Travel

Taking Advantage of Travel Deal Websites

In addition to traveling off-season whenever possible and using miles, you can use travel deal websites to score cheap travel deals without sacrificing comfort. Not all sites are equal, but there are a few gems that can really save you a lot of cash, but won’t have you flying as cargo or sleeping on the floor of a youth hostel. Travel Packages For travel packages, I love LuxuryLink. This…
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6 Tips for Overcoming Post-Holiday Blues

I always feel a bit blue the day after Christmas. The presents are opened, vacation’s almost over, and the eggnog will soon be disappearing from the grocery store. If you also have a bit of the post-holiday blues, here are a few ways to overcome them. Play a Game with the Family I have a very competitive family, so we love to play games around the holidays and…
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Tips for Planning a Camping Trip

A few years ago, my husband and I spent a lovely nine days camping in Sedona, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park. We hiked, we developed a new inside joke, and we ate dinner in our car because it turned out to be monsoon season. Despite the rain, it was a great trip, and it probably cost less than $600, including the rental car because neither…
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Avoid Baggage Fees: How to Pack a Suitcase

The best way to avoid baggage fees is to choose an airline that doesn’t charge them. You can also see yesterday’s tips for avoiding airline fees for more ideas. If you are stuck with an airline that charges fees, and you booked after the fee was imposed, then your next defense is packing wisely.  Here’s how to pack a suitcase. Plan Carefully About a week before you plan to leave,…
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Six Affordable Summer Vacation Ideas

First the bad news: if you’re just starting to plan your summer vacation, distant locales may be out of the question, but you can still find some good deals if you start now. Here are my summer vacation ideas that are both affordable and fun. Camping This summer, many people are discovering camping is one of the more affordable summer vacation ideas. If you want to camp, book…
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Money Saving Travel Tips (Guest Post)

Today’s guest post comes from Mr. Credit Card. If you like this, subscribe to his feed for more great stuff. Hi, I’m Mr Credit Card and I write and review credit cards at my site www.askmrcreditcard.com. I started this site because while I was looking for a credit card a few years ago, I could not find any site that really reviews credit cards in depth. If you are looking…
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Save Money with Travel Rewards

Recently I stayed at a Sheraton hotel for business. Upon checking in, I discovered I’m a Starwood Gold member. I don’t know how that happened, but I was more than happy to take advantage of the perks offered. That got me thinking – how many ways can travel rewards help you save money on a trip? Free Flights You can still get free flights with airline miles. The…
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Quick Travel Tip: Book Directly with the Airline to Save Money

Although some of the travel sites have dropped their booking fees, I still always use them for research and then book my flight directly with the airline. Today, I discovered the ultimate reward for that practice. Booking Directly Can Save Fees Most of the major travel sites make their money off fees they charge you for making the purchase. Travel agents are no longer paid by the airlines,…
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