Travel https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/254/all en-US 5 Ways to Get Through Airport Security Faster https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-through-airport-security-faster <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-get-through-airport-security-faster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_happy_airport_517521137.jpg" alt="Man waiting for a flight at the airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Airport security is the bane of travelers everywhere. What should be a matter of keeping us safe has often devolved into waiting in lines that can take hours to get through. It's easy to give up and conclude that there&rsquo;s nothing you can do about it, but that&rsquo;s where you&rsquo;d be wrong. Here are five easy ways to get through airport security faster. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Get TSA PreCheck</h2> <p>PreCheck is a rapidly expanding program that allows travelers to opt out of the standard lines and receive expedited screening. With this screening, you don&rsquo;t have to remove your shoes, belts, or light jackets. Your liquids and laptop can stay packed, and you won&rsquo;t have to go through the fully invasive scanners, just a plain old metal detector. Not only are the lines shorter here, but they move quicker as well.</p> <p>To get PreCheck, you can sign up for it in two different ways. One is to enroll directly in PreCheck through the TSA. Doing so requires an $85 application fee and if you are accepted, your membership is good for five years. The other way is to enroll in the <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sign-up-for-global-entry?ref=internal" target="_blank">Global Entry program</a>, which speeds you through immigration upon arrival in the United States, and also includes TSA PreCheck access. Global Entry has a $100 application fee and is also good for five years. Finally, there are many <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-credit-card-perks-thatll-make-your-summer-travels-easier?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit cards that offer a $100 credit</a> toward the application fees for either TSA PreCheck or Global Entry.</p> <p>Once you have been approved for either program, you&rsquo;ll receive a known traveler number that you'll have to enter into your airline reservations for airlines that participate. Then, your boarding passes should indicate access to the PreCheck lines.</p> <h2>2. Enroll in Clear</h2> <p>Before you can begin your actual security screening, you must pass through a TSA checkpoint that verifies your ID and your boarding pass. Clear is a private company that uses fingerprint and eye scanners to verify your identity. The Clear program allows you to bypass this document check (and the line for it) and proceed right to the x-ray machines. Once they verify your identity, you can still use the PreCheck line if you are eligible. A one-year membership is $179, or $15 per month.</p> <h2>3. Hold elite status with any airline</h2> <p>When you have elite status with an airline, you are entitled to a shorter line at security in most airports. The justification for letting your relationship with an airline determine your access to government services is that the airlines pay for the lines to be policed.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve been able to access these lines with a card showing elite status from any airline, even if it&rsquo;s not the one I&rsquo;m flying. This only works with the regular security line, not the TSA PreCheck line, but it&rsquo;s better than nothing. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-free-or-low-cost-airline-seats-in-premium-classes?ref=internal" target="_blank">Best Airlines for Scoring First or Business Class Award Seats</a>)</p> <h2>4. Use the MyTSA App to check wait times</h2> <p>Larger airports often have multiple TSA checkpoints, and even some smaller ones do, too. You can quickly find out where the shortest wait time is by using the <a href="https://www.tsa.gov/mobile" target="_blank">MyTSA app</a>. In fact, this app will also share when is likely to be the busiest times on a particular day, so that you can plan your trips accordingly.</p> <h2>5. Prepare before you reach the checkpoint</h2> <p>Too many people feel that the time to remove all the metal from their pockets is right before passing through the metal detector. Others feel that they need to unpack and repack their carry-ons right on the tables before the x-ray machines. Instead, you can speed up your trip through security by performing these tasks before you even get in line. I like to clear my pockets and prepare my carry-on in the terminal before I approach security, and I have no problem going around people who have chosen to do this at the last second, holding up everyone else.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/jason-steele">Jason Steele</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-get-through-airport-security-faster">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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-an-empty-seat-next-to-you-on-your-next-flight">How to Score an Empty Seat Next to You on Your Next Flight</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="https://www.wisebread.com/12-preflight-tricks-that-make-long-flights-bearable">12 Preflight Tricks That Make Long Flights Bearable</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight">9 Things You Should Always Carry on an Economy Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-british-airways-points-on-us-flights">How to Use British Airways Points on U.S. Flights</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="https://www.wisebread.com/3-first-class-airlines-that-are-dripping-with-luxury">3 First Class Airlines That Are Dripping With Luxury</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airport security airport tips flight tips security line travel tips tsa precheck Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:00:11 +0000 Jason Steele 2166867 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Websites to Book Cheaper Travel Packages https://www.wisebread.com/5-websites-to-book-cheaper-travel-packages <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-websites-to-book-cheaper-travel-packages" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_venice_italy_891461894.jpg" alt="Woman finding places to book cheaper travel packages" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you think all travel booking sites are the same, and they offer indistinguishable packages at identical prices &mdash; think again. While many of them appear similar and offer comparable deals, they each have subtle differences that provide benefits. Which one is right for you will largely depend on the type of travel you're trying to book and your flexibility.</p> <p>One of the best ways to save money, time, and hassle when booking a getaway is to opt for an all-inclusive bundle. These can include a combination of hotel, flights, and car rentals, and sometimes even attraction entrance passes. For this type of package, there are certain sites and stores that are guaranteed to present you with some great bargains. Here are five sites to <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package?ref=internal" target="_blank" rel="noopener">book cheaper travel packages</a>.</p> <h2>1. Costco</h2> <p>Costco isn't just a chain of warehouses where people load up on wholesale goods at bargain prices. They also have an in-house travel agency called <a href="https://www.costcotravel.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Costco Travel</a> that you can use to find deals on cruises, hotel stays, rental cars, and also full vacation packages. They use the buying power accrued from being one of the largest retailers in the world to negotiate big savings on vacations for their customers.</p> <p>As with their stores, you have to be a member to access Costco's travel deals. A standard yearly membership is $60. However, you're still able to search without being a member, so you can check out the deals before committing. An added benefit of Costco packages is that many come with complimentary amenities that can range from credit to be redeemed at the resort to multiday attraction passes, so you're getting even more bang for your buck.</p> <h2>2. Expedia</h2> <p>While you can book flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and activities individually on <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-12639039">Expedia</a>, you can really score good deals on this site with travel packages. They have a specific option to &quot;Bundle and Save&quot; that allows you to bundle bookings for any combination of flights, hotels, and car rentals. Not only does this save you the time and hassle of having to organize all of these elements separately, it also enables you to save money.</p> <p>The interface is really user-friendly, and rather than offering preset bundles, it allows you to build your own package with numerous options at each stage. They also have a selection of what they call &quot;Unreal Deals&quot; that are usually exceptional value packages where you might get the cost of your airfare covered completely from the savings. At each stage of the process, you can see exactly what the price is and the savings you're getting from bundling your package together. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds?ref=seealso" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a>)</p> <h2>3. Travelocity</h2> <p>At first glance, you might think <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10395159">Travelocity</a> is remarkably similar to Expedia, with the search box on the front page looking almost identical. And you'd be absolutely right, as they're both owned by the Expedia Group; so the interface, look, and feel of the two sites is almost indistinguishable. However, they're actually run independently, which still allows and even encourages them to compete with each other.</p> <p>The upshot of this is that while the search functions, the focus on bundled packages, and even the deals may be very similar, the prices might not be. Each company has access to the same metadata as the basis of their deals, but they negotiate with the partners separately, so it pays to use Expedia and Travelocity in conjunction when searching to see which has the best price for the specific package you're looking for.</p> <h2>4. Priceline</h2> <p>The site used to be famous for the &quot;Name Your Own Price&quot; feature that allowed you to bid on flights, hotels, and car rental deals by entering what you wanted to pay in a process similar to an auction. This has now been phased out, but <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10592070">Priceline</a> still offers great discounts to be found on hotel, flight, and car packages. Priceline's site says you can achieve savings of up to $625 when you bundle your hotel and flight together.</p> <p>They also have a feature called &quot;Express Deals&quot; that allows you to score great prices on hotel rooms, getting up to 60 percent off by purchasing them without knowing the name of the hotel. The reason for this is that hotels don't want to advertise the fact that they're making such big reductions. So while you can see general details on the hotel, like its star rating, general location, and amenities, you only find out its name when you actually book. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-ways-to-save-money-on-hotels?ref=seealso" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Hotels</a>)</p> <h2>5. CheapOair</h2> <p>Like the other sites on this list, <a href="https://www.cheapoair.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">CheapOair</a> allows you to build your own travel packages to include flights, hotels, and cars. They call their package deals &quot;Vacations&quot; and can secure you fantastic savings by booking elements together instead of individually. But what sets CheapOair apart from the other booking sites is that they place a large emphasis on group bookings, and catering to large groups.</p> <p>Most booking sites have a limit of around six adults, whereas CheapOair's limit stands at nine. If you're looking to book for even more people, you can get in touch with their dedicated team of travel agents who will assist you with building the package you require. You can do this by giving them a call directly. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tell-if-your-vacation-package-a-good-deal?ref=seealso" target="_blank" rel="noopener">How to Tell If Your Vacation Package Is a Good Deal</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-websites-to-book-cheaper-travel-packages">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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-travel-big-on-a-tiny-budget">9 Ways to Travel Big on a Tiny 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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less">How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less">How 2 People Can See Paris for $500 or Less</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-and-unforgettable-experiences-to-have-in-national-parks-this-summer">5 Affordable and Unforgettable Experiences to Have in National Parks This Summer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-overwater-bungalows-you-can-book-with-rewards-points">5 Overwater Bungalows You Can Book With Rewards Points</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel affordable travel flights and hotels saving money travel booking travel budget travel package travel tips Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:00:12 +0000 Nick Wharton 2166688 at https://www.wisebread.com A First-Timer's Guide to Using Airbnb https://www.wisebread.com/a-first-timers-guide-to-using-airbnb <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-first-timers-guide-to-using-airbnb" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_arriving_at_summer_vacation_rental.jpg" alt="Couple Arriving At Summer Vacation Rental" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've been on the internet at all in the past five years, or have friends who travel frequently, chances are you've heard of Airbnb. But if you haven't tried it for yourself, it can seem a bit ... <em>weird</em>.</p> <p>After all, you're staying in real people's homes, and what if your hosts turn out to be ax murderers or some other horror movie cliché? Fear not. If you aspire to travel more frequently, Airbnb should definitely be one of the tools in your arsenal. Here's how it works, and how you can make the most of it on your first stay.</p> <h2>How Airbnb works</h2> <p>Airbnb is essentially the Uber of hotels. It works like this: Regular, everyday people will put up a listing of lodging that they have available in their own home, or on a separate property that they own.</p> <p>You book the property through the Airbnb app or website directly, and they handle all payments, communication, and dispute resolution (if needed) between you and the host.</p> <p>There are three types of lodging you can book on Airbnb:</p> <h3>Shared rooms</h3> <p>Shared rooms are the cheapest option, but you may be sleeping in the same room with other people, hostel-style.</p> <h3>Private rooms</h3> <p>Private rooms are the next level up in terms of privacy and price. You might not have your own kitchen and bathroom area, but at least you'll be sleeping by yourself.</p> <h3>Entire places</h3> <p>Entire places are exactly what they sound like. They could be entire apartments, homes, cabins, or yurts, but at least you'll be entirely on your own. This is also the most expensive option.</p> <p>Often, <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-cities-where-airbnb-is-way-cheaper-than-a-hotel?ref=internal" target="_blank">Airbnbs can be <em>much</em> cheaper</a> than renting a standard hotel room. However, you'll need to verify this yourself for each location by searching for nearby hotels as well.</p> <p>Airbnbs can also run the gamut from regular, everyday homes and apartments to unique, one-of-a-kind lodging options like tree houses, giant bubbles, docked boats, and even retired airplanes. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-of-the-craziest-coolest-airbnb-listings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 of the Craziest, Coolest Airbnb Listings</a>)</p> <h2>Finding your perfect rental</h2> <p>When you get to the Airbnb website, you can search by location. From there, you can select filters across the top according to what type of room you're looking for. Under the &quot;More Filters&quot; option, you can select from other attributes, such as type of language that the hosts speak (a useful feature if you're traveling abroad), types of amenities included, parking options, etc.</p> <p>Once you have your search narrowed down to a few places, read each profile carefully. Read it from top to bottom, and expand any hidden areas. Check out guest policies, fees, and photos. Any photos of areas that are missing &mdash; such as the bathroom or bedroom &mdash; could potentially be a sign that it's not quite up to snuff.</p> <p>Read every review that's been posted &mdash; yes, <em>all </em>of them. In general, most places on Airbnb have five-star ratings, so you need to go beyond counting the stars and actually see what other users have to say. See if there are any repeated themes, like unresponsive hosts or details about the property that aren't listed by the host, such as steep stairways or limited kitchen equipment. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/this-airbnb-scam-will-ruin-your-vacation-and-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This Airbnb Scam Will Ruin Your Vacation &mdash; and Your Budget</a>)</p> <p>Along those same lines, it's also a good idea to scope out the neighborhood on Google Street View. Does the place look walkable, if you're planning on walking around? Are there streetlights if you'll be walking around at night? Is it in a nice area, or surrounded by industrial buildings?</p> <h2>How to book it</h2> <p>Browsing through potential Airbnb rentals doesn't require you to input any information about yourself. But once you're ready to make a reservation, you'll need to sign up and create your profile. Make sure to include photos of yourself and as much detail as possible. Your hosts want to avoid having creepers for house guests just as much as you don't want creepers for hosts.</p> <p>Once you have your profile set up, there are two ways you can book a listing. Some hosts will allow you to &quot;Instant Book,&quot; and if so, there'll just be a button that says &quot;Book&quot; with the listing. More commonly, though, they'll want to approve each guest first. If that's the case, you'll see a &quot;Request to Book&quot; button. Once you click it, your hosts will check out your profile and let you know within 24 hours whether your stay is approved or not.</p> <p>You can also send your potential host a message through Airbnb before you book. Ask them any questions, like &quot;Will breakfast be provided?&quot; or &quot;What are the laundry facilities like?&quot; Doing this will answer any remaining questions you need to know, <em>and</em> it'll test their responsiveness. The last thing you want is to be stuck at an Airbnb with an unresponsive host when you need them.</p> <h2>Arriving for your stay</h2> <p>After you book your stay, you can keep in touch with your host directly through Airbnb's message system. Let them know when you'll be arriving, and keep them updated if anything changes (remember, they're real people, too, with schedules and plans of their own).</p> <p>When you arrive at your Airbnb, there are three different ways to &quot;check in&quot; and get the keys, depending on what your host prefers. They might meet and greet you themselves, send someone else to meet you, or give you the combination to a lockbox holding the keys.</p> <p>Once you're in, take a peek around the place and take note of any potential safety hazards and items like fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.</p> <p>If there is a problem for some reason, try and resolve the issue with the host first. If that doesn't do it, make sure to notify Airbnb directly within 24 hours, and take photos to document anything that's amiss. After that, you might not be able to get a refund. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a>)</p> <h2>After you check out</h2> <p>Sadly, all good things must end. When you're ready to go, let your host know and make plans to meet up with them to hand back keys or tie up any other loose ends. And make sure to leave a review of your stay. Be friendly, but also be truthful. Your fellow travelers will thank you.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/lindsay-vansomeren">Lindsay VanSomeren</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/a-first-timers-guide-to-using-airbnb">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="https://www.wisebread.com/13-things-i-learned-from-renting-out-my-home-on-airbnb">13 Things I Learned From Renting Out My Home on Airbnb</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="https://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/your-hotel-room-has-bedbugs-now-what">Your Hotel Room Has Bedbugs. Now What?</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spot-a-hotel-booking-scam">How to Spot a Hotel Booking Scam</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="https://www.wisebread.com/this-airbnb-scam-will-ruin-your-vacation-and-your-budget">This Airbnb Scam Will Ruin Your Vacation — and Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel AirBnb airbnb booking travel booking travel tips vacation home vacation rental Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Lindsay VanSomeren 2165989 at https://www.wisebread.com How to Tackle Your Summer Vacation Credit Card Debt https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tackle-your-summer-vacation-credit-card-debt <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-tackle-your-summer-vacation-credit-card-debt" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_on_a_vacation_shopping_online_with_credit_card_1.jpg" alt="Woman on a vacation shopping online with credit card" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's easy to rack up credit card debt while on summer vacation. After all, finances are probably the last thing on your mind, and you have a handy credit card in your wallet whenever you need something. You can sit back with a margarita in hand without having to look at that credit card statement until next month.</p> <p>When summer comes to a close, however, it can be quite a shock to see how high your credit card balance has grown. It's not a fun situation, but with a plan in place, you can get out of credit card debt before the snow starts to fall. Here's how to do it.</p> <h2>1. Assess your new debt</h2> <p>As tempting as it might be, now's not the time to hide your head in the sand. In order to create a plan to <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/fastest-way-to-pay-off-10000-in-credit-card-debt?ref=internal" target="_blank">get out of credit card debt</a>, you first need to know how big of a monster you're fighting.</p> <p>Log into your credit card accounts &mdash; all of them &mdash; and record two things for each of your credit cards:</p> <ul> <li> <p>How much you owe.</p> </li> <li> <p>What the interest rate is.</p> </li> </ul> <p>It's also a good idea to go back over your credit card statements to make sure everything's kosher. Look for any double-charged expenses (maybe that waiter at the bar was a little loose with his fingers while keying in your purchase), or any charges you don't recognize, as this could be a sign that your credit card information has been stolen. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-avoid-credit-card-fraud-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Avoid Credit Card Fraud While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>2. Check in with your budget</h2> <p>It's a good idea to check in with <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/build-your-first-budget-in-5-easy-steps?ref=internal" target="_blank">your budget</a> again if it's been a while. In this case, it also serves another purpose: Finding out how much extra you can afford to pay toward your debt each month.</p> <p>Go through each line item and ask yourself if there's any way you can reduce it without sacrificing too much. For example, do you really need to pay for cable if you're mostly watching Netflix, or can you start bringing leftovers for lunch instead of going out to pricey restaurants? Cut those corners now and it could make a huge impact in your debt repayment plan.</p> <h2>3. Commit to a monthly payment amount</h2> <p>After you've gone through your budget and found extra money, it's time to commit to a monthly payment amount. If at all possible, strive to pay more than the minimum monthly payment amount for your credit card debt. The more you can afford to pay each month, the sooner you'll be out of debt.</p> <p>Once you decide on a number, the final step is to set it up on autopay. That way, it's even harder to self-sabotage your debt-payoff plan. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-manage-money-when-you-hate-thinking-about-it?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Manage Money When You Hate Thinking About It</a>)</p> <h2>4. Decide which credit cards to pay off first</h2> <p>If all of your credit card debt is on one credit card, this'll be easy: pay off that credit card and you'll be done.</p> <p>But what if your debt is scattered across two or more credit cards? In that case, you'll need to make the minimum payment on each. If you have money leftover after making the minimum payments, you'll need to decide where to send it.</p> <p>Two popular debt-payoff methods are the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/snowballs-or-avalanches-which-debt-reduction-strategy-is-best-for-you?ref=internal" target="_blank">debt snowball and debt avalanche</a>&nbsp;methods. The debt snowball method has you paying off the credit card with the smallest balance first, then moving onto the next smallest balance. The avalanche method is similar in execution, but instead of starting with the card with the smallest balance, you start with the card with the lowest interest rate until your debt is gone.</p> <h2>5. Throw extra money at your debt</h2> <p>So, you've committed to a monthly debt payment that is hopefully higher than the minimum required. This will get you out of debt on schedule, but wouldn't it be better to get out of debt even sooner?</p> <p>That's why it's a good idea to throw any extra money you have coming in toward your debt. If you earn any money from a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job?ref=internal" target="_blank">side hustle</a>, selling unwanted items, unexpected gifts, or a raise at work, throwing it at your debt rather than buying a new big-screen TV can go a long way toward getting out of debt sooner.</p> <h2>6. Make a savings plan for next year's summer vacation</h2> <p>In order to avoid a repeat event next year, why not take the time now to plan a savings strategy so you don't go into debt again? Figure out a target savings goal, either based on how much you spent this year, or the cost of a trip you want to take next year. Then determine how many months you have between now and your vacation. Finally, divide your target savings goal by how many months you have to save, and strive to set that amount aside each month.</p> <p>For example, if you have six months until you want to go on a $1,800 cruise vacation, you'll need to set aside $300 per month until it's time to go. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-best-travel-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Build Your Best Travel Budget</a>)</p> <p>After all, won't sipping cocktails on the beach be that much sweeter if you're not worrying about facing a debt hangover once you return?</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-to-tackle-your-summer-vacation-credit-card-debt&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520to%2520Tackle%2520Your%2520Summer%2520Vacation%2520Credit%2520Card%2520Debt.jpg&amp;description=How%20to%20Tackle%20Your%20Summer%20Vacation%20Credit%20Card%20Debt"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20to%20Tackle%20Your%20Summer%20Vacation%20Credit%20Card%20Debt.jpg" alt="How to Tackle Your Summer Vacation Credit Card Debt" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/lindsay-vansomeren">Lindsay VanSomeren</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tackle-your-summer-vacation-credit-card-debt">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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-us-wine-destinations-outside-california">5 Affordable U.S. Wine Destinations Outside California</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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us">10 Best Family Friendly Road Trip Routes in the U.S.</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less">How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less">How 2 People Can See Paris for $500 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-common-travel-myths-that-people-need-to-stop-believing">7 Common Travel Myths That People Need to Stop Believing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Debt Management Travel affordable travel credit card debt managing debt summer debt summer spending summer vacation budget travel tips Thu, 09 Aug 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Lindsay VanSomeren 2164804 at https://www.wisebread.com 8 Travel Gadgets to Take on Your Next Road Trip https://www.wisebread.com/8-travel-gadgets-to-take-on-your-next-road-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-travel-gadgets-to-take-on-your-next-road-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_road_trip_846528478.jpg" alt="Couple on road trip together" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's something about loading up the car, putting on some awesome tunes, and hitting the open road that appeals to everyone &mdash; young or old. It's the sense of freedom, the promise of fun times, and the relative ease that has made road-tripping one of the great American traditions. Every year when the snow melts away, families, groups of friends, and solo wanderers take to the highways for a big adventure.</p> <p>Having the right gadgets with you can take your road trip to another level, whether they're for practical use, entertainment purposes, or things to keep you safe on your journey. But sometimes it's difficult to know what to pack, and what's just going to add extra weight to your vehicle. Here are eight travel gadgets you should take on your next road trip.</p> <h2>1. Smartphone mount</h2> <p>If you're going to be using your smartphone as a GPS navigation system or music player in your car, you need to do it safely, and installing a <a href="https://amzn.to/2AMgck7" target="_blank">smartphone mount</a> is the way to go. There are several that are suitable for any model of car, whether it uses a suction cup for the windshield or a clip for the air vent. Just make sure it's in a place that's easy to see, but doesn't obstruct your view of the road.</p> <h2>2. Coffee handpresso</h2> <p>A <a href="https://amzn.to/2Kx2otk" target="_blank">coffee handpresso</a> is like carrying your own personal coffee machine no matter where you go, but is so small and portable that it will fit in any handbag or daypack. The handpresso allows you to create a cup of joe in minutes with minimal effort. Like a regular machine, it forces the hot water through the coffee beans to produce a delicious shot of espresso. All you need is your favorite ground coffee beans or capsules, a flask of hot water, and a bit of hand pressure, and you've got a cafe quality cup of coffee on the go. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-camping-cooking?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Tips for Camping Cooking</a>)</p> <h2>3. Solar power bank</h2> <p>If you're on a multiday road trip where you're doing any activities away from the car like hiking, or camping, then it pays to have a portable power source. <a href="https://amzn.to/2vm3Rhv" target="_blank">Solar power banks</a> allow you to charge all of your small devices like phones, tablets, and cameras with the power of the sun. There's no need to worry about running out of power with one of these on hand. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a>)</p> <h2>4. Electric cooler</h2> <p>Quick and easy snacks are one of the most important elements of an epic road trip, but there's nothing worse than opening up the package of food that you've worked so hard to prepare only to find that it's gone bad. An <a href="https://amzn.to/2KvT0X1" target="_blank">electric cooler</a> is the perfect solution, and there are plenty of varieties to choose from that simply plug into your car's electricity supply. They're also handy for chilling drinks to keep you cool on those long summer drives. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a>)</p> <h2>5. Bluetooth speaker</h2> <p>When you're on a road trip, you're probably going to want some entertainment, both for the actual traveling and for when you've parked at each stop along the way. A <a href="https://amzn.to/2KtimEU" target="_blank">Bluetooth speaker</a> will allow you to sit around the campfire or in the hotel room listening to your favorite playlists and podcasts.</p> <p>They can also be used in the car if it's not Bluetooth enabled, and will save you from flipping through radio stations trying to find something you like. Just connect it to your phone or tablet, and you've got your preferred audio at your fingertips. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-bluetooth-speakers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers</a>)</p> <h2>6. Car USB charger</h2> <p>If you're driving a car that lacks built-in USB ports, then a <a href="https://amzn.to/2M5YGfb" target="_blank">USB charger</a> that fits into the cigarette lighter is the ideal fix. You can use it to charge all of your devices while you're on the go; particularly your smartphone, which will quickly run out of juice if you're using satellite navigation.</p> <h2>7. Multitool</h2> <p>Whether it's a bottle or can opener, a screwdriver, or a knife, there's always an occasion on a road trip where you'll find yourself in need of a particular tool. With a decent <a href="https://amzn.to/2OcD26j" target="_blank">multitool</a> in your pocket, you can solve virtually any problem you come across. They come in all shapes and sizes, with hundreds of different attachments to choose from, but even the smaller keychain variety will no doubt get you out of a bind at some point. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-travel-items-for-your-summer-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Cool Travel Items for Your Summer Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>8. Dashboard camera</h2> <p>Give yourself some peace of mind in the event of being involved in an accident when you're on a road trip with a second set of eyes. Though it's not something you ever want to happen, it pays to be prepared, and a <a href="https://amzn.to/2LZ6RdM" target="_blank">dashboard camera</a> can help prove the exact circumstances of a crash.</p> <p>Increasingly, people are also using them to capture the scenery around them while driving that they wouldn't otherwise be able to document. Choose one with a higher memory capacity and you could make an incredible time lapse film of your entire journey once you get home.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-travel-gadgets-to-take-on-your-next-road-trip&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Travel%2520Gadgets%2520to%2520Take%2520on%2520Your%2520Next%2520Road%2520Trip.jpg&amp;description=8%20Travel%20Gadgets%20to%20Take%20on%20Your%20Next%20Road%20Trip"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Travel%20Gadgets%20to%20Take%20on%20Your%20Next%20Road%20Trip.jpg" alt="8 Travel Gadgets to Take on Your Next Road Trip" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-travel-gadgets-to-take-on-your-next-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-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="https://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-travel-items-for-your-summer-vacation">12 Cool Travel Items for Your 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="https://www.wisebread.com/16-must-haves-to-pack-for-your-next-cruise">16 Must-Haves to Pack for Your Next Cruise</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="https://www.wisebread.com/4-tech-add-ons-that-can-save-travelers-time-and-money">4 Tech Add-Ons That Can Save Travelers Time and 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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-us-destinations-for-a-weekend-getaway">8 Affordable U.S. Destinations for a Weekend Getaway</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-phone-plans-that-offer-cheaper-roaming-charges-while-traveling">5 Phone Plans That Offer Cheaper Roaming Charges While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology Travel packing list road trip tech accessories travel gadgets travel must-haves travel tips Wed, 08 Aug 2018 08:00:11 +0000 Nick Wharton 2164485 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Safe Cities to Visit in the U.S. https://www.wisebread.com/10-safe-cities-to-visit-in-the-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-safe-cities-to-visit-in-the-us" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_city_walking_901212804.jpg" alt="Family walking in the city" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're looking for a fun day out, a weekend getaway, or a longer vacation, safety is always a primary concern when choosing where to go. Reading the news each day can make you feel like the U.S. is an overwhelmingly dangerous place to travel within. But as with anywhere, there are plenty of places where you're highly unlikely to run into any issues whatsoever. Here are 10 safe cities to visit in the U.S. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-destinations-that-are-safer-than-you-think?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Affordable Destinations That Are Safer Than You Think</a>)</p> <p><em>*This list is based on the annual report by the neighborhood and schools ranking company </em><em>Niche</em><em>. The site analyzes available data from different sources &mdash; mostly statistics from the U.S. Census and figures released through the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. It also takes into account the results of over 100 million survey responses and reviews based on people's own perceptions of how safe they feel within their own city. After interpreting all of this data, it then creates a ranked listing of the safest cities in the U.S.</em></p> <h2>1. Naperville, Illinois</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/naperville_illinois_814186610.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Just over 30 miles away from Chicago, Naperville has its own distinct character, exemplified by its pretty downtown area renowned for a bustling night life, great shopping options, and outdoor activities.</p> <p>Despite a growing population that currently stands at around 145,000, it retains a small town charm with regular community events taking place. You can also take part in numerous water sports at the Paddleboat Quarry, take a stroll along the Naperville Riverwalk along the banks of the DuPage, or chill out at Centennial Beach.</p> <h2>2. Irvine, California</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/irvine_california_184927628.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Irvine, California is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise, with dozens of parks, miles of hiking and biking trails, and proximity to the beach.</p> <p>Irvine also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the rest of Orange County, lying just a few miles from the Pacific Coast and less than 50 miles south of Los Angeles. There are plenty of huge attractions on its doorstep, including Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm theme parks. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>3. Thousand Oaks, California</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/thousand_oaks_california_466016938.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Situated in California's stunning Ventura County, the city of Thousand Oaks is a part of the picturesque Conejo Valley and has the Santa Monica Mountains as a backdrop. Scenic is probably the most suitable word to describe the setting, and it's this abundance of open space that attracts visitors.</p> <p>There are numerous trails in Thousand Oaks to explore by foot or by bike, but you also can shop 'til you drop at The Lakes, and enjoy the exciting craft beer and local wine scenes. Additionally, it's located between the nearby cities of Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and just a half-hour trip from the beaches of Malibu. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Best Family Friendly Road Trip Routes in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>4. Provo, Utah</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/provo_utah_155328149.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Utah's third largest city, Provo, is wedged in between the snow capped mountains of the Wasatch Front in the east and the seemingly boundless Utah Lake to its west. With a reputation for its clean living inhabitants, Provo is more of a tranquil, outdoorsy city.</p> <p>If you're into water sports, then the Provo River will provide you with endless activities such as kayaking, fly fishing, and tubing. The mountains of the surrounding Utah Valley also provide plenty of opportunity to get out and unearth the beautiful natural surroundings by foot, horseback, or on wheels.</p> <h2>5. Round Rock, Texas</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/round_rock_texas_587531004.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>About 20 miles north of Austin lies the historic town of Round Rock, Texas. It is indeed named after the eponymous stone that lies in the middle of Brushy Creek that enabled wagon crossings in the 19th century.</p> <p>Nicknamed &quot;The Sports Capital of Texas,&quot; there are several high quality sports facilities catering to almost every imaginable activity, including the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, Old Settlers Park, and Round Rock Sports Center. The city also hosts sporting events and competitions year-round, so you'll almost always find a big tournament going on regardless of when you visit.</p> <h2>6. Carlsbad, California</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/carlsbad_flower_fields_173491842.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Carlsbad's seven miles of shoreline, laid back atmosphere, and proximity to many of California's top attractions make it the perfect coastal getaway. Nestled in between San Diego and Orange County, it's the perfect place to explore the surrounding areas.</p> <p>In and around Carlsbad, you'll find major draws like The Flower Fields, and most famously, LEGOLAND California. The beaches in this city are perfect for relaxing and revered among surfers, particularly Tamarack Beach, which is also great for other water sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling and diving, and kayaking. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a>)</p> <h2>7. Sunnyvale, California</h2> <p>As a key location in Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale is home to some of the major players in the industry. While half of the city is dedicated to industrial use, the residential half is packed full of leafy parks and outdoor spaces, including two pubic golf courses.</p> <p>Boasting an extremely diverse population, one of Sunnyvale's main attractions is the wide range of cuisines in restaurants in the downtown area.</p> <h2>8. Glendale, California</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/glendale_california_road_596368146.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Glendale has a unique feel to it with some quirky attractions and interesting food and drink options. These include art galleries and museums, a great night life with plenty of live music, as well as beautiful scenery in the wilderness that surrounds the city.</p> <p>Glendale is also home to the largest Armenian community in the U.S., with an estimated 40 percent of people being of Armenian descent. It's something that has had a noticeable effect on the cultural fabric of the city, and you'll find Armenian bakeries, restaurants, and cafes offering a flavor of this country.</p> <h2>9. Plano, Texas</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/plano_texas_1002533740.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Less than 30 miles north of Dallas, Plano, Texas is a popular getaway for people from the bigger city to get away for a bit. There's an arts district, amazing retail options with plenty of shopping centers, and attractions like Go Ape and the Crayola Experience to keep kids happy.</p> <p>Downtown Plano's reputation precedes it with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy the historic area. And the food scene here goes way beyond the requisite Texas BBQ and smokehouses with a diverse range of restaurants serving up everything from sushi to tacos, and pizza to dim sum.</p> <h2>10. Overland Park, Kansas</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/overland_clock_tower_956864268.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Historically known as the gateway to Kansas City, Overland Park's appeal goes way beyond being a feeder for its neighbor. The second largest city by population in the state of Kansas, it's gaining a reputation as a destination in its own right.</p> <p>There's a great contrast between the traditional and the contemporary, with modern museums and art galleries sitting seamlessly alongside farmsteads and botanical gardens. It's also a great place to bring the kids, with plenty of outdoor spaces and activities like indoor sky diving and golf available.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-safe-cities-to-visit-in-the-us&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Safe%2520Cities%2520to%2520Visit%2520in%2520the%2520U.S..jpg&amp;description=10%20Safe%20Cities%20to%20Visit%20in%20the%20U.S."></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Safe%20Cities%20to%20Visit%20in%20the%20U.S..jpg" alt="10 Safe Cities to Visit in the U.S." width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-safe-cities-to-visit-in-the-us">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/4-affordable-destinations-that-are-safer-than-you-think">4 Affordable Destinations That Are Safer Than You Think</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-of-the-safest-countries-to-visit-in-2018">5 of the Safest Countries to Visit in 2018</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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-manage-your-travel-anxiety">7 Ways to Manage Your Travel Anxiety</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-destinations-in-mexico-that-are-safer-than-playa-del-carmen-and-cancun">5 Destinations in Mexico That Are Safer Than Playa Del Carmen and Cancun</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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel safe travel travel destinations travel safety travel tips u.s. travel vacation ideas Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2164153 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Affordable U.S. Wine Destinations Outside California https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-us-wine-destinations-outside-california <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-affordable-us-wine-destinations-outside-california" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful_woman_tasting_wine_in_wine_grower_vineyard.jpg" alt="Beautiful woman tasting wine in wine grower vineyard" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>California wine country boasts locally grown grapes of nearly every variety, world class dining, the ideal climate for being outdoors, and spectacular views to enjoy while you sip the day away.</p> <p>Ask anyone who has visited and you'll probably find out exactly what's so unsavory about this gorgeous part of the country &mdash; the cost of visiting. Like most of California, wine country charges a premium for hotels, rental condos, and even food and wine.</p> <p>While many would say an authentic experience in Napa or Sonoma County is well worth the splurge, you don't have to go broke planning a wine-themed getaway. Heck, you don't even have to travel to California at all.</p> <p>Before you overpay for a winery weekend in one of the most expensive parts of the country, consider these destinations for wine lovers that may be more affordable. You can always help defray the cost of travel, too, by using <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel credit card rewards</a>.</p> <h2>1. Texas Hill Country</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/texas_hill_country.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>While you may not automatically think of Texas when it comes to fine wines, Texas Hill Country is home to over 50 wineries in cities like Austin, Fredericksburg, Lampasas, and New Braunfels. The area boasts self-guided wine trails you can book if you want to explore on your own. You could also book a stay at a winery or vineyard near an especially affordable hotel for a vacation package you won't forget.</p> <p>In Cedar Park, Texas, which is part of Texas wine country, you'll find Bent Oak Winery, for example. This unique establishment makes its own wine from grapes grown in California wine country as well as West Texas High Country, and even in their own vineyard. It sounds fancy, but the winery offers <a href="https://www.bentoakwinery.com/Wines-and-Shop/Event-Tickets" target="_blank">events like music and movie nights, and cork painting classes</a>, as well as $15 wine tastings each Thursday through Sunday at designated times.</p> <p>Cedar Park hotels are affordable, too, starting below $100 per night. With a location just north of Austin, Texas, this is the ideal spot to visit several different wineries and spend some time in the city as well. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-travel-destinations-for-wine-lovers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Cheap International Destinations for Wine Lovers</a>)</p> <h2>2. Snake River Valley, Idaho</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/the_snake_river_and_magic_valley.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Snake River Valley in Idaho sits along the Snake River and the Oregon border, creating a microclimate ideal for growing grapes. Numerous wineries in the area are open to tourists for shopping and sipping, including Williamson Orchards and Vineyards &mdash; a fourth generation family-run vineyard that features wines ranging from riesling to cabernet sauvignon.</p> <p>Many Snake Valley wineries offer tastings and other features on-site, including Williamson, which also boasts its own orchard with cherry-picking, as well as tastings at the Boise Farmers Market and the Boise airport. But the best part about Snake River Valley, Idaho is just how affordable it is to visit. In Caldwell, where Williamson is located, and the surrounding area, rooms start well below $100 per night.</p> <h2>3. Lake Erie Wine Country, Pennsylvania</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/lake_erie_wine_country.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Pennsylvania is another state you may not associate with winemaking, but they do have a robust wine culture of their own. Lake Erie wine country is home to more than 20 wineries growing or sourcing their own grapes to make exquisite wines of nearly every variety.</p> <p>Popular wines made in the region include French-hybrid varietal wines made from Seyval, Vidal, Chambourcin, Chancellor, and Marechal Foch grapes. You'll also find native Labrusca wines made from American grapes such as Concord, Ives, Niagara, Catawba, and Delaware, among other blends.</p> <p>Book a hotel in the area for less than $80 per night, then plan a visit to wineries like Penn Shore Vineyards or Presque Isle Wine Cellars, both in Northeast, Pennsylvania. Both of these wineries, along with most of the others in the area, host wine tastings and events that can help you learn the culture and history of winemaking in the area.</p> <h2>4. Willamette Valley, Oregon</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/willamette_valley_vineyard_in_autumn.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Willamette Valley of Oregon takes up nearly 3.5 million acres of land between Oregon's Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range. There are an amazing 719 vineyards in this region along with over 500 wineries, and the area is famous for cultivating pinot noir.</p> <p>There are numerous seasonal vacation packages you can book in this region, and for less than you think. Youngberg Hill Winery, for example, offers seated wine tastings for $30 per person, yet overnight inn guests can book for 50 percent off. A stay at the winery inn with a room overlooking the vineyard starts at just $269 per night, which is less than you would pay for most resorts and bed-n-breakfasts of similar caliber in Napa Valley.</p> <p>Expedia.com also shows Willamette Valley hotels starting at around $125 per night.</p> <h2>5. Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/cayuga_finger_lakes_new_york.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The state of New York boasts plenty of wineries, too. The Finger Lakes district, which sits in the central part of the state, offers a climate perfect for growing grapes, along with lakes (obviously), waterfalls, and plenty of space to spread out and relax.</p> <p>The region is also home to three distinct wine trails &mdash; each with its own flair. Each trail is home to wineries that host tastings and special events like wine and food pairings, wine-themed barbecues, and holiday parties.</p> <p>Affordable hotels and motels abound in this region of the country, and many properties offer breakfast, too. Some of their winery inns are even pet-friendly. A Slice of Home Bed &amp; Breakfast, which is located in Spencer, New York, offers quaint and cozy rooms starting at $120 per night. Amber Waves Farm Bed &amp; Breakfast, in Prattsburgh, offers rooms with a full country breakfast starting at just $130 per night.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-affordable-us-wine-destinations-outside-california&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Affordable%2520U.S.%2520Wine%2520Destinations%2520Outside%2520California.jpg&amp;description=5%20Affordable%20U.S.%20Wine%20Destinations%20Outside%20California"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Affordable%20U.S.%20Wine%20Destinations%20Outside%20California.jpg" alt="5 Affordable U.S. Wine Destinations Outside California" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-us-wine-destinations-outside-california">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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-tackle-your-summer-vacation-credit-card-debt">How to Tackle Your Summer Vacation Credit Card Debt</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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us">10 Best Family Friendly Road Trip Routes in the U.S.</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less">How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less</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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-fun-affordable-travel-ideas-for-singles">6 Fun, Affordable Travel Ideas for Singles</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less">How 2 People Can See Paris for $500 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Travel affordable travel travel ideas travel tips vineyard wine wine destinations winery Fri, 03 Aug 2018 08:00:09 +0000 Holly Johnson 2160818 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Best Family Friendly Road Trip Routes in the U.S. https://www.wisebread.com/10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_posing_for_selfie_next_to_car.jpg" alt="Family Posing For Selfie Next To Car" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Road-tripping is a great American tradition, and while some people are hesitant to hit the road with their family in tow, with the right planning, they can be an unforgettable way to spend a vacation. The magic ingredients for a great family road trip include short distances between stops, an abundance of awesome sights, and some captivating entertainment for the kids.</p> <p>Whether you've got a single day, a whole week, or longer, there's a road trip out there for you and your family. With short drives between fun-filled activities and breathtaking scenery along these routes, you can be sure there won't be any, &quot;Are we there yet?&quot; from the back seat. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-a-7-day-cross-country-road-trip-for-350-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Take a 7-Day Cross Country Road Trip for $350 or Less</a>)</p> <h2>1. Acadia Park Loop</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/bass_harbor_head_lighthouse.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Park Loop Road is a 27-mile route and the main road for navigating the stunning Acadia National Park on Maine's Mount Desert Island. Begin at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and take your time navigating the largely one-way road and stop regularly at your leisure along the way. You'll find picturesque views of lakes, mountains, ocean scenery, and beaches, and the kids will love exploring these landscapes.&nbsp;</p> <h2>2. Utah's Scenic Byway Highway 12</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/road_arch_near_bryce.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Though the drive along this 122-mile road can be completed in just a few hours, it's a much better idea to dedicate a few days to it to really appreciate it. Also known as &quot;A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway,&quot; it takes in the Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks, as well as the Escalante Petrified Forest, Kodachrome Basin, and Anasazi State Park along the way. There's an overwhelming amount to see and do. The road is also completely captivating, supplying a lookout over the surrounding rugged landscape, providing you with endless &quot;I-spy&quot; subject matter.</p> <h2>3. Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, and the Grand Teton</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/rainbow_over_old_faithful_in_yellowstone_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>This is a well-worn route that is usually completed over the span of a week, and packs a cultural punch like no other. Starting at the cliffside presidential statues of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, you then continue onto the famous <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-and-unforgettable-experiences-to-have-in-national-parks-this-summer?ref=internal" target="_blank">Yellowstone Park</a>, which is spread out over Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Spend a couple of days here exploring the famous sites like Old Faithful, and spotting the abundant wildlife with the kids.</p> <p>Then take the short nine-mile drive south to Grand Teton National Park, where you can spend another couple of days marveling at the fabulous mountain ranges and enjoying picturesque hikes.&nbsp;(See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>4. Route 66</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/route_66_in_utah_usa.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Possibly the best known of all American road trips, Route 66 is where you'll find everything from retro diners to vintage neon road signs. But despite this, or perhaps because of this, it's a fun and exciting trip to undertake. The entirety of the 2,448-mile route runs from Chicago to Santa Monica, and would be an ambitious undertaking for even the most organized of families.</p> <p>However, there are no rules against picking a portion to enjoy, and a choice section is the beginning part in Illinois between Chicago and Springfield. It's around 200 miles and is packed with interesting stops along the way. Check out the Old Joliet Prison, various museums, and enjoy the obligatory diner meals along the way.(See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/these-15-road-trip-snacks-make-it-all-about-the-journey?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These 15 Road Trip Snacks Make It All About the Journey</a>)&nbsp;</p> <h2>5. Pacific Coast Highway</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/highway_1_running_along_pacific_coast.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>If your family loves the ocean, sand, and breathtaking coastal scenery, then California's Pacific Coast Highway provides all of those in abundance. Starting in San Francisco, this highway winds its way down the coast to San Diego, taking in numerous stops at Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, Malibu, Santa Monica, and many more coastal towns along the way.</p> <p>Which ones you choose to stay in is optional, but it's easy to plan with just a couple of hours driving in between. Some of the best activities for kids on this route include whale watching in Monterey, enjoying the beachlife in Malibu, and hopping on the Ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier.&nbsp;(See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-road-trips?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards For Road Trips</a>)</p> <h2>6. Miami to the Florida Keys</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/seven_mile_bridge_in_florida_keys.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>For families that love nothing more than getting active in the water with pursuits like fishing, snorkeling, diving, or boating, the Florida Keys is an ideal getaway. And there's no better way to take in this archipelago made up of more than 120 islands, than on a chilled out, sun-tinged road trip starting in Miami and ending in the southern tip of Key West.</p> <p>Stop off to explore the Everglades before embarking on the rest of the 167-mile journey over three or four days, during which you'll cross the seemingly never-ending Seven Mile Bridge.</p> <h2>7. Blue Ridge Parkway</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/morning_light_over_viaduct_blue_ridge_parkway.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Running between the Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, the Blue Ridge Parkway carves a 469-mile path along the Blue Ridge section of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Most trips start with a day or two in Charlottesville and end in Asheville, both slightly off the parkway itself.</p> <p>Along the route of this epic drive, you'll encounter the ominously named Mile High Swinging Bridge, the natural waterslide Sliding Rock, as well as plenty of opportunities for mesmerizing hikes. Five days is an ideal amount of time to complete this route and it's probably more suitable for slightly older kids. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-national-park-visits-in-2018?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Save on National Park Visits in 2018</a>)</p> <h2>8. Seward Highway</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/mountains_of_the_kenai_fjords_national_park_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Punctuated by breathtaking panoramic vistas that include glaciers, snow-capped mountains, rivers, and wetlands, Seward Highway feels as if it's literally out of this world. The full 125-mile route from Anchorage to Seward gives you the opportunity to stop at numerous points along the way, including the Chugach National Forest, the glacial Kenai Lake, and Bear Creek.</p> <p>This turns what could be a three-hour drive into an all day affair, but a nice end to the trip is to stay overnight in Seward and spend a day visiting Kenai Fjords National Park, where you can watch wales and enjoy dining on freshly caught fish.</p> <h2>9. Tribal Park Loop in Monument Valley</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/highway_163_at_sunset_utah%2C_usa.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Even if by some chance you've never heard of Monument Valley, you'll no doubt recognize the scenery as it's been the backdrop in countless Hollywood movies over the years. From John Wayne westerns to <em>Forrest Gump</em> and <em>Mission Impossible II,</em> the dramatic sand towers of the striking, arid red landscapes have been captured on screen over and over again.</p> <p>The Tribal Park Loop is just 17 miles long and typically takes around four hours to complete, but it's just part of the fun you can have in Monument Valley. Stay overnight and enjoy one of the many tours with a Navajo guide to sites you're unable to access alone, where your family can soak up the rich culture and history of this area. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2>10. San Juan Skyway</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/colorado_mountain_town_of_ouray.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The 230-mile long San Juan Skyway is a loop that takes you through some of the very best scenery Colorado has to offer, with hundreds of peaks, lakes, and forests surrounding your car as you go. You'll find many interesting towns along the way to stop and stay in, turning this into a three- or four-day excursion.</p> <p>For example, Ouray boasts luscious hot springs and has been nicknamed the &quot;Switzerland of the U.S.&quot; thanks to its alpine feel. Then there's Durango, where you can take a trip on a steam train and do some kayaking. Then take a trip to the historic Mesa Verde National Park, which showcases the fascinating cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people, who used to live there.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Best%2520Family%2520Friendly%2520Road%2520Trip%2520Routes%2520in%2520the%2520U.S..jpg&amp;description=10%20Best%20Family%20Friendly%20Road%20Trip%20Routes%20in%20the%20U.S."></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Best%20Family%20Friendly%20Road%20Trip%20Routes%20in%20the%20U.S..jpg" alt="10 Best Family Friendly Road Trip Routes in the U.S." width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-best-family-friendly-road-trip-routes-in-the-us">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-handle-world-travel-with-your-family">How to Travel Internationally With Your Kids</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="https://www.wisebread.com/yes-affordable-family-travel-is-possible">Yes, Affordable Family Travel Is Possible</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less">How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-and-unforgettable-experiences-to-have-in-national-parks-this-summer">5 Affordable and Unforgettable Experiences to Have in National Parks This Summer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/5-budget-destinations-where-you-can-learn-to-scuba-dive">5 Budget Destinations Where You Can Learn to Scuba Dive</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Travel affordable travel family travel family vacation road trips summer travel travel tips Thu, 02 Aug 2018 08:00:15 +0000 Nick Wharton 2161122 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Spectacular Amusement Parks for Thrill Seekers https://www.wisebread.com/5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/group_of_friends_on_a_thrilling_roller_coaster_ride.jpg" alt="Group of friends on a thrilling roller coaster ride" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You crave that feeling of anticipation deep down in your stomach when you get in line for a ride. The lightheaded intoxication that takes over your body when you strap yourself in. The unparalleled rush of excitement you experience when you're hurtling through the air at breakneck speeds. You're not alone.</p> <p>There are thousands of people all over the country who are constantly on the lookout for that next knee-knocking roller coaster ride. If you've got an insatiable thirst for the excitement that only a roller coaster can bring, check out these five theme parks for thrill seekers. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/beyond-disney-8-affordable-family-destinations-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Beyond Disney: 8 Affordable Family Destinations in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>1. Six Flags Magic Mountain</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Valencia, California</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $84.99, Junior $59.99</p> <p>If roller coasters are your thing, then Six Flags Magic Mountain should be right at the top of your theme park bucket list. It has an unprecedented 19 roller coasters &mdash; the most of any single theme park in the world.</p> <p>Though there are plenty to choose from, the most intense rides will have even the coolest cucumbers screaming at the top of their lungs. The DC Super Heroes Drop of Doom boasts a 400-foot vertical drop tower enhanced by a virtual reality headset that shows you falling from a tower as the ride free falls at speeds of 85 miles per hour. X&sup2; is also guaranteed to get your heart pumping, with seats that twist and flip at 360 degrees while music, sound effects, and fire surround your journey at 76 miles per hour.</p> <h2>2. Cedar Point</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Sandusky, Ohio</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $72, Junior $45</p> <p>Known as &quot;The Roller Coaster Capital of the World,&quot; this park has 18 stomach-dropping roller coasters, and six of them are over 200 feet tall. Cedar Point has astonishingly been entertaining visitors since it launched its first ride in 1890, and has consistently remained competitive with other parks featuring cutting edge rides.</p> <p>The park is known for its tall roller coasters, including the Millennium Force at 310 feet, and the Top Thrill Dragster with eye-watering speeds of 120 mph and a dizzying maximum height of 420 feet. Yet it&rsquo;s not all about height. The Maverick roller coaster is just 105 feet tall and reaches speeds of &quot;only&quot; 70 mph, but it&rsquo;s regularly voted one of the best rides in the country with a vertical drop, inversions, and breathtaking launches.</p> <h2>3. Kings Island</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Mason, Ohio</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $70, Junior $43</p> <p>Kings Island is a top pick for more traditional ride fans, possessing four of the best examples of wooden roller coasters you're likely to find. For example, The Beast is the longest wooden roller coaster in the world and has held that record for nearly 40 years since it opened. Then there's the newly built Mystic Timbers, which offers plenty of airtime with speeds up to 53 mph.</p> <p>But it's not all about wooden rides. The park also has a plethora of brilliant and modern structures to make your hair stand on end. The world's longest steel inverted roller coaster, Banshee, will have you screaming like one.</p> <h2>4. Carowinds</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Charlotte, North Carolina</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $67, Juniors $47</p> <p>Carowinds proudly proclaims itself to have a selection of some of the &quot;biggest and baddest roller coasters around.&quot; And the park easily lives up to that statement with giant rides that you can see towering over the surrounding landscape as you approach the park, giving you a good idea of what's in store for your visit.</p> <p>Fury 325 is the cream of the crop, as it's the tallest and fastest giga coaster in the world standing at 325 feet and hitting speeds of 95 mph. Then there's the NASCAR-themed Intimidator, which lives up to its name with seven menacing drops along the race to the finish line.</p> <h2>5. Busch Gardens Williamsburg</h2> <p><strong>Location</strong>: Williamsburg, Virginia</p> <p><strong>Cost of Day Pass</strong>: General Admission $90, no Junior Prices</p> <p>Busch Gardens Williamsburg has a reputation of simultaneously catering to all age groups, making it hugely popular with families. Younger kids will be taken with the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, teens and young adults will revel in the wild thrill rides, while older generations can enjoy craft brews and pretzels in the German themed bars and beer gardens.</p> <p>But just because it effortlessly caters to all ages, doesn't mean it's short on adrenaline-inducing attractions. Apollo's Chariot is an award-winning hypercoaster with &quot;free flight&quot; elevated seating and a combined 825 feet of drops. The classic Loch Ness Monster has been delighting visitors for over 40 years with its double-looping course, and Alpengeist is a favorite among visitors due to its high-tempo inversions mimicking an out-of-control ski lift.</p> <h2>How to get the most from your theme park visit</h2> <p>Book online and in advance for the best prices, which can be up to 50 percent off general admission for tickets bought at the gate. Booking online will also save you the time it'll take to line up at the front gate to purchase tickets.</p> <p>You should also follow your favorite theme parks on social media, as many theme parks regularly dish out discount codes or special offers to their followers.</p> <p>And if you're planning to visit any of these parks regularly, consider purchasing season passes, as you can end up saving a ton of money compared to buying several single-day passes for each time you return. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-fun-family-road-trip-without-breaking-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Have a Fun Family Road Trip Without Breaking Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Spectacular%2520Amusement%2520Parks%2520for%2520Thrill%2520Seekers.jpg&amp;description=5%20Spectacular%20Amusement%20Parks%20for%20Thrill%20Seekers"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Spectacular%20Amusement%20Parks%20for%20Thrill%20Seekers.jpg" alt="5 Spectacular Amusement Parks for Thrill Seekers" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-spectacular-amusement-parks-for-thrill-seekers">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="https://www.wisebread.com/8-affordable-amusement-parks-that-are-just-as-fun-as-disney">8 Affordable Amusement Parks That Are Just as Fun As Disney</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="https://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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-enjoy-disney-world-on-the-cheap">How to Enjoy Disney World on the Cheap</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="https://www.wisebread.com/seeing-mickey-for-a-song-disneyland-for-less">Seeing Mickey for a Song: Disneyland for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Travel adrenaline junkies amusement parks family fun family vacations ferris wheel rides roller coasters theme parks Wed, 01 Aug 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Nick Wharton 2160816 at https://www.wisebread.com How the Merger of Marriott and SPG Programs Will Affect Member Rewards https://www.wisebread.com/how-the-merger-of-marriott-and-spg-programs-will-affect-member-rewards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-the-merger-of-marriott-and-spg-programs-will-affect-member-rewards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tourist_paying_online_with_a_credit_card_at_hotel.jpg" alt="Tourist paying online with a credit card at hotel" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Marriott International bought Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts Worldwide almost two years ago, but they're just getting around to integrating the two hotel chains' popular loyalty programs in August. Whether you're a loyal Marriott lodger, you're sitting on a mountain of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points, or if you've dabbled in both programs over the years, you may be wondering how this change is going to affect you.</p> <p>Don't worry. The transition should work out fine for everyone. While it's true that the programs as you knew them will be gone forever, the good news is that the changes aren't terribly jolting for either Marriott or SPG members, and that members who have spent years building up their status won't have to start over.</p> <p>Members of both programs have been able to link their accounts since shortly after the merger and transfer points from Marriott to SPG and vice versa. But once the unified program debuts in August, members will receive emails from the company notifying them that it's time to merge their Marriott and SPG accounts. The new program will have a new name (to be announced in 2019), new status tiers, and new rates for booking rooms. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-using-hotel-reward-points-to-get-the-most-value?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Tips for Using Hotel Reward Points to Get the Most Value</a>)</p> <h2>You'll be able to search all the hotels from one site</h2> <p>The combined chain has 6,500 hotels worldwide. Currently, guests have to use Marriott.com to search for Marriott hotels (including The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, and other brands owned by the conglomerate) and SPG.com to look for Starwood hotels (including Sheraton, Westin, and other brands). Starting in August, you'll be able to go to either of those sites and book the whole portfolio, book through either brand's app, or by calling either brand's customer service number. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-hotel-room-booking-tools-every-frugal-traveler-should-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Hotel Room Booking Tools Every Frugal Traveler Should Know</a>)</p> <h2>New earning rates</h2> <p>Members will earn 10 points for every dollar spent at all hotel brands except for three (Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Element), where the earn rate will be five points per dollar. Elite members will earn more based on their status tier. That's the same as what current Marriott members get. SPG members currently earn two points per dollar.</p> <h2>Redemption rates are similar to current Marriott rates</h2> <p>While it may seem like SPG members will quintuple their earnings under the new plan, in reality, they probably won't notice much difference in how long it takes to earn free stays. That's because rate adjustments will make the new points both earn and spend more like Marriott points.</p> <p>The new <a href="https://members.marriott.com/redeem/" target="_blank">Free Night Award chart</a> shows standard redemption rates for all hotels starting in August, with peak and off-peak rates coming in 2019. The new chart divides hotels into seven categories, with an eighth coming in 2019. The standard rate for the lowest tier will be 7,500 points per night, and the standard rate for the eighth tier will be 85,000. This compares to seven current SPG room categories with weekday prices ranging from 3,000 to 35,000 Starpoints, and nine current Marriott tiers ranging from 6,000 to 45,000 points per night.</p> <h2>Starwood points will triple</h2> <p>SPG points are worth three times as much as Marriott points. The Points Guy travel rewards blog pegs Marriott points at 0.9 cents and Starwood at 2.7 cents each. To account for this, SPG points will be tripled when you merge accounts, but Marriott point balances will stay the same. So if you had 10,000 Marriott points and 10,000 SPG points, your new account would have 40,000 points in it.</p> <h2>More elite status tiers</h2> <p>If you currently have status such as Gold Preferred Guest with Starwood or Platinum Elite with Marriott, you don't have to wait until August to find out what your status will be in the new program. You can check <a href="https://members.marriott.com/spg/" target="_blank">your elite status here for SPG</a> and <a href="https://members.marriott.com/marriottrewards/" target="_blank">your elite status here for Marriott</a>.</p> <p>The new program has <a href="https://members.marriott.com/benefits/" target="_blank">five elite tiers</a>; Marriott currently has three and SPG has two. But the new tiers aren't an exact match to the old ones. This will mean a change in benefits for some frequent guests.</p> <p>For instance, previously, someone who stayed 25 nights with SPG would get a jump in status that would let them suddenly start earning 50 percent more Starpoints for every dollar spent at the hotel, allowing them to earn free nights that much faster. Marriott elite guests had a similar deal that allowed them to earn 20 percent more points per dollar spent. The new program will give the same guest a 25 percent boost. Some benefits won't change: 50 nights will get you into lounges, just as they did in SPG and Marriott Rewards.</p> <p>Lifetime elite status holders will also see slight changes. But most importantly to road warriors: Anyone with lifetime status under their original program will have it under the new program, even if it looks a little different.</p> <h2>Airline transfer partners</h2> <p>A popular way to use both Marriott and SPG points is to transfer them to airlines, and this flexible perk won't be going away with the new program. In fact, it will be slightly better, because members will be able to transfer to a few more airlines once the programs are combined. For instance, starting in August, former SPG members will be able to transfer points to JetBlue and Qantas airlines &mdash; which weren't available to them before. Former Marriott members will be able to transfer to Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand, among others &mdash; which they hadn't been able to before. In all, the program will have more than 40 airline transfer partners.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-the-merger-of-marriott-and-spg-programs-will-affect-member-rewards&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520the%2520Merger%2520of%2520Marriott%2520and%2520SPG%2520Programs%2520Will%2520Affect%2520Member%2520Rewards.jpg&amp;description=How%20the%20Merger%20of%20Marriott%20and%20SPG%20Programs%20Will%20Affect%20Member%20Rewards"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20the%20Merger%20of%20Marriott%20and%20SPG%20Programs%20Will%20Affect%20Member%20Rewards.jpg" alt="How the Merger of Marriott and SPG Programs Will Affect Member Rewards" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-the-merger-of-marriott-and-spg-programs-will-affect-member-rewards">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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="https://www.wisebread.com/6-pitfalls-when-chasing-travel-rewards">6 Pitfalls When Chasing Travel Rewards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-professional-award-bookers-can-get-you-free-rewards-flights">How Professional Award Bookers Can Get You Free Rewards Flights</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="https://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-about-a-terrible-airbnb-stay">What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-destinations-in-mexico-that-are-safer-than-playa-del-carmen-and-cancun">5 Destinations in Mexico That Are Safer Than Playa Del Carmen and Cancun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Travel co-branded credit card credit card rewards hotel credit card marriott spg travel credit card travel rewards travel tips Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:00:09 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2160817 at https://www.wisebread.com How 2 People Can See Paris for $500 or Less https://www.wisebread.com/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/romantic_couple_enjoying_in_paris.jpg" alt="Romantic couple enjoying in Paris" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>France is one of the most visited countries on Earth, and its capital city of Paris remains one of its biggest draws. This thriving metropolis boasts everything you could want in a European getaway &mdash; historic landmarks, world famous art, amazing food, and Insta-worthy photo ops galore.</p> <p>You can visit historic Notre Dame cathedral, roam enchanting neighborhoods like Saint Germain and Le Marais, see Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower in a single day. You can also nosh on exquisite French pastries, macaroons, cheeses, and wine. With so much to do &mdash; and so many goodies to consume &mdash; why <em>wouldn't</em> you want to visit Paris? (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-i-learned-from-three-weeks-in-europe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Money Lessons I Learned From Three Weeks in Europe</a>)</p> <h2>Planning a trip to Paris with rewards</h2> <p>For many people, the biggest deterrent is the cost of getting there. International flights aren't cheap, after all, and you still have to pay for a place to stay.</p> <p>That's why savvy travelers leverage <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel credit cards</a> and cash-back to cover the biggest components of their Parisian getaway. With the right combination of airline credit cards and hotel cards, it's not that difficult to plan a vacation to Paris for the same price &mdash; or less &mdash; as a trip closer to home.</p> <p>Before you rule out Paris for your next vacation, consider how you could use rewards to score a trip for two for $500 or less.</p> <h2>Getting to Paris with airline miles</h2> <p>Paris may be an eight-hour flight from many East Coast cities, but it's not that difficult to get there with airline miles. Because it's such a popular tourist destination, all the major airlines fly there and many offer multiple flights per day. As a result, you won't have to look too hard to find a frequent flyer program that can get you to Paris with ease. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe</a>)</p> <p>One of the most popular airline programs for flights to Paris is the American AAdvantage program. With this frequent flyer program, you can fly off-peak to Europe (including Paris) for 22,500 miles per leg plus airline taxes and fees. That works out to 45,000 miles for a round-trip flight, which is a fairly easy sum of miles to earn with an airline credit card.</p> <p>Another popular program for travelers who live near a Delta hub is Air France/Flying Blue. This frequent flyer program lets you book flights to Europe with Delta, and you can frequently book flights for 25,000 to 29,000 miles one-way, or as little as 50,000 miles round-trip. Another airline program that's easy to earn miles with is United MileagePlus. You can book round-trip flights to Europe in economy for 60,000 miles round-trip. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a>)</p> <p>In addition to miles, you'll need to pay airline taxes and fees for your trip. These generally work out to around $100&ndash;$150 per person for flights to Europe, but they can vary based on the airline you book with, along with any partner airlines you'll fly with.</p> <p>If you want to plan a trip for two to Paris, getting your flights squared away is one of the first steps you should take. Consider signing up for airline credit cards that let you rack up miles in a program that will let you fly to Paris from your home airport. With two spouses or partners each getting their own card, it's feasible to earn enough miles for two round-trip flights. Just remember that you'll be on the hook for government-mandated taxes and fees for those flights, and these fees will likely range from $200 to $300.</p> <h2>Covering Paris hotels with rewards</h2> <p>The next component of your trip you'll want to cover with rewards is your Parisian lodging. You have all kinds of options at your fingertips, but the best choice for you depends on the type of place you want to stay.</p> <p>If you prefer to stay in a higher-end hotel, the World of Hyatt program is a smart option for any stay in Paris. This hotel program will let you book the following hotels with points:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Hyatt Paris Madeleine: 25,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Hyatt Du Louvre: 20,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile: 15,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Park Hyatt Paris Vendome: 30,000 points per night</p> </li> </ul> <p>It's easy to rack up rewards in this program with their <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-with-sign-up-bonuses-for-hotel-stays?ref=internal" target="_blank">co-branded credit card</a>. However, you can also earn points with some credit cards for transfers to the World of Hyatt program.</p> <p>Another program that's easy to earn points with is <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/get-free-nights-with-ihg-rewards-club-select-credit-card?ref=internal" target="_blank">IHG Rewards</a>. InterContinental Hotels Group properties you can book with points in Paris include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame: 40,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Crowne Plaza Paris Republique: 45,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Holiday Inn Paris Opera: 35,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Holiday Inn Paris Gare de Lyon Bastille: 40,000 points per night</p> </li> <li> <p>Holiday Inn Paris St. Germain des Pres: 40,000 points per night</p> </li> </ul> <p>Also consider the fact that hotel brands like Marriott, Starwood Preferred Guest, and Radisson Rewards offer properties in and around Paris and greater France. Make sure to compare <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/breakdown-of-benefits-and-value-of-the-best-hotel-rewards-programs-and-credit-cards?ref=internal" target="_blank">hotel loyalty programs</a> to see which one might be best for you depending on where you want to stay before you sign up for a new credit card to earn points.</p> <p>In addition to large hotels, Paris is also packed with rental condos and Airbnbs you can book. If you would rather shack up in a cozy flat with more of a neighborhood feel, we recommend signing up for a credit card that lets you earn <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-with-easy-travel-redemption?ref=internal" target="_blank">flexible travel credit</a>. With a card that falls into this category, you can earn a big sign-up bonus plus ongoing rewards to pay for any type of hotel or condo you prefer.</p> <p>Ideally, you'll use hotel points, flexible travel credit, or a combination of the two to pay for all your hotels in Paris. By doing so, you can avoid the expense of lodging altogether and save your travel funds for the other components of your trip.</p> <h2>Covering excursions with rewards</h2> <p>When it comes to the other components of your trip, there are plenty of free things to do in Paris. You can go inside Notre Dame Cathedral, walk through courtyards and winding city streets, and peer at major historical sites such as the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. However, there are some activities in Paris you'll need to pay to take part in. Fortunately, <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards?ref=internal" target="_blank">credit card rewards can also come in handy</a> when it comes to the getting the most out of your trip.</p> <p>With some credit card rewards programs, you can use points to book all kinds of activities and excursions through their travel portal. While the options are nearly unlimited, activities available to you include things like food tours, skip-the-line entry into the Louvre, Eiffel Tower entry, guided city tours, and Seine River cruises.</p> <p>If you can cover your flights with miles, pay less than $300 in airline taxes and fees, cover your lodging with hotel points, and limit spending on extras, you could easily book a trip to Paris for $500 or less <em>outside the cost of food. </em></p> <p>Since French cuisine is divine and you'll need a while to rack up the points for this trip, it's wise to start planning now. You definitely want to save up enough to have a few of those French meals that will make you understand why French cuisine is so famous.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%25202%2520People%2520Can%2520See%2520Paris%2520for%2520%2524500%2520or%2520Less.jpg&amp;description=How%202%20People%20Can%20See%20Paris%20for%20%24500%20or%20Less"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%202%20People%20Can%20See%20Paris%20for%20%24500%20or%20Less.jpg" alt="How 2 People Can See Paris for $500 or Less" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less">How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-a-7-day-cross-country-road-trip-for-350-or-less">How to Take a 7-Day Cross Country Road Trip for $350 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-big-on-last-minute-travel">How to Save Big on Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-save-on-a-european-getaway-with-kids">7 Ways to Save on a European Getaway With Kids</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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-travel-big-on-a-tiny-budget">9 Ways to Travel Big on a Tiny Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel affordable travel credit card rewards Paris travel budget travel miles travel tips Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Holly Johnson 2156256 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Avoid Germs on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles https://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-avoid-germs-on-planes-trains-and-automobiles <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-avoid-germs-on-planes-trains-and-automobiles" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fearful_passenger_wears_mask_at_the_airport.jpg" alt="Fearful Passenger Wears Mask at the Airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Public transportation is unavoidable, especially if you're on vacation or have to travel for work often. What's also unavoidable is being exposed to the millions of germs from the thousands of passengers that use the same forms of transportation daily. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-being-healthy-saves-you-money-and-why-bad-health-habits-cost-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How Being Healthy Saves You Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Always travel with hand sanitizer</h2> <p>Plane tap water can be full of contaminants, so washing with soap and water on board doesn't guarantee germ-free hands. Travel with a small <a href="https://amzn.to/2KWs3A9" target="_blank">hand sanitizer</a> and sanitize your hands after using the restroom and as soon as you leave the transportation vehicle. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose until you have left the plane or train and washed your hands properly.</p> <h2>2. Be careful what you drink</h2> <p>Speaking of contaminated tap water on public transportation, avoid ordering tea or coffee, since these beverages are made with tap water. Avoid ice, too. Instead, ask for water out of a water bottle. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick on Vacation</a>)</p> <h2>3. Pack antibacterial wipes</h2> <p>A small pack of <a href="https://amzn.to/2zhqZ55" target="_blank">antibacterial wipes</a> can also help minimize your exposure to germs on public transportation. Wipe down trays, arm rests, and other parts of the seat area you will touch during a flight or train ride. Use a tissue or wipe to open doors or hang on to poles instead of using your bare hands. In a rental car, wipe down handles, steering wheels, and seats weekly.</p> <h2>4. Avoid small talk</h2> <p>While it might seem rude not to strike up small talk with your seatmate, by keeping to yourself, you will guard yourself against germs that can be passed in cramped spaces. Even talking for a few minutes with someone who is ill can expose you to their germs. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Everyday Situations That Introverts Ace</a>)</p> <h2>5. Practice healthy habits before you travel</h2> <p>The best way to avoid germs while traveling is to make your health a priority before your trip and really safeguard your immune system. Get plenty of rest, eat nutritional meals, stay hydrated, and up your vitamin C intake before leaving. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>6. Pick the least crowded transportation option</h2> <p>If you can choose your seat on a plane or train, find one that is away from other people, if possible. This can mean sitting in unoccupied back rows or picking a plane seat where someone does not occupy the middle section. You'll avoid germs <em>and</em> small talk, all at once. Score!</p> <h2>7. Go with a window seat</h2> <p>A 2018 study conducted by The FlyHealthy Research Team and the University of Florida found that people who were in window seats on planes had less contact with other passengers than the middle seat and aisle seat, and as a result, were less exposed to germs. So if you can get into a window seat, it might just improve your health. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-an-empty-seat-next-to-you-on-your-next-flight?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Score an Empty Seat Next to You on Your Next Flight</a>)</p> <h2>8. Get fresh air</h2> <p>In a car or on a train, open up a window to get fresh air, if possible. Closed cabin air spreads germs throughout the area, so even if you're just taking a road-trip with your family, be sure to crack the windows often.</p> <h2>9. Keep your nose lubricated</h2> <p>One of the reasons flight passengers get sick is because of the low air humidity, which dries out nasal passages and makes our bodies less effective in germ prevention. Travel with <a href="https://amzn.to/2tZUl2D" target="_blank">nasal spray</a> to help prevent this problem.</p> <h2>10. Travel with a water purifier</h2> <p>Devices like a&nbsp;<a href="https://amzn.to/2u1DXPn" target="_blank">UV Water Purifier</a> use UV light to kill bacteria and viruses in water. So even if you don't have already filtered water, or even tap water, you can use a tool like this to gather water from practically any source and stay hydrated without worrying about the water quality.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-ways-to-avoid-germs-on-planes-trains-and-automobiles&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Ways%2520to%2520Avoid%2520Germs%2520on%2520Planes%252C%2520Trains%252C%2520and%2520Automobiles.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Avoid%20Germs%20on%20Planes%2C%20Trains%2C%20and%20Automobiles"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Avoid%20Germs%20on%20Planes%2C%20Trains%2C%20and%20Automobiles.jpg" alt="10 Ways to Avoid Germs on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-avoid-germs-on-planes-trains-and-automobiles">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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick 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="https://www.wisebread.com/12-preflight-tricks-that-make-long-flights-bearable">12 Preflight Tricks That Make Long Flights Bearable</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="https://www.wisebread.com/your-hotel-room-has-bedbugs-now-what">Your Hotel Room Has Bedbugs. Now What?</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="https://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad">What to Do if You Get Sick While Traveling Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel cold or flu germaphobe germs hand sanitizer health concern healthy habits prevent getting sick travel tips Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:00:10 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 2156415 at https://www.wisebread.com How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_and_kids_taking_selfie_in_pisa.jpg" alt="Mother and kids taking selfie in Pisa" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world, and for good reason. This boot-shaped nation boasts ancient ruins and historical landmarks, world class art, towering mountains, beaches, and wineries. You can see the famous works of Michelangelo one day, hike a cliff that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea the next, and tour the world-renowned Colosseum or Roman Forum shortly after. And all these wonders are only hours away at any given time.</p> <p>Plus, the sights and landscapes in Italy are only part of the allure. The food is also a huge draw. Tourists flock to Italy for the world's best pizza and pasta, amazingly fresh produce, and of course, award-winning wines.</p> <p>There are about a million reasons to visit Italy and only one to avoid it &mdash; the cost. As with many European countries, Italy can be expensive to visit.</p> <p>Fortunately, Italy is a country with modern transportation, inexpensive lodging options, and plenty of airports. You can fly into nearly any corner of the country, visit all the must-see destinations via high-speed train, and opt for an affordable bed-and-breakfast if you want.</p> <p>Food doesn't have to be expensive, either. You <em>can</em> dine at Michelin-star eateries overlooking famous piazzas, but you can also pick up a piece of pizza or a sandwich for a few euros. At the end of the day, you can spend as little or as much as you want on your Italian vacation; it all depends on your choices and where you choose to splurge.</p> <p>But what if you could cover the entire trip with travel rewards? For the average family of four, we think it's possible to get this trip for $1,000 or less. Here's how:</p> <h2>Cover your flights with airline miles</h2> <p>One of the most expensive components of any trip abroad is airfare, and there's not a lot you can do to bypass this expense other than rack up airline frequent flyer miles. The good news is, there are several ways to earn enough miles to get to Italy on miles alone &mdash; even if you're traveling with four people.</p> <p>One of the best programs for flights to Italy from the United States is Air France/Flying Blue, the loyalty program for Air France, KLM, and five smaller regional carriers. This is partially because Air France tends to have plenty of award availability for economy flights to Europe, but it's also because it's easy to rack up miles for this program. While Air France/Flying Blue doesn't have its own co-branded credit card, you can transfer points to this program from multiple other credit card rewards programs. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-best-airline-rewards-programs-for-trips-to-europe?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Airline Rewards Programs for Trips to Europe</a>)</p> <p>One-way economy flights to Europe are typically just 25,000 miles plus government-mandated taxes and fees of approximately $125 per person. For a family of four, that means you would need a minimum of 200,000 miles plus up to $500.</p> <p>While 200,000 miles sounds like a lot, this sum can be earned fairly quickly with some time and the right combination of rewards cards. If both spouses can sign up for several cards that offer 50,000 bonus points, for example, they could earn 200,000 flexible travel points or more in a matter of months.</p> <p>Plenty of other airlines fly to Italy, however. You could focus on racking up American AAdvantage miles with <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get?ref=internal" target="_blank">co-branded credit cards</a>, for example. Since SAAver awards to Europe start at just 45,000 miles round-trip, this program offers solid value for families, provided they can find award availability. And while the Delta SkyMiles program no longer publishes an award chart, you can frequently find round-trip flights to Europe from the U.S. for as little as 60,000 miles round-trip. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-a-european-cruise-for-1000-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Score a European Cruise for $1,000 or Less</a>)</p> <h2>Get your hotels covered with flexible travel credit</h2> <p>Once your flights to Italy are covered for $500 out-of-pocket or less, you'll need to get your accommodations covered with rewards. This is where things get tricky when you're traveling as a family of four. While you might be inclined to pick up a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-credit-card-should-you-use-to-get-free-hotel-stays?ref=internal" target="_blank">co-branded hotel credit card</a> to cover the expense, you may regret it if you do.</p> <p>In Italy, it is <em>extremely rare</em> to find a hotel with a loyalty program that offers rooms that sleep four. You can check across all the major hotel brands with co-branded credit cards &mdash; IHG Rewards, Marriott Rewards, Hyatt, and Starwood Preferred Guest &mdash; and the story is the same. Finding a room that sleeps two is a piece of cake if you have enough hotel points, but a room for four is a unicorn indeed.</p> <p>Your best bet in Italy is loading up on flexible travel credit cards and points in flexible programs. While these two types of rewards may sound similar, they are actually very different.</p> <p>Flexible travel credit is a travel benefit you can earn with fixed-value rewards cards. Travel credit cards that fall into this category typically offer an upfront sign-up bonus and up to two points for each dollar you spend. On the redemption side, you can cash in your points for statement credits against just about any type of travel at a rate of one cent per point. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-with-easy-travel-redemption?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards With Easy Travel Redemption</a>)</p> <p>Flexible travel credit is great if you have a larger family and need to book a place with more space. You can rack up points to redeem for an Airbnb with a few bedrooms, for example. Doing so can make your family travel experience a lot more comfortable than if you were stuffed in a single hotel room. Plus, having a kitchen can help you save money if you prepare some meals at &quot;home&quot; instead of dining out.</p> <p>The other kind of flexible travel programs we speak of include programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou rewards. These programs let you rack up points that can be transferred to hotel and airline programs or used to book travel through their respective travel portals. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-that-transfer-points-to-airline-miles?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards That Transfer Points to Airlines and Hotels</a>)</p> <p>This strategy can be beneficial since these portals make all kinds of hotels available &mdash; not just hotels with the big brands. You can frequently find smaller bed-and-breakfasts or boutique hotels that sleep four in &quot;family rooms&quot; with these programs, and for fewer points than you might think.</p> <p>Recently, I booked a room for five at the Hotel Del Golfo in Naples, Italy for just 10,058 points per night. You do have to dig to find properties like this, but they absolutely exist.</p> <p>No matter which strategy you choose, it's possible to get all your hotels or rental condos in Italy covered with rewards. Just like with your flights, you'll need to sign up for a few different travel credit cards and plan it out as you go. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-vacation-in-greece-for-300-or-less?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Vacation in Greece for $300 or Less</a>)</p> <h2>Covering excursions with rewards</h2> <p>Getting your flights and lodging covered is great, but what about everything else? When you're so close to so many sites of historical significance and famous art, you absolutely have to go.</p> <p>Fortunately, you can also use rewards to cover day trips and excursions. One strategy to consider is using flexible travel credit to book your own excursions and tours through a website like Viator. This booking site connects you to options that span from day trips to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to guided tours of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and food tours in Rome. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/once-in-a-lifetime-experiences-ive-earned-with-credit-card-rewards?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences I've Earned With Credit Card Rewards</a>)</p> <p>You can also book many of the same excursions available through Viator through a popular credit card rewards portal, which can be a smart move.</p> <p>If you employ all of these strategies, you should have your flights, lodging, and excursions covered for $500 or less. This leaves you with $500 to spend on food and other attractions, which is a real possibility if you're willing to eat cheap.</p> <p>A fancy restaurant overlooking a famous square may tempt you, but your money will stretch further if you dine off the beaten path. And the best souvenir is one that's free &mdash; the memories you'll be left with for a lifetime.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fhow-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHow%2520a%2520Family%2520of%25204%2520Can%2520See%2520Italy%2520for%2520%25241%252C000%2520or%2520Less.jpg&amp;description=How%20a%20Family%20of%204%20Can%20See%20Italy%20for%20%241%2C000%20or%20Less"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/How%20a%20Family%20of%204%20Can%20See%20Italy%20for%20%241%2C000%20or%20Less.jpg" alt="How a Family of 4 Can See Italy for $1,000 or Less" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/holly-johnson">Holly Johnson</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-a-family-of-4-can-see-italy-for-1000-or-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-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="https://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-travel-big-on-a-tiny-budget">9 Ways to Travel Big on a Tiny 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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-save-on-a-european-getaway-with-kids">7 Ways to Save on a European Getaway With Kids</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-2-people-can-see-paris-for-500-or-less">How 2 People Can See Paris for $500 or Less</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-a-7-day-cross-country-road-trip-for-350-or-less">How to Take a 7-Day Cross Country Road Trip for $350 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-breathtaking-and-affordable-alaskan-destinations">6 Breathtaking and Affordable Alaskan Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Travel affordable travel European travel family travel italian vacation Italy travel budget travel tips vacation ideas Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:30:20 +0000 Holly Johnson 2155130 at https://www.wisebread.com 12 Preflight Tricks That Make Long Flights Bearable https://www.wisebread.com/12-preflight-tricks-that-make-long-flights-bearable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-preflight-tricks-that-make-long-flights-bearable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_enjoys_in_flight_beverage_and_wifi.jpg" alt="Woman enjoys in flight beverage and Wi-Fi" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sitting still on a jet for an 11, 14, or even 16-hour flight is an endurance sport. Just like running a marathon, it's something you have to train and plan for. It's also kind of like spending the day in the desert, miles from civilization, because although there are a few things your flight attendant will bring you if needed, it's not like you can pop down to the corner store for anything you forgot to bring. You'll mostly be left to survive using your wits and your carry-on bag. So it pays to be prepared.</p> <h2>1. Talk to your doctor about deep vein thrombosis</h2> <p>DVT is a potentially fatal blood clot that sometimes forms in the legs or pelvis, and sitting still for hours on a flight can increase the chances of it happening. If you're worried about this, especially if you have risk factors such as smoking, pregnancy, or obesity, talk to your doctor about precautions. They might recommended compression stockings.</p> <p>Even if you don't have risk factors, look up some in-flight stretches and exercises to get your blood flowing. And make sure to get up and walk around periodically, even if you're in a middle seat.</p> <h2>2. Assemble your life support system</h2> <p>There are lots of <a href="https://wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list?ref=internal" target="_blank">must-have items for your carry-on bag</a>, but seriously, what you put in that bag is what you have to <a href="https://wisebread.com/9-things-you-should-always-carry-on-an-economy-flight?ref=internal" target="_blank">keep you comfortable, sane, and alive</a> for the next half-day or more. You don't want to be stuck halfway through a 13-hour flight without a product or medication that you normally rely on.</p> <p>Most importantly, pack extras of any <a href="https://wisebread.com/8-things-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=internal" target="_blank">prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs</a> you might need. I always travel with ibuprofen for those cabin pressure headaches, and melatonin to help me fall asleep at an appropriate time for my destination time zone. A lot of people consider a decongestant helpful as well. The Aerospace Medical Association also recommends a nasal spray and eye drops for keeping your nose and eyes comfortable in the dry cabin air.</p> <p>Then, comfort and hygiene supplies: For me, extra lip balm and a 3 oz. container of my go-to (fragrance free) hand lotion are requirements. A pack of tissues, extra sanitary products, and a couple of adhesive bandages are all clutch. Include your contact case and solution as well as glasses, in case you need to take out your contacts. The Aerospace Medical Association recommends skipping contacts in favor of glasses because of dryness.</p> <p>For sleeping, include a <a href="https://wisebread.com/21-unexpected-items-you-should-always-pack-in-your-carry-on?ref=internal" target="_blank">travel pillow, an eye mask, and ear plugs</a>. Don't forget a hair brush, toothbrush, and any makeup you plan to apply before arriving at your destination. If traveling with a baby, bring more diapers, extra clothes, formula, and pacifiers than you think you would ever need.</p> <p>Throw in a change of clothes for yourself in case anything spills on you, or your checked bag gets lost. Put all this in a carry-on that comfortably fits under the seat, and &mdash; this is important &mdash; that is easy to open and reach things. If you can access your most-used items without pulling out your bag, you're winning at flying.</p> <p>Oh, and don't forget a snack. This <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-pack-delicious-and-cheap-airline-snacks?ref=internal" target="_blank">list of snacks will help</a>. Most airlines still do serve a meal on international flights, but it might be gross. And if you get hungry in the middle of the night, it can be hard to get the flight attendants' attention to ask for a snack.</p> <h2>3. Make sure you have the right kind of headphones and/or adapters</h2> <p>If you have a late model iPhone, you probably carry lightning plug earbuds that won't work on the headphone jack in your seat, making the in-flight movie a disappointingly silent experience. Same goes for Bluetooth headphones. Some airlines still hand out headphones, but not all.</p> <p>To be safe, pack a pair of earbuds with the old plug, or a <a href="https://amzn.to/2II7DFS" target="_blank">Bluetooth transmitter</a> that can plug into the plane's jack. If you're traveling with a companion, you might also want to throw a <a href="https://amzn.to/2NcGcrc" target="_blank">headphone splitter</a> into your carry-on so you can watch and hear a movie together.</p> <h2>4. Figure out if you can get Wi-Fi</h2> <p>Some airlines offer free Wi-Fi, others offer it for a fee, and still others participate in the Gogo In-flight Internet program, which sells day passes for $19. If you have a high-end travel credit card, check your list of benefits to see if Gogo is included.</p> <h2>5. Make a work plan</h2> <p>If you plan to work on the flight, download any documents you might need, since you can't count on that in-flight internet. Make sure your laptop is fully charged, and bring an extra battery pack or portable charger. If you use a wireless mouse, pack extra batteries for it. If your work is confidential in nature, a laptop privacy screen may be necessary.</p> <h2>6. Make a backup entertainment plan</h2> <p>Don't just assume you'll watch movies provided by the airline. First, your plane might not even be equipped with personal screens. Second, I have been on multiple flights where the entertainment system or Wi-Fi failed. Third, the available movies might not appeal to you.</p> <p>Download TV episodes or a movie onto your laptop, tablet, or phone. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can download some shows and movies there. You can also download books and audiobooks. Bring a portable battery pack for the device you'll be using for entertainment.</p> <p>Always pack something analog to do as well, such as a paper book to read or knitting, or some crossword puzzles, so that you're not stuck <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-free-ways-to-entertain-yourself-during-a-flight-delay?ref=internal" target="_blank">making origami out of your in-flight magazine</a> if your devices run out of power. Besides, your eyes will eventually get tired of looking at a screen.</p> <h2>7. Plan the world's most comfortable outfit</h2> <p>Unless you're in a premium class, you probably don't want to tie up the bathroom long enough to change into pajamas during the flight &mdash; or you might not be limber enough to perform the contortions required to change in such a tiny space. I prefer to board the plane wearing something pajama-like. In fact, I've boarded in actual (nonrevealing) pajamas without a trace of shame. But lately, my long-flight uniform is a pair of sweatpants, a T-shirt, and a sweatshirt with a large, soft hood that can supplement my travel pillow.</p> <p>Make sure not to wear anything that might slip or ride up if you fall asleep. This is particularly important if you're lucky enough to be flying in a premium cabin where you can lie down. If there's anything worse than walking down the aisle and seeing a fellow passenger snoozing with her nightgown askew, it would be waking up to realize you <em>are</em> that passenger.</p> <p>The other must for your in-flight wardrobe is layers. When you're sitting on the runway, the plane will be approximately 1 million degrees and stuffy. But once you're in the air, you may get cold.</p> <h2>8. Test drive anything you will use in-flight</h2> <p>This may seem like overkill, but trust me: When you're stuck in a tube in the sky with no urgent care for 5,000 miles, it's a terrible time to realize that a your child is allergic to the medication you just gave them, or even that you wore underwear that won't stay put.</p> <p>Use any medication you're bringing for yourself or your children at least once preflight. Try sleeping overnight in the outfit you plan to wear, down to the socks and underwear. Try the travel pillow, put on the eye mask (and keep it on all night), and test drive the headphones. You won't regret it.</p> <h2>9. Get a good night's sleep</h2> <p>Most people hope to sleep at least some of the hours of a long flight, especially if you'll be arriving at your destination early in the day local time. However, it's a mistake to stay up late or skip sleeping entirely the night before takeoff. It'll put you in a fog when you need to be sharp to get through security and onto the plane without forgetting anything, and if you can't fall asleep on the plane, you'll be truly miserable by the time you arrive.</p> <h2>10. Scrub up &mdash; fragrance free</h2> <p>I don't have to tell you to take a shower before getting on a long flight. But for the sake of the passengers around you, consider using fragrance-free toiletries this time around, and definitely skip any cologne, perfume, or body spray. As the hours pass and the plane air gets stale, these odors can really wear on fellow passengers, especially those who are sensitive or allergic.</p> <h2>11. Eat flight-friendly foods</h2> <p>Avoid taking any culinary risks &mdash; say, eating at an iffy roadside stand &mdash; for 24 hours before the flight, because a jetliner is never a good place to ride out a case of food poisoning. And of course, you want to avoid eating anything that might cause indigestion or &mdash; for the sake of your fellow passengers &mdash; flatulence during the flight. But the Aerospace Medical Association has another reason to avoid gas-forming foods such as beans and cabbage before or during a flight: Any gas inside you expands on takeoff, causing discomfort even for those who could easily tolerate these foods on the ground.</p> <h2>12. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate</h2> <p>There is something about the physics of air travel that sucks every molecule of moisture out of your body. I know it's tempting to not drink anything before a flight, to avoid having to get up and use the bathroom, but you've really gotta drink water &mdash; at home, at the airport, and on the plane.</p> <p>Because of low humidity in the cabin, the Aerospace Medical Association recommends 8 oz. for every hour you'll be in the air in order to stay comfortable. And avoid sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages. I never board a plane without a <a href="https://wisebread.com/these-6-things-will-make-your-next-flight-more-comfortable?ref=internal" target="_blank">bottle of water filled up in the terminal</a>, because, ew, airplane water.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-preflight-tricks-that-make-long-flights-bearable&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Preflight%2520Tricks%2520That%2520Make%2520Long%2520Flights%2520Bearable.jpg&amp;description=12%20Preflight%20Tricks%20That%20Make%20Long%20Flights%20Bearable"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Preflight%20Tricks%20That%20Make%20Long%20Flights%20Bearable.jpg" alt="12 Preflight Tricks That Make Long Flights Bearable" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/12-preflight-tricks-that-make-long-flights-bearable">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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-on-vacation">7 Ways to Avoid Getting Seriously Sick 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="https://www.wisebread.com/your-hotel-room-has-bedbugs-now-what">Your Hotel Room Has Bedbugs. Now What?</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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-avoid-germs-on-planes-trains-and-automobiles">10 Ways to Avoid Germs on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles</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="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-an-empty-seat-next-to-you-on-your-next-flight">How to Score an Empty Seat Next to You on Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-sick-while-traveling-abroad">What to Do if You Get Sick While Traveling Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Travel flight etiquette flight tips flying health tips jet lag long-haul flight travel tips Fri, 06 Jul 2018 08:30:14 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2154693 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Breathtaking Multiday Treks to Do in National Parks This Summer https://www.wisebread.com/5-breathtaking-multiday-treks-to-do-in-national-parks-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-breathtaking-multiday-treks-to-do-in-national-parks-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/grand_tetons_mountains_snake_river.jpg" alt="Grand Tetons mountains, Snake River" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're craving a weeklong escape into the wilderness or just a couple of days of nonstop adventure, our national parks have got you covered. Backpacking is a wonderful way to discover the scenery and drama that can be found within our nation's parks &mdash; with landscapes ranging from craggy peaks to remote island getaways. Here are five breathtaking multiday hikes to do in national parks this summer. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</a>)</p> <h2>1. Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/grand_tetons_mountains_snake_river.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Grand Teton National Park's popularity is far overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, Yellowstone National Park, which lies just a few miles north. However, the hiking routes in Grand Teton National Park, including the Teton Crest Trail, are regarded by many travel publications as the best anywhere in the country. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but you can also expect to see a variety of wildlife, with wolves, moose, elk, black and grizzly bears all sighted frequently.</p> <p>There are numerous trailheads that join the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Backcountry16-access.pdf" target="_blank">Teton Crest Trail</a> at various points, including Granite Canyon, Cascade Canyon, or Paintbrush Canyon. This means distances and difficulty can differ, with some sections even requiring the use of an ice ax before August. Whichever route you choose, you're in for a wild ride, as the Teton Crest Trail covers many of the park's ridges. From these vantage points, you'll get spectacular panoramic views of granite peaks, vast canyons, and vibrant meadows packed full of colorful summer blossoms.</p> <p><strong>Difficulty</strong>: Medium to hard</p> <p><strong>Distance</strong>: 35-45 miles dependent on route</p> <p><strong>Days to Complete</strong>: 4-7</p> <p><strong>Permit Information</strong>: Permits are required for any overnight trip in the Grand Teton National Park and can be extremely competitive to secure. You can only apply in advance for backcountry reservations for the summer season between the first Wednesday in January and May 15 via the <a href="https://www.recreation.gov/wildernessAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&amp;parkId=72450" target="_blank">Recreation.gov</a> site with a $45 processing fee. There are walk-in permits available one day before the start of a backcountry trip for $25, but these are on a first-come-first-serve basis, so it pays to have a plan B if you choose this option.</p> <h2>2. Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/wonderland_trail_mt_rainier_national_park.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The incomparable Mount Rainier is truly an awesome sight. Rising up to a dizzying 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is actually an active volcano. And the snow-capped peak of Emmons Glacier has the largest surface area than any other glacier in the 48 contiguous states. Note, however, that it may be very difficult to get a reservation for the 2018 season.</p> <p>The Wonderland Trail circumnavigates the entirety of this iconic mountain, so you'll have it in your sights for the whole hike. But while there are continuous views of Mount Rainier, this is the only constant to expect along the way. The scenery changes and shifts at every turn, with the path made up of ascents up to ridges followed by descents into valleys, repeatedly revealing new backdrops. Rivers, lakes, glaciers, alpine meadows, lowland forests, and waterfalls appear as if from nowhere and the sunrises and sunsets which give the mountain and surrounding scenery a pink and red hue are simply stunning.</p> <p><strong>Difficulty</strong>: Hard</p> <p><strong>Distance</strong>: 93 miles</p> <p><strong>Days to Complete</strong>: 10-14, according to the National Park Service</p> <p>Permit Required: A wilderness permit is necessary for all overnight stays in Mount Rainier National Park, and you must also book all of your campsites in advance. This means that you need to plan your route carefully according to your fitness levels and allocated time. Reservations are extremely competitive and a $20 reservation fee is charged regardless of whether your application is granted or not. Applications are open from March 15 until they are all gone. There are walk-in permits available, but these are difficult to make work due to the campsite booking requirement. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-best-free-treks-in-the-world?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Best Free Treks in the World</a>)</p> <h2>3. Half Dome Hike in Yosemite National Park</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/half_dome_in_yosemite_national_park_in_spring.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Half Dome Hike is a full-on adventure that will allow you to scale well over 8,000 feet. Not only do you reach knee-knocking altitudes, but the final portion of the ascent is up the infamous Half Dome Cables, which enable you to scale the steep cliff face. As if this isn't enough excitement, the views of the park from the peak are astonishing.</p> <p>The hike up Half Dome itself can be completed in a single session, so the bulk of the work will need to be done on the second day, lasting anywhere up to 14 hours. However, by turning it into a two-day hike, you get a nice walk to the Little Yosemite Valley campground on day one, which takes you past the wonderful Vernal and Nevada waterfalls.</p> <p><strong>Difficulty</strong>: Hard</p> <p><strong>Distance</strong>: 16 miles</p> <p><strong>Days to Complete</strong>: 2</p> <p>Permit Required: You will need to apply for a half dome permit with your wilderness permit in order to do the two-day hike. These are in short supply, with only 300 permits in total being issued for each day and only 75 of these to overnight backpackers. Fifty of these are allotted by reservation via a lottery system which you can apply for up to 169 days in advance, with the other 25 available a day in advance on a first-come-first-serve basis. Confirmed reservations cost $5 plus $5 per person in the group. (See also: <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-travel-destinations-for-introverts?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Travel Destinations for Introverts</a>)</p> <h2>4. Greenstone Ridge Trail in Isle Royale National Park</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/isle_royale_cove_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The only way to reach Isle Royale is by boat or seaplane, and on the island itself there are no roads and no wheeled vehicles allowed. Located in the colossal Lake Superior, Isle Royale is truly one of the most remote national parks in the U.S., making it the perfect place to escape from it all. Generally hikers walk east to west and pick up a return ferry at the end of their journey.</p> <p>The 42-mile Greenstone Ridge Trail runs the entire length of the island, allowing you to get the full effect of the tranquillity this hideaway provides. The forested ridge runs like a backbone through the heart of the island, with the elevation giving you great views along the way of the island as well as the surrounding lake. There are significant populations of gray wolves and moose, and while sightings aren't extremely common, it's a brilliant place to look out for them.</p> <p><strong>Difficulty</strong>: Easy to medium</p> <p><strong>Distance</strong>: 42 miles</p> <p><strong>Days to Complete</strong>: 3 to 5</p> <p><strong>Permit Required</strong>: Entrance to the park costs $7 per person per day, and permits are necessary for all multiday hikes, though they are free of charge. The parkrun ferry to the island costs $70 per person one-way during the peak summer months and should be reserved in advance.</p> <h2>5. Redwood Creek Trail in Redwood National Park</h2> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5197/path_in_the_redwoods_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Redwood National Park is most noted for containing the tallest trees on the planet, so the appeal to walking among these ancient giants is clear.</p> <p>The full out and back hike from the Redwood Creek trailhead runs along a number of moderate ridges that skirt the creek. Though there are few old redwoods along this particular trail, you will get to gaze upon miles of untouched forest. There's dispersed camping allowed along the six miles of the creekbed.</p> <p>The typical second day activity is to search for the world's tallest tree, the 379-foot Hyperion in the Tall Trees Grove, although your chances of finding it are probably slim. The tree is not officially marked for protection reasons and any available information is contradictory at best. However, the rest of the remarkable forest should help to counter any lingering disappointment on your route back.</p> <p><strong>Difficulty</strong>: Easy</p> <p><strong>Distance</strong>: 16 miles</p> <p><strong>Days to Complete</strong>: 2</p> <p><strong>Permit Required</strong>: Redwood National Park is free to visit, but even though it&rsquo;s free, permits are still required for any overnight stays in backcountry camps. Campsites have a fee of $35 per night and should be booked in advance, particularly during the peak summer months.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-breathtaking-multiday-treks-to-do-in-national-parks-this-summer&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Breathtaking%2520Multiday%2520Treks%2520to%2520Do%2520in%2520National%2520Parks%2520This%2520Summer.jpg&amp;description=5%20Breathtaking%20Multiday%20Treks%20to%20Do%20in%20National%20Parks%20This%20Summer"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Breathtaking%20Multiday%20Treks%20to%20Do%20in%20National%20Parks%20This%20Summer.jpg" alt="5 Breathtaking Multiday Treks to Do in National Parks This Summer" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/nick-wharton">Nick Wharton</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-breathtaking-multiday-treks-to-do-in-national-parks-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-affordable-and-unforgettable-experiences-to-have-in-national-parks-this-summer">5 Affordable and Unforgettable Experiences to Have in National Parks This Summer</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="https://www.wisebread.com/10-most-breathtaking-day-hikes-in-the-us">10 Most Breathtaking Day Hikes in the U.S.</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="https://www.wisebread.com/7-best-free-treks-in-the-world">7 Best Free Treks in the World</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="https://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-travel-items-for-your-summer-vacation">12 Cool Travel Items for Your Summer Vacation</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="https://www.wisebread.com/my-5-favorite-budget-summer-destinations-for-2018">My 5 Favorite Budget Summer Destinations for 2018</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel day hikes domestic travel hiking multiday hikes national parks outdoorsy summer vacation travel tips treks Thu, 05 Jul 2018 08:30:19 +0000 Nick Wharton 2154556 at https://www.wisebread.com