tourism http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9722/all en-US 6 "Tourist Towns" That Are Actually Great to Live In http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_bike_beach_93011895.jpg" alt="Man living in tourist town that&#039;s actually fun to live in" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's not uncommon to vacation somewhere spectacular and instantly become overwhelmed by the feeling that you never, ever want to leave. But, unless you're rich, relocating to Hawaii, Southern California, or Martha's Vineyard is probably not a very viable option.</p> <p>Alas, not every tourist town is overrun with millionaires and glitz. In fact, some destination enclaves are well-equipped with not just superior scenery, but also job opportunity and housing priced within reach. Read on for our roundup of tourist towns that you just might be able to afford to call home.</p> <h2>1. Virginia Beach, Virginia</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/virginia_beach_4432781.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Best known for its vibrant boardwalks and sandy beaches, Virginia Beach is also flush with many of the qualifiers that make a community a great place to call home: Good schools, low crime, very low tax rates, and a slowly, but steadily improving post-recession economic climate, to name a few. And let's not forget those warm summers and mild winters.</p> <p>The area is also riding high on a ranking by U.S. News &amp; World Report as one of the <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2009/08/19/americas-10-best-places-to-grow-up.html">best places to grow up</a>. In the wake of the Great Recession, Virginia Beach's housing market is slowly rebounding. Right now the median home sales price falls around $235,000. Yet as the city's population grows, employment opportunities remain plentiful. The agribusiness, military, and tourism sectors are thriving, while active industrial and office space development continue to lure in new industries.</p> <h2>2. Flagstaff, Arizona</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/flagstaff_arizona_scene_80790977.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Full of Old West flavor, Flagstaff is a friendly Arizona mountain town with 288 days of sunshine, a mild climate (by southwest USA standards, anyway), and easy access to top-of-the-line camping, rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. Bonus: Grand Canyon National Park is just 90 minutes away.</p> <p>What you may not know is that Flagstaff is also a <a href="http://www.chooseflagstaff.com/doing-business-here/city-profile/">quaint college </a>town with an affordable rental market, thanks to nearly 25,000 students who call Flagstaff home. Homeownership, on the other hand, can be a bit more pricey &mdash; but not altogether out of reach. The median price of a home in greater Flagstaff currently hovers around $319,000. Overall, the <a href="http://www.flagstaffchamber.com/economic-development/cost-of-living/">cost of living</a> in Flagstaff is slightly above the national average. With an average household income of $70,000, Flagstaff is also a hub for bioscience, tech, and manufacturing. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Medical Center, and the medical device manufacturer W.L. Gore &amp; Associates are the top employers here.</p> <h2>3. Palm Beach, Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/palm_beach_florida_86138281.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Six million visitors descend on Palm Beach every year for its beaches, boating, world-class shopping, and more than 160 golf courses, including some of the most acclaimed greens in the U.S.</p> <p>But did you know that this Florida resort region also has a blossoming technology industry, with app developers and web innovators carving out a new innovation hub? Or that Palm Beach County school district has eighth-highest graduation rate in the nation? Or that wages here are higher than most other parts of Florida? And, in addition to some of the world's most tantalizingly beautiful multimillion dollar waterfront homes, Palm Beach has <a href="http://realtime.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/03/23/top-10-palm-beach-countys-busiest-new-home-developments-have-nothing-for-middle-class-families/">middle class housing options</a> &mdash; they are not plentiful, but they do exist. The median price of an existing house sold in Palm Beach County is currently about $295,000.</p> <h2>4. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/brewster_massachusetts_23888034066_553f4fc369_z.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated on a gorgeous natural lake by the same name, this Idaho Panhandle city boasts more than 100 miles of shoreline as well as a renowned parkway that's perfect for cycling, jogging, or walking. An enviable vacation destination, affordable housing, and favorable corporate tax laws also make Coeur d'Alene a great place to live.</p> <p>The median home price in Coeur d'Alene hovers around $188,000 and the cost of living is nearly 7% below the national average. There's also ample opportunity for jobs. The mining, health care, tourism, and food service industries all have a notable presence here, which has helped earn the city slot number 14 on Forbes list of best places for business and careers.</p> <h2>5. Brewster, Massachusetts</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/brewster_massachusetts_windmill_50072494.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Great schools, low unemployment, moderate housing prices, and easy access to museums, state parks, and beaches make Brewster one of the most livable small towns in Cape Cod. Bustling during the summer season, Brewster and the rest of the Cape fall quiet in autumn through spring, offering residents peace, quiet, and beautiful natural landscapes without the crowds.</p> <p>This region full of artists, small business owners, mariners, and outdoorsmen has a median home price of about $396,000 &mdash; and climbing. Yet while there are cheaper Cape towns, Brewster is worth the extra chunk of change for families and those who prize access to educational institutions and low crime.</p> <h2>6. Tampa, Florida</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/tampa_florida_beach_69509291.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Prized for its favorable weather, shoreline beauty, lively night life, and casual lifestyle, Tampa is a modern paradise that's all-too-often overlooked as place to set a welcome mat outside the front door. Tampa real estate is tens of thousands of dollars below the national average, with a median home price of less than $170,000. What's more, Tampa is <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2016/04/15/tampa-bay-region-ranks-second-in-job-growth-first.html">experiencing rapid job growth</a>. Other considerations: Tampa has the <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2016/01/25/tampa-metro-cost-of-living-lowest-in-florida.html">lowest cost of living in Florida</a>, and there is no state income tax.</p> <p><em>Have you considered relocating to one of these &mdash; or other &mdash; &quot;tourist&quot; towns?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%20-Tourist%20Towns-%20That%20Are%20Actually%20Great%20to%20Live%20In.jpg&amp;description=6%20%26quot%3BTourist%20Towns%26quot%3B%20That%20Are%20Actually%20Great%20to%20Live%20In" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20-Tourist%20Towns-%20That%20Are%20Actually%20Great%20to%20Live%20In.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">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/5-incredible-world-cities-you-can-afford">5 Incredible World Cities You Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-should-always-hire-a-moving-company">6 Reasons You Should Always Hire a Moving Company</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/dont-forget-to-budget-for-these-unexpected-moving-expenses">Don&#039;t Forget to Budget for These Unexpected Moving Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-cities-for-single-millennials">The 6 Best Cities for Single Millennials</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-save-100s-on-your-next-move">How to Save $100s on Your Next Move</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Real Estate and Housing Travel housing market job market moving relocating tourism tourist towns us cities Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:30:26 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1745833 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road Trip http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_camera_car_38688948.jpg" alt="Woman using travel hacks on summer road trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A family road trip can be an amazing bonding experience and memory builder with your kids. It can also be really expensive when you start adding up fuel, lodging, and entertainment costs. But with just a little bit of planning and forethought, you can easily save a big chunk of change and actually end up seeing more sights for less. Here are the secrets you need to know to plan an amazing road trip adventure this summer. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips?utm_source=wisebread&amp;utm_medium=seealso&amp;utm_campaign=article">Best Credit Cards to Use on Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Plan With Roadtrippers</h2> <p>When it comes to planning your summer road trip, be sure to use technology to your advantage and download the&nbsp;<a href="https://roadtrippers.com/">Roadtrippers</a> app (free for&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roadtrippers-road-trip-planner/id944060491">iOS</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roadtrippers">Android</a>). Not only will it save you money by helping you find lodging deals, but it'll keep you organized and let you plan your trek one day at a time.</p> <p>Once planned, you can even share your road trip across devices and with friends so they can add itinerary suggestions to make it even more memorable. Perhaps the coolest feature of the app is the ability to help you find quirky roadside attractions as you approach them. After all, any experienced road tripper will tell you that some of the most memorable moments are made when finding fun stops along the way to your final destination.</p> <h2>2. Book Hotels Directly and Save</h2> <p>When planning your summer trip this year, consider calling hotels directly to book your room. Online booking sites like Expedia and Orbitz charge hotels a 10%&ndash;15% fee, so many hotels would rather bypass these sites entirely and book directly with you. But before you call, check the travel sites to see the hotel's current rate. Then when you call, politely ask if the hotel can beat that rate by 10%. In many cases, they'll happy beat their online rate and even throw in some free upgrades like a better room or beverage and food credits.</p> <h2>3. VRBO Last-Minute Savings Trick</h2> <p>Vacation Rentals by Owner, also known as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.vrbo.com/">VRBO</a>, puts travelers in direct contact with homeowners looking to rent out their houses, condos, or apartments. If you shop around carefully, roadtrippers can score some great deals, often cheaper than hotels, which are typically much more accommodating for a larger family.</p> <p>But if a homeowner doesn't rent out a particular weekend, they don't make a penny from their vacation rental. So as a smart roadtripper, use this information to your advantage when making your initial VRBO inquiry. Politely ask about the possibility of a 15% discount on the asking nightly rate, especially when inquiring about a last-minute stay. In many cases, homeowners will jump all over this and happily give you a last-minute discount to avoid their place sitting empty. By &quot;last-minute,&quot; I mean within a week of your arrival, as that's when reality sets in for most homeowners that their place is probably going to sit empty.</p> <h2>4. AAA Premier Membership</h2> <p>There's no arguing the fact that an AAA membership provides great peace of mind when hitting the road for a long trip, especially with a family. Emergency roadside assistance like towing after a breakdown, tire changes, and battery jumpstarts are just a few of their useful services. But when planning a long summer road trip, look into upgrading to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aaa.com/aaa/045/pioneer/membership/premier/comparison.htm">AAA Premier</a> membership for $118 annually, up from $58 for the basic membership. This is because Premier comes with up to 200 miles of towing, $1,500 for meals/lodging in the event of a breakdown, and 100 miles of emergency medical transportation.</p> <p>Last summer, I upgraded to AAA Premier just before embarking on a long road trip across the western U.S. with my parents' RV. Sure enough, the RV broke down 75 miles west of Needles, CA on a 115 degree day in the Mojave Desert. Not only did we get a free 75 mile tow, but all lodging and food was paid for as we waited for a new fuel pump to be delivered and installed. AAA ended up reimbursing us close to $700 for the trip interruption. This year I simply downgraded our membership back to the basic, but I'll definitely upgrade it again before our next long road trip.</p> <p>Also, don't forget about AAA discounts that will save you money on hotels, airfare, rental cars, shopping, and entertainment. By getting in the habit of always inquiring about an AAA discount, you can easily pay for your annual basic membership of $58.</p> <h2>5. GasBuddy App</h2> <p>If you're not arming your smartphone with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gasbuddy.com/">GasBuddy app</a> (free for&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683">iOS</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gbis.gbandroid">Android</a>) before you leave home, you're bound to overpay at the pump. Not only does the app help you find the cheapest gas stations along your journey, but you'll even earn points for reporting gas prices that could you score you a free $100 gas card. A good GasBuddy strategy is to access the app when your tank gets about a quarter full and search for upcoming gas stations. By doing it this way, and not waiting until your &quot;get gas&quot; light comes on, you'll be able to take advantage of a larger radius of stations and ensure the lowest price per gallon.</p> <h2>6. Drive Early in the Day</h2> <p>Another trick that I learned on our last family road trip was to hit the road early. This allows you to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and fresher eyes for the driver. If you can start your driving by 6 or 7 a.m., not only will you be able to keep the A/C off and enjoy the cool morning air, but you'll be much less likely to overheat your vehicle leading to potentially costly repairs. Not to mention the better gas mileage that you'll get by having the A/C turned off.</p> <p>Financial benefits aside, the early start typically makes it easier to drive long distances and avoids fatigued eyes as they day winds down. Plus, you'll end up at your next stop much earlier in the day, leaving you ample time to explore your surroundings.</p> <h2>7. Find Free Attractions</h2> <p>Perhaps the best way to save money on your next family road trip is to search for free, or almost free, attractions and activities that everyone will love. The best way to do this is to access&nbsp;<a href="http://www.roadtripradar.com/">RoadTripRadar</a> and tell them where you're headed and how far you're willing to travel off your route to see attractions. You can also pick the types of attractions you're interested in, things like museums, parks, farms, outdoor play areas, hiking trails, and camping &mdash; many of which are completely free of charge. Once you have your route all planned out, you can save it for later use, and even enhance it via YouTube videos and save it directly to your GPS unit via a satnav file. They currently support Garmin, TomTom, Navman, and Google Navigator.</p> <p><em>How do you save money when you load up the car and head out on a long road trip?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this Article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Travel%20Hacks%20for%20an%20Affordable%20Summer%20Road%20Trip.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-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-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/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer 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/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer 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/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations">8 Great, Cheap Summer Vacations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/car-yoga-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-long-drives">Car Yoga and 9 Other Ways to Beat Long Drives</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel AAA driving expedia hotels Orbitz road trips summer vacation tourism travel deals vrbo Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:30:42 +0000 Kyle James 1728424 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_travel_map_000054071742.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to stay within travel budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Once you've planned your big trip, written down all of your expenses, and come up with a travel plan, you may think that it will be easy to stay within your budget. But sometimes you end up going over your planned costs, no matter how prepared you think you are. Here are seven tips to help ensure that you stay under budget and on top of your travel spending.</p> <h2>1. Put Your Daily Budget in Your Wallet</h2> <p>This is a very easy way to make sure that you spend exactly what you were hoping to spend on your trip. Simply calculate a daily budget and only put that amount of money in your wallet each day. When the wallet is empty, your budget for the day is spent.</p> <p>Of course, some would argue that using cash instead of credit has all sorts of disadvantages. So if you want to use your credit card (the one with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/smarter-security-and-no-foreign-transaction-fees-the-best-credit-cards-to-use-while-on-vacation">no foreign transaction fees</a> and that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">offers travel rewards</a> so you can go on your next vacation sooner), you can always jot down what you've spent through the day, so you know how much is left in your daily budget.</p> <h2>2. Keep Track of Everything</h2> <p>The best way to stay on top of your spending is to write it all down, but who has a pen, paper, and calculator these days? Luckily, there's an app for that.</p> <p>The Trail Wallet app (only <a href="http://voyagetravelapps.com/trail-wallet/">available for Apple devices</a>) allows you to set a daily budget, add different currencies, and input each purchase you make throughout the day. It saves you the hassle of converting foreign money to your home currency and even puts everything into handy, easy-to-read pie charts so that you can see exactly where your money is spent.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources?ref=seealso">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a></p> <h2>3. Cook and Drink In</h2> <p>This can be a huge money saver while on the road, especially when traveling to expensive destinations like Rome and Paris. Of course, I'm not saying you should forgo local food and cook for yourself every day to save a buck, but if you can eat at least one meal in each day, you can save a significant amount of money.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling?ref=seealso">14 Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></p> <p>You don't have to rent your own apartment to have your own cooking facilities, either. Many hostels and some guest houses and B&amp;Bs have communal kitchens where you can store your groceries in the fridge and have full use of the stove and dishes.</p> <h2>4. Riding Isn't Always Cheaper Than Flying</h2> <p>People often assume that flying is always the more expensive option, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, especially in places with strong competition for budget airlines like in Europe and Asia, it's much cheaper to fly.</p> <p>For example, a train from Rome to Paris will cost you at least $136 and take you around 11 hours, while a cheap non-stop flight with Ryanair will only take two hours and won't likely cost you more than $40.</p> <h2>5. Travel a Little Slower</h2> <p>One sure way to blow your budget is to move around too much. When people plan their finances for a holiday, they rarely take into consideration how much buses, taxis, rental cars, and flights will cost.</p> <p>To cut down on these expenses, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/savor-your-trip-and-save-big-with-these-5-slow-travel-tips">traveling slower</a>. Stay in a place longer and get to know it better. Rent an apartment for a week and get a discount for a longer stay. Get to know the cheapest restaurants where the locals always eat and try to cook for yourself.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/live-like-a-local-how-to-tap-into-the-local-scene-while-traveling?ref=seealso">Live Like a Local: How to Tap Into the Local Scene While Traveling</a></p> <h2>6. Shop Around</h2> <p>Don't just take the first price you're given. This goes for everything while traveling. Take the time to walk around and find cheaper restaurants. Check different bus routes and companies to find better value transport. Check different tour companies for the best deals.</p> <p>If you're planning to rent a car, shop around to different rental companies. Find the best deal you can, and then go to other companies and see if they can beat the price. You'd be surprised how low these business are willing to drop their prices.</p> <p>I recently used this tactic in Croatia. At first, the car was going to cost me $25 per day for 12 days, but after shopping around and bargaining with different companies, I got it down to $15. I saved a total of $120 over 12 days just by shopping around.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less?ref=seealso">10 Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel and How to Pay Less</a></p> <h2>7. Rent a Motorcycle Instead of Doing Tours</h2> <p>This can be a big money saver, especially in Asian countries where it costs less than $5 per day for a motorcycle rental. Instead of taking expensive tours, consider heading into a tourist office or tourism information center and ask them where the best nearby sites are.</p> <p>They'll often give you a map and circle the highlights of the region. These are likely the same stops that a day tour would take you to, so now all you have to do is rent a motorbike or scooter for the day and visit the sites yourself.</p> <p>In Asia, you can rent a motorbike for $5 and you'll probably only use $5 worth of gas in a full day of touring. Tours usually cost $40 or more, so the motorbike is a good way to save money and stay in budget. You can even split the motorbike and gas cost with a friend or travel partner.</p> <h2>Don't Be Too Strict</h2> <p>Even budget travelers have to splurge sometimes. These tips will help you stay within your financial plan, but make sure you leave some room for extra activities and must-see side trips. Don't try to scrape by on as little as possible because you may end up missing out on some amazing experiences. Budget smart and travel safe!</p> <p><em>How do you stay on budget when you're on the road?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Fool-Proof%20Ways%20to%20Stay%20Within%20Your%20Travel%20Budget.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-all-inclusive-vacations-and-cruises-worth-the-money">Are All-Inclusive Vacations and Cruises Worth the Money?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel car rentals saving money tourism travel budget vacation Tue, 17 May 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Nick Wharton 1706848 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_beach_bike_000075343215.jpg" alt="Couple using sharing economy to help save on vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you've been under a rock for the past couple years, you already know that the sharing economy means you can drop your vacation budget, thanks to innovative sites like Airbnb or Uber.</p> <p>But it doesn't stop there. Try these options to shave a few dollars while making the most of your precious vacation time.</p> <h2>1. Rent Someone's Car &mdash; or Their Bicycle</h2> <p>If you need wheels for your vacation plans, then the sharing economy can help. To hire a car direct from a local owner, from only $5/hour, try <a href="https://www.getaround.com">Getaround</a>. Registering is simple, with checks on your driver's license and credit card taking just minutes. There are no fees, and rentals include roadside assistance and insurance. This can be a great option if you need a car for some of your trip, but don't want to hire one for the whole time. You'll also help tackle the genuine environmental issue of car overpopulation.</p> <p>If cycling is more your style, then try <a href="https://www.spinlister.com/about">Spinlister</a>, an app connecting active people with the gear they need to get moving on vacation. Hire a bike &mdash; or even a surf or snowboard &mdash; direct from the owner. Because you're hiring direct, you can ask any the owner any questions you like, who will be able to give you all the detail you need to make your ride a happy one.</p> <h2>2. Hire a Local Guide</h2> <p><a href="https://www.vayable.com/">Vayable</a> connects locals with tourists, allowing travelers to get a genuine insight into the city they're visiting through the eyes of someone who really knows. Local hosts post proposed tours, experiences, and ideas on the site with a description for travelers to book. A thorough review process (similar to most sharing economy platforms) ensures quality, and the choice is enviable in areas covered. It's a marketplace, so prices vary, but check out the details of individual packages offered, and you could find an awesome experience that won't blow the budget.</p> <p>In New York, for example, you could take a <a href="https://www.vayable.com/experiences/494-flushing-chinatown-food-tour">food tour of Chinatown</a> with a food blogger described by The New York Times as an &quot;invaluable food sleuth,&quot; before working it off with a <a href="https://www.vayable.com/experiences/718-new-york-running-tour">running tour</a> guided by a marathon runner who &quot;can run 26 miles in the time it takes some of us to get out of bed.&quot; Luckily he doesn't mind slowing up for us mere mortals!</p> <h2>3. Get a Seat at the Chef's Table</h2> <p>Food is often the highlight of a vacation &mdash; and what better place to try the regional delicacies than in the home of a local? <a href="https://www.eatwith.com/event/9720/">Eatwith</a> allows you to do just that, browsing the menus of home cooks and private chefs, before booking to eat with them in their home. Think of it as the secret supper club you don't need to be a local to know about. If you're visiting LA, for example, you could come away not only well fed, but also with your own pasta making skills, learned from an <a href="https://www.eatwith.com/host/9214/">Italian master and private chef</a>, or sign up for any one of a range of &quot;communal dining events&quot; hosted by local experts.</p> <h2>4. Tap Into Wi-Fi</h2> <p>The original idea behind <a href="https://fon.com/">Fon</a> is astonishingly simple. If users share their home Wi-Fi with others, then they get access to other's Wi-Fi when they are out and about, in return. Today, the company boasts over 19 million hotspots, which users can access either by signing up through their own telco provider to share their own Wi-Fi and access others' for free, or by buying passes for between one hour and one month. With roaming charges a frequent headache for travelers, this could be the solution, helping you keep connected without racking up ridiculous bills.</p> <h2>5. Send Your Puppers on Vacay, Too</h2> <p>Who said the sharing economy should be limited to us humans? If you need a home for your doggie best friend while you travel, the sharing economy can help with that, too. <a href="https://dogvacay.com/">Dogvacay</a> hooks up pet parents with sitters who can look after their dogs in the comfort of a cozy home, rather than a formal kennel setting. As sitters set their own rates, there is a healthy market making costs reasonable, and the range of services varies to meet individual needs. The team look after premium level pet insurance for your pooch, and offer a concierge service should you need anything specific to make your booking work.</p> <p>Vacations are never cheap, and it is definitely worth checking out all the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">vacation money-saving sites</a> and ideas you can. But the sharing economy is not only about cutting your expenses and getting more for your money. With apps like these, you can also grab experiences that are simply not available in the traditional tourist market, in the click of a button, to truly get the biggest bang for your buck.</p> <p><em>What do you think? What sharing economy apps are transforming your vacations, and your life?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%20Fun%20Ways%20the%20Sharing%20Economy%20Helps%20You%20Save%20on%20Vacation.jpg&amp;description=5%20Fun%20Ways%20the%20Sharing%20Economy%20Helps%20You%20Save%20on%20Vacation" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Fun%20Ways%20the%20Sharing%20Economy%20Helps%20You%20Save%20on%20Vacation.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/claire-millard">Claire Millard</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-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-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/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel 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/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites</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/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today">Why This Thing in Your Wallet Is Almost Useless Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel crowdsourcing experiences locals saving money sharing economy tourism vacation Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:30:20 +0000 Claire Millard 1694761 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/golden_gate_bridge_000055222878.jpg" alt="Learning how to visit San Francisco without going broke" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>San Francisco is officially the <a href="http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/best-worst-cities-saving-money/">most expensive city</a> in the country, surpassing New York City for the first time. This means a visit is going to hit you where it hurts: right in the wallet. Fortunately, once you've found an affordable flight and hotel deal, there are some fun ways to get more from your vacation, and save money in the process.</p> <h2>1. Free (or Discounted) Tours</h2> <p>There are a plethora of <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60713-d1830811-r45122397-San_Francisco_City_Guides-San_Francisco_California.html">free or affordable tours</a> to take advantage of throughout the Bay Area. You can take part in walking, biking, hiking, or bus tours. An online tour or smartphone app like <a href="https://www.strayboots.com/locations/san-francisco/tours">Stray Boots</a> can also allow you to take a tour on your own time, at your own pace. You can also find deals on tours and attractions on discount sites like <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10795774-1399573918000">Groupon</a>, <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11399177-1431444261000">LivingSocial</a>, and Amazon Local Deals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-san-francisco-the-best-ways-to-spend-it?ref=seealso">$20 in San Francisco: The Best Ways to Spend It</a>)</p> <h2>2. Savings on Entertainment</h2> <p>You can find endless ways to have fun without spending a dime, like free art, music, fitness classes, and more throughout the city. Take advantage of discount programs like <a href="https://www.goldstar.com/san-francisco">Goldstar</a>, the <a href="http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-francisco-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sfo-p1.html?pass=Sfo_Prod_Go&amp;allInc=true">Go San Francisco Card</a> (which can save you up to 55% on top San Francisco attractions), or the <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10763421-1425686407000">San Francisco CityPASS</a>, which combines the Muni Pass with admission to some of the best attractions in the city. You can also save money on performances throughout the city at the <a href="http://tixbayarea.org/">TIX half-price ticket booth</a> in Union Square.</p> <h2>3. Visit the Beach</h2> <p>Walking through Fisherman's Wharf can give you the feeling of a beach, boardwalk, and theme park in one. Save money with a <a href="http://aquariumofthebay.org/wharfpass">WharfPass</a> or watch your spending at this tourist hotspot. Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk are only a short drive away, and can provide a day of fun, without the high entrance fees that you'd find at a theme park. You can also visit Pacifica State Beach, Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Surfer's Beach, and any of the other beautiful Bay Area beaches for endless hours of free entertainment.</p> <h2>4. Go Wine Tasting</h2> <p>With Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and endless wineries at your fingertips, it's hard to resist a wine tasting. Fortunately, taking advantage of wine tastings is actually an affordable way to spend your weekend or next date night. It will allow you to sip some of the finest wines for cheap and you can even find discounts to wineries and tastings to get more from every sip. Browse the <a href="http://www.preiserkey.com/">Preisser Key</a> for the lowdown on Sonoma and Napa Valley wines, restaurants, and more.</p> <h2>5. Home of the Festivals</h2> <p>Whether it's food, music, film, or shopping you're into, you'll find a festival nearby that can appeal to your passions. Visit <a href="http://californiafairsandfestivals.com/">California Fairs and Festivals</a> to find festivals near you.</p> <h2>6. Go to the Park</h2> <p>Home to some of the most beautiful parks in the country, it only makes sense to spend a day picnicking and exploring one of the Bay Area's majestic parks. On a trip to the Golden Gate Park, make sure to also stop at the Japanese Tea Garden for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will only cost $6 per person. You can enjoy an entire day at these two destinations without spending much.</p> <p>There are also a number of amazing hiking destinations, such as Twin Peaks, Lands End Trail, and Bluffs Trail, which will offer some of the best views of the city, combined with an incredible workout. If you're serious about spending some time at the beautiful parks and recreational sites throughout the area, consider getting a <a href="http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html">National Park Pass</a>, so you can save money on admission fees and visit any of the national parks as often as you like throughout the year.</p> <h2>7. Take in a Museum</h2> <p>You can visit one of the Bay Area's many <a href="http://www.freemuseumday.org/sf.html">museums for free</a>. Spending a whole day in the museum is a great way to take in some culture without breaking your budget. It's a great way to spend time with friends, family, or on a date.</p> <h2>8. Save on Food and Shopping</h2> <p>San Francisco is home to some of the best restaurants and freshest produce in the country, but it can be pricey. Take advantage of local foodie favorites like food festivals, food truck finds, and <a href="http://www.sfrestaurantweek.com/">SF Restaurant Week</a>, which offers fixed price menus at a discount. If you're tired of spending a fortune on food, take advantage of San Francisco's sprawling farmers markets, like the <a href="http://www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1058">Alemany Farmers Market</a>, and cook more at home. Local foddies rely on <a href="http://sf.eater.com/">EaterSF</a> to stay abreast of the latest Bay Area food news and events.</p> <p>You can also take advantage of some of the best thrift stores and outlets in the country for unique finds at a bargain.</p> <h2>9. Leave the City</h2> <p>It can be easy to get carried away in the San Francisco lifestyle, but there is life outside the big city too. Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose all offer their own unique charms and attractions. Spending some portion of your trip in each of these NorCal locations will provide you with an affordable vacation right in your backyard.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to save money in San Francisco? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">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/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke">How to Visit New York Without Going Broke</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-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</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-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip">7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road 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/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel bay area california free activities napa valley San Francisco tourism Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:00:24 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1561307 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Visit New York Without Going Broke http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_in_the_city_000051322454_0.jpg" alt="Woman visiting New York without going broke" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and for good reason. It's the place of bright lights, beautiful sights, and exquisite bites. However, vacationing there can be insanely expensive. Fortunately, we've compiled some tips to help you get more from your New York experience without breaking your budget.</p> <h2>1. Purchase a Tourist Pass</h2> <p>A tourist pass will allow you to see more of New York, for a smaller investment of time and money. The <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10480883-1366888277000">New York Pass</a> is a tourist card created by New Yorkers, so you can really get a complete view of the city, with free entry to more than 80 NYC attractions. Many theatres and venues also offer a ticket lottery, student rush, or other ways to get free or discounted tickets, if you show up at least 20 minutes before the show begins.</p> <h2>2. Take a Free (or Discounted) Tour</h2> <p>Tours are usually very affordable and you can find them anywhere in NYC. The double decker bus tours throughout Times Square are a tried-and-true favorite that can show you around New York's most popular neighborhoods and destinations, but they can be expensive if you purchase them off the street peddlers. Instead, search discount sites like <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10795771-1399573918000">Groupon</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11368267-1431444261000">LivingSocial</a>, Google Offers, Yelp Deals, and Amazon Local Deals for discounts on tours and attractions.</p> <p>There are also endless hiking, walking, biking, shuttle, and bus tours that can help you get more from the area, without spending much. If you'd like to take a tour from your phone, consider apps like <a href="https://www.strayboots.com/locations/new-york/tours/">Stray Boots</a>, which will allow you to complete a tour at your own speed and pace.</p> <h2>3. Save on Shows and Entertainment</h2> <p>If you want to take in a Broadway show, you can find the best discounts at <a href="https://www.goldstar.com/new-york">Goldstar</a> and the <a href="https://www.tdf.org/nyc/7/TKTS-ticket-booths">TKTS booths</a> in Times Square, Brooklyn, and South Street Seaport. You can also just walk through Times Square to find guaranteed free comedy shows and entertainment. You'll quickly find street peddlers offering free shows throughout Time Square, but make sure to ask if there are any fees or drink requirements associated with the tickets, or else you may end up spending more at the bar than you anticipated.</p> <h2>4. Take Advantage of Free Entertainment</h2> <p>Free entertainment can be found all around the city at any time of the year, particularly during the warmer times of the year. Subscribe to <a href="http://ilovefreeconcerts.com/">Free New York City Concerts</a> to find out which free concerts and special events will be taking place near you. You can also get the full New York experience by attending a free show taping.</p> <h2>5. Spend a Day at the Museum</h2> <p>There are a number of museums throughout the city that <a href="http://www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish">offer free admission</a> on certain days, such as the MoMa, The Cloisters, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens also offers free entry on Tuesdays. Consider also attending a free gallery opening. You'll be able to enjoy free art, wine, and socializing opportunities.</p> <h2>6. Have a Picnic in the Park</h2> <p>New York is home to some of the most beautiful sprawling parks in the world, such as Central Park, Prospect Park, Bryant Park, and Highline Park. There are always events going on and things to see and do at the park that won't cost you much, like <a href="http://www.publictheater.org/en/programs--events/shakespeare-in-the-park/?SiteTheme=Shakespeare">Free Shakespeare in the Park</a> and free public kayaking programs at the Downtown Boathouse. You can also visit one of the small bodegas or cafés bordering one of the parks to pick up an affordable lunch to enjoy picnic-style at the park.</p> <h2>7. Find a Festival or Fair</h2> <p>There is always a festival going on in NYC. Whether it's a food, film, or music festival, there are always fun things to see, great things to eat, and prime people watching to enjoy. <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square-m">Union Square</a> also holds street fairs, farmers markets, and holiday events throughout the year, if you like to walk and shop. You can also walk the Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and photo ops. Coney Island can also give you the theme park experience, while combining great food, arcade games, and the beach and boardwalk. Just make sure to watch your spending at this tourist hotspot and keep the purchases to a minimum.</p> <h2>8. Don't Blow Your Budget on Shopping and Food</h2> <p>You can find cheap bagel and pizza spots around the city and great local stops in Chinatown, where $5 can actually take you far. Food trucks are also a quick way to sample the city's food, without going broke. Take advantage of lunch specials and happy hour whenever possible; they are great ways to enjoy your favorite restaurants' best food and drink choices for cheap. Drinking at the bar can cost you an average of $15 per drink, so look for BYOB places, happy hour specials, or just pregame at home.</p> <p>Another great way to try some of New York's trendiest eateries is through food festivals and events, such as <a href="http://www.smorgasburg.com/">Smorgasburg</a> and <a href="http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week">Restaurant Week</a>. There, you can taste little bites of the city's best foods without having to purchase an entire meal. At certain events, like A Taste of Fifth, once you purchase the ticket to the event, you can taste all the food you want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it?ref=seealso">$20 in New York City: The 15 Best Ways to Spend It</a>)</p> <p>SoHo may seem like a tempting stop, but you'll blow your budget in no time if you let your shopping instincts get the best of you. If you feel the need to shop, take advantage of NYC's famous thrift and discount stores, <a href="http://www.ny.com/shopping/flea/">flea markets</a>, outlets, and sample sales.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to save money in New York City? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it">$20 in New York City: The 15 Best Ways to Spend It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter</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-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke</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-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live 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/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel big apple free activities new york new york city tourism trips Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:00:20 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1554767 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_beach_day_000062117354.jpg" alt="Money finding ways to save money in LA" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's no secret that Los Angeles is expensive. In fact, it was ranked the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/los-angeles-ranked-second_b_6896700.html">second-worst U.S. city</a> for saving money. If you're living there, then rent is significantly higher than the national average, and if you're just planning a trip there, then hotels, airfare, food, and entertainment can really add up.</p> <p>Once you've taken advantage of an affordable travel package or found a great hotel deal, there are other ways to save money by living like the locals do. The best part about Los Angeles is the consistently beautiful weather, and we've found a number of ways for you to get even more from it. Whether you are living there or just spending a few days on vacation, we've compiled some tips to help save you money in the City of Angels.</p> <h2>1. Relax at the Beach</h2> <p>Southern California is famous for its beautiful beaches and coastline. You can visit famous spots like Newport Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla Beach, Coronado Beach, Malibu, and Venice Beach. Whichever beach you choose, it can provide endless hours of free entertainment.</p> <p>The Santa Monica Pier is home to a beautiful beach and boardwalk, complete with an admission-free amusement park, carousel, arcade, aquarium, shopping, food, and more. It's like visiting a theme park, without the high price tag.</p> <h2>2. Festivals Galore</h2> <p>There is always a festival going on somewhere in California. Visit the <a href="http://californiafairsandfestivals.com/">California Fairs and Festivals</a> page to find out what free events and festivals are happening near you. There are also <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/thingstodoinlosangeles/a/LA_Art_Walks.htm">free art walks</a> throughout LA on a monthly and quarterly basis. Many galleries, office buildings, and even apartment complexes will host receptions. During this time, you can take advantage of free music, art, food, and drinks, all while taking in the sights and sounds of LA.</p> <h2>3. See the Hollywood Sights</h2> <p>Driving down Sunset, Hollywood, and Vine can give you a glimpse into the glamorous California lifestyle and provide perfect photo ops, like the famed Hollywood sign. If you want a true Hollywood experience, just park your car and visit the Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, and more, all within walking distance. Central to it all, the <a href="http://hollywoodandhighland.com/">Hollywood and Highland Center</a> also offers shopping, dining, and more, with $2 parking for up to two hours with validation.</p> <h2>4. Free (or Discounted) Tours</h2> <p>Tours are usually very affordable or free. You can take part in walking, biking, or bus tours, or you can take your time with an online tour or through a smartphone app like <a href="https://www.strayboots.com/locations/los-angeles/tours">Stray Boots</a>. You can also find deals on tours and attractions on discount sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local Deals. Take advantage of free tours at locations like the Los Angeles City Hall and the Downtown LA Central Library.</p> <h2>5. Spend Time at the Park</h2> <p>Los Angeles offers beautiful sites and hiking trails through Runyon Canyon, Kenneth Hahn Park, and Griffith Park. You can enjoy the sights, go for a bike ride, or have a romantic picnic for two. Many of the parks, such as Grand Park and Bluff Park, even offer free yoga throughout the week. The options are limitless and none of them cost a thing. If you're serious about taking in California's beautiful National Parks, then consider getting a <a href="http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html">National Park Pass</a>. You'll be able to visit the parks as often as you like throughout the year, saving you money on admission fees.</p> <h2>6. Visit a Museum</h2> <p>Museums can provide tons of free entertainment, so take advantage of the <a href="http://freemuseumday.org/la.html">free museums in Los Angeles</a> to soak up some culture. The best free museums include the J. Paul Getty Museum, California Science Center, Griffith Observatory, Travel Town Museum, California African-American Museum, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA.</p> <h2>7. Forget the Theme Parks</h2> <p>The Venice Beach Boardwalk, Santa Monica Pier and Boardwalk, Universal CityWalk, and Downtown Disney can provide the theme park experience, without an entry fee. You can enjoy rides, shopping, food, and fun, all in a prime location. If you are intent on visiting one or more of California's theme parks (like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Sea World, and Six Flags), consider purchasing a <a href="https://www.kijubi.com/prod/27042/Southern-California-CityPASS?aid=1018">Southern California CityPASS</a> or <a href="http://www.smartdestinations.com/los-angeles-attractions-and-tours/_d_Lax-p1.html?pass=Lax_Prod_Go">Go Los Angeles Card</a>, which offers savings of up to 55% on some of California's most popular theme parks, events, and attractions.</p> <h2>8. Shopping and Food</h2> <p>California is famous for its destination shopping centers, like Melrose and Rodeo Drive, but that can be really costly. If you're looking to find some of the latest trends without blowing your budget, then you can find some great deals in <a href="http://www.thesanteealley.com/">Santee Alley</a>. You can find discounted men's wear, women's wear, accessories, and more in this Fashion District stop. <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/thingstodoinlosangeles/ig/Olvera-Street-Walking-Tour/">Olvera Street</a> is another fun stop where you can take advantage of some great bargains, authentic food, and an experience unique to Los Angeles. There are also some great local swap meets, like the Los Angeles City College Swap Meet, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Valley Indoor Swap Meet, and Slauson Super Mall, that offer unique and vintage finds at a bargain.</p> <p>Los Angeles is home to some of the best food in the world, but it comes at a high cost. Fortunately, you can get some great eats at a discount if you ask the locals, keep your eyes open, and shop at one of the many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">local farmers markets</a>. If you'll be visiting anytime from January through July, consider taking advantage of <a href="http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-restaurant-week">Los Angeles Restaurant Week</a>, where you can sample some of LA's best restaurants with a fixed menu at discounted prices. You can also take advantage of <a href="http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/">Street Food Cinema</a> and <a href="http://eatseehear.com/">Eat | See | Hear</a> for free live music, movie screenings, and local street fare.</p> <h2>9. Save on Transportation</h2> <p>There are a number of public transportation options, which can save you time and money, and help you avoid the famous Los Angeles traffic and parking. California weather is perfect for skateboarding, walking, and riding your bike to get around, but there are also some great public transportation options, including the Metro, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and the Culver City Bus.</p> <h2>10. Free Entertainment</h2> <p>One great thing about being in such a big city is the endless free entertainment. You can have the true Hollywood experience by attending a free television show taping, take in the Rose Parade, and enjoy other unique experiences that won't cost you a dime. You can also find deals, free items, and cheap eats on About.com's <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/discounts/">local discount page</a> year-round.</p> <p>The city offers free music throughout the year at a number of locations, such as the Santa Monica Pier, Downtown LA, Long Beach, Venice Beach, and Pasadena. During the summer, there are even <a href="http://golosangeles.about.com/od/losangelescalendar/tp/ConcertSeries.htm">more free concerts</a>, which you can enjoy in the beautiful weather. There are also endless free comedy shows, so if comedy is your thing, make sure to find a comedy club near you that offers free shows. You can also sign up for <a href="https://www.goldstar.com/signup">Goldstar</a>, which offers discounted tickets to the best concerts, sports events, theatre, and more.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to save money in Los Angeles? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-seattle">Free and Cheap Things to Do in Seattle</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-travel-hacks-for-an-affordable-summer-road-trip">7 Travel Hacks for an Affordable Summer Road 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-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke</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-best-cities-for-frugal-lovers-of-the-arts">6 Best Cities for Frugal Lovers of the Arts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel beaches california cheap activities concerts LA Los Angeles museums tourism Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:00:27 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1542114 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Worst Travel Values http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-worst-travel-values" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_vacation_000054076798.jpg" alt="Couple on vacation experiencing worst travel values" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Treating yourself to a vacation should be just that &mdash; a treat. And treating yourself by paying extra for some things you normally wouldn't splurge on, such as a massage on the beach or an overpriced cocktail with a view, should be considered a normal part of some vacations.</p> <p>But some travel expenses &mdash; from small to big &mdash; just aren't worth the money. Even some things travelers believe actually save them money are also bad deals. Here are seven of the worst travel values we could find. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youre-paying-too-much-for-when-you-travel-and-how-to-pay-less?ref=seealso">10 Things You're Paying Too Much for When You Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Visiting Popular Locations in Peak Season</h2> <p>Sometimes you can't get around this, especially if you have children. If your family is set on going to Hawaii, Disneyland, or another popular resort during summer vacation, then plan on paying more as you compete with the masses for flights, hotel rooms, rental cars, and anything else you need. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-popular-vacation-spots-that-arent-worth-the-money-and-where-to-go-instead?ref=seealso">7 Popular Vacation Spots Not Worth the Money</a>)</p> <h2>2. Room Service Breakfast</h2> <p>It sounds like a good idea at night before you go to sleep: Check off a few items on the doorknob menu, and in the morning breakfast will be delivered to your door. While you may save time while getting ready for the day in your room, you probably won't save any money.</p> <p>Look closely at the room service menu and you'll not only see inflated prices for nearly everything, but delivery charges are usually exorbitant, too. The hotel restaurant is usually a cheaper alternative, and if that doesn't work for you, find someplace else nearby that serves breakfast. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/19-things-most-tourists-overpay-for-and-how-you-can-avoid-them?ref=seealso">19 Things Tourists Overpay For</a>)</p> <h2>3. Not Doing the Math on Credit Card Points</h2> <p>If you have a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-hotel-deals-and-rewards">hotel credit card</a> that gives you reward points for spending, it can be a smart way to get a free room for a few nights while you're on vacation. But different cards and loyalty programs offer different values for their points. Before you choose where to spend your points on (or even which <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">travel reward card to sign up for</a>), do your research to figure out which program has properties and award flights where you want to go. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/comparing-miles-which-airline-loyalty-program-is-better?ref=seealso">Which Airline Loyalty Program Has the Best Value for Their Miles?</a>)</p> <h2>4. Perks That Cancel Each Other Out</h2> <p>Stacking perks is a great idea, but sometimes they can cancel each other out, and you won't get as great of a value as you thought. For example, using Hotels.com coupons prevents users from collecting its Welcome Rewards. And using one of its coupons that's worth less than 9% is actually worth less than using the reward points.</p> <p>Its Welcome Rewards gives users a free night for every 10 when collecting rewards, essentially giving 11 stays for the price of 10 &mdash; roughly a 9% savings. Therefore, finding a coupon worth 10% off or more is a better deal than collecting reward points. But if the coupon is less than 9%, then the rewards points offer better savings.</p> <p>Travelers can also use a rewards credit card to earn points and and use coupons or collect rewards to double down on benefits</p> <h2>5. Paying for Wi-Fi</h2> <p>Putting technology aside can be a good goal during vacation, but sometimes it's not that easy. An Internet connection can help you plan the next day by studying maps and looking for things to do. Unfortunately, travelers are often charged for Wi-Fi access, with $15 for 24 hours of use common.</p> <p>High-end hotels are more likely to charge for Wi-Fi, while smaller ones are getting the message that guests don't want to pay for such basic services, and usually offer it for free. If you can't get Internet service for free in your room, go to the lobby and have your device search for free access.</p> <h2>6. Guided Tours</h2> <p>With few exceptions, guided tours are often overpriced side trips that you can plan on your own. Tours are especially popular at cruise ship dockings, and can be booked through the cruise line at mega mark-ups. Instead, find a locally governed taxi to take you to the beach &mdash; along with a return trip.</p> <h2>7. Saving Money Over Time</h2> <p>Your vacation time is limited, making it a valuable asset that shouldn't be wasted. That hotel on the outskirts of town is probably a lot cheaper than one downtown, but it won't look like much of a deal when you spend an hour on a train or bus to get to the historic center of town.</p> <p>The same goes for travel. A short flight or train trip in Europe is more expensive than taking a bus or ferry (or both), but it will give you more time to spend exploring Paris, for example.</p> <p>Don't let these poor values dissuade you from traveling. It just takes a little extra work.</p> <p><em>How do you save while on vacation?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel 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/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today">Why This Thing in Your Wallet Is Almost Useless Today</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-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service">5 Airlines With the Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel peak season room service spending tourism vacation values Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:01:57 +0000 Aaron Crowe 1392312 at http://www.wisebread.com Why This Thing in Your Wallet Is Almost Useless Today http://www.wisebread.com/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thrift_shopping_travel_000035257486.jpg" alt="Woman shopping with practically useless travelers checks" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fewer and fewer people are using travelers checks today, but at one time they were considered a popular form of payment when traveling abroad: There was about <a href="http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/TVCKSSL">$9 billion in travelers checks</a> outstanding back in 1996. Fast forward to February 2015, and that value has dramatically dropped to just $2.9 billion! This explains why one major worldwide currency exchange company, Travelex, stopped issuing travelers checks in 2008.</p> <p>Here are five good reasons why fewer people are using travelers checks today &mdash; and why you probably shouldn't use them anymore, either.</p> <h2>1. Limited Acceptance of Checks Across the World</h2> <p>If their declining popularity isn't enough of a deterrent, here's another: Several countries are planning to <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8414341.stm">stop accepting checks</a> as forms of payment in the near future. For example, the U.K. set October 31, 2018 as a target date to encourage other forms of payment. Virtually all major British supermarket chains in the U.K. don't accept any form of check (or &quot;cheque&quot; in British English), including travelers checks.</p> <p>Other countries, such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, did away with checks about 30 years ago. The more countries that stop using checks, the more cumbersome it becomes for banks to process travelers checks.</p> <h2>2. Fewer Redemption Locations</h2> <p>A review of online travel forum discussions about redeeming travelers checks abroad is very discouraging. From Puerto Rico to Vietnam, many travel destinations share common pain points about processing travelers checks:</p> <ul> <li>Travelers checks can only be redeemed at banks or exchange houses. Both of these have limited hours of operation.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Exchange rates at locations accepting travelers checks are far worse than those at other financial institutions.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Difficult Redemption Process</h2> <p>If finding a redemption location isn't hard enough, it's also difficult to cash those travelers checks. Some actual <a href="http://www.consumeraffairs.com/credit_cards/amex_travelers_cheques.html">users of travelers checks</a> complain that they:</p> <ul> <li>Were not able to cash travelers checks at locations that sell those same checks<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Had to still pay for exchange fees and commissions, even after having paid for those charges upfront<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Were asked for their social security number when redeeming the checks<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Must hold an account at the bank cashing the travelers checks<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Had their travelers checks &quot;bounce.&quot;</li> </ul> <p>Keep in mind that on top of valid photo identification (very often your passport), you also have to present your original purchase receipt when redeeming travelers checks. This means that you have to carry your passport more often than necessary, increasing the chances of losing that valuable document.</p> <p>Also, if you lose you original purchase receipt, you may be completely out of luck and may not be able to cash in your checks abroad at all.</p> <h2>4. Expensive Redemption Fees</h2> <p>On top of getting less money (from a less favorable exchange rate) in local currency, you could also get hit with additional charges. These charges can range from 0.75% to 2.5% with minimum transaction fees as well.</p> <p>Some countries may also impose redemption limits. For example, redemption locations in Mexico enforce a maximum daily limit of $300-$500 and a maximum monthly limit of $4,999. This means that additional processing fees, such as commission charges, will hit your pocket again and again with each additional redemption.</p> <h2>5. Cheaper Alternatives</h2> <p>There was a time in which all credit cards would hit you with a flat fee per foreign transaction, a percentage fee for total purchase amount, and a foreign currency fee. Nowadays there are plenty of debit and credit cards that charge no fees when used abroad. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-signs-you-ought-to-get-another-credit-card?ref=seealso">10 Signs You Ought to Get Another Credit Card</a>)</p> <p>Contact your financial institution to check if it offers a credit card without foreign transaction fees. Also take a look at our list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">best travel reward credit cards</a> with no foreign transaction fees. Remember that some financial institutions may require you to notify them in advance if you plan to use your card abroad.</p> <p>Another cheaper alternative to travelers checks are ATM cards. Certain banks with very large international networks, such as Citibank, charge <a href="https://online.citibank.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=TravelingAbroad">no fees for withdrawals</a> at participating locations. Other banks, such as Ally, may charge you a <a href="https://www.ally.com/help/bank/atms-withdrawals.html">fee of up to 1%</a> for using an ATM in a foreign country. Depending on your destination, this charge may be much lower than the one for using travelers checks.</p> <p>Contact your financial institution to find out all applicable charges and learn how to minimize ATM fees when traveling abroad.</p> <p><em>What is your craziest story about using travelers checks abroad? Please share in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fool-proof-ways-to-stay-within-your-travel-budget">7 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Within Your Travel 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/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</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-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service">5 Airlines With the Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel cheques tourism travelers checks vacation Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:00:32 +0000 Damian Davila 1380928 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/souvenir-4066083-small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="175" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tourism is a multibillion-dollar industry and souvenir sales make up a significant portion of that pie. If you&rsquo;ve traveled at all, you&rsquo;ve likely noticed gift stores on almost every corner in high-traffic, touristy areas and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-road-trips-here-and-there-little-savings-everywhere" target="_blank">smaller vendors in less-traveled areas</a> that welcome out of town visitors. There are no limits to what you may find in a souvenir shop: stuffed animals, clothing, shot glasses, or even &quot;souvenir water&quot; from places like Niagara Falls. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-way-to-save-money-on-vacation" target="_blank">The Easiest Way to Save Money on Vacation</a>)</p> <p>Most of these items are pretty useless, but we feel good when we buy souvenirs because we&rsquo;re certain our friends and family back home will love them. But if your friend isn&rsquo;t an avid keychain collector and your kids are too old for stuffed animals, is it really worth paying all that extra money for the sake of bringing back souvenirs? Or, to take it a step further, should you buy souvenirs at all?</p> <p>I&rsquo;d say no.</p> <h2>Zero &quot;Obligation&quot;</h2> <p>There is little utility value to most souvenir items, and yet we still find ourselves buying impractical, overpriced trinkets out of some sense of obligation to the folks back home. Remember that tourism is a highly profit-driven industry and extreme markups on cheap items (sometimes in excess of 50-60% of the item&rsquo;s actual value) are commonplace. Travel is expensive enough; why squander Euros, rupees, yuan, etc. on souvenirs that will inevitably find their way to the back of someone&rsquo;s closet?</p> <h2>Travel Hassle</h2> <p>In 2010, I was returning to the US from a month in Europe with a group of other exchange students. One girl bought a snow globe for her parents on the way to the airport, as a last-minute, obligatory souvenir. Unfortunately, it was bigger than the allowable &quot;tennis ball size&quot; snow globe and airport security promptly confiscated it. Since 9/11, the number of limits on carry-on items has skyrocketed, particularly where liquid or &quot;sharp&quot; items are concerned. Souvenirs present another hassle to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clipped-wings-can-consumers-fix-air-travel" target="_blank">already-hectic air travel</a> plans, and, sometimes, you could be encouraging illegal activities without even realizing it.</p> <p>&quot;If you come across people selling wildlife or wildlife products, be aware that those 'souvenirs' could very well be endangered species that have been poached from the wild and are being sold illegally,&quot; Senior Policy Officer for U.S. Government Relations Will Gartshore said in a <a href="http://worldwildlife.org/stories/12-travel-tips-that-are-good-for-conservation" target="_blank">World Wildlife Fund article</a>. This is especially true of the fur and ivory industries, which are targeting tourists who may not be aware of these illegal activities. Why risk it? Not buying souvenirs at all is a simple way to avoid this problem.</p> <h2>Worker Exploitation and Scams</h2> <p>In addition to animal-related incidents, there have been reports of worker exploitation on the fringes of the tourism industry. <a href="http://www.scmp.com/article/290043/rights-group-attacks-worker-exploitation" target="_blank">Allegations of souvenir companies overworking their laborers</a> and exposing them to toxic chemicals in the factories have come to light, and <a href="http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/772524.shtml#.UYgpwKvwKHc" target="_blank">New Zealand&rsquo;s tourism industry recently experienced scandals</a> involving mislabeled and overpriced &quot;Made in New Zealand&quot; rugs (that were really made by cheap laborers in Peru). These are only a few instances amongst many, and as a frugal tourist, remember that getting a bargain on souvenirs may have some unforeseen consequences.</p> <h2>Alternatives</h2> <p>But if you don&rsquo;t want to avoid buying souvenirs altogether, there are a few, frugal ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-and-functional-souvenir-ideas" target="_blank">bring a little <em>something</em> back</a> for your friends and family. Photos and maps are inexpensive and probably last longer than a cheap keychain. You could also bring back coasters and pens from hotels you stayed at, and places like Disney World or Disneyland hand out freebies such as pins (for special occasions), character or princess stickers, and the Autopia &quot;driver's license.&quot; If you're vacationing off the beaten path, consider taking home a pressed leaf (they make for great wall art) or a little jar of sand (though mind the rules about removing sea shells from the beach, especially if you're in an environmentally-sensitive area).</p> <p>Saving the best for last, postcards are the true winners when it comes to souvenirs. They&rsquo;re simple, personalized, and affordable (just pay for the postcard and postage). That way, your friends and family still get a piece of your vacation without cluttering their homes or overstretching your wallet like traditional souvenirs often do.</p> <p><em>What about you? Do you like buying souvenirs or do you have something else you like to bring back home? Tell us in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-kehoe">Kelly Kehoe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easiest-way-to-save-money-on-vacation">The Easiest Way to Save Money on 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/sleeping-in-airports-for-the-stranded-and-frugal-minded">Sleeping In Airports For The Stranded And Frugal Minded</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-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-money-at-the-post-office">How to Save Money at the Post Office</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Shopping Travel frugal travel frugal vacations postcards souvenirs tourism Tue, 14 May 2013 09:48:38 +0000 Kelly Kehoe 973919 at http://www.wisebread.com Jobs That Offer Free Room and Board http://www.wisebread.com/jobs-that-offer-free-room-and-board <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/jobs-that-offer-free-room-and-board" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3571991834_52b8b5431f_z.jpg" alt="nanny" title="nanny" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not everyone is looking for the same kind of job perks these days; health insurance, 401(k), and paid time off might be good for some, while others would benefit more from a warm meal and a place to crash. Many employment opportunities do offer some variation on &ldquo;room and board&rdquo;, although this may also entail long or irregular working hours. If you're willing to trade in the 9-to-5 for something more nontraditional, these gigs may be just what you're looking for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a>)</p> <h2>Nanny</h2> <p>A quick glance at the new reality TV show &ldquo;Beverly Hills Nannies&rdquo; will tell you that taking care of someone's children is not a walk in the park. For someone who is looking to save on rent, expand their work history, or who really enjoys working with kids, however, becoming a live-in caregiver for children definitely has some benefits. In addition to a sleeping room, meals with the family, and occasional access to transportation, some of the better nanny jobs include an extra ticket to the next family vacation. Not all nannies have a live-in situation, but for those that do, the decent weekly salary helps make it an attractive option for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/college/college-resources">college-aged adults</a>.</p> <h2>Adult Care Service Provider</h2> <p>On the other end of the age spectrum is the role of care-giving for grown-ups. Whether you are providing services for an elderly client, an adult with special medical needs, or someone with developmental disabilities, many of these jobs will let you stay on the premises through your resting hours. Not all jobs that offer room and board will pay you additionally during your sleep time, and those that do usually pay at a discounted rate. Some jobs at group homes, for example, allow you to eat with the clients, and in some cases, catch some shut eye when everyone else goes to bed.</p> <h2>Farm or Ranch Hand</h2> <p>Working in an agricultural setting is hard work; so much so, in fact, that many large farming operations rely on their employees to be available 24/7. Someone with the right skills and an excellent work ethic could get a job at a farm, dairy, or ranch for decent pay and the benefit of living in a farm-owned residence. While usually not as posh as many farm-owner homes, these arrangements do allow for you to be close to your work (no commute) with no extra rent check to pay.</p> <h2>Tourism Industry Worker</h2> <p>The tourism niche is so broad that it literally encompasses about every job you can imagine. Cooks, waitstaff, massage therapists, medical professionals, personal trainers, housekeepers, retail associates, and management are just a few of the jobs available at lodges, cruise ships, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">vacation destinations worldwide</a>. Many of the positions include completely free room and board for the duration of the season; others offer deeply discounted or subsidized housing.</p> <h2>Military</h2> <p>While not always comfy, serving your country does take care of the how, when, and where of your living arrangements. Many will not be up to the challenge of sleeping in a cramped sub or taking on the tent life that overseas duty can entail; some military families have thrived in base housing, however, even in spite of the modest accommodations.</p> <h2>Pastor</h2> <p>The face of America's churches is changing daily, but the &ldquo;preacher's house&rdquo; is still a perk available in some parts of the country for those in the profession of faith. Many full-time head pastors get a modest salary and use of the nearby home on church property, in addition to benefits typical employees get (life and health insurance, for example.)</p> <p>As the population of our country ages and people start thinking outside of normal employment traditions to get the services they need, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-accommodations-and-paid-jobs-on-boats">room and board arrangements</a> are likely to get even more common. Be sure to use discretion when applying for any job that offers it, however; sharing your abode with your employer is a personal decision &mdash; not to be taken lightly.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jobs-that-offer-free-room-and-board">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer">12 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Job Offer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-great-home-gadgets-that-can-save-you-real-money">3 Great Home Gadgets That Can Save You Real Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-robotic-mops">The 5 Best Robotic Mops</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Job Hunting free housing nontraditional jobs tourism Thu, 06 Sep 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Linsey Knerl 954327 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Do for Under $5 in the Omaha Metro Area http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-for-under-5-in-the-omaha-metro-area <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-do-for-under-5-in-the-omaha-metro-area" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/omaha new.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Omaha was my home for over 6 years, and while I enjoy living a more rural existence, I still frequent the metro for exciting entertainment options and unique shopping excursions. And while five bucks won&#39;t buy you the largest sized blended drink at Starbucks, it can get you admission to these ten other hot happenings in the Omaha metro area. Check out these frugal hot spots in the Big O! </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><a href="http://www.joslyn.org/"><strong>Joslyn Art Museum</strong></a> – This isn&#39;t your average rinky dink art gallery. Thousands of top-notch art exhibits have made their way through the halls of Joslyn in the years it has been open to the public. Past favorites have included Karl Bodmer, William Joyce, Denise Fleming, and pieces rescued from the New Orleans Museum of Art. Many fine pieces make their permanent home at the Joslyn, including Du Bois, Mary Cassat, and Degas. Senior Citizens, children, and college students get in for $5 or less anytime, but on Saturdays from 10am – noon, it&#39;s free for EVERYONE! Their phenomenal series of Jazz on the Green shows have ended for the year, but activities such as <a href="http://www.joslyn.org/Calendar/default.aspx?c=9">College Night (Sept 12)</a> offer food, music, and culture for absolutely no money! </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Take in the memorials</strong> – Remembering those who have come before us may not always seem like a lively way to spend a free afternoon, but there is much to learn while visiting these monuments: <a href="http://www.visitomaha.com/listings/index.cfm?action=displayListing&amp;listingID=56919&amp;catID=4&amp;subCatID=22&amp;notify=1">Gerald Ford Birth site and Monument</a>, <a href="http://www.visitomaha.com/listings/index.cfm?action=displayListing&amp;listingID=56758&amp;catID=4&amp;subCatID=22&amp;notify=1">Boys Town Hall of History</a> (which includes the world&#39;s largest ball of stamps), and <a href="http://www.visitomaha.com/listings/index.cfm?action=displayListing&amp;listingID=56776&amp;catID=11&amp;subCatID=34&amp;notify=1">Cancer Survivors Park</a>, <a href="http://www.visitomaha.com/listings/webcounter.cfm?listingID=57060&amp;weburl=www.ci.omaha.ne.us/parks">Memorial Park </a>(honoring WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans). </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Skate! </strong> - Omaha has several top-notch ice skating rinks to choose from. The cheaper one to go to is the <a href="http://www.ci.omaha.ne.us/parks/Ice%20arenas/icemain.htm">Motto McLean Arena</a> (where you can skate for $2.50 plus a $1.50 skate rental.) </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Support local art</strong> – Take in the sights and sounds of the Old Market and some unique artistic talent at the <a href="http://www.bemiscenter.org/">Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts</a>. Located in the upper floors of the historic buildings, artists live and work where visitors can see! </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><a href="http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks/guides/parksearch/etmactivity.asp"><strong>Mahoney State Park</strong></a> – For the price of a daily park pass, you can get into the newest state park setup this part of the state has to offer! Located near Gretna, beautiful scenery, a nature conservatory, and an activities center (featuring $2 admission, cheap archery, an indoor playground, and ice skating) are just a few of the perks this park has to offer! </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Gene Leahy Mall</strong> – This is the perfect place to stroll! This ten-acre park is right smack dab in the middle of historic downtown Omaha. Completely free and open until 11pm daily, you can explore waterfalls, gardens, the amphitheater and sculptures. </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><strong>Heartland of America Park</strong> – Right next to the Gene Leahy Mall (in historic downtown), this park sports a breathtaking 300-foot fountain from April to Nov. Grab a boat ride for just $2 a person. </p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">These are just a few of the better-known free and cheap attractions in Omaha. (I clearly left off the buffets that you can find for less than $5... not everyone enjoys cheap noodles.) Locals will have more fun hang-outs that they can share, but this list is a great place to start!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-for-under-5-in-the-omaha-metro-area">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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