travel tips http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8106/all en-US 11 Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites Right Here in the U.S. http://www.wisebread.com/11-incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites-right-here-in-the-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites-right-here-in-the-us" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-149376450.jpg" alt="mesa verde" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, more widely known as UNESCO, has been shining the spotlight on unique and outstanding locations across the world for nearly four decades now. Sites recognized as being on the <a href="http://whc.unesco.org/en/list" target="_blank">UNESCO World Heritage List</a> are going to be either stunningly beautiful, historically significant, culturally important, or all of the above. There&rsquo;s no need to travel halfway around the world to catch a glimpse of one, though, as we have 23 of them here in our backyard. And although the Trump administration has announced plans to withdraw from UNESCO, it remains unclear if these world heritage sites will be impacted. Here are 11 incredible Unesco World Heritage sites you can visit right here in the U.S. (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. Independence Hall</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/independence_hall.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Nicknamed the birthplace of the United States, Philadelphia&rsquo;s Independence Hall is the site where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution were debated and formally signed. As a result, it is rightly considered one of the most important buildings in the U.S., thanks to the hugely significant part it played in the formation of the unified country we know today. Soak up the history with an entertaining, informative, and free tour around its hallowed grounds.</p> <h2>2. Everglades National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/everglades.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This 1.5 million acre site in southern Florida is made up primarily of wetland, making it one of the most diverse habitats in the U.S. The protected wildlife found here includes crocodiles, caimans and alligators, herons, ibis, and flamingoes, as well as whales and dolphins, making it a nature lover&rsquo;s paradise. There are plenty of options for exploring the wilderness of the Everglades, from cycling and kayaking to hiking and camping, and you can also sign up for various Ranger-led programs.</p> <h2>3. Carlsbad Caverns National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/carlsbad_caverns.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Deep in the Chihuahuan Desert in southeast New Mexico is where you&rsquo;ll find Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It&rsquo;s home to a network of 300 limestone caves, the most famous being Carlsbad Cavern from which the park takes its name. Various tours are available through the caves, allowing you to explore at your own pace or with Ranger guides. The park is also famous for its 17 different species of bats, some of which perform spectacular outflights that visitors can witness through the nightly bat flight program running between May and October. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <h2>4. San Antonio Missions</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/alamo.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Not to be confused with the local baseball team of the same name, San Antonio Missions are the latest U.S. addition to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Included in 2015, these walled communities grew out of the desire of the Spanish colonists to spread Catholicism among the native population. The four well preserved missions are like mini villages, encompassing churches, houses, and farmlands. They&rsquo;re the perfect place to learn about this period in history. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don&rsquo;t Cost a Dime</a>)</p> <h2>5. Grand Canyon National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/grand_canyon.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Grand Canyon is one of the most popular and awe-inspiring natural landscapes anywhere in the whole of the U.S, largely thanks to its immense size. At 277 river miles in length, over 18 miles across at its widest point, and a mile deep, it cuts an imposing path through the Arizona landscape. There are endless ways to witness the Grand Canyon, including various trekking routes, on horseback, via train ride, rafting down the river, or from the knee knocking Skywalk. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-countries-every-outdoor-explorer-can-afford-to-visit?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Affordable Countries Every Outdoor Explorer Can Afford to Visit</a>)</p> <h2>6. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/volcanoes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Located on the Big Island of Hawaii are the two volcanoes that make up this phenomenal national park. Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are two of the world&rsquo;s most active volcanoes and regularly erupt to spew molten lava across the surrounding landscape. Experience incredible crater drives, cycle routes to astounding viewpoints, or even explore the park by foot. If you&rsquo;re lucky, you can also catch the lava spilling over into the sea in freshly created red hot &ldquo;waterfalls.&rdquo; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>7. Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/kluane.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Along the U.S.-Canada border is a series of parks that cross into, and are jointly protected by both countries, made up of Kluane, Wrangell-St. Elias, Glacier Bay, and Tatshenshini-Alsek. The vast ice empire that lies within them boasts some of the most stunning glacial landscapes in the world, much of it permanently crowned in snow. Not only do these parks contain the largest icefield anywhere outside of the polar regions, but they also have a sizeable population of grizzly bears and other threatened species.</p> <h2>8. Yellowstone National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/yellowstone.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The historical Yellowstone was designated as a national park in 1872, making it the world&rsquo;s first National Park, a formula that would go on to become widely copied. Beyond this, it&rsquo;s also famous for its tremendous diversity of wildlife and the many thousands of hydrothermal features spread throughout the park. These include various colorful hot springs, spurting geysers, bubbling mud pots, steaming fumaroles, and limestone travertine terraces, which attract more than 4 million visitors each year.</p> <h2>9. Mesa Verde National Park</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/mesa_Verde.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Created in 1906, Mesa Verde National Park was created with the aim of preserving the history of the ancestral Pueblo people who made their home here 700 years ago. The park, located in Colorado, holds almost 5,000 known architectural sites with many more believed to lie still undiscovered within its boundaries. Of these, undoubtedly the best loved are the remarkable dwellings built into the shallow overhangs of the cliffs above, including Cliff Palace, which is the largest and best preserved.</p> <h2>10. Statue of Liberty</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/statue_liberty.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Possibly the most iconic emblem of the United States, the Statue of Liberty was actually a gift donated by the people of France. With her outstretched, torch-bearing arm and broken chains lying at her feet, she has come to represent the institutions of liberty and democracy that the U.S. upholds. No visit to New York would be complete without a trip up to the crown to appreciate the panoramic views back across the city.</p> <h2>11. Redwood National and State Parks</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5170/redwoods.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The trees that grow within the four parks that make up Redwood National and State Parks are renowned for being some of the very tallest and oldest on the planet. Reaching up to 367 feet, or about the size of a 35-story skyscraper, the Redwoods here can live up to 2,000 years old. But the trees aren&rsquo;t the only points of interest. The parks also cover around 40 miles of the California coastline, meaning there&rsquo;s lots of ocean wildlife on display including whales, sea lions, and dolphins.</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/11-incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites-right-here-in-the-us">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check</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-pitfalls-when-chasing-travel-rewards">6 Pitfalls When Chasing Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans">What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel culture destinations travel ideas travel tips trump UNESCO united nations world heritage sites Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:30:43 +0000 Nick Wharton 2039830 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/glimpse_of_andalusia.jpg" alt="Glimpse of Andalusia" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Financial considerations are the biggest factor for many people when deciding where they want to enjoy their retirement years. As the strength of the dollar continues its hold against other currencies, it&rsquo;s providing us with far more purchasing clout when it comes to buying other currencies.</p> <p>This in turn is helping to make many destinations even more affordable to U.S. citizens who are looking to decamp to foreign locales. Here are nine retirement hot spots that are cheaper than you thought. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/retire-for-half-the-cost-in-these-5-countries?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Retire for Half the Cost in These 5 Countries</a>)</p> <h2>1. Panama</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/casco_viejo_nightlife_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>With its interesting mix of advanced amenities and lush natural landscapes, Panama has been one of the most popular retirement hot spots in Latin America for a number of years. The capital, Panama City, is a skyscraper-filled, modern metropolis with a well developed infrastructure to rival any city in the U.S.</p> <p>The U.S. dollar is actually legal currency in Panama so you&rsquo;ll be able to see just what value you&rsquo;re getting without any conversions. The cost of living in Panama is comparatively low. Numbeo puts it at around 26 percent of what it is in the U.S., with expenses such as health care and real estate working out extremely cheaply. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-where-you-can-retire-for-1000-a-month?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries Where You Can Retire for $1,000 a Month</a>)</p> <h2>2. Mexico</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/museo_soumaya_in_mexico_city.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Hopping over the border to Mexico has always been a convenient option for U.S. citizens wanting somewhere nearby to retire to. Rich with incredible culture, fascinating history, a great coastline, and a mouthwatering cuisine, Mexico is both familiar and exotic at the same time.</p> <p>The exchange rate hit a high in 2017, meaning U.S. dollars go further there now. That, combined with a cost of living of around 60 percent lower than in the U.S., means your dollar will go a lot further in Mexico than it would at home.</p> <p>While drug-related crime has risen in recent years, there are many retirement communities that are completely safe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-almost-anyone-can-afford-to-retire-in-mexico?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Almost Anyone Can Afford to Retire in Mexico</a>)</p> <h2>3. Spain</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/glimpse_of_andalusia.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Spain frequently tops the list of the most popular retirement destinations for Europeans. It&rsquo;s little wonder when you consider the number of major cities, the stunning beachside resorts along the coastline, and the slow pace of life.</p> <p>The dollar is closing in on par with the Euro and the country has only just pulled out of a financial crisis that began in 2008. As a result, U.S. citizens have more purchasing power than ever in Spain right now, making the prospect of retiring here even more enticing. The cost of living stands at about 27 percent lower than the U.S., according to Numbeo, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that there are over 5.5 million foreign nationals living in Spain.</p> <h2>4. Ecuador</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/fruit_market_otavalo_ecuador.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you&rsquo;re a lover of the great outdoors, then Ecuador could be the ideal choice as your retirement location. It&rsquo;s home to portions of the Andes mountain range and the Amazon Rainforest, some of the most untouched Pacific Coast beaches in South America, and the remarkable Galápagos Islands.</p> <p>Pricewise it comes in at around 50 percent cheaper than the U.S., according to Numbeo, so you&rsquo;ll have plenty of cash left over for exploring and adventuring each month. Ecuador adopted the U.S. dollar in 2000 as its official currency so your nest egg won&rsquo;t be affected by exchange charges or currency fluctuations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Amazing Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a>)</p> <h2>5. Costa Rica</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wild_caribbean_beach_of_Costa_rica.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Costa Rica is famous among surfers all over the world for its awesome swells, but in recent years it&rsquo;s also been making waves of a different kind. People of retirement age are flocking here for its year-round tropical climate, stunning beaches, and green landscapes.</p> <p>Numbeo reports that the cost of living is around 34 percent less in Costa Rica, so it&rsquo;s easy to see why up to 100,000 American citizens have decided to call Costa Rica home. Exchange rates to the Costa Rican Colon have been steadily rising over the past year, peaking at around 591 to the dollar.</p> <h2>6. Malaysia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/classic_local_rickshaw.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Malaysia is one of the most diverse countries in Asia, making it a continuously interesting place to live. It has influences from Malay, Chinese, and Indian populations clearly visible in the culture and cuisine, with an added bonus that English is widely spoken. It also has bustling, modern cities that have the same amenities, restaurants, and funky bars that you&rsquo;re used to in the U.S.</p> <p>Many retirees enjoy a better standard of living here than they would be able to afford in the U.S. thanks to the cost of living being around 52 percent lower, according to Numbeo. Health care is one of the biggest reasons that retirees come to Malaysia &mdash; its quality is so good that a medical tourism boom has sprung up.</p> <h2>7. Malta</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/boats_in_bugibba_bay_malta.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Thanks to the laid back island life with year-round sun, Malta is a popular destination for retirees. This tiny archipelago of just three islands lies in the Mediterranean Sea between the South coast of Italy and North Africa and has a population of around only 400,000.</p> <p>Many of Malta&rsquo;s residents are English speaking, and one of the islands, Gozo, is home to a particularly large expat community with a big American contingent. Numbeo reports that prices here are around 13 percent cheaper than in the U.S. overall, but it&rsquo;s possible to live for much cheaper.</p> <h2>8. Portugal</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/beautiful_beach_in_carvoeiro_algarve_portugal.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Europeans have been retiring to Portugal for decades, attracted by the warm weather, the picturesque coastline, and government tax breaks offered to overseas retirees. But the secret is slowly beginning to reach U.S. shores as Americans start to realize just what they&rsquo;re missing out on.</p> <p>Portugal has some impressive infrastructure boasting world class golf courses, fantastic restaurants, and some of the highest rated health care in the world. Despite all of this, the cost of living here is still relatively low, and you&rsquo;ll pay around 34 percent less in Portugal than in the U.S., according to Numbeo.</p> <h2>9. Thailand</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_best_of_landscape_in_chiang_mai.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Thailand is also a hot spot for retirees from all over the globe. Thanks to its diversity, it&rsquo;s possible to settle down in a vast city, a lush green mountainous region, or even a secluded island with golden beaches.</p> <p>Despite its popularity, Thailand remains one of the cheapest countries in Asia to live in, with costs at over 43 percent less than in the U.S., according to Numbeo. The exchange rate has dropped in recent months, but is still considered favorable for expats wanting to move here now. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-countries-that-welcome-american-retirees?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Countries That Welcome American Retirees</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? 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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-choose-the-perfect-country-to-retire-in">How to Choose the Perfect Country to Retire In</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-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-useful-items-hotels-usually-provide-for-free">14 Useful Items Hotels Usually Provide 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/x-exciting-world-cities-you-can-afford-to-retire-in">4 Exciting World Cities You Can Afford to Retire In</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-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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement Travel international travel moving retire abroad retirement retirement tips travel travel tips Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2038473 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Pitfalls When Chasing Travel Rewards http://www.wisebread.com/6-pitfalls-when-chasing-travel-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-pitfalls-when-chasing-travel-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel_planning_concept_on_table.jpg" alt="Travel planning concept on table" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>By signing up for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel credit cards</a>, earning travel points through bonus offers and regular spending, and using your points in the smartest way possible, you can travel to far-flung corners of the world while minimizing out-of-pocket expenses. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Steps to Getting a Free Vacation in 9 Months with Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>While this probably sounds intriguing and fun, and it is, there are so many nuances to this strategy that it&rsquo;s easy to get it all wrong. To be a pro, you need to know which types of travel currency to pursue, how to maximize your miles, and how to avoid the many pitfalls that come with using credit cards in general. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-travel-rewards-cards-to-get-free-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Use Travel Rewards Cards to Get Free Trips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Missing out on a sign-up bonus</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">Credit card sign-up bonuses</a> offer one of the easiest ways to earn points or miles in a hurry. Often, you can earn up to 50,000 hotel points or airline miles after meeting a minimum spending requirement in the $1,000&ndash;$5,000 range within three months. Sounds easy, right?</p> <p>Unfortunately, far too many people jumble the details along the way. Either they fail to meet the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-meet-a-rewards-card-minimum-spending-requirement?ref=internal" target="_blank">minimum spending requirement</a> because they mix up the dates, or they misread the fine print and don&rsquo;t spend enough.</p> <p>Either way, you&rsquo;ll want to avoid this mistake if you want to maximize the points and miles you earn. It helps to read the offer details and understand it inside and out before you take the plunge.</p> <h2>2. Failing to optimize</h2> <p>Failing to optimize is another common mistake many new travel hackers make. When you don&rsquo;t understand the details of individual rewards programs, it&rsquo;s easy to assume they&rsquo;re all the same. The thing is, not all travel programs are created equal &mdash; not even close. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-travel-rewards-credit-cards-really-work?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Travel Rewards Credit Cards Really Work</a>)</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a good example of failing to optimize: Let&rsquo;s say someone has 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points and needs to book a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles. Because they don&rsquo;t know any better, they might go ahead and book their flight through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal for the current price, which happens to be 32,000 Chase points on that specific day.</p> <p>If they had dug a little deeper, however, they might find that you can often fly Southwest Airlines from Chicago Midway Airport into LAX for less than 13,000 points round trip. By transferring their points to Southwest instead of booking through the portal, they could have saved 19,000 points!</p> <p>The bottom line: Make sure you consider all your options before you use your points for travel. With some creative thinking and planning, you could find a much better deal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frequent-flyer-rules-to-go-farther-on-fewer-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Frequent Flyer Rules to Go Farther on Fewer Miles</a>)</p> <h2>3. Racking up credit card debt</h2> <p>Often, people who aren&rsquo;t financially sophisticated dive into the credit card rewards hobby without setting limits or expectations. Unfortunately, not having a plan for credit or never tracking your spending can easily lead down the winding road of credit card debt.</p> <p>To avoid debt and all the stress that comes with it, only use credit cards when you have a spending plan in place &mdash; and the discipline to pay your balance in full each month. If you wind up in debt, the rewards you earn will be wiped out by the credit card interest you&rsquo;ll pay each month.</p> <h2>4. Letting your points expire</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s crucial to make sure your hard-earned points don&rsquo;t expire before you&rsquo;ve had a chance to use them. While some programs like Delta SkyMiles and Chase Ultimate Rewards offer points that never expire, other travel currencies can expire if you don&rsquo;t &ldquo;earn or burn&rdquo; any points for 12&ndash;24 months.</p> <p>The best way to avoid expiring currencies is to know when your points will expire and enact a plan to &ldquo;restart the clock.&rdquo; Most of the time, it&rsquo;s fairly easy to save points by shopping through a loyalty shopping portal or spending even a handful of points. (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>5. Earning points without a plan</h2> <p>I can&rsquo;t tell you how many times I&rsquo;ve seen people earn points and miles without any type of plan at all. Sometimes they are pursuing a currency that won&rsquo;t even work with their travel plans. For example, I know one person who built up a giant stash of Southwest Rapid Rewards points for a trip to Europe, without ever realizing that Southwest doesn&rsquo;t fly to Europe. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/choose-the-best-travel-rewards-credit-card-with-this-guide?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Choose the Best Travel Rewards Credit Card with this Guide</a>)</p> <p>The best way to get ahead in the game is to get strategic about the points and miles you&rsquo;re earning and why. Figure out where you want to go, then decide which travel currency will get you there. Better yet, pursue flexible travel currency like Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards. That way, you can earn all the points you want and decide how to use them later on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-tools-for-tracking-your-rewards-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Tools for Tracking Your Rewards Points</a>)</p> <h2>6. Waiting too long to book</h2> <p>While it&rsquo;s possible to book award travel right up to the last minute, anyone who has been in this hobby for a while will tell you it&rsquo;s better to book ahead.</p> <p>If you can book a flight six to nine months in advance, for example, you&rsquo;ll normally find more award availability than you will closer to departure. The same is true for hotels; since hotels have limited award availability, waiting too long to book can mean missing out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-expert-tips-for-redeeming-miles-for-free-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Expert Tips for Redeeming Miles for Free Travel</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-pitfalls-when-chasing-travel-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards">The Best Credit Cards for Hotel Deals and Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-might-be-the-best-travel-rewards-program-no-matter-what-airline-you-fly">This Might Be the Best Travel Rewards Program (No Matter What Airline You Fly)</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-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards">The Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cash-back-vs-travel-rewards-pick-the-right-credit-card-for-you">Cash Back vs Travel Rewards: Pick the Right Credit Card for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Credit Cards Travel credit card rewards credit cards saving money spending habits Spending Money travel rewards travel tips Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:10 +0000 Holly Johnson 2037241 at http://www.wisebread.com Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check http://www.wisebread.com/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_opens_curtains_to_look_at_the_view_from.jpg" alt="Young woman opens curtains to look at the view from" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We don't ask for much from hotels &mdash; a clean and comfortable environment, a decent night's sleep, and a basic level of personal security. Sadly, standards for each vary wildly &mdash; even at upscale establishments. Though we can usually cope with a lumpy mattress and lousy water pressure, safety and security are nonnegotiable. So, the next time you're traveling, focus on what's most important. Here are eight things you need to check in your hotel room as soon as you get inside.</p> <h2>1. Are you alone?</h2> <p>Maybe I watch too much late night TV, but the first thing I check in every hotel room is occupancy. Is there someone hiding in the closet? In the shower? On the balcony? Hey, when it comes to staying safe, a little extra vigilance never hurt anyone.</p> <h2>2. Do all door and window locks work?</h2> <p>Though they're sometimes pretty flimsy, locks are the primary barrier between you and an intruder. Check to make sure door and window locks are functional. If there's an adjoining room, secure your side of the entryway with a deadbolt. For added security when traveling, invest in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2xnn9pK" target="_blank">portable door lock</a> or door wedge &mdash; each is designed to prevent doors from opening inward. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-safe-11-tips-for-hotel-safety?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Vacation Safe: 11 Tips for Hotel Safety</a>).</p> <h2>3. Is the smoke detector functional?</h2> <p>Don't assume that smoke detector in your hotel room is in good working order. First, check to make sure the alarm contains batteries, and then give it a quick test. (Remember, hitting that &quot;test&quot; button can be a noisy affair, so reserve it for daylight hours.)</p> <h2>4. Does the landline phone work?</h2> <p>If there's an issue in the middle of the night, picking up the landline and dialing &quot;0&quot; is a lot quicker than fumbling for your smartphone. Make sure the landline phone is plugged in and functional, as cords often get pulled from the jacks during vacuuming.</p> <h2>5. Is there a clear emergency exit route?</h2> <p>If your mom is anything like mine, you've been trained to mentally map out an emergency escape route no matter where you are. Make Mom proud. Familiarize yourself with the fire escape map on the back of your hotel room door, and then scan the room and the hallways to determine the quickest path to safety in case of emergency.</p> <h2>6. Is the bedding clean and bedbug free?</h2> <p>For its size, no creature strikes more fear in our hearts than the bedbug. And with good reason. Bedbugs are insidious and trying to get rid of them is a total nightmare.</p> <p>Before settling into your room, store your luggage in the bathtub (creepy crawlies are less likely to thrive on solid, frequently cleaned surfaces), and then conduct a thorough, <a href="https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/how-find-bed-bugs" target="_blank">EPA-endorsed bedbug check</a>. If you spot anything questionable, grab your bags and bug out.</p> <h2>7. What are the exterior spaces like?</h2> <p>Exterior access is the forgotten factor in hotel security. Think like a criminal. How easy would it be for someone to access your room via a deck or connected balcony? What barriers would a person encounter from above, from below, or from each side? Are there deterrents in place such as high railings, security lighting, cameras, or a well-traveled walkway? Make sure you scan for these barriers once you arrive.</p> <h2>8. Is there an in-room safe?</h2> <p>If you're traveling with valuables, make sure your room has a safe. Though there's sometimes a modest daily charge for their use, safes add an extra layer of protection to your belongings by keeping them locked away from prying eyes and sticky fingers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-theft-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Avoid Theft While Traveling</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%2Fstay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FStay%2520Secure%2520in%2520Your%2520Hotel%2520With%2520This%25208-Point%2520Safety%2520Check.jpg&amp;description=Stay%20Secure%20in%20Your%20Hotel%20With%20This%208-Point%20Safety%20Check"></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/Stay%20Secure%20in%20Your%20Hotel%20With%20This%208-Point%20Safety%20Check.jpg" alt="Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check" 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/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans">What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans?</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-ways-to-save-on-accommodations-online">8 Ways to Save on Accommodations Online</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/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</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/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight">What to Do If You Get Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel accommodations hotel booking hotel room hotel safe travel safety travel tips Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Kentin Waits 2035052 at http://www.wisebread.com What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans? http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired_in_the_airport.jpg" alt="Tired in the airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No matter where on the globe you're traveling to, there's a possibility a natural disaster or man-made tragedy could ruin your plans. Maybe you're staring down a hurricane like this year's Harvey, Maria, or Irma &ndash; or a volcanic eruption like the one supposedly brewing in Bali. Acts of terrorism &mdash; shootings, bombings, and the like &mdash; are just as likely to affect your trip, or at least make you think twice about traveling.</p> <p>But, what do you do when one of these tragedies inconveniently falls right in the midst of an upcoming trip? Do you cancel? And if you do cancel, are you deserving of a refund?</p> <p>The answer is complicated. The financials of canceling or rerouting your trip depend a lot on how you booked and the severity of the tragedy. However, a few general rules of thumb can help you understand the process.</p> <h2>The way you booked your trip matters</h2> <p>First things first. The manner in which you booked and paid for your trip matters a great deal when it comes to who you should contact to cancel and how your situation will be handled.</p> <p>If you booked a vacation package with a third-party travel booking service like Expedia or Travelocity, for example, you'll want to contact them right away. If you booked your hotel, flights, and rental car separately, on the other hand, you'll need to call each individual vendor to explore your options.</p> <p>Hotels tend to be the most lenient of all travel vendors, especially if you've booked through the hotel directly. You may also have some leeway with rooms booked through third-party sites &mdash; that is, as long as you didn't book a non-refundable rate. While all hotels and resorts have their own unique terms and conditions, many let you cancel without penalty up to a few weeks or even a few days before your trip.</p> <p>Read through your reservation to find the cancellation terms, then cancel quickly if you can. If you're beyond the cancellation window, calling your hotel's customer service line can help. In the midst of a natural disaster or an impending one, they may be willing to let you cancel without penalty. Or, they might be willing to shift your reservation to another hotel.</p> <p>Flights can be a lot trickier, but it depends on your carrier and the specific disaster at hand. Right before Hurricane Irma this year, my husband and I were scheduled to fly into Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The hotel told us not to come, but we had trouble canceling our flights. First, American Airlines told us that we wouldn't get a refund unless the flight was actually canceled. The day before the trip &mdash; with a Category 4 hurricane barreling through the Caribbean &mdash; they said to show up at the airport. They also said we had the option of changing our flights after paying a $150 change fee <em>per person</em>.</p> <p>But when I called back the same night, they relented and offered a travel credit good for another trip if we booked within six months. After another call the next day, however, they said they would convert the travel credit into the original form of payment, which was 57,500 American AAdvantage miles for one flight.</p> <p>The bottom line: Airline policies aren't always set in stone, and you're not always entitled to a full refund unless your flight is canceled altogether. So, call your airline early and ask about your options. And if you don't hear what you want, hang up and call back later.</p> <h2>Cruises may offer several options</h2> <p>If your cruise was impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, your options will vary quite a bit based on your cruise itinerary, port of departure, and how you paid. It also depends on your cruise line's individual cancellation policy.</p> <p>With Carnival Cruise Line, for example, canceled cruises qualify for a cash refund or credit for another cruise. Some cruise lines also ran shortened itineraries to avoid hurricanes this year, only to give customers a partial refund for the days they missed.</p> <p>Cruise lines also retain the option to change your itinerary for any reason. So, if you have a cruise scheduled to stop in an area with severe damage, your cruise line may alter your itinerary so you stop elsewhere that day. Instead of stopping in storm-ravaged St. Maarten, for example, you could spend that day at the port in nearby St. Kitts instead.</p> <p>If you have a Caribbean cruise planned for later this year and are worried about going, check your cruise booking to see if you have the option to cancel.</p> <h2>Can travel insurance help?</h2> <p>If you have travel insurance, it can be a real game-changer. While you can buy your own travel insurance policy, you can also get some types of travel insurance through a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel rewards credit card.</a></p> <p>With trip interruption and cancellation insurance from one credit card issuer, for example, the cardholder and their immediate family qualifies for up to $10,000 per covered trip and a maximum limit of $20,000 per occurrence if their trip is canceled or interrupted for a &quot;covered reason.&quot; Covered reasons include not only illness or injury, but also severe weather and terrorist acts.</p> <p>Keep in mind, however, that in order to be covered by your credit card's policy, you have to use that card to pay for your trip. Just being a cardholder is not enough. And, as always, make sure to read the fine print and terms and conditions to see what's covered.</p> <p>Individual travel insurance policies also offer various forms of coverage for natural disasters or unforeseen travel emergencies, with limits that vary from policy to policy. Make sure to read your policy's terms and conditions to see if canceling your trip is covered &mdash; or if you're better off using the coverage offered by your credit card. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-types-of-travel-insurance-credit-cards-include-that-you-didnt-know-about?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Types of Travel Insurance Credit Cards Include</a>)</p> <h2>How do you deal with an act of terrorism?</h2> <p>Acts of terrorism are harder to plan for and plan around, which means travel vendors may be less likely to bend the rules to provide a refund. You may know a hurricane is headed toward your travel destination a week before it hits, but nobody can predict a bombing or a terrorist attack.</p> <p>If an event of this nature takes place, you're at the mercy of your travel vendors in terms of whether they will provide a refund or not. If your flight isn't canceled, it's unlikely you'll have any options other than paying a change fee to switch up your itinerary.</p> <p>If you booked with a hotel that has a generous cancellation policy, on the other hand, you may be able to cancel up until the day before your trip. But, if you don't &mdash; or if you booked a nonrefundable hotel stay &mdash; you may be out of luck.</p> <p>Of course, you may be able to cancel your trip and get a refund via a travel insurance policy, but you have to own the policy before the act of terrorism takes place. You can't wait for something to happen, then purchase a policy. If you paid for your trip with a credit card that offers trip cancellation/interruption coverage, on the other hand, you may already be covered.</p> <h2>The bottom line</h2> <p>Because each event or disaster is different, there are no hard and fast rules that govern how cancellations and refunds are handled. Travel vendors are usually dealing with disasters on a day-by-day basis too, meaning they aren't always sure how things will pan out, either. The best thing you can do when a disaster threatens your plans is keep the lines of communication open. Stay in touch with your airline or travel vendor and make sure you know your options.</p> <p>It also never hurts to have travel interruption/cancellation coverage, whether you purchase it on your own or use the coverage offered through a credit card. That way, you'll have peace of mind no matter what disaster strikes next.</p> <p>Also keep in mind that, if you're flexible, you can just forge ahead with your trip regardless of weather or damage. In hurricane-hit areas in the Caribbean especially, islands that rely heavily on tourism could use your dollars more than anything else. By sticking with your plans, you'll have the opportunity to give help where it's needed most. You can shop in the local markets and dine at local eateries, putting cash directly into the hands of those harmed in the process.</p> <p>You can even turn your trip into a volunteer opportunity. Contact a reputable charity or help organizations like <a href="https://www.hands.org/" target="_blank">All Hands Volunteers</a> to get assistance coordinating your volunteer activities on islands like St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.</p> <p>Trade your beach hat and tropical drink for a hard hat and shovel, and you could end up with a trip you'll never forget.</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%2Fwhat-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FWhat%2520Should%2520You%2520Do%2520When%2520a%2520Natural%2520Disaster%2520Spoils%2520Your%2520Travel%2520Plans-.jpg&amp;description=What%20Should%20You%20Do%20When%20a%20Natural%20Disaster%20Spoils%20Your%20Travel%20Plans%3F"></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/What%20Should%20You%20Do%20When%20a%20Natural%20Disaster%20Spoils%20Your%20Travel%20Plans-.jpg" alt="What Should You Do When a Natural Disaster Spoils Your Travel Plans?" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-should-you-do-when-a-natural-disaster-spoils-your-travel-plans">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/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight">What to Do If You Get Bumped From a Flight</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-cash-in-on-getting-bumped-from-a-flight">How to Cash In On Getting Bumped From a Flight</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-incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites-right-here-in-the-us">11 Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites Right Here in the U.S.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel flight canceled hurricanes natural disaster travel tips tropical storm vacations Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Holly Johnson 2032525 at http://www.wisebread.com Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier http://www.wisebread.com/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_making_list_for_traveling.jpg" alt="Woman making list for traveling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Holiday air travel is hectic. Between long lines, weather delays, harried passengers and employees, and the stress of wanting to make the season perfect, getting to your destination can feel like a long, difficult process.</p> <p>While there's nothing you can do to change the lines you'll have to stand in or the people standing in them with you, there are some things you can do now that will alleviate some of the stress of the actual travel. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-travel-hacks-that-will-save-your-sanity?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Holiday Travel Hacks That Will Save Your Sanity</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan your trip ASAP</h2> <p>It may seem early, but now is the time to buy your tickets and plan your trip, if you haven't done it already. While there may be some last-minute deals, planning your trip now allows you to figure out exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it, and it gives you peace of mind for the rest of the season. Once you have your tickets in hand, that part of the hassle is over. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <h2>2. Hunt for deals</h2> <p>Before you buy any tickets, look into holiday deals. Compare ticket prices using different search engines, and even see what it would cost to book directly with your preferred airline. While this won't guarantee you the lowest prices of the season, it will help you make sure that you aren't spending more than you have to in order to pre-plan your travel.</p> <p>Look, too, at holiday deals for attractions you'd like to see when you arrive at your destination. When you look for holiday-specific things to do, you may also find some discounts for these activities. (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>3. Save important numbers</h2> <p>Whenever you get a piece of your trip planned, add important numbers, like your reservation number and the phone number for customer support, to a document or file on your phone. That way, if you run into trouble or want to confirm something, you won't have to dig through your email first.</p> <p>This is particularly handy if you have a snafu while you are traveling. If your flight is canceled and you know exactly where to find the number to call for help, you'll be miles ahead of everyone else who has to look the number up.</p> <h2>4. Bring an extra bag for presents</h2> <p>When you travel over the holidays, you tend to come home with gifts. Even if you aren't actually traveling over Christmas, chances are that someone will give you a holiday gift while you're away. Plan ahead for getting these home by bringing an extra, empty bag in your suitcase. Take the time now to find one that folds up small, so you don't have to haul around town looking for one later.</p> <h2>5. Get your travel supplies together</h2> <p>What do you like to have on the airplane? Make sure that you have all of those things now and that you know where to find them, so you aren't running around like a crazy person the night before you leave.</p> <p>Popular travel supplies include noise canceling headphones; a neck pillow for sleeping in transit; small toys, games, and candy for any children traveling with you; travel-sized toiletries; and any snacks that you want to bring on the plane. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Things You Should Always Pack in Your Carry-On</a>)</p> <h2>6. Buy your gifts</h2> <p>If you are planning to open gifts with someone during your trip, buy those gifts now. The sooner you have that shopping done, the sooner you'll be able to figure out how to transport the presents. Remember that gift wrap doesn't always make it through security, and things like jams and jellies will be confiscated if you try to carry them on.</p> <p>The best way to transport your gifts is to ship them, rather than trying to transport them yourself. Sure, there's a cost involved, but you might have to pay for that extra suitcase, too! Shipping also allows you to insure your package, in case something breaks or gets damaged along the way. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>7. Download travel apps</h2> <p>Make sure you have all of the apps you need for your trip downloaded and installed before you start your trip. If you have a customer login for air travel, make sure you've entered that, too, so you don't have to fuss with your phone to find your boarding pass at check-in. Most airlines have apps, as do car rental places, and even individual attractions. Get these organized now so you know where they are later.</p> <h2>8. Get the right luggage</h2> <p>If you don't have the luggage that you want for your trip, buy it now rather than later. Take into account how much stuff you are taking and bringing back, and whether you want to check your bag or carry it on. Decide, too, if each member of your party will have their own bag or if it would be cheaper and easier to pack fewer, larger bags.</p> <p>Think, too, about how you will move your luggage from place to place. Do you need a suitcase with wheels, or can you shoulder that duffle bag all the way to the gate? Making these decisions now will make your packing less frantic later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip</a>)</p> <h2>9. Prep for security checkpoints</h2> <p>Security is a pain, but it's a necessary evil. Thinking about it now could make it much less of a headache for you later. Decide if <a href="http://www.tsatraveltips.us/how-to-get-tsa-precheck-global-entry/" target="_blank">TSA Precheck</a> is the right choice for you and your party. You will need to apply ahead of time, so it's best to decide now whether you want to use it. Make sure that your entire party can qualify, or you will still end up waiting for some people to get through the long lines.</p> <p>If you decide not to use PreCheck, you can still prepare yourself to get through the TSA checkpoint as quickly as possible. Make sure you wear shoes that are easy to remove and avoid a belt. Have an easy way to remove laptops from your larger bag, so you don't have to struggle with it. Plan out who will help any children in your party to get through, too, so they don't cause a holdup.</p> <p>Though holiday travel can be stressful, there's nothing like spending those special days with people you love, doing things you love to do. Begin your planning now to minimize the impact of this stress and maximize your holiday joy.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fdo-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FDo%2520These%25209%2520Things%2520Now%2520to%2520Make%2520Holiday%2520Air%2520Travel%2520Easier.jpg&amp;description=Do%20These%209%20Things%20Now%20to%20Make%20Holiday%20Air%20Travel%20Easier"></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/Do%20These%209%20Things%20Now%20to%20Make%20Holiday%20Air%20Travel%20Easier.jpg" alt="Do These 9 Things Now to Make Holiday Air Travel Easier" 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/do-these-9-things-now-to-make-holiday-air-travel-easier">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/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/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/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</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-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and 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/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel be prepared christmas vacation holiday travel luggage packing tips travel tips Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2026293 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_woman_picking_up_luggage.jpg" alt="Tourist woman picking up luggage" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your last air travel experience was rough? Just imagine what your luggage went through. According to a 2017 report by SITA, a multinational company that provides IT support to the air transport industry, airlines mishandled (i.e., <em>lost</em>) approximately 21.6 million bags in 2016. And while that figure actually represents a record low for airlines, it doesn't reflect theft, damage, or all the other things that can sack your bags. So before you and your luggage enter the fray, take some common sense precautions. Here are nine ways to protect your luggage on your next trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-airline-lost-your-luggage-now-what?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Airline Lost Your Luggage. Now What?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Choose the right bag</h2> <p>Protecting your luggage starts by selecting the <em>right</em> luggage. Hard-shell cases are less adaptable to pressure and can crack or break from rough handling and overstuffed baggage hulls. Soft-sided or nylon bags can handle impacts better.</p> <p>If you're worried about distinguishing your suitcase from all the others on the baggage carousel, customize it with a piece of bright ribbon, a scarf, or unique luggage tag.</p> <h2>2. Keep it simple</h2> <p>When it comes to luggage, don't worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Obviously high-end luggage is more likely to be noticed by thieves; not only because the bags themselves are valuable, but because expensive bags suggest expensive contents.</p> <h2>3. Wrap it up</h2> <p>Encasing your luggage in plastic cling wrap not only protects it from scrapes and scratches, it's a slight deterrent for the wide range of folks who'll be handling your bag on its journey. Keep in mind, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the right to cut through any wrapping if an agent needs to inspect the contents.</p> <h2>4. Buy bag protectors</h2> <p>A <a href="http://amzn.to/2wmYfRu" target="_blank">bag protector</a> is the commercial (and reusable!) version of plastic wrap. Made of durable PVC, these clear protectors fit over suitcases of various sizes and are secured in place with Velcro. They're designed to allow for free wheel movement and feature cutouts for easy access to handles.</p> <h2>5. Put your photo on it</h2> <p>The UK-based online retailer, Firebox, distributes a product called <a href="https://www.firebox.com/Head-Case/p8279" target="_blank">Head Case</a>, a line of stretchable Spandex sleeves that fit over suitcases. Similar to the bag protectors mentioned above, the sleeves offer a distinct advantage: They can be customized with a photo of your choice. By choosing a giant selfie, you can protect your luggage from theft while shielding it from damage (if you don't mind a few chuckles at baggage claim, that is).</p> <h2>6. Take a photo of it</h2> <p>Snap a photo of your luggage before the first leg of any journey &mdash; especially international trips. Photos can help airport staff identify lost bags and facilitate communication between personnel in different nations.</p> <h2>7. Use a luggage tag outside and inside</h2> <p>Even the most secure luggage tags can get torn off in transit. Put a duplicate tag inside your bag in case it gets lost at the airport and you need to prove ownership. Oh, and for personal security, don't list your home address or landline phone number on luggage tags; use an email address and cellphone number instead.</p> <h2>8. Zip up toiletries</h2> <p>Though zip-top bags are required for the toiletries in your carry-on, they make just as much sense for checked luggage. Zip it up and protect your bags from leaking liquids like shampoo, mouthwash, and perfume. (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> <h2>9. Travel light</h2> <p>What's the best way to protect your luggage from loss or damage? Use less of it. By traveling with a carry-on only, you can keep essentials close at hand, adapt to last-minute flight changes easily, and hop off the baggage carousel once and for all. (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 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520to%2520Protect%2520Your%2520Luggage%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Luggage%20on%20Your%20Next%20Trip"></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/u5180/9%20Ways%20to%20Protect%20Your%20Luggage%20on%20Your%20Next%20Trip.jpg" alt="9 Ways to Protect Your Luggage on Your Next Trip" 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/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-protect-your-luggage-on-your-next-trip">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/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/the-5-best-packing-cubes">The 5 Best Packing Cubes</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-5-best-luggage-scales">The 5 Best Luggage Scales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-websites-for-last-minute-airfare-deals">7 Best Websites for Last-Minute Airfare Deals</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-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues">9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel airport destination lost luggage luggage new luggage suitcase travel tips vacation Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:00:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 2021152 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sad_work_502957193.jpg" alt="Woman trying to get over post-vacation blues" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's something that every vacation has, and it's something we cannot avoid: an end. After all the planning, the shopping, the traveling, the fun nights out, the wonderful weather, and the incredible food, it's time to come home. And for many, the first step back into the house can bring some serious post-vacation depression. But it doesn't have to be that way. Follow these tips and you can avoid that vacation letdown for good.</p> <h2>1. Plan extra days off before you return to work</h2> <p>Before you even go on vacation, make sure you give yourself at least a couple of days at home before you have to go back to the office. It's hard to fault people squeezing every last drop of vacation time at a resort or holiday destination, but if you don't plan ahead and give yourself downtime when you return, you will really feel the blues. So if you're planning a week off to a sunny destination, add a couple of extra days to your vacation request. You may think you're wasting it by being at home. However, going back to work after getting back to the house the night before is a surefire way to feel the night-and-day of vacation versus work.</p> <h2>2. Tackle as many to-do items as you can before leaving</h2> <p>Make sure you have as much done as possible at work before leaving the office for your vacation. That means finishing up projects, delegating to co-workers, and reminding people well ahead of time that you will be gone. Set up out-of-office messages on your phone and email accounts, and tell people that issues will be addressed as soon as possible after you return. The last thing you want to do is come back from a lazy vacation to a bunch a fires that need to be put out. The same goes for your home life, too. Don't leave anything until your return that can be dealt with before you leave. From chores to bills, the less you have to deal with, the smoother your transition will be. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</a>)</p> <h2>3. Organize your home for the return</h2> <p>Before you leave, you're excited, energetic, and ready to take on the world. You have that pre-vacation buzz. But coming back home, that person is gone. In their place, is someone worn out from travel. Do your tired self a favor before you leave, and get the house ready. Clean as much as you can. Do the laundry. Make the beds. Get all the dishes cleaned and put away. Coming home to a disorganized home will just add to your stress. Coming home to something clean and tidy, with a pristine bed ready to be slept in will make you feel so much better.</p> <h2>4. Prepare yourself before you come home</h2> <p>This is important. A lot of people have this attitude of &quot;I'm not even thinking about that until I'm back from vacation.&quot; To be fair, a vacation is time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, so bringing them with you may seem futile. But if you work out daily, and have been giving yourself a break, get in a workout at the hotel. If you were putting off thinking about grocery shopping, or bills that need paying, start to prepare a list on the flight home. By doing this, you are not suddenly faced with a list of items that must all be addressed at once. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick on Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>5. Ease into the daily grind gradually</h2> <p>When you get back home, you can be tempted to dive right back into the chores and routines that you wanted to leave behind for a week or two. Instead, make a list of the items you need to address, and which ones are important versus which ones can wait. Do you really have to do three loads of laundry on the first night home? Why not just unpack a few essentials, order some takeout, and relax with a movie or TV show for the night? Don't put undue pressure on yourself to stop the vacation the second you open the front door. A few days of gentle transition will really help.</p> <h2>6. Take some time to go over photos and memories</h2> <p>It used to take hours, or days, to get the photos of your trip developed at the local photo kiosk. These days, you have your entire collection of photographs instantly on hand, and ready to be screened on the 50-inch TV in the family room. The day after you get back, make a point of going through the great memories of your vacation. Prepare a few snacks and drinks, and flip through your photos leisurely. Don't rush it. If there are friends and family around, share your experiences. What was funny? What sucked in the moment, but can be laughed about now? This is all part of the process of truly enjoying the vacation after the fact.</p> <h2>7. Bring some of the vacation back with you</h2> <p>Just because you're no longer on vacation doesn't mean you can't do some of the things you did while you were away. Did you visit a place that served up wonderful local cuisine? Try to recreate it at home. If there was a certain kind of music that you listened to on your adventures, look it up and make a playlist. Smells are important, too. You can find candles and oils in thousands of different scents. When you're in the bathtub, sipping the same wine or beer you had on vacation, listening to the same sounds, smelling the same smells &hellip; it's like a transporter beam back to the holiday you just had.</p> <h2>8. Don't forget the souvenirs</h2> <p>Just like photographs, souvenirs can be wonderful reminders of the good times you had on your vacation. Most of the time, we buy goodies for our family and friends, but don't think about ourselves. Make a point of bringing something small, but meaningful, home from your vacation just for you. It doesn't have to cost a lot; it could even be a shell from the beach, or a trinket from a tourist shop. Put it on display on your desk at work, or on the nightstand. Every time you see it, it will bring back great memories for you.</p> <h2>9. Start planning your next vacation soon</h2> <p>After a few days, start looking forward to your next vacation. It may be a few months away, or the same time next year, but beginning the planning process now can take the sting out of returning from a well-earned break. Do you want to go back to the same place again? Do you want to venture to a different place? Or do something really out of the box? Just by thinking about it, you get back into that excited state you were in before your vacation started. And it also gives you plenty of time to save for the vacation.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520Over%2520Your%2520Post-Vacation%2520Blues.jpg&amp;description=9%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Over%20Your%20Post-Vacation%20Blues"></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/u5180/9%20Ways%20to%20Get%20Over%20Your%20Post-Vacation%20Blues.jpg" alt="9 Ways to Get Over Your Post-Vacation Blues" 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/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-get-over-your-post-vacation-blues">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-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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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/how-to-make-sure-youre-getting-a-deal-with-groupon-getaway">How to Make Sure You&#039;re Getting a Deal With Groupon Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <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-go-on-vacation-without-getting-behind-on-work">How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel post-vacation blues time off travel tips vacation vacation time work stress Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Paul Michael 2014097 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Affordable Autumn Destinations for Nature Lovers http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fall_foliage_scenic_484270482.jpg" alt="Finding affordable fall destinations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I live for the fall. It is hands-down my absolute favorite time of year. I'm already brewing pumpkin spice coffee and roasting up root vegetables.</p> <p>If you're looking to take in the spectacular vistas, the tastes of autumn, and the feel of that crisp fall air without breaking the bank, here is are some destinations across the country to celebrate the season at an affordable price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>Hudson Valley, New York</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/hudson_valley_autumn_177528566.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>To be honest, I grew up in the Hudson Valley, so I think this is far and away the best place to enjoy all that fall has to offer. You can pick pumpkins and apples, dine al fresco in the harvest fields, go for a hike in the gorgeous Catskill Mountains, or hop on a hayride. There is a place and an activity for everyone, at a price that's too good to pass up. And it's only a quick two-hour drive or train ride from New York City.</p> <p>While you could spend $800 per night at some of the area's pricey resorts, nearly all of the chain hotels are under $100 per night and some are as low as $60 per night. While you're in town, treat yourself to a meal at <a href="https://www.mohonk.com/a-day-at-mohonk/dining/" target="_blank">Mohonk Mountain House</a>, priced between $42.50 and $72 per adult, and in addition to the meal made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients from nearby farms, you receive access to the Mountain House, grounds, and hiking trails for the whole day. Pack a lunch or afternoon snack for your hike and save money on the additional meal.</p> <h2>Minneapolis, Minnesota</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Minneapolis_autumn_scenic_616879840.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If you want your autumn fun in a big city, I highly recommend checking out Minneapolis. One of the most underrated cities in America, Minneapolis has a fall that rivals that of the quintessential northeast. This destination is especially good for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Use one of the many long and winding bike paths around the city. Or take your kayak out onto one of the 13 lakes. If you are a water adventurer, Minneapolis also has wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks and waterfalls, and connected parkways in the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. You'll also find some of the best food, music, and art all at an insanely affordable price.</p> <p>To take full advantage of the colors on the water, I highly recommend booking a fall sightseeing tour with <a href="http://www.riverrides.com/pages/public/fallsightseeing.html" target="_blank">Padleford Riverboats</a>. The tours cruise down the Mississippi and the explosion of color is breathtaking. <a href="http://stcroixrivercruises.com/public-cruises/fall-colors-cruise/" target="_blank">St. Croix River Scenic Cruises</a> offers a similar experience on the St. Croix River. And the best part? The tours are priced at $20 and $22 per adult, respectively. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-outdoors?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Outdoors</a>)</p> <h2>Shenandoah National Park, Virginia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Shenandoah_autumn_scenic_524051647.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>I went to graduate school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. One of the main attractions was Shenandoah National Park. For people who love hiking and want a college town feel, this is the perfect combination. You feel like you're stepping back in time and getting away from it all, but it's only a scenic two-hour drive from Washington, D.C. and an hour drive from Richmond, Virginia. The area is also loaded with history that is best explored with a visit to Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson), Highland (the home of James Monroe), and the surrounding wineries.</p> <p>Like the Hudson Valley, there are resorts that cost a pretty penny but the chain hotels can be as low as $60 per night. You can also explore the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/camping-in-shenandoah.htm" target="_blank">local campgrounds and cabins</a> to save some money on lodging. The Downtown Mall (a pedestrian mall that runs right through the heart of downtown) is loaded with affordable restaurants, bars, and shops. All of the wineries offer inexpensive tastings and flights. I highly recommend <a href="https://delfossewine.com/visit.php" target="_blank">Delfosse Vineyards &amp; Winery</a> for their excellent food and a wine tasting that includes 10 wines for $10. <a href="https://www.wisdomoakwinery.com/Visit-Us/Tasting-Room" target="_blank">Wisdom Oak Winery</a> is another wonderful spot and a steal at $8 per person.</p> <h2>Columbia River Gorge, Oregon</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/Columbia_River_Gorge_187730621.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Like Minneapolis, Seattle and Portland offer plenty of nature within a city setting. But if you really want to get out there to camp, hike, rock climb, mountain bike, and paddle your way through the vibrant foliage, I have to send you to the Columbia River Gorge.</p> <p>Lofty views, flowing waterfalls, and some of the friendliest communities you'll find, the Columbia River Gorge proudly wears the title of the largest designated National Scenic Area. Though it's beautiful year-round, fall is really the very best time to be there because the variety of colors all along the gorge provide the most colorful backdrop you can imagine. And like all of the destinations in this article, you won't have to empty your savings account to see it.</p> <p>Many of the hotels close to the gorge are under $150 per night. Some of the trailheads and recreation areas in the gorge require a day pass, but don't fret. <a href="https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/crgnsa/passes-permits/recreation" target="_blank">The day pass only costs $5</a>, a small price to pay for all that beauty.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Affordable%2520Autumn%2520Destinations%2520for%2520Nature%2520Lovers.jpg&amp;description=4%20Affordable%20Autumn%20Destinations%20for%20Nature%20Lovers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Affordable%20Autumn%20Destinations%20for%20Nature%20Lovers.jpg" alt="4 Affordable Autumn Destinations for Nature Lovers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-autumn-destinations-for-nature-lovers">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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The quality of what's included, of course, varies depending on where you're staying, so you should do your due diligence before booking. There are tactics, however, on how to make the most of your travel dollars and head home satisfied with a smile on your face. With these tips, your next all-inclusive resort vacay or cruise will be the best one yet. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a>)</p> <h2>1. Determine what &quot;all-inclusive&quot; really means at the resorts you're considering</h2> <p>&quot;All-inclusive&quot; is a relative term. Generally, it means that your food and nonalcoholic beverages are included for the length of your stay, but it's important that you determine all the perks before settling on a place to unwind and relax during your time off.</p> <p>Does your purchase include alcohol, activities and water sports, transfers, and resort fees? What about exit costs or tourist cards for immigration? What is the practicality of the pickup for your return departure, and what does that value mean to you?</p> <p>Shy Bredewold, owner of online travel agency Odyssean Travel, stresses the importance of getting to the nitty-gritty of what's included in your &quot;all-inclusive&quot; package. She proposes a hypothetical situation to help dissect the value.</p> <p>&quot;For example,&quot; she says, &quot;there's a free shuttle back to the airport, but it needs to be affordable, so they pick up at several hotels. You are given a time from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for your return to the airport. Is it good value to check out early and waste your last morning, hung over in the lobby &mdash; or might you better spend $20 on a local taxi to take you at a time convenient to you?&quot;</p> <p>With the taxi option, you get to eat and drink at the hotel, use the pool or the beach, and enjoy two more hours of your life at the resort instead of taking turns getting drink refills in the lobby in case the coach arrives. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-need-to-know-before-you-book-an-all-inclusive-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Things You Need to Know Before You Book an All-Inclusive Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>2. Consider the tiers of &quot;all-inclusive&quot; before making your purchase</h2> <p>Some resorts offer tier pricing for their all-inclusive options, which basically means you'll have access to more perks, the more you pay. You can mind your budget and opt for a lower tier, which may restrict you to a single resort, or you can upgrade, the provisions of which could grant you mobility to travel to nearby resorts and enjoy services in a different atmosphere.</p> <p>&quot;The Oasis branded resorts in Cancun, for example, have been known to allow guests to use some of the facilities at both sites along the Cancun resort strip.&quot; Bredewold explains. &quot;Get a little change of scenery, a new beach, different bar staff, or maybe even new drinking and dining options.&quot;</p> <p>Some resorts also are split into sections. If you're looking for the most options for dining and quiet bar spaces, consider taking the higher value wristband or resort access.</p> <p>Bredewold adds, &quot;A Melia resort in Cuba recently split into three tiers &mdash; the highest value (and cost) stay includes adults-only [areas] so you can escape the children of other people if you so desire.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-you-book-a-vacation-package?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Questions to Ask Before You Book a Vacation Package</a>)</p> <h2>3. Research the included entertainment</h2> <p>I'm somebody who likes to keep it moving during my vacations. I enjoy lounging on the beach briefly, but for the most part, I enjoy the games, entertainment, and activities the resort has to offer, especially if I've already paid for them. Of course, to make sure you get your money's worth, it's important to scout out these extras in advance to achieve maximum enjoyment. If water sports like snorkeling and paddle boarding are included but aren't appealing to you, are you sure you want to pay for them? Likewise, investigate the nightly entertainment options so you know what you're in for ahead of time, as well. You'll narrow down your choices quicker if you dissect the perks to match your personality.</p> <h2>4. Books tours as a group, if possible</h2> <p>While everyone in your party may not be on the same page as far as activities and excursions go, you should try what does appeal to most of you at the same time so you can qualify for group discounts where applicable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</a>)</p> <h2>5. Take advantage of the fitness class (you'll thank yourself later)</h2> <p>I once took an amazing all-inclusive vacation to the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California. It was the most luxurious getaway I've ever taken, and I just couldn't pass up the small-group fitness classes offered in the morning. These boot-camp style classes not only helped me start my day, but they also made me feel much better about stuffing my face throughout my four-day trip. Plus, the classes took place on the beach, with the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing just a few feet away, and how often do I get to experience that? Other classes may be offered with your itinerary, like yoga, spin, or cardio, all of which are a great value (that you've already paid for) considering how much one-off classes cost regularly in real life.</p> <h2>6. Order room service</h2> <p>Room service is one of those luxuries that most of us forgo when we're on vacations. But when it's all-inclusive, go ahead and have dinner delivered straight to your door. I especially take advantage of late-night room service if I've been out all night having fun. PB&amp;J sandwiches, chips, and chocolate-chip cookies with milk are just what the doctor ordered. Or, ya know, go huge and get the steak and shrimp cocktail. Whatever floats your bloat.</p> <h2>7. Make dinner reservations at the specialty restaurants</h2> <p>Specialty restaurants at resorts and on cruises book up the fastest, so get your reservations in early so you don't miss out on the best cuisine the joint has to offer. You'll also be able to secure a decent seating time by planning ahead too, so you're not breaking bread an hour before bedtime.</p> <h2>8. Pack snacks from the buffet if you're going off campus</h2> <p>If you're headed out for a day trip that doesn't include lunch, pack your own at the buffet in the morning and take it with you. Choose items that will travel well and hold up without refrigeration for a few hours. Avoid mayo-based dishes if you know what's good for you.</p> <p>If you're splitting your vacation time at a pay-as-you-go <em>and</em> an all-inclusive resort, however, plan your off-campus trips for your non-all-inclusive days. For instance, I spent a week in Costa Rica on a Groupon Getaway a few years ago. The pay-as-you-go part of which was ripe for exploration and adventure, but when I got to the all-inclusive I put my feet up, ate nachos by the bucketful, and never set foot off campus.</p> <p>You'll only get the most for your money when you're using the services, eating the food, and participating in the activities while you're there. Enjoy it while you can.</p> <h2>9. Stay brand-loyal for the best discounts</h2> <p>Find a brand you like and stay loyal.</p> <p>&quot;If you can accept limited options, you may find that rewards points and other perks add up faster by booking with one brand or chain exclusively,&quot; says Bredewold. &quot;You may even be able to double up in some instances if the vacation package is administered by an airline but includes a stay at a branded hotel.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-evaluate-a-travel-program-for-the-best-rewards-redemption?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Evaluate a Travel Program for the Best Rewards Redemption</a>)</p> <h2>10. Get the &quot;good stuff&quot; at the lobby bar</h2> <p>Some top shelf liquors are not at every bar, and the swim-up bar tends to have the smallest selection of premium brands, according to Tom Carr, CEO of PreferredVacations.com. Head to the lobby bar if you want quality hooch (and less of a hangover) since that's where they want to impress visitors with the best options. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-your-bartender-is-ripping-you-off?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways Your Bartender Is Ripping You Off</a>)</p> <h2>11. Look for &quot;Kids Stay Free&quot; offers</h2> <p>Some resorts offer deals like &quot;kids stay free.&quot; For instance, the <a href="https://www.dreamsresorts.com/en_us/home.html" target="_blank">Dreams Resorts &amp; Spas</a>, <a href="http://www.nowresorts.com/" target="_blank">Now Resorts &amp; Spas</a>, and <a href="http://www.sunscaperesorts.com/" target="_blank">Sunscape Resorts &amp; Spas</a> properties offer a Kids Stay Free deal that will save families a bundle. At these resorts in particular (program details will vary at other destinations that offer a &quot;kids stay free&quot; promotion), one kid stays free when staying in the same room as a paying adult. Food and activities also are included. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/family-friendly-hotel-and-resort-chains-where-kids-stay-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Family-Friendly Hotel and Resort Chains Where Kids Stay Free</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F11%2520Ways%2520to%2520Get%2520the%2520Most%2520Value%2520From%2520Your%2520All-Inclusive%2520Vacation.jpg&amp;description=11%20Ways%20to%20Get%20the%20Most%20Value%20From%20Your%20All-Inclusive%20Vacation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/11%20Ways%20to%20Get%20the%20Most%20Value%20From%20Your%20All-Inclusive%20Vacation.jpg" alt="11 Ways to Get the Most Value From Your All-Inclusive Vacation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-get-the-most-value-from-your-all-inclusive-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-sure-youre-getting-a-deal-with-groupon-getaway">How to Make Sure You&#039;re Getting a Deal With Groupon Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <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-pitfalls-when-chasing-travel-rewards">6 Pitfalls When Chasing Travel Rewards</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-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel all-inclusive package all-inclusive vacation resort saving money travel travel tips vacation tips Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Mikey Rox 2012511 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-539645842.jpg" alt="Man finding affordable destinations for fishing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the lookout for new places to cast your rod to reel in the &quot;Big One?&quot; Look no further. Any of these hotbeds of underwater action will turn your fishing hobby into a memorable getaway, without costing an arm and a leg. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a></p> <h2>1. White River, Arkansas</h2> <p>With 9,700 miles of fishable streams and rivers and 600,000 acres of lakes, bayous, and creeks, Arkansas offers plenty of opportunities to catch a variety of freshwater fish year-round, including trout, bass, catfish, bluegill, walleye, crappie, and more. One of the more popular spots, White River, is stocked with thousands of rainbow trout by the Fish and Game Commission each year, helping anglers catch the largest haul of the species of all trout streams in the country. First-timers will especially appreciate those odds.</p> <p>Need another perk? Getting around Arkansas should be easy on your wallet. According to AAA, the state boasts some of the lowest average gas prices in the country. More money for tackle and bait!</p> <p>Step right outside your cabin and start fishing bright and early at <a href="http://fultonslodge.com/lodging/page/8/one-bedroom-units" target="_blank">Fulton's Lodge</a> along the White River. One bedroom units (double occupancy with two twin beds) include TV, Wi-Fi, a picnic table, BBQ grill, a small fridge with freezer, stove, cookware, and other amenities for just $96 per night.</p> <h2>2. Landgraff, West Virginia</h2> <p>Considered by some folks as &quot;the best wild trout stream in the USA,&quot; the Elkhorn Creek in Landgraff is known for its abundance of large brown and rainbow trout. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, since, according to the nearby Elkhorn Inn and Theater, many of its guests catch 30 to 60 fish a day. All you need to fish the creek is a West Virginia fishing license, which you can obtain online at the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources website or any Walmart in the state.</p> <p>Military service members may find Landgraff particularly appealing, as the <a href="http://www.elkhorninnwv.com/" target="_blank">Elkhorn Inn and Theater</a> offers a year-round 10 percent discount on guest room rates to active duty and retired military personnel and their families. It also participates in the &quot;B&amp;B For Vets&quot; program on Veterans Day, allowing vets to stay free with a valid military ID.</p> <h2>3. Lake Placid, New York</h2> <p>If you're from the Northeast, head out to the Adirondacks &mdash; particularly the Lake Placid region &mdash; where you can choose from eight lakes and ponds, and 10 rivers and brooks to reel in more than 15 species of fish. If you're a fly fisherman, head straight for the East Branch of Ausable River in the town of Keene, where the best hatches begin in May. Other destinations in the area include Franklin Falls Flow and Union Falls for walleye. For pike, you'll want to set up camp in the scenic Saranac Chain of Lakes.</p> <p>If you're traveling the open roads in an RV, park it at the <a href="http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-placid/" target="_blank">Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain KOA</a>, which offers 50-amp spaces for up to eight people for a little over $50 a day. This includes full hookups, a gravel site pad, and cable with limited channels. Pets are allowed if you want to bring your fur-buddy along.</p> <h2>4. Yellowstone Country, Wyoming</h2> <p>Named after the legendary showman of the American Frontier, Buffalo Bill's Cody/Yellowstone Country in Wyoming provides ample opportunity for anglers near and far to fish private waters, or try their hand at fly fishing. Five scenic byways, plus airports make the area accessible, despite its remote location. The town of Cody has everything you'll need to make the most of your trip, including fishing outfitters for gear (fishing pro Tim Wade owns North Fork Anglers in town), as well as guest and dude ranches to lay your head at night.</p> <p>If you prefer a guided experience, the nonprofit organization<a href="https://shop.yellowstone.org/" target="_blank"> Yellowstone Forever</a> offers a variety of angling-focused, multiday field seminars, such as Women's Fly-Fishing for Beginners, and a Backpacking and Fly Fishing the Upper Snake River trip.</p> <p>And if you're looking to save some serious cash while in Yellowstone National Park, why not pitch a tent and live off the land like Buffalo Bill himself? If you prefer a trip with more creature comforts, head over to the <a href="http://www.shoshonelodge.com/" target="_blank">Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch</a> where you can catch a few winks in a tepee for about $130 per night in the off season.</p> <h2>5. Miami Beach, Florida</h2> <p>This pastel-painted region is ideal for deep-sea fishing, where you can test your strength and stamina against yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, giant sailfish, Amberjack, mahi-mahi, and more. Even better, you don't have to do any of the dirty work once dinner's on the boat, because many local restaurants will prepare and cook your catch for you.</p> <p>Toss out your line from piers and docks along the coastline or book fishing charter trips if you want an expert experience. If you think you've got what it takes to reel in a trophy fish, register for one of the several sport fishing tournaments hosted in the city.</p> <p>Airbnb is the way to go in Miami if you're in town for a fishing trip. You can book space in someone's apartment or condo, either on South Beach or in the outlying suburbs (the latter option will be cheaper), or rent out an entire home if you're bringing a few fishing buddies along with you. Definitely more bang for the buck than a hotel in Miami Beach.</p> <h2>6. Kenai Peninsula, Alaska</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5169/iStock-520292314.jpg" width="605" height="341" alt="" /></p> <p>Depending on where you live in North America, getting to Alaska may prove difficult, both logistically and financially. But there are deals out there if you look for them. The Alaska Airlines website is one place to look.</p> <p>Shave even more off the overall cost of the trip by renting a cabin in the borough city of Soldotna rather than staying in the pricier hotels and Kenai River lodges. With the cash you'll conserve, you can spring for a day with a <a href="http://www.mykenairiverguide.com/" target="_blank">Kenai River guide</a> fishing in the sun, where you're likely to hook the world-famous king salmon, halibut, and massive rainbow trout, among other species of good eats.</p> <h2>7. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri</h2> <p>Self-proclaimed &quot;bass masters&quot; will be in their glory fishing the 54,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, which is home to several major bass-fishing competitions throughout the year. In addition to bass aplenty, the lake is home to huge numbers of baitfish such as gizzard shad and bluegill, as well as crappie, several species of catfish, and more. You'll also find some of the best winter fishing here, according to tourism info that puts an emphasis on January and February as prime fishing months.</p> <h2>8. Ilwaco, Washington</h2> <p>Charter fishing for salmon is huge in the Port of Ilwaco, a place that claims the highest catch per unit of effort of any fishing destination on the U.S. West Coast. Salmon and Dungeness crab are caught from land off the North Jetty at Cape Disappointment State Park, but you also can expect to reel in sturgeon, albacore tuna, halibut, and lingcod. Surf perch is another favorite for land-based fishing.</p> <p>Plus there are lakes stocked with rainbow trout and shellfish harvesting, razor clams, oysters from Willapa Bay, and butter clams. Ilwaco is located at the mouth of the Columbia River, at the foot of the Long Beach Peninsula, three hours from the greater Seattle area.</p> <p>If luxury isn't important during your downtime, check into <a href="http://www.heidisinnilwaco.com/" target="_blank">Heidi's Inn</a>, a no-frills roadside motel-type joint just a few blocks from the water in downtown Ilwaco. The budget-friendly rooms will only set you back $95 per night.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"> <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/u5180/8%20Affordable%20Destinations%20for%20People%20Who%20Love%20to%20Fish.jpg" alt="8 Affordable Destinations for People Who Love to Fish" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-destinations-for-people-who-love-to-fish">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/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-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/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-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">How to Live the &quot;Location Independent&quot; Lifestyle</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-sure-youre-getting-a-deal-with-groupon-getaway">How to Make Sure You&#039;re Getting a Deal With Groupon Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel fishing fishing destinations summer travel travel destinations travel tips vacation tips Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:30:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1994329 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Live the "Location Independent" Lifestyle http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_woman_working_on_laptop_with_coffee_and_young_coconut.jpg" alt="Young woman working on laptop with coffee and young coconut" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you dreamed of traveling the world, using your laptop and a Wi-Fi connection to do all the work you need to do, from anywhere you want, whenever it's convenient for you?</p> <p>For years, this has been called telecommuting and more recently, digital nomadism. Lately, this lifestyle has been called &quot;location independent,&quot; because you can live and work from anywhere. I have been living this life for over five years now and, while I haven't used my freedom to travel the world, I wouldn't trade my current life for anything.</p> <p>Living this way seems like a lofty goal, reserved for a few people with trust funds or for those lucky enough to have that perfect, unattainable job. But the truth is, living the location independent lifestyle is probably within your reach. Before diving in, here's what you need to consider. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-trendy-destinations-for-digital-nomads?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Trendy Destinations for Digital Nomads</a>)</p> <h2>Determine what your goals are</h2> <p>Before you make any solid plans to quit your job, decide what you want from a location independent lifestyle. Do you want to travel the world? Or do you want to keep your home and much of your life, but have the freedom to take days off when you want them, or maybe spend more time with your kids or an aging parent?</p> <p>I chose location independence because I knew that my husband's job was going to involve at least a couple of moves in pretty quick succession, and because I wanted to spend time with my children while they were young. It's not quite as romantic as working from a beach in Tahiti, but it has worked quite well for us.</p> <h2>Make a plan</h2> <p>If you like the work you're doing now, would your company let you work remotely? This can be a toss up, depending on what, exactly, you do and who you work for. But it can be worthwhile to ask around or to approach your boss directly. The worst they can do is say, &quot;No.&quot;</p> <h3>Fine-tune your skills</h3> <p>Consider, too, your skill set. A lot of work can be done on a freelance basis. Things like writing, editing, proofreading, business coaching and consulting, and more, are easily done with just a computer and an internet connection. When I made my transition, I chose to focus on writing and editing, because I had already done a little work in both fields, and because I saw a lot of good opportunities around me. Whatever you choose, make sure it's something you like and something where work seems readily available. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them?ref=seealso" target="_blank">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a>)</p> <h3>Sell the stuff you won't need</h3> <p>If you're going to travel, you will also want to think about what to do with all of your possessions. Will you store them or sell them? Even if you only plan to travel part-time, you might not need to own as much or have as much space.</p> <h3>Figure out health coverage</h3> <p>Health insurance is another important consideration. If you are currently getting that through an employer, you will want to figure out what you will do once that expires. Will you buy your own, or go on a spouse's plan? Map it all out beforehand so you're prepared for any potential obstacles.</p> <h2>Test the waters</h2> <p>Before I went location independent, I built up a freelance clientele while I kept my day job. This meant quite a lot of hustling to get everything done, but it also meant that when I cut my ties to that steady job, I knew I had other sources of income coming in.</p> <p>Sometimes people also find out that they aren't cut out for working independently. They miss their coworkers, they don't feel motivated, or get sad and depressed. So spending some time actually doing the work that you plan to do after you quit can be key to ensuring your future happiness. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a>)</p> <h2>Be flexible</h2> <p>Living a location independent lifestyle has it's own set of problems, separate from those that people face when they live more traditional lives. Clients can up and disappear, or you can be so swamped with work that you don't look up from the computer for four days. People forget to pay, or they think they can get away with shorting you. A client could reject a project after you've put hours and hours into it. Or maybe the Wi-Fi dies at your hotel, 30 minutes before a big pitch. Or your Airbnb doesn't even have Wi-Fi, or someone else is in it when you get there, or you find out you actually hate the part of the world you've moved to.</p> <p>While you do have recourse in most of these situations, you will get through them easier and like your lifestyle better if you remember that these are simply the ups and downs of this kind of life. They can feel bigger and harder because they are so different from the ups and downs of a regular life, but the truth is that they will all pass. Things will get better. You will become more savvy at figuring out which clients to take, where to stay, and more.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Live%2520the%2520Location%2520Independent%2520Lifestyle.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Live%20the%20Location%20Independent%20Lifestyle"></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%20Live%20the%20Location%20Independent%20Lifestyle.jpg" alt="How to Live the Location Independent Lifestyle" 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/how-to-live-the-location-independent-lifestyle">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/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-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-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</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/9-great-jobs-for-snowbirds">9 Great Jobs for Snowbirds</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Travel location independent telecommute travel tips work from anywhere work from home work from home lifestyle work tips Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1989546 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Keep Social Media From Ruining Your Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_black_woman_taking_a_selfie_at_beach.jpg" alt="Young black woman taking a selfie at beach" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's fun to make your social media followers envious of your vacation plans and post the perfect beach selfie; we've all done that a time or two. On the other hand, spending too much time documenting your adventures on different social platforms can easily negate that fun in the sun. According to a recent survey conducted by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, 49 percent of vacationers said that social media has negatively impacted their travels.</p> <p>Why? For starters, social media keeps us from being present in the moment. It may keep us from fully experiencing our surroundings, or talking with new people. What's more, on-location status updates, photos, and videos leave us vulnerable to home robberies while we're away.</p> <p>Log off and remember what actually enjoying yourself feels like with these tips on how to keep social media from ruining your vacay.</p> <h2>Never use the check-in or location tagging features</h2> <p>When you're on a glorious trip, the first thing you want to do is tell everybody on social media about it. Fair enough. But by allowing your device's geolocation technology to pinpoint wherever you are around the world, you could be giving the common criminals with whom you're connected the intel they need to rob you blind. Some &quot;friends,&quot; eh?</p> <p>&quot;You might as well put a sign in your front yard stating, 'This house is empty for seven days,'&quot; says Justin Lavelle, chief communications director of BeenVerified.com, an online background check platform. &quot;Even though you may make your profiles private, you can't be sure of your entire network, your friends, or your friends' friends.&quot;</p> <p>Lavelle recommends waiting to post pictures until after you're back from your trip. Yeah, I know, this sort of takes all the fun out of rubbing your ocean-view suite in everybody's faces, but at least you won't come home to an empty house, right?</p> <h2>Limit your selfies</h2> <p>Just as geotagging can alert evildoers that your joint is ripe for the pickin', selfies taken far from home also send a message to thieves that you're &quot;not in Kansas anymore.&quot; So just wait until you've resumed your rightful place as protector of your castle to share your pearly whites and the fantastic places you've been.</p> <p>&quot;If you do plan to use social media to share your vacation, then you might want to consider using a housesitter so that your home appears to be lived in,&quot; Lavelle suggests. &quot;This will alleviate would-be thieves from having an uninterrupted week to plan their attack on your property.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-stop-doing-on-social-media-by-30?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Things to Stop Doing on Social Media by 30</a>)</p> <h2>Find alternative ways to connect so you're not using a ton of data</h2> <p>I took a trip to Canada a couple years ago and I was online for about five minutes after crossing the border. The cost? About $30 additional on my monthly bill for roaming data charges. You can avoid these charges by turning off your roaming and staying off social media while the financial burden is yours.</p> <p>&quot;Using media-rich social networks like Facebook or Instagram, and video-chat type communication like Snapchat, while not connected to Wi-Fi, can use a lot of additional data, which can increase plan costs or leave a customer stranded with no data on their trip,&quot; says M. Curtis McCoy, president of Best Cellular. &quot;Make it a priority to connect to your hotel Wi-Fi or free Wi-Fi at restaurants and even gas stations before using these high consumption apps.&quot;</p> <p>It's also a good idea to call your provider to discuss data fees and restrictions before you leave so you're not blindsided by a costly bill when you return. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-wasting-data?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Ways to Prevent Your Smartphone From Wasting Data</a>)</p> <h2>Set a limit on your social media access each day</h2> <p>You owe it to yourself to relax on vacation, so do that. If you really want to check social media while you're away, set a schedule to log on for 15 to 30 minutes in the morning and at bedtime, and stick to it. If there's an emergency, the people who need to get hold of you will get hold of you. Otherwise, sharing cute cat videos and bookmarking recipes can wait until you're back at your desk.</p> <h2>Confiscate your children's connected devices</h2> <p>If your kids want to read or watch movies on their devices while on vacation &mdash; sure, let them. That's what getting away and unwinding is all about. But do they really need access to social media? Take away those devices altogether, or delete the social media apps from their devices while you're on vacation. They're probably gonna whine that they miss their friends, but you're on vacation to spend time together and experience new things going on around you.</p> <p>It might be an uphill battle, but putting your foot down at the beginning of the trip to inform the kids that this will be a social-media-free getaway could be the best decision you make all week. You'll spend quality time together, but most importantly, they'll have fond memories of the vacation for which they'll thank you later.</p> <h2>Avoid offending your international hosts with insensitive posts</h2> <p>It should go without saying that you need to be conscious and careful of what you post on social media while on vacation, especially in foreign countries. Laws vary widely around the world, and what you think of as innocuous could very well land you in a foreign jail.</p> <p>McCoy recommends, when in doubt, check with locals before posting images of religious or historical landmarks. &quot;Your innocent selfie could be a huge offense against their religious practices, traditions, or beliefs,&quot; he says.</p> <p>Furthermore, travelers should not take or share pictures of military or government personnel in certain countries. Always ask first, or just decide that you can totally live without that photo or video. I'd recommend the latter.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Keep%2520Social%2520Media%2520From%2520Ruining%2520Your%2520Vacation.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Keep%20Social%20Media%20From%20Ruining%20Your%20Vacation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Keep%20Social%20Media%20From%20Ruining%20Your%20Vacation.jpg" alt="How to Keep Social Media From Ruining Your Vacation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-social-media-from-ruining-your-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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/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/how-well-do-you-know-your-facebook-friends-precautions-for-travelers">How Well Do You Know Your Facebook Friends? Precautions for Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-incredible-unesco-world-heritage-sites-right-here-in-the-us">11 Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites Right Here in the U.S.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-retirement-hotspots-that-are-cheaper-now-than-ever-before">9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stay-secure-in-your-hotel-with-this-8-point-safety-check">Stay Secure in Your Hotel With This 8-Point Safety Check</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel off the grid selfies social media technology hacks travel tips vacation hacks vacation selfie Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:31:11 +0000 Mikey Rox 1988461 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Underrated U.S. Cities You Need to See This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/4-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beale_street_at_night.jpg" alt="Beale street at night" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Time to travel is one of my greatest privileges and I'm always excited to explore a new destination. I'm keen to see the whole wide world, but more often than not I opt to stay local(ish) and set off on an adventure around our own beautiful country. America has many world-class destinations, for sure &mdash; New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Vegas &mdash; but I've always had an expectation-exceeding time in smaller cities that are frequently overlooked when people are planning their vacations.</p> <p>This summer, skip the major metro areas and pop into a city with a more down-to-earth and affordable appeal. Here are a few suggestions to get your wheels turning, each with a dynamic draw all their own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</a>)</p> <h2>Detroit, Michigan</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/comerica_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>When I visited Detroit on my birthday last spring to catch a Tigers game, I expected to see an economically challenged city (as it is often portrayed), but what I experienced was an epicenter ripe with activity and promise. Millennials took advantage of the pleasant weather to exercise outside; business people moved in and out of shiny new restaurants; and construction crews worked diligently on projects, including commercial refurbs and new condo developments.</p> <p>I found so many things to love about Detroit &mdash; like the Tigers' stunning Comerica Park, one of the best burgers I've ever eaten at the casually upscale Town house restaurant, and the quality selection of vinyl record stores (where I picked up a few Motown albums, of course) &mdash; but what really piqued my interest was the undercover real estate opportunities in the area. Has anybody told the Millennials that they could have their avocado toast (and eat it, too) from the inside their newly constructed or renovated homes at seriously affordable prices? And with the median <a href="https://mic.com/articles/177299/the-5-best-us-cities-for-millennials-buying-their-first-home#.E4E7UDXr4" target="_blank">home value in Detroit being $138,700</a> with a forecast appreciation of 3.2%, you might want to consider relocating altogether. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mid-sized-cities-for-millennials?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Mid-Sized Cities for Millennials</a>)</p> <h2>Columbus, Ohio</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_shoe.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Recently I was invited by Experience Columbus to visit its fine capital city so I could meet local entrepreneurs, dine in the city's diverse restaurants, and participate in activities that featured hands-on, take-home projects that anyone can enjoy. I had never been before, and I enjoyed all parts of the trip, but it was the latter focus that deserves attention here. I just <em>love</em> little craft projects!</p> <p>The activities in which I participated included: metal stamping keychains and necklaces in a jewelry-making class at The Smithery, designing my own scented candle at The Candle Lab (my signature scent is ginger ale, cilantro, and grapefruit, if you're interested in recreating it), and felting an alpaca- and sheep-fleece scarf after an afternoon excursion to a farm to meet the animals. All these activities are included on the Made in Cbus trail created by Experience Columbus.</p> <p>If you're dedicated to shopping local, it's also worth noting that Columbus's entrepreneur and maker community is extremely tight-knit. Like, thick as thieves. There's an uncommon amount of cross-branding and -marketing along with a palpable feeling of support for each other's work. It's the kind of thing that'll make you feel proud to spend your money there.</p> <h2>Memphis, Tennessee</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/beale_street_at_night.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>I was drawn to Memphis, Tennessee for two reasons: The flight was cheaper than the one to Nashville, and Memphis is the native home of my musical fave Justin Timberlake. Don't judge.</p> <p>I enjoyed plenty of music while I was in town, along with delicious food and a minor league baseball game courtesy of the Memphis Redbirds. I also discovered, to my surprise, a working community dedicated to helping each other while improving the environment. I spent my birthday volunteering on a farm that grows and harvests food specifically to feed those in need. If you'd like to get your hands dirty in Memphis, browse the available opportunities on <a href="https://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">VolunteerMatch.org</a>.</p> <h2>Asbury Park, New Jersey</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/asbury_park_boardwalk.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>I bought a home in Asbury Park four years ago because I saw the property-value growth potential, but it was also a nice place to kick back and relax when my life in Manhattan got too hectic. Two years ago, I gave up life in the big city to live in this quirky little city by the sea full-time. I'm glad I did.</p> <p>Asbury Park has a long and legendary history &mdash; from its heyday in the early 1900s up to the Great Depression to its association with Bruce Springsteen to its full-steam-ahead comeback that's been mounting for the past five years following the economic decline.</p> <p>Today, the city, which spans just 1.6 squares miles of the Jersey Shore, is home to an assortment of can't-go-wrong restaurants, a destination-worthy music and art scene, hotels the press can't stop talking about, retail shops with interesting and often handmade merch, a thriving night life and LGBT scene, and, of course, the sand and surf.</p> <p>Best of all, this &quot;Brooklyn by the beach,&quot; as it's been dubbed by locals is just a short car or train ride (less than two hours) from NYC, Philly, Atlantic City, the Poconos, and more. Come for a visit. You'll be impressed, I promise.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F4-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F4%2520Underrated%2520U.S.%2520Cities%2520You%2520Need%2520to%2520See%2520This%2520Summer.jpg&amp;description=4%20Underrated%20U.S.%20Cities%20You%20Need%20to%20See%20This%20Summer"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/4%20Underrated%20U.S.%20Cities%20You%20Need%20to%20See%20This%20Summer.jpg" alt="4 Underrated U.S. Cities You Need to See This Summer" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-underrated-us-cities-you-need-to-see-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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-avoid-these-12-summer-travel-mistakes">How to Avoid These 12 Summer Travel Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-affordable-family-getaways-when-you-dont-have-a-vacation-fund">7 Affordable Family Getaways When You Don&#039;t Have a Vacation Fund</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/7-affordable-destinations-for-nature-lovers">7 Affordable Destinations for Nature Lovers</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-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel best U.S. cities frugal travel local travel summer travel summer vacation travel tips Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1974321 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Free Perks You Should Ask for on Your Next Flight http://www.wisebread.com/7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young_couple_boarding_to_the_plane_at_airport.jpg" alt="Young couple boarding to the plane at airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let's face it, the airline industry isn't known for its hospitality. And recent incidents of airline staff acting horrendously toward passengers haven't helped. However, the airlines aren't completely devoid of the ability to provide customer service. You just need to ask for it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Which Airline Credit Cards Are Best?</a>)</p> <p>Here are seven things that you might not have known that you could ask for from your airline.</p> <h2>1. Kids' amenities</h2> <p>Some airlines will go out of their way to make children and families feel welcome on board. For example, Air New Zealand offers a &quot;Jet Cadets&quot; kids' activity pack that includes toys, activities, and food just for kids. In addition, it offers a kids' channel on in-flight entertainment. On Lufthansa, my daughter received a little &quot;pilot's suitcase&quot; filled with toys and games. But often airlines won't provide these amenities automatically. If you are planning on traveling with children, you need to notify them in advance. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-must-do-if-youre-traveling-with-kids?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Things to Do if You're Traveling With Children</a>)</p> <h2>2. A whole can of soda</h2> <p>How often have you actually sat down to drink a half a cup of soda at home? Yet most flight attendants usually just pour half the can over a bunch of ice and move on to the next customer, leaving you just a few sips of soda to quench your thirst. If you actually want the full can, all you have to do is politely ask your flight attendant, and you'll probably get it.</p> <h2>3. Another meal</h2> <p>On flights where meals are served, airlines have to over-cater the flight to give most passengers a chance of getting their first choice in meals. This means that there are usually many meals leftover and discarded at the end of a long flight. If the food is especially good, or you're particularly hungry, then there's no reason why you can't ask for a second meal. For the best results, I would first compliment the flight attendants on the meal, and ask if it would be possible to have seconds after others have been served. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 6 Things Will Make Your Flight More Comfortable</a>)</p> <h2>4. First aid supplies</h2> <p>If you're in midair and have a strong headache, upset stomach, or just a nasty cut, you can reach out to the flight attendants for some basic medical supplies. They should be able to supply you with things like over-the-counter pain medications, antacids, and band aids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Travelers</a>)</p> <h2>5. Additional airsickness bags</h2> <p>Airlines will stock their seat pockets with airsickness bags, for obvious reasons. In addition, airsickness bags are the preferred way to dispose of all sorts of other waste items including used tissues, dirty diapers, and soiled clothing. But when you actually need them most, you might not find enough of them in the seat pockets. Don't worry, the airline has a very strong interest in providing you with as many airsickness bags as you need, but you'll usually need to ask. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>6. A doctor</h2> <p>If you or someone you are flying with has an urgent medical need during a flight, then you should contact your flight attendant and ask if there is a doctor on board. Airlines have established procedures for asking for passengers with medical experience. In most cases there will be a doctor or another medical professional on board. But even when there isn't, the airline is often able to consult with medical staff on the ground to evaluate passengers and possibly treat them with onboard supplies. And if you need more than that, the airline can land to give you emergency medical services.</p> <h2>7. A tour of the cockpit</h2> <p>I'm old enough to remember being taken to the cockpit in-flight, but that's no longer permitted on flights to or from the United States. However, many pilots welcome children's visits before or after the flight. In addition, some foreign airlines will still permit in-flight visits, so long as the destination is not the United States. Once again, you simply have to ask.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Likt this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Free%2520Perks%2520You%2520Should%2520Ask%2520for%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Flight.jpg&amp;description=7%20Free%20Perks%20You%20Should%20Ask%20for%20on%20Your%20Next%20Flight"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Free%20Perks%20You%20Should%20Ask%20for%20on%20Your%20Next%20Flight.jpg" alt="7 Free Perks You Should Ask for on Your Next Flight" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-free-perks-you-should-ask-for-on-your-next-flight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-most-affordable-beach-towns-in-mexico">8 Most Affordable Beach Towns in Mexico</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-cash-in-on-getting-bumped-from-a-flight">How to Cash In On Getting Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-most-affordable-cruise-lines-for-families">5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines for Families</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-exciting-ways-to-see-the-country-this-summer">8 Exciting Ways to See the Country This Summer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airline airline perks budget travel cheap flights flight attendant flight tips travel tips Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Jason Steele 1973595 at http://www.wisebread.com