How to Travel Well on a Budget

No need to spend a fortune to go on a trip to exotic locations. There are plenty of ways to explore the world without breaking the bank. We’ve rounded up some tried and tested budget holiday planning tips that will help you plan a trip without breaking the bank.

If you have the money and time to spare, traveling spontaneously is a great idea. However, if you’re planning on traveling on a budget, the first step is to come up with a plan. Having a well-defined plan will help minimize the unexpected expenses and ensure that you’re not caught off-guard. Having a good idea of where you’ll be staying and how long you’ll be traveling will also help minimize the chances of getting lost.

The school holidays are a time when the travel industry increases prices to take advantage of the families that can only go during these weeks. Instead, avoid trips during these dates by planning ahead and visiting the destination that you want to go to. This is referred to as the shoulder season, and it’s when airlines and hotels lower their prices to attract more customers.

If you’re planning on traveling on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by trading in your expensive hotel suites for a dorm room in hostels. This allows you to meet people who are interested in traveling with you. Another great alternative is to book a spare room through websites such as Airbnb and couchsurfing. These sites allow people to book a room in a local person’s home.

One of the best ways to reduce the cost of traveling is by hiring a local tour guide. This can provide you with an inside look at the city and its various attractions. He or she can also recommend the best local restaurants and tourist spots.

You can also travel with friends or family. If you’re planning on visiting a place that you’ve never been to before, try reaching out to people who are close to you and arranging a trip there. This will allow you to explore places that you would have never thought of.

One of the most important factors that you should consider when it comes to packing for a trip is ensuring that you have everything that you need. Having the necessary equipment will allow you to make your trip without having to shop for everything. For more advice on packing for different types of trips, check out our guide.

Getting a ticket home is also important, especially if you’re planning on returning flights. Airlines often release their seats up to a year in advance, which increases the prices even more in the last month.

If you’re planning on traveling on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by flying on a Tuesday. This will allow you to avoid the crowds at the airport and make your trip more convenient. Another great way to save money is by flying economy. Even if the flight’s in Business Class, you don’t need to upgrade.

If you’re planning on traveling on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by choosing low-cost airlines. These companies often have cheap deals on short flights. If you’re planning on going on a weekend, try packing light and using only hand luggage.

Getting around town on a train or bus is cheaper than flying. In addition to being more convenient, a trip on an overnight train can also help you save money.

One of the best ways to save money is by buying cheap lunches at a local grocery store or a local food market. If you’re planning on eating out, try to wander around before you make a decision. Having a good meal at a local establishment will allow you to keep track of how much money you’re spending. Drinking beer with dinner each night adds up quickly, so make sure to drink water instead.

If you’re planning on traveling on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is by choosing low-cost airlines. These companies often have cheap deals on short flights. If you need to cook for yourself, hostels and spare rooms can also help you save money.

Working holidays are a great way to spend time relaxing and living the dream of traveling. There are countless opportunities that you can take advantage of, such as teaching a language in Thailand or taking care of a group of tourists. You can also earn money while traveling by working as a freelance.

Originally published on Ivana’s website!

Travel Tips for Europe

Although some parts of Europe look similar to the US, there are some differences that you should be aware of when it comes to traveling there. This article aims to provide some of the information that you should know about Europe to make the most of your trip.

If you’re planning on traveling to Europe, you should consider taking a break from the regular season and visiting during the off-season. During this time, you can expect to pay a bit less for your trip, as the weather is usually more pleasant.

If you’re planning on traveling to Europe, you can usually find a cheap flight with a budget airline. However, there are some hidden fees and special requirements that you should be aware of.

One of the best ways to get around some of the most popular areas in Europe is by train. Before you travel, make sure that you have the necessary ticket to avoid additional fees. If you’re planning on buying a rail pass, you can get a discount.

One of the most important items that you should bring with you when traveling to Europe is a travel adapter. There are universal ones, but you should also keep in mind that Continental Europe and the UK have their own outlets.

One of the best ways to interact with the locals in Europe is by visiting small, family-owned businesses. If you’re planning on traveling to a city, you might end up seeing a lot of tourist traps. To fully immerse yourself in the culture of Europe, go on a journey that’s off the beaten path.

In addition to visiting local businesses, you should also be aware of the afternoon closures in certain areas. This is because the locals value their time away from the work and enjoy their lunch breaks.

Before you go out to eat, make sure that you have some cash in your carry-on to support local markets and small cash-only restaurants. Also, keep in mind that some European countries do not use the Euro.

In Europe, the 24-hour clock is used, which means that it is helpful to keep in mind the hours if you are running late for a reservation or train. In addition, Europeans use half-six for any period, which is typically 6:30 or any half-hour. Also, in the region, the dates are listed as either day/month/year or decimal points, and the metric system is used instead of the 1,000th unit.

If you’re planning on traveling to Europe, you should also be aware of the need to learn how to drive a manual transmission. Although automatic cars are still available, they are typically more expensive.

In Europe, bread baskets and tap water are rarely free. However, if you’re having a hard time making ends meet, you might end up with an extra charge on your bill. If you order soft drinks and beer, they are typically cheaper than water.

In some European countries, ibuprofen is not allowed to be purchased over the counter. This means that you might not be able to get it if you need it.

In Europe, the floors are numbered differently. The ground floor is the lowest level, while the second floor is the European’s first floor. This means that if your room is on the second floor, it will be on the third floor in the US. In an elevator, the number 0 will typically be the lobby.

If your hotel’s lights are not working, make sure that you have the key to your room by the door. Most European establishments use the key as a power source, and it should be placed in this slot to operate the room’s outlets and lights.

Before you leave for the US, it’s important that you thoroughly check the regulations of the country’s customs department. There are various restrictions on food items that are brought into the country.

Originally published on Ivana’s website!

Tips for Traveling with a Kid: Part 2

This is a tip for kids aged 2 to 5, as well as pre-schoolers and school-aged ones. Kids love to help others, even if it’s not their intention. If you’re in the market for a kid-sized rolling carry-on, consider giving your child the responsibility of taking care of their own bag.

Although they may run over an adult, your child will most likely get a laugh out of it. Some of the other tasks that your kid can do are ask them what they want to wear on the plane, and help them find the gate.

Even though you’re already planning on the trip, there are still some things that you can do to prepare for the unexpected. One of these is packing an extra set of clothes for your kids. You should also make sure that you have enough diapers and wipes in your bag.

A large pack of wipes can help keep the surfaces of the various objects that they’re holding clean. When you’re ready to depart and land, make sure that your child has a bottle or is breast-feeding. Older kids should also have snacks, as this will allow them to naturally swallow.

One of the most important things that you should consider when it comes to planning a trip is packing a variety of snacks that will keep your kids occupied. I usually use travel as an excuse to indulge in the fun stuff that’s not allowed on an almost daily basis. In fact, I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t give my kids a single M&M during a flight. Just avoid anything that’s sticky. Having fun and memories are two of the most important factors that you should consider when it comes to planning a trip.

There are so many ways to entertain your kids while traveling. One of my favorite things is to create a magnetic play set that features a board and various pieces that allow kids to create their own unique characters. You can also download a variety of coloring books and activity books to keep them occupied. If you’re worried that your kid will get bored of watching a movie on their iPad, then don’t be.

One of the most fun ideas that you can consider when it comes to planning a trip is packing a variety of snacks that will keep your kids occupied. In addition to these, you can also bring in additional surprises in your carry-on. For instance, I usually do three different activities in the beginning of the flight, followed by a small stuffed animal.

Getting off the plane is one of the most challenging parts of a child’s life, as they usually want to get off right away and can’t handle the orderly sloth crawl.

Although babies are happy to stay seated, they eventually want to be moved to a different seat once they can walk. Being in a small seat for several hours is torture for them.

If you have a kid who’s constantly pushing and pulling on your hands, try walking down the aisle with them in front of you and holding on to both of their hands.

Many parents will tell you that taking kids on a trip isn’t a vacation, but a trip that’s worth it. The memories that they will have from this trip will last a lifetime. In fact, my twins didn’t remember the fight over goggles that lasted for three hours, and the frightening experience of two terrified resort employees.

After traveling, your kids will remember the fun parts of the trip. Just as long as you don’t let them buy a hideous souvenir that they’ll never use.

Tips for Traveling with Kids: Part 1

One of the most important tips that you can consider when it comes to traveling with kids is to book a night flight. This will allow you to get a good night’s sleep and ensure that you and your child have a peaceful flight. If possible, try to book the flight around 30 minutes before nap time.

After taking off, you can do a quick snack or bottle of water to help your child get used to the plane. It’s also helpful to have a short story to help him or her get used to the noises and movement of the plane. However, if you’re planning on flying long distances, you’ll need a bigger game plan.

Before you leave, make sure that you’re aware of the rules that apply to your trip. Having the proper knowledge about these rules will allow you to save yourself a lot of stress at the airport. Although each airline has its own rules regarding the use of certain types of equipment, such as baby carriers and booster seats, you can be sure that these items will be allowed on the plane for safety reasons.

Keep in mind that you can carry your child’s backpack or stroller on the plane, but you should also make sure that they’re in a secure bag. The airport can help you tag them and get them off the plane so you can go. One of the most useful items that I brought with me during airport time was the Go Go Babyz Travelmate, an extendable carry-on bag that can be used to transport your car seat.

One of the most important rules that you should consider is the CDC’s rule about the use of masks on public transportation. This applies to children 2 and older. However, you can still eat and drink alcohol while on the plane. If your child is still not used to wearing a mask, start practicing by doing so.

Although the TSA has strict restrictions on the amount of liquid that can be brought on board, it’s still allowed to provide infants and toddlers with breast milk, juice, and formula. To avoid getting caught, make sure that you take these items out of your carry-on and alert the TSA officer.

The Best Travel Podcasts For 2022

Traveling is wonderful. You get to see the world, experience new cultures and have unique experiences you likely wouldn’t be able to have in your hometown. Of course, you can’t travel constantly. We often have jobs we have to work, and responsibilities to take care of. Sometimes we just can’t afford it. When you can travel, but still want to get your travel kick in, a great alternative is to check out some travel podcasts. You can find many travel podcasts out there featuring not only entertaining and interesting travel stories, but also tips and tricks that will help make your travel experiences even better. Read on to learn more about a few great travel podcasts worth checking out this year.

Wander Woman

Travel writer and photographer Phoebe Smith has created a new weekly podcast called The Wander Woman, which is the first travel podcast to take on a magazine-style format. In each episode, she takes listeners on a behind-the-scenes look at a different destination, with detailed descriptions and vivid stories that will make them feel like they’re traveling as well. The show also features a section called Travel Hack of the Month, which is filled with useful tips that will help make your trips even better.

Amateur Traveler

Chris Christensen is the host of the travel podcast Amateur Traveler. With over 700 episodes to choose from, he and his guests will help you plan your next trip. Each week they talk about their experiences with different destinations that they’ve visited. One thing’s sure: after listening to this show, you’ll have a whole new list of places that you’re dying to visit next.

Armchair Explorer

Aaron Millar is a travel writer and journalist who describes his show, Armchair Explorer, as a documentary-style podcast that features stories of the most extraordinary travel experiences. Using a combination of music and cinematic effects, the show takes listeners on an immersive journey through the world’s most interesting locations. For instance, listeners can ride along as Aaron takes them on a bike ride around the globe, or they can experience a wild expedition in South America.

Travel With Rick Steves

Rick Steves is a leading authority on European travel. He encourages people to explore lesser-known regions and immerse themselves in the local culture. For over a decade, he has been running his own show, Travel with Rick Steves. The show can be found in both video and audio formats and features riveting conversations about traveling the globe and experiencing the various cultures and environments our world has to offer.

The TravelPulse Podcast

The TravelPulse Podcast is hosted by Eric Bowman, and it features the latest industry news and trends. He talks about everything from the latest in travel planning to the most common questions about animal tourism. In addition to these, it also features other interesting topics such as the future of guided tours and the best ways to book online.

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The Best West Coast Beaches In The U.S

It’s summer season, and it’s likely that you’re craving some time away from the hustle and bustle of life. Maybe it’s time to take a break from all of the stress and go on a beach vacation. America has a lot of great beaches worth checking out, especially if you’re located on the west coast. Not sure which one to go to? Don’t worry, this blog’s got you covered.

Newport, Oregon

The city of Newport, Oregon, has a population of just over 10,000. It’s a laid-back beach town that’s known for its beautiful scenery and various attractions. One of these is the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon and has been featured in various movies.

In addition to being a beautiful location, Newport’s beaches are also known for their beautiful scenery. During the spring and fall, you can often spot orcas and grey whales moving through the area. If you’re looking for something a bit different, you can also see some interesting colored agates that are made from various types of rocks.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea is often referred to as simply “Carmel.” It’s a beautiful location that offers a variety of great restaurants and gardens. Aside from being an art center, this town is also known for its beautiful coastline and various attractions. A number of poets and writers live in the area, and it’s easy to see the sights by foot. The city’s population of over 3,700 makes it a great place to explore.

Crescent City, California

This small city in Del Norte County is referred to as Crescent Beach, named after its crescent-shaped coastline. It’s also known for its giant redwoods and is home to a lighthouse that’s on the National Register of Historic Places. Other popular beaches in the area include Kellogg, Point St. George, and Enderts Beach. Be sure to check out the SkyTrail Gondolas a short drive from the town if you went to get an aerial view of the Pacific Ocean, a sight you’ll likely never forget.

Port Townshend, Washington

Situated in Washington State’s Quimper Peninsula, Port Townsend is known for its Victorian-era buildings and is also known for its safe harbor. At the turn of the century, it was reported that the city might be the largest harbor on the west coast of the United States.

Aside from being a beach town, Port Townsend is also known for its various attractions. One of these is Fort Worden State Park, which is an old army base that’s surrounded by beautiful mountains. There is also an artistic side to Port Townsend, with monthly art walks and poetry presses such as the Copper Canyon Press.

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The Strangest Travel Tips People Swear By

Traveling is loads of fun, but things go wrong constantly when we travel. Whether you’re just starting your travel journey or you’ve been an avid traveler for years, there are bound to be travel tips you’ve never thought of before. Some of these tips might seem incredibly strange at first glance, but they can work wonders when it comes to improving a trip that might seem otherwise ruined. Here are some of the strangest travel tips I’ve ever heard.

Order Groceries Online

We usually make a mad dash to the grocery store after we arrive at our destination. Since we are usually jet-lagged, this is the last thing we want to do. This is why I highly recommend finding a grocery chain that offers curbside service and ordering food online. Essential items such as milk, bread, and coffee will help you get through the first day. While traveling should be easy, you’re almost guaranteed to be exhausted on the first day so try a grocery delivery service to make things a little easier on yourself.

Open A New Credit Card For Your Trip

A friend of mine lost his credit card on the first day of his trip to Madrid. It was his main card, and it had all of his automatic payments on it. A great idea is to open up a new credit card that you use specifically for this trip. Having a new travel card eliminates the issue of having to transfer card numbers if you were to lose your main one. It also allows you to take advantage of special introductory offers that could end up making your trip a little cheaper.

Bring A Collapsible Water Bottle

Although there are a lot of really great re-useable water bottles you can get, most of them aren’t very mobile. One of the most convenient water containers that you can bring with you is the Hydaway, which can be easily stored inside your backpack or purse. Its design allows you to collapse it and then quickly fill it up again, which is very useful at airport security and when you’re generally exploring your vacation destination. 

Pick A Scent To Remember Your Trip By

If you’re planning on taking a trip, one of the best ways to remember it is by getting yourself a candle or room spray from your destination. After you’ve returned home, take a sniff at the scent and see if it reminds you of your trip. This has worked wonders for me, and while these things don’t last forever, it’s a new and unique way of remembering past vacations you’ve taken.

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Common Travel Scams

We’ve all heard the bad news reports about people being robbed, murdered, or kidnapped abroad. That’s why it’s so important to know the common travel scams and how to avoid them! We’ll tell you what they are and how they work so you can stay safe while traveling. Knowledge is power, after all!

Water And Sodas

When you’re out at a restaurant, a server may approach you to tell you that they will save you from paying for your drink by putting it on their tab. They’ll then ask for your credit card number. After all, they’re saving you money and time! But what they’re actually doing is getting your number for future use. After you leave the restaurant, they may run a large sum of money – usually thousands of dollars – on your card.

Never give your credit card number to someone who offers you a service. Always pay directly. Most restaurants have a sign that prohibits this sort of thing.

Car Rental

When you’re at the airport, someone may approach you and say they own a car rental company. They may tell you that they can find you the cheapest car rate in town — all with just one little condition: You must give them your credit card number. They’ll pause, smile, and look at you before scribbling it down.

Don’t hand over your credit card number. If you’re not sure if the person is legitimate, walk away. Also, make sure that your card has enough money to pay for a car rental before heading to the airport.

Touring

While you’re at a tourist destination, someone may approach you and say they’re an official guide. They’ll likely say that the hotel you’re staying at is closed or that the attraction you want to visit doesn’t exist. They’ll then take your money in exchange for a tour of a counterfeit version of the attraction. The tour will be very expensive — as in hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Traveling through an official tour company is always a good idea. When signing up for a tour, ensure you’re getting the services you paid for.

Taxi And Cab Routes

While waiting at a taxi stand or hotel lobby, you may see several taxis pull up next to you. Suddenly, several people may jump out of the vehicles and surround you. They’ll say that they’re hotel employees, just trying to help you get a better taxi deal. They’ll take you to their operator (who happens to be a friend of theirs), who will offer you several options — usually involving the whole group going together in one car. Paying with cash is out of the question.

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Always take cabs and book transportation through your hotel reception.

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Must Visit Locations In Los Angeles

There are a lot of great places to visit on the west coast, but one of the most fun and interesting destinations has to be Los Angeles. Not only is LA home to Hollywood, the home of American cinema, but it’s also home to many beautiful sunny beaches, cultural hotspots, delicious food and so much more. If you’re taking a trip to Los Angeles, it can be hard to squeeze everything into one trip. That’s where this article comes in. Read on to learn a little about some of the best places to visit in Los Angeles.

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard is a must-see when visiting Los Angeles. There are so many things to see in this area, and it’s a great way to explore the city. Take a walk along Hollywood Boulevard and visit some of the most popular attractions such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theater. There are plenty of tours you can take as well, such as bus tours that bring you around the neighborhoods of Hollywood and show you houses owned by various celebrities.

The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood sign is one of the most iconic places in Los Angeles, and if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, then take a hike up to it. This is a great way to get a great view of LA and the path you take to get to it, the Wisdom Tree Trail, is fairly steep, but worth the hassle.

The Food

I want to talk about the food scene in LA. There are so many great restaurants in this area, and I’m always on the lookout for new places to try. Some of my favorite places to eat are Phillippe’s for their French Dip, Diakokuya for their ramen, and Guisados for their tacos. While you won’t be able to visit every top-notch restaurant in the area, you will certainly not find your options lacking. This is also a good chance to get out of your comfort zone and try a food you’ve never had before.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something different from LA. It’s a vibrant city that’s right on the ocean, and it features a wide variety of attractions. One of my favorite places to visit is the Venice Canals, which feels incredibly unique for the area and not like anything else you can find in LA.

Getty Center and Villa

The two museums that are owned by the same company, the Getty Center and Villa, are two of the best museums in the country. The former is located near UCLA, and it has a variety of exhibits that include works by Van Gough and Claude Monet. The Villa, on the other hand, is located in the beautiful city of Malibu and has a beautiful central pool as well as plenty of incredible Greek and Roman sculptures.

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Tips For A Great Springtime Vacation

Spring break is a time to recharge and take a break from the daily stress of life. It’s also a great opportunity to indulge in some R & R. A recent study revealed that taking a vacation can help reduce stress and prolong one’s life.

Before you head out on your spring break getaway, make sure that you’re planning on squeezing every last bit of enjoyment out of your trip. Not sure how to do that? You’ve come to the right place. Read on for a few tips for having a great springtime vacation.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

For some, going outside of one’s comfort zone can be an adrenaline-pumping adventure such as skydiving, while for others, it can be more relaxing and simple activities such as going on a sight-seeing trip. Getting out of your comfort zone is a must if you’re looking to make the most out of any trips you’re taking this spring.

Forget the Electronics

We live in an “always connected” world, and it can be difficult for us to disconnect ourselves. When you go on your spring vacation, do yourself a favor and forget your electronics. Unplug for a few days! Leave your phone in the hotel room, or disconnect yourself from the internet. If you’re traveling to a different country, you may have the option of paying for a temporary international internet plan. Don’t do it! Instead, enjoy a few days of peace and quiet.

Travel Light

Being an over-packer doesn’t mean that you need seven different outfits and five pairs of shoes. Instead, going on a vacation with minimal luggage allows one to enjoy the freedom of traveling without having to deal with multiple bags and different accommodations. Remember, the point of your spring vacation is to unwind. Adding extra luggage to your trip will likely only weigh you down.

Don’t Burn Yourself Out

For some, a vacation is about spending time with the latest book in town, while for others, it’s about doing everything that the place has to offer. Having an off time is also important to ensure that you don’t burn yourself out.

According to Julie Cardamone, the founder of The Mint Collection, it’s important to schedule downtime so that everyone has the opportunity to indulge in their favorite activities. She also suggests letting everyone choose their own activities.

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