travel tips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8106/all en-US 9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/great_music_in_the_airplane.jpg" alt="Great music in the airplane" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flying in economy class today is a far cry from the golden age of flying, when a standard flight provided free blankets, meals, and even alcoholic drinks in some cases. Airlines these days compete to offer the lowest prices possible, and to do so, they&rsquo;ve stripped out many of the amenities they used to provide free on domestic flights.</p> <p>If your flight is more than an hour or two, it&rsquo;s usually worth bringing along some items that can make your flight more comfortable. Below are nine things to consider packing in your carry-on.</p> <h2>1. Water</h2> <p>Anyone who&rsquo;s ever flown knows the dry cabin air can leave you dehydrated. It&rsquo;s recommended you drink at least eight ounces of water per hour you&rsquo;re in the air. While many airlines still give you water for free, some discount airlines don&rsquo;t. Either way, it can take up to an hour after you board the plane for beverage service to start, so it&rsquo;s best to bring your own water.</p> <p>Though you&rsquo;re not allowed to take liquids through TSA checks, you can bring an empty bottle and fill it up once you&rsquo;re past airport security. If you&rsquo;re in a country where the water in the airport is not safe to drink, you may need to buy a bottle of water from a vendor in the airport. That&rsquo;s still better than not having any water with you on the flight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-ways-to-make-flying-coach-feel-like-first-class?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Make Coach Feel Like First Class</a>)</p> <h2>2. Snacks or a light meal</h2> <p>While some airlines still offer a small bag of pretzels to passengers, it&rsquo;s increasingly common to find there is no free food at all on a flight. Instead, many airlines offer overpriced meals or snacks that you can buy. If you don&rsquo;t want to pay those inflated prices, bring your own healthy nibbles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Easy-to-Pack, Delicious, and Cheap Airline Snacks</a>)</p> <p>Light and lean proteins are best for long-distance flights because they are easy for your body to digest while sitting down for long periods of time. Turkey, chicken, tuna, and hard boiled eggs are good options that can easily be packed for your flight.</p> <p>Avoid foods that are deep fried, processed, or high in sugar, as they can make you feel fatigued and restless. It&rsquo;s equally important to watch what you eat before a flight. Gassy foods such as onions, broccoli, and carbonated beverages can make you feel bloated during long periods without physical activity.</p> <h2>3. Entertainment</h2> <p>Keeping yourself occupied is the easiest way to make a long flight go faster. That&rsquo;s why most planes come with some sort of in-flight entertainment. But many airlines now charge for movies, with prices topping $5 for a single film.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to pay those prices, plan ahead and make sure you bring something with you to do. Download your favorite film or show onto a tablet, bring a book or e-reader with you, or if you&rsquo;re traveling with friends or family, consider bringing a pack of cards or games you can play from your seat.</p> <h2>4. Headphones</h2> <p>Even airlines that do provide free entertainment tend to not provide the headphones to allow you to listen to it. The crew will offer headphones for sale at the beginning of the flight, but they&rsquo;ll be poor quality and expensive. Avoid that frustration by bringing your own pair of headphones so you can plug in for free if you get lucky with an in-flight movie.</p> <p>You might even consider upgrading to good pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/2ntqM8T" target="_blank">noise-cancelling headphones</a>, which can drown out unpleasant or distracting sounds.</p> <h2>5. Earplugs</h2> <p>Maybe you&rsquo;re the type of person who likes to catch a few winks on a flight. Earplugs are a must if you don&rsquo;t want a fitful nap interrupted by constant noise, especially in the tightly packed economy section.</p> <p>Believe it or not, earplugs are not all created equal. I always go for the plugs that cancel out the most noise, while still feeling comfortable. <a href="http://amzn.to/2jOUtfF" target="_blank">Mighty Plugs</a> are a great option for planes.</p> <h2>6. Eye mask</h2> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve planned for the noise situation, it&rsquo;s time to think about light. It can be difficult to catch some quality z's when the sun is streaming in through the windows and the cabin lights are on. An eye mask can be a godsend in these situations, providing you with the darkness you need.</p> <p>When shopping for a mask, look for something made from a cool, comfortable fabric with an adjustable strap. You may also want to consider a contoured shape that pushes the mask out from your face so it&rsquo;s not resting uncomfortably on your eyelids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-eye-masks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Eye Masks</a>)</p> <h2>7. Pillow and blanket</h2> <p>Not so long ago, an airline branded pillow and blanket wrapped in a cellophane bag on your seat was a common sight. These days it&rsquo;s rare for airlines to provide them as standard in economy class. Even in the unlikely event that you do find a blanket waiting for you, you probably won&rsquo;t want to use it. Airline employees have admitted that the blankets are infrequently washed. You can buy travel blankets that roll up to a compact size. Another option is to wear a large scarf that you can cover yourself with.</p> <p>If you plan to do any sleeping, you&rsquo;ll want a pillow, too. An inflatable neck pillow is good because it folds up small for carrying. If you take frequent long-haul flights, you may even want to consider a <a href="http://amzn.to/2ikHnXi" target="_blank">lean-forward pillow</a>, which lets you use the space in front of you for a more comfortable sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Travel Pillows</a>)</p> <h2>8. Compression socks</h2> <p>One of the best ways to get comfortable on a flight is to kick back and take your shoes off. But no one will appreciate it if your socks smell like you&rsquo;ve just run a marathon. The easiest way to ensure you don&rsquo;t stink up the cabin is to bring an additional pair of socks with you.</p> <p>Shell out a little extra for a pair of <a href="http://amzn.to/2iit5WQ" target="_blank">compression socks</a>, which will also significantly reduce your risk of suffering Deep Vein Thrombosis during your flight. Though they&rsquo;re particularly effective on long distance flights when the risk of DVT is higher, there&rsquo;s no harm in wearing them for flying short distances, as well.</p> <h2>9. Hand sanitizer and sterile wipes</h2> <p>Studies have shown that airline cabins are filthy spaces. Tray tables, seat belts, arm rests, and even suitcases are rife with bacteria. The pressure to quickly turn around an aircraft between flights inevitably means that they&rsquo;re not cleaned to a high standard.</p> <p>Since most of the harm materializes as a result of touching infected areas, you can reduce the potential by keeping good hygiene. Use sanitizer spray or sterile wipes on the surfaces around you, as well as regularly on your hands.</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/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money">8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Travel Coach coach seat economy flight flight essentials flight tips frequent flyer luggage packing tips travel tips Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2067353 at http://www.wisebread.com Save Big With a Dream Wedding Overseas http://www.wisebread.com/save-big-with-a-dream-wedding-overseas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-big-with-a-dream-wedding-overseas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/just_married_couple_in_paris_france.jpg" alt="Just married couple in Paris, France" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to an annual survey by wedding planning site The Knot, the <a href="https://www.theknot.com/content/average-wedding-cost-2016" target="_blank">average cost of a wedding</a> in the U.S. now comes in at a whopping $35,329. This figure has been steadily rising over the decade that the site has been completing the study, clearly showing that people are willing to splash out more and more for their dream day. However, having your fairy tale wedding doesn't necessarily have to come with a make-believe price tag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/people-are-still-spending-too-much-on-their-weddings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">People Are Still Spending Too Much on Their Weddings</a>)</p> <h2>Incorporate the honeymoon into the wedding</h2> <p>By honeymooning in the same destination that you're getting married, you can combine the two costs rather than paying for a separate trip. The honeymoon can be one of the most expensive parts of getting married, but this way you're already in your desired location, so there are no extra travel costs.</p> <p>If you're concerned about the prospect of your family and friends being present for your honeymoon, then consider switching hotels once you've said &quot;I do.&quot; On the other hand, for some people, having loved ones there for the entire occasion may be a bonus.</p> <h2>Fewer guests mean lower costs</h2> <p>There's a good chance having your wedding abroad will automatically cull the guest list for you, and probably quite drastically. While it's common for weddings in the U.S. to top 100 guests, no matter how popular you are, your overseas celebration is unlikely to attract those numbers.</p> <p>Lots of people who may ordinarily expect to attend simply won't be able to take the time off work or be willing to pay to travel that far away. This is a deal breaker for some brides and grooms, but for others, it's a welcome way to organically trim the guest list and, therefore, expenses.</p> <h2>Check out shoulder season</h2> <p>Traveling during peak season costs more money, and exactly the same applies for weddings, so it's best to avoid it. However, off-peak times in popular destinations usually coincide with poor weather, and the last thing you want is for your dream beach wedding to be interrupted by wind and rain.</p> <p>A great solution is to have your wedding during the shoulder season. This is the period that falls between the lousy weather and peak season, so you get the bonus of both decent weather and fewer crowds. It also means that costs will be lower for both you and your guests. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-travel-anywhere?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Times of Year to Travel Anywhere</a>)</p> <h2>Choose a weekday</h2> <p>Guests who are able to attend your overseas wedding will more than likely be planning to spend a few days, or potentially a week or more in your chosen destination. This means that having your wedding on a weekday is unlikely to further affect their ability to be present.</p> <p>As in the U.S., in most other countries Saturday is the most popular day to get married, and therefore the most costly. If you can avoid tying the knot on the weekend then you're going to see costs come down dramatically.</p> <h2>Redeem travel rewards</h2> <p>With all the big-ticket items you'll be buying for the wedding, now is the perfect time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-started-with-travel-rewards-in-4-simple-steps?ref=internal" target="_blank">get started with travel rewards credit cards</a>. Start planning this as soon as possible because it will take you a while to accumulate enough travel rewards to make a significant difference in your wedding costs. If you're not already collecting travel rewards, then your first step will be to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal" target="_blank">choose the right credit card</a> for you.</p> <h2>Get married before the wedding</h2> <p>This may sound counterintuitive, but doing the legal part of the wedding before heading overseas could save you a lot of money, depending on where you plan on getting married. This is because each country has its own regulations and requirements you'll have to fulfill before being allowed to complete the ceremony there, which can be expensive and time consuming.</p> <p>Some countries require you to have been there for a fixed period of time before your ceremony, some require medical tests, and others have heaps of paperwork to complete. To save both the hassle and the expense you might encounter, the simplest option may be to have the official part of the ceremony completed in your home state.</p> <h2>Consider an all-inclusive wedding package</h2> <p>Though it can be cost effective to plan and book each detail of your wedding yourself separately, it's definitely worth looking into all-inclusive wedding packages. They will include all aspects of the wedding for a flat rate, which may help you budget and will definitely save you time.</p> <p>Resorts regularly have promotional packages available, particularly outside of peak season. You might be surprised at just how much you can save by considering an all-inclusive package.</p> <h2>Reduce decor costs</h2> <p>For many people, part of the reason for having an overseas wedding is incorporating a beautiful destination, the equivalent of which isn't available at home. This could be a white sand beach, a magnificent mountain backdrop, or a stunning garden to hold the ceremony in.</p> <p>One benefit of being surrounded by this natural beauty is that there's no need to go over the top with extra decor, so strip it back and let the location do the talking. Traditional decorations are extremely costly to buy or even rent, and the cost of things like favors and gifts can really add up. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-everything-for-your-wedding?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Big on Everything for Your Wedding</a>)</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/save-big-with-a-dream-wedding-overseas">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/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation">11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish">8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish</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-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">How to Live the &quot;Location Independent&quot; Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel destination wedding dream wedding travel overseas travel tips wedding wedding overseas wedding planning Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2067352 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_traveling_abroad.jpg" alt="Woman traveling abroad" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Business travel usually sounds like a lot of fun, until you're on the road constantly. Living out of a suitcase often means leaving some of your favorite things behind, and one delayed flight can throw off meetings, hotel reservations, and more.</p> <p>Whether you're an experienced business traveler or new to this particular adventure, there's a way to make the traveling life easier &mdash; by packing smart. Here are some things that the savvy business traveler should always have along for the ride. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-business-travel-helps-your-wallet?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Business Travel Helps Your Wallet</a>)</p> <h2>1. A filtered water bottle</h2> <p>It's easy to forget just how essential water is for health and happiness. Make sure that you have safe, clean water to drink wherever you go by investing in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mTf33g" target="_blank">water bottle that will filter contaminants</a> on its own.</p> <h2>2. A Wi-Fi hot spot</h2> <p>Airport and airplane Wi-Fi can be expensive and, if you happen to be in the wrong part of the airport, it can be spotty, too. Some places, it's also an unsecured network. While you can almost always turn your smartphone into a wireless hot spot, many business travelers prefer to carry a <a href="http://amzn.to/2mTtHY7" target="_blank">separate hot spot device</a>. Sometimes, work will even pay for it! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/technology-hacks-for-the-international-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Technology Hacks for the International Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>3. A surge protector</h2> <p>Many power cords these days come with surge protection built in, but you can never be too safe (especially when traveling overseas). Carry a small surge protector with you, and you'll know that your devices won't get fried when you need them most. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-surge-protectors?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Power Surge Protectors</a>)</p> <h2>4. A power bank</h2> <p>You never know when your phone, tablet, or laptop is going to run out of battery life, but it's almost guaranteed to be at the worst possible time. Save yourself the hassle of finding a charging station in an airport or bumming a charge off another traveler by making sure you have your power bank packed. Make sure yours is fully charged before you leave. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-power-banks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Power Banks</a>)</p> <h2>5. A small carry-on bag</h2> <p>Save money and hassle by investing in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2A0309b" target="_blank">carry-on bag</a> that conforms to TSA's standards, and fit everything you need for your trip into it. You could save between $50 and $100 per flight by not bringing extra luggage, and you'll have it all with you so you won't have to wait in line at baggage claim or have to worry about lost luggage. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>6. A first aid kit</h2> <p>You never know when you'll trip or something unusual will happen and you'll need a Band-Aid or some ibuprofen. And you don't want to be heading into an important business meeting with an open cut or a splitting headache that could've easily been taken care of, had you planned ahead. Gather a few first aid items in a baggie before you leave, so these small inconveniences don't become bigger problems. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best First Aid Kits</a>)</p> <h2>7. Wrinkle releaser</h2> <p>Sure, many hotels now stock irons and ironing boards for travelers, but what if you end up running straight from the plane to a big meeting? Get rid of wrinkles on-the-go by bringing your own <a href="http://amzn.to/2zfx9yg" target="_blank">wrinkle-release spray</a> along. It's also useful when you don't feel like ironing in your hotel or you forget to send your clothes out for cleaning.</p> <h2>8. Travel apps</h2> <p>There are many apps out there geared toward business travelers. Apple's <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204003" target="_blank">Wallet</a> lets you organize your boarding passes and other important data so you always have access to them. Send your confirmation and travel emails to <a href="https://www.tripit.com/" target="_blank">TripIt</a> and the app will create your itineraries for you.</p> <p>The point is, if you want to find an app to do something that will make your business travel easier, you probably can. Take the time to figure out what tasks you would like to do digitally, and download the apps that will work best for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a>)</p> <h2>9. Travel-size personal care products</h2> <p>Hotels are always stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and soap for guests to use, but they don't usually have other essentials like face wash, deodorant, or hair styling products. These are must-haves for business travelers who need to be presentable and professional at all times, so make sure you have TSA-approved sizes of the personal care items you like to use.</p> <h2>10. The right travel rewards card</h2> <p>Some companies will let you book your own business travel and will reimburse you later. Whether this is true for you or not, it can pay to have a good travel rewards credit card along with you. Even if you can't book your own travel, these cards can offer rewards for things like dining out, entrance fees, and other travel costs you might incur on your own. Figure out what you will use your card for most and which type of points would help you the most, then get the card and reap the benefits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <h2>11. Plastic bags</h2> <p>These are useful in so many ways. Use them to cover your shoes, store your dirty laundry, keep your toiletries from bursting all over your bag, and more. You may feel a little silly when you pack them the first time, but you're likely to find yourself using them over and over again during your trip.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Essentials%2520Every%2520Business%2520Traveler%2520Needs%2520to%2520Pack.jpg&amp;description=11%20Essentials%20Every%20Business%20Traveler%20Needs%20to%20Pack"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Essentials%20Every%20Business%20Traveler%20Needs%20to%20Pack.jpg" alt="11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack" 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/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier</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/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">21 Unexpected Items You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money">8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Travel business traveler business trip carry-on luggage packing tips travel tips what to pack Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2063302 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford http://www.wisebread.com/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/buddha_image_thailand.jpg" alt="Buddha Image, Thailand" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You could be a yoga beginner with an interest in learning more, or an experienced yogi who has been practicing for years. Either way, there's no better place to enjoy a yoga vacation than in a beautiful, exotic location, and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are five exotic yoga retreats that won't break the bank. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Hariharalaya Yoga and Meditation Retreat &mdash; Siem Reap, Cambodia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/lion_statues_in_bakong.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Not far from Siem Reap and its famed Angkor Wat temple complex is where you'll find Hariharalaya Yoga and Meditation Retreat Center. Nestled in two acres of lush Cambodian jungle, its facilities include an outdoor lounging pool, a spa and wellness center, a library, an outdoor gym, an art studio, and a game room. The program here allows for plenty of free time to make use of the excellent amenities. You'll also have time to take trips into the local village of Bakong, where there's a small market and a temple that's part of the Angkor Wat complex.</p> <p>Retreats last for six days and have a dedicated schedule of yoga, meditation, and chanting, as well as numerous seminars delivered by guest speakers in various related fields. Costs range from $260 for a place in a dormitory to up to $330 for a private bamboo hut, and include all of your meals. The food served here is a buffet style assortment of vegan dishes and is considered to be a key part of the holistic health approach taken at Hariharalaya.</p> <h2>2. Swan Yoga &mdash; Goa, India</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/statues_inside_goa_gajah_temple.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>India is the place where yoga is believed to have started, so it's no wonder that this country is something of a haven for yoga enthusiasts. Goa is one of the main yoga hubs and, as a result, has a great selection of retreats to choose from to suit all budgets. Swan Yoga caters to beginners right through to experienced yogis, and has a philosophy of Gurukula-style teaching. This is where students are welcomed to live side-by-side with teachers as part of their family, with the learning process becoming a natural byproduct.</p> <p>From October through May, Swan Yoga runs its signature Yoga Holiday, a one-week journey through meditation, chanting, and detox. It also offers a two-week Yoga Intensive Retreat package, which enables students to delve a little deeper. The Swan Yoga Holiday prices start at $400, while the Intensive Retreat runs from $775. On site there is a &quot;fake beach&quot; to relax on, and a jungle garden where many of the fresh fruit and vegetables are grown for the buffet-style meals that are included in the price. Accommodation comes in the form of budget, standard, and deluxe cottages, which are simple but very comfortable.</p> <h2>3. Serenity Eco Guesthouse &mdash; Bali, Indonesia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/sunset_at_tanah_lot_in_bali_indonesia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>On the enchanting Indonesian island of Bali, in a tranquil fishing village called Canggu, you'll find the Serenity Eco Guesthouse. Though, as the name suggests, it is primarily a guesthouse, the vast majority of its visitors aren't just there for somewhere to lay their heads for the night. The main attraction is the comprehensive yoga schedule, which features up to 12 classes a day and includes various forms of yoga. They also have packages that encompass surfing, meditation, and life coaching for those who want a little extra.</p> <p>Seven-day yoga packages, which include six nights of accommodation, unlimited yoga classes, and a free breakfast, start at just $147 for shared dormitories. For the same package but with a private, air-conditioned room and private bathroom, prices start at $242. Though food beyond breakfast isn't included in the cost, the on-site Alkaline Restaurant serves vegetarian and vegan food with prices for a main dish ranging from about $2.25 to $3.75. On-site facilities include a 14-meter pool and a Vipassana meditation room. The retreat is also close to many of Bali's best known attractions.</p> <h2>4. Suan Sati &mdash; Chiang Mai, Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/buddha_image_thailand.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though it's one of Thailand's largest cities, Chiang Mai has a laid back feel to it, completely removed from the mayhem of Bangkok. Slightly to the north is the small village of Ban Si Bunreuang where Suan Sati Yoga Retreat is based, surrounded by lakes, rice fields, and forests, and overlooked by picturesque mountains. The retreat considers itself a community, and encourages guests to integrate in the town by interacting with the locals and attending the Buddhist temple for ceremonies. You'll get a taste of traditional rural Thai life as well as becoming part of the Suan Sati family.</p> <p>Rather than offering set retreats, visitors are able to book as many days as they require. It is suggested, however, you spend at least a week here, and booking preference and discounts are given to guests who check in for longer durations. A week in a traditionally decorated bamboo dorm room will cost you around $250 and includes three plant-based, Thai-inspired meals a day. Additionally, you'll have full access to the daily schedule of yoga and meditation. Suan Sati's classes accommodate beginners and practiced yogis alike.</p> <h2>5. Casa Zen Guesthouse and Yoga Center &mdash; Santa Teresa, Costa Rica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/dream_beach_nicoya_costa_rica.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Costa Rica has built a reputation as Central America's yoga capital over recent years, and people come from all over the world to study and practice here. Casa Zen Guesthouse and Yoga Center is located on the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, and is just a stone's throw away from the sea. Located between two major surf breaks, Casa Zen welcomes both yoga lovers and surf fanatics in equal measure.</p> <p>There are two retreat options available, four nights or seven nights, which start at $106 and $168, respectively, in low season, or $110 and $175 in high season. This is for a dorm bed. Prices increase for private accommodations. Retreats include unlimited yoga classes, with a minimum of two scheduled per day, as well as a tropical breakfast. Other meals aren't included, but there is a professional kitchen for guests' use and there are also restaurants nearby (according to Numbeo, an inexpensive meal in Costa Rica is around $7). Surfing lessons, Pilates, and spa services are all available for extra fees.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Exotic%2520Yoga%2520Retreats%2520Anyone%2520Can%2520Afford.jpg&amp;description=5%20Exotic%20Yoga%20Retreats%20Anyone%20Can%20Afford"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Exotic%20Yoga%20Retreats%20Anyone%20Can%20Afford.jpg" alt="5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/8-easy-health-and-fitness-tricks-for-travelers">8 Easy Health and Fitness Tricks for Travelers</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/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</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-the-119-best-fitness-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: The 119 Best Fitness Hacks for Busy People</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/flashback-friday-34-ways-fitness-can-improve-your-finances">Flashback Friday: 34 Ways Fitness Can Improve Your Finances</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-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">6 Apps That Pay You to Workout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel exercise fitness health retreat meditation practice yoga travel destinations travel tips yoga yoga getaway yoga retreat Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:30:06 +0000 Nick Wharton 2059324 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_can_not_wait_to_get_on_that_plane.jpg" alt="I can&#039;t wait to get on that plane" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you're a beginner at traveling for free using miles and points, it makes sense to think of each program as a separate entity. Want to fly for free on American Airlines? Get some American AAdvantage miles. Want to stay at a Hilton for free? Start saving up Hilton Honors points.</p> <p>But once you've mastered the basics, you'll find that limitless opportunities arise when you start mixing and matching your programs, and adding in points from banks or credit card issuers, which can be traded for a variety of point types. When you start doing this, you not only gain more flexibility, but sometimes you're able to take advantage of deals and bargains that help you wring more value out of the points you have. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-cards-have-the-best-travel-redemption-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Credit Cards Have the Best Travel Redemption Value?</a>)</p> <p>For example, I will soon be using British Airways' Avios points to fly from California to Hawaii. Does British Airways fly from California to Hawaii? Nope. I'll be flying on Alaska Air. Alaska is a partner of British Airways, and accepts Avios for flights. Why use Avios? Because each airline has its own ways of calculating how many points different flights cost, and British Airways' system makes flights from the West Coast to Hawaii a better deal than I would get using Alaska Miles or other domestic carrier programs. Generally, booking a flight from the West Coast to Hawaii costs 12,500 Avios points each way, compared to 17,500 to 30,000 Alaska Airlines miles each way. Also, I happen to have plenty of Avios, but no Alaska Airlines miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-airline-partnerships-can-supercharge-your-travel-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Secret to Redeeming Travel Rewards With Airline Partners</a>)</p> <p>Here are the three main ways you can travel using points from different companies to get the best deal possible.</p> <h2>Use miles on a partner airline</h2> <p>The major airlines belong to large partnership programs. For example, United Airlines belongs to the <a href="https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/Marketing/CustComm/Promotions/Pages/AirlinePartners.aspx" target="_blank">Star Alliance</a>, allowing its MileagePlus members to use or earn United miles on 26 other airlines, including Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.</p> <p>Sometimes these mileage partners show up when you search for flights to book on an airline site, so you might not even notice that you're flying a partner airline until you get to the airport. Other times, you need to work a little harder. For my flight to Hawaii, for example, I will have to make the reservation by phone, because Alaska Airlines flights don't show up on the British Airlines booking site.</p> <p>Besides helping you get a good deal, this method can help you use your miles to access routes or destinations that aren't served by the airline with which you hold the miles. For example, last year I wanted to fly direct from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia. I had accumulated a lot of American AAdvantage miles, so that's the &quot;currency&quot; I wanted to pay with. American doesn't fly to Sydney from San Francisco, but its partner Qantas does, so I used my AAdvantage miles to fly Qantas. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Loyalty Program Has the Best Value for Their Miles?</a>)</p> <h2>Transfer points from one program to another</h2> <p>You can't generally transfer miles from one airline to another, but you can often transfer points from a hotel loyalty program to an airline or from a credit card travel rewards program to an airline or hotel. These companies all have exchange agreements with select partners &mdash; and sometimes you can actually gain value by moving your points from one program to another. But beware, in some cases you lose value in the transaction.</p> <p>Before you start converting points, check the conversion rate carefully. Most of the time it'll be 1:1, meaning one credit card reward point can be converted to one airline mile. But other times, it might take two credit card rewards point to get one airline mile. Sometimes this is still going to be worth it to you, because that airline is the only one that will get you to your destination. But other times, it's better to consider another option that does give you a 1:1 ratio.</p> <p>However, another scenario is when you get a <em>better</em> value than 1:1. Some programs will give you a bonus for transferring your points. That's why it pays to shop around when <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=internal" target="_blank">choosing a travel rewards credit card</a>.</p> <p>What if the airline you want to fly doesn't have a partnership with the points program you want to use? All's not lost. You can arrange a double transfer. A what now? Well, imagine you have a bunch of rewards points, but it doesn't transfer to the airline miles you want. But do a little digging and you notice that the credit card rewards program allows you to convert to a certain hotel program, which allows you to transfer those hotel points to its partner airline program, the very airline you want to fly. Unfortunately, many times this sort of double transfer will cause you to lose lots of value in your initial points. Especially since hotel loyalty programs generally have poor exchange rates. So consider the double exchange a last resort in most cases.</p> <p>It's always a good idea to search for a more direct strategy before resorting to a double transfer. Or if that sounds too complicated, try method three, below.</p> <h2>Spend points like cash on a travel portal</h2> <p>Credit card rewards programs have portals through which you can book flights on a variety of airlines (and hotels) using points. Usually, when going this route, your points will be converted to a discount on the cash price of the flight, and if you don't have enough points, you can pay the remainder in cash.</p> <p>The value per mile you get when shopping through the airline portals is often a little less than you would get by redeeming miles directly through an airline, but there is also an advantage to doing it this way: The airlines see your booking as a cash purchase, not a miles redemption. This means that you're not limited to the sometimes small number of award seats made available by the airlines, or by holiday blackout dates. Even better, when you book this way, you can earn miles on the flight. And some flights booked this way may be eligible for upgrades.</p> <p>Sometimes, the credit card portals sweeten the deal. Because I hold a premium card, for instance, I got a points rebate for my flight purchase, reducing the total cost of the trip. My card also gives me five points for every dollar I spend on the portal, so between getting miles for flying, a points rebate on some of the points I spent, plus five points for every dollar cash I paid, I considered this a win/win/win.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Flexible%2520Ways%2520to%2520Cash%2520In%2520Your%2520Miles%2520and%2520Points.jpg&amp;description=3%20Flexible%20Ways%20to%20Cash%20In%20Your%20Miles%20and%20Points"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Flexible%20Ways%20to%20Cash%20In%20Your%20Miles%20and%20Points.jpg" alt="3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop">How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop</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-buy-and-sell-airline-miles">How to Buy and Sell Airline Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-airport-lounge-access">How to Get the Most Out of Airport Lounge Access</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-get-free-travel">6 Easy Ways to Get Free Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Shopping Travel airline miles airline points free travel frequent flyer miles shopping tips travel tips Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2062562 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Easy Steps for Planning a Trip Around the World http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-steps-for-planning-a-trip-around-the-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-easy-steps-for-planning-a-trip-around-the-world" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_booking_website_in_mobile_phone_screen.jpg" alt="Travel booking website in mobile phone screen" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Organizing an around-the-world trip is a daunting task, particularly if you've never traveled extensively before. Take the stress out of the planning stage by following these seven easy steps.</p> <h2>1. Figure out where you want to go</h2> <p>This is the really fun part where you get to use your imagination, and dream without inhibitions. Many people have some kind of bucket list or collection of countries that they've always wanted to see, and this is a great place to start. Seek out inspiration from travel sites, guidebooks, and social media, and think big. You can condense your list later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-incredible-places-you-must-visit-before-you-die?ref=seealso" target="_blank">25 Incredible Places You Must Visit Before You Die</a>)</p> <p>Getting yourself a large world map and putting a sticker on each destination on your list can be a good way to visualize where they are in relation to each other. Alternatively, you can create a spreadsheet or use a notebook to group countries by continent. Both of these will help you when it comes to planning a coherent route.</p> <h2>2. Decide the length of your trip</h2> <p>There are plenty of considerations when deciding how long to go for, not the least of which are the size of your budget and the status of your job. If you're planning on quitting your job, then you have a lot more leeway. But if you're working within the restrictions of a sabbatical, or need to negotiate extended leave, then this may dictate the length of your trip.</p> <p>Here's where you'll need to be realistic as to how much of your bucket list you can get checked off. Start to narrow down your number of destinations based on how much they excite you, why you want to visit, and what you're going to do there. For example, if Tokyo is on your list simply because you want to go on a high-speed train but the rest of Japan doesn't appeal to you, save that for another trip. Find a balance between the cost of travel in each country and how badly you wish to visit them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-save-up-a-big-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Easy Ways to Save Up a Big Travel Budget</a>)</p> <h2>3. Finalize the route and pick your method</h2> <p>Now that you've decided on the places that you'd like to visit, you need to work out the most sensible course to take between them and how you're going to do it. The best routes cut down on the amount of travel needed by avoiding any doubling back and following a natural path between countries. This will save you time and money, as well as lessen your impact on the environment.</p> <p>Round-the-world plane tickets can cut down on hassle, but they do have limitations on both time and destinations. Also, sometimes it's cheaper to book flights separately. If you choose to do the latter, you'll gain flexibility and could save money by booking cheap flights, but you will have to arrange everything yourself. A <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">good airline rewards credit card</a> can also help you earn free flights. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <p>Keep in mind that individual flights are much more expensive than booking multiple legs at once. Consider using the &quot;multi-flight&quot; or &quot;multicity&quot; tool on your favorite flight booking engine to enjoy discounts on taking numerous flights in a given time period. If you know you're going to travel to New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo, use the multi-flight tab and book all your flights at once to save money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extend-your-vacation-for-free-with-open-jaws-and-stopovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Extend Your Vacation for Free With Open Jaws and Stopovers</a>)</p> <h2>4. Work out your budget</h2> <p>This is one of the trickiest parts of planning a round-the-world trip because there are so many things to consider. They include not only your flights, accommodations, and food, but you also have to factor in visas, insurance, attraction entrance fees, and any necessary vaccinations before you set off. You should also include an emergency contingency, since travel has a way of raising the unexpected and you don't want to be stuck in an unfamiliar country. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-buying-travel-insurance?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About Buying Travel Insurance</a>)</p> <p>Set up a spreadsheet with each country you're visiting, including columns for all of the expenses you anticipate you'll incur while there. There's no substitute for good old-fashioned research here. You don't have to come up with a detailed breakdown of every single dollar you'll spend, but try to come up with the main expenses and a daily ballpark figure. Guidebooks, blogs, and sites like <a href="https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/" target="_blank">Numbeo</a> will give you an indication of the amount you can expect to spend in each place. From here, calculate a daily average that you can multiply by the amount of time you have in each destination.</p> <h2>5. Select when is best to go and in which direction</h2> <p>If there are activities on your bucket list that you need to book in advance, then let those dictate when you set off and in which direction. For example, due to strict regulations on visitor numbers, it's necessary to book the classic Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu well in advance. You'll need to work the dates around activities like this to ensure you're able to do them.</p> <p>The same goes for important festivals and annual holidays that you may want to experience, or overly busy public holiday periods you may want to avoid.</p> <p>Weather usually plays a large part in people's decisions about when to travel, and most try to avoid extreme weather events like rainy or hurricane seasons. Chasing the sun is a popular thing to do on a round-the-world trip. All of this will determine whether you head east or west, and what time of year to set off. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-times-of-year-to-travel-anywhere?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Times of Year to Travel Anywhere</a>)</p> <h2>6. Start saving up</h2> <p>There are a million and one different methods of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-ways-to-save-for-your-dream-vacation?ref=internal" target="_blank">building up a vacation fund</a>, but ultimately it's all about reducing your expenses and increasing your income. Set a savings goal that covers your budget and start putting away a fixed amount each month to meet it. Saving up to travel the world is a very particular enterprise, as you have a specific, life-changing goal in mind.</p> <p>While you're saving, keep in mind that there are many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-jobs-for-expats-and-travelers?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel jobs that can help you earn money</a> overseas, so you could potentially extend your trip even further by working while you're on the road.</p> <p>What more inspiration could you possibly want to keep you on the right track than picturing yourself standing near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil or lying on a tropical beach in Thailand? If traveling the world is something that you truly have your heart set on doing, then it will provide you with all of the motivation you need.</p> <h2>7. Plan what you're going to pack</h2> <p>This will be affected by what type of traveler you are, but a good rule of thumb is to pack as light as possible. Lugging multiple suitcases around the world for months on end will get very tiring very quickly. Remember, you can buy virtually anything you need virtually anywhere in the world, so do away with all the &quot;just in case&quot; items. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <p>By now you should have a good idea of the climates of the countries you're going to visit, but you should also research what's appropriate to wear. Take into consideration local cultural and religious customs to ensure you don't offend anyone. Consider buying some specialized clothing or gear along the way so that you don't have to carry it on your whole trip. For instance, if you're planning to trek to Everest Base Camp, you may want to wait until you get closer to that portion of your trip to think about buying what you need.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-easy-steps-for-planning-a-trip-around-the-world&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Easy%2520Steps%2520for%2520Planning%2520a%2520Trip%2520Around%2520the%2520World.jpg&amp;description=7%20Easy%20Steps%20for%20Planning%20a%20Trip%20Around%20the%20World"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Easy%20Steps%20for%20Planning%20a%20Trip%20Around%20the%20World.jpg" alt="7 Easy Steps for Planning a Trip Around the World" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-steps-for-planning-a-trip-around-the-world">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford</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/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-travel-more-in-retirement">7 Ways to Travel More in Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel around the world planning a trip travel plan travel tips world travel Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:30:06 +0000 Nick Wharton 2059320 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Travel More in Retirement http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-travel-more-in-retirement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-travel-more-in-retirement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/senior_couple_traveling.jpg" alt="Senior couple traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to ways retirees prefer to spend their time in retirement, travel often lands at the top of the list. The catch is, just because you&rsquo;ve got a lot of time on your hands for travel doesn&rsquo;t mean you have a lot of money. Still, it&rsquo;s entirely possible to travel more in retirement with the right focus and with a few tips and tricks. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-travel-in-retirement-keeps-you-young?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Travel in Retirement Keeps You Young</a>)</p> <h2>1. Take advantage of your flexibility</h2> <p>Without the constraints of work, one of the most valuable things that almost every retiree has in their arsenal is flexibility. Due to increased demand, flight and hotel prices go up at peak travel times, but often drop drastically outside of them. So when it comes to travel, being flexible about when you go can mean your travel budget will stretch a lot further than it would during peak times.</p> <p>Costs in the offseason are far cheaper for everything from flights and accommodations, to entrance fees and attractions. You may save so much that you&rsquo;re even able to put some money aside for your next trip.</p> <p>Traveling during low season also means that even the most popular destinations are much quieter than usual &mdash; another plus if you&rsquo;re not a fan of crowds. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel</a>)</p> <h2>2. Use any discounts available</h2> <p>One of the great perks of being classed as a senior citizen is the wide range of travel discounts that you are now eligible for.</p> <p>Organizations such as the AARP offer a host of deals for members on rental cars, hotels, cruises, and flights, though you have to pay the annual membership fee to access them. There are also lots of travel-related companies that offer their own discounts that are free to access. Best Western's 10 percent discount for folks 55 and over, One Travel&rsquo;s senior travel deals, and Amtrak&rsquo;s senior program offering a 15 percent discount, are just a few.</p> <h2>3. Try a house swap</h2> <p>There are lots of ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-ways-to-get-free-travel-accommodations" target="_blank">get free or extremely cheap accommodation</a> when you travel. But by the time you retire, you&rsquo;re probably used to a certain amount of luxury and you don&rsquo;t want to be couchsurfing or staying in hostels. If you have a permanent home that you&rsquo;re willing to allow other people use, then house-swapping could be a brilliant option for you.</p> <p>There are lots of house-swapping sites that make the process extremely simple and safe, and there are even a number specifically dedicated to seniors, such as HomeExchange50Plus.com. You just need to list your property with a description and photographs that show it off. Then you can explore the properties already listed by other members of the community before contacting them to arrange your perfect swap. Though you have to pay an annual fee to join these sites, it&rsquo;s negligible compared the money you can save.</p> <h2>4. Go for longer and travel slower</h2> <p>Though this may sound counterintuitive, generally, the longer that you travel, the cheaper your average daily costs will become. Rather than trying to cram loads of activities and destinations into one vacation, plan to see just one place, and experience it more thoroughly. By staying put, you&rsquo;ll spend less on transport to other destinations.</p> <p>Because you&rsquo;ve got a more leisurely schedule, when do you want to go somewhere nearby, you can take a slower city bus, for instance, rather than a pricey taxi. You can also negotiate discounts in many accommodations for longer stays. I&rsquo;ve done this successfully many times and for stays over four weeks, I have managed to make savings of up to 50 percent (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/savor-your-trip-and-save-big-with-these-5-slow-travel-tips" target="_blank">Savor Your Trip and Save Big With These 5 Slow Travel Tips</a>)</p> <h2>5. Offer to house sit</h2> <p>Though house sitting is open to anyone, it&rsquo;s a competitive market, so only the best profiles tend to get selected. Homeowners are looking primarily for trustworthy and considerate people to look after their homes while they're away, and being older generally helps to give you an air of reliability. Many people also like house sitters who have been homeowners, and will treat the home in the way they&rsquo;d treat their own.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s similar to a house swap in that you get the use of a home for free, but you don&rsquo;t need to have a house to reciprocate in return. Often you&rsquo;ll be required to look after pets as part of the deal, but there is no cost other than the annual membership fee that sites like TrustedHousesitters charge. As with house swaps, you can save a significant amount of money through house sitting.</p> <h2>6. Downsize</h2> <p>Even though there are lots of ways to make travel more affordable, it still costs money. Money that not every retiree has lying around. But if you have a house that's bigger than you need, then you could be sitting on a golden nest egg.</p> <p>Obviously the idea of downsizing would be to take advantage of any equity that you have in your existing property, which may be significant if you own the property outright. But even if you still have a mortgage, it may be possible to sell your home and buy a smaller one and still make a profit. You can then use this extra cash to fund your travels.</p> <h2>7. Prioritize travel</h2> <p>This is possibly the most important step to traveling more in retirement, and it&rsquo;s a simple case of making it an absolute priority. One of the best ways to prioritize travel is to make a bucket list of all of the experiences you want to have and all of the places you want to visit. This will help to create a focus and provide you with a whole load of inspiration at the same time.</p> <p>Make sure to check off items on the bucket list at regular intervals, say four trips a year depending on your flexibility. The key to doing this is planning, but it may also help to vocalize your plans to other people to help hold you accountable. If you tell your friends and family that you&rsquo;re going to visit four specific places next year, it makes it much harder to find excuses to back out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-do-9-popular-bucket-list-items-on-a-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Where to Do 9 Popular Bucket List Items on a Budget</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-to-travel-more-in-retirement&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520to%2520Travel%2520More%2520in%2520Retirement.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20More%20in%20Retirement"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20More%20in%20Retirement.jpg" alt="7 Ways to Travel More in Retirement" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-travel-more-in-retirement">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/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel booking flights retirees retirement retirement tips travel discounts travel in retirement travel tips Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:30:09 +0000 Nick Wharton 2058472 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_with_shopping_bags.jpg" alt="Woman with shopping bags" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early 2000s, taking inspiration from David Phillips, the guy who got more than a million airline miles by buying Healthy Choice pudding, I participated in a shopping promotion run by American Airlines. I had to make purchases through 25 different partners in order to receive 25,000 miles.</p> <p>In those days, that was hard to do because American just didn't have that many partners I could shop through, and many of the partners they had were specialty stores I wouldn't have otherwise visited, such as a fly fishing shop. More than 15 years later, it's a different story: Airlines have struck deals with so many retailers that you can purchase nearly everything you need through an airline shopping portal. Other programs, such as hotel loyalty programs, have shopping portals too.</p> <p>The mileage isn't a pittance, either. In fact, with minimal effort, I earned more than 3,000 American AAdvantage miles in the past month alone by shopping through the airline portal, and I could have done the same with almost any other airline or loyalty program. I didn't pay any more for my purchases than I would have otherwise. It's simply a process of clicking through to the shopping site you were planning on buying from anyway, from the shopping portal site first. This works the same way as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year?ref=internal" target="_blank">cash back sites</a>, like Ebates, but I am currently in a hurry to amass miles for a trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Airline Miles Secrets Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <p>Here's how to make airline shopping portals work for you.</p> <h2>1. Locate the portal for the loyalty points you want to earn</h2> <p>All the major airlines and programs have shopping portals, such as <a href="https://rapidrewardsshopping.southwest.com/button/" target="_blank">Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping</a>, <a href="https://shopping.mileageplus.com/" target="_blank">United MileagePlus Shopping</a>, <a href="https://www.aadvantageeshopping.com/" target="_blank">AAdvantage eShopping Mall</a>, <a href="https://www.skymilesshopping.com/" target="_blank">Delta SkyMiles Shopping</a>, and <a href="https://shoptoearn.hiltonhonors.com/loyrewards/earnmall/us/earnmallhome?" target="_blank">Hilton Honors Shop-to-Earn Mall</a>.</p> <h2>2. Sign up</h2> <p>It may not be enough just to have a frequent flyer number with an airline. For instance, to get miles for shopping Delta's portal, you have to enter your frequent flyer number and other personal information first.</p> <h2>3. Check out the shops</h2> <p>Peruse the portal's offerings and figure out if you can use it to do any of the shopping you were going to do anyway. For instance, I needed to replace a headlight on my car. I could have driven to an automotive supply store, or ordered it on Amazon, but because I was trying to collect miles, I clicked through an airline portal and purchased the bulb through AutoZone instead.</p> <p>With general purpose stores such as Walgreens, Walmart, Kohl's, and Target, these portals now allow to do almost all your shopping this way if you want.</p> <h2>4. Read offers carefully</h2> <p>One thing you need to keep in mind when using an online shopping portal is that the company offering the reward (in this case the airline) will be tracking your clicks when you move from the shopping portal to the retailer site. Because of this, most miles malls will warn in their fine print that the service won't work if your browser cookies are turned off or if you use ad-blocking software.</p> <p>More rules may pop up when you select a store or specific offer. For example, certain products or brands may be excluded from the offer, or you may not earn miles if you use a coupon code.</p> <p>Some vendors on these malls are selling services or subscriptions, not actual products. These offers can be great because they might offer a larger amount of miles as a sign-up bonus, but pay particular attention to these offers to make sure you know how long you have to keep the subscription going in order to qualify for miles. For instance, I signed up for a wine club membership, but, failing to read the fine print, I canceled too soon and didn't get any miles. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>5. Make the purchase and check your account</h2> <p>The great thing about this step is that you're probably using a credit card that also pays you a mile or more for every dollar you spend. When shopping through a miles portal, you get <em>both</em> the credit card rewards and the shopping rewards. A true double whammy!</p> <p>Although the terms of service may say you'll get your miles in a month or more, in my experience, miles showed up on my airline account just two days after making a purchase. This helps if you are close to booking an award flight and you just need a few more miles to make it happen. By contrast, if you are trying to get the extra miles through credit card spending, you'll have to wait for the month's billing cycle to end before the miles are credited. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-destinations-you-can-go-to-with-rewards-points-and-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Amazing Destinations You Can Go to With Rewards Points and Miles</a>)</p> <h2>6. If you don't get the miles, complain</h2> <p>Sometimes the miles you earned aren't credited to your account. Many of the portals have an email form just for reporting this. You should probably start by contacting the merchant, and then if they don't help you, contact the airline.</p> <h2>7. Remember that if you return the item, you could lose the miles</h2> <p>To be honest, so far I haven't had miles deducted from my account after having to return something, but the terms of service of the miles mall I was shopping warned that it could happen. Just make sure you return any items you are planning to, before you use the miles.</p> <h2>8. Check back for special offers</h2> <p>Either subscribe to email alerts or check the site regularly, because merchants offer special deals that might even make it worth it to try a product or service you wouldn't have otherwise bought. For example, I recently saw an offer for 1,500 AAdvantage miles for buying a $12 magazine subscription. Since 1,500 AAdvantage miles are worth about $22.50 at 1.5 cents a mile, and since it costs $29.50 to <em>buy</em> 1,000 miles directly from American, this deal would be a no-brainer if you just needed a few more miles to make an award &mdash; even if you never read the magazine.</p> <p>Even better, to encourage people to shop there, the portals sometimes offer bonus miles or sweepstakes if you shop at a certain number of stores during a specific time frame. For instance, I recently participated in a promo in which every $50 purchase I made got me an entry into a drawing to win 1 million miles. (I didn't win, as far as I've heard.)</p> <p>Southwest Airlines even has an extension you can install so that a button shows up on your browser when you're shopping to remind you to click through their portal.</p> <h2>9. Consider purchasing gift cards</h2> <p>If you don't have a specific purchase in mind at the moment, but you urgently need a few extra miles, you can take advantage of a rewards shopping portal by buying a gift card to use later. The beautiful thing about this is that when you spend your gift card, you can shop through the rewards portal again, getting rewarded twice for the same purchase. (Actually, three times, if you're using a credit card that rewards you per dollar spent on the gift card purchase.)</p> <p>However, you'll have to check the fine print again, because some stores don't pay miles on gift card purchases.</p> <h2>10. Compare deals before shopping</h2> <p>If you are racing to accrue just a few more United miles before booking a flight, stick to the United shopping portal. However, if you have a lot of loyalty programs and just want to maximize your earn, the site <a href="http://evreward.com/" target="_blank">ev'reward</a> will tell you who's offering the best deal at the moment. To use it, type in the name of the retailer you plan to shop, and ev'reward will give you a list of different portals and the reward rate each is currently offering. You can also browse by category, which is great if you know you want to order some coffee, for instance, and you're willing to buy it from any store offering the best reward.</p> <h2>11. Remember this trick if your miles are about to expire</h2> <p>Some programs will take away your miles if you don't earn or spend any of them for awhile. You can usually reset the clock if you make any transaction using your frequent flyer number, including an online shopping portal purchase. So if your miles are about to expire, just click through that airline's shopping portal and buy any little thing. Check your airline policy to make sure they use this rule. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-frequent-flyer-miles-that-are-about-to-expire?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save Frequent Flyer Miles That Are About to Expire</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Earn%2520Airline%2520Miles%2520While%2520You%2520Shop.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Earn%20Airline%20Miles%20While%20You%20Shop"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Earn%20Airline%20Miles%20While%20You%20Shop.jpg" alt="How to Earn Airline Miles While You Shop" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-airline-miles-while-you-shop">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/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-its-better-to-buy-at-the-last-minute">6 Things It&#039;s Better to Buy at the Last Minute</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-master-these-10-shopping-skills-before-you-hit-30">How to Master These 10 Shopping Skills Before You Hit 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airline miles earn miles flight miles miles and points save money on travel shopping tips travel tips Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:01:05 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2057008 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_bikes_map_626852098.jpg" alt="Couple traveling greener and saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Travel can be an enriching way of understanding different cultures and developing an appreciation for nature&rsquo;s beauty. Yet, the negative effect that travel can have on the planet is undeniable. Huge carbon emissions, vast energy consumption, and excessive water usage are all unfortunate side products of many forms of travel. But a growing number of travelers are becoming far more conscious about how their actions and choices can impact the environment.</p> <p>It's been suggested that the only way to truly travel greener is to not travel at all, but that seems extreme? There are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, both large and small, that can have a positive impact on the environment. Even better, many of these strategies can actually save you money in the process.</p> <h2>1. Pack light</h2> <p>By packing light, you'll be carrying less weight, which means that if you're traveling in a vehicle, you'll use less fuel, releasing fewer emissions. The less gas you have to buy for your trip, the more money you&rsquo;ll save.</p> <p>When it comes to flights, by traveling with carry-on items only, you'll immediately save the costs that most airlines charge for an additional bag to be checked, and you&rsquo;ll be doing your part to lighten the load that the plane has to carry. That, in turn, can reduce the plane&rsquo;s fuel consumption. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2>2. Take a reusable water bottle</h2> <p>Our incredible overconsumption of plastic has been deemed an environmental crisis. That certainly makes sense since a million plastic bottles are purchased every minute, and 91 percent of plastic produced is not recycled. A 2015 study found that by midcentury, we'll have more plastic in our ocean than fish, ton for ton.</p> <p>Help solve the problem by carrying a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-aluminum-and-stainless-steel-water-bottles?ref=internal" target="_blank">reusable water bottle</a> with you when you travel so you can avoid buying bottled water. You can also get <a href="http://amzn.to/2AXfE6P" target="_blank">filtered water bottles</a>, which will allow you to drink water from virtually any source by filtering out up to 99.9 percent of harmful contaminants. As a bonus, you'll also save a small fortune on the pricey bottled water by carrying your own bottle.</p> <h2>3. Bike or walk</h2> <p>Particularly in countries where gas guzzling transport is cheap, it's easy to fall into the trap of getting taxis everywhere, or hiring a vehicle. However, by far the two greenest ways to get around are to ride a bike or walk.</p> <p>Cycling and walking have zero impact on the environment, and will help keep you healthy in the process. They also cost nothing other than perhaps the cost of renting a bike, which in most places is still relatively cheap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-life-is-wonderful-when-you-swap-your-car-for-a-bike?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways Life Is Wonderful When You Swap Your Car for a Bike</a>)</p> <h2>4. Make sure your home is vacation-ready</h2> <p>This is a vital step to take when you're heading away on vacation, and can have a significant impact on both the environment and your wallet. The most important move is to ensure your heating or cooling systems are completely off (unless the temperature is going to drop below freezing, which could lead to frozen pipes).</p> <p>Something else to be aware of is that electronics like TVs, wireless routers, and kitchen appliances use a surprising amount of electricity when they're in standby mode. Because of this, it's essential to unplug as many as possible rather than just switch them off. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pay-your-bills-and-5-other-things-you-must-do-before-you-leave-on-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Pay Your Bills and 5 Other Things You Must Do Before You Leave on Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>5. Carry a tote bag</h2> <p>Carrying your own tote bag with you when you're on vacation will mean you're further reducing your plastic consumption. Whether you're picking up some groceries or doing a bit of souvenir shopping, not using plastic bags will lead to both carbon savings and less pollution.</p> <p>You may be able to save money, too. In many countries and some U.S. cities and states, there is a charge for plastic bags. Though it's usually quite a small charge, over time, the price of using plastic bags can add up.</p> <h2>6. Harness the power of the sun</h2> <p>A large chunk of the earth's energy comes from the sun, so why not harness some of it to make your travels greener? Electrical gadgets like tablets, phones, and e-readers have become a regular part of most people's vacation packing list. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to plug them in each night.</p> <p>Solar power banks work by converting sunlight into usable power, storing it until it's required. This allows you to keep your battery full without relying on electricity. Though there's an initial cost of buying the solar power bank (typically $30 or less), you'll soon recoup this by essentially creating energy for free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a>)</p> <h2>7. Resist the air conditioner</h2> <p>This may sound like madness to AC lovers, but people have survived with minimal misery in hot weather conditions for thousands of years without using one. There are plenty of other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-clever-ways-to-keep-cool-when-its-stupid-hot-out?ref=internal" target="_blank">ways to keep yourself cool</a> when the temperatures rise that don't drain as much electricity.</p> <p>A fan is an effective way to keep you cool in your hotel room at night. If presented with the choice, go for a fan room over an air-conditioned one, which will ordinarily cost less as well. If you feel it's an absolute necessity to use the air conditioner in your room, then at the very least, be sure to turn it off every time you leave the room.</p> <h2>8. Make your flight as green as possible</h2> <p>Air travel is bad for the environment, there are no two ways about it. But there are a number of ways to reduce your personal impact and make your flight a little greener.</p> <p>Choosing the shortest route with the fewest connections will cut down on your time in the air, ultimately using less fuel. Many airlines now allow you to use digital boarding passes instead of printing them, so opt for it if you can to use less paper. Finally, some airlines have carbon offset programs that allow you to reduce your carbon footprint by donating to carbon reduction projects.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Simple%2520Ways%2520to%2520Travel%2520Greener%2520That%2520Could%2520Save%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=8%20Simple%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20Greener%20That%20Could%20Save%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Simple%20Ways%20to%20Travel%20Greener%20That%20Could%20Save%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="8 Simple Ways to Travel Greener That Could Save You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-simple-ways-to-travel-greener-that-could-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-effortless-ways-to-go-green-and-save-money-too">23 Effortless Ways to Go Green (and Save Money, Too)</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/where-to-take-your-batteries-cfl-bulbs-and-other-hard-to-recycle-stuff">Where to Take Your Batteries, CFL Bulbs, and Other Hard-to-Recycle Stuff</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/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Travel go green pack light packing tips recycle save the planet travel green travel tips Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2056468 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Make a Snowbird Retirement Affordable http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-a-snowbird-retirement-affordable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-make-a-snowbird-retirement-affordable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/the_cost_of_retirement_happiness.jpg" alt="The cost of retirement happiness" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the frosts roll in and a chill begins to descend, that&rsquo;s the signal for many retirees to begin their annual escape to warmer climates. This yearly migration that people make to spend the colder months in sun-kissed destinations has led to them being referred to as &quot;snowbirds.&quot;</p> <p>Though joining them might seem like an expensive proposition, you can actually end up financially ahead. Depending on the location you choose and how long you spend there each year, you may be able to reduce your income tax bill. And if you own property, there are ways of using that to your financial advantage, too. Here are six tips for affording the snowbird retirement lifestyle.</p> <h2>1. Head overseas</h2> <p>One traditional snowbird move is to head to a southern state like Florida, Texas, or Arizona in search of warmer weather. But an alternative is to look a bit farther afield and consider easy-to-reach destinations overseas. By spending your winters abroad in countries where your dollar stretches a lot further, it&rsquo;s possible to reduce your costs significantly for the period you&rsquo;re away.</p> <p>Popular retirement hot spots include Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ecuador, which generally have good climates year-round. Many also have established retirement and snowbird communities you can join while you&rsquo;re there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a>)</p> <h2>2. Take advantage of any tax opportunities</h2> <p>One of the reasons that some states have become particularly popular with snowbirds is because of their favorable tax regulations. By switching your residency to a no-tax state like Florida or Texas, you could save on state taxes. But you need to inform yourself about the laws surrounding tax residency in both states in which you reside.</p> <p>For example, Florida requires you to spend 183 days a year in-state in order to be considered a resident. But if your other home is in a high-tax state, that state probably doesn&rsquo;t want to lose you as a taxpayer. So you may also need to establish that you&rsquo;ve moved your bank accounts, driver's license, and voting registration to Florida. Or, you may need to prove that your bigger home is in Florida, or that you derive more income from the Sunshine State. All of these are ways of proving that your main domicile is in Florida.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re audited and tax officials deem you have not been paying the appropriate state taxes, you could be subject to back taxes, plus interest and penalties. It&rsquo;s really not worth the risk, so be sure you&rsquo;re up to speed on residency tax laws.</p> <h2>3. Rent out your property</h2> <p>Many snowbirds opt to buy a property in their winter location and maintain their old property in the place where they will spend their summers. If you own property in either location, it may be possible to make money by renting it out when you&rsquo;re not there.</p> <p>Though a yearlong lease won&rsquo;t be an option for you, there are other ways to rent out your property. You can offer short-term rentals through sites such as <a href="https://track.flexlinkspro.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.138770910&amp;foc=1&amp;fot=9999&amp;fos=1" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> and <a href="https://track.flexlinkspro.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.138783233&amp;foc=1&amp;fot=9999&amp;fos=1" target="_blank">HomeAway</a>, and hire a property manager to oversee cleaning and maintenance. Depending on the location and style of your home, you may be able to make a significant amount in rental income.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re using multiple platforms to rent out your properties, you can use services like <a href="https://www.guesty.com/" target="_blank">Guesty</a> to manage and keep track of the bookings, analytics, and communications. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-costly-pitfalls-of-hosting-on-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Costly Pitfalls of Hosting on Airbnb</a>)</p> <h2>4. Pick up a side hustle</h2> <p>Starting a new career when you&rsquo;ve just retired may not be quite what you had in mind, but I&rsquo;m not talking about a full-time job. If you can find something part-time that will supplement your income, it could make a big difference in your quality of life or provide you with any extra funds you may require to make your snowbird dream a reality. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-great-retirement-jobs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Great Retirement Jobs</a>)</p> <p>One option is seasonal work during the summer and winter holidays. You might even be able to find part-time positions in both locations that are recurring each year, providing you with some stability and a regular income. Bear in mind that any extra income you earn through work will affect your tax bill, so you&rsquo;ll have to figure out whether it&rsquo;s beneficial overall. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a>)</p> <h2>5. Downsize your home</h2> <p>Many retirees still live in homes where they brought up children, and those houses are now far larger than they need. It may be possible to downsize, purchase two smaller properties, one in each location, and perhaps even make a little extra on top.</p> <p>Even if your intention is to rent in one of the locations, downsizing and selling your property may still be an idea worth considering if it would eliminate an outstanding mortgage. A smaller living space could also save you on upkeep and maintenance costs, and mean lower utilities bills as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-decide-to-retire?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Decide to Retire</a>)</p> <h2>6. Time it right</h2> <p>Many snowbirds drive their cars or recreational vehicles from one location to another. But some fly to their winter destination, especially if it&rsquo;s overseas. If you&rsquo;re flying, it&rsquo;s best to allow yourself some flexibility around exactly when you make the move so that you can save on airfare. Try to avoid flying at peak times like school breaks and religious holidays, and plan ahead as far in advance as possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Make%20a%20Snowbird%20Retirement%20Affordable.jpg&#10;" style="float: left; width: 29%; margin-right: 3%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Make%20a%20Snowbird%20Retirement%20Affordable%20%282%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 29%; margin-right: 3%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Ways%20to%20Make%20a%20Snowbird%20Retirement%20Affordable%20%281%29.jpg" style="float: left; width: 29%; margin-right: 0%; margin-bottom: 0.5em;" alt="" /></p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-a-snowbird-retirement-affordable">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/7-smart-reasons-to-retire-abroad">7 Smart Reasons to Retire Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-exciting-overseas-winter-vacation-destinations">3 Exciting Overseas Winter Vacation Destinations</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/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent 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/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement Travel affordable retirement snowbird snowbird retirement travel tips winter getaways winter travel Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:30:09 +0000 Nick Wharton 2054957 at http://www.wisebread.com Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-637322232.jpg" alt="avoid these mistakes when moving" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last summer, my family and I moved from Lafayette, Indiana to Milwaukee, Wisconsin so that my husband could take a new job. Once we got settled in our new house, I politely informed my husband that I would &quot;never, ever move again, so don't even think about asking me.&quot;</p> <p>This reaction to moving is a common one. Moving is incredibly stressful, requiring a great deal of planning, money, time, and flexibility as situations inevitably change. On top of all that, there are a number of easy mistakes to make when planning a move that can add to the stress and the cost of it all &mdash; especially if you are moving across the country.</p> <p>Before you plan your next major move, make sure you protect yourself from these common moving mistakes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-a-long-distance-move?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Ways to Save on a Long-Distance Move)</a></p> <h2>1. Falling victim to a moving scam</h2> <p>Since you're relocating to a different state, it's completely understandable why you might want to hire movers rather than pack up and haul your own stuff in a rental truck. However, it's important to make sure you hire a moving company whom you can trust, since there are a number of scam companies (known in the industry as &quot;rogue operators&quot;) out there pulling shady deals.</p> <p>According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), this is what you can expect from a legitimate moving company:</p> <ul> <li>An in-home estimate. Long-distance moving costs are calculated on the distance your stuff has to be hauled and the weight and size of your goods. If a mover offers you a cost estimate sight unseen, it's a red flag that you shouldn't trust them with your stuff.</li> <li>A copy of <a href="https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Rights-and-Responsibilities-2013.pdf" target="_blank">Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move</a><em>. </em>Federal regulations require all registered movers provide their customers with this document.</li> <li>A contract that includes price estimates, pickup and delivery dates, and insurance coverage amounts.</li> <li>To pay at the time of delivery. Reputable companies do not request upfront payment.</li> <li>While it's possible for a moving company to legally make an estimate that is too low, federal law requires registered movers to complete delivery as long as you pay 110 percent of the estimated price.</li> </ul> <p>If any mover you contact does not offer these, then you should choose a different mover. You can also research the background of any interstate mover, including complaints, safety information, licensing, registration status with the Department of Transportation, and company contact information on the <a href="https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/hhg/search.asp" target="_blank">FMCSA website</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Moving? Don't Skimp on These Critical Expenses</a>)</p> <h2>2. Waiting until the last minute to plan your move</h2> <p>When we left Lafayette in June 2016, our movers cleared out the house on a Thursday, but the Milwaukee temporary housing provided by my husband's company did not kick in until Saturday. We had two nights in an empty house before we could arrive in Milwaukee.</p> <p>This particular moving discomfort could have been avoided if we had planned the move better. We waited to set up the temporary housing, which meant we had fewer choices of which nights we could stay.</p> <p>Our two days of no beds was a relatively minor discomfort. But waiting until the last minute to find a mover or make other major moving plans can cause potentially huge problems. If you have to scramble to find a mover during prime moving season &mdash; between May and September &mdash; then you are less likely to have the necessary time to do your due diligence to find a reputable mover. You may also find that all of the local rental trucks are already spoken for if you don't call ahead.</p> <h2>3. Forgetting to set up utilities in your new home</h2> <p>Moving day is generally a long and exhausting slog. It's even worse if you finally get into your new home, only to find the lights won't turn on because you forgot to get the utilities set up in your name. This kind of mistake is even tougher to deal with if you move on a weekend and you have to wait until business hours on Monday to make the call to your new utility companies.</p> <p>Either your real estate agent or your landlord should be able to provide you with the contact information for each utility you will need in your new home. About two weeks before your move, contact the local utility companies to give them ample time to turn everything on and/or transfer everything into your name.</p> <h2>4. Putting off purging, prioritizing, and packing</h2> <p>It can hardly be a coincidence that no one has ever coined the expression &quot;as fun and exciting as packing!&quot; Packing is the opposite of a good time, and many a mover has put off doing the important work of sorting and packing their stuff until moving day.</p> <p>There are a couple of reasons why this is a big mistake. Not only does it add to your stress as you get closer to your move, but you also end up putting off the process of prioritizing and purging your stuff. You may end up packing things you would have been happy to sell or give away, adding to the total cost of your move. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-3-things-to-take-and-3-things-to-leave-behind?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Moving? 3 Things to Take, and 3 Things to Leave Behind</a>)</p> <h2>5. Forgetting to label your boxes</h2> <p>Even though my family has been in our new home for over a year, there are still piles of unopened boxes in our basement, each labeled with some variation of the world &quot;miscellaneous.&quot;</p> <p>Don't get me wrong, there is a bit of a Christmas morning feel to opening these mystery boxes. I was delighted to find some of our kitchen utensils (along with a couple of framed pictures, a purse or two, and some shoes) in one recently-opened box. But my life would be a lot easier if I knew what was in each box before having to open it.</p> <p>I had forgotten just how long the unpacking process can take, and I had assumed that I'd be unpacking these boxes within a few weeks of packing them, so I'd remember what had been put into &quot;miscellaneous&quot; boxes, sweet optimist that I was.</p> <p>As you pack, make sure you label each box as specifically as you can. You'll be much happier knowing you can put your hands on important things and knowing which boxes can wait a few weeks (or more than a year) to be officially unpacked.</p> <h2>6. Thinking of it as a sprint, when it's actually a marathon</h2> <p>Part of the reason why I hate moving is how much upheaval it causes in my family's life. It's my tendency to try to rush through that upheaval as quickly as possible in order to get life back to normal. When I was a single woman in my 20s, I would unpack from moves in a two-or-three day whirlwind, refusing to rest until each and every box was emptied and broken down, and all of my possessions had a new home.</p> <p>But moving cross-country with a family in tow doesn't offer the same kind of opportunities for such an unpack-a-thon. Instead of trying to get everything done as quickly as humanly possible, it's psychologically better to work steadily but surely, on everything you need to do for pre-move, moving day, and the great unpacking. That will help you maintain the energy you need to keep going through the long process of relocating.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Favoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FAvoid%2520These%25206%2520Common%2520Mistakes%2520When%2520Moving%2520Across%2520the%2520Country_0.jpg&amp;description=Avoid%20These%206%20Common%20Mistakes%20When%20Moving%20Across%20the%20Country"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Avoid%20These%206%20Common%20Mistakes%20When%20Moving%20Across%20the%20Country_0.jpg" alt="Avoid These 6 Common Mistakes When Moving Across the Country" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-6-common-mistakes-when-moving-across-the-country">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/moving-3-things-to-take-and-3-things-to-leave-behind">Moving? 3 Things to Take, and 3 Things to Leave Behind</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer</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/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent 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/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Travel long-distance move moving moving across the country moving tips moving truck road trip travel tips Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2051606 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Exciting Overseas Winter Vacation Destinations http://www.wisebread.com/3-exciting-overseas-winter-vacation-destinations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-exciting-overseas-winter-vacation-destinations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/christmas_light_show_in_medellin_colombia.jpg" alt="Christmas light show in Medellin, Colombia" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As winter approaches and the air begins to cool, we all find ourselves daydreaming about warmer climates and exotic travel destinations. If you&rsquo;re planning to do more than stare at your computer&rsquo;s screen saver as an escape this winter, you may want to consider these top three winter vacation destinations.</p> <p>Note: If you can plan your trip outside of peak travel dates (December 10&ndash;January 20), you can save a lot of money on accommodation and flights.</p> <h2>Colombia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/christmas_light_show_in_medellin_colombia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Colombia is quickly becoming one of the most popular, must-visit destinations in Latin America as it continues to recover from a history blighted by illegal narcotics. Having visited recently, I found it to be very different from much of what&rsquo;s portrayed in the media, which often focuses on the country&rsquo;s turbulent past. Landscapes encompass everything from vast, modern cities, to rural areas of untouched jungle. There&rsquo;s even a stunning Caribbean coast in the north.</p> <p>Travel costs in Colombia are low, helped by currency crashes over the past few years against the U.S. dollar. In my experience, midrange hotel rooms start at around $40 per night, and a meal out in a traditional restaurant will cost less than $10.</p> <p>Medellin, formerly dubbed the most dangerous city on earth, is now a futuristic, lively metropolis that stretches high up into the surrounding mountains, with a springlike temperature year-round. Bogota is the business-minded capital often overlooked by tourists. Scratch beneath the surface and you&rsquo;ll find a trendy, bohemian city with wonderful architecture and an exciting street art scene. Cartagena on the northern coast offers a fascinating mix of quintessential Caribbean culture, colonial Spanish architecture, beautiful beaches, and a laid-back vibe.</p> <p>The driest (and arguably the best) months to visit Colombia are between December and March. With balmy weather and clear skies, it might just be the perfect place for you to escape this winter.</p> <h2>Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/san_miguel_de_allende_mexico.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>A long time favorite for North Americans, Mexico is still one of the most exciting and accessible winter destinations for Canadians and Americans. Beautiful beaches, friendly people, decadent food, and European-style architecture make Mexico a top travel destination for anyone looking to escape for a week or two during the winter months.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve found that if you avoid flying south between December 10 and January 15, you can save as much as 40 percent off of your airfare.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve been to popular Mexican resorts, but you&rsquo;re looking for a bit of a change, consider visiting a different town (I recommend Guanajuato, Sayulita, or Puerto Escondido) and renting a guesthouse or a nice apartment on Airbnb.</p> <p>If you visit the town of Sayulita after January 15, you can find plenty of places on Airbnb for less than $50 a night. Meals will only cost you around $7 each, and if you rent an apartment, you can cook for yourself to shave more money off your holiday costs.</p> <h2>Trinidad and Tobago</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/port_of_spain_the_capital_of_the_republic_of_trinidad_and_tobago.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The lush tropical islands of Trinidad and Tobago are some of the most glorious in the Caribbean, also making them some of the most visited in the region. Thankfully, the islands were spared the damage suffered by other Caribbean islands from hurricanes Irma and Maria.</p> <p>December is high season, bringing large crowds, escalated prices, and a considerable amount of rain. However, if you plan your trip for January or February, there is nearly half as much rain, prices drop drastically, and the beaches will be much emptier than over the holidays.</p> <p>For accommodations, check out Airbnb, where you can often find higher quality private apartments for around $60 per night. A meal in a midrange restaurant will cost around $15 and up.</p> <p>Most visitors come for the natural beauty, and at this time of year, the islands are covered in lush foliage and tropical flowers. Relax on pristine white sand beaches, discover gorgeous waterfalls, and marvel at the stunning mountains inland. Trinidad and Tobago is also famous for its festivals, which occur year-round. The biggest one, the annual Carnival celebration, falls in mid-February.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F3-exciting-overseas-winter-vacation-destinations&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F3%2520Exciting%2520Overseas%2520Winter%2520Vacation%2520Destinations.jpg&amp;description=3%20Exciting%20Overseas%20Winter%20Vacation%20Destinations"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Exciting%20Overseas%20Winter%20Vacation%20Destinations.jpg" alt="3 Exciting Overseas Winter Vacation Destinations" width="250" height="374" /></p> <div style="display: none;"> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/3%20Exciting%20Overseas%20Winter%20Vacation%20Destinations%20%281%29.jpg" alt="3 Exciting Overseas Winter Vacation Destinations" width="250" height="713" /></p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-exciting-overseas-winter-vacation-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-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-make-a-snowbird-retirement-affordable">6 Ways to Make a Snowbird Retirement Affordable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-places-to-take-the-family-for-spring-break">8 Great Places to Take the Family for Spring Break</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel overseas travel travel budget travel destinations travel tips winter getaways winter vacation Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Nick Wharton 2051159 at http://www.wisebread.com Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/meditation_at_airport.jpg" alt="Meditation at airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You're stuck at the airport. You're stressed. You're worried about being late to your destination. You're tired. What can you do to chill out on the spot?</p> <p>Luckily, you can make self-care your top priority wherever you are. You don't need a yoga mat, a dark room, and tons of lit candles around you in order to remain relaxed. Just follow these tips and you'll keep stress from ruining your trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a>)</p> <h2>1. Breathe deeply</h2> <p>Even if you're stuck standing in line with a pile of luggage, you still have enough room to take a deep breath. In addition to easing anxiety, deep breathing stabilizes blood pressure, and slows the heartbeat.</p> <p>One of the fundamentals of yoga (which was created as a method of relaxing the mind for meditation) is abdominal breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing. If you have never stepped inside of a yoga studio, don't fret. There are apps for this. <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206999" target="_blank">Breathe</a> is a default breathing app for the Apple watch and iPhone, but <a href="http://www.saagara.com/apps/breathing/universal-breathing-pranayama" target="_blank">Universal Breathing</a> and <a href="http://www.breathing.zone/" target="_blank">Breathing Zone</a> also have many fans. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a>)</p> <h2>2. Meditate</h2> <p>If you're already in the habit of breathing deeply, you might as well work on your meditation skills, too. Although relaxation is not actually the goal of meditation, it's often a happy side effect of the practice, along with reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and better circulation. Really, the goal of meditation is to stay in the present moment. There are many types of meditation, so choose one that feels comfortable to you.</p> <h2>3. Wash your hands</h2> <p>Actually, washing any part of your body in warm water will calm your nerves and muscles. But washing your hands with soap has the added benefit of killing germs that can make you sick. Planes, with their recycled air and filthy buttons, are flying disease factories.</p> <h2>4. Eat a healthy snack</h2> <p>Airports are of full of junk food. A sugary snack might provide a quick pick-me-up, but the resulting sugar crash will not improve your mood. Seek out fresh, raw fruits, veggies, and proteins from the newsstand or sandwich shop in your terminal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>5. Fidget</h2> <p>Knit. Twirl your fidget spinner. Try to peel an orange in one long spiral-shaped piece. Try your hand at tying nautical knots with a loose string on your coat. Lace your shoes in new and dramatic ways. Busy fingers will quiet a busy mind.</p> <h2>6. Clean out your purse or your inbox</h2> <p>Yeah, you should have done this before you left home, but now is the perfect time to remove all the old gum wrappers, random pen caps, and other assorted junk that is literally weighing you down from your bag.</p> <p>And once you're done with that, head over to your inbox and start deleting. Seeing that unread number go down within minutes will put your mind at ease, leaving your digital space much tidier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-declutter-your-digital-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life</a>)</p> <h2>7. Move around</h2> <p>If the idea of doing stretches on the airport carpet grosses you out, there are many modified yoga poses, and other quick workouts you can do from the comfort (or discomfort) of your seat at the airport or even on the plane. Even a short lap around the terminal can put more pep in your step. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 No-Sweat Workouts Perfect for the Workplace</a>)</p> <h2>8. Imagine paradise</h2> <p>You might be on a layover from hell, but you can use <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-flux/201606/the-benefits-creative-visualization" target="_blank">creative visualization</a> to take a fabulous vacation inside your head. Imagine yourself at your dream location. What are you doing? What music is playing in the background? What are you wearing? What delicious things are you going to order for dinner? Who are you traveling with? Since it's all in your head, nothing is too outrageous or silly.</p> <p>In addition to stress relief, creative visualization in a powerful training tool for your mind. It can help you solve problems by getting you to think outside of the box. There's a reason why everyone from professional athletes to artists use this brain hack to reach their goals. It works.</p> <h2>9. Laugh out loud</h2> <p>Laughter is the best medicine. OK, maybe not the best, compared to <em>actual</em> medicine. But it's certainly one of the best free ways to manage stress. So watch a funny movie, trade jokes with the person sitting next to you, or simply think of your most hilarious memory. Even if you can't release a giggle, the simple act of <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/simply-smiling-can-actually-reduce-stress-10461286/" target="_blank">smiling can reduce stress</a>.</p> <h2>10. Do a little journaling</h2> <p>Yes, keeping a gratitude journal does sound like something that your new-age aunt would recommend. But Auntie is right! A study out of Stanford University found that keeping a gratitude journal can <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/living/article/Stanford-happiness-class-proves-popular-helpful-2303168.php#photo-1809034" target="_blank">reduce stress by 27 percent</a>. Research subjects at Yale reported that that a <a href="http://ei.yale.edu/what-is-gratitude/" target="_blank">keeping a gratitude journal</a> resulted in higher alertness, determination, and energy. So put pen to paper and record all the reasons your life is good.</p> <h2>11. Unplug</h2> <p>Study after study has shown that unplugging from the phone and other devices is a quick way to reboot the brain. Hyper-connectivity takes a toll on people, psychologically and physically. Also, light-emitting devices like smartphones, e-readers, and tablets have been shown to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25535358" target="_blank">negatively affect circadian timing</a>. If you are trying to use your flying time to get some rest or combat jet lag, avoid looking at your devices before you go to sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Fall Asleep When You Can't</a>)</p> <h2>12. Hug your loved ones</h2> <p>Hugging releases oxytocin, a stress-busting hormone, into the bloodstream. In addition to lowering blood pressure and anxiety, getting hugged improves pain tolerance, and boosts immunity. In a 2014 study, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that <a href="https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2014/december/december17_hugsprotect.html" target="_blank">hugging protects people who are under stress</a> from the increased risk of colds.</p> <p>But hugging doesn't just help humans feel better. If you are traveling with an animal, petting has been shown to give similar benefits to both the person giving the pets and the animal receiving the pets. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">23 Tips for Traveling With Pets</a>)</p> <h2>13. Call a friend</h2> <p>Loneliness is a killer. If you are feeling disconnected, call someone, even if it's just to say hello. They will most likely be delighted to hear from you, and you'll kill some time while the two of you catch up. If none of your friends are available to chat, give your parents a call. Your mother would love for you to call her more often anyway.</p> <h2>14. Take a nap</h2> <p>This seems obvious. However, many people are afraid to nap at airports for security and scheduling reasons. As someone who sleeps in airports, and as a money and time saver, here is my three-step solution:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Secure your luggage.</p> </li> <li> <p>To avoid oversleeping, set an alarm clock.</p> </li> <li> <p>Write &quot;Please wake me up at (insert time)&quot; on sticky notes and stick those to yourself.</p> </li> </ol> <p>Now that you have my top-secret airport-sleeping trick, please go rest. You deserve it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fstuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FStuck%2520at%2520the%2520Airport_%2520Relax%2520With%2520These%252014%2520Easy%2520Self-Care%2520Tricks.jpg&amp;description=Stuck%20at%20the%20Airport%3F%20Relax%20With%20These%2014%20Easy%20Self-Care%20Tricks"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Stuck%20at%20the%20Airport_%20Relax%20With%20These%2014%20Easy%20Self-Care%20Tricks.jpg" alt="Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks" 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/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</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/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</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/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Travel airports flight delays holiday stress holiday travel mental health self-care stress travel tips Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Max Wong 2050419 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Get the Most Out of Airport Lounge Access http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-airport-lounge-access <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-airport-lounge-access" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/waiting_for_the_flight_0.jpg" alt="Waiting for the flight" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I once averted my eyes when passing an airport lounge, and even stooped to literally lurking outside its walls to borrow the Wi-Fi signal emanating from within. But nowadays, there are a number of ways for us less-than-elite travelers to get through those doors. With a membership to Priority Pass, which gets me into more than 1,000 lounges worldwide, and a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-premium-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">high-end credit card</a> that gets me into others, I have the option to stop by an airport lounge almost every time I fly. Other travelers can get in by buying a day pass. Since these lounges typically offer free Wi-Fi, a calm atmosphere, comfy seats, and also free alcoholic beverages, coffee, and buffets, lounge access can totally change a day of flying for the better. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-free-airport-lounge-access?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Best Credit Cards with Airport Lounge Access</a>)</p> <p>What I learned from this experience is that lounge life isn't as simple as showing up and preparing to be pampered. You have to keep a thing or two in mind to make the most of your lounge access.</p> <h2>1. Bring the right credentials</h2> <p>Some lounges require that you bring the credit card that qualifies you <em>plus </em>an ID, while others, like Priority Pass, will want to see your membership card. (Most lounges will also accept the digital version of the card on your phone.) You usually also need to show your boarding pass.</p> <p>Even with the right credentials, note that not all lounge access programs get you in free. Some, like the basic Priority Pass membership, simply affords you the opportunity to enter participating lounges for a fee. Others simply offer a discount.</p> <h2>2. Know who you can bring in</h2> <p>The first time I flew with my fancy-schmancy credit card, I was excited to see that the company had just opened a new lounge at my airport. I was less excited when I found out that I could only bring in two guests, which was awkward since I was traveling with my three children. It wasn't exactly <em>Sophie's Choice</em>, but there was some bitterness afterward from my teen, who was left at a cafe outside the lounge for about half an hour while the rest of us checked the place out and stuffed our faces with fresh-baked cookies.</p> <p>Since the lounge I visited was operated by a credit card I held, the staff were able to tell me exactly how many people I was allowed to bring in. But beware: Both individual lounges and lounge membership programs vary on how many guests are allowed, and the staff at the lounge may not know the details of your plan. What this means is that if you show up with a guest and your Priority Pass card, for example, you'll both be admitted, but your credit card might be billed an entrance fee for the guest later.</p> <p>How can you avoid unexpected charges? Log into your membership account or check your credit card terms before you visit so you know exactly how many guests you can bring, and at what, if any, cost. Lounge rules also vary on kids, with some banning them and others allowing kids under a certain age free entry. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Had</a>)</p> <h2>3. Know where the lounge is located in the airport</h2> <p>Airports are big places, and sometimes sheer distance could keep you from enjoying the lounge. Last time I flew out of San Francisco Airport, I had access to the Air France/KLM lounge, but I couldn't visit it because that lounge is in the international terminal and I was flying domestic. There is a secure passageway between the international and domestic terminals, but I didn't arrive early enough to cover all that ground. Another time, I wanted to visit a particular lounge on a layover, but the lounge and our gate were separated by a nonsecure area, meaning that we would have to pass through security in order to get back to our gate. With only an hour layover, that was a chance I couldn't take.</p> <p>Find out where the lounge is in advance by checking the airport website or your lounge program site or app. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>4. Budget your time accordingly</h2> <p>Of course, even if the lounge is far from your gate, you should be able to take advantage of it if you budget enough time. You should also factor in activities that are available in the lounge, into your time budget. While a lot of lounges' main offerings are food, drink, workspaces, and Wi-Fi, some have showers, sleep suites, spa services, and even entertainment such as pool tables or a putting green. One good resource for figuring out the amenities your lounge has is <a href="https://www.loungebuddy.com" target="_blank">LoungeBuddy</a>, which has a website and mobile app full of lounge info.</p> <p>Some lounges also impose time limits, so keep that in mind before arriving at the airport <em>too</em> many hours early or booking a flight with a 12-hour layover. If you belong to multiple programs or even just one great one, you might qualify to enter several lounges in one airport; airline perks geeks like me will want to schedule enough downtime to check them <em>all</em> out, if possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a>)</p> <h2>5. Be prepared hunger-wise</h2> <p>Travelers love sharing photos of airport lounge food. From Facebook, I know that some lounges leave tired travelers hungry, while others provide meals so good that first class passengers end up skipping the gourmet meals onboard.</p> <p>Check LoungeBuddy or other online reviews before you go to figure out if you should expect a full meal from your lounge or just a snack.</p> <h2>6. Understand that some lounges are actually restaurants</h2> <p>This confused me at first, but my credit card app lists some locations as lounges that look like ordinary restaurants or bars. Here's the deal: Some lounge programs have partnered with eateries to provide members with a credit toward food and drink &mdash; effectively converting the restaurant into a lounge. For instance, Priority Pass members can get <a href="https://www.ausbt.com.au/priority-pass-now-offers-36-of-food-drink-at-sydney-airport" target="_blank">$28 worth of free food</a> and drink from seven different establishments in the Sydney airport.</p> <h2>7. Know the rules</h2> <p>Some lounges post dress codes; <a href="http://www.executivelounges.com/blog/post/09/2015/our-dress-code" target="_blank">Swissport Executive Lounges</a>, for example, bans tracksuits and baseball caps. Other common rules include no outside food and drink, no sleeping in the seats, and no smoking. You might be allowed to bring your pet in &mdash; but your pup or cat <a href="https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/airports-and-aircraft/delta-sky-club/house-rules.html" target="_blank">probably won't be allowed to sit in a chair</a>.</p> <h2>8. Realize that not everything is free</h2> <p>In the first lounge I ever visited, there was a price list behind the bar. At first I thought this meant I had to pay for any cocktail, so I got out my card when ordering a bloody mary. However, the bartender kindly explained that only the premium liquors cost money in this particular lounge; if I ordered my drink with a well liquor, it would be free.</p> <h2>9. Bring tips, just in case</h2> <p>Naturally, I wanted to tip the bartender who had clued me in on how the bar worked, but embarrassingly, I had to borrow two dollars from my little daughter to do so. Next time, I'll bring small bills for tipping the bartender. Some lounges have self-service bars, eliminating the issue.</p> <p>Same goes for food. If there is only a buffet, you won't need tipping money, but if there's table service, you'll want to tip, especially if you're in the United States. Spa treatments are another service with tipping potential. Look up these details online in advance, and you'll know how much tipping money to bring, if any. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bookmark-this-how-much-to-tip-in-almost-every-situation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Bookmark This: How Much to Tip in Almost Every Situation</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-get-the-most-out-of-airport-lounge-access&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Get%2520the%2520Most%2520Out%2520of%2520Airport%2520Lounge%2520Access.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Get%20the%20Most%20Out%20of%20Airport%20Lounge%20Access"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Get%20the%20Most%20Out%20of%20Airport%20Lounge%20Access.jpg" alt="How to Get the Most Out of Airport Lounge Access" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-airport-lounge-access">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-flexible-ways-to-cash-in-your-miles-and-points">3 Flexible Ways to Cash In Your Miles and Points</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">25 Secrets From the World&#039;s Most Frugal Frequent Travelers</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-exotic-yoga-retreats-anyone-can-afford">5 Exotic Yoga Retreats Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-essentials-every-business-traveler-needs-to-pack">11 Essentials Every Business Traveler Needs to Pack</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Cars and Transportation Travel airport airport lounge airport lounge access free lounge access travel tips Wed, 25 Oct 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2041942 at http://www.wisebread.com Watch Out for These 10 Red Flags With Vacation Rentals http://www.wisebread.com/watch-out-for-these-10-red-flags-with-vacation-rentals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/watch-out-for-these-10-red-flags-with-vacation-rentals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/this_room_is_amazing.jpg" alt="This room is amazing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation rentals are being made widely available these days, especially with the advent of rental sites like Airbnb. Almost anyone, anywhere, can rent their home to you, and that means you have many more choices. But it also means you have a lot more people looking to take advantage of you. Make sure you do your research before you book.</p> <h2>1. Photos of unmade beds and untidy rooms</h2> <p>If you're looking through the gallery of a prospective vacation rental, coming across unmade beds, sinks full of dishes, and cluttered surface areas is a massive red flag. These photos are the owner's chance to put their best foot forward. It's their opportunity to show you just how good the property will be to stay in. If they cannot be bothered to make beds, load the dishwasher, and clean up the counters, you've got one lazy owner on your hands. And where there are lazy owners, there are all kinds of other problems. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a>)</p> <h2>2. Suspiciously-absent photos of some rooms (or no photos at all)</h2> <p>Todd Barry, a fantastic comedian, does a bit about this and living in New York.</p> <p><em>&quot;I had a realtor send me a link of a place to look at&hellip; there were four pictures of the apartment. Three of the exterior of the building, and a picture of the stove. I don't think those guys with the camera were looking at an awesome living room going, 'no, let's not play all our cards&hellip; oohh, nice paper towel rack.'&quot;</em></p> <p>Basically, if there aren't pictures of every room, they don't want you to see them for some reason. If there are no photos at all, you're just asking for trouble.</p> <h2>3. The price is way too good to be true</h2> <p>If it looks too good to be true, it usually is. If you're looking around and see average prices of $1,000 per week in one area, and then out of nowhere a $600 listing shows up, you should ask yourself why. Is it possible that this is an old couple that doesn't really care about profit and just wants to see people happy? Doubtful. More likely, the price is part of a bait-n-switch scam, or some other kind of offer that comes with all kinds of baggage. &quot;Well, yeah, it's $600, unless you were planning on using the bathrooms and the kitchen. Oh, you were? That'll be $1,100 then.&quot; By all means investigate the lower prices, but too low is a warning sign of a nightmare coming your way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Cities Where Airbnb Is Way Cheaper Than a Hotel</a>)</p> <h2>4. The listing is filled with inaccuracies</h2> <p>This can come in many forms. First, look for the obvious grammatical errors. One or two in places that make sense are fine (such as autocorrect assuming a different word), but when the text is just filled with awful grammar, sentences that are illogical, and sayings that just sound a bit off, this could be the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-vile-craigslist-scams-to-watch-out-for?ref=internal" target="_blank">sign of a scam</a>. Also, look for other inaccuracies, such as stating the home has three bedrooms in the title, but lists only two in the main body of the ad.</p> <h2>5. The description of the rental is very &quot;creative&quot;</h2> <p>The camera absolutely lies to you, and with a good fisheye lens or sharp angle, a vacation rental the size of a shoe box can be made to look roomy. On top of that, the owner may get a little tricky with the descriptions, and you should be sure you know what you're getting yourself into. &quot;Minimalist&quot; is often used to describe a place with a lot of bare walls. &quot;Cozy&quot; or &quot;snug&quot; could be a red flag that the place is very small. &quot;Quaint&quot; or &quot;old-world charm&quot; is sometimes a way to describe a house in need of repairs, or very out of date. &quot;Vibrant neighborhood&quot; is code for loud, busy, and chaotic; so expect 1 a.m. revelry outside. If you see a lot of these descriptions, and a lack of clear photographs, steer clear.</p> <h2>6. You are asked to wire the payment</h2> <p>Who wires money anywhere these days, with PayPal, Venmo, and credit cards so readily available? There is usually a good reason the owner has requested a wire transfer, but it's not good for you. Wire transfers cannot be reversed once the recipient has collected the cash, and they are also very difficult to trace. In this case, you may be getting conned by someone trying to rent out a property that either isn't theirs, or doesn't exist. In both cases, you could turn up to a property with all your bags, and have nowhere to stay. Always use a guaranteed, safe, traceable method of payment.</p> <h2>7. There are only a few reviews</h2> <p>We are all different, we all like different things, and we all have different tastes. Go to any kind of review site, like Yelp or TripAdvisor, and you'll see a range of comments and reviews from customers. Usually, you want to see many reviews with an average up in the fours. If your budget dictates something less, threes are OK, if there are plenty of reviews stating why. But if you see only two or three reviews that are short and perfect, with five out of five, take heed. This could be a place that has not been genuinely reviewed yet, and these are left by anonymous reviewers who are probably related to (or are) the owner. Some places will be brand-new on the market, so it's unfair to expect a mass of reviews for those. But if they're honest about it, you're in much better shape. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-vacation-rental-alternatives-to-airbnb?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Vacation Rental Alternatives to Airbnb</a>)</p> <h2>8. The owner is not easy to get hold of</h2> <p>Most people who are managing vacation rentals are very responsive. This is, after all, a customer service business. So if you are having trouble calling or emailing the owner, you should find out why. For example, if you're sending out emails in the afternoon, but get replies in the middle of the night, that's a sign the owner is in a different time zone. This could be good if you're renting a place in France and you're in Ohio. But if you're renting a place in Florida, the manager should be able to respond during business hours. Check the email address, too. Is it something normal, like a name or business? Or is it some bizarre collection of letters and numbers? If so, it could be an auto-generated email address belonging to a scammer. And if you call and call and never get an answer, something is very wrong.</p> <h2>9. There's no specific address for the property</h2> <p>Scam artists are everywhere, and vacation rentals are no exception. If you cannot look up the address of the property and do your research, you've got a problem. The owner of a vacation rental may say in the ad that they don't want to publish it due to safety and security reasons, and that's up to them. But if you contact the owner and are still not given an address, something fishy is going on. Google maps makes it easy to scope out almost any place, and if it's not covered by that, there should be other references to it. If you're dealing with a scam of some kind, the scammer will know you'll want to do your research and will therefore not disclose it until you have sent money. After that point, you may never hear from them again, or you'll be given the address to a property that doesn't exist, or was pulled from another listing.</p> <h2>10. The contract has some worrying clauses</h2> <p>If you actually get to the stage of signing some kind of contract, read it carefully. Sometimes you'll come across some language that could leave you out of pocket, or even out of a place to stay. You will no doubt have to put down some kind of refundable security deposit, which protects the owner of the property should you go all metal band and trash the place. But if is says &quot;non-refundable security deposit&quot; or &quot;cleaning services will be deducted from your security deposit,&quot; that's a good enough reason to back out and renegotiate. You may even come across language that states the home must be vacated should the owner wish to return at any time. So, don't sign anything that you have not read thoroughly, or do not agree with.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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