budget travel http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7772/all en-US 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-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/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/these-5-money-saving-hacks-are-a-huge-waste-of-time">These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-when-youre-rich-dream-buys-that-arent-that-great">5 &quot;When You&#039;re Rich&quot; Dream Buys That Aren&#039;t That Great</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/beach_cliffs_859494.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-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-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/these-5-money-saving-hacks-are-a-huge-waste-of-time">These 5 Money-Saving Hacks Are a Huge Waste of Time</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel">The 7 Rules of Budget Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dirty-details-of-traveling-full-time">14 Dirty Details of Traveling Full-Time</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-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/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-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/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-airline-or-travel-rewards-credit-cards-the-better-deal">Are Airline or Travel Rewards Credit Cards the Better Deal?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel free travel travel tips vacation wanderlust Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:30:20 +0000 Nick Wharton 1654566 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-154076695.jpg" alt="tourist" title="tourist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacationing abroad is going to put a dent in your wallet. Sure, you can search through<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources"> money-saving travel websites</a>, book with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">insane travel rewards programs</a>, and even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secrets-to-eating-great-food-for-cheap-while-traveling">eat cheap while you're abroad</a>, but it's still all but unavoidable: at some point, you're going to have to fork over some cash. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Which is why finding just one amazing free activity in a foreign city can be so liberating. Beyond the activity itself, a fun freebie can go a long way to putting your mind at rest that you're not over-spending.</p> <p>So if you're thinking about a trip sometime soon, or just want to be reminded that you can take one without splurging on <em>everything</em>, check out this list highlighting 14 of the Best Free Things to do Abroad.</p> <h2>1. Hong Kong's Symphony of Lights Show</h2> <p><img width="605" height="268" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/hongkong_0.jpg" /></p> <p>The Guinness Book of World Records calls it &quot;<a href="http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/highlight-attractions/harbour-view/a-symphony-of-lights.jsp">the world's largest permanent light and sound show</a>.&quot; You'll call it &quot;free&quot;. Enjoy the show that involves over 40 buildings along the impressive Victoria Harbour, and synchronizes laser beams, spotlights, and music.</p> <h2>2. Amsterdam's Buiksloterweg Ferry</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/amsterdam.jpg" /></p> <p>Americans often think of ferries as ways to commute, not beautiful scenic tour-boats. And very rarely to they think of them as free. But so it is with the <a href="http://www.amsterdamcityblog.com/tag/buiksloterweg/">ferries that leave just behind Amsterdam's Central Station</a> and take you to all sorts of different downtown neighborhoods.</p> <h2>3. Raffles Hotel, Singapore</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/singapore.jpg" /></p> <p>&quot;<a href="http://www.raffles.com">The grand of dame of Singapore</a>&quot; feels like it should cost you and arm and a leg just to walk through the colonial majesty of its grounds&hellip; but it doesn't. Just don't even <em>think</em> of staying the night if you're on a budget.</p> <h2>4. Parisian Flicks at the Parc de la Villette</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/paris.jpg" /></p> <p>Just outside the city, this <a href="http://goparis.about.com/od/parismovietheaters/a/cinemalavillette.htm">enormous outdoor movie theater</a> plays free movies (both classic and contemporary) every night during July and August.</p> <h2>5. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/tokyo.jpg" /></p> <p>You're on an adventurous vacation in an exotic country looking for excitement. &quot;Metropolitan government office&quot; probably isn't the first attraction that pops into your head. But <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/sights/architecture/tokyo-metropolitan-government-offices">Japan's towering Tokyo Tocho building</a> will change all that with its 45<sup>th</sup> floor (free!) observation deck providing views of the city and even Mt Fuji.</p> <h2>6. Riverdale Farm, Toronto</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/toronto.jpg" /></p> <p>Imagine what would happen if you plopped a <a href="https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a4f8dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD">7.5 acre farm</a> full of sheep, goats, and cows in the middle of Chicago or San Francisco? In Canada, they can get away with that sort of wackiness, most notably at this free farmland sanctuary tucked inside a bustling downtown neighborhood.</p> <h2>7. The Art of St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/vatican.jpg" /></p> <p>Want to see works from some of history's best artists for free? Then don't go to an art museum, go to <a href="http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_pietro/vr_tour/index-en.html">this holiest of Catholic holy sites</a> filled the artwork of Raphael, Bramante, and Michelangelo.</p> <h2>8. Biking in Copenhagen</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/copenhagen.jpg" /></p> <p>Denmark may just be home to <a href="http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen-tourist">the world's most bikeable city</a>, and the Danes want your pedal power so badly, they'll let you ride for free with the Go Bike bikeshare. Just pop in a small coin deposit, and hours of parks, beaches, and 17<sup>th</sup> century neighborhoods later, lock the bike up and you'll get your money back.</p> <h2>9. Northern Lights in Oslo</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/oslo.jpg" /></p> <p>It would be very, very difficult for the Norwegian government to charge you for looking up. So take full advantage by visiting in the winter, and more than likely <a href="http://www.visitnorway.com/en/what-to-do/attractions-culture/nature-attractions-in-norway/the-northern-lights/?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqWQ9ENLCN43jrRZcihUARaM117kdY7vu4KqyNS6rwDnw_wcB">seeing the sky turn green</a> without having to spend any green.</p> <h2>10. The Kensington High Street Roof Gardens, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londonken.jpg" /></p> <p>Until 2012 <a href="http://www.roofgardens.virgin.com">the largest rooftop garden</a> in Europe, this charmingly lush 1.5 acres are free and open to the public, but not visible from the street, so locate them by looking for the Virgin flag.</p> <h2>11. Sydney's Harbour Bridge</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/sydney.jpg" /></p> <p>Though walking <em>up</em> the bridge's catwalk can cost an arm and a leg (also what you'll lose if you fall&hellip;), walking across the bridge is free, and provides some amazing views of the city skyline and famed <a href="http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/homepage.aspx?gclid=CjkKEQjw-uubBRDs6rqExIXy7ZsBEiQACq4FqXMhk76TSfPE8T01_YFe6dVW3j2guZsv1EL3RGjUPS3w_wcB">Sydney Opera House</a>.</p> <h2>12. Lindt Chocolate Factory in Zurich</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/zurich.jpg" /></p> <p>Even Charlie's golden ticket cost the price of a candy bar. Not so at the home of <a href="http://www.lindtusa.com">the world's most famous (real) chocolate</a>, which offers free tours.</p> <h2>13. Santa Skiing in Quebec</h2> <p><img width="605" height="342" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/quebec.jpg" /></p> <p>Just because it's free doesn't mean you don't have to work for it. But if you're willing to dress up like Old Saint Nick, you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7f5pOnTmEE">hit the slopes at Le Massif in Charlevoix</a> at no charge.</p> <h2>14. The Tate Modern, London</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/londontate.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">T</a><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/things-to-do">he most-visited art gallery in the world</a> is also&hellip; the free-est! Except for special exhibitions, there's no charge to visit London's famous museum.</p> <p><em>Done any equally amazing (or <strong>more </strong>amazing) free activities aboard? Then help grow this list by sharing in the comments below!</em></p> <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%2F14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F14%20of%20the%20Best%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20Abroad.jpg&amp;description=14%20of%20the%20Best%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20Abroad" 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/u5180/14%20of%20the%20Best%20Free%20Things%20to%20Do%20Abroad.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/joe-epstein">Joe Epstein</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Entertainment Travel budget travel free travel Wed, 28 May 2014 15:08:24 +0000 Joe Epstein 1140149 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Frugal Destinations You Should Travel to Now http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-destinations-you-should-travel-to-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-frugal-destinations-you-should-travel-to-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-474085321.jpg" alt="Danube River" title="Danube River" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The travel business has been on the upswing since 2010. After all, this is a nearly 1.3 trillion industry that supports some 8.2 million jobs. That's quite a few airline flights and hotel stays. And while travel deals can be found at every corner of the Internet, it's often best to focus on destinations that have flown slightly under the radar. For example, 2014 should see some new and exciting trends in the industry that feature big savings on certain unheralded locales. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-vacation-destinations-that-stretch-your-dollar?ref=seealso">11 Vacation Destinations That Stretch Your Dollar</a>)</p> <h2>1. Ecuador</h2> <p><img width="605" height="341" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/ecuador.jpg" /></p> <p>Those who are planning their next solo or family vacation should consider this locale. <a href="http://ecuador.travel/">Ecuador</a> may be overlooked due to its size, but don't let its small stature fool you &mdash; there is much to see and do here. Nature lovers can head out of the capital city of Quito and explore lush rainforests and idyllic mountain towns. And of course Ecuador possesses the granddaddy of all eco-tourism destinations: the Galapagos Islands.</p> <p>What makes Ecuador such a hot destination in 2014 is that, relative to many other overseas destinations, it is fairly inexpensive to get to. For example, at the time of writing, Priceline noted round-trip flights under $900.</p> <h2>2. India</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/india.jpg" /></p> <p>Americans are notorious for not venturing out of their comfort zone, at least as far as traveling is concerned. They travel to Europe, a few places in Latin America, and that about does it. However, there's every indication that <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/india-guide/">India</a> could be on many a U.S. traveler's radar in the coming year. Unfortunately, the economics make sense mostly because of the devastating drop of the rupee, India's currency, as compared to the dollar. That means despite the hefty airfare, the country itself will be more affordable than ever for foreign visitors. Plus, new investments by international hotel chains, such as Hilton and Hyatt, should trigger lower rates on rooms and tours.</p> <h2>3. European River Cruises</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/rivercruise.jpg" /></p> <p>One major trend in international travel involves trips on a variety of <a href="http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1122">European rivers</a>. This trend is gaining so much ground, in fact, that a minimum of 20 new boats are projected to make their maiden voyages in 2014. It's not hard to see the appeal of this kind of trip. River cruises allow the traveler to take in a wide variety of scenery over a short time. And with all those new cabins to fill, prices should be lower than ever.</p> <h2>4. Palm Springs</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/palmsprings.jpg" /></p> <p>Always a relaxing weekend getaway for Californians, <a href="http://www.visitpalmsprings.com/">Palm Springs</a> is fast becoming a popular excursion for those outside the Golden State. A boom of new hotel openings, such as the <a href="http://www.acehotel.com/palmsprings" style="text-decoration:none;">Ace Hotel</a> and <a href="http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/riverside-hotels/the-saguaro-palm-springs">Joie de Vivre's Saguaro</a>, plus more airlines now operating to and from Palm Springs International airport, should allow for a more robust influx of those tourists looking for sun and golf.</p> <h2>5. The Jersey Shore</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/jersey.jpg" /></p> <p>You can't keep a good state down. Superstorm Sandy certainly tried her best, but <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/new-jersey/new-jersey-shore/">New Jersey</a>, and particularly its coastal area, is rebounding. However, it's a gradual process of recovery, which is precisely why travelers can find good deals to its coastline. Not only are hotels and tours offering big savings to bring back the tourists, but events in 2014, such as the Miss America Pageant and Super Bowl, should be a boon to tourism.</p> <p>These are just a few of the trends shaping the landscape of deals and savings in the travel industry. There are other factors, of course, such as the World Cup. Looking in the realm of global events such as this one should spell even more savings for intrepid travelers everywhere.</p> <p><em>What frugal destination are you dreaming of visiting? Please share in comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-frugal-destinations-you-should-travel-to-now&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Frugal%20Destinations%20You%20Should%20Travel%20To%20Now.jpg&amp;description=5%20Frugal%20Destinations%20You%20Should%20Travel%20to%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/u5180/5%20Frugal%20Destinations%20You%20Should%20Travel%20To%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/chris-mcmurphy">Chris McMurphy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-destinations-you-should-travel-to-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-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel">The 7 Rules of Budget 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/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/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-travel-while-the-dollar-is-strong">5 Places to Travel While the Dollar Is Strong</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap">How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel travel savings Fri, 23 May 2014 08:00:52 +0000 Chris McMurphy 1140201 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-budget-travel-tips-you-havent-heard <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-budget-travel-tips-you-havent-heard" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-kid-5137605-small.jpg" alt="travel" title="travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on budget travel tips you haven't heard, how to stop living paycheck to paycheck, and how today's grads can beat the odds.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/05/21/5-budget-travel-tips-you-havent-heard-before">5 Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard Before</a> &mdash; When trying to travel on a budget, ask about repositioning flights or cruises. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://youngandthrifty.ca/living-paycheck-to-paycheck/">Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck? Here's How to Get Out</a> &mdash; If you want to stop living paycheck to paycheck, put your credit cards away for good. [Young and Thrifty]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/how-todays-college-graduates-can-beat-the-odds/">How Today's College Graduates Can Beat the Odds</a> &mdash; To beat the odds, today's college graduates can have an emergency fund to help them if they lose their job. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.20sfinances.com/2013/05/22/disadvantages-of-taking-college-classes-over-the-summer/">Disadvantages of Taking College Classes Over The Summer</a> &mdash; One of the big problems with taking college classes over the summer is you lose out on money you'd make working a summer job. [20's Finances]</p> <p><a href="http://lenpenzo.com/blog/id19345-eight-smart-alternatives-to-payday-loans.html">Eight Smart Alternatives to Payday Loans</a> &mdash; Instead of getting a payday loan, ask your boss for overtime or sell what you don't use. [Len Penzo dot Com]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Interrupt-30569705">10 Smart Tips to Curb Your Bad Interrupting Habit</a> &mdash; Practicing impulse control can help you curb your bad interrupting habit. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/16/5-things-you-should-be-an-expert-at/">5 Things YOU Should Be an Expert At</a> &mdash; Make it a point to be an expert at learning from mistakes. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-tips-for-visiting-your-local-farmers-market-with-kids">10 Easy Ways to Make the Farmer's Market Fun for Kids</a> &mdash; If you want to make visiting the farmer's market fun for your kids, give them a little money to spend. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/05/6-ways-to-improve-relationships-by.html">6 Ways to Improve Relationships by Tackling Self-Consciousness</a> &mdash; Recognizing where your flaws are helpful can help you improve your relationships. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/05/7-mistakes-youre-making-by-overthinking-your-productivity/">7 Mistakes You're Making by Overthinking Your Productivity</a> &mdash; Overthinking your productivity can cause you to overplan or create too complex of a system to get things done. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-budget-travel-tips-you-havent-heard">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-destinations-for-people-who-hate-crowds">10 Travel Destinations for People Who Hate Crowds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips budget budget travel travel vacation Thu, 23 May 2013 10:00:31 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 974266 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/IMG_0355.jpg" alt="The scenery of full-time travel" title="The scenery of full-time travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the last five years, I've been traveling the world full-time, and for less money than I've ever spent (and I'd wager less money than most people would spend) to live in one place.</p> <p>My worldly possessions fit into one bag (just larger than carry-on size) and a backpack containing my laptop and computer gear. This small entourage (weighing less than 45 pounds in total) comes with me as I wander around the world, sometimes quickly, but mostly slowly.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2011 alone, I traversed 13 countries and over 45,360 miles. Sounds pretty expensive, huh?</p> <p>What if I told you it wasn't? What if I told you that both 2010 (a similarly busy year of travel) and 2011 cost me just over $17,000 (including some major non-travel related purchases)? Would you believe me?</p> <p>Believe it. (Here's proof, with a full breakdown of where I went and how much it cost: <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/01/my-cost-of-full-time-travel-in-2011/">My Cost of Full-Time Travel in 2011</a>).</p> <h2>How to Keep Your Travel Costs Low</h2> <p>Of course, I could travel for way more than $17,000/year. The sky is the limit for what you can spend on the road, from food and accommodation to flights, destinations, and tours. I could also travel for less than this, if I made different spending choices.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are a few of my secrets.</p> <h3>Don't Pay for Accommodations</h3> <p>In the entire year of 2011, I paid $173 for accommodation. And that expenditure was a function of a discounted stay at the Hilton in Stockholm as a luxurious &ldquo;splash out.&rdquo; The rest of the time, I had free accommodation in various forms, including...</p> <p><strong>Work-Trade/Volunteer</strong></p> <p>There are lots of creative opportunities to work in trade for your accommodation (and sometimes food) and enjoy a more immersive travel experience. Many of the sites that introduce you to these opportunities involve a monthly or yearly subscription, but in my experience it's well worth it. Here are some resources:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.caretaker.org">The Caretaker Gazette</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.helpx.net">Help Exchange</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wwoof.org">WWOOF</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.growfood.org/">Grow Food</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.worldhelplink.com/">World Help Link</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.payaway.co.uk/">PayAway</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Hospitality Exchange</strong></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">Got a few nights to kill at a given destination? Try a hospitality exchange, where locals who would like to host a traveler can put you up in a spare room or even on their couch. Good manners predicate you move on after a few days, and although it's a free stay, expect to provide a gift for your host and help out wherever you can. But there's also no better way to see how the locals live than to actually <i>live</i> with a local.</p> <ul> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.couchsurfing.org/">Couchsurfing</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.hospitalityclub.org/">Hospitality Club</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.globalfreeloaders.com/">Global Freeloaders</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.servas.org/">Servas</a></li> <li><a target="_blank" href="http://www.staydu.com/">Staydu</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>House/Pet-Sitting</strong></p> <p>After five years on the road, I've come to crave my personal space, as well as time to work on my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">location-independent career</a> as a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/so-you-wanna-be-a-travel-writer">travel writer</a>. So when other people hit the road to do some traveling of their own, I come into their homes and take care of the property, pets, gardens, and any other chores that require attention in their absence. I tend to the home fires for periods of time ranging from weeks to months, and I'll soon be enjoying my second three-month stint of house-sitting and dog-minding on the Caribbean island of <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/01/three-months-in-grenada/">Grenada</a>, where I have my own beautiful free beach-front villa and use of two cars.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.housecarers.com/">House Carers</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.caretaker.org">The Caretaker Gazette</a> (I've listed this twice because The Caretaker Gazette specializes in both volunteer and house-sitting opportunities).</li> <li><a href="http://www.trustedhousesitters.com/">Trusted Housesitters</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.mindmyhouse.com/">Mind My House</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.housesitworld.com/">Housesit World</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.aussiehousesitters.com.au/">Aussie House Sitters</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.housesittersamerica.com/">House Sitters America</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Crew on Sailboats</strong></p> <p>My most recent foray into free accommodation has come in the form of volunteering on sailboats. Every boat is different in what it requires, from capable sailors or people with boat-specific technical skills to simply being an extra set of hands to share chores and provide good company. I started out with absolutely no sailing experience, and I have met all sorts of people in the cruising community and been aboard three boats in the last month alone. This is a whole lifestyle and way of travel unto itself.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.findacrew.net">Find a Crew</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.latitude38.com/crewlist/cruising/skipper_results.lasso">Latitude 38</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.desperatesailors.com/">Desperate Sailors</a></li> </ul> <p>Another way to get free accommodation includes home exchanges; check out more information on <a href="http://community.careonecredit.com/b/life_balance/archive/2010/08/05/take-a-free-family-vacation-with-a-home-exchange.aspx">home exchange resources and etiquette</a>.</p> <h3>Don't Pay for Flights</h3> <p>When I have to fly (which I try to do as rarely as possible), my long-haul flights are in business class, and cost less than the price of an economy ticket. I do this through the creative use of frequent flyer miles. I started out (years before I became a full-time traveler) simply as a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-seven-reasons-why-i-use-my-credit-card-for-everything">passive collector with my credit card</a> before delving into the world of creative frequent flyer mile accumulation through various promotions (here's the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">first big promotion</a> I took advantage of in 2009).</p> <p>Now I'm hooked, and always on the hunt for a frequent flyer deal, often accumulating thousands of miles each month without actually flying, which is easy thanks to my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-travel-hacking-cartel-fly-around-the-world-for-almost-free">Travel Hacking Cartel</a> membership.</p> <!--<p>(One of the best offers right now is the Capital One Venture Rewards card with its 20,000 mile sign-up bonus (equivalent to $200 worth of travel) and double-points on everyday purchases. <strong><a href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=9303902&fot=1100&foc=1" ref="nofollow">Click here for more details.</a></strong>)</p>--><!--<p>(One of the best offers right now is the Capital One Venture Rewards card with its 20,000 mile sign-up bonus (equivalent to $200 worth of travel) and double-points on everyday purchases. <strong><a href="http://track.linkoffers.net/a.aspx?foid=9303902&fot=1100&foc=1" ref="nofollow">Click here for more details.</a></strong>)</p>--><p>Sometimes it actually works out better to pay cash for a flight, especially if it's a domestic flight. If this is the case, here are some <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-lowest-price-on-airfare-even-after-you-buy">resources and tips to ensure you get the lowest price</a>, even after you pay for your ticket.</p> <h3>Travel Slowly</h3> <p>The slower you travel, the less money you'll spend on transportation, interim accommodation (for example, between when you land in a new place and begin a house-sitting or volunteer gig), and even set-up expenses like buying groceries/staples or wear-and-tear on personal effects like luggage.</p> <p>And the slower you travel, the more immersive your experience will be, and the more likely you will be to develop relationships with locals (who may not want to invest the time and effort getting to know somebody who is simply passing through) who can in turn deepen your travel experience and help you learn what life is like around the world.</p> <h2>Your Travel, Your Style</h2> <p>There's more to full-time travel than these three techniques to keep your costs low. I made purchases that weren't totally necessary, and I could have further reduced my expenses if I'd gone without. I also could have spent more money on any number of occasions. But for the most part I've found a groove and a personal style for my own full-time travels; one that leaves me wanting for nothing and spending how I wish on what's important to me. And all for less than I spend to live in one place.</p> <p>I also have a career as a writer and <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com">travel blogger</a> that lends itself well to my travels, creating a lifestyle that is a career, and vice versa.</p> <p>Budgeting for travel is very different for everybody, as can be evidenced by this informal spending study: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taco-tuesday-the-inner-mechanics-of-budgeting-on-vacation">Taco Tuesday: The Inner Mechanics of Budgeting on Vacation</a>.</p> <p><em>How much do you think you would spend on full-time travel? Would you give it a shot? </em></p> <p>If you enjoyed this story please share it on StumbleUpon!</p> <div align="center"> <p><script src="http://www.stumbleupon.com/hostedbadge.php?s=5"></script></p> </div> <p>More great travel advice from Wise Bread (Editor's Picks):</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 Travel Resources that can Save You Money</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-budget-hotels">5 Best Credit Cards for Budget Hotels</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Travel%20Full-Time%20for%20%2417%2C000%20a%20Year%20or%20Less!.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Travel%20Full-Time%20for%2017%2C000%20a%20Year%20or%20Less!" 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/How%20to%20Travel%20Full-Time%20for%20%2417%2C000%20a%20Year%20or%20Less%21.jpg" alt="How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/14-dirty-details-of-traveling-full-time">14 Dirty Details of Traveling Full-Time</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/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap">How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Lifestyle Travel budget travel cheap vacations full-time travel volunteering Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:00:13 +0000 Nora Dunn 893392 at http://www.wisebread.com Truly Offbeat Budget Travel Tips http://www.wisebread.com/truly-offbeat-budget-travel-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/truly-offbeat-budget-travel-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-resources.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s the new year and you want to get your travel on, only your wallet isn&rsquo;t working for you. You&rsquo;re scrimping and saving, even though you&rsquo;re unsure about where or even how you can travel during your vacation. It&rsquo;s time to veer off the traditional travel trails and into a more localized experience &ndash; even if you journey to a destination far from home.</p> <p>There are tons of ways to save money and experience a new culture &ndash;sometimes for free &ndash; by exploring the local terrain, be it an urban, bucolic, or rugged outdoors location. And the best way to find out where the real deals are is to ask the locals &ndash; they know where the good (and cheap) stuff is.</p> <p>Here are some local digs that offer sweet information about where to stay and what to do while you&rsquo;re there.</p> <p><strong>Hostels: </strong>Not just a place to crash. The front desk at any hostel offers a plethora of local information, from where to find the best pubs to where to check out local dance performances. For instance, a whirl through San Francisco found me hanging at the San Francisco Fisherman&rsquo;s Wharf hostel in Fort Mason right near Golden Gate Park. Not only did the front desk hand me a detailed map off all of the local public transportation routes, but they also told me where the nearest parks, cafes, and libraries were. In fact, they gave me enough information to occupy me for days and for a relatively small amount of money. Plus, hostel staff members are usually very friendly and informative. Just ask them about what you&rsquo;re looking for and they&rsquo;ll tell you. Don&rsquo;t forget to check the bulletin boards for local events. </p> <p><strong>Yahoo Groups: </strong>A virtual hangout spot teeming with people who know about your destination. With a regional directory of groups, you can surf on through here and find out what&rsquo;s happening in different spots around the world. Want to know about things to do in Botswana or how to find romance in Germany? There&rsquo;s a group for it somewhere in there.&nbsp; Join up and start asking questions.</p> <p><strong>Local papers: </strong>Not the big city kind; the ultra-local neighborhood papers will serve you better here. The last time I hit a big American city and needed the low down on what to do, I grabbed a few papers from the stands on the streets. The hyper-local ones provide the best details on local restaurants, museums, and parks. As an added bonus, you get a feel for what the place is like and how much time you want to spend there. </p> <p><strong>Local libraries: </strong>More than a research facilities or places to pick up the latest fiction for free, these are information powerhouses on the local front. In fact, a few years ago, I rolled on out to Bali and kicked it in Ubud for a few weeks. While I was there, I was getting too frustrated with my inability to speak Indonesian. I headed on down to the local library where I not only found a cool Indonesian language instructor (for about $6 an hour, a top-rate bargain), but I also picked up info on the latest events, classes and treks in the area. While I was there, I met a few local expats who now called Bali home and they turned out to be the best information sources around. </p> <p><strong>Local bookstores: </strong>Yet more information powerhouses. These gems can give you access to books in your own language as well as the language of the country you&rsquo;re in. You can also check out the local bulletin boards for information on events and activities in the immediate area. And the owners are used to answering lots of questions, so ask them what activities they suggest doing while you&rsquo;re in the area. </p> <p><strong>Local sports shops: </strong>If you haven&rsquo;t already booked an adventure trip or if find yourself with some free time and the urge to get out into nature, local sports stores can be a great place to start. Call around if you can. Or show up and see if you can talk to the people in the store. Want to go on a bike tour around the area? The people at the local bike shop not only have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bike-on-great-deals-on-all-things-bicycle">the gear you need</a>, but they probably know where the best rides are and what you can see along the way. Remember, mostly sports enthusiasts work in sports shops. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-sports-gear-for-less">They know the things you need to know</a>. And if they don&rsquo;t know, they can tell you who does. </p> <p><strong>Your university alumni association: </strong>Your university usually has a directory of alumni, some of whom might be traveling or living in another country. Why not ping a former friend or classmate and find out what they&rsquo;re up to? They might have ideas on what you can do, as well as contacts in your destination area. </p> <p><strong>Other travelers: </strong>Then there&rsquo;s the tried and true, just hanging around experience that drums up some the best times you&rsquo;ll have while you&rsquo;re traveling. Hang out around sports shops, museums, cafes, the beach. Anywhere you like to be. You&rsquo;ll soon find yourself chatting with other locals and travelers &ndash; and finding out the local tips and tricks that no guidebook can truly offer.</p> <p>So start asking around. You never know what you&rsquo;ll find out and what kinds of truly free or amazingly budget-friendly things you can find to do by taking a grassroots, local approach to travel. And you might make some cool new friends in the process.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/truly-offbeat-budget-travel-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel">The 7 Rules of Budget 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/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/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i">The Costa Rica Heist (Remix) A case for T.I.</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/ask-a-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-to-answer-your-questions">Ask a Budget Travel Expert: Beth Whitman Here To Answer Your Questions</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/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure budget travel travel tips traveling Sun, 03 Jan 2010 14:00:11 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 4396 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Rules of Budget Travel http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tahiti-travel.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm a big believer in the popular environmental mantra: &quot;<a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/heart-of-green-local-hero-47012902">Think Globally, Act Locally</a>.&quot; When it comes to saving the planet, that saying is as true as it is simple.</p> <p>And when I travel, my rule of thumb for keeping it green and keeping it cheap is: &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ultimate-Cheapskates-Road-Map-to-True-Riches/Jeff-Yeager/e/9780767926959/?itm=1">Think Locally, Travel Globally</a>.&quot; You'll usually find the most eco-friendly and genuine travel experiences when you spend less &mdash; not more &mdash; and <i>get local</i>, no matter where in the world you're wandering. It's all about traveling independently (not in a tour group or packaged tour) and drilling down to the local level, getting a true sense of place by experiencing it as if you live there.</p> <p>Here's how:</p> <p><b>Guidebooks kill</b></p> <p>Consult a good, locally researched guidebook like those in the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/">Lonely Planet</a> series for basic background and logistical info before you travel, but don't use it to plan your every move, like where you'll stay, eat and hang out. By the time a guidebook recommends something, it's usually overrun with tourists (and overpriced).</p> <p><b>Travel without reservations</b></p> <p>Except for perhaps the first night or two when you're traveling overseas and going to be suffering from jetlag, avoid making advance reservations at hotels and other accommodations before you leave home. You'll generally pay a lot more for lodging reserved from overseas, and they're rarely the type of local, affordable places you can only find once you're there. Plus, advance reservations limit your ability to be spontaneous in your travels.</p> <p><b>The &quot;Three L's Rule&quot; (Look for Lines of Locals)</b></p> <p>If you're looking for a good meal or friendly place to have a beer, put away your guidebook and open up your eyes and ears. Looking for where the locals hang out and chatting it up with them is the best &mdash; and cheapest &mdash; way to travel.</p> <p><b>Local transportation and short distances are best</b></p> <p>To travel slowly, covering short distances, and staying places longer is the key to really getting a sense of place and people. Linger in places you've never heard of and where you don't see another tourist; don't plan an itinerary that's just one popular tourist destination (AKA &quot;trap&quot;) followed by another. Taking public transportation, hiking or <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/save-money/bicycle-vacations-460609">bicycling</a> will give you a great opportunity to meet local people and see how they live. Plus it will save you a busload of traveler's checks.</p> <p><b>Cheap sleep</b></p> <p>Americans can travel to almost anywhere in the world and pay top dollar to stay in an American-style hotel, just like the ones back home. Why even bother to travel if that's what you want? Look for locally owned, &quot;mom and pop&quot; places to stay, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.smartertravel.com/travel-advice/Five-options-cutting-hotel.html?id=12863">pensions</a> and public camping facilities (sometimes free). Check out youth <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hiusa.org/">hostels</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.couchsurfing.com/">couch surfing</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.homeexchange.com/">house swapping</a> for a highly affordable, and rewarding, travel experience.</p> <p><b>Prepare at least some of your own meals</b></p> <p>Sampling the fare in local restaurants is one of the joys of travel, but you'll sell your trip short &mdash; and spend a lot more &mdash; if you don't at least occasionally pick up some groceries from a local market and prepare some of your own meals. Maybe it's just simple breakfast foods or picnic supplies. Shopping for food where the locals shop is one of the most enlightening cultural experiences I know of when you travel, and it just happens to make travel much more affordable.</p> <p><b>Keeping it green when you travel</b></p> <p>Not surprisingly to this <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/save-money/">Green Cheapskate</a>, a recent study commissioned by eco-friendly lodging chain <a target="_blank" href="http://www.elementhotels.com/">Element Hotels</a> found that 41% of the people they surveyed said that their vigilance about conserving resources is &quot;due to the economy&quot; (i.e. &quot;It saves me money!&quot;), while just 28% said it was &quot;due to the environment.&quot; The upshot is that when people travel, their eco-conscious habits often slip; they're not as vigilant about things like turning off the lights in their hotel room, since they're not paying the electric bill. Don't leave your eco-ethics at home when you hit the road this summer, because you can't fool Mother Nature.</p> <p>This post from the <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/blogs/save-money/">Green Cheapskate</a> by Jeff Yeager is republished with the permission of <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/">The Daily Green</a>. &nbsp;Check out more great content from&nbsp;The Daily Green:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/save-money-megaflip">30+ Ways to Save Money By Going Green</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/save-gas-47031702">10 Ways to Save Money On Gas Without Replacing Your Car</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/vodka-uses-460424">Top 10 Weird Uses of Vodka</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/safe-green-investments-47091801">6 Safe Green Investments</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/save-money-gas-47050902">How to Pay 50 Cents (or Less) for a Gallon of Gas</a></li> </ul> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-7-rules-of-budget-travel&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%207%20Rules%20of%20Budget%20Travel.jpg&amp;description=The%207%20Rules%20of%20Budget%20Travel" 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/The%207%20Rules%20of%20Budget%20Travel.jpg" alt="The 7 Rules of Budget Travel" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jeff-yeager">Jeff Yeager</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-around-the-guidebook-techniques-for-researching-your-trip-without-spending-a-fortune">Getting Around the Guidebook: Techniques for Researching your Trip Without Spending a Fortune</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/if-its-not-sunny-in-philadelphia-its-free">If It’s Not Sunny In Philadelphia, It’s Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/become-a-frequent-flyer-master-and-earn-a-free-flight-every-year">Become a Frequent Flyer Master and Earn a Free Flight Every Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-a-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-to-answer-your-questions">Ask a Budget Travel Expert: Beth Whitman Here To Answer Your Questions</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-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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Travel Art and Leisure budget travel Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:00:06 +0000 Jeff Yeager 3406 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask a Budget Travel Expert: Beth Whitman Here To Answer Your Questions http://www.wisebread.com/ask-a-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-to-answer-your-questions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-a-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-to-answer-your-questions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beth_taj_book1-369-x-450.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="305" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For this entire week 3/2 - 3/8, travel expert Beth Whitman will be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/forums/frugal-living/ask-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-answer-your-questions-4548.html#post28522">answering questions in our forum</a> about budget traveling and cost-conscious dining!&nbsp;</p> <p>As the founder and editor of the excellent traveling magazine <a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/">Wanderlust and Lipstick</a>, I'm sure Beth has tons of great tips on how to have frugal fun while expanding your horizons.</p> <p>For more than 22 years, Beth has been traveling the globe as a <strong>contemporary Wanderer</strong><strong>.&nbsp; </strong>She has <strong>trekked the Himalayas</strong> in Nepal and Bhutan, <a target="_self" href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/wander-tales/not-so-easy-riding-through-central-america/"><strong>ridden a motorcycle solo </strong></a>from Seattle to Panama, helped <strong>build a playground</strong> for an orphanage in Vietnam; <strong>driven the AlCan Highway</strong> to Alaska &ndash; twice; and maneuvered the <strong>back roads of France&rsquo;s Dijon region</strong> in a rental car. She&rsquo;s had a <strong>hand grenade</strong> pulled on her in Cambodia, fought off <strong>giardia</strong> in Southeast Asia; been <strong>threatened by Nicaraguan motorcycle police</strong>; and been <strong>flashed by men</strong> from New Orleans to Saigon.</p> <div style="clear: both;" class="article-body"> <p>Please <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/forums/frugal-living/ask-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-answer-your-questions-4548.html#post28522">join Beth in our forums</a> today!</p> <p>This interview is part of Wise Bread's spotlight on the <a href="../../../../../../topic/women-of-personal-finance" title="Women of personal finance home page">Women of personal finance</a>.&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u4/beth_fort_indiasm.jpg" alt="" /></p> </div> <p><strong>About Beth Whitman<br /> </strong></p> <p><strong>Website: </strong><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com">Wanderlust and Lipstick</a></p> <p><strong>Blogger</strong>: Beth Whitman</p> <p><strong>Subscribe</strong><strong>:&nbsp; </strong><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/feed/">RSS</a></p> <p>Beth always believed that we should tread lightly on the earth, whether in our own backyard or someone else&rsquo;s. And that we all have a responsibility to act as ambassadors of our own country by treating other people and their village or city with respect. While traveling, she enjoys discovering new (vegetarian) foods and meeting the locals.</p> <p>Check out some of her best articles:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/sinking-dollar-5-destinations-where-your-money-is-still-good/">Sinking dollar - 5 destinations where your money is still good</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/wander-tips/money-currency-tips-for-travelers/">4 tips for handling money while traveling</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/the-cost-of-travel-is-it-worth-it/">The cost of travel - Is it worth it?</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/eco-travel-downturn/">Eco (nomic) travel - Looking on the bright side</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/share-your-cash-carrying-tips-win-a-moneybelt/">Best way to carry your cash while traveling</a></li> </ul> <p>Come <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/forums/frugal-living/ask-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-answer-your-questions-4548.html#post28522">join our chat with Beth </a>in the forum today!</p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-a-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-to-answer-your-questions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel">The 7 Rules of Budget 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/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/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-champaign-urbana">Free and cheap things to do in Champaign-Urbana</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-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap">How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-lesson-awwwwwww-they-got-me">The Costa Rica Lesson: Awwwwwww They Got Me</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel Art and Leisure budget travel women of personal finance Mon, 02 Mar 2009 22:51:58 +0000 Will Chen 2884 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couch-surfer-photo.jpg" alt="couch surfer sleeping in photo" title="couch surfer sleeping in" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here at Wise Bread, we know that couch-sharing services, such as <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.com/">Couch Surfing</a>, can save you money when traveling. We have also heard that hosting travelers through these services is a great way to meet new people, get in the spirit of travel, and even <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-couch-can-earn-cash-and-support-a-band">make some money</a>. As good as this sounds, many have reservations about hosting strangers in their home. After all, house guests can be frustrating, expensive, and even dangerous.</p> <p>But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some tips to help make hosting travelers safer, easier, and even cheaper.</p> <h2>Keep it Safe</h2> <p>Letting strangers into your home is a frightening thing for many people. Here are six tips for <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.com/tips_for_hosts.html">making it safer</a>:</p> <p><strong>Start slow:</strong> You are not required to hand over the key to your home and welcome a wandering stranger with open arms. If the idea makes you uneasy, start slow and only accept invitations for coffee, dinner, or a short tour of your town. Once you have met several friendly people, you may decide that having them spend a night at your place is not such a big deal. If so, arrange to meet at a neutral location, like a cafe or the library, first. If you don't like the looks of things, politely decline your invitation.</p> <p><strong>Don't be a stranger:</strong> If socializing with a stranger makes you cringe, then do everything you can to make sure the person is not a complete stranger when you meet in person. Begin by creating a complete and detailed profile on the couch-sharing network of your choice. List your interests and favorite activities, and include something about your habits. If you get up early for work and like to turn-in with the sun, state this explicitly in your profile. If you don't like guests using your computer, say so up front.</p> <p><strong>Get more information:</strong> When requests come in, check the traveler's profile. If it raises questions, don't be afraid to ask for clarification. Ask questions and get to know the person electronically before you meet in person. Most sites also offer the ability to gather information from references and the traveler's previous hosts.</p> <p><strong>Set boundaries:</strong> Again, you are not required to hand over the keys to your home. If you don't want to leave a stranger there alone, explain that the house will only be open when you are there, and that your guest must find a way to occupy his or herself while you are out during the day. Be clear about times you will and will not be there and offer your cellphone number for emergencies.</p> <p><strong>Don't do it alone:</strong> Involving a friend can make you feel a lot more comfortable. When you go to meet your guest at a neutral location, bring a friend along for support. At the very least, let someone nearby know that you will be hosting a guest and that you may contact them in the event you begin to feel uncomfortable.</p> <p><strong>Don't be afraid to say no:</strong> If you do not feel right about the person or the process at any point, from the initial request to the second day of the visit, do not be afraid to say no.</p> <h2>Make it Easy</h2> <p>If you decide to host a traveler, everything, hopefully, will go smoothly. Unfortunately, having house guest can sometimes be a hassle. Try these five tips for making it as easy as possible:</p> <p><strong>Orient your guest:</strong> When your guest first arrives, take the time to give a tour of your home. This is a good way to show the person where everything is, but it is also a subtle way of explaining anything that might be off limits. Rather than handing your guest a list of rules, mention your restrictions as you pass by. &quot;This is my bedroom, you won't need to go in there...&quot;</p> <p><strong>Provide some basic supplies:</strong> Some people leave things like guest-sized shampoo, toothpaste, and other basic necessities in plain view, keeping their personal items stowed away, while sharing their bathroom with a guest. More important, is showing your guest where to find some basic cleaning supplies, like a broom, mop, sponge, and so on, in case they accidentally make a mess.</p> <p><strong>Give them space:</strong> Most travelers participating in home-sharing programs look forward to getting to know their hosts, so expressing in interest in spending time with your guest shouldn't be a problem. Giving them space for their things, especially if you live in an apartment, might be. Still, it is important to clear a space for their luggage and even offer a basket or some shelf space to use. This helps prevent a backpack full of dirty clothes from being emptied across your living room floor.</p> <p><strong>Encourage activity outside the house:</strong> Be ready to suggest things to do in your town. Having a map ready and a list of your favorite places to eat and hangout shows your guest that they should be out exploring, not in your house, sitting around.</p> <p><strong>Ask for a hand:</strong> Finally, don't be afraid to ask for some help around the house. Most guests are very appreciative of the effort hosts go to house them and will be happy to lend a hand.</p> <h2>Save Some Money</h2> <p>Both <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/saving-money-while-hosting-guests">Wise Bread</a> and <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/08/09/seven-ways-to-save-money-preparing-for-houseguests/">The Simple Dollar</a> have great tips for saving money when guests are visiting. Still, hosting travelers is unique and there some special tips that can help save you money.</p> <p><strong>Buy toiletries in bulk:</strong> Specifically, toilet paper. It's the one item you can count on guests using. If you like to offer smaller items like shampoo, consider buying a large bottle at the bulk store and filling a smaller bottle before guests arrive.</p> <p><strong>Ask your guest to cook dinner:</strong> Most guests will be happy to make something from their home country. Offer your services as a &quot;prep chef&quot; to ensure they can find the things they need in your kitchen.</p> <p>Hosting a traveler is often a wonderful and enlightening experience. It allows you to learn about a new part of your country or the world and even make a new friend. Let us know how it works out in the comments.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%20to%20Host%20a%20Traveler-%2013%20Tips%20to%20Keep%20it%20Safe%2C%20Easy%2C%20and%20Cheap.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Host%20a%20Traveler%3A%2013%20Tips%20to%20Keep%20it%20Safe%2C%20Easy%2C%20and%20Cheap" 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/How%20to%20Host%20a%20Traveler-%2013%20Tips%20to%20Keep%20it%20Safe%2C%20Easy%2C%20and%20Cheap.jpg" alt="How to Host a Traveler: 13 Tips to Keep it Safe, Easy, and Cheap" 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/david-defranza">David DeFranza</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-a-traveler-13-tips-to-keep-it-safe-easy-and-cheap">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/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">How to Get Free Accommodations (and Paid Jobs) on Boats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</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/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Lifestyle Travel budget travel couch surfing guests house guests safety Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:22:03 +0000 David DeFranza 2831 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/8108416027_26183627f0_z.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bravenewtraveler.com/2008/02/07/what-every-backpacker-should-know-about-self-catering/">Self-catering</a> while traveling is an excellent way to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-cheap-while-abroad" title="Eating Cheap While Abroad">save money</a>. However, cooking on the road poses a whole set of problems and challenges that can seem impossible to overcome. You don't want to have to buy an entire spice rack to make your favorite recipe and then be faced with the difficult decision of lugging it around or leaving it. Even if you are willing to buy what you need, you cannot always count on foreign supermarkets having the items you are accustomed to. When you finally get a meal cooked, there is often a huge amount leftover that cannot be packed to the next destination.</p> <p>These challenges have put me on the lookout for simple, good, food that can be cooked with a minimal number of widely available ingredients, and prepared in variable portions. Of course, I am thinking mainly of travelers staying in accommodation, be it a hostel, friend's house, or rental house, with a basically stocked kitchen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less" title="How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a>)</p> <p>Here are five easy recipes for the traveling chef:</p> <h2>1. Fritatta</h2> <p>Like a more-hearty omelet, the frittata is a frugal cooking classic. What makes this dish great for the traveler, in my opinion, is that it is based around eggs, one of the most universal ingredients in the world, and that it can be modified to include any local meat, fish or produce you can find. For a basic introduction to making a frittata, check out this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/29/health/nutrition/29eggsintrorecipe.html">recipe</a> from the <em>New York Times</em>. For an example of how this simple dish can be elevated to something spectacular, have a look at this <a href="http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001660spinach_frittata.php">spinach frittata recipe</a>.</p> <h2>2. Lentil or Bean Stew</h2> <p>Though you probably won't use the whole package in a single meal, a small bag of dried lentils or beans is easy to carry with you. I prefer lentils to beans because they do not require soaking prior to cooking. If you use beans instead and are planning to cook after a travel day, I recommend placing them in a resealable water bottle that you can carry in your bag throughout the day.</p> <p>Making the lentils or beans into a stew only requires a single pot and can consist of any rooty vegetables, potatoes, and spices you find at the local market. For an example of a very simple lentil stew, check out this <a href="http://www.cookingcache.com/soupsand/easylentilstew.shtml?rdid=rc1">recipe</a>.</p> <h2>3. Sauted Noodles</h2> <p>Whether it is a local native or an import from Italy, dried noodles can be found in markets and convenience stores around the world. To quickly cook noodles using a minimal number of ingredients, try sauteeing them (after they have been mostly cooked in boiling water) with some oil, crushed or chopped tomatoes, and any other vegetables or spices you can find.</p> <h2>4. Baked Fish</h2> <p>If you can find fish for sale, this is an incredible recipe that uses very few ingredients. Take some fish fillets or a whole fish, gutted and scaled, cover it with salt and pepper, a pad of butter or some olive oil, and a generous helping of lemon juice. Then put it in a 350 or 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. That's it.</p> <p>For an example of this popular recipe, check out this <a href="http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/lemonfish.htm">version</a> from the Hillbilly Housewife.</p> <h2>5. Drunken Chicken</h2> <p>Nothing gets a hostel full of backpackers excited like the sound of beer cans cracking open. This is why drunken chicken, is a great dinner to make when traveling, even though it typically produces more food than you could comfortably eat yourself in one night. Most simply, this dish requires a chicken, a can of beer, and some basic seasonings. If you <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/OVEN-ROASTED-VEGETABLES-5339">roast some local vegetables</a> while the chicken is baking, you will have a feast that will certainly win some new friends. For a fairly simple recipe, look no farther than Paula Deen's <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/drunken-chicken-recipe/">Drunken Chicken</a>.</p> <p>One of the great pleasures of traveling is the opportunity to sample another country's cuisine. Eating out for every meal, however, can add up even in the cheapest of destinations. And cooking for yourself not only saves money, it gives you and excuse to tour some new supermarkets and an opportunity to make new friends wherever you are staying.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite, simple, recipes? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Easy%20Recipes%20Perfect%20for%20the%20Traveling%20Chef.jpg&amp;description=5%20Easy%20Recipes%20Perfect%20for%20the%20Traveling%20Chef" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Easy%20Recipes%20Perfect%20for%20the%20Traveling%20Chef.jpg" alt="5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef" width="250" height="374" />&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-defranza">David DeFranza</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</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/12-instant-pot-recipes-that-will-save-you-money">12 Instant Pot Recipes That Will Save You Money</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/flashback-friday-80-holiday-treats-that-wont-bust-your-budget">Flashback Friday: 80 Holiday Treats That Won&#039;t Bust Your 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/10-frugal-fall-getaways-you-can-start-packing-for-now">10 Frugal Fall Getaways You Can Start Packing For Now</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink Travel budget travel Cooking recipes Mon, 15 Sep 2008 12:10:52 +0000 David DeFranza 2426 at http://www.wisebread.com Your Couch Can Earn Cash And Support A Band http://www.wisebread.com/your-couch-can-earn-cash-and-support-a-band <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/your-couch-can-earn-cash-and-support-a-band" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couch.jpg" alt="a couch with a view photo" title="a couch with a view photo" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By now, anyone interested in budget travel has heard of <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.com/">CouchSurfing</a>, a website that helps connect travelers with benevolent strangers in cities and towns around the world. The concept has hit the mainstream, even approaching trend status, best evidenced by a recent <a href="http://www.worldhum.com/weblog/item/couchsurfing_co_opted_to_sell_mobile_phones_20080610/#When:14:44:00Z">television commercial </a>featuring a couch surfer armed with a particular brand of <a href="http://www.gadling.com/2008/06/11/without-t-mobile-there-would-be-no-couchsurfing/">cell phone</a>.</p> <p>Of course, CouchSurfing has obvious advantages for travelers looking to meet locals and save money, but it can also be fun for hosts as well. Having a foreign guest, especially one eager to visit your town&#39;s tourist attractions with you, can almost be like taking a trip yourself. If you are trying to learn a <a href="http://www.bravenewtraveler.com/2008/02/04/8-free-online-resources-for-learning-a-new-language/">foreign language</a>, or even an <a href="/frugal-travel-with-esperanto">international language</a>, hosting a couch surfer is a great way to get some practice. Simply hearing someone else&#39;s stories can make for a memorable evening. Certainly, there are many reasons to participate in home stay programs, even if you don&#39;t plan to take a trip in the near future.</p> <p>If you are considering becoming a host for couch surfers, be sure to check out these two, slightly different, opportunities.</p> <p><strong>AirBed &amp; Breakfast</strong></p> <p>The basic premise of <a href="http://www.airbedandbreakfast.com/">AirBed &amp; Breakfast</a> is familiar: travelers search for hosts listed in an on-line database, booking a night or two through the website. The significant difference is that, as a host, you can set a price for your accommodation. This means that, in addition to the less tangible benefits of hosting a guest, AirBed &amp; Breakfast can help you make some extra money as well. The program is open to everyone, whether you have an extra room or simply a couch available, but the amount of money you can make clearly depends on what you have to offer and where it is located.</p> <p><strong>Better Than the Van</strong></p> <p>Another interesting alternative to hosting a couch surfer is to host a band on tour. <a href="http://betterthanthevan.com/">Better Than the Van</a> is a website designed to facilitate just such an arrangement. Though the thought of having a band crash in your place may be a bit frightening, it is a great way to support independent music and up-and-coming artists. If you are a fan of music, this could be a great way to meet some musicians.</p> <p>What is your experience with couch surfing? Ever hosted a stranger? Let us hear about it in the comments.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-defranza">David DeFranza</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-couch-can-earn-cash-and-support-a-band">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/make-your-hobby-pay-its-way">Make Your Hobby Pay Its Way</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/hostels-vs-hotels-choosing-the-perfect-place-to-stay-within-your-budget">Hostels vs Hotels: Choosing the Perfect Place to Stay Within your 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/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life">Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-really-does-have-a-secret-or-ten-tenets-for-arranging-your-rich-part-3">The Secret Really Does Have A Secret (or Ten Tenets for Arranging Your Rich - Part 3)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle budget travel Making Extra Cash Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:26:53 +0000 David DeFranza 2407 at http://www.wisebread.com Facebook For Budget Travelers http://www.wisebread.com/facebook-for-budget-travelers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/facebook-for-budget-travelers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/facebook_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the frequent traveler, Facebook is an excellent way to keep in touch with friends and acquaintances from around the world. Is it possible, however, that the popular social network could help budget-minded travelers save time and money when looking for cheap accommodation and transportation?</p> <p>These applications could help you do just that.</p> <p><strong>Find a Couch</strong></p> <p>Of course, the best way to find a free place to stay through Facebook is to mine your pool of friends. If you don&#39;t have a connection in a particular area there are many services that connect you with generous strangers. Two applications, <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=5943033081">CouchSurf</a> and <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=10998845586">CouchSurfing</a>, allow you to search for and book available couches through Facebook. The advantage to this over separate, dedicated, sites like <a href="http://www.couchsurfing.com/">CouchSurfing.com</a> is that you will be able to use your host&#39;s Facebook profile and network of friends as an indication of his or her disposition, interests, and so on. If you are comfortable with the Facebook platform, it could save you the trouble of becoming established on a more specific site.</p> <p><strong>Reserve a Hostel</strong></p> <p>Before couch surfing, the accommodation option of choice for budget travelers was the <a href="/hostels-vs-hotels-choosing-the-perfect-place-to-stay-within-your-budget">hostel</a>. <a href="http://www.hostelfilm.com/">Scary movies</a> aside, hostels are still great places to stay if you are on a budget, especially if you are interested in meeting like-minded travelers. Two different Facebook applications, confusingly called <a href="http://apps.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2441592034&amp;b=">Hostels</a> and <a href="http://apps.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2416384069&amp;b=">Hostel</a>, help you find hostels in your destination, evaluate your options with user reviews, book rooms, and coordinate plans with your friends. If you like booking hostels on the internet, and many travelers do, these applications help streamline the process.</p> <p><strong>Find a Ride</strong></p> <p>Once accommodation is squared away, the next concern for most travelers is transportation. There are a number of applications that help you search for airfares to visit your friends, but I don&#39;t think they are particularly useful or concerned with budget travel. More useful, in my opinion, are applications that allow you to find or offer a ride throughcarshare networks. Both <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2549790782">Carpool</a>, an extension of the popular <a href="http://www.zimride.com/home.php">Zimride</a>, and <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=16321964612">Share My Ride</a> can help secure cheap rides most places in the United States.</p> <p><strong>Send a Postcard</strong></p> <p>As you may know, I am a huge fan of <a href="/free-travel-with-postcard-fun">postcards</a>. There are many applications, including <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=6960911387">Kiwee postcards</a> and <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2487056535">Photo Wall</a>, that allow you to send &quot;postcards&quot; to your friends for free. If you are on such a tight budget that the cost of postage is a concern, this could be a solution. However, it seems that almost all of the romance of sending a card through the mail is lost on these digital interpretations. The solution may be <a href="http://www.new.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=7162601159">Hippopost</a>, which sends a printed postcard via snail mail from your Facebook account.</p> <p><strong>Find a Travel Partner</strong></p> <p>Traveling with a friend, someone with whom you can share the excitement and hardships, can enrich any trip. Having a second person who can help split costs can also significantly reduce the cost of your trip. One application,appropriately called <a href="http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2869125584">Trips</a>, helps you find people interested in joining you on your next adventure. It also helps you plan, document, and share your trip. With its focus on sharing something that is important to you, Trips is likely the most social of the applications discussed here.</p> <p>Facebook is one of the most popular social networks not only because of its simple interface and massive pool of users, but because of its functionality as a platform for accomplishing common tasks socially. When preparing for your next trip, trying using this platform to help save you time and money.</p> <p>Let us know how it works out in the comments.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/david-defranza">David DeFranza</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/facebook-for-budget-travelers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-facebook-productive">10 Ways to Make Facebook Productive</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/social-media-an-easy-source-of-coupons">Social Media: An Easy Source of Coupons</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-well-do-you-know-your-facebook-friends-precautions-for-travelers">How Well Do You Know Your Facebook Friends? Precautions for Travelers</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/social-media-and-identity-theft-in-2010">Social Media and Identity Theft in 2010</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology budget travel Facebook Mon, 08 Sep 2008 13:13:48 +0000 David DeFranza 2406 at http://www.wisebread.com