates and where you are flying from. Traveling during low season will lower your prices significantly.</p> <p>Moreover, Mexico has a fairly developed tourism sector with a wide range of accommodations to fit most budgets and comfort levels.</p> <p>Many Americans already know the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen, Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta, but there are many other must-see destinations in Mexico, including the monarch butterfly reserves of Michoacan and Copper Canyon in Chihuahua. My favorite colonial towns include Zacatecas, Guanajuato, and Taxco. These towns were historically rich from the silver mines, and preservation efforts have left them with a beautiful architectural legacy.</p> <h2>Moldova<strong> </strong></h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/moldova.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Moldova, a country in Eastern Europe that shares a border with Romania and Ukraine, is also among the 10 cheapest countries, according to Numbeo. This former Soviet republic offers a rural, off-the-beaten path appeal, as one of Europe's least visited countries, according to <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/moldova/introduction" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>.</p> <p>The countryside is made up of large forests, rolling hills, and vineyards with plentiful wine-tastings. Moldova is also home to numerous historical ruins and monasteries sure to interest history buffs. If you're looking to travel cheaply this could be the European destination for you.</p> <h2>Greece</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/grece.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With it's sunny island destinations, delicious food, and iconic historical sites such as the Acropolis, Greece offers plenty to do for travelers. While Greece continues to experience economic problems, prices are especially low for Western travelers. Greece made Rough Guide's list of <a href="https://www.roughguides.com/gallery/budget-trips-20-of-the-cheapest-places-to-travel/" target="_blank">20 cheapest countries to travel to now</a>.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/money-costs" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, a budget traveler staying in dorms and eating at local markets can get by on around 60 euros ($65) a day. Compared to many European countries, that's a bargain. If Greece has always been on your list of places to see, now may be the time to go.</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-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520International%2520Destinations%2520Anyone%2520Can%2520Afford.jpg&amp;description=5%20International%20Destinations%20Anyone%20Can%20Afford"></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%20International%20Destinations%20Anyone%20Can%20Afford.jpg" alt="5 International Destinations Anyone Can Afford" 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/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar">5 Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper Due to a Strong U.S. Dollar</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I&#039;ve Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong">5 Places to Travel While the Dollar Is Strong</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-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/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel cheap travel greece india international travel mexico moldova nepal tourism Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:30:21 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1918285 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper Due to a Strong U.S. Dollar http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-638807176.jpg" alt="Choosing travel destinations that are cheaper due to strong U.S. dollar" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The past year or so has brought great news for American travelers, as the U.S. dollar has surged in value against other currencies. That means it's cheaper for Americans to travel overseas. We took a look at some countries where the exchange rate is notably improved from 2014, when the U.S. dollar was considerably weaker. These five destinations are particularly attractive now.</p> <h2>1. China</h2> <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-139739371.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you've had your eye on China for a while, now is a good time to book a trip. The dollar is currently strong in comparison with the yuan, which was devalued by 6.6 percent in 2016. The U.S. dollar is now 14 percent stronger against the yuan than it was in 2014, meaning travel there for Americans should be about that much cheaper.</p> <p>There is plenty for the adventurous traveler to see in this vast country, with some of the most famous tourist sites, including portions of the Great Wall of China, situated in or near Beijing. A tour of the wall and the imperial palace known as the Forbidden City costs around 240 yuan. At $35, that's about $5 cheaper than it would have been in 2014, thanks to the exchange rate. Everything from hotels to internal flights should be cheaper, too.</p> <h2>2. Switzerland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-521374434.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>According to the World Economic Forum's biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, <a href="http://reports.weforum.org/travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-report-2015/economy-rankings/#indicatorId=TTCI.B.08" target="_blank">Switzerland ranked last</a> in &quot;price competitiveness&quot; in 2015, making it the most expensive country to travel to. But the strengthening dollar is making it a little more affordable. The local currency is the Swiss franc, which, at the time of writing, was worth about one U.S. dollar. That's 13 percent less than the franc's high point in 2014.</p> <p>According to Lonely Planet, it costs the average midrange traveler around <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/switzerland/money-costs" target="_blank">200&ndash;300 Swiss francs a day</a> to travel in Switzerland. With the current 13 percent savings on the exchange rate, you could save $26&ndash;$39 a day when compared to the same trip in 2014.</p> <p>Switzerland is a stunning country, where imposing castles from the Middle Ages dot the mountainous landscape. No trip to Switzerland would be complete without a trip to the Swiss Alps, which have long attracted visitors for hiking and skiing.</p> <p>Switzerland's cities, such as its capital, Geneva, are clean and home to some of the most important international organizations, such as the World Health Organization. Smaller villages such as Gruyères have a fairy-tale charm. The town is famous for the Gruyère cheese that is produced there, and offers authentic fondue and tours of the cheese factory where you can learn how the cheese is made.</p> <h2>3. Sweden</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-473026154.jpg" width="605" height="342" alt="" /></p> <p>Although Sweden has a reputation for being an expensive country for travel, the Swedish krona has dropped 42 percent against the U.S. dollar since 2014, making now the perfect time for a visit. The exchange rate at the time of writing was about $1 to 9 krona.</p> <p>According to Lonely Planet, the average midrange traveler spends about <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/sweden/money-costs" target="_blank">1,000&ndash;2,000 Swedish krona a day</a>. That translates to $111&ndash;$222, a whopping $92 cheaper per day cheaper than it would've been in 2014.</p> <p>With its many coastal islands and inland lakes, Sweden's geography has long made it a destination for those looking to spend time on the water, engaging in activities such as kayaking. If you enjoy winter sports, Sweden is also an amazing cross-country skiing and dog-sledding destination. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of the ethereal northern lights in the northern region of Lapland &mdash; in particular, the <a href="https://visitsweden.com/abisko-and-northern-lights/" target="_blank">Aurora Sky Station</a> in Abisko National Park.</p> <p>Even for city dwellers, water is an integral part of life. The Swedish capital, Stockholm, is built across 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. Stockholm is an elegant city, with lively music, art, and fashion scenes. Other cities, such as Visby, contain medieval ruins amid charming cobblestone streets.</p> <h2>4. Spain</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-495482330.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With the euro falling in value against the U.S. dollar (down 24 percent since 2014), travel has become more favorable to the <a href="http://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/money/euro_en" target="_blank">19 countries that make up the eurozone</a>. You could consider a traditionally more expensive destination such as France or Italy, and watch your dollars go further than they have in years. Or you could head to more affordable Spain, where a beer in some parts of the country will cost you just a little over a dollar.</p> <p>Spain is a diverse country, made up of 50 provinces and five languages, including the official Castilian Spanish, as well as Basque and Catalan.</p> <p>The Pyrenees mountains offer wonderful recreation opportunities, including winter skiing and hiking along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes. The coast features good diving in the Mediterranean Sea. If a buzzing night life is more your scene, head for the tourist-heavy but beautiful islands of Ibiza and Mallorca.</p> <h2>5. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-509292968.jpg" width="605" height="343" alt="" /></p> <p>The dollar-to-Mexican-peso exchange rate is extremely advantageous at the moment, with one dollar worth about 20 pesos. This rate is 54 percent better than it was in 2014. Since this destination is in North America, you won't have to worry about expensive airfare either.</p> <p>Mexico is a fascinating country to explore, with beautiful colonial architecture in towns such as Campeche, Guanajuato, and Zacatecas, which have put significant effort into conserving historic buildings.</p> <p>The Pacific coast is a great destination for surfing and lazing on pristine, white beaches, and it's often overlooked by tourists heading to the Caribbean meccas of Cancun and Playa del Carmen (which offer their own charm, to be sure).</p> <p>Living in Mexico City, I will admit to a bit of a bias for this cosmopolitan capital, which offers a vast art scene, delicious cuisine, and no shortage of music and entertainment options to visitors from all over the world.</p> <p>Regardless of where you choose to go, one thing for sure is that 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the American traveler. Take advantage of a strong dollar and see how far you can go.</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-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Travel%2520Destinations%2520That%2520Are%2520Cheaper%2520Due%2520to%2520a%2520Strong%2520U.S.%2520Dollar_0.jpg&amp;description=5%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20Due%20to%20a%20Strong%20U.S.%20Dollar"></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%20Travel%20Destinations%20That%20Are%20Cheaper%20Due%20to%20a%20Strong%20U.S.%20Dollar_0.jpg" alt="5 Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper Due to a Strong U.S. Dollar" 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/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-due-to-a-strong-us-dollar">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford">5 International Destinations Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-benefits-of-solo-travel">6 Unexpected Benefits of Solo Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-save-the-most-during-a-hawaii-vacation">15 Ways to Save the Most During a Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-travel-in-retirement-keeps-you-young">6 Ways Travel in Retirement Keeps You Young</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel american dollar cheap travel currency exchange rates international travel strong dollar tourism vacation Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:30:32 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1915983 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings http://www.wisebread.com/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-471779188.jpg" alt="Finding the craziest and coolest listings on Airbnb" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're looking for unique accommodations, Airbnb has a wide variety of places that are sure to be more interesting than a cookie-cutter hotel room. Check out these crazy accommodations to get a taste of the kind of quirky properties available through Airbnb.</p> <h2>1. The Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/530250?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=1&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0" target="_blank">Seashell House</a>, or &quot;Casa Caracol,&quot; is a property on Isla Mujeres, an island just off the coast of Cancun. For just over $300 a night, you'll feel like you're sleeping inside a giant, immaculate white seashell.</p> <p>This two-bedroom, cliffside home was designed by Raquel and Eduardo Ocampo, and its unique design is something of a local attraction. According to the listing, passers-by sometimes try to peep over the fence to catch a glimpse of the place. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a>)</p> <h2>2. Famous treehouse outside of Atlanta</h2> <p>If you want a whimsical escape from the realities of adult life, there are a surprising number of tree houses for rent on Airbnb. In fact, the site has a whole wish list devoted just to tree houses.</p> <p>This <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1415908?s=zW8egS_6" target="_blank">treehouse in Atlanta</a> goes for $375 a night and it's been named Airbnb's number one most wished for listing worldwide. No wonder it was featured on the Animal Planet show, &quot;Treehouse Masters: Ultimate Treehouse IV.&quot;</p> <p>A cheaper (but just as dreamy) alternative is <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/645850?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=14&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0" target="_blank">this treehouse</a> in Andalucia, Spain for just $44 a night ($27 for each extra guest).</p> <h2>3. Quirky cocoon in France's Loire Valley</h2> <p>This listing is certainly something you don't see everyday: a <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1322426?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=75&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0#neighborhood" target="_blank">cocoon perched amid nets in the trees</a> of Fondettes, France, near the town of Tours.</p> <p>Fashioned as a large nest, this tent-like orb ($132 a night) has a circular queen bed inside and looks to be an unforgettable way to spend the night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/does-it-make-sense-to-stay-in-a-hotel-anymore?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Does It Make Sense to Stay in a Hotel Anymore?</a>)</p> <h2>4. Converted train depot in Vermont</h2> <p>In Putney, Vermont, this <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/958621" target="_blank">historic train depot</a> is now accepting guests from Airbnb. The whole one-bedroom depot is yours from $81 a night. The Connecticut River is just a few minutes' walk away, with nearby hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing in the winter. Even closer are the railroad tracks that this depot would've served in the past, so you'll have to put up with the sound of passing trains three or four times a day. Be sure to bring your earplugs!</p> <h2>5. Houseboat in Amsterdam</h2> <p>What better way to experience Amsterdam, a city of canals, than by staying on a houseboat? This <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/579851?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=39&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0" target="_blank">modern houseboat</a> is listed at $141 a night and includes your own private studio in the bow of the boat.</p> <p>The owner, Sonja, custom-built the interior of the boat and now she's sharing this dream with her Airbnb guests. It's sure to be a novel experience to recount when you get back home.</p> <h2>6. John Steinbeck's writer's studio</h2> <p>Maybe you can get your creative writing juices flowing with a stay at this 1920s <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1325979?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=11022352&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0" target="_blank">cottage owned by John Steinbeck</a> in the early 1940s when he was writing &quot;The Log from the Sea of Cortez.&quot; The home has been renovated to pay tribute to that period. If you're planning a stay in Pacific Grove, California this cottage looks to be cute and cozy, not to mention having an interesting history.</p> <h2>7. Out of this world in Taos, New Mexico</h2> <p>This listing's title says it all: &quot;<a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1762491?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=75&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0" target="_blank">Brand-new Studio Earthship</a>&quot; is an otherworldly home located just outside Taos. Built into the side of a hill, this place offers an experience in off-the-grid living for those wanting to try something a little different.</p> <p>The house is completely self-sustaining, with a rainwater catchment and electricity that is generated on-site. But don't let that scare you off. The house comes complete with all the modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, Netflix, and a high-efficiency washing machine. It lists for $125 a night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Vacation Rental Alternatives to Airbnb</a>)</p> <h2>8. Indoor camping in Antwerp, Belgium</h2> <p>Try out &quot;indoor camping&quot; in Antwerp with these remodeled, <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1534890?wl_source=list&amp;wl_id=17986382&amp;role=public&amp;adults=1&amp;children=0&amp;infants=0" target="_blank">luxuriously decorated caravans</a> (free-standing campers) for $38 a night. The caravans are inside a theater and performance space that you're welcome to use during your stay in the caravans. You can even book an Argentine tango class.</p> <h2>9. Container home in Balearic Islands, Spain</h2> <p>Container homes and other small-scale living spaces have been gaining popularity recently. Try it out first hand for $155 a night in this completely remodeled <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/328541" target="_blank">home made from shipping container modules</a> in Palma de Mallorca.</p> <p>This property sleeps three, and while the inside space is limited, it does come with a wood terrace and small outdoor pool. The minimal design is sleek and not a square inch of space is wasted.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align:center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520of%2520the%2520Craziest%252C%2520Coolest%2520Airbnb%2520Listings.jpg&amp;description=Crazy%20Cool%20AirBnB%20Listings%20Rent%20Apartments%20Funky%20Listings%20Awesome%20Places%20To%20Stay"></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20of%20the%20Craziest%2C%20Coolest%20Airbnb%20Listings.jpg" alt="9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings" width="250" height="374" /></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings">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/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/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb">10 Vacation Rental Alternatives to Airbnb</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/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations AirBnb international travel rentals tree house u.s. travel unique places vacation Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:30:27 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1914010 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Make Money During a Semester Abroad http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-during-a-semester-abroad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-make-money-during-a-semester-abroad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/student_study_abroad_547198588.jpg" alt="Students making money while studying abroad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Studying abroad offers college students the chance to explore the world, learn more about different cultures, and meet people from a variety of backgrounds. But studying abroad can be expensive. The average <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2013/06/14/thinking-studying-abroad-it-not-all-about-cost.html">cost for a semester abroad</a> was $17,785 during the 2012&ndash;2013 school year, and costs have no doubt increased since then.</p> <p>So how can a college student on a budget afford to study abroad and enjoy all of the food, travel, and experiences available to them?</p> <p>Thankfully, there are plenty of working opportunities available to American students studying abroad.</p> <h2>1. Teaching English</h2> <p>American students studying in a country where English is not the official language have a built-in job opportunity. There is demand for native speaking English teachers all over the world, and the average college student is in a great position to take a part-time job teaching English as a foreign language. You can pursue this informally by chatting with your local classmates or professors at the university to find one-on-one students, or you can pursue more traditional teaching positions through your study abroad program or your university.</p> <p>This option is especially beneficial to any students who hope to have a career in education. My experience volunteering at a French primary school when I studied abroad was a big factor in my favor when I went to graduate school for a Master's degree in education.</p> <h2>2. Translation Work</h2> <p>If you are relatively fluent in your host country's official language, working as a translator can be a great way to make money and practice your foreign language skills. Typically, translators will translate into their native tongue, which means you can offer successful translation services even if you are not completely fluent in your adopted language.</p> <p>For many students, simply posting some fliers around campus offering your translation services can net you plenty of clients.</p> <h2>3. On-Campus Jobs</h2> <p>Just like American universities, many international schools offer work-study jobs for students, including those who are visiting from other countries. Stop by the work-study office at your university, or ask some of your local classmates if they know of opportunities for on-campus jobs.</p> <h2>4. Guiding Tours</h2> <p>No matter where you are studying, it's likely that it is a destination for English-speaking tourists. Contact local tourism boards to find out if there is a need for English-speaking tour guides. This will give you an excellent way to learn the intricacies of your adopted home while earning a little cash.</p> <p>You can also rely on your other expertise to land a tour guide job. For instance, an art history major might find a job as a docent in a museum, while a future architect might be able to get a job leading groups on tours of architecturally significant buildings.</p> <h2>5. Bartending or Working in a Coffee Shop</h2> <p>For students who wish to completely immerse themselves in their new home, working as a bartender or a barista in a cafe can be an excellent way to earn money while also meeting a variety of people and practicing your language or cultural skills.</p> <p>To land a serving job, stroll through the popular areas of town and chat with managers of bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. Bring your resume and evidence that your visa allows you to work legally.</p> <h2>6. Work at a Tourist Hostel</h2> <p>Hostels are an inexpensive place for tourists to stay, and they can be an excellent workplace for a visiting student. Like hotels, hostels are open round-the-clock, and so they need workers for every shift. If you are fluent in a common language (including English!), the hostel's management might need you to work at the front desk. Hostels have guests from all over the world, and a front desk attendant who can speak multiple languages is a boon.</p> <p>In addition to front desk work, you might also take a job in housekeeping or the kitchen. While the work may not be glamorous, it will offer you an opportunity to earn money and learn more about your adopted country.</p> <h2>7. Write for Travel Sites</h2> <p>You're probably already keeping a journal or diary of your time abroad &mdash; why not get paid for it? There are a number of travel sites and other publications that are always looking for well-written pieces on travel destinations. And don't assume that your writing will only find a home in a travel-specific website. There are often <a href="https://thewritelife.com/31-travel-magazines-and-websites-that-pay-freelance-writers/">regional publications or other sites</a> that would welcome your work.</p> <p>In addition, you could also start your own blog. No one is claiming that blogging is a quick way to make big bucks, but a student living abroad has plenty of stories to write about, and it's easy to place ads on your blog. Blogspot, WordPress, and Tumblr are all places you can easily start a blog that you can monetize. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging?ref=seealso">5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging</a>)</p> <h2>Considerations for Student Workers Studying Abroad</h2> <p>It's not enough to just land your job while you're studying. You also need to be aware of the financial and logistical concerns of your work.</p> <p>In particular, make sure you have a visa that will allow you to work, even if you are working for cash. Also, remember that the currency exchange rate can affect just how far your money will go, especially if you are earning American money (as a blogger or freelancer might). Make sure you know how the conversion rate will affect your spending power, and know the costs of exchanging money when you withdraw money locally from your American bank.</p> <p>Finally, there is some good news for any student working for a foreign employer: You will owe no U.S. taxes on anything you earn <a href="https://www.irs.gov/publications/p54/ch04.html">under $101,300</a> as of 2016. You still have to pay local taxes on your wages, but Uncle Sam will let you keep all that is left.</p> <h2>Working and Studying Abroad</h2> <p>In general, the most valuable experiences you will have during your time abroad will happen outside of the classroom. Finding a way to earn money while you study is not only a savvy financial move, but it will also add depth and richness to your time in another country.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-during-a-semester-abroad">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-financial-skills-to-master-before-you-graduate">6 Financial Skills to Master Before You Graduate</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-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan">These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan</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-money-moves-every-new-college-student-should-make">7 Money Moves Every New College Student Should Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-retirement-jobs">6 Great Retirement Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Extra Income college English international travel jobs language skills side jobs students study abroad teaching tourism writing Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:30:23 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1863677 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_51400926_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="buy these things before you go on an international trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>From the bizarre-looking ostrich pillow, to jackets riddled with specialized pockets, you could spend thousands of dollars on supposedly must-have travel accessories. But which gadgets, innovations, or services are actually worth your money? This short list includes the items and services that globetrotting friends and I have found to be truly indispensable.</p> <h2>1. A Better Travel Pillow</h2> <p>Search Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you'll find a ton of variations on the classic travel pillow, and for good reason. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Airplane seats are tiny</a>, and some airlines still don't have reclining seats. If an accessory that costs $40 could help you sleep comfortably on a long-haul flight, it could save you thousands of dollars compared to the cost of upgrading to first class.</p> <p>Normal inflatable or stuffed travel pillows have never been comfortable for me because the back of the U shape prevents my back from resting comfortably against the seat. So, on a recent 13-hour flight to Australia, I brought along not one, but two new travel companions: the <a href="https://www.kuhicomfort.com/">Kuhi Comfort pillow</a>, basically two plush mini pillows connected by a strap that goes behind your neck, and the <a href="https://trtltravel.com/">Trtl Pillow</a>, which is really more of a combination scarf and neck brace. Each cost about $40.</p> <p>I found the soft and cozy Kuhi more helpful than the Turtl, which is supportive for sleeping without a window seat but can dig into your chin a bit. While I'm not 100% sold on either of these particular pillows, I'll never go back to a standard travel pillow again. Even if you don't want to experiment with a newfangled pillow, swapping a standard travel pillow for a memory foam or loose bead-filled pillow will increase your comfort significantly because the part behind your neck will flatten when you lean on it.</p> <h2>2. An Aeronaut Carry-On</h2> <p>Wheeled carry-ons have become the norm, but have you ever thought about what you sacrifice for those wheels, such as the ability to easily jump on a crowded escalator or bus?</p> <p>Designer Tom Bihn has developed a cult following among travelers for his ultra-customized, highly organized bags.</p> <p>&quot;There's a bit of an &quot;ethos&quot; you subscribe to when you buy a Tom Bihn bag. It inspires you to lighten your load and be a more efficient traveler,&quot; explains <a href="http://grosstravelchronicles.blogspot.com/">travel blogger Liz Gross</a>, who recently carried everything she needed for a five-day business trip in an <a href="https://www.tombihn.com/products/aeronaut-45?variant=17379023943">Aeronaut 45</a> duffle bag, which fits under the seat in some planes and in the overhead bin in others. Starting at $295 (without straps or the coordinating packing cubes that Bihn acolytes swear by), the bag is not cheap, but it has well-thought-out features such as clips to keep things in place, and pockets that can be combined to make larger pockets if needed.</p> <h2>3. A Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot</h2> <p>Using your cell phone overseas can be a pricey proposition. AT&amp;T international plans start at $40 for minimal data use, in addition to your regular plan fees, and on top of that, phone calls can cost up to $1 a minute.</p> <p>A more affordable way to go &mdash; especially if you are traveling with one or more companions &mdash; is to rent or buy a wireless hotspot. I brought <a href="https://www.tepwireless.com/">Tep Wireless</a>' portable Wi-Fi device to Australia, and my whole family was able to connect to it to use the web for navigation, looking up ferry schedules, and even making phone calls and sending texts via Google Voice. At $9.95 per day for the device rental and unlimited data, this makes a lot more sense than purchasing separate data roaming packages for multiple people.</p> <h2>4. A &quot;Spinner&quot; Suitcase</h2> <p>When I replaced one of my kids' suitcases a couple years ago, I didn't immediately realize how the new one was different than the rest of the family's. But after taking all three of our kids to Europe, I noticed that my daughter was having an easier time than the rest of us maneuvering her bag, especially in situations wherein she needed to move the bag in a tight space. Her suitcase was a &quot;spinner,&quot; or a suitcase with four wheels that can move in any direction. These extra wheels are especially helpful for handling heavier bags.</p> <p>But wait, didn't I just recommend a bag with no wheels at all? Indeed, with four wheels sticking out, spinners aren't ideal for fitting into overhead bins. They're best if you need to carry a lot of stuff and plan to check your bag. Make sure to get one with larger wheels, as these models are easier to tip and pull like a two-wheeler when desired.</p> <h2>5. Airport Spa Services</h2> <p>When flying to England for a wedding last year, fears about long TSA lines pushed me to arrive at the airport two and a half hours early, leaving no time to dash off for the mani-pedi that I was going to need for the big event. So imagine my delight when we passed a spa on the way to our gate in the international terminal of the San Francisco airport! I spent an hour in a massage chair there and strolled out, wedding ready, just as boarding began.</p> <p>Since then, I've learned that the company <a href="http://www.xpresspa.com/spas-a/204.htm">XpresSpa</a> has spas in airports all over the United States, including Chicago O'Hare, LAX, and JFK. Yes, it's more expensive than the same service in a neighborhood salon, but given the alternative of spending that sharing an armrest in a plastic waiting area chair, it's so worth it.</p> <p><em>Disclosure: I used a Tep Wireless device at no charge in order to evaluate it for this article. All opinions are my own.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas.jpg&amp;description=5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Things%20Worth%20Buying%20Before%20Heading%20Overseas.jpg" alt="5 Things Worth Buying Before Heading Overseas" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-worth-buying-before-heading-overseas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Not everywhere is a good value at this time. Some other currencies are flourishing just like the USD, so if you want to find strong-dollar discounts, you have to know where to look. Here are five amazing places to visit that are far less expensive than they have been in a recent five-year history thanks to a strong U.S. dollar.</p> <p><strong>Note</strong>: All currency conversions are based on <a href="http://xe.com/">XE.com</a>'s historical data. The current exchange rates may have changed since this article was published. Daily budgets and average hotel costs were calculated using <a href="http://www.numbeo.com/travel-prices/">numbeo.com</a>'s travel index tool.</p> <h2>1. South Africa ($1 USD = 15 ZAR)</h2> <p>Five years ago, you would have only gotten 6.73 Rand for your dollar, but now you'll feel more than twice as rich in South Africa. There has never been a better time to go on an African safari. In 2010, entrance to South Africa's biggest park (Kruger National Park) would have cost $23.77 (160 ZAR), but now, you can watch lions, zebras and elephants roam free for just $17.50 (264 ZAR)!</p> <p>A four-day luxury lodge safari trip in Kruger National park is around 15,000 ZAR. In 2010, that would have been $2,225 USD, but today it's only around $965 USD!</p> <p>A budget room in a guest house (known as a &quot;backpacker&quot; in South Africa) will cost you about 385 ZAR. In 2010, that equated to $57 a night, but today you'll pay just over $25 for the same room.</p> <h3>The Math</h3> <p><strong>Midrange Daily Budget</strong>: 500 ZAR / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget based on 2010 conversion</strong>: $74 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget thanks to today's dollar</strong>: $33 / Day</p> <p><strong>Savings of</strong>: 55%</p> <p><strong>Current Exchange</strong>: 1 USD = 15 ZAR</p> <p><strong>5 Year High</strong>: 16.00</p> <p><strong>5 Year Low</strong>: 6.56</p> <h2>2. Russia ($1 USD = 70 RUB)</h2> <p>The beautiful city of Moscow, the churches of St.Petersburg, and <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/trans-siberian-train-journey-irkutsk-to-omsk/">the world's greatest train journey</a> have never been so affordable. The Russian ruble fell drastically at the end of 2014, and while this isn't great for Russians, it is excellent for those of us who have always wanted to visit this vast and beautiful country.</p> <p>The average price of a midrange hotel in Moscow is around 3,500 RUB. In 2010, that would have been $116, but today that is less than $50.</p> <p>One of the most legendary train journeys on the planet, the Trans-Siberian, is now a better value than it has been in the past few decades. The trip from Moscow to Ulan Bator will run you around 35,000 Rubles for a first class ticket. At Christmas time in 2010, that would have been $1,160, but with today's exchange it's just $498! You can buy two tickets today, for the same price as one ticket would have cost you at the end of 2014. Incredible.</p> <h3>The Math</h3> <p><strong>Midrange Daily Budget</strong>: 4000 RUB / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget based on 2010 conversion</strong>: $133 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget thanks to today's dollar</strong>: $57 / Day</p> <p><strong>Savings of</strong>: 57%</p> <p><strong>Current Exchange</strong>: 1 USD = 70 RUB</p> <p><strong>5 Year High</strong>: 71.91</p> <p><strong>5 Year Low</strong>: 27.29</p> <h2>3. Brazil ($1 USD = 3.95 BRL)</h2> <p>Although Brazil was once considered a &quot;BRIC&quot; economy, the collapse of oil prices, the FIFA World Cup, and preparation for the 2016 Olympics has proven pretty rough on Brazil's currency. Today the Brazilian real is suffering a real downturn and the U.S. dollar is getting about 57% more than it did around this time in 2010.</p> <p>If the Brazilian real continues on this downward trend, the Olympics in 2016 might make for a great budget destination. According to <a href="http://olympics.org/">olympics.org</a>, tickets for events will go for around 70 real. That's only $17.70, and by the time the games begin, it might be even less.</p> <p>A three-star hotel in Brazil averages at around R$230 per night. In 2010 that was $138, but today that same room will cost you less than $35.</p> <h2>The Math</h2> <p><strong>Midrange Daily Budget</strong>: R$400 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget based on 2010 conversion</strong>: $240 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget thanks to today's dollar</strong>: $100 / Day</p> <p><strong>Savings of</strong>: 58%</p> <p><strong>Current Exchange</strong>: $1 USD = 3.95 RUB</p> <p><strong>5 Year High</strong>: 4.17</p> <p><strong>5 Year Low</strong>: 1.57</p> <h2>4. Japan ($1 USD = 122 JPY)</h2> <p>I have personally always wanted to visit Japan, but I thought it would be outrageously expensive. This was true back in 2010 when the exchange rate was around 82&yen; to the dollar. At that time, Japan would have been a steep holiday, but today the dollar gets 33% more than it did back then.</p> <p>The average cost of a midrange hotel room in Japan is 10,000&yen;. In 2010 that would have been $122 USD, today that room will run you just $82.</p> <p>A guided hike to the top of Mt.Fuji costs about 47,000&yen;. In 2010 that was $573, but today you'd pay $385.</p> <h3>The Math</h3> <p><strong>Midrange Daily Budget</strong>: 19,000&yen; / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget based on 2010 conversion</strong>: $231 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget thanks to today's dollar</strong>: $155 / Day</p> <p><strong>Savings of</strong>: 33%</p> <p><strong>Current Exchange</strong>: $1 USD = 121.83 JPY</p> <p><strong>5 Year High</strong>: 125.63</p> <p><strong>5 Year Low</strong>: 75.76</p> <h2>5. Any Country Using the Euro ($1 USD = 0.92 EUR)</h2> <p>Head to Europe for huge savings! Explore the whitewashed buildings of Oia, Greece, lay on the soft, sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, explore the beauty of Paris, and the history of Rome, all for a fraction of what it would have cost you just a few years ago.</p> <p>At the end of 2010, the Euro was at 0.76 to the dollar, but today the dollar is 17% stronger and trades almost equally with the Euro. When I was in Greece, I found <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/santorini-a-vacation-from-backpacking-the-world-nick-may-10th-18th/">a lovely apartment</a> just a few blocks from the sea on Santorini island. At the time (May, 2011), that apartment cost me 34 Euros, which was around $50 USD/night. Today I could get that same apartment for just over $37.</p> <p>There hasn't been a cheaper time for Americans to visit Europe in over a decade. This is the perfect time to explore one of the most fascinating continents on Earth.</p> <h3>The Math</h3> <p><strong>Midrange Daily Budget</strong>: &euro;100 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget based on 2010 conversion</strong>: $131 / Day</p> <p><strong>This daily budget thanks to today's dollar</strong>: $110 / Day</p> <p><strong>Savings of</strong>: 17%</p> <p><strong>Current Exchange</strong>: $1 USD = 0.915 EUR</p> <p><strong>5 Year High</strong>: 0.95</p> <p><strong>5 Year Low</strong>: 0.67</p> <p>Enjoy it while it lasts...</p> <p>Celebrate the strong American dollar by taking a trip to a place you couldn't afford previously. Enjoy the discounts while you can!</p> <p><em>Are you planning international travel while the dollar is so strong?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Places%20to%20Travel%20While%20the%20Dollar%20Is%20Strong%20(1).jpg&amp;description=5%20Places%20to%20Travel%20While%20the%20Dollar%20Is%20Strong" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Places%20to%20Travel%20While%20the%20Dollar%20Is%20Strong%20%281%29.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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