travel tips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8106/all en-US 8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075854865_Large.jpg" alt="saving money with her smartphone while traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are two basic necessities that everyone needs when traveling in the 21st century: Their passport and their smartphone. But using data, roaming, and making long distance calls while traveling can cost a fortune. Here are a few basic ways that you can save money by using your smartphone while on the road. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling?ref=seealso">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>1. Unlock Your Phone and Buy Local SIMs</h2> <p>Before you leave home, you should always make sure that your smartphone is unlocked so that you can buy local SIM cards in the countries you're traveling to. Roaming data and local calling charges, as well as long distance calls, will quickly ramp up your bill, so unlocking your phone and buying a local SIM card will effectively pay for itself.</p> <p>To unlock your phone, you can do a quick Google search: &quot;Unlock Smartphone + Your City&quot; to find a local tech guy who can do it for you, or you can <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/phone-unlocking-guide-for-all-carriers/">do it yourself</a>. Unlocking your phone is completely legal as long as you've completed your initial contract with your carrier.</p> <p>Once your phone is unlocked, you'll be able to use it with any carrier around the world. Pay-as-you-Go SIM cards are extremely cheap in most countries. For example, in Italy you can get 1GB Data, 50 minutes of calling, and 1000 SMS for just &euro;20 (about $22 U.S.) per month, including the cost of the SIM card.</p> <p>If you've ever traveled with your U.S. mobile plan and used it while on the road, your bill was likely much higher than this when you returned home. You can pick up local SIM cards at most airports upon arrival into a new country, and there are numerous stores in every town where you can buy them as well. Just make sure you have your passport with you for the initial sign-up process.</p> <h2>2. Download Maps</h2> <p>If you're a frequent user of the Google Maps app, then you'll want to download the apps for the cities you'll be visiting while you're on Wi-Fi. If you don't do this, then every time you zoom in and out of the map and search for locations, you'll be using your data.</p> <p>To download a map, simply connect to Wi-Fi, open the app, zoom over the city or area that you want to download and type &quot;ok maps&quot; into the search field. A bar will then appear that says: &quot;Download.&quot;</p> <p>Then the map will be downloaded to your smartphone for use offline. The phone will even continue to track your location on the map when you're not connected the Internet, making offline navigation a breeze.</p> <p>This function can save a lot of money on data, but it also makes the app quicker to load and easier to use.</p> <h2>3. Download TripAdvisor Content</h2> <p>This can be another big data saver. If, like me, you like to search reviews before checking out a site, eating in a restaurant, or taking a tour, then you're constantly using the TripAdvisor app and your data adds up quickly. The app (available on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.http%3A__2F____2F__itunes__2E__apple__2E__com__2F__us__2F__app__2F__tripadvisor__2F__id284876795__3F__mt%3D8__26__pt%3D14124__26__ct%3DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.1997bccf622c70c69.html">iOS</a> and <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl-a_partnerKey.1-a_url.https%3A__2F____2F__play__2E__google__2E__com__2F__store__2F__apps__2F__details__3F__id%3Dcom__2E__tripadvisor__2E__tripadvisor__26__hl%3Den__26__referrer%3Dutm__5F__download__5F__tracking%253DBrand__5F__AppPage__5F__0__5F__10568-a_urlKey.e5a13a25ef3b7f599.html">Android</a>) now has excellent offline functionality.</p> <p>Adam Medros, senior vice president of global product for TripAdvisor says, &quot;More and more travelers are making spur-of-the-moment decisions about where to go and what to do and need a useful travel resource. Travelers can now access user reviews, photos, and maps throughout their trip to help them pick last-minute hotels, restaurants, and attractions to visit &mdash; all while avoiding costly roaming charges.&quot;</p> <p>To download the content from the app, simply search the city where you'll be traveling and tap the &quot;download city content&quot; button. Once downloaded, the app will give you 10 reviews per point of interest when no data connection is available, and the full live version of the app when it connected to data or Wi-Fi.</p> <h2>4. Connect to a Hotspot Database</h2> <p>We all enjoy free Internet connections while on the road. Whether there's free Wi-Fi in a public park, at a cafe, or in a hotel, it's great to know which signals are strongest and which ones are free to connect to.</p> <p>If you want to save money on data and connect to free Wi-Fi whenever possible, download the WeFi app. The app includes a list of over 100 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, and you can view them easily on the in-app map.</p> <p>You can download WeFi free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wefi-pro/id594461043?mt=8">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wefi.wefi">Android</a>, but it runs in the background and can be a huge battery drainer, so I recommend only turning it on when you need to find a hotspot.</p> <h2>5. Tether Up</h2> <p>This is only a real money saver if you're at an airport or a cafe that has &quot;limited free Internet access.&quot; You know when you're at the airport checking emails and after 15 measly minutes a pop-up appears and asks you to pay a ridiculous fee for more time?</p> <p>This is when using data is probably cheaper than paying for the hotspot. To tether your phone, simply open the wireless settings on your phone and turn on &quot;Personal Hotspot.&quot; If you don't know how to do it, PCWorld will show you how it's done on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199280/How_To_Tether_Your_Android_Phone_For_Free.html">Android</a> and on <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/240794/how_to_tether_your_iphone.html">iPhones</a>.</p> <p>If the Personal Hotspot button isn't in your settings, navigate into Cellular Data settings. Copy the VPN next to Cellular Data and paste it into the box next to APN in the Personal Hotspot section. If this still doesn't work, you may have to download a <a href="http://mashable.com/2012/08/16/free-tethering-apps/#w_Ta3SWeSmqo">tether app</a>.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/tethering_smartphone.jpg" width="341" height="605" alt="" /></p> <h2>6. Find Free Wi-Fi Coupon Codes</h2> <p>If you can't tether your phone and you still don't want to pay for the expensive hotspot, you can search online for free coupon codes. Sometimes cafes in airports or malls will give you a free code when you purchase a coffee.</p> <p>If you don't want to spend a cent for Internet, do a quick Google search with something like: &quot;hotspot name + coupon code.&quot; Sometimes you can find a free coupon for 15 minutes on a coupon site.</p> <h2>7. Join a Password Sharing Community</h2> <p>Sharing is caring, right? There are some excellent apps available where users can share the Wi-Fi passwords of different hotspots around the world. The Instabridge app (free on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instabridge.android&amp;hl=en">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instabridge-3-million-wifi/id971679641?mt=8">iOS</a>) is the best password sharing app because it has a database of three million hotspots worldwide, and you can even find passwords while offline.</p> <h2>8. Use Google Hangouts for Calling</h2> <p>Long distance calls can cost a fortune, and while calling home from Skype is generally a lot cheaper, it's not free. This is where the Google Hangouts app can come in really handy. This app allows you to call almost any number in the U.S. and Canada free of charge. Simply hook up to Wi-Fi and call your loved ones from this app and you won't pay a cent.</p> <h2>Be Smart With Your Smartphone</h2> <p>There are lots of money-saving apps that you can use while traveling, and by downloading your maps and buying local SIMs, you can save even more money.</p> <p><em>Do you travel with your smartphone? How do you avoid costly roaming charges? Please share in the comments below.</em></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-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-millennial-money-apps-everyone-should-use">The 5 Millennial Money Apps Everyone Should Use</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-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money">8 Apple Watch Apps That&#039;ll Save You Money</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-minimize-cell-phone-charges-when-you-travel-abroad">How to Minimize Cell Phone Charges When You Travel Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-ways-your-smartphone-can-keep-you-and-your-family-safe">6 Surprising Ways Your Smartphone Can Keep You and Your Family Safe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel apps money-saving apps smartphone technology travel hacks travel tips Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:00:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1697716 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000067360057_Large.jpg" alt="couple traveling for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a full-time travel blogger and a full-time traveler, people often say to me, &quot;I want to travel, but I don't have enough money.&quot; But with online communities and worldwide volunteering opportunities growing, anyone can now travel for free. The following tips are for anyone who wants to make travel a bigger part of their lives, but doesn't have the funds to make it happen. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a>)</p> <h2>1. House Sitting</h2> <p>The idea of getting paid to house-sit seems almost too good to be true. But hundreds of listings are posted every day on a collection of amazing websites (my personal favorite is TrustedHouseSitters.com).</p> <p>The homes available vary from oceanside cottages and jungle cabins to castles and mansions on vineyards. The amazing thing, is that anyone and everyone can sign up for these websites, add their profile, and start finding free accommodations all around the world.</p> <p>Don't like animals? Some of the jobs are only house-sits, with no pets to worry about.</p> <p>If you love animals, this is the perfect chance for you to bond with a furry companion while discovering new destinations and learning about cultures around the world.</p> <p>There is a yearly fee of $113.88 ($9.49/month) to view the jobs. Look over these <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/house-sitting-frequently-asked-questions/">frequently asked questions about house sitting</a> for a better understanding of the program. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso">How to Land the Perfect House Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <p>In my experience, most of the homes on the website are luxurious. Typically, the homeowners that post their houses on the site have money to take a few months off each year, so they also have money for a beautiful home, a gardener, a housekeeper etc.</p> <p>My wife and I once even landed a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yi5iGJ_-6E&amp;list=PL6F38OL31c4kOKbzalniqh9lI_Dy_i64-&amp;index=18">house sitting job in the Caribbean</a>!</p> <h2>2. Volunteer</h2> <p>Travel is a wonderful way to grow as a person, learn about different traditions around the world, and meet new people from different cultures. For all the good travel does you, why not give back a little (and enjoy some free travel along the way)? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel?ref=seealso">11 Volunteer Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a>)</p> <p>Volunteering will give you the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and help out where it's needed most. Some of the most popular options include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://wwoofinternational.org/">WWOOFing</a> (Fee varies by locale):</li> </ul> <p>Sorry dog-lovers, this isn't a K9 rescue program, as the name would imply. WWOOFing is a worldwide organization that aims to connect people who want to live on an organic farm and learn more about sustainable living and eco-friendly farming. Typically, volunteers are involved in planting, tending to crops and animals, and helping out wherever possible. In exchange, they are usually offering free room and board. To find jobs, click on a country where you're interested in WWOOFing. You'll then be brought to that country's WWOOF website where you can pay a fee to join their network. There is no international WWOOFing fee, so if you want access to jobs all over the world, you'll have to pay for numerous annual fees (usually around $15-$40 per year).</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.workaway.info/">WorkAway.info</a> (Registration fee = $29/2 years):</li> </ul> <p>This site is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to work overseas in exchange for free accommodations. The site features volunteering and cultural exchange programs, helping you to integrate and help local communities in over 130 countries worldwide. Jobs range from home and community restoration to teaching English in rural villages.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.helpx.net/">helpX</a> ($0-$23):</li> </ul> <p>Yet another online network of hosts from around the world who need an extra hand. HelpX has a great network of people. Volunteers are typically asked to work between 4-6 hours per day in exchange for room and board. The basic package is free, but premium users must pay &euro;20 ($23) for a two-year membership. Premium users have access to direct communications with the hosts.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats?ref=seealso">How to Get Free Accommodations and Paid Jobs on Boats</a></p> <h2>3. Use Credit Card Points</h2> <p>If you want to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">travel for free</a>, then you should be charging all of your day-to-day purchases on your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">favorite travel rewards credit card</a>, so that at the end of each year, you can put the points towards travel.</p> <p>If you don't already have an excellent rewards credit card, consider signing up for a few of the best ones at the same time based on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">best sign-up bonuses</a>, which can equal up to $500 each. Sign up for three cards with large sign-up bonuses and by the end of the year you may have enough for a free trip. There's no better way to get a free (or close to free flight) than using your rewards points.</p> <h2>4. Hitchhike (On Land<em> and Sea</em>)</h2> <p>Before you cringe at the idea of being kidnapped from the side of the road, you should know that hitchhiking isn't nearly as dangerous as we've been led to believe. According to <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/12/travel/vounteer-free-travel/">some recent studies</a>, you are more likely to die from tripping and falling over than from being murdered while hitchhiking. But that could also be because most people don't hitchhike anymore.</p> <p>Thumbing it is an excellent way to get from one destination to another, and in many parts of the world, it's still the norm. While I was traveling in Kyrgyzstan, everyone and their goat (literally in some cases) used hitchhiking as a form of transport.</p> <p>You don't have to limit your thumb to the side of the road either! You can even hitchhike on sail boats and cruise around the sea for free. Usually you'll be asked to help out as a &quot;skipper,&quot; but it's definitely worth it for a free sailing tour.</p> <p>I've met many people in the Caribbean who have seen numerous islands without spending a cent to get between them. On top of that, they used our next trick to get free accommodation.</p> <h2>5. Camping</h2> <p>In most parts of North America, there will be a fee for camping, but in many parts of the world (including Mexico, Central America, and most of the Caribbean), camping on beaches is free.</p> <p>Locals often use camping as a way to enjoy a cheap domestic holiday, so why not join them? The great thing about this method of free travel is the opportunity to meet new people along the way. You'll often be camping in groups and you may even meet people who will drive you to your next destination.</p> <p>Note: To find free campsites around the world, check out <a href="http://freecampsites.net/">FreeCampsites.net</a>.</p> <p>Of course, you'll have to be careful about where you post up your tent, as some beaches can be dangerous. But a little bit of research and an adventurous spirit can give you some pretty amazing travel experiences, without breaking your bank.</p> <h2>6. Find Free Food</h2> <p>Few people know how easy it is to find free food while traveling.</p> <h3>Ashrams (Typically in India)</h3> <p>Head into the nearest ashram and take part in the day-to-day meditations and yoga classes (also free). Help out by cleaning and guiding new visitors and you'll be given free room and board. That's right. Enjoy free yoga, free meditation, free food, and free housing all while finding inner peace and learning more about yourself. Does it get any better than that?</p> <h3>Bakeries</h3> <p>Did you know that bakeries often give away their leftovers at the end of a day? Any bakery worth eating at will bake fresh goods each and every morning &mdash; meaning that there is typically a lot of leftovers come nightfall. Visit a nearby bakery at closing time and enjoy free food.</p> <h3>Temples and Places of Worship</h3> <p>Free food can be found at places of worship around the world. You'll usually have to volunteer and help out in order to eat for free, but the experience is always worth it! I helped roll chapati bread at a Sikh temple in India and was given free food for the day.</p> <h3>Festivals</h3> <p>There's nothing like a good festival to land yourself some free food. There's almost always some company giving away free samples, or even full plates of food. If you hear music, celebrations, and a rumble in your stomach at the same time, follow your nose to a free lunch!</p> <h2>7. Work in Hostels, Hotels, and Bars</h2> <p>You'd be surprised at how many establishments are looking for foreigners to help out. Usually you'll be offered free room and board in exchange for your cleaning, bartending, administration, or reception services.</p> <p>To find work, simply check-in or order a drink and ask if they are looking for help. There are so many jobs available around the world that it may even be worth traveling with multiple copies of your resume.</p> <h2>No More Excuses!</h2> <p>Start putting your expenses on your favorite travel rewards credit card to earn points for your flight, then start browsing, researching, and registering for opportunities and you could easily hit the road with very little (or no) money in your pocket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less?ref=seealso">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year</a>)</p> <p>Once you're on the road working and volunteering, you'll start networking with businesses and communities, and you'll find more and more opportunities to continue traveling without spending money. If you want, you can potentially <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/sustaining-travel/">travel forever</a>!</p> <p><em>Have you ever traveled for free? Share your tips with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-of-the-best-free-things-to-do-abroad">14 of the Best Free Things to Do Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on 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-ways-to-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-science-says-travel-is-good-for-your-health">5 Ways Science Says Travel Is Good for Your Health</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel budget travel free travel travel tips vacation wanderlust Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:30:20 +0000 Nick Wharton 1654566 at http://www.wisebread.com Save on Car Rentals With These 10 Easy Hacks http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-car-rentals-with-these-10-easy-hacks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-on-car-rentals-with-these-10-easy-hacks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000048091142_Large.jpg" alt="couple enjoying easy car rental hacks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the years, I've rented vehicles in over a dozen countries around the world. From those experiences, and a significant amount of research, I've learned some extremely useful tips that I use when renting a car. And to share the wealth, I'm passing them along to you, so that you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-on-your-next-car-rental-without-even-trying-hard">save big money on your next rental</a>. Let's get started.</p> <h2>1. Deny the Insurance</h2> <p>Almost all major <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-car-rental-insurance-really-cover-on-your-credit-card">credit cards will cover your rental insurance</a>, so if you're paying for the car on your credit card, there's almost always no reason to pay for insurance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-perks-you-didnt-know-your-credit-card-had?ref=seealso">Travel Perks You Didn't Know Your Credit Card Offers</a>)</p> <p>If you have put rentals on your credit card in the past, and still paid the rental agency for the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that you wasted your money. However, sometimes rental insurance specifics can be hard to understand or hidden in the small print.</p> <p>You want to make sure that you have Primary Insurance Coverage with your credit card, meaning that if something were to happen to the car (knock on wood) while it's in your possession, you'll be able to file the claim directly with the credit card's insurance rather than fussing with the rental company's insurance plan &mdash; which most people want to avoid like the plague.</p> <h2>2. Earn Rewards Points With Your Rental</h2> <p>Some credit cards will give you some pretty lucrative points bonuses when you're renting a car. Make sure you check your current rewards programs on all of your cards and try to use one that offers a bonus for rentals. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citi-hilton-hhonors-reserve-enjoy-more-free-stays">Citi&reg; Hilton HHonors&trade; Reserve Card</a> from our partner Citi offers five bonus points on every dollar spent on car rentals and 25% off of rentals with National Car Rentals. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chase-sapphire-preferred-review-500-signup-bonus">Chase Sapphire Preferred Card</a> gives 20% off when you redeem points for car rentals.</p> <h2>3. Earn Points on Your Gas</h2> <p>You're going to have to pay for gas during the time you have the rental car, so why not earn some serious points at the pump? Use the credit card that offers the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-gas-rewards-credit-cards">most rewards on gas purchases</a>. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cashing-in-at-the-supermarket-blue-cash-preferred-card-from-american-express-review">Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express</a> offers 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations (terms and limitations apply).</p> <h2>4. Book the Car With Your Flight</h2> <p>Next time you're booking a flight and you know you're going to want a rental car for a portion of your visit, consider clicking that &quot;Flight+Car&quot; tab that appears at the top of the page on your favorite booking engine. This little tab will open a whole category of secret discounts that can often save you money when you reserve a car with your airline ticket. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources?ref=seealso">40+ Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a>)</p> <p>I ran a test booking for a return flight from New York to London in November of 2015 with Expedia and found that when booking a Hertz rental with the flight, the car was only $160 for the week. When searching for the same car and the same dates on Hertz's website, it was $225 for the week. In this case, the Flight+Car hack saved $65 in a week.</p> <p>Note: Savings vary depending on flights and dates, but there are times when you can nearly earn a free car rental by using the Flight+Car tab.</p> <h2>5. Rent Long-Term</h2> <p>The longer you rent your car, the cheaper it will become. In a sample reservation I made with Avis, I found that the daily rental rate was $34.10, while the monthly rate was only $11.60 per day, for a savings of $22.50 per day. If you rent the vehicle for 30 days, you'll save $675!</p> <p>On top of this amazing discount, many rental companies will waive the &quot;drop-off&quot; fee if you choose to leave the car at a different location than the one you picked it up from. These fees can be as high as $50. Add this to the savings above and you've kept $725 in your pocket over the course of a month-long rental.</p> <h2>6. Don't Pick Up at the Airport</h2> <p>I know, it's easy and convenient to simply hop off of your plane and into the driver's seat of your new rental, but if you're really trying to save money, you wouldn't do this! In my test bookings, I found that there are &quot;airport fees&quot; attached to reservations at almost all rental providers. These fees ranged from $9&ndash;$30. This may not sound like a lot, but if you're only booking for a day or two, that can be a large percentage of your overall rental rate.</p> <p>A taxi into town to rent a car at a different location may cost more than $30, but if you're taking public transport or having a friend meet you at the airport, you may want to consider driving a few miles away from the runway to save on that pesky airport fee.</p> <h2>7. Return the Car With a Full Tank</h2> <p>Rental companies hate when they have to fill up the gas tanks. In fact, they hate it so much that they'll charge you ridiculous rates for returning the car with less gas than you took it out with. Apparently car companies use super premium fuel, because if they have to fill up the car for you, you'll find a charge on your credit card that's more than double the normal price per gallon.</p> <p>Most rental agencies will give you the car with a full tank. Make sure you return it with the same amount, or more.</p> <h2>8. Use a Promo Code</h2> <p>Rental agencies love to run promotions and discounts for fixed periods of time. While you're shopping for your next rental car, keep your eye out for a little box that says &quot;promo code&quot; or &quot;discount code.&quot; After you've found the deal that best suits you, run a Google Search that looks like this: &quot;your rental company&quot; + &quot;promo code.&quot; Dozens of sites will pop up that will give you codes that you can put into that magic box to save big money.</p> <p>Another useful tip is to look on the rental agency's website for words like &quot;Special Offers&quot; or &quot;Promotions&quot; and click it. Sometimes there are some pretty hefty discounts hidden in these pages and if you book the right car at the right time, you can save a lot of money.</p> <h2>9. Don't Speed</h2> <p>I consider myself a pretty cautious driver, and I've managed to only get nailed for one speeding ticket during all of my time renting cars. Luckily, my ticket was in South Africa and I was able to pay the officer right there on the street &mdash; perhaps not &quot;officially&quot; but it did the trick.</p> <p>Had the officer put the ticket into the system, I would've had to pay $175 for my ticket plus a $50 &quot;administrative fee&quot; with my rental company. Simply put, almost all rental agencies have these fees and they can quickly add up if you're a fast driver.</p> <h2>10. Be Elite and Get More Perks</h2> <p>As I mentioned earlier, you can earn some good points by booking your rental on your best rewards credit card, but you should also know about your chosen card's special perks.</p> <p>If you're an elite card holder, you can skip line-ups at the office, get a free day after renting for four days, get up to 25% off of your rental, or get a free car class upgrade! Call your credit card provider and ask if it gives you elite status with any rental agencies, or if it comes with any extra perks for car rentals.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any smart car rental hacks? Share with us in the comments!</em></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-on-car-rentals-with-these-10-easy-hacks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some great articles on creative travel tips you probably haven't thought of, how to host a big party on a small budget, and natural solutions to stay bug-free.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/12-creative-travel-tips-you-probably-didnt-think-of">12 Creative Travel Tips You Probably Didn&rsquo;t Think Of</a> &mdash; Pack power cords and cables a sunglasses case. [CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/big-party-small-budget-7-ways-to-be-an-awesome-host/">Big Party, Small Budget: 7 Ways to be an Awesome Host</a> &mdash; The cost of drinks for a party can add up quickly, but you can save money by asking your guests to bring a bottle of their favorite drink. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Natural-Bug-Repellents-30974095#photo-30974095">Stay Bug-Free This Summer With These 9 Natural Solutions</a> &mdash; Make a fly and wasp catcher with a plastic bottle! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/things-that-have-no-impact-on-your-credit-score/">4 Surprising Things That Have No Impact on Your Credit Score</a> &mdash; Your income measures your capacity to make payments, but it doesn't say anything about your creditworthiness. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0531/Five-ways-U.S.-hostels-are-stepping-up-their-game">Five ways U.S. hostels are stepping up their game</a> &mdash; Hostels aren't just for the student backpacker! Many U.S. hostels are family-friendly as well. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/insurance/T027-C000-S002-get-a-discount-on-insurance-with-a-fitness-band.html">How Using a Fitness Band Can Save You Money</a> &mdash; Some employers are offering insurance discounts and other rewards to employees who meet fitness goals. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/will-your-home-be-a-good-investment/">Will Your Home Be A Good Investment?</a> &mdash; Depending on your situation, it can make sense to rent out your property...and live in a rental yourself! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/upskilling-ideas-for-entrepreneurial.html">Upskilling Ideas for Entrepreneurial Success</a> &mdash; Digital technology is a big part of our lives &mdash; and businesses. In order to be successful, entrepreneurs need to constantly learn new and more advanced computer skills. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/shopping-smart/does-a-bigger-store-always-mean-better-prices/">Does a Bigger Store Always Mean Better Prices?</a> &mdash; Sure, large retailers can often offer lower prices, but while a store may have a big physical footprint, the company might actually be relatively small. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-ways-youre-making-your-child-unhealthy">10 Ways You're Making Your Child Unhealthy</a> &mdash; Don't do everything for them. They need to try things on their own (and fail sometimes) to develop independence and resilience. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-travel-tips-you-havent-thought-of">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-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</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/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-car-rentals-with-these-10-easy-hacks">Save on Car Rentals With These 10 Easy Hacks</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-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best money tips travel tips Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1443839 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Secrets From the World's Most Frugal Frequent Travelers http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-4181367-small.jpg" alt="traveler" title="traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everybody has their own travel style, along with preferred systems and tricks to make it easier, quicker, safer, and more enjoyable. But don't just ask me: I've asked the hardcore travel community to share their own travel secrets. Here are the 25 best secrets of these frequent travelers around the world. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less">Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel</a>)</p> <h2>Research and Booking</h2> <p>Here are some tips for booking cheaply and expediently, as well as taking the pain out of researching your travel arrangements.</p> <h3>1. Clear Your Cookies</h3> <p>Sofie Couwenbergh of <a href="http://www.wonderfulwanderings.com/">Wonderful Wanderings</a> is keen to the tricks of sneaky booking sites, who store cookies on your computer. &quot;Booking websites 'remember' what you came looking for, so when you come back to look at that hotel room/rental car/flight a second time, they'll often show you higher prices to urge you to book quickly. That's why I always search booking sites in an incognito browser window.&quot;</p> <h3>2. Use Trip Advisor</h3> <p>Sofie also swears by <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.803241&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Trip Advisor</a> to get travel advice from locals. &quot;They'll often be able to give you information you won't find in guide books.&quot;</p> <h3>3. Outsource the Legwork</h3> <p>Lea Woodward has lived and traveled around the world for years. If researching transport and accommodation is too time consuming, she says: outsource it! &quot;The travel hackers over at <a href="http://www.flightfox.com/">Flightfox</a> take the legwork out of finding the cheapest/best flight options and can save you masses of time, and I use <a href="https://www.fancyhands.com/">Fancy Hands</a> to do all my initial travel research.&quot; (If you're new to outsourcing, here is how Lea started: <a href="http://www.leawoodward.com/20-tasks-control-freaks-can-outsource/">20 Tasks Control Freaks Can Outsource</a>)</p> <h3>4. Join the Cartel</h3> <p>The Travel Hacking Cartel, that is! Take the pain out of searching for frequent flyer mile deals by subscribing to a service that sends you timely alerts. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-travel-hacking-cartel-fly-around-the-world-for-almost-free?ref=seealso">Travel Hacking Cartel: Fly Around the World for Almost Free</a>)</p> <h3>5. Look to Trover for Ideas</h3> <p>Dalene and Pete Heck of <a href="http://www.hecktictravels.com/">Hecktic Travels</a> get their inspiration from <a href="http://www.trover.com/">Trover</a>. &quot;It has oodles of juicy photography and off-the-beaten-path &quot;discoveries&quot; that we would never have found otherwise. It's fun to also share our tips there too!&quot;</p> <h3>6. Check Out Skyscanner for Options</h3> <p>Dalene and Pete also like to know all their options with <a href="http://www.skyscanner.com/">Skyscanner</a>. &quot;We just plug in our current location with &quot;Anywhere&quot; as our destination and see what comes up! Sometimes, it decides our next trip for us based on the cheapest flight.&quot;</p> <h3>7. Bid on Hotels</h3> <p>Matthew Bailey of <a href="http://www.livelimitless.net/">Live Limitless</a> knows that sometimes, you just need some hotel luxury. &quot;When visiting major cities and feeling the need to splurge, <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10370045">Priceline</a> has always worked for half price 4-star hotels. Just use the &quot;Name Your Own Price&quot; function, bid low, and have fun waiting to see what hotel you won!&quot;</p> <h3>8. Track Airfare</h3> <p>Use tools like Yapta and Fare Compare to track the price of your airfare and snap it up at the right time. You might even be eligible for a refund if the price drops after you buy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-lowest-price-on-airfare-even-after-you-buy?ref=seealso">How to Get the Lowest Price on Airfare Even After You Buy</a>)</p> <h3>9. Strike While the Iron is Hot</h3> <p>Cailin O'Neil of <a href="http://www.travelyourself.ca/">Travel Yourself</a> says don't ponder that deal for too long. &quot;When you find a too good to be true deal book it right away. It probably won't get cheaper, and the cheap price probably won't last long.&quot;</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/travsec-160512113-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Saving Money on Tours and Accommodation</h2> <p>Once you arrive, there's still money to be spent. Here are some ways to stem the flow.</p> <h3>1o. Free Local Guides</h3> <p>Janice Waugh of <a href="http://solotravelerblog.com/">Solo Traveler</a> uses the <a href="http://www.globalgreeternetwork.info/">Global Greeter Network</a> to find free local guides. &quot;In Paris I enjoyed a three hour tour with a local and then, to my surprise, was invited to her home for lunch.</p> <h3>11. House Sitting</h3> <p>Dalene and Pete Heck use house sitting as a mainstay for their full-time travel lifestyle. &quot;Not only have we saved thousands upon thousands of dollars by living rent-free, we also get to have a completely different and unique experience wherever we are visiting.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-landing-the-perfect-house-sitting-gig?ref=seealso">10 Tips for Landing the Perfect House-Sitting Gig</a>)</p> <h2>Packing Secrets</h2> <p>Packing is a hot topic in the travel community! When you live out of your luggage, you need to have a system. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets from a Professional Traveler</a>)</p> <h3>12. Choose Synthetic</h3> <p><a href="http://www.matt-gibson.org/">Matt Gibson</a> swears by synthetics. &quot;Pack clothing made of synthetic materials. They tend to pack smaller, wrinkle less, dry faster, and repel stains better than cotton.&quot;</p> <h3>13. Go Carry-On</h3> <p>The weight of your luggage is directly proportionate to misery while you travel. Traveling with carry-on luggage only is liberating, and don't tell me it isn't possible: I now travel full-time with carry-on only. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list?ref=seealso">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a>)</p> <h3>14. Packing Cubes</h3> <p>Alexandra Jimenez of <a href="http://www.travelfashiongirl.com/">Travel Fashion Girl</a> also roams the world full time with carry-on luggage only, attributing her success to packing cubes (as do many of the travelers interviewed here). &quot;They help compress my clothing, maximize minimal space, and organize my bag.&quot;</p> <h3>15. Roll It Up</h3> <p>Cailin O'Neil also travels with carry-on only. Her secret: rolling. &quot;Roll everything up to save space, and also, take only half of what you think you need.&quot;</p> <h3>16. Stuff Shoes</h3> <p>Sofie Couwenbergh (like many frequent travelers interviewed here) stuffs her shoes with socks. &quot;It'll save you some space and your shoes won't lose their shape when they're stuffed into your bag.&quot;</p> <h3>17. Reusable Packing List</h3> <p>Worried you're missing something? Sofie doesn't; &quot;Create a list with all the things you need to pack for every trip (toothbrush, medicine, money) and save it on your computer. You can just print it out or go over it for every trip. You'll never forget something again.&quot;</p> <h3>18. Bring a Head Lamp</h3> <p>Matthew Bailey swears by his head lamp. &quot;I can't count the amount of times it has come in handy, both in the wild outdoors and inside.&quot;</p> <h3>19. Coordinate Everything</h3> <p>This is especially important if you're traveling with carry-on only. Everything must match! Choose two to three complimentary colours (including shoes); you'll have significantly more outfit combinations, ability to layer in varying temperatures, and you'll always look like a star.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/travsec-466699017-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h2>Tricks While You're on the Move</h2> <p>Although we all love travel, few of us like the actual traveling part of it, which can be fraught with delays and annoyances. Here's how frequent travelers navigate them.</p> <h3>20. Be Ready for Security Checks</h3> <p>Cailin O'Neil is always ready to clear security quickly. &quot;Have your liquids easily reachable if not already in your hand. Have your boarding card and ID in your hand, and have your laptop out as well.&quot; She also suggests easily removable shoes and skipping the belt. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster?ref=seealso">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a>)</p> <h3>21. Call the Hotel to Reserve</h3> <p>Unless the hotel offers a screaming deal online, frequent travelers know to call to make a booking, and that rates are negotiable. Even if you're standing around the corner at the last-minute, you'll get a better deal if you phone rather than walk in. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel?ref=seealso">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a>)</p> <h3>22. Be Smartphone Savvy</h3> <p>Most of the frequent travelers interviewed here extolled the virtues of their smartphone, wondering how they survived before. Jeannie Mark of <a href="http://www.nomadicchick.com/">Nomadic Chick</a> says she can't live without hers. &quot;I use it for emailing, social media, communication (texting, calling), typing notes, directions, an alarm, a clock, recording voice notes, translator &mdash; everything short of using it for eating. I love my laptop, but my phone is the bomb.&quot;</p> <h2>Staying Safe and Healthy</h2> <p>Travel is hard on the body, and taxing on the brain. Here are some secrets to hedge against theft, illness, and travel fatigue.</p> <h3>23. USB Stick Trick</h3> <p>This is my (not quite patented) travel safety secret; I store an encrypted database on a USB stick containing all my passwords, pictures of my ID, phone numbers to call in case of loss or theft of bank/credit cards, my insurance policy, and more. I keep the USB stick, along with a small amount of cash and an extra credit card, stashed in a little pocket worn underneath my clothing. That way if I'm robbed of absolutely everything, I can still get to my consulate and have recourse. (See also: <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/07/financial-travel-tip-38-total-travel-protection-with-the-usb-stick-trick/">Total Travel Protection With the USB Stick Trick</a>)</p> <h3>24. Fend Off &quot;Delhi Belly&quot; With Probiotics</h3> <p>You want to enjoy the local cuisine, but it may come at a cost. Lea Woodward always takes probiotics when she travels. &quot;80% of your immune system is in your gut, so keeping your digestive system healthy is a great way to keep your immune system strong.&quot; (See her other tips: <a href="http://locationindependent.com/how-to-stay-healthy-when-you-travel/">How to Stay Healthy When You Travel</a>)</p> <h3>25. Go Slow</h3> <p>Like me, Dalene and Pete Heck are fans of slow travel. &quot;Trying to race around the world to knock sights off a bucket-list is draining, expensive, and doesn't let you really experience a country. Slow travel is so much more rewarding!&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-amazing-affordable-vacations-travel-slowly?ref=seealso">For Amazing, Affordable Vacations, Travel Slowly</a>)</p> <p><em>What's your travel secret? Spill it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-secrets-from-the-worlds-most-frugal-frequent-travelers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <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-save-on-smartphone-costs-while-traveling">8 Ways to Save on Smartphone Costs While Traveling</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/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers">15 Airport Hacks From Professional 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/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe">The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe</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/save-on-car-rentals-with-these-10-easy-hacks">Save on Car Rentals With These 10 Easy Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel frequent flyers travel secrets travel tips Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:36:36 +0000 Nora Dunn 1127329 at http://www.wisebread.com Truly Offbeat Budget Travel Tips http://www.wisebread.com/truly-offbeat-budget-travel-tips <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/truly-offbeat-budget-travel-tips" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-resources.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="168" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s the new year and you want to get your travel on, only your wallet isn&rsquo;t working for you. You&rsquo;re scrimping and saving, even though you&rsquo;re unsure about where or even how you can travel during your vacation. It&rsquo;s time to veer off the traditional travel trails and into a more localized experience &ndash; even if you journey to a destination far from home.</p> <p>There are tons of ways to save money and experience a new culture &ndash;sometimes for free &ndash; by exploring the local terrain, be it an urban, bucolic, or rugged outdoors location. And the best way to find out where the real deals are is to ask the locals &ndash; they know where the good (and cheap) stuff is.</p> <p>Here are some local digs that offer sweet information about where to stay and what to do while you&rsquo;re there.</p> <p><strong>Hostels: </strong>Not just a place to crash. The front desk at any hostel offers a plethora of local information, from where to find the best pubs to where to check out local dance performances. For instance, a whirl through San Francisco found me hanging at the San Francisco Fisherman&rsquo;s Wharf hostel in Fort Mason right near Golden Gate Park. Not only did the front desk hand me a detailed map off all of the local public transportation routes, but they also told me where the nearest parks, cafes, and libraries were. In fact, they gave me enough information to occupy me for days and for a relatively small amount of money. Plus, hostel staff members are usually very friendly and informative. Just ask them about what you&rsquo;re looking for and they&rsquo;ll tell you. Don&rsquo;t forget to check the bulletin boards for local events. </p> <p><strong>Yahoo Groups: </strong>A virtual hangout spot teeming with people who know about your destination. With a regional directory of groups, you can surf on through here and find out what&rsquo;s happening in different spots around the world. Want to know about things to do in Botswana or how to find romance in Germany? There&rsquo;s a group for it somewhere in there.&nbsp; Join up and start asking questions.</p> <p><strong>Local papers: </strong>Not the big city kind; the ultra-local neighborhood papers will serve you better here. The last time I hit a big American city and needed the low down on what to do, I grabbed a few papers from the stands on the streets. The hyper-local ones provide the best details on local restaurants, museums, and parks. As an added bonus, you get a feel for what the place is like and how much time you want to spend there. </p> <p><strong>Local libraries: </strong>More than a research facilities or places to pick up the latest fiction for free, these are information powerhouses on the local front. In fact, a few years ago, I rolled on out to Bali and kicked it in Ubud for a few weeks. While I was there, I was getting too frustrated with my inability to speak Indonesian. I headed on down to the local library where I not only found a cool Indonesian language instructor (for about $6 an hour, a top-rate bargain), but I also picked up info on the latest events, classes and treks in the area. While I was there, I met a few local expats who now called Bali home and they turned out to be the best information sources around. </p> <p><strong>Local bookstores: </strong>Yet more information powerhouses. These gems can give you access to books in your own language as well as the language of the country you&rsquo;re in. You can also check out the local bulletin boards for information on events and activities in the immediate area. And the owners are used to answering lots of questions, so ask them what activities they suggest doing while you&rsquo;re in the area. </p> <p><strong>Local sports shops: </strong>If you haven&rsquo;t already booked an adventure trip or if find yourself with some free time and the urge to get out into nature, local sports stores can be a great place to start. Call around if you can. Or show up and see if you can talk to the people in the store. Want to go on a bike tour around the area? The people at the local bike shop not only have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bike-on-great-deals-on-all-things-bicycle">the gear you need</a>, but they probably know where the best rides are and what you can see along the way. Remember, mostly sports enthusiasts work in sports shops. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-sports-gear-for-less">They know the things you need to know</a>. And if they don&rsquo;t know, they can tell you who does. </p> <p><strong>Your university alumni association: </strong>Your university usually has a directory of alumni, some of whom might be traveling or living in another country. Why not ping a former friend or classmate and find out what they&rsquo;re up to? They might have ideas on what you can do, as well as contacts in your destination area. </p> <p><strong>Other travelers: </strong>Then there&rsquo;s the tried and true, just hanging around experience that drums up some the best times you&rsquo;ll have while you&rsquo;re traveling. Hang out around sports shops, museums, cafes, the beach. Anywhere you like to be. You&rsquo;ll soon find yourself chatting with other locals and travelers &ndash; and finding out the local tips and tricks that no guidebook can truly offer.</p> <p>So start asking around. You never know what you&rsquo;ll find out and what kinds of truly free or amazingly budget-friendly things you can find to do by taking a grassroots, local approach to travel. And you might make some cool new friends in the process.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/truly-offbeat-budget-travel-tips">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-rules-of-budget-travel">The 7 Rules of Budget Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i">The Costa Rica Heist (Remix) A case for T.I.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-a-budget-travel-expert-beth-whitman-here-to-answer-your-questions">Ask a Budget Travel Expert: Beth Whitman Here To Answer Your Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-apps-for-the-tech-challenged-traveler">7 Apps for the Tech-Challenged Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Art and Leisure budget travel travel tips traveling Sun, 03 Jan 2010 14:00:11 +0000 Sasha A. Rae 4396 at http://www.wisebread.com The Costa Rica Heist (Remix) A case for T.I. http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/CostaRica396.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="139" height="78" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="article-body"> <p><strong>Diss-Claimer.</strong> (Yes, Dis with another &quot;S.&quot; And as for those who actually followed the first time, I apologize LOL:)</p> <p> (<em>Back by popular demand for the great grammarians who frequent this site: This is the Re-Mix!)</em> </p> <p>It could start with &quot;you never think it can happen to you,&quot; or &quot;just when you thought it was safe.&quot; But why go out that way or for that matter come in that way, it&#39;s as cliche as an American tourist getting yapped for his belongings on a trip to foreign country.</p> <p><em>(I didn&#39;t think it would happen to me.)</em></p> <p>Rewind. (<em>That means go back, to a particular point in this story.</em>)</p> <p>A red-headed graduate student who couldn&#39;t be more American if she was Betsy Ross&#39; daughter&#39;s daughter&#39;s daughter&#39;s daughter, was sitting there talking to me. More aptly talking at me, more specifically, not shutting up. &quot;Uh-huh, yeah, damn that&#39;s messed up,&quot; is all this blogger could manage to retort.  </p> <p>(<em>I&#39;m &quot;this blogger,&quot; by the way.</em>)</p> <p>She talked about her work in psychology and feigned embarrasment went I pointed out that she had on flip-flops that said &quot;Harvard,&quot; and a key chain necklace that said, guess what, &quot;Harvard.&quot; Oh yeah and someone had, the night before, broke into the Hostel at which I just arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica. They took her passport. And there she was, talking my head off, killing time on her way to Vietnam via South Dakota. </p> <p>I said to myself &quot;that&#39;s pretty crazy.&quot; When I say crazy, I mean the passport being stolen story as well, but the girl, certainly. I&#39;m glad nothing remotely resembling that is going to happen to me, I&#39;m a globtrotter, a world traveler a...</p> <p>(<em>I empathized with the zany Harvard girl&#39;s anecdote but felt impervious to theft of any kind.</em>)</p> <p>Fast-Forward. (<em>That means jump ahead to the next day</em>)</p> <p>The lame conference on Commodities and Chinese relations with Latin American governments and the state-owned mines they own is sadly at an end.</p> <p>(<em>I was actually in Costa Rica on business, before I tacked on a vacation jaunt at the end of the trip.</em>) </p> <p>Now I&#39;m headed to Jaco Beach on one of the most beautiful Fridays in recent memory. I am enjoying a ride to the Pacific Coast of this lovely, quaint, currency 500/1 - completely-backed-by-American-military-country. The bus to Jaco pulls up for boarding and people rush to put their luggage in the hull of the monstorous municpal bus that looks more like a tour bus. </p> <p>Ahh, no way I&#39;m putting my bags down there, sheeeeeeeeet, not me. Savvy yank that guy is right? So what do I do? I get on, speak a little Spanish, I&#39;m in my zone, I&#39;m getting ready for four straight days of God-knows-what-tropica-lfun and what do I do? I pull out my digital camera like a dummy tourist from middle America. You know, the quintessential one who asks, &quot;do they serve tacos in Costa Rica?&quot; Yeah that kind.</p> <p>(<em>I thought I was being careful and travel savvy but alas, my activities as a giddy oblivious tourist would do my belongings in.</em>) </p> <p>I start taking self portraits as the bus pulls off, feeling my self, fun for pennies on the dollar, oh yeah. My black samsonite leather computer bag is on the top shelf above where I&#39;m sitting, phone, laptop, all the power cords and a DVD from blockbuster enclosed. I might as well have been a Harvard girl.</p> <p>Fast-Forward. (<em>That means we&#39;re skipping ahead about an hour or so.)</em></p> <p>We&#39;re only 20 clicks (<em>That&#39;s 20 kilometers for those not familiar with the metric system or U.S. Army and Marine lingo.)</em> from Jaco Beach, just 20 clicks from wireless, phoneless freedom via the wireless connection on a month-old Dell fresh off the assembly line that I would hope to utilize in the sea-side condo I was headed to. </p> <p>But, while I was looking out the window musing at the greenest hills I&#39;ve ever seen in my life and the mango trees with ripe, juicy products hanging like sweaty jugs - of fruit juice you pervs - it must have jumped off, something slick, James Bondish. I&#39;m talking Michael Jackson smooth criminal. I should have known what was up 45 minutes into the trip when I couldn&#39;t see the strap from my bag anymore, but it didn&#39;t register.</p> <p>(<em>Whilst I admired the scenery, the thief or theives were very methodical and moved with stealth as they lifted, snatched or removed my bag from the top shelf. Yes I said &quot;Whilst.&quot;)</em></p> <p>We stop, I look up on the shelf. Panic. Awwww they got me. First step, anger, broken, cuss-laden Spanish, black English; a real estate agent from South Carolina with the same &quot;damn that&#39;s messed up,&quot; look on his face that I had for the Harvard girl the night before.</p> <p>(<em>The American real estate agent, who was also on the bus, emphathized with my story but was glad it wasn&#39;t him.)</em></p> <p>Gone. (<em>My stuff, in case it&#39;s unclear, was no longer there.)</em></p> <p>Come to find out five collegues had the same hubris and put their stuff below in the belly of the Bus beast. Yes, Gone. </p> <p>(<em>Five people I was at the conference with, three American, two European, placed their belongings on the bottom of the bus before boarding and had all of their belongings subsequently taken.)</em></p> <p>And suddenly I didn&#39;t feel so bad. I, after all still had my passport, credit cards and a whole lot of Colones on my person and a pre-paid condo waiting on me. Some of those people were stuck where they stood with nothing anyone could do but loan them 500 colones to call the embassy and then their folks.</p> <p>(<em>At least four of the above-mentioned &quot;colleagues,&quot; had every last possession taken from them</em>.)</p> <p>Yep, the beach, healed those wounds quick. (<em>I pouted for a minute but then realized I was at a world-class beach with blue-green water and black sand.)</em></p> <p>Fast Forward. (Presumbably to the point of this friggin post, right?) (<em>That means I&#39;m jumping ahead to the sentence below.)</em></p> <p>GET TRAVEL INSURANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p> <p>When I return home and reality strikes, I will be out $750 bucks in supplies and will have bought the &quot;Great Debaters&quot; from Blockbuster, when I could have just gotten beyond my imperialist arrogance and copped $54 for two weeks of travel insurance from any of the companies on the commercials we hate on tv or any one of these sites:</p> <p>(<em>I should have gotten travel insurance. And there is lots of useful information on these hypertext markup language links, that take you, the readers, to things called Web Sites.)</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.worldnomads.com/">http://www.worldnomads.com/</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.insuremytrip.com/">http://www.insuremytrip.com/</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.travelpod.com/cgi-bin/travel-insurance.cgi">http://www.travelpod.com/cgi-bin/travel-insurance.cgi</a></p> <p>Here&#39;s also a bit from my Wisebread sistren on <a href="/the-dirt-on-travel-insurance">parameters on TI</a>  that I neglected to mention due to the dearth of exactitude in my rant/narrative/testimonial.</p> <p>(<em>Fellow blogger Nora Dunn has a comprehensive post on the different ways and means of procuring travel insurance.)</em></p> <p>It&#39;s a lesson for me, an expensive lesson, but a lesson. I do plan on going back to Costa Rica. I loved it but next time I&#39;m springing for some TI and not the Rapper T.I. either, even though I hear he has lots and lots of guns. </p> <p>(<em>Okay, some of you just aren&#39;t going to get that last sentence. I&#39;m going back to Costa Rica at some point though.)</em></p> <p>Because despite reading numerous travel guides and Wikipedia entries about Costa Rica being the number one destination for passport theives, I put my stuff on the top rack of a public bus to a beach bum paradise. Perhaps, I should be reading <em>your </em>blog. </p> <p>Sheesh. (<em>What a difficult time I had explaining that my stuff was stolen and that I wish I had bought travel insurance.)</em></p> <p>Hasta La Vista. (<em>I&#39;m fluent in Spanish, Hasta La Vista means until next time, or see you later. I never meant to say Pura Vida, but hey I had a great time so, Pura Vida it is.)</em></p> <p>I&#39;m having fun with you folks but seriously, get travel insurance when you go on trips longer than two weeks. It can&#39;t hurt.</p> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-heist-remix-a-case-for-t-i">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/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</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-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-costa-rica-lesson-awwwwwww-they-got-me">The Costa Rica Lesson: Awwwwwww They Got Me</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/watching-ads-could-be-your-ticket-to-a-fortune">Watching ads could be your ticket to a fortune.</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/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune">Last minute tips for quick and easy homemade Holiday cards. .</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Life Hacks Consumer Affairs Art and Leisure Costa Rica Passport travel insurance travel tips vacation Wed, 04 Jun 2008 18:36:15 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 2147 at http://www.wisebread.com