Travel

Six Ideas for Cheap Summer Vacations

If you can afford a summer vacation without going into debt, you should certainly take one. Chances are your working harder than ever at work, and are feeling the stress of the economy and everything else. I posted six affordable ideas for summer vacations last year, but this year provides rare opportunities to take dream trips, or at least luxury trips, without breaking the bank. Timeshare Promotions If you’re a…
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Saving Money on Holiday Travel

I’ll admit that I gave up on flying for holidays nearly a decade ago. My family lives six hours away, and I eventually found that it’s cheaper and easier to drive. I did fly for several years, however, and picked up a few tips for saving money on holiday travel. These tips may even save you a bit of time. Use Airline Miles to Fly If you need…
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Fun and Cheap Travel Games for Kids

When I was a kid, we didn’t have DVDs, let alone DVD players in cars. I’m sure that DVDs are a good way for kids to pass time in the car, but I think a more interactive approach would be better. (Note, I don’t have kids. I reserve the right to change my mind when I’ve got two wee ones kicking the back of my seat for six…
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It’s Time to Start Planning Your Thanksgiving Travel or Party

Don’t hate me for mentioning Thanksgiving before we’ve even passed Halloween, but you do need to start making your holiday plans, especially if they include that most miserable of experiences: Thanksgiving travel. Even if you’re staying home, you need to do a little prep work now. You don’t have to drag out the pie pans, but here are a few things you should do now to prepare for…
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Top Tips for the Thanksgiving Drive

Most years, my husband and I leap into the car at about 1:30PM on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with our snacks and saddle up for the epic sojourn 400 miles to my family’s house. Unlike the usual trip which logs in at 5.5 to 6 hours, depending on the wait time at McDonald’s and the frequency of my pee breaks, our day-before-Thanksgiving trip is a minimum of 7…
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Frugal Travel Deals

I enjoy traveling and wish I could afford to do more of it. For right now, I can only dream of the places I’d like to go. When I do have the funds (read: when more debt is paid off), I plan to use these methods to score frugal travel deals without feeling like I’m being frugal. Today I’ll focus on when to travel and how to use…
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Plan Your Winter Vacation Now to Save Money

If you plan to take a winter vacation and haven’t already booked the trip, start planning the trip now. The longer you wait, the more it will cost, especially if you want to go skiing or visit a popular warm-weather destination like Hawaii or Cancun. Use these tips to get a jump on the planning. Choose Your Dates Now Winter vacations can occur anytime between Thanksgiving and April,…
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Holiday Travel: Tackling Long Drives

My family lives several hours away, which means my husband and I have a long drive every major family holiday. Fortunately, we live in California, so the weather isn’t usually an issue, but it can be in certain sections. We’ve also taken road trips, though, and I learned how to plan drives to reduce time, stress, and expenses. Check Your Route Even if you’ve taken this particular drive…
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Surviving the Great Thanksgiving Drive

I’ve been making the annual Thanksgiving Drive for 11 years. This year, we’re staying home for the holiday. Unfortunately, this is probably the year when traffic will be lighter! AAA estimates that 2% fewer people will travel this Thanksgiving. That’s a lot when you’re talking bumper-to-bumper traffic. If you do have to get on the road, see my previous post on long drives as well as these tips. Start Your Thanksgiving Drive…
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It’s Time to Make Holiday Travel Plans

I know, I know, it’s still summer. But it’s already time to start planning for the holidays, especially if your holidays involve travel by air. Thanksgiving is 14 weeks away. In airline speak, it’s just around the corner. That also means Christmas is just 18 weeks away. Planning Thanksgiving Travel You don’t have to book your flights now, but you should plan to book them in early September…
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