budget travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7772/all en-US How to Get Free or Low-Cost Airline Seats in Premium Classes http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-652858550.jpg" alt="flying in first class for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It would be one thing if flying were a miserable experience for everyone, but it's obviously not. Before we can squeeze into our ever-shrinking economy-class seats, we often get a glimpse of the spacious business or first class seats when boarding. Some of the passengers sitting in these luxury seats paid the high ticket prices when they purchased the ticket (or when their company or client paid for it). But many are able to sit in these seats when they use their rewards points or miles, or when they've been upgraded by their frequent flyer programs. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <p>Please note that the following tips cover both award <em>seats</em> (also referred to as <em>tickets</em>), and award <em>upgrades.</em> Award upgrades are applied to seats you pay for with dollars.</p> <p>Here are the three ways you can sit in business or first class, without paying cash.</p> <h2>1. Use miles to buy a premium ticket</h2> <p>Using your miles to book seats in business or first class can be a bargain. For example, many airlines only require twice as many miles for a business class award as for an economy seat &mdash; sometimes even less. That's a deal, considering that business class seats often cost three to four times as much as the economy seats if you pay in dollars. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Airline Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>2. Get complimentary upgrades with elite status</h2> <p>Many airlines offer the opportunity to receive free first class upgrades when you hold elite status in their frequent flyer program. These upgrades are handed out on a space-available basis, and those in the highest tier of the program will receive priority. Unfortunately, these upgrades are becoming less common as airlines shrink their first class sections and attempt to sell a higher percentage of these seats. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-frequent-flyer-programs-with-free-first-class-seat-upgrades?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Frequent Flyer Programs With Free First Class Seat Upgrades</a>)</p> <h2>3. Upgrade with miles</h2> <p>While it's possible to upgrade your ticket with miles, it's rarely a good idea. Many airlines require you to buy a higher fare in order to be eligible for upgrading with miles. In addition, the number of miles charged for these upgrades is often high &mdash; sometimes nearly as many as you'd pay for a full award ticket. Finally, airlines sometimes require a cash copay when upgrading with miles.</p> <h2>Best airlines for low-cost seats</h2> <p>Here are the best airlines for free or low-cost seats in business or first class.</p> <h3>Alaska Airlines</h3> <p>Alaska recently acquired Virgin America as part of its plan to continue growing service far beyond our 49th state. It also operates one of the best frequent flyer programs when it comes to upgrades. Any member can cash in miles for upgrades to premium economy and first class sections. If you've got elite status, you're eligible for free upgrades, and top-tier elites can even receive complimentary upgrades for themselves and a companion.</p> <p>Alaska also earns a place on this list because miles are easier to earn on Alaska Air flights than on many other airlines. Alaska still awards frequent flyer miles based on the miles flown, a practice dropped in recent years by other airlines who have adopted a stingier system that awards frequent flyer miles based on the price paid for your ticket.</p> <p>What's more, Alaska has 20 airline partners with whom you can earn miles or redeem them for economy, business, or first class seats. And you can use the Alaska Air website to book award upgrades on most of their partner airlines, including American Airlines, Air France, British Airways, KLM, and Qantas.</p> <h3>United</h3> <p>United is one of the better airlines when it comes to availability of full business class seat awards.You can also upgrade your economy class flights with miles, although you'll have to pay a cash copay for upgrades from most discounted fares. The amount of the copay in miles and dollars will vary based on the route, the fare class purchased, and your elite status. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which United MileagePlus Credit Card Should You Get?</a>)</p> <p>As an added bonus, 25 Star Alliance partners participate in United's upgrade awards service.</p> <h3>American Airlines</h3> <p>American Airlines is notoriously tight in making award seats available in any class, including business and first class. However, as a member of American's AAdvantage program, you can use miles to pay for available upgrades on American, British Airways, and Iberia flights. Nonelite members will have to make a cash copay to upgrade from discounted economy class, but not from full-fare economy or premium economy tickets.</p> <p>Lucky enough to have elite status? You're eligible for free upgrades. Depending on which elite status you have, you may have to use a 500-mile upgrade for flights longer than 500 miles. You earn four of these 500-mile upgrades for every 12,500 elite qualifying miles you fly in a membership year. Or, elites can buy 500-mile upgrades for $40 each. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which American Airlines Credit Card Should You Get?</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" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Get%2520Free%2520or%2520Low-Cost%2520Airline%2520Seats%2520in%2520Premium%2520Classes.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Get%20Free%20or%20Low-Cost%20Airline%20Seats%20in%20Premium%20Classes"></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%20Get%20Free%20or%20Low-Cost%20Airline%20Seats%20in%20Premium%20Classes.jpg" alt="How to Get Free or Low-Cost Airline Seats in Premium Classes" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries">6 Ways to Travel On a Budget While in Expensive Countries</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-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-european-cities-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day">5 European Cities You Can Visit for $50 a Day</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/watch-out-for-these-hidden-costs-of-free-travel">Watch Out for These Hidden Costs of Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-use-up-travel-rewards-points-and-miles">8 Ways to Use Up Travel Rewards Points and Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable flights affordable travel airline seats budget travel first class flight free flight travel tips Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:30:13 +0000 Jason Steele 2090016 at http://www.wisebread.com How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/las_vegas_man_winning_money.jpg" alt="Las Vegas man winning money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I learned that I would be going to Las Vegas for my sister-in-law's birthday, I was concerned that the trip would turn out to be an expensive adventure. So, before I left, I did some research and ended up writing about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-enjoy-las-vegas-without-losing-your-shirt?ref=internal" target="_blank">ways to enjoy Las Vegas without spending a lot of money</a>.</p> <p>While in Las Vegas, I found that some strategies to limit expenses worked well, but I did run into some spending pitfalls. Here is a summary of what worked, what didn&rsquo;t, and what I would do differently on my next trip to Las Vegas.</p> <h2>Money successes in Las Vegas</h2> <p>Here's where I cashed in on the Vegas experience.</p> <h3>No shopping</h3> <p>Las Vegas features some expensive shopping opportunities at high-end stores and shopping malls that seem to cater to high rollers and provide an outlet for people to impulsively spend their gambling winnings. Fortunately, we managed to do some window shopping without buying anything.</p> <h3>Steering clear of buffets</h3> <p>We got in line for a breakfast buffet that was $30 per person. We came to our senses, got out of line, and found a less expensive diner nearby.</p> <h3>Walking instead of taxis</h3> <p>We used the inexpensive Las Vegas city bus to get from the strip to Fremont Street near downtown and back. On the strip, we walked everywhere. Bring comfortable shoes on your next trip to Vegas, because things on the strip are spread out and you will need to do a lot of walking if you don&rsquo;t want to pay for transportation.</p> <h3>Saving on snacks</h3> <p>We brought a supply of inexpensive drinks and snacks to our hotel room that helped us avoid more expensive options on the strip and at the hotel. There was a CVS near our hotel that had some cheap drinks and snacks as well for when we needed more.</p> <h3>Scoring free souvenirs</h3> <p>On our excursion from the strip to Fremont Street, we got an awesome free souvenir: a photo at Binion's Gambling Hall and Hotel standing next to pile of $1 million cash! After the photo was taken, we came back after an hour to pick up our free printed copy. Taking pictures next to the other famous landmarks on the strip also made for great free souvenirs.</p> <h3>Leaving the kids at home</h3> <p>There were some sights in Las Vegas that were not exactly kid-friendly. I am glad we left our teenage kids at home. This saved us money on airfare and food, plus the kids were able to take care of the dogs so we could avoid pet boarding expenses.</p> <h3>Finding free attractions on the strip</h3> <p>We did end up going to an one expensive show featuring music and acrobatics, but it was a fun part of what Vegas is famous for. Other than that, we found a number of entertaining free attractions on the strip including the volcano light, fire, and sound show outside the Mirage hotel; the fountain light show at the Bellagio; lounging by pool at the hotel; and walking the strip to explore the sights during the day and at night.</p> <h3>Fremont Street</h3> <p>After staying at a hotel on the strip and spending some time there, we were ready to try something different. The Fremont Street experience is a 20-minute bus ride from the strip and features a huge overhead LED screen light show, plus live music and a variety of street performers. I got the cheapest dinner of the trip here.</p> <h2>Money lessons in Las Vegas</h2> <p>Now that I've been to Las Vegas, and can recognize the money traps, here's what I'll do next time.</p> <h3>Find cheaper airfare</h3> <p>We paid more for airfare by booking a flight to arrive earlier in the day on Thursday. We wanted to have more time to explore on our first day there. Taking a later flight would have been less expensive, and since Vegas never sleeps, there's plenty of time to explore even if we arrive later in the day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</a>)</p> <h3>Engage in smarter gambling</h3> <p>I didn&rsquo;t have time to study up and practice, so I stayed with video blackjack, video poker, and betting on a college-football game for my first time gambling. I lost $50 on all of these combined, which is OK. I chalked it up to entertainment.</p> <p>But next time, I&rsquo;d like to improve. I'll practice, take some blackjack lessons at a casino, and try playing against a dealer at a blackjack table before I go back. It would be great to win my $50 back!</p> <h3>Stay off the strip</h3> <p>Next time, I would consider staying at a hotel in the Fremont Street area instead of staying on the strip. For one thing, the odds at the casinos are better. For example, many casinos off the strip have low bet blackjack tables with 3:2 payout vs. the 6:5 payout that is typical on the strip. Another advantage of staying off the strip is that hotel rooms and dining can be less expensive.</p> <h3>Try unique dining opportunities</h3> <p>We ended up eating out for dinner every night. It's hard to avoid spending a lot on food when you're walking around the strip at night. You get hungry and everything is so far apart that you tend to give in and eat somewhere expensive nearby instead of hunting for a less expensive place. Some of the restaurants weren&rsquo;t even that interesting. They seemed like upscale chain restaurants that you could find anywhere.</p> <p>Next time, I would seek out unique local places. Someone recommended Battista&rsquo;s Hole in the Wall, which has affordable dinner specials that include free house wine. The Ellis Island Cafe is another affordable local dining experience on my list to check out next time.</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%2Fhow-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520I%2520Successfully%2520Gambled%2520in%2520Las%2520Vegas%2520Without%2520Losing%2520My%2520Shirt.jpg&amp;description=How%20I%20Successfully%20Gambled%20in%20Las%20Vegas%20Without%20Losing%20My%20Shirt"></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%20I%20Successfully%20Gambled%20in%20Las%20Vegas%20Without%20Losing%20My%20Shirt.jpg" alt="How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt" 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/dr-penny-pincher">Dr Penny Pincher</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">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-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-enjoy-las-vegas-without-losing-your-shirt">How to Enjoy Las Vegas Without Losing Your Shirt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</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-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families">5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel budget travel gambling las vegas las vegas vacation Spending Money travel tips vegas Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:30:11 +0000 Dr Penny Pincher 2087010 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Travel On a Budget While in Expensive Countries http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_near_wat_ratchanatdaram_in_bangkok.jpg" alt="Woman near Wat Ratchanatdaram in Bangkok" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Budget travel advice often encourages people to seek out the least expensive destinations in the world. And yes, there are lots of exciting places where prices are far lower than those in the U.S., but what if they're not the destinations you want to visit? What if your heart is set on experiencing places that are widely regarded as expensive, like Hong Kong, the U.K., or Japan?</p> <p>It's an unavoidable fact that the cost of living in some countries is more than it is in others. With some solid planning and a few compromises here and there, however, it's possible to go virtually anywhere on even the most meager of budgets.</p> <h2>1. Choose the right neighborhood</h2> <p>You've probably heard the phrase &quot;location, location, location,&quot; and nowhere is this more accurate than when traveling in expensive countries. Choosing the right neighborhood to stay in can save you huge amounts of cash, not only when it comes to accommodation, but also on things like transportation and grocery shopping.</p> <p>Staying right in the heart of the most popular tourist district will always be the most expensive option. However, you usually only need to head a few blocks out to find a better value. Residential areas are ideal because they will have local stores, restaurants, bars, and cafes that aren't aimed at tourists, and therefore don't have the inflated prices that come with them.</p> <p>When my wife and I were trying to decide where to stay in Rome, we ended up saving a lot of money by finding a beautiful hotel in a less popular area, which was still a short bus ride or a walk from major sites.</p> <p>A quick internet search of the best budget areas near your chosen location will usually offer some good options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a>)</p> <h2>2. Find the cheapest accommodation</h2> <p>Accommodation will ordinarily take up the majority of any travel budget, and even more so in countries with a high cost of living. But it's possible to cut that down, or even eliminate it altogether. Couch surfing is a wonderful way to get free accommodation, with the added bonus that you get to stay with a local and see things from their perspective. Be aware that couch surfing is very competitive in expensive countries, so you'll need to contact hosts weeks, if not months, in advance to successfully secure stays.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=internal" target="_blank">House sitting</a> is another brilliant, budget-boosting option that can land you in high quality accommodations for free. When you house sit, you&rsquo;re typically looking after a person&rsquo;s pets as well as their home. You&rsquo;ll need to sign up with a couple of different house sitting websites and fill out profiles on each of them. You&rsquo;ll usually be charged a fee for the service, but it&rsquo;s worth it if you end up getting free accommodations.</p> <p>If you're looking for more traditional ways to save money on accommodations, then consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb?ref=internal" target="_blank">Airbnb or one of its many alternatives</a>, which can be cheaper than hotels or hostels. Airbnb is extremely flexible, so you can book everything from a room in someone's house to an entire apartment, depending on how many people you're traveling with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations</a>)</p> <h2>3. Walk, bike, or take buses everywhere you can</h2> <p>Transportation is typically another high cost in expensive countries, but there are plenty of ways to save on this expense. The easiest way to cut down on transportation costs is to walk as much as you possibly can. It's completely free and a good way to get to know an area.</p> <p>Renting a bike is a good way to go longer distances and is usually less than the price of a cab or public transportation. Many cities now have bike rentals that are both low cost and convenient, allowing you to pick up and drop off bikes at various locations.</p> <p>For traveling farther afield within a country, consider going by bus. In places like the U.K. and Japan, trains are readily available but they come at a high cost. The equivalent journeys by bus can save you a significant amount of money, with trips available for as little as a couple dollars if booked early.</p> <p>When I was in Japan in November 2017, I walked pretty much everywhere, and actually preferred it. In cities like Tokyo, where the topography is flat and there are broad sidewalks, walking was a fun and easy way to get around and see the local way of life. Even if it was a 40-minute walk to another neighborhood, I'd take on the challenge and was rewarded with views, brisk air, and interesting local experiences along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>4. Take advantage of free activities</h2> <p>There's no need to spend money when you don't have to. Most places have regular events, attractions, and activities that you can take part in for absolutely nothing. It pays to do a bit of research on the location you're visiting beforehand to check out what will be going on while you're there. Good places to look are on local authority websites and local news publications online.</p> <p>In larger cities like London, you'll find the majority of museums and art galleries have no entrance fees for their regular exhibitions. Tokyo has a number of viewing decks in skyscrapers with spectacular views over the city that are free to access. No matter where you are in the world, walking around a beautiful park or watching the sunset in the evening are great ways to spend time with no cost attached. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-things-you-can-do-on-any-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Free Things You Can Do on Any Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>5. Travel during off-peak times</h2> <p>Even the biggest, most visited destinations in the world have lulls in their tourism. These lulls are like gold dust to the budget traveler, as attractions become far less crowded while prices for everything from hotels to restaurant meals drop. The savings can be the difference between being able to afford to visit and not. In my experience, I've found prices to be up to 50 percent lower.</p> <p>It's important to do your research on the location you're visiting, though, because in some places attractions simply shut down outside of peak season. If your sole reason for visiting somewhere is for specific attractions that are closed during the offseason, no amount of savings will make up for that disappointment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel</a>)</p> <h2>6. Use rewards points and discounts</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Travel rewards from credit cards</a>, airlines, and hotels are the secret weapon of any savvy traveler, and can allow you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles?ref=internal" target="_blank">access to places that may ordinarily be way out of your budget</a>. They're particularly good to save up and use in expensive countries, and can make or break your travel budget. (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 to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <p>You should also try and tap into as many discounts as possible, which can bring down the cost of everything from flights and accommodations to food and attractions. Check out local discount sites like Groupon, or even search whatever it is you want to get a discount on to see if there are any available online. For example, searching &quot;local aquarium discount,&quot; can yield some amazing results.</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%2F6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Ways%2520to%2520Travel%2520On%2520a%2520Budget%2520While%2520in%2520Expensive%2520Countries.jpg&amp;description=6%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20On%20a%20Budget%20While%20in%20Expensive%20Countries"></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%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20On%20a%20Budget%20While%20in%20Expensive%20Countries.jpg" alt="6 Ways to Travel On a Budget While in Expensive Countries" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries">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-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-travel-big-on-a-tiny-budget">9 Ways to Travel Big on a Tiny Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-overwater-bungalows-you-can-book-with-rewards-points">5 Overwater Bungalows You Can Book With Rewards Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-to-machu-picchu-and-back-for-30">How to Get to Machu Picchu and Back for $30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel affordable travel budget travel saving money travel destinations travel tips Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2085619 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/long_tail_boat_in_maya_bay.jpg" alt="Long Tail Boat in Maya Bay" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hollywood has a long history of filming movies overseas, with production crews having made journeys to every corner of the earth to capture scenes for iconic movies. Often it's because of the fantastic and unique locations available, but sometimes even Hollywood producers are after a deal, and filming in a cheaper country can drastically slash a budget. Here are five famous film settings that just happen to be in affordable countries.</p> <h2><em>Tomb Raider</em> &mdash; Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/giant_overgrown_root_at_angkor_wat.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Angelina Jolie's <em>Tomb Raider</em> series famously features the breathtaking backdrop of the world's largest religious monument, the Angkor temple complex. The majestic ruins of this vast 12th century complex, and specifically the Angkor Thom temple, are an integral part of the film's plot and helped to cause a huge explosion in visitors to the site. The intricate religious carvings, the trees whose tangled roots seamlessly entwine the temple walls, and the sheer size of the complex defy belief.</p> <p>A day ticket to the UNESCO designated park will cost you $37, but the relatively high entrance price is offset by the good value you'll get for your dollar elsewhere. Numbeo puts the cost of living in Cambodia at almost 37 percent lower than in the United States. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant is priced at just $2.65, and a double room in a midrange hotel can be found for as little as $10.</p> <p>I've traveled in Cambodia extensively and I find it to be one of the best value destinations in the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a>)</p> <h2><em>Eat, Pray, Love</em> &mdash; Bali, Indonesia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sacred_monkey_forest_sanctuary_in_ubud.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though the film <em>Eat, Pray, Love</em> wasn't a critical success, it captured audiences' hearts and minds and went on to become a box office smash. This was in part thanks to the depictions of the various locations Julia Roberts' character finds herself in. Filming took place in Italy, India, and Bali, Indonesia, where protagonist Liz Gilbert finally finds true love and the inner peace she's been searching for. You can satisfy your own wanderlust by visiting some of the key locations in Bali such as the gorgeous Padang Padang beach, and the town of Ubud.</p> <p>Bali (and Indonesia as a whole) is an extremely cheap place to visit, with the cost of living 45 percent lower than in the U.S., according to Numbeo. I've stayed in some lovely places in Indonesia and in my experience, for a room in a hotel that looks similar to the villa where Roberts stays in the film, you'll pay around $20 per night. Entrance to the Ubud Monkey Forest featured in the movie is around $3.75 and a meal at an inexpensive restaurant in Indonesia will cost you less than $2. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 International Destinations Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2><em>Slumdog Millionaire</em> &mdash; India</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/taj_mahal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This colorful extravaganza, which won multiple Oscar awards, was set and filmed on location in Mumbai, India. For many, it managed to truly capture the magic and drama of this chaotic city. From the slums where the lead character Jamal was raised, to the scenes of the stunning Taj Mahal, the movie is beautifully shot. The closing scene where Jamal is finally reunited with Latika before they dance along with hundreds of extras was filmed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, one of India's busiest train stations.</p> <p>Entrance as a foreigner to the Taj Mahal will cost you around $15, but many of the filming locations are public places so they won't cost anything to visit. Numbeo shows the cost of living in India at almost 65 percent below that of the U.S., with an inexpensive meal coming in at around $2.30. Midrange hotel rooms are priced around $30. You can also go on a walking tour around one of Mumbai's slums for around $13, where much of the profits go back into the local community. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a>)</p> <h2><em>Frida</em> &mdash; Mexico City, Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/teotihuacan_pyramids_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Based on the life of the popular Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the movie <em>Frida</em> won wide critical acclaim and eventually went on to win two Oscars. Kahlo spent the majority of her life living on the outskirts of Mexico City, so it's only natural that this is where much of the shooting took place. The famous Casa Azul, where she lived with husband Diego Rivera and eventually died at age 47, is a museum you can visit for around $12.</p> <p>A day trip to the awe inspiring Aztec pyramids of Teotihuacan, where Kahlo and Leon Trotsky get to know each other in the movie, will cost you around $40 for an organized tour. It's also possible to reach them by public, and the entrance fee is just $4.</p> <p>Numbeo puts the cost of living in Mexico at over 50 percent lower than in the U.S., with a meal at an inexpensive restaurant coming in at around $5. A midrange hotel room will cost around $30 per night.</p> <h2><em>The Beach</em> &mdash; Koh Phi Phi Leh, Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/long_tail_boat_in_maya_bay.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><em>The Beach</em> is credited with driving a huge amount of tourism Thailand's way, as it introduced the wider world to the secluded and unspoiled magnificence of the country's islands. The island of Koh Phi Phi Leh, where most of the movie was set and filmed, is now one of the most popular places to visit in Thailand. It's no longer the deserted lagoon that's portrayed in the movie, but it's still as charming as ever. Visitors flock to enjoy the warm turquoise waters that lap the golden beaches, as well as the renowned island night life.</p> <p>Koh Phi Phi Leh isn't actually an inhabited island, but is part of the Koh Phi Phi archipelago, which includes Koh Phi Phi Don, where most visitors stay. From here you can book a day trip to Koh Phi Phi Leh, which is a half-hour boat ride away. A sunset cruise, where you'll encounter fewer tourists and get to witness the bioluminescent plankton in the waters once it's dark, costs around $50 per person.</p> <p>The cost of living in Thailand is more than 36 percent lower than in the U.S., with an inexpensive meal costing less than $2, according to Numbeo. For a double room at a midrange hotel or guesthouse on Koh Phi Phi Don, you'll pay about $30.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Famous%2520Overseas%2520Film%2520Settings%2520You%2520Can%2520Visit%2520on%2520Any%2520Budget.jpg&amp;description=5%20Famous%20Overseas%20Film%20Settings%20You%20Can%20Visit%20on%20Any%20Budget"></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%20Famous%20Overseas%20Film%20Settings%20You%20Can%20Visit%20on%20Any%20Budget.jpg" alt="5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-travel-on-a-budget-while-in-expensive-countries">6 Ways to Travel On a Budget While in Expensive Countries</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-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes">How to Get Free or Low-Cost Airline Seats in Premium Classes</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/train-vs-plane-travel-which-is-right-for-you">Train vs. Plane Travel: Which Is Right for You?</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-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel affordable travel budget travel eat pray love film settings overseas travel the beach tomb raider travel abroad travel tips Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2076819 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Fun, Affordable Travel Ideas for Singles http://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_have_fun_in_london.jpg" alt="Friends have fun in London" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling when you're single can be a ton of fun. Without a spouse or partner to appease, you can travel when you want and <em>where</em> you want. And since you don't have to choose activities based on anyone else's tastes, you can pack your trips full of stuff you want to do.</p> <p>Unfortunately, traveling as a single can be more expensive than it would be if you could split your costs with someone else. For example, a single hotel room usually sleeps two, but you won't get it for half the price of a double room.</p> <p>If you want to travel independently, you should plan on paying what is commonly called a single supplement &mdash; a noted or hidden charge that arises from the fact you're traveling alone, since most travel arrangements are based on double-occupancy.</p> <p>The good news is, a handful of travel ideas work better for singles, and there are even &quot;singles vacations&quot; created with the solo traveler in mind. If you're looking for a way to travel on the cheap without a buddy, here are some of the best inexpensive ideas to consider. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-benefits-of-solo-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Unexpected Benefits of Solo Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Go &quot;couchsurfing&quot;</h2> <p>If you're especially independent, why not go couch surfing? Yes, we actually mean hopping from one couch to another while you traverse the planet in pursuit of your travel dreams.</p> <p><a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/" target="_blank">Couchsurfing</a> makes it easy to book space on someone's couch nearly anywhere, while making valuable connections, and potentially even friends, within a community. The best part is, the hospitality offered through Couchsurfing.com is absolutely free, provided you are willing to meet your host's expectations as a guest.</p> <p>You can find a couch or spare room nearly anywhere in the world, from Amsterdam to Zambia. This opportunity allows you to stay multiple places for free while having someone to connect with.</p> <p>If you're worried about how safe it is to sleep on a stranger's couch for free, Couchsurfing.com suggests reading profiles and their reviews carefully on the website and only making selections you feel comfortable with. &quot;If you're uncomfortable, keep looking,&quot; the website advises. It also suggests trusting your instincts and having a backup plan or knowledge of the nearest hostel/hotel wherever you're staying. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Ways to Get Free Travel Accommodations</a>)</p> <h2>2. Opt for a singles cruise</h2> <p>While cruising is usually considered an affordable travel option, single travelers are often in a poor spot when it comes to booking cruises on a budget. Because cruise cabins are booked based on double occupancy, single cruisers are usually asked to pay for two people or for a &quot;single supplement&quot; charge to make up for the fact they're not sharing their cabin with anyone else.</p> <p>Fortunately, special singles cruises have been set up to help cruisers mingle without all the extra charges. Some don't charge a single supplement, while others promise to match you with someone to share a cabin with.</p> <p>Some singles cruises even set up special mixers or cocktail hours to help you meet a special someone. Discount cruise website <a href="http://www.vacationstogo.com/singles_cruises.cfm" target="_blank">VacationstoGo</a> offers details on upcoming singles cruises &mdash; how much they cost, and how to book. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources?ref=seealso" target="_blank">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a>)</p> <h2>3. Select an all-inclusive resort made for singles</h2> <p>If you want a relaxing beach vacation with included activities and plenty of people around, an all-inclusive resort might be your speed. These properties include food, lodging, and entertainment for a single nightly rate, and are often very affordable if you're willing to shop around.</p> <p><a href="https://www.clubmed.us/l/all-inclusive-resorts-for-singles" target="_blank">All-inclusive brand Club Med</a> even offers properties that cater specifically to singles. At its Turkoise property in Turks and Caicos, for example, nightly rates for singles start at just $109 per night.</p> <p>You can also find myriad all-inclusive properties for less than $150 per night in Mexico, Jamaica, and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Pick a property that caters to adults to increase your chances of meeting other solo travelers.</p> <h2>4. Become a housesitter</h2> <p>If you want to visit new lands and you love animals, becoming a housesitter might be right up your alley. <a href="https://www.trustedhousesitters.com/house-and-pet-sitting-assignments/" target="_blank">TrustedHousesitters</a> connects homeowners who travel with verified housesitters who will stay at their properties, water their plants, get the mail, and take care of pets.</p> <p>While you don't typically get paid for these opportunities, you can get a free place to stay in destinations around the globe. Currently, you can find housesitting opportunities in places like the United Kingdom, Australia, Paris, and Austria. As a bonus, any pets you watch can help keep you company. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <h2>5. Join a guided group tour</h2> <p>Guided tours can offer a convenient way to see some of the world's most amazing sights. Whether you're touring Greece's ancient ruins or joining a safari through Kenya's famous game parks, a tour can save you a lot of planning since the tour company irons out the itinerary and travel details for you. You'll also have the benefit of traveling with a knowledgeable guide and with a group, which may help you feel safer and less lonely.</p> <p>Unfortunately, not all organized travel tours are best for singles, since many charge a double-occupancy rate whether you travel alone or not. It helps to seek out tours specifically for single travelers. Some of the most popular companies that offer this option (without a single supplement) include <a href="https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/why-travel-with-gadventures/solo-travel/?_bt=193572982255&amp;_bk=%2Bsingles%20%2Btours&amp;_bm=b&amp;phonecode=US_PPC_NonBrand&amp;gclid=CjwKCAjwo4jOBRBmEiwABWNaMdexpj1x4lSxG6WkzpOHemVSDtJJL2szpd2LMh3m9NFr3vqFl8cSvhoCGjEQAvD_BwE" target="_blank">G Adventures</a>, <a href="https://www.tucantravel.com/travel-styles/inspiration/singles-holidays?gclid=CjwKCAjwo4jOBRBmEiwABWNaMfVrmXOR1hlUFfffSKJJLZZxO46TTd01DIfLRjHgT_fbMuI66TDr2RoCg08QAvD_BwE" target="_blank">Tucan Travel</a>, and <a href="https://www.contiki.com/us/en/contiki-travel-tours-europe-trips?st-t=google_non_brand&amp;vt-k=%2Btours%20%2Bfor%20%2Bsingles&amp;vt-mt=b&amp;c3apimn=Jj0OPrFy&amp;c3=PubID-177114954693&amp;mkwid=sJj0OPrFy%7Cpcrid%7C177114954693%7Cpmt%7Cb%7Cpkw%7C%2Btours%20%2Bfor%20%2Bsingles%7Cpdv%7Cc%7C&amp;gclid=CjwKEAjwo4jOBRDmqsavuLfl9CYSJAAFY1oxnpJzsLAQiP7FeS_DaPznbM2nmuGVpnV0EAOPqGDO1RoCetzw_wcB" target="_blank">Contiki</a>, which focuses on travelers in the 18-35 age range.</p> <p>These tours typically include not only your lodging and transportation, but some meals and activities, too. With G Adventures, for example, travelers can pick from tours like a seven-day Italy trip that includes lodging, transportation, food, and activities for $1,599.</p> <h2>6. Pick up a travel credit card</h2> <p>No matter where you're traveling, pick up an airline credit card or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card</a> before you go. These cards let you earn points for every dollar you spend, and most offer a big sign-up bonus after you meet a minimum spending requirement within a few months of signing up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Airline credit cards</a> can be especially advantageous for the single traveler. While families may find it difficult to find more than one or two award seats on a flight, singles have the advantage of only needing one. This is especially true when it comes to airlines that only release one or two award seats at a time.</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%2F6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Fun%252C%2520Affordable%2520Travel%2520Ideas%2520for%2520Singles.jpg&amp;description=6%20Fun%2C%20Affordable%20Travel%20Ideas%20for%20Singles"></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%20Fun%2C%20Affordable%20Travel%20Ideas%20for%20Singles.jpg" alt="6 Fun, Affordable Travel Ideas for Singles" 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/6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles">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-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive 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/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families">5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel budget travel Dating singles solo travel travel ideas travel tips traveling alone Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:30:06 +0000 Holly Johnson 2069135 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Free Perks You Should Ask for on Your Next Flight http://www.wisebread.com/7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_couple_boarding_to_the_plane_at_airport.jpg" alt="Young couple boarding to the plane at airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's face it, the airline industry isn't known for its hospitality. And recent incidents of airline staff acting horrendously toward passengers haven't helped. However, the airlines aren't completely devoid of the ability to provide customer service. You just need to ask for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Credit Cards Are Best?</a>)</p> <p>Here are seven things that you might not have known that you could ask for from your airline.</p> <h2>1. Kids' amenities</h2> <p>Some airlines will go out of their way to make children and families feel welcome on board. For example, Air New Zealand offers a &quot;Jet Cadets&quot; kids' activity pack that includes toys, activities, and food just for kids. In addition, it offers a kids' channel on in-flight entertainment. On Lufthansa, my daughter received a little &quot;pilot's suitcase&quot; filled with toys and games. But often airlines won't provide these amenities automatically. If you are planning on traveling with children, you need to notify them in advance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Things to Do if You're Traveling With Children</a>)</p> <h2>2. A whole can of soda</h2> <p>How often have you actually sat down to drink a half a cup of soda at home? Yet most flight attendants usually just pour half the can over a bunch of ice and move on to the next customer, leaving you just a few sips of soda to quench your thirst. If you actually want the full can, all you have to do is politely ask your flight attendant, and you'll probably get it.</p> <h2>3. Another meal</h2> <p>On flights where meals are served, airlines have to over-cater the flight to give most passengers a chance of getting their first choice in meals. This means that there are usually many meals leftover and discarded at the end of a long flight. If the food is especially good, or you're particularly hungry, then there's no reason why you can't ask for a second meal. For the best results, I would first compliment the flight attendants on the meal, and ask if it would be possible to have seconds after others have been served. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 6 Things Will Make Your Flight More Comfortable</a>)</p> <h2>4. First aid supplies</h2> <p>If you're in midair and have a strong headache, upset stomach, or just a nasty cut, you can reach out to the flight attendants for some basic medical supplies. They should be able to supply you with things like over-the-counter pain medications, antacids, and band aids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>5. Additional airsickness bags</h2> <p>Airlines will stock their seat pockets with airsickness bags, for obvious reasons. In addition, airsickness bags are the preferred way to dispose of all sorts of other waste items including used tissues, dirty diapers, and soiled clothing. But when you actually need them most, you might not find enough of them in the seat pockets. Don't worry, the airline has a very strong interest in providing you with as many airsickness bags as you need, but you'll usually need to ask. (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>6. A doctor</h2> <p>If you or someone you are flying with has an urgent medical need during a flight, then you should contact your flight attendant and ask if there is a doctor on board. Airlines have established procedures for asking for passengers with medical experience. In most cases there will be a doctor or another medical professional on board. But even when there isn't, the airline is often able to consult with medical staff on the ground to evaluate passengers and possibly treat them with onboard supplies. And if you need more than that, the airline can land to give you emergency medical services.</p> <h2>7. A tour of the cockpit</h2> <p>I'm old enough to remember being taken to the cockpit in-flight, but that's no longer permitted on flights to or from the United States. However, many pilots welcome children's visits before or after the flight. In addition, some foreign airlines will still permit in-flight visits, so long as the destination is not the United States. Once again, you simply have to ask.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Likt this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Free%2520Perks%2520You%2520Should%2520Ask%2520for%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Flight.jpg&amp;description=7%20Free%20Perks%20You%20Should%20Ask%20for%20on%20Your%20Next%20Flight"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Free%20Perks%20You%20Should%20Ask%20for%20on%20Your%20Next%20Flight.jpg" alt="7 Free Perks You Should Ask for on Your Next Flight" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-first-class-airlines-that-are-dripping-with-luxury">3 First Class Airlines That Are Dripping With Luxury</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families">5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</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-i-successfully-gambled-in-las-vegas-without-losing-my-shirt">How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline airline perks budget travel cheap flights flight attendant flight tips travel tips Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Jason Steele 1973595 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_waterfall_happy_547051294.jpg" alt="Woman finding exciting ways to see the country" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of the same old vacation routine? Looking to explore new destinations without leaving the U-S of A? Shake things up this summer by stepping out of your comfort zone and see the country with these exciting summer travel ideas.</p> <h2>1. Set off on a surprise excursion</h2> <p>Recently I met the owners of travel company <a href="http://www.packupgo.com/">Pack Up + Go</a>, and I was immediately intrigued when they explained what set it apart from other tourism outfits. The gist of their operation is that they plan three-day surprise getaways for their customers based on a few criteria &mdash; like travel budget, travel dates, preferences, and personal information &mdash; so they can book all your transportation and accommodations for you.</p> <p>A week before you leave, you'll receive an email with the weather forecast for your secret destination, recommended items to pack (like bathing suits or down parkas), any luggage restrictions, and when and where to catch your transportation. A few days before your trip, an envelope arrives, and you are <em>not</em> allowed to open it, lest you ruin the fun. Inside the envelope that you shouldn't even peek in until you arrive at your transportation hub are directions to your accommodations and a curated list of recommendations for everything from cafes, to restaurants and night life, to rainy day activities.</p> <p>While this may not be the ideal option for hot- or cold-weather adverse travelers &mdash; you get no say in where you end up (though the planners do take into consideration where you've already been) &mdash; Pack Up + Go is a fresh, fun option to explore a new area you may never have chosen to visit yourself.</p> <h2>2. Sleep over with Airbnb-style camping</h2> <p>I love Airbnb <em>and</em> camping, which is why I'm an early adopter of <a href="http://www.tentrr.com">Tentrr</a>, a new app-based travel service that helps connect would-be campers to property owners who have erected high-quality campsites on their properties with the help of the Tentrr crew. Currently there are 55 sites available, mostly in New York, which will certainly expand outside the state and across the country as the service gains popularity and continues to grow.</p> <p>Adhering to the standard setup guidelines provided by Tentrr, each site includes a large canvas tent, generally equipped to fit five or six campers (though some sites allow up to eight campers); a fire pit, picnic table, five-gallon water container, outdoor camp toilet, queen size cot, metal grill, two lounge chairs, dry food storage, and an outdoor sun shower. All you have to do is bring the food, drinks, games, and whatever else you need to stay comfortable for a couple days in the great outdoors.</p> <p>There are properties available to please every type of traveler, including those close to beaches, forests, meadows, ponds and lakes, rivers and streams, and breathtaking views of the surroundings. I personally booked a trip later this summer at a mountain hideaway with a private pond. Activities in the area included canoeing/kayaking, hiking, road biking, white water rafting, fishing, golf, wineries and distilleries, a local flea market, and more. Most sites are available for between $120 and $150 total per night. The price doesn't increase based on the number of campers; instead it remains a flat rate that you can split with your friends to make your trip an incredibly low-cost, but memorable getaway. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-save-on-your-next-glamping-trip?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Save on Your Next Glamping Trip</a>)</p> <h2>3. Hit the road on a rental motorcycle</h2> <p>You'll never get me on a motorcycle (I can barely operate an electric can opener without hurting myself), but if you're a dedicated biker <a href="http://www.eaglerider.com">EagleRider</a>, the world's largest motorcycle tourism company, can help you achieve your sightseeing goals. With your monthly membership in Club EagleRider ($29/month, plus a $29 sign-up fee), you receive one free rental day and free or discounted rates on additional rental days.</p> <h2>4. Cross the country via train</h2> <p>I had almost given up on rail travel because of the increasing prices &mdash; trips from my home in Manhattan to visit my family in Baltimore were sometimes over $300 round-trip, compared to below $50 for a round-trip bus ride &mdash; but when I heard about supersaver <a href="http://dereklow.co/across-the-usa-by-train-for-just-213/">Derek Low's four-day $429 cross-country rail trip</a>, starting in San Francisco and ending in New York City &mdash; the idea was worth revisiting. Thanks to his 15-day, eight-ride Amtrak rail pass, Low efficiently traveled from coast to coast in less than 96 hours &mdash; and enjoyed sightseeing at a few cities in between, like Denver, Salt Lake City, and Chicago &mdash; while still having several trips remaining on his pass to visit a few more quick destinations on his way back out West.</p> <p>If you don't plan to make any stops, however, and just want to observe nature from the comfort of your train car, you can shave a couple hundred dollars off what he spent to bring it down to about $213, according to Low's account of his adventure. If you don't think you're savvy enough to score these deals on your own, Low offers to arrange your entire trip for you for a fee of $49. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips?ref=seealso">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a>)</p> <h2>5. Deliver cars, campers, and RVs to their owners</h2> <p>Did you know that you can save a ton of money and subsidize your road-based vacation transportation costs by renting RVs, campervans, motor homes, and cars for as low as $1 day? Rental site<a href="http://www.imoova.com"> imoova.com</a> works with traditional rental companies to offer its customers one-way travel opportunities to desired locations. How can that be, you ask? Simple. You're not just embarking on your own travels; you're also helping the rental companies save money on hiring expensive drivers to return the vehicles back to their home bases by doing it for them.</p> <p>If you're considering a road trip this year, check imoova to see what you can come up with. The hundreds of dollars you could save will leave you with more money for better dinners, a couple more drinks, and more exciting activities along the way.</p> <h2>6. Self-tour a new area on foot</h2> <p>If you like to investigate new cities and neighborhoods on foot, download the<a href="https://www.sidewalk.guide/blog/2017/5/23/sidewalk-is-here-come-walk-with-us"> Sidewalk app</a> to tap into a free library of city walks that you can do on your own time. These insider-curated walks provide a local's perspective on your surroundings (they're created by the very people who live there) giving you the money-saving freedom to be your own tour guide. The app just launched this spring, but it already contains 60 walks you can enjoy in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, with more cities coming soon.</p> <h2>7. Follow the beaten paths</h2> <p>When you prefer the seclusion and meditative opportunities of nature, enlist <a href="http://www.alltrails.com">AllTrails</a> as your travel companion. The free web- and app-based service gives you access to 50,000-plus trail maps (hiking and running) along with directions directly to the trailhead from wherever you are. You also can filter trails by difficulty, distance, rating, amenities (like waterfalls), and identify kid- and dog-friendly trails. When you're done, leave a review and share photos of your experience to enhance the experience for others.</p> <h2>8. Challenge your mental and physical abilities</h2> <p>Unlike many other fitness challenges, which last a few hours or less, <a href="https://www.cotopaxi.com/pages/events-questival-home">Cotopaxi Questival</a> is a 24-hour adventure series that turns this sometimes-hardcore genre into a community-driven social event.</p> <p>Teams of two to six are tasked with hundreds of challenges over the 24-hour period, from Foodie (eat a taco with no hands), to Community (send a postcard to a veteran, or pick up trash at a local beach), to Adventurous (camp under the stars, run a mile in fancy dress), and more.</p> <p>There are 50 locations all over the country from which to choose that are held individually throughout the year. Challenges can change to suit the location, too, so you won't know what's coming your way until 24 hours before your own event.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Exciting%2520Ways%2520to%2520See%2520the%2520Country%2520This%2520Summer.jpg&amp;description=8%20Exciting%20Ways%20to%20See%20the%20Country%20This%20Summer"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Exciting%20Ways%20to%20See%20the%20Country%20This%20Summer.jpg" alt="8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer" 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/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer">4 Underrated U.S. Cities You Need to See This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-rewards-for-summer-travel">How to Use Rewards for Summer Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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 budget travel road trip see the country summer travel summer vacation travel tips Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:31:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1973972 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_family_cruising.jpg" alt="Happy family cruising" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cruising has long been considered one of the most affordable vacation options for families. For one low price, you can secure your room on the ship along with all your meals and certain types of entertainment. And if you can avoid airfare by driving to the port of departure, you can save even more.</p> <p>Many cruise lines offer added perks like supervised kids' clubs, nightly shows, and formal dinners to lure families in. Special amenities and activities mean families can get more bang for their buck. Several cruise lines in particular make it easier for families to save, with kid-friendly policies or rates, and cheaper cruise fares over all. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-cruises?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Cruises</a>)</p> <h2>1. MSC Cruises</h2> <p>Mediterranean line MSC Cruises offers seven-night Caribbean cruises starting at $399 per person. Many packages also come with onboard credits and free Wi-Fi. But families with kids score even more when it comes to affordability. Unlike some other cruise lines that charge full or reduced fares for children, MSC Cruises has a &quot;kids sail free&quot; policy for some cruises.</p> <p>The fine print states:</p> <p><em>&quot;Kids 11 and under at time of sailing cruise free on select sailings. Kids must sail as third/fourth guests when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare paying adults to qualify to cruise for free.&quot;</em></p> <p>On cruises where kids sail free, the cruise line notes, families are still responsible for taxes and port dues.</p> <p>Although MSC Cruises is a European cruise line, it offers several cruises departing from Miami. On the MSC Divina, for example, you can cruise from Miami to the eastern Caribbean, or choose an itinerary that makes stops in both Central and South America. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a>)</p> <h2>2. Carnival Cruise Line</h2> <p>Carnival offers a wide range of cruise itineraries from various ports in the U.S., with fares as low as $279 per person. A quick, four-day cruise in August out of Mobile, Alabama, for example, sails the western Caribbean with a stop in Cozumel, Mexico for just $309 per person for an interior room.</p> <p>Kid-friendly amenities depend on the ship, but can include water parks, arcades, and splash pads. All Carnival cruises offer a supervised kids' club (for free) to give adults time for a break or a trip to the onboard casino. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-13-craziest-cruises-ever-to-sail-the-high-seas?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 13 Craziest Cruises to Sail the High Seas</a>)</p> <h2>3. Norwegian Cruise Line</h2> <p>Kids can occasionally sail free on Norwegian Cruise Line. On certain 2017 and 2018 trips, third and fourth guests can sail free with two paying adults.</p> <p>Prices start at around $369 per person for a three-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. Some of the shorter cruises even come with money-saving amenities like unlimited open bar and onboard credits of up to $500.</p> <p>Kids and parents can enjoy myriad onboard experiences, from award-winning shows, to onboard aqua parks, to bowling or mini-golf. Norwegian also offers supervised kids' clubs for youngsters, including the Splash Academy for ages three to 12, and the Entourage club for teens aged 13-17.</p> <h2>4. Holland America Line</h2> <p>Holland America Line is a family-friendly cruise line aimed at offering good value for families. Its Caribbean cruises from the U.S. can be especially affordable, with six- or seven-night itineraries starting at $699.</p> <p>Even its Alaskan cruises are affordable, despite the area's reputation for high prices. The seven-day Glacier Discovery Southbound cruise departing from Seward, Alaska, for example, starts at just $399 per person for an interior room.</p> <p>Holland America Line offers plenty of onboard entertainment and enriching activities for families. Depending on the cruise you book, you can find options such as spas, arcades, pools and waterparks, and nightly shows.</p> <p>Parents with kids can also buy some free time by checking their kids into Club HAL, a supervised club for children ages three to 17. Entry is free.</p> <h2>5. Royal Caribbean</h2> <p>Royal Caribbean is another line that lets kids sail free on select cruises. On other cruises, it has promotions that make it affordable to bring children along. Its current promotion offers 60 percent off a second guest, for example.</p> <p>Using that promotion, a four-night Bahamas cruise out of Miami starts at just $246 per person. Keep in mind, however, that your third and fourth guests (including kids) are full price.</p> <p>In terms of the onboard experience, Royal Caribbean's offerings depend on which cruise and ship you choose. Some ships feature rock climbing walls, zip lines, and onboard arcades. All feature swimming pools to keep the kids busy, and some have water parks as well.</p> <p>All Royal Caribbean cruises offer supervised entertainment for kids while the adults play on their own. The kids' club is open to children ages three to 12, while a teens' club offers activities perfect for older kids up to age 17.</p> <h2>How to save even more on cruises</h2> <p>While cruising is already known as an affordable option for families, you can save even more by shopping for deals. All the cruise lines mentioned above and many others change their promotions regularly.</p> <p>Never assume a specific cruise line is cheaper because kids sail free or they're offering 50 percent off. Compare specific promotions for the itinerary you want, then look for the best final price after all promotions have been added. Also take into account any extras, such as drink packages or onboard credits, that are being offered on a particular cruise.</p> <p>Finally, check out <a href="http://www.vacationstogo.com/" target="_blank">VacationsToGo.com</a> if you're looking for a last-minute cruise. The site promises that if you book within 90 days of departure, you can save up to 82 percent. Better yet, those discounts can apply to all available cruise lines, ranging from luxury brands like Princess down to the lower-priced cruise lines mentioned here.</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-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Most%2520Affordable%2520Cruise%2520Lines%2520for%2520Families.jpg&amp;description=5%20Most%20Affordable%20Cruise%20Lines%20for%20Families"></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%20Most%20Affordable%20Cruise%20Lines%20for%20Families.jpg" alt="5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families" 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/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families">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/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-cruise-line-rewards-programs-worth-it">Are Cruise Line Rewards Programs 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/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Tips for Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel cruise lines cruises family cruise family vacation travel tips Wed, 28 Jun 2017 08:31:06 +0000 Holly Johnson 1971633 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/playa_del_carmen.jpg" alt="Playa del Carmen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mexico is filled with gorgeous beach towns that beckon global tourists year-round. The great thing is, many of them are affordable. That's especially true these days for Americans carrying U.S. dollars, since the exchange rate is so attractive now. Here are eight of the most affordable Mexican beach towns to visit, plus why you should go.</p> <h2>1. Loreto</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/shopping_in_loreto_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated on the Baja California Peninsula, Loreto offers more than a cool splash in blue waters. It's also home to the centuries-old church, Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto, and prehistoric cave paintings at the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range.</p> <p>Beach-lovers can see pelicans, dolphins, and whales off the coast around Bahía de Loreto National Park. If you come in spring, you may also catch the migration of whales. For those after a little more active vacation, there is plenty of snorkeling and sport fishing, too.</p> <p>Best of all, three-star hotels in Loreto start at just $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/caribbean-island-vacations-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Caribbean Island Vacations Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>2. Mazatlán</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/mazatlan_mexico_scenic_look_out_point.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Referred to as the Pearl of the Pacific, this resort town boasts 11 miles of boardwalk that promises lovely strolls along the sea. Mazatlán is also known for gorgeous architecture, friendly locals, a rich history, and a world-renowned night life district called Zona Dorada (Golden Zone).</p> <p>A fun to-do list could include visiting the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the historic part of town, dropping by the Zona Dorada to mingle with fellow tourists, and catching breathtaking sunsets.</p> <p>Like surfing? Mazatlán is known as a surfing haven because of its enormous waves. If you are visiting as a family, you can also take the little ones to the Mazatlán Aquarium.</p> <p>Mazatlán is convenient to get to and offers semitropical weather all year. Plus, you can find three-star hotels starting from $70. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Hotel Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>3. Todos Santos</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/quiet_each_near_cabo_on_the_pacific_ocean.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Popular with both artists and surfers, Todos Santos is located on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. History enthusiasts might drop by the local Profesor Néstor Agúndez Martínez Cultural Center while beach-lovers might hang out at surfer-friendly San Pedrito, Los Cerritos, or La Pastora.</p> <p>While surfing is the most popular activity in Todos Santos, it's not the only adventure on the menu: You can go kayaking, camping, fishing, or hiking. You can also take part in an eco-tour.</p> <p>In the winter, Todos Santos is a premier spot to watch the migration of gray whales. And walking through the historic part of town will get you to numerous art galleries.</p> <p>You can find hotels starting at $30, although most three-star hotels cost $90 per night and up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Once-In-a-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned with Credit Card Rewards</a>)</p> <h2>4. Troncones</h2> <p>Troncones is a beach village 30 minutes away from Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa International Airport. The city is best known for its beaches and four main surf spots: La Saladita, Troncones Point, the Ranch, and La Boca. If surfing isn't your thing, you can still relax on the beautiful beaches with a good book. Animal lovers will also enjoy the many local pelicans and sea turtles.</p> <p>In Troncones, three-star hotels start at around $80 per night.</p> <h2>5. Playa del Carmen</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/playa_del_carmen_tourist_district_mayan_riviera_mexico_shops_restaurants.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Coastal resort town Playa del Carmen is the third largest city of its state, Quintana Roo, with seemingly endless palm trees, coral reefs, nightclubs, and restaurants. While it might be a bit more touristy than the other towns on the list, it makes up for it by its closeness to Cancun's International airport.</p> <p>In Playa del Carmen, you can spend the day diving, snorkeling, or swimming. In addition to its water-related activities, Playa del Carmen is also world famous for its restaurants and night life. At night, catch Mayan dance performances and free salsa classes while perusing the shops on the city's famous strip, 5th Avenue.</p> <p>For warm weather and fewer tourists, you may want to visit in April and May. Three-star hotels near the beach start at $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-international-destinations-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 International Destinations You Can Visit for $50 a Day</a>)</p> <h2>6. Puerto Escondido</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/puerto_escondido_mexico_493313786.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated along the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca, this beach town has become known as a world-class surf destination. But if you&rsquo;re not a surfer, there's still plenty to do. The town features a number of beaches where you can snorkel, swim, fish, and windsurf. And you can always just watch the powerful waves and surfers who ply them from the beach.</p> <p>If you want to soak in a little culture on land, try a Mexican cooking class and trip to the local market. For bustling nightlife, check out the bars at Zicatela beach. Some nights they may even have&nbsp;live music.</p> <p>Three-star hotels start at around $40 a night.(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>7. La Paz</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_public_beach_with_water_slide_in_la_paz_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The capital of Baja California Sur is one of Mexico's best beach towns. La Paz is filled with lovely beaches, gardens, and parks. The town is also home to an array of seafront restaurants, hotels, and museums.</p> <p>Whether you want to go diving, watch the whales, or enjoy a secluded beach on your own, La Paz has tons to offer. Among La Paz's most famous beaches are Playa Balandra (especially great for kids), Playa el Coromuel, Playa Caimancito, Playa Pichilingue (ideal for camping), and Playa Tecolote, from which you can leave to see the island Espíritu Santo (or the Holy Spirit) &mdash; a Unesco World Heritage site. At any of these famous beaches, you can go kayaking or snorkeling, or simply enjoy the cliffs and inlets.</p> <p>Three-star hotels in La Paz start at just $50 per night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>8. Sayulita</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunrise_over_coast_of_sayulita_mexican.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Like many Mexican beach towns, Sayulita is affordable, beautiful, and surfer-friendly. The city also offers delicious seafood along with plenty of activities to keep you occupied.</p> <p>Since the waves are beginner-friendly, Sayulita is a great option if you want to learn how to surf with your kids. If you're after natural beauty and snorkeling opportunities, on the other hand, consider a day trip to nearby Marieta Islands.</p> <p>While in town, drop by Sayulita Fish Taco, a bar offering more varieties of tequila than you can count.</p> <p>Plan on paying $15 per night to stay in a hotel or $115 per night for three-star hotels. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-amazing-hawaiian-resorts-you-can-book-with-rewards-points?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Amazing Hawaiian Resorts You Can Book With Rewards Points</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Most%2520Affordable%2520Beach%2520Towns%2520in%2520Mexico.jpg&amp;description=8%20Most%20Affordable%20Beach%20Towns%20in%20Mexico"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Most%20Affordable%20Beach%20Towns%20in%20Mexico.jpg" alt="8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">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/cut-these-9-expenses-in-one-year-to-get-a-10-day-hawaii-vacation">Cut These 9 Expenses in One Year to Get a 10-Day Hawaii Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-airline-fees-in-basic-economy">How to Avoid Airline Fees in Basic Economy</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-european-cities-you-can-visit-for-50-a-day">5 European Cities You Can Visit for $50 a Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-countries-where-you-can-live-on-1000-a-month">4 Countries Where You Can Live on $1,000 a Month</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel budget travel mexican vacation mexico saving money on vacation travel tips tropical destinations Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Holly Johnson 1971281 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_summer_vacation_496796385.jpg" alt="Family using credit for a cheaper, safer summer vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer travel season has arrived! Whether you&rsquo;re going to the beach, the lake, the mountains, or &ldquo;The Happiest Place on Earth&rdquo; (at least from the kids&rsquo; perspective), summer vacation can be expensive. It also can put you at risk for theft &mdash; both of your personal belongings and your identity.</p> <p>According to Experian, the average per-person cost of a vacation is $2,275, and half of this expense is put on a credit card. Planning ahead, setting a budget, and saving money in advance are essential for a debt-free vacation. Even after putting in the time and effort to start a vacation fund at the bank, using credit can be a smart financial choice. Here are seven ways using credit as a financial tool during your summer travel can help you have a safer, less-expensive vacation without taking on debt.</p> <h2>1. Convenience</h2> <p>Figuring out foreign currency can be like Harry Potter counting Muggle money. Using a credit card can eliminate uncomfortable stares from the locals, who you know are thinking, <em>Yup, they&rsquo;re tourists,</em> while you and yours hold up the line deciding whether the gold coin with the lady on it or the silver coin with the man is the right change. A credit card can also automate the calculation of exchange rates. Look for cards that don&rsquo;t charge a foreign transaction fee. Finally, credit cards hold up much better than cash when you drop your wallet in the pool.</p> <h2>2. Travel insurance</h2> <p>Some credit card agreements provide travel insurance when you book flights or hotels. You&rsquo;ll be glad you didn&rsquo;t reserve those nonrefundable tickets with cash when the hurricane blows through two weeks before departure and takes your hotel with it.</p> <h2>3. Purchase discounts</h2> <p>Branded credit cards may offer discounts for purchases on the resort property or in stores and restaurants in the area. The right logo or cute cartoon character on the card can leave you with a little extra cash in the bank back home.</p> <h2>4. Rewards and incentives</h2> <p>Airline miles, hotel points, and cash back can add up quickly on a cross-country road trip or overseas vacation. Using a credit card could put a bit of money back in your savings account, get you a free room for a night, or earn a seat upgrade on a long overnight flight.</p> <h2>5. Identity theft protection</h2> <p>Your identity may be your most valuable possession. Using a credit card for vacation purchases will protect you when your identity is compromised. Because losses due to fraud are limited to $50, if your identity is stolen while on the road, you won&rsquo;t lose any cash. In most cases, even the $50 is waived by the credit card company.</p> <h2>6. Theft deterrence</h2> <p>Want to put a bullseye on your back? Pull out a big wad of cash in a crowded vacation spot. Flashing loads of lucre can make you a prime target for thieves and pickpockets. Eliminate bulging pockets and use a credit card instead of cash. If you do have your pocket picked, simply call the credit card company to have the account blocked and a replacement card delivered to you.</p> <h2>7. Expense tracking</h2> <p>Using a single credit card for all your vacation purchases can be a good financial management tool. Designating a single card will give you a complete record of your expenses when you get home &mdash; in the form of your monthly statement.</p> <p>You might also consider applying for a new card expressly for your summer vacation. That makes expense tracking even easier &mdash; any spending on the card is automatically &quot;vacation spending.&quot; If you choose your vacation card carefully, you may be able to boost your rewards and savings, too. Before applying, check your Experian credit report and <a href="http://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/credit-education/score-basics/" target="_blank">score</a>. Knowing what&rsquo;s in the report will ensure there aren&rsquo;t any surprises when you apply.</p> <p>Of course, you can&rsquo;t just charge it and forget it. You still have to monitor your spending along the way, stick to your budget, and use your vacation savings to pay the balance in full when you get home. But if you use credit wisely, you may be able to leave a bit in the account to use next year.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520Using%2520Credit%2520Can%2520Help%2520You%2520Enjoy%2520a%2520Cheaper%252C%2520Safer%2520Summer%2520Vacation.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20Using%20Credit%20Can%20Help%20You%20Enjoy%20a%20Cheaper%2C%20Safer%20Summer%20Vacation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20Using%20Credit%20Can%20Help%20You%20Enjoy%20a%20Cheaper%2C%20Safer%20Summer%20Vacation.jpg" alt="7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation" 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/rod-griffin">Rod Griffin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-can-do-now-to-prep-for-your-best-summer-ever">14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever</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-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</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-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel cheap travel saving money summer travel summer vacation travel Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:00:11 +0000 Rod Griffin 1969124 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ireland_castle_76621825.jpg" alt="Finding frugal fall getaways you can start packing for" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel is always wonderful, but it can be a struggle when you're on a budget. It's important to look for places where the dollar is doing well, or maybe somewhere you can get a package deal that includes your flight and hotel. If you're looking for a cheap &mdash; but still awesome &mdash; getaway for the fall, here are some places you should look into. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel?ref=seealso">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Greece</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/athens_greece_66332307.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though it can still cost a lot to stay on one of the more famous islands like Santorini, Greece's economic issues make it one of the cheaper places to stay. Ferries run between islands &mdash; if you want to check all of them out &mdash; but there are <a href="https://www.lonelyplanet.com/greece/athens/travel-tips-and-articles/the-best-free-things-to-do-in-athens">tons of cheap things to do in Athens</a>, too. And that's probably what you're going to want to see when you're traveling to Greece.</p> <h2>2. Cambodia</h2> <p>Cambodia is <a href="http://www.priceoftravel.com/46/cambodia/phnom-penh-prices">one of the cheapest places</a> to visit, and it's filled with amazing things to see. Angkor Wat alone has so many temples and so much ground to cover, you might need more than just a day pass to do it. And that's only one of the sites this country has to offer. With its low prices and attractions, you'll get your money's worth here.</p> <h2>3. Camping Somewhere Stateside</h2> <p>If you feel like staying in the states, there's bound to be an awesome camping destination within a few hours of you. Hiking, fishing, and just being in the middle of all nature has to offer is an amazing thing. If you really want to rough it, tent sites are usually cheaper. But if you want something a little bit sturdier, log cabins are the way to go.</p> <h2>4. Dominican Republic</h2> <p>If you want a Caribbean vacation that doesn't hurt your wallet, the Dominican Republic is your perfect spot. It's a great place for an all-inclusive vacation. Some hotels have multiple pools, bars, and gourmet restaurants that are included with the price of your stay. Activities like golfing, scuba diving, and parasailing come with additional fees &mdash; and the resorts can book those adventures for you.</p> <h2>5. Puerto Rico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/puerto_rico_85980345.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Another decently priced tropical destination, Puerto Rico is great because the flights are cheap and they use the US dollar for currency. Avoid the touristy areas if you want to get your money's worth. Hit up the <a href="http://www.seepuertorico.com/en/destinations/west/">west coast of the island for amazing beaches</a> and smaller crowds.</p> <h2>6. Vietnam</h2> <p>Though it's becoming more popular, Vietnam is still cheap and beautiful. If you go while budgeting, you can get by on less than $40 a day. Since most of the country is pretty underdeveloped, it's a great place to backpack and go on a true adventure. If you're not into that, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are the more popular tourist destinations.</p> <h2>7. Bolivia</h2> <p>One of only two landlocked countries in South America, Bolivia is often overlooked. The city of La Paz is a unique place that blends modern life with indigenous traditions, and it's full of activities that aren't to be missed. And if you venture away from the city, you can see more of the indigenous and religious culture you can't experience anywhere else.</p> <h2>8. San Diego</h2> <p>Unlike Los Angeles and San Francisco, it's a lot easier to get a bargain here. Beaches are your best bet, with miles of boardwalk and coastline to be explored. The Coronado Ferry is pretty cheap to ride, and it lets you see the sites from a different perspective. If you have a bit more money to spend, take in one of the famous destinations here, like the San Diego Zoo.</p> <h2>9. Bulgaria</h2> <p>Another frequently overlooked destination, Bulgaria has some of the most deserted beaches in Europe. It also boasts old towns to explore and mountain ranges to trek. It's been influenced by multiple cultures, so you'll see a unique blend of things here that make it a must-see destination. There are a ton of gorgeous monasteries and churches if you get tired of being on the beach all day.</p> <h2>10. Ireland</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/ireland_scenic_83019115.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Travel to Ireland has gotten cheaper in recent years, and it's a deal worth jumping on. With Dublin being a big city, it can be more on the expensive side for things like food, but there are still plenty of free things to do to fill your time. Journey out to the countryside for some amazing views and cheaper places to stay &mdash; though you might want to rent a car to fully experience everything this country has to offer.</p> <p>You can still travel to some of the most amazing places in the world while on a budget. Go to places less-traveled, plan ahead to find cheap flights and hostels, and make the most of the spending limit you have. There's nothing wrong with going off the beaten path to see something awesome!</p> <p><em>What are some other cheap fall destinations? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now.jpg&amp;description=10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Frugal%20Fall%20Getaways%20You%20Can%20Start%20Packing%20For%20Now.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anum-yoon">Anum Yoon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-money-lessons-to-take-from-the-great-depression">9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds</a></span> </div> </li> <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-make-sure-youre-getting-a-deal-with-groupon-getaway">How to Make Sure You&#039;re Getting a Deal With Groupon Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Budgeting Travel budget travel budgeting fall getaways frugal travel saving money travel vacation Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:00:16 +0000 Anum Yoon 1787549 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_beach_vacation_5993498.jpg" alt="Woman finding budget-friendly beach destinations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer is all about the beach escape &mdash; a well-earned break from the toil of the daily routine in a place where the day is ruled by the rise and fall of the sun. But have you truly earned it? According to American Express, the average American vacation costs $1,145 per person, or $4,580 for a family of four. If that price tag looks steep, let's consider your options.</p> <p>Sure, you could forgo your annual vacation, but there's a price to pay for that, too. Studies show that vacationing can make you feel more restful and productive, improve your relationships, and boost your health. Neglecting to vacation, on the other hand &mdash; also known as being overworked &mdash; has been connected to depression, anxiety, insomnia, health problems, weight gain, and higher divorce rates. Perhaps your best bet is a trip to one of the nation's budget-friendly beaches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in?ref=seealso">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cayucos, California</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/cayucos_california_pier_149325737.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You won't find swanky tapas bars or hundred million dollar homes in <a href="http://www.visitcayucosca.com/cayucos-family-vacation/">this overlooked enclave</a> on the California coast. Yes, like many California beach destinations, Cayucos has gorgeous ocean views and surf spots galore. But unlike the rest, it's not over-the-top expensive. It's also not ultra-crowded with tourists. Fill your days with walks on the newly renovated historic pier, visits to the acclaimed skate park, kayak excursions down the coast, horseback riding adventures on the beach, or afternoon wine tasting. Laid-back and slow-moving with many dog and kid-friendly beaches, hotels, and restaurants &mdash; yes, you really can bring Sparky out to eat &mdash; Cayucos makes for a great, no-frills getaway for the entire family.</p> <h2>2. Gulfport, Mississippi</h2> <p>In Gulfport, where the <a href="http://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00">median home value</a> is just $175,700, miles of sandy beaches are bordered by a boulevard populated by hotels and casinos. Though badly battered by Hurricane Katrina, this relatively undiscovered portion of the Gulf Coast has been rebuilding itself as a lively destination for beach-goers, fishermen, golfers, gamblers, and lovers of nightlife and live music. And, for now, that not-so-distant memory of Katrina's wrath keeps the prices here low. For $29, you can buy a roundtrip ferry ride to <a href="http://www.msshipisland.com/?q=about">Ship Island</a>, home of Mississippi's most scenic beaches. Located 11 miles south of Gulfport, this pristine barrier island is the ideal setting to soak up the sun, picnic, and unwind.</p> <h2>3. Pensacola, Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/pensacola_florida_beach_66117559.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Florida is home to more coastline than any other continental state. And while many of the Sunshine State's beach destinations will empty your wallet, Pensacola was seemingly <a href="http://www.bestplaces.net/cost_of_living/city/florida/pensacola">made for the bargain-minded</a>. In addition to its affordability, this <a href="http://www.cityofpensacola.com/35/Visiting">westernmost city</a> in the Florida panhandle is known for its crystalline water and long stretch of powdery white sand beaches. A 20-minute drive from the city's downtown will get you there, though there is a public beach accessible from downtown, as well.</p> <p>In addition to beaches, Pensacola boasts a collection of pre-Civil War brick fortresses. The Gulf Breeze Zoo is home to 900 animals, while the National Naval Aviation Museum features a collection of more than 150 warbirds. Budget motels and inexpensive condominium vacation rentals are plentiful both in the Pensacola beach area and downtown &mdash; and so are budget-friendly dining options.</p> <h2>4. Matagorda, Texas</h2> <p>Matagorda is home of miles upon miles of untouched beaches. It's almost as if no one knows they're here. For the budget traveler, that's good news because it means <a href="http://www.fishermansmotel.com/page1/index.html">you can score a waterfront motel room</a> for $75 per night. Apart from the beach, there isn't much to Matagorda. But if you're looking for scenic solitude on a budget, this is where you'll find it.</p> <h2>5. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/new_jersey_beach_18947400.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated just two hours from Washington, D.C., Rehoboth Beach boasts a mile-long boardwalk along a beautiful beach as well as numerous food, entertainment, and shopping options within walking distance of the coast. In addition to the beach, the Rehoboth area has lots to offer, including the Tanger Outlets, which has 160 stores, as well as golfing, fishing, and hiking on a number of local nature trails. And with a number of <a href="http://www.anchoragemotelinc.com/rates/">no-frills rentals</a> such as the Anchorage Motel, you can rent a room for less than $100 &mdash; even during the high season.</p> <h2>6. Keansburg, New Jersey</h2> <p>This bayside town offers mesmerizing beachfront of the New York City skyline, calm waters for swimming, a fishing pier to cast your line, scenic walking trails &mdash; and a median home value of just $162,000. This <a href="http://www.zillow.com/keansburg-nj/home-values/">bargain town</a> on the famed Jersey Shore is undertaking <a href="http://patch.com/new-jersey/middletown-nj/keansburg-awarded-11-million-streetscape-revitalization-grant">a huge streetscape revitalization project</a> that promises to enhance building facades and improve walkways, something that's bound to lure in even more small businesses and vitality in the coming years. For now, room rentals at the quaint, family-owned <a href="http://www.hollyhillmotel.com/Luxury-Motel-About-West-Keansburg-NJ.html">Holly Hill Motel</a> come as low as $69 per night.</p> <p><em>What other beach destinations are budget-friendly? Share with us!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20Budget-Friendly%20Beach%20Destinations.jpg&amp;description=6%20Budget-Friendly%20Beach%20Destinations" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Budget-Friendly%20Beach%20Destinations.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees">6 Ways to Save On Baggage Fees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</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-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel beach beach vacation beaches budget travel budget-friendly destination frugal living saving money travel Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:31:04 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1751466 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Places to Travel While the Dollar Is Strong http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000070546755_Small_0.jpg" alt="Finding places to travel while the dollar is strong" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="164" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel isn't cheap, but when the dollar is 15%&ndash;55% stronger against other currencies than it has been in over a decade, now is the time to travel! 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. 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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-using-credit-can-help-you-enjoy-a-cheaper-safer-summer-vacation">7 Ways Using Credit Can Help You Enjoy a Cheaper, Safer Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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-more-value-from-united-airlines-miles">How to Get More Value From United Airlines Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel cheap travel conversion rate international travel travel rewards Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:30:28 +0000 Nick Wharton 1675631 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000067360057_Large.jpg" alt="couple traveling for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a full-time travel blogger and a full-time traveler, people often say to me, &quot;I want to travel, but I don't have enough money.&quot; But with online communities and worldwide volunteering opportunities growing, anyone can now travel for free. The following tips are for anyone who wants to make travel a bigger part of their lives, but doesn't have the funds to make it happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a>)</p> <h2>1. House Sitting</h2> <p>The idea of getting paid to house-sit seems almost too good to be true. But hundreds of listings are posted every day on a collection of amazing websites (my personal favorite is TrustedHouseSitters.com).</p> <p>The homes available vary from oceanside cottages and jungle cabins to castles and mansions on vineyards. The amazing thing, is that anyone and everyone can sign up for these websites, add their profile, and start finding free accommodations all around the world.</p> <p>Don't like animals? Some of the jobs are only house-sits, with no pets to worry about.</p> <p>If you love animals, this is the perfect chance for you to bond with a furry companion while discovering new destinations and learning about cultures around the world.</p> <p>There is a yearly fee of $113.88 ($9.49/month) to view the jobs. Look over these <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/house-sitting-frequently-asked-questions/">frequently asked questions about house sitting</a> for a better understanding of the program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso">How to Land the Perfect House Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <p>In my experience, most of the homes on the website are luxurious. Typically, the homeowners that post their houses on the site have money to take a few months off each year, so they also have money for a beautiful home, a gardener, a housekeeper etc.</p> <p>My wife and I once even landed a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi5iGJ_-6E&amp;list=PL6F38OL31c4kOKbzalniqh9lI_Dy_i64-&amp;index=18">house sitting job in the Caribbean</a>!</p> <h2>2. Volunteer</h2> <p>Travel is a wonderful way to grow as a person, learn about different traditions around the world, and meet new people from different cultures. For all the good travel does you, why not give back a little (and enjoy some free travel along the way)? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso">11 Volunteer Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <p>Volunteering will give you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and help out where it's needed most. Some of the most popular options include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://wwoofinternational.org/">WWOOFing</a> (Fee varies by locale):</li> </ul> <p>Sorry dog-lovers, this isn't a K9 rescue program, as the name would imply. WWOOFing is a worldwide organization that aims to connect people who want to live on an organic farm and learn more about sustainable living and eco-friendly farming. Typically, volunteers are involved in planting, tending to crops and animals, and helping out wherever possible. In exchange, they are usually offering free room and board. To find jobs, click on a country where you're interested in WWOOFing. You'll then be brought to that country's WWOOF website where you can pay a fee to join their network. There is no international WWOOFing fee, so if you want access to jobs all over the world, you'll have to pay for numerous annual fees (usually around $15-$40 per year).</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.workaway.info/">WorkAway.info</a> (Registration fee = $29/2 years):</li> </ul> <p>This site is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to work overseas in exchange for free accommodations. The site features volunteering and cultural exchange programs, helping you to integrate and help local communities in over 130 countries worldwide. Jobs range from home and community restoration to teaching English in rural villages.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.helpx.net/">helpX</a> ($0-$23):</li> </ul> <p>Yet another online network of hosts from around the world who need an extra hand. HelpX has a great network of people. Volunteers are typically asked to work between 4-6 hours per day in exchange for room and board. The basic package is free, but premium users must pay &euro;20 ($23) for a two-year membership. Premium users have access to direct communications with the hosts.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats?ref=seealso">How to Get Free Accommodations and Paid Jobs on Boats</a></p> <h2>3. Use Credit Card Points</h2> <p>If you want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">travel for free</a>, then you should be charging all of your day-to-day purchases on your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">favorite travel rewards credit card</a>, so that at the end of each year, you can put the points towards travel.</p> <p>If you don't already have an excellent rewards credit card, consider signing up for a few of the best ones at the same time based on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">best sign-up bonuses</a>, which can equal up to $500 each. Sign up for three cards with large sign-up bonuses and by the end of the year you may have enough for a free trip. There's no better way to get a free (or close to free flight) than using your rewards points.</p> <h2>4. Hitchhike (On Land<em> and Sea</em>)</h2> <p>Before you cringe at the idea of being kidnapped from the side of the road, you should know that hitchhiking isn't nearly as dangerous as we've been led to believe. According to <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/12/travel/vounteer-free-travel/">some recent studies</a>, you are more likely to die from tripping and falling over than from being murdered while hitchhiking. But that could also be because most people don't hitchhike anymore.</p> <p>Thumbing it is an excellent way to get from one destination to another, and in many parts of the world, it's still the norm. While I was traveling in Kyrgyzstan, everyone and their goat (literally in some cases) used hitchhiking as a form of transport.</p> <p>You don't have to limit your thumb to the side of the road either! You can even hitchhike on sail boats and cruise around the sea for free. Usually you'll be asked to help out as a &quot;skipper,&quot; but it's definitely worth it for a free sailing tour.</p> <p>I've met many people in the Caribbean who have seen numerous islands without spending a cent to get between them. On top of that, they used our next trick to get free accommodation.</p> <h2>5. Camping</h2> <p>In most parts of North America, there will be a fee for camping, but in many parts of the world (including Mexico, Central America, and most of the Caribbean), camping on beaches is free.</p> <p>Locals often use camping as a way to enjoy a cheap domestic holiday, so why not join them? The great thing about this method of free travel is the opportunity to meet new people along the way. You'll often be camping in groups and you may even meet people who will drive you to your next destination.</p> <p>Note: To find free campsites around the world, check out <a href="http://freecampsites.net/">FreeCampsites.net</a>.</p> <p>Of course, you'll have to be careful about where you post up your tent, as some beaches can be dangerous. But a little bit of research and an adventurous spirit can give you some pretty amazing travel experiences, without breaking your bank.</p> <h2>6. Find Free Food</h2> <p>Few people know how easy it is to find free food while traveling.</p> <h3>Ashrams (Typically in India)</h3> <p>Head into the nearest ashram and take part in the day-to-day meditations and yoga classes (also free). Help out by cleaning and guiding new visitors and you'll be given free room and board. That's right. Enjoy free yoga, free meditation, free food, and free housing all while finding inner peace and learning more about yourself. Does it get any better than that?</p> <h3>Bakeries</h3> <p>Did you know that bakeries often give away their leftovers at the end of a day? Any bakery worth eating at will bake fresh goods each and every morning &mdash; meaning that there is typically a lot of leftovers come nightfall. Visit a nearby bakery at closing time and enjoy free food.</p> <h3>Temples and Places of Worship</h3> <p>Free food can be found at places of worship around the world. You'll usually have to volunteer and help out in order to eat for free, but the experience is always worth it! I helped roll chapati bread at a Sikh temple in India and was given free food for the day.</p> <h3>Festivals</h3> <p>There's nothing like a good festival to land yourself some free food. There's almost always some company giving away free samples, or even full plates of food. If you hear music, celebrations, and a rumble in your stomach at the same time, follow your nose to a free lunch!</p> <h2>7. Work in Hostels, Hotels, and Bars</h2> <p>You'd be surprised at how many establishments are looking for foreigners to help out. Usually you'll be offered free room and board in exchange for your cleaning, bartending, administration, or reception services.</p> <p>To find work, simply check-in or order a drink and ask if they are looking for help. There are so many jobs available around the world that it may even be worth traveling with multiple copies of your resume.</p> <h2>No More Excuses!</h2> <p>Start putting your expenses on your favorite travel rewards credit card to earn points for your flight, then start browsing, researching, and registering for opportunities and you could easily hit the road with very little (or no) money in your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year</a>)</p> <p>Once you're on the road working and volunteering, you'll start networking with businesses and communities, and you'll find more and more opportunities to continue traveling without spending money. You can potentially travel forever!</p> <p><em>Have you ever traveled for free? Share your tips with us in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!&nbsp;</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520That%2520Anyone%2520Can%2520Travel%2520for%2520Free.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20That%20Anyone%20Can%20Travel%20for%20Free"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20That%20Anyone%20Can%20Travel%20for%20Free.jpg" width="250" height="374" align="middle" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-rewards-for-summer-travel">How to Use Rewards for Summer 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/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/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-famous-overseas-film-settings-you-can-visit-on-any-budget">5 Famous Overseas Film Settings You Can Visit on Any Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel free travel travel tips vacation wanderlust Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:30:20 +0000 Nick Wharton 1654566 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-154076695.jpg" alt="tourist" title="tourist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacationing abroad is going to put a dent in your wallet. Sure, you can search through<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources"> money-saving travel websites</a>, book with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">insane travel rewards programs</a>, and even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">eat cheap while you're abroad</a>, but it's still all but unavoidable: at some point, you're going to have to fork over some cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Which is why finding just one amazing free activity in a foreign city can be so liberating. Beyond the activity itself, a fun freebie can go a long way to putting your mind at rest that you're not over-spending.</p> <p>So if you're thinking about a trip sometime soon, or just want to be reminded that you can take one without splurging on <em>everything</em>, check out this list highlighting 14 of the Best Free Things to do Abroad.</p> <h2>1. Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights Show</h2> <p><img width="605" height="268" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hongkong_0.jpg" /></p> <p>The Guinness Book of World Records calls it &quot;<a href="http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/harbour-view/a-symphony-of-lights.jsp">the world's largest permanent light and sound show</a>.&quot; You'll call it &quot;free&quot;. Enjoy the show that involves over 40 buildings along the impressive Victoria Harbour, and synchronizes laser beams, spotlights, and music.</p> <h2>2. Amsterdam's Buiksloterweg Ferry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/amsterdam.jpg" /></p> <p>Americans often think of ferries as ways to commute, not beautiful scenic tour-boats. And very rarely to they think of them as free. But so it is with the <a href="http://www.amsterdamcityblog.com/tag/buiksloterweg/">ferries that leave just behind Amsterdam's Central Station</a> and take you to all sorts of different downtown neighborhoods.</p> <h2>3. Raffles Hotel, Singapore</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/singapore.jpg" /></p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.raffles.com">The grand of dame of Singapore</a>&quot; feels like it should cost you and arm and a leg just to walk through the colonial majesty of its grounds&hellip; but it doesn't. Just don't even <em>think</em> of staying the night if you're on a budget.</p> <h2>4. Parisian Flicks at the Parc de la Villette</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/paris.jpg" /></p> <p>Just outside the city, this <a href="http://goparis.about.com/od/parismovietheaters/a/cinemalavillette.htm">enormous outdoor movie theater</a> plays free movies (both classic and contemporary) every night during July and August.</p> <h2>5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/tokyo.jpg" /></p> <p>You're on an adventurous vacation in an exotic country looking for excitement. &quot;Metropolitan government office&quot; probably isn't the first attraction that pops into your head. But <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/sights/architecture/tokyo-metropolitan-government-offices">Japan's towering Tokyo Tocho building</a> will change all that with its 45<sup>th</sup> floor (free!) observation deck providing views of the city and even Mt Fuji.</p> <h2>6. Riverdale Farm, Toronto</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/toronto.jpg" /></p> <p>Imagine what would happen if you plopped a <a href="https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a4f8dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD">7.5 acre farm</a> full of sheep, goats, and cows in the middle of Chicago or San Francisco? In Canada, they can get away with that sort of wackiness, most notably at this free farmland sanctuary tucked inside a bustling downtown neighborhood.</p> <h2>7. The Art of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vatican.jpg" /></p> <p>Want to see works from some of history's best artists for free? Then don't go to an art museum, go to <a href="http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/vr_tour/index-en.html">this holiest of Catholic holy sites</a> filled the artwork of Raphael, Bramante, and Michelangelo.</p> <h2>8. Biking in Copenhagen</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/copenhagen.jpg" /></p> <p>Denmark may just be home to <a href="http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen-tourist">the world's most bikeable city</a>, and the Danes want your pedal power so badly, they'll let you ride for free with the Go Bike bikeshare. Just pop in a small coin deposit, and hours of parks, beaches, and 17<sup>th</sup> century neighborhoods later, lock the bike up and you'll get your money back.</p> <h2>9. Northern Lights in Oslo</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/oslo.jpg" /></p> <p>It would be very, very difficult for the Norwegian government to charge you for looking up. So take full advantage by visiting in the winter, and more than likely <a href="http://www.visitnorway.com/en/what-to-do/attractions-culture/nature-attractions-in-norway/the-northern-lights/?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqWQ9ENLCN43jrRZcihUARaM117kdY7vu4KqyNS6rwDnw_wcB">seeing the sky turn green</a> without having to spend any green.</p> <h2>10. The Kensington High Street Roof Gardens, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londonken.jpg" /></p> <p>Until 2012 <a href="http://www.roofgardens.virgin.com">the largest rooftop garden</a> in Europe, this charmingly lush 1.5 acres are free and open to the public, but not visible from the street, so locate them by looking for the Virgin flag.</p> <h2>11. Sydney's Harbour Bridge</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sydney.jpg" /></p> <p>Though walking <em>up</em> the bridge's catwalk can cost an arm and a leg (also what you'll lose if you fall&hellip;), walking across the bridge is free, and provides some amazing views of the city skyline and famed <a href="http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/homepage.aspx?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqXMhk76TSfPE8T01_YFe6dVW3j2guZsv1EL3RGjUPS3w_wcB">Sydney Opera House</a>.</p> <h2>12. Lindt Chocolate Factory in Zurich</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/zurich.jpg" /></p> <p>Even Charlie's golden ticket cost the price of a candy bar. Not so at the home of <a href="http://www.lindtusa.com">the world's most famous (real) chocolate</a>, which offers free tours.</p> <h2>13. Santa Skiing in Quebec</h2> <p><img width="605" height="342" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/quebec.jpg" /></p> <p>Just because it's free doesn't mean you don't have to work for it. But if you're willing to dress up like Old Saint Nick, you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7f5pOnTmEE">hit the slopes at Le Massif in Charlevoix</a> at no charge.</p> <h2>14. The Tate Modern, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londontate.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">T</a><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">he most-visited art gallery in the world</a> is also&hellip; the free-est! Except for special exhibitions, there's no charge to visit London's famous museum.</p> <p><em>Done any equally amazing (or <strong>more </strong>amazing) free activities aboard? 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