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13/01/2018

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Eastern Europe, once a backwater area recovering from communism, has become, in many locations, the hottest of hotspots. For travelers on a budget who aren t paying attention this could mean some bad surprises. For others it presents opportunities.

When I researched the revised edition of my book The World s Cheapest Destinations, I found the picture in Eastern Europe to be far different than when I researched the first edition in 2002. Prague is getting as expensive as Western Europe, Budapest is coming on strong, and Romania s tourism business is increasing by leaps and bounds.

Macroeconomic factors are at play here. As Eastern European countries have aligned with the EU, they have become much pricier in dollar terms. Also, the proliferation of budget flights within Europe has resulted in a huge influx of visitors from the western half of the continent.

What follows are a few of the most notable changes and how they could affect your travel plans.

Prague Is the New Paris with Prices to Match

When the Velvet Revolution took hold in 1989 and Havel the poet became president the following year, Prague suddenly became the place to be. It was a wild city of opportunity then, a place shaking off the dust and leaping forward into the modern world. That transformation is complete to the point, some would say, that the city has become a kind of gothic Disneyland. In the beginning Prague was being compared to Paris of old, a place where writers and creative types could flourish while living cheaply. Now Prague is being compared to Paris for other reasons: a deluge of summer tourists and lodging prices that keep climbing.

While in the early 1990s it would have been hard to find one hotel that could satisfy a picky upscale traveler, now there are close to 20 properties that routinely list rooms for $200 or more per night. Hostel beds in the city center go for as much as hostel beds in Dublin or Berlin. The historic center is full of pubs and restaurants geared to tourists, and in summer the Charles Bridge is now as crowded as the square in Venice.

It is still a magical place, of course, but travelers on a budget should quickly head out to the rest of the country. Since 90 percent of visitors to the Czech Republic reportedly never spend a night outside of Prague, becoming one of the minority ensures lower prices and smaller crowds. Become a real Bohemian and you will be richly rewarded. Or cross the border to Slovakia, where tourism is still finding its feet, and there s a fraction of the competition for rooms.

Budapest and Krakow Are Close Behind

Prague is not the only city that has benefited from a huge influx of tourists and development. The Polish city of Krakow and the Hungarian city of Budapest are packed with visitors right now and lodging prices are again rushing to match those in Western Europe. Budapest now has a Four Seasons hotel (going for over $500 per night) and Krakow is pricier than most U.S. cities.

However, while the Polish countryside may not have a whole lot to occupy travelers, Hungary has a wealth of attractions outside the city. There are the wineries in the Valley of the Beautiful Women, interesting castles, lake retreats, and plenty of places to take in some great folk music performances. As in the Czech Republic, simply getting away from the tour bus routes will result in major price drops and a more authentic experience. This is not to discount Budapest, however. Many travelers rank it as one of their favorite cities, so it s worth dodging the crowds and spending some time in the capital. Zip around on the cheap metro and trams for sightseeing, then soak for hours at one of the famous spas.

The Window is Still Open in Bulgaria and Romania

Two countries that are further behind in EU alignment, Bulgaria and Romania, offer the best value in Eastern Europe at this time. Romania s tourism business is one of the fastest growing in the world, but from a very low base. In both these countries you can still find beers for under a dollar, $5 bottles of wine in restaurants, meals for a few bucks, and a private room for two for under $20.

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Most people think of Count Dracula when they hear Transylvania, but this mountainous region in Romania is about more than vampire legends and Vlad the Impaler. For now, it s still an uncrowded area of picturesque villages, medieval castles, pretty churches, and great hiking opportunities. You can get here from Bucharest for around $15.

Bucharest will probably never top the list of the world s great cities, but it does have a lot going for it and prices are reasonable. Hostels compete hard for customers, often throwing in breakfast, Internet access, beer, or even cigarettes! There s also a good reason to visit Romania in the winter: some of the cheapest skiing on the continent.

Apart from a recovering war zone in the Balkans, Bulgaria is probably the cheapest place to travel in Europe. Mid-range travelers can still find impressive hotel deals throughout the country and hostel beds are usually less than $15. You can traverse the entire country by train or bus for under $20. An all-day public transport pass in the capital costs about a dollar. Museums charge foreigners four times what the locals pay, but when a ticket costs you 50 cents it s hard to complain.

Bulgaria offers a lot of country scenery and hiking trails, the Black Sea coast, and the historic capital Sofia. While it may not have the wow factor of Budapest or Prague, prices are a bargain and many travelers end up exploring the city for a week or more.

These aren t the only options of course. Montenegro declared independence and prices are noticeably lower than in the new uppercrust hotspot of neighboring Croatia. The Baltic states, such as Estonia, are still far from being flooded with tourists. Countries such as Albania, Belarus, Macedonia, and Lithuania are nowhere close to gracing the covers of major travel magazines yet.

If you re planning a trip to Europe anytime soon and are going to head east, do some research and find out which way the wind is blowing. Progress for better and for worse makes the region a moving target.

TIM LEFFEL , is the author of The World s Cheapest Destinations and other fine books. He is also editor of PerceptiveTravel.com, featuring narratives from some of the best wandering authors on the planet.

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13/01/2018

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Budapest, Hungary at night. Photo by Greg Koszorus

Sitting in the backseat of a blue hatchback Saab, I look out onto the peaceful Danube River, which runs through the center of Budapest, Hungary. The bright lights of the Hungarian parliament light up the night sky, reflecting off the river. The historic bridges along the river are illuminated with lights, and I am amazed at the beauty of this city.

It is my first night in Europe, and I can already tell what an incredible trip this is going to be. We plan to visit Hungary, Austria, Italy, France and Germany. I can’t wait to experience the different cultures and witness the history of each place. Looking at my boyfriend, who is seated next to our Hungarian friend in the driver’s seat, I wonder how I got so lucky. How did I get all the way here from little Greeley, Colorado?

Well, by saving and planning, that’s how!

When my boyfriend first asked me to travel with him to Europe, I said yes without any hesitation, but in my head I was wondering how the heck I was going to pay for this on a student budget. After thinking about it, I decided I was going to make it happen.

The first thing I had to do was start saving. Every tiny paycheck I got, I would put a portion of it into savings. No more Starbucks, no more going out to eat and no more shopping. Sadly, Starbucks was the hardest thing to give up, but it was all worth it.

Travel in Austria was even easier using the Eurail Select Pass. Photo by Kirstin Graber

After doing my research, I learned that the best way to save money when traveling is to plan ahead. In my case, this was key when traveling to Europe because it is much cheaper to pay in dollars than in Euros. Constantly researching online for the best prices available also helped.

Buying a plane ticket from the US to Europe can be extremely expensive, but fortunately, travel websites like Priceline and Expedia made it possible. After saving and ticket hunting for a few months, I was finally able to afford my ticket to Budapest.

According to Yahoo Travel, one small thing to remember is that the cheapest days to buy a plane ticket is on a Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon and traveling on a weekday.

Next on the list was finding a place to stay in each country. Once again, the travel websites came in handy. We looked for accommodations in safe locations at an affordable price, and travel websites provide all the information you need. Even though you don’t know exactly what you are getting, that is just a part of the adventure.

Train travel is one of the cheapest ways to get around in Europe and can be the most fun. If you buy a Eurail train pass, you will save a good amount of money. We chose the Europe Select Pass, which allows you to travel a certain number of days within your chosen countries for one set price. Since my boyfriend and I were under age 26, we could purchase a discounted youth pass. It cost us US$ 451 each for eight days of train travel within Italy, Germany, Austria and Hungary.

When you do get to your destination, remember to set a budget for the trip and stay within the budget. Know the currency and always calculate how much you are spending in dollars. Often times, people think they are spending less than they really are.

With a little planning, it s possible to travel on a student budget in Italy. Photo by Greg Koszorus

Another important aspect of traveling is to know the little quirks about the country you are visiting. For example, in Italy, restaurants have a sit down price and a take out price. In Venice, we found Paninis for 3€ ($3.88). When we ordered, the man told us to sit and wait for the Paninis. When we went to pay, he charged us double the price.

When we asked why, he said it was because we sat down and ate in the restaurant. We could have saved 6€ ($7.77) if we had taken the order and stood outside. Knowing things like that is important, so you are aware of ways they may overcharge you.

Many students claim they don t want to travel because of how expensive it is, but I am proof it is possible. Your bank account may decrease dramatically, but the experience and knowledge you gain is worth it.

Just remember to plan ahead, save your money and stay within your budget. I have no regrets for going and cannot wait until I have saved up enough to go again.

The author and her boyfriend, Greg, during their budget travels in Europe.





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Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





23/12/2017

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Research suggests that 40 percent of American don’t take all their vacation days. We’re here to change all that! We’ve rounded up 10 brag-worthy places that are affordable and having their moment in 2015—the year we hope you’ll take ALL your vacation days. Not sure which of these 10 amazing destinations is right for you? Take our QUIZ to find out!

1. Northern Italy

Best for: Big-city culture and natural beauty

Why 2015. If you’ve always wanted to go to Italy, this is the year to do it. Expo Milano (expo2015.org ), a World’s Fair event expected to bring in more than 20 million visitors, starts May 1 and runs through Oct. 31. The theme is Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life and so far more than 130 countries are participating in this global effort to promote a healthier lifestyle and sustainability worldwide.

What to do. There’s so much more to Milan than shopping. Stroll the easy-to-navigate streets of Milan’s historic city center and visit the Duomo, one of Italy’s most spectacular churches—the view from the top is well worth the $15 price of admission. Craving the countryside? Don’t miss Lake Como, a beautiful natural haven home to George Clooney and hundreds of tiny picturesque towns like Gravedona, Bellagio, Brunate, and Como that are begging to be explored. For a little adventure along the Italian Riviera, try Portofino, a beautiful seaside resort town just a two-hour drive from Milan—you can also get there by taking the train from Milan to Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, or Genoa and connecting to Portofino by boat, bus, or taxi.

Where to stay. Hotels in Milan can be expensive, especially when conventions are going on. For a unique, authentic Italian experience, try staying in a local neighborhood rather than a pricey chain hotel—Airbnb has a number of options all over town starting at just $75 a night for a one-bedroom apartment in the city center. In Como, stay at Hotel Barchetta Excelsior for great views of the lake, the perfect spot to serve as your base for exploring the rest of the area by boat or funicular (hotelbarchetta.it . from $159). Stay at B B Tre Mari Portofino for beautiful views of the Piazzetta and the Ligurian Sea below (bebtremariportofino.it . from $122).

2. BALI

Best for: Dreamy beaches and romance

Why 2015. If you’ve considered this Pacific paradise off-limits financially, this may be your year. Hotel prices on the Island of the Gods—the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia—are down 12 percent, according to the Hotel Price Index.

What to do. Take your pick: Relax on a distinctive black-sand beach (the color comes from iron, titanium, and other minerals deposited by Bali’s once-active volcanoes), get in the water for world-class surfing and diving (if you’re so inclined), explore the island’s jungle interior with its volcanoes and 10,000 temples (including the popular hillside temple Pura Luhur Batukau), or just hang by a hotel pool in one of the friendliest, gentlest environments on earth. When you’re ready for the Balinese version of a bustling metropolis, Ubud will delight you with its stunning royal palace and traditional market. (And you shouldn’t miss a chance to hear the island’s unique gamelan music, played primarily on traditional percussion instruments.) Whether you plant yourself on a beach or in the heart of Ubud, remember that you’ve come to Bali to be soothed into a state of perfect relaxation by the natural beauty and unique music and cultural traditions of this perfect island.

Where to stay. The Indigo Tree, in Ubud, is a short distance from the major sites but feels like a comfy cocoon, with coconut trees, a pool whose turquoise hue rivals the ocean’s, and lovely views of the island’s jungles and rice terraces. Want home-cooked meals served poolside? Just ask (indigotreebali.com . from $70).

3. NASHVILLE

Best for: Music and hip neighborhoods

Why 2015. The buzz about Nashville has reached a fever pitch for 2015. No longer a sleepy country music mausoleum, the newly hip city has reported 48 straight months of growth. Go now, and you’ll be visiting the town at the height of its renaissance—but before everyone else is in on the secret.





23/12/2017

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Home, sweet home: The Tribal Room at Second Home on Second Avenue.

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Pick your theme: Peruvian, Tribal, Caribbean, 20th-century Modern. Each of the seven cozy rooms ($80-$195) has decorative touches that are intended to evoke a cultural motif thankfully most are too subtle to detect. Staying in five of the quarters does require sharing a bathroom, but the charm of this 19th-century townhouse (and its owner, Carlos) makes that trip across the hall in the middle of the night worth it.

221 Second Ave. between 13th and 14th Sts. 212-677-3161, secondhome.citysearch.com

Howard Johnson Express Inn

Despite the hip address, the accommodations are fairly run-of-the-mill (you can take the HoJo out of suburbia but, well, you know). As a result, this East Village over-nighter is perfect for those who would rather spend their time hitting the streets than hitting the hay. Rates start at $109 for a single and include a continental breakfast.

135 E. Houston St. between First and Second Aves.; 212-358-8844, hojo.com .

Cosmopolitan Hotel

TriBeCa’s latest bargain hotel, the Cosmo offers 122 small, clean rooms, ideal for business types looking to stay downtown. If you do want a bit more space, however, they can accommodate book one of their eleven 2-level mini-lofts with a lower-level sitting area and upper-level bedroom area ($129 per night). Other features include newly renovated rooms, all of which have color televisions and private bathrooms. Rates for a single room start at $145.

95 W. Broadway, at Chambers St.; 212-566-1900, cosmohotel.com

East Village Bed and Coffee

Let you inner child out at this funky nine-room B C (sorry, no breakfast here), where room options include the first-floor Treehouse room (which was used as Jennifer Tilly s bedroom in the French film, Happy End ), the relaxing top-floor Zen room, and the top-floor Children s room, which is meant for grown up kids and decorated with the proprietor s childhood artwork, a chalkboard wall, and a desk from the intermediate school down the street. And it won t take too long to save up your allowance to stay here, as rooms start at just $80, with all taxes included.

110 Ave. C, between 7th and 8th Sts.; 212-533-4175; bedandcoffee.com

Union Square Inn

Artists of all kinds flock to this East Village inn, which is patterned after a European pensione and just steps away from lively Union Square, itself reminiscent of an open European plaza. Its 46 rooms are clean, simply furnished, and come with the expected basic amenities, but are also slightly larger than many comparable rooms in the city. Rates start at $109 for a single, or $119 on Friday and Saturday nights.

209 E. 14th St. between Second and Third Aves.; 212-614-0500; unionsquareinn.com

SoHotel

This Broome Street hotel claims to be the oldest in the city, and sometimes it shows the rooms are small and amenities are sparse. But SoHotel has three things going for it: location, location, location. Just steps from Little Italy, Chinatown, and (of course) SoHo, its central downtown position is ideal. Actually, it has a fourth thing going for it, too rooms that start at just $93.07, tax included.

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Conditions are perfect for visiting these near- and far-flung, culture-rich locales: Price-wise, 2014 is their year. Dipping hotel rates, new attractions, and some perennially affordable sights and eats make these five cities ideal to consider for your travel itinerary this year.

SOUTH AFRICA The country that Nelson Mandela changed forever will change you, too

Why in 2014: Take your pick of locales to visit in South Africa this year: Hotel rates are down 8 percent across the country. Put wildlife at the top of your agenda, whether you’re looking to see the big five on a safari or just want to hang out with the free-roaming penguins on Boulders Beach in Cape Town (careful, they bite). For a less risk-fraught animal excursion, Kruger National Park is one of the best on the continent. For an entrance fee of about $20, you can take in the South African landscape and keep your eyes peeled for both the big five and the little five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion, and rhino beetle). Beach lovers will flip for Cape Town’s beaches, at the intersection of the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Go Atlantic (the western side) for sunbathing and watercolor sunsets; hit the Indian (the eastern side) for swimming and surfing. Many of the eastern beaches have lifeguards. Soweto township in Johannesburg offers numerous opportunities to absorb the city’s prominent history, such as the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Apartheid Museum. When you’re hungry, visit the restaurants on Vilikazi Street; the indigenous local food menus include tripe, morogo (boiled wild spinach), and ting ting (sour porridge).

Where to Stay: In Cape Town, the Parliament Hotel’s helpful staff, free breakfast, and safe location next to a police station are key basic reasons to book your stay. Nearby, you’ll find Company’s Gardens, where you can marvel at an aviary and scope out the oldest pear tree in Africa, and the Slave Lodge Museum, which educates visitors about South Africa’s history of oppression. (parliamenthotel.co.za. from $67)

VENICE Yes, Venice! Hit the enchanting city of canals while hotel rates are down

Why in 2014: Put “floating down picturesque Venetian canals in a gondola” on your 2014 itinerary. Spending time in Venice is now more affordable than ever — hotel rates are down 7 percent from last year. Along with the iconic gondola trip, visiting the Piazza San Marco is a must: The Sansovino Library and the Ducal Palace stand at either side. You can’t miss the two large granite columns from the 13th century that are topped with two symbols: the Lion of Saint Mark and a statue of Saint Theodore. Soak in the work of Venetian masters such as Vittore Carpaccio, Tiziano Vecelli, and Giorgione at Gallerie dell’Accademia, then follow it up with a dose of modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim museum, which showcases works from her personal collection by big names including Picasso, Dali, and Pollock. Ask your hotel’s concierge about water transportation to Murano, where you can see traditional glass blowing on a small tour. Be aware that there’s a hard sell at the end of the tour. They really want you to buy fancy glass.

Where to Stay: For opulent Venetian atmosphere, consider Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo. Nice touches like Murano glass chandeliers and exposed beams add to the 1700s feel. (alpontemocenigo.com. from $115)

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Affordable all-inclusive resorts put this island paradise within reach

Why in 2014: Growing more popular by the day, the DR is a go-to 2014 beach destination if you’ve been priced out of vacation spots like Cabo or aren’t up for sharing sand with the fashion crowd in Tulum. The five-star all-inclusive Majestic Colonial Beach Resort in Punta Cana is surprisingly affordable, at about $212 per night for two people. For a more rustic trip, up-and-coming Las Terrenas, a little-known former fishing village in the Samaná province, is easy on the purse strings and heavy on pristine beaches. To get your nature fix, pay a visit to Los Haitises National Park, a protected virgin forest informally known as Caño Hondo. Rent a kayak for $3 (plus a licensed guide) and glide through lagoons and mangrove canals to spy on wildlife like brown pelicans and endangered leatherback turtles.

Where to Stay: The private and affordable Eva Luna, in Las Terrenas, has five Mexican-style villas, each with a kitchen. (villa-evaluna.com. from $100)

BUENOS AIRES The “Paris of South America” invites you to tango, shop, eat — and then tango some more

Why in 2014: Dubbed the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires has a cosmopolitan feel and is heavy on museums, historical sites, and nightlife. Go this year: Hotel rates are 8 percent lower than they were in 2013. In the evening, make a stop at busy Corrientes Avenue for everything from a slice at an all-night pizzeria to rare books to dance clubs where you can brush up on your tango skills — the street is rich in tango history. If it’s been a while since you’ve watched Evita, re-educate yourself on the life of Eva Perón at the Evita Museum, which spotlights Eva’s clothing, items from her charity work, and videos of her speeches. Afterward, view Argentinean culture through the eyes of its artists at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, where works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and more reside. Follow Santa Fe Avenue to arrive at the affluent Recoleta neighborhood, famous for its high-end shopping, but also noteworthy for Recoleta Cemetery, a mecca of 18th and 19th century design and the final resting place of well-to-do Argentineans and famous statesmen, politicians, and military heroes — including Eva Perón’s tomb. More than 100 years old, Teatro Colon, in downtown Buenos Aires, houses opera and ballet performances, and concerts by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra among other classical concerts by musicians from around the world. Tickets are reasonable (about $9), or take a guided tour of the theater (about $10). To seize the moment after you’ve celebrated the past, the Río de la Plata is ideal for sailing, motorboating, and waterskiing.

Where to Stay: Situated in a residential area outside the city center but two blocks from the subway, the Hotel Boutique Racó de Buenos Aires is a boutique hotel that’s high on style and comfort — there’s even an outdoor courtyard where you can enjoy breakfast. (racodebuenosaires.com.ar. from $66)

ORLANDO The “big three” — Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld — are just the beginning

Why in 2014: If you’ve been planning to hit Orlando and its theme parks eventually but haven’t booked your tickets yet, do it in 2014: Hotel rates are down 7 percent. To sweeten the deal, the “big three” theme parks all have brand-new elements, including Universal Studios’ Transformers: The Ride 3D; the ever-expanding Fantasyland at Disney World, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, scheduled to open in 2014; and Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, SeaWorld’s biggest attraction to date, which drops temps to 30 degrees — colder than it ever gets in Florida. If eating well appeals to you after your foray into action-adventure, hit up downtown Orlando: The recently opened Rusty Spoon restaurant sources local fare from Florida farmers, like butter-poached wild clams and slow-braised Jamison farm lamb collar.

Where to Stay: Rosen Inn International is the newest addition to Rosen’s roster of family-friendly, value-conscious Orlando hotels. Parents, take note: Free shuttle rides to SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Wet ‘n’ Wild are provided, and children under 9 eat free in the hotel’s buffet restaurant. (roseninn7600.com. from $61)

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22/12/2017

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Best Budget Beaches – Beaches. #airlines #tickets

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Best Budget Beaches

Living on a budget. but still craving a beach vacation? Luckily, the 2 are not mutually exclusive — but you do have to plan wisely. Here s how to get the most bang for your buck.

Buy a package of air, hotel and rental car. You usually pay less than you would if you purchased the components separately. Check the companies listed above for deals, plus Expedia. Travelocity. Orbitz and individual airline sites. Just be sure to do the math before you click.

Check the official tourism sites of the state, island or region you want to visit. Many feature sections offering discounts on lodging, dining, activities and more.

Think outside the hotel box. Vacation Rentals by Owners and Craigslist eliminate the middleman, and B B-cum-social-networking sites like Airbnb.com and iStopOver offer wide selections of rooms at bargain rates. Many hostels [www.hostelworld.com] now offer private rooms and cushy amenities, and some are located in prime beach destinations. For the truly frugal, there’s Couchsurfing. GlobalFreeloaders.com and Hospitality Club. whose members offer up their sofas or spare bedrooms for free. Checking references is key.

Focus on towns or regions that feature low-key cottages and motels, or are near state and national seashores. Instead of Miami Beach, for example, try the Florida Panhandle; instead of Santa Monica, try California’s Huntington Beach; instead of Cape Cod, try Rhode Island’s South County. Info on each is below, along with a couple more of our favorite budget-friendly strands.





22/12/2017

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Japan on a Budget, Tips for Cheap Travel! Japan Travel Mate

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Japan on a Budget, Tips for Cheap Travel!

Here s a non-exhaustive collection of ideas for travelling Japan without spending a lot of money. These ideas for cheap travel are somewhat random, and unordered, but take a look and you ll be sure to pick up a tip or two to save money on your Japan holiday.

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Travel in off-peak times

Now this doesn t mean you will be missing the good weather. Peak times in Japan are during the major national holidays and the school holidays.

The best time is April. This is spring in Japan and students are at school, the cherry blossoms are blooming and the weather is great. September and October are good times also, it is autumn in Japan and everyone is back to school and work.

Around the end of April and beginning of May is Golden Week in Japan. 4 national holidays over a week, prices for accommodation go up and shinkansens are booked solid best to avoid this time!

Mid-July and all of August are summer holidays in Japan. which means peak domestic travel and hence, high prices on just about everything. It is easily the busiest time of year and also the hottest.

Japan Rail Pass

When people tell me they re going to visit Japan, the first thing I ask them is have you bought your Japan Rail Pass yet?

The JR Pass is available to anyone on a tourist (Temporary Visitor) visa and gives you unlimited travel on all Japan Rail buses, trains and shinkansen (bullet trains) the only exception is you can t travel on the fastest express services.

The Japan Rail Pass just flash this pass at the ticket gates and stroll on through

At first glance, the pass may seem expensive. Last time I travelled to Japan on a tourist visa I paid about $600 AUD for a 3 week JR Pass. Consider this example: a return trip on the shinkansen (bullet train) from Nagoya to Okayama is normally about 24,000 yen (about $300 AUD). Osaka to Tokyo is much further and more expensive. I did about 6 of these trips during a 3 week stay, so I saved about $1000 AUD and saw a lot of the country.

7, 14 or 21 day passes are available and conditions are you must be travelling on a tourist visa and you have to purchase the JR Pass before you enter Japan. Check costs and buy a JR Pass online .

Cheap shinkansen travel

If you can t get a JR Pass, but you don t want to take the bus, there are cheaper options for the shinkansen. You can buy an unreserved seat, which means a seat is not guaranteed. People tend to sit in the carriage vestibules and there is nothing wrong with that. Being a super fast train, you re not in for a long journey! But if you travel in off-peak times, and during the day (i.e. not the morning or evening when shinkansen is used for work travel) then you ll get a cheaper ticket AND a seat.

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07/12/2017

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World – s cheapest cities for budget travelers in 2015 –

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130 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2015

We have all heard that some parts of the world are cheap to visit while others are expensive but most people have a hard time quantifying any more precisely. That s why Price of Travel launched our Backpacker Index numbers for cities all over the world in late 2010. Now totally updated in its 5th year, below you ll find all major destinations around the world ranked by price for backpackers.

More specific information can be found by clicking on the regional articles just below, or by clicking on the individual city names in the main list.

There were some major changes on the list this year, mainly due to large swings in currency in much of the world. Compared to the US Dollar, all European currencies weakened, as did the Canadian Dollar, while most Asian currencies hovered around the same level all year. Once again, Asia dominates the cheap part of the list with the first 7 spots, while Europe dominates the expensive part at the bottom.

Detailed information available by region

What the prices below mean

There is a longer explanation of the Backpacker Index on each of the regional pages, but the short version is that we found the price for a group of things for each destination, and then translated that into US dollars in late January 2015. While this data is meant for backpackers and budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those with more money to spend.

For each city this daily total includes:

  • A dorm bed at a good and cheap hostel
  • 3 budget meals
  • 2 public transportation rides
  • 1 paid cultural attraction
  • 3 cheap beers (as an entertainment fund )

Backpacker Index: 130 global destinations for 2015





23/11/2017

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Budget Airline FlightChecker tells you when to go for the cheapest

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21/11/2017

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Budget Travel Tips for Europe #cheap #flights #hotels

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Budget Travel Tips for Europe

Practical, how-to budget travel advice is indispensible. There s something particularly valuable about travel advice that opposes the emphasis on expensive hotels and other forms of high-end consumption that characterizes the contemporary travel media, perhaps especially in regions like Europe where costs are generally quite high.

Budget-friendly travel in Europe is no impossible dream, and the following sites are good for inspiring shoestring feats, assessing likely costs, and, above all else, disproving the idea that you have to spend hundreds of dollars a day to see Europe well. For some ideas about where to travel affordably in Europe, check out last week s ten budget-friendly European destinations post.

1. Less Than a Shoestring. Though no longer publishing on a regular basis, the archives of this blog are astoundingly helpful in their low-budget audacity. Particularly useful for anyone scared off at the thought of Europe s cost index are the blog s Baring my Budget posts, which run through budgets for various short trips in great detail: three nights in Malta for €50 (currently $66); five days in London for £85 (currently $133); four nights in Venice for €91 (currently $120), all departing from Berlin. Costs breakdowns are provided in these Baring my Budget posts, as are the freebies encountered along the way. The mention of freebies is particularly helpful, as it reveals how often tourist information, maps, museum admission, and various cultural performances can be accessed free of charge. Though this series ran over two years ago, it is still very relevant.

2. EuroCheapo. Disclosure: I worked as an editor at EuroCheapo for almost three years and continue to do occasional freelance projects for the site. Phew. Glad I got that out of the way. Personal loyalty aside, EuroCheapo really is an enormously helpful resource. It is first and foremost as a hotel review site with useful descriptions of hotels written by trained hotel reviewers. EuroCheapo also edits a great blog full of essential budget-oriented tips penned by correspondents on the ground.

3. Guardian s budget travel section. To be fair, the Guardian s budget travel section is good for destinations around the world, though the density of articles on the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and other European countries is impressive. Recent articles that showcase well the newspaper s creatively open approach to the subject of budget travel include Susan Greenwood s budget Stockholm journey story, indebted to insider tips provided by a local blogger; a piece on backpacking in the Crimea by Maxton Walker; and Benji Lanyado s TwiTrips series, for which the author receives tips via Twitter about the city he s visiting and then liveblogs his discoveries. The most recent TwiTrip series installment sees Lanyado visiting Liverpool .4. Flycheapo. This site felt buzzing and electrified back when Europe s low-cost airlines were announcing new routes weekly. With all the route cut-backs and cancellations of the last few years, the site sees far fewer regular updates. Nonetheless, Flycheapo is still an essential place to look for route information for inexpensive flights around Europe. The site provides new route news snippets, a route index, an airline index, and a route search, all of which are helpful for figuring out potential itineraries for low-cost air journeys across Europe.

5. Deutsche Bahn. Indispensible for figuring out train itineraries, Bahn.de features Europe-wide train schedules in enthralling detail. Bahn.de is also a much cheaper place for purchasing advance train fares than US-based agents. A very helpful run-down of how much cheaper these fares can be as well as information on how to access Deutsche Bahn sales personnel in English can be found in two posts by the editors of hidden europe magazine, here and here .





21/11/2017

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #travel #itinerary

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6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

Midwest Northeast

Cities Served: 50+

Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

Northeast

Cities Served: 8

BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

L.A. San Diego Vegas

Cities Served: 4

Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

Northeast

Cities Served: 4

With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

Northeast

Cities Served: 3

Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





16/11/2017

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Tucan Travel: Budget, Group & Adventure Tours #travel #hotels

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Tucan Travel

Tucan Travel is an adventure travel company that can take you just about anywhere. Offering a range of trip styles to suit every age and budget, there are more than 470 adventures to be had across Asia, South America, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Travel on local transport with an Adventure Tour, do a little camping on an Overland Tour, explore remote destinations on an Expedition Tour, or keep your bank balance in check with a Budget Expedition geared towards 18-35s. There are also some great add-ons offering short trips with flexible travel arrangements, perfect for families. Wherever you go, you’re bound to have an authentic holiday filled with memories to last a lifetime.

If adventure really is your travel style, try the Kruger to Vic Falls Overlander tour through South Africa, Botswana and Zambia. Witness the Big 5 in Kruger National Park, cruise down the Chobe River at sunset and marvel at the majestic plundering waters of Victoria Falls. For a taste of South America, travel overland on the Ballestas tour. From famous Machu Picchu to the lush Amazon Jungle and the marvellous city heights of La Paz, this 3 week adventure gives you just a taste of this sprawling continent. Back in Asia, various tours can take you everywhere from the streets of Russia to Cambodia’s markets and the neon lights of Japan.

Are you planning your honeymoon? The Bali with Love tour oozes romance, but you won’t be alone. Expect spectacular beaches, colourful markets, enchanting temples and as always, a little bit of adventure. For a unique and scenic slice of Europe however, consider the Baltic Capitals tour through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Or for a really special once-in-a-lifetime getaway, join an expedition cruise to Antarctica. If you’re bringing the whole family, you may prefer a tailor-made itinerary like the 12-day Costa Rican Adventure trip. You can tailor the accommodation type to suit your preference, then just relax and enjoy your organised holiday without need for a dedicated tour guide.

Are you feeling inspired to see the world? Browse our range of tours or contact your local Escape Travel consultant today.





14/11/2017

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Spring Break Cheap Trips in the Caribbean: Budget Travel. #online #travel

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Budget Spring Break Travel in the Caribbean

A growing number of cheap resorts, many of them all-inclusive, are cropping up throughout the Caribbean’s emerald waters — additionally, expanding flight routes from low-cost carriers like JetBlue help make paradise a budget trip away.

The Bahamas

Comprising more than 700 islands, the Bahamas is just off the Florida shore, consistently making it one of the most popular warm-weather vacation spots for Americans. Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and Nassau on New Providence Island are the most happening spots with lazy beach-side bars and all-night clubs. If you’d rather travel via water than air, opt for the Student City’s Bahama Party Cruise. complete with an onboard pool, casino and bar; the boat transports you from Fort Lauderdale right to your hotel. Freeport cruises are just an afternoon’s ride away, and you’ll enjoy 4 nights on Grand Bahama Island before making the journey back. If Nassau is your final destination, you’ll stay overnight on the ship each way, with 2 nights on the island.

Like elsewhere in the Caribbean. snorkeling and scuba diving are favorite pastimes, as the crystal-clear water makes for excellent visibility. Parasailing and windsurfing are other spring break musts if you have a few extra dollars to spare. If you’d rather save your funds for nights on the town, there are plenty of reefs and local settlements that you can explore for free. Bring your own snorkel and head out to Rose Island Reef or Booby Rock Channel on New Providence or Theo’s Wreck and Lucayan National Park ‘s Gold Rock Beach on Grand Bahama. For budget spring break trips, check you local STA office for special promotions.





09/11/2017

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Cheap Hotels in London – Budget Hotels. #travels

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Cheap Hotels in London

London is one of the most popular and exciting places to visit in the world but that doesn’t mean it’s unaffordable. There’s a great range of cheap and reasonable places for you to stay during your trip.

City Tours

A great way to start your trip to London is with a city tour – it’s a quick and easy way to take in all of the famous sights and landmarks. One of the best types of tours is an open-top bus tour. The tours are run in a hop on hop off style which means if you ever feel like a closer look at one of the sights you can get off and get back on later. There are also more specific tours available like the Harry Potter Tour or even The Beatles Tour.

Art Galleries

London is an art lover’s paradise with a brilliant selection of art galleries containing some of the best collections in the world. Two of the best galleries to visit are Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of modern art and contains work by artists such as Matisse, Pollock and Warhol. Make sure when you visit you see what’s on display in the Turbine Hall. The largest exhibition space in the building, the hall always has something exciting to see.

You can easily transfer from Tate Modern to Tate Britain by taking a quick boat trip across the river. Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world and you won’t want to miss your chance to see its great collection of paintings by the brilliant J. M. W. Turner.

Department Stores

If you’re a bit of a foodie then a great shop for you to visit is Fortnum and Masons. Founded in 1707, the beautiful store sells world-famous hampers and fine foods. If you visit in the summer you won’t want to miss the wonderful ice cream parlour they have inside.





10/09/2017

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Cheap Flights, Budget Airline Tickets, Airfare, Vacations, Hotels, Rental Car &

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Cheap Flights and Airline Tickets

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More and more frequent travelers are booking their airfares online, but it pays to shop around and know some tricks to finding the best deals. Your best approach will likely depend on how flexible your travel plans are, but regardless of your situation, there are a variety of ways to save money.

Harness the power of the internet to get the best deal on air ticket Compare airline ticket prices from major airlines, discount airlines, agencies and more.

For the best airfares and travel options, search all the leading travel sites

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, our website is your source for specially negotiated prices and unpublished fares.

Discount airlines no longer have a monopoly on good fares.

Traditional airlines like American, Continental and United are selling more tickets at lower fares, aggressively matching or even undercutting prices on routes where discounters fly.

The result: While your first step when planning a trip used to be finding out whether a discounter served the route you wanted to fly (and then booking without a second thought), your best move today is to search the big boys right along with the discounters.

One reason for the change is that traditional airlines have been slashing expenses (many in bankruptcy court) and are returning to profitability, enabling them to better compete with their low-cost rivals.

As for the discounters, well, their prices can go only so low

Fares are loaded into reservation systems three times daily but only once a day on weekends. Many airlines sneak in sales on Friday nights, so Saturday is a good time to shop.

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Always Buy a Package and Save

Buy your flight, hotel and rental car as a package and you can save an average of $200 over buying separately.

Shop and Compare Prices

Search through thousands of published itineraries and prices. Then, just choose what works for you. Always search airfares using a different airport. Or flying on different dates. Or staying at a hotel in a different part of town can always save you money.

Discount airlines such as Southwest. American Trans Air or JetBlue often offer lower prices than their big-name competitors, and are not always listed on major travel sites. It may be worth your while to check their Web sites individually. But keep in mind that the networks for these airlines tend to be smaller than the bigger airlines, so they might not serve either your destination or departure city.

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Consolidator Airfares

Consolidated airline tickets are generally the best discounted airline tickets available. Airline tickets sold by some agencies are usually cheaper than the lowest available published airline tickets. Consolidators negotiate rates with all major carriers and then resell these bargain airfares to travel agencies with big discounts. Consolidated airfares should not be confused with standby or charter fares. While some agents who deal in consolidated airfares also deal in charters, there are important differences. Consolidated airfares are bookings on regularly scheduled flights of major air carriers, which are generally much more dependable than charter operators.

Differences between normal and negotiated airfares come in the form of change penalties and refund policy. Just like regular airfares, consolidator fares can sell out quickly and may not be available all of the time.





10/09/2017

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Off Season Budget Travel #travel #news

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By Tim Leffel

Stay in a castle apartment in Provence, France for an off season bargain in October, and the greens, the weather, the light, the wine, and the food are still at their peak while the natives are far more friendly than during the summer tourist stampede. Photo by Gregory Hubbs.

Shoestring travelers go to great lengths to stick to their budget: finding inexpensive lodging, getting cut-rate airfares, and taking the cheapest local transportation. One often-overlooked variable, however, is the time of year they visit a particular destination.

In any area that attracts a lot of tourists, high season is expensive. In some cases, downright outrageous. High season can be as long as summer, or as short as New Year’s Eve weekend, depending on the location. In any case you are sure to pay top dollar. Whether it’s a Thai party beach during the full moon, Goa around the Christmas break, or Europe in the summer, this is the time when prices shoot up and you’ll find little to no room for negotiation.

Low season is often low for a good reason, however. Prices are cheap, but they often deserve to be. Hurricanes are blowing around the Caribbean and Florida, Egypt feels like the inside of an oven, the Andes are obscured by clouds. Many beach towns all over the world are literally boarded up in the off-season. It can be a good time to work on a novel or to meditate, but many find the lonely streets and bad weather during low season to be a downer.

The Joy of Shoulder Season

Shoulder season offers the chance to score a bargain while the getting is still good. This period between high and low season is when prices drop, but the travel experience is still good. Rates on everything from lodging to adventure trips often drop for reasons that are based on demand, not intrinsic value. Europe is still quite nice in the fall, but all the college kids and family vacationers have returned home. The Caribbean and Mexico still have great weather in the late spring, but prices go down because U.S. tourists have stopped thinking about escaping the cold back home.

Most guidebooks and country-specific websites have a when to go section that describes the ideal time to visit an area, as well as the worst time. In between those two extremes is when you would ideally want to visit. You’re not jostling with hundreds of other people to get a room and see the sights, but you’re also not arriving when there is not another soul around and you can’t find a place to get dinner.

If there is a specific time of year when you it is best to go hiking (such as October through December in Nepal), try to arrive at the beginning or end of that window. I once rented a nice little guesthouse room in Kathmandu for $2 per night in early October before I went to Pokhara to start my trek. When I returned three weeks later, at the height of the tourist season, the owner wanted $4.50 for the same room. One room we rented in Turkey was $5 per night; the owner told us it routinely went for $15 a month before we arrived. This same scenario plays out all over the world, with the intrinsic laws of supply and demand driving prices up or down.

Following are a few specific recommendations for predictable shoulder seasons around the world, divided by season.

While most of the U.S. is obsessed with shopping for presents, travelers can find great values at tropical beaches until Christmas week. Skiers heading to Europe can take advantage of the cheapest flights of the year from the U.S.

Flights to Asia generally go down in the winter due to waning demand. In Japan and Korea this can mean experiencing snow-covered temples and cozy rooms with heated floors, while in other parts of Asia it’s a tropical paradise. Travelers who want to travel through Southeast Asia in particular should look for the best deal to anywhere in the region and then go overland from there.

Despite this being the summer in South Africa, the best flight prices and package deals are on offer January through April.

Spring Travel Bargains

Flights to Europe start rising when temperatures do, but rates are still far cheaper than during the summer months. This can be a good time to see the tulip fields of Holland or the green hills of Ireland. If you are studying or working in Europe, take advantage of any spring breaks to travel locally.

Starting in mid-April, hotel rates and flights to Mexican beaches and the Caribbean take a drastic drop. From Jamaica to Tulum to Tobago, the water is warm and the beaches are less crowded. Flights to Central and South America often drop in tandem — except around Carnival and Easter.

It’s autumn in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, with shoulder season rates on flights and lodging. March through May are great months to visit hot and dry countries such as Morocco, Egypt, or Jordan.

Summer Travel Bargains

Summer is the toughest time to find a bargain, mostly because demand is so high from North Americans, Europeans, and the Japanese. Add June weddings and honeymoons to the mix and there are a lot of people on the move.

However, in June and early July Caribbean and Mexican destinations are at their lowest shoulder season prices, before Europeans start filling resorts in August and rains start picking up. For budget travelers, less touristed destinations provide the best lodging and diving deals: Venezuela’s Margarita Island, the Bay Islands of Honduras, or the islands scattered off the coasts of Belize, Panama, and Nicaragua.

June to September is shoulder season in Kenya and Tanzania, when the high season is over, but the weather is still cool and dry. This is an excellent time to go on a safari.

In Canada, there is a short shoulder season for national parks in the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August.

While it is summer in North America, it is winter in the southern hemisphere, but you will find beach weather without the summer humidity in Rio de Janeiro. Few Brazilians are on the move during this time, so rooms are plentiful.

If you can stand the heat, you will find flights and hotels only slightly higher than in the spring in Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Fall Travel Bargains

Flights to Europe usually start going on sale in October. Lodging rates drop, and with a wider selection of rooms it is easier to be choosy. In southern European cities, the weather can still be pleasant until mid-November or early December.

The summer cruise ship crowds have mostly left the Greek Islands and Turkey, but the early fall weather is still sunny, the party kids have gone home, and hotels are open to bargaining.

Mid-October to mid-December marks the transition from the wet season to dry season in Costa Rica and Panama; plan lush jungle trips before the big crowds arrive.

TIM LEFFEL . a regular columnist for Transitions Abroad, is the author of The World s Cheapest Destinations. He is also editor of PerceptiveTravel.com. featuring narratives from some of the best wandering authors on the planet.





04/09/2017

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Cheap Car Rentals – Rental Car Deals, Budget Car Hire #i2000

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02/09/2017

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Car Hire Rarotonga Airport, Budget Car Rentals Cook Islands #boscov #s

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Welcome to Go Cook Islands Car Rentals

Rarotonga’s most trusted car rental company providing our customers exceptional service, modern and tidy rental cars with simply the best prices on the Islands. Go Cook Islands Car Rentals promise to all our customers is you will received a modern and tidy rental vehicle in great rental condition taking the guess work out of booking your next car while on holiday.

We welcome anyone to come by and visit our air conditioned rental office located right next door to Wigmore’s superstore at anytime. Our office is open 7 days a week & we offer after hours service until 9pm.

Welcome to Go Cook Islands Car Rentals your first choice for car rentals in Rarotonga. Go Cook Islands Car Rentals will ensure your Rarotongan Holiday gets off absolutely stress free. Go Cook Islands Car Rentals can arrange to have your rental car dropped off at the International airport for when you arrive and you can simply drop off your rental car at the International airport on your departing flight.

Go Cook Islands makes sure this process is as stress free as possible,once you have arranged your car hire with us we simply send our confirmation letter along with your simple Rarotonga airport pickup and drop off instructions.

Why Choose Go Cook Islands- we simple offer the best value for everyone’s budget. We provide our customers with full tanks of fuel, we guarantee a modern and tidy rental car every time and we are open 7 days a week providing after hours service to our customers. No matter your budget we will have something for you.

Go Cook Islands Car Rentals carries a wide variety of rental cars. If you are on a budget take advantage of our economy 4dr hatch, or if you are after a little more luggage room enquire about our mid size, large and 7 seater rental cars. Our reservations team will return your email with 12hrs or take advantage of our web chat option down the right hand corner of the webpage.

While majority of our customers take advantage of our airport pickup and airport drop off service, we can arrange to pick you up and drop your hotel or holiday home during our business hours.

We look forward to providing you and your family the best overall car hire package in Rarotonga period. Contact us today for your next Car Rental quote.

Rarotonga Airport Car Hire offers a large fleet of new and late model rental car options at Rarotonga Airport. We are most popular taxi, cab and car rental services provider in Cook Islands. We offer a fleet of new model rental cars to suit your travel needs. At Rarotonga Airport Car Hire our proposition is simple – we aim to provide the very best vehicles like Car, Taxi and Cab for the very best value, with the very best service. No hidden costs and Best price guarantee. Our airport picks up and drop off services may vary from branch to branch. Rarotonga Airport Car Hire offers rental cars, cabs, Taxis, minibuses and 4×4 hire vehicles, and with a fleet of over 100 well-maintained, reliable vehicles.

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01/09/2017

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Budget Car Rental Ireland – Car Hire Ireland at low cost

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Are you sure you wish to Decline CDW?

Why would I wish to Decline CDW?

Certain American or Canadian issued Gold/Platinum credit cards may provide car rental CDW coverage. Holders of these cards may wish to decline CDW and Theft Protection Insurance.

Understanding CDW Theft Protection Insurance

CDW (Collision Damage Waiver) and Theft Protection Insurance reduce your financial liability for damage or theft of the vehicle and are included in your quote by default. By declining these insurances you are taking responsibility to arrange your own cover and assume full financial liability up to the value of the vehicle for losses arising as a result of loss or damage to the vehicle.

Written proof of CDW and Theft Protection coverage in Ireland will be required when picking up the vehicle. We recommend that you fully understand the conditions of cover provided by your credit card company when using your card for insurance cover. Customers declining CDW and Theft Protection are required to pay a liability deposit of EUR €3,000. An administration fee of EUR €28.38 applies for use of this service. Customers declining CDW and Theft Protection are required to pay a liability deposit of GBP £2,000. An administration fee of GBP £25.00 + VAT at 20% applies for use of this service.

If you are certain you wish to decline CDW use the button below, otherwise press the cancel button.





01/09/2017

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Budget your way to success

Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





01/09/2017

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Budget your way to success

Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





01/09/2017

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Budget your way to success

Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





01/09/2017

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Budget your way to success

Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





01/09/2017

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Budget Rent A Car – Review in Rentals category from Buffalo,

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Budget Rent A Car – Review in Rentals category from Buffalo, New York

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Budget Rent A Car of Buffalo saves car rental customers time and money by offering the most diverse fleet in WNY. Services like GPS, E-tolls, E-receipts, and Fastbreak make renting a car easy.

Budget Rent a Car of Buffalo is an independent licensee of the Budget Rent a Car system and is certified by the State of New York as a Women Owned Business Enterprise.

All our vehicles include Air Conditioning, Power Windows, Cruise Control, and CD players! Some vehicles may also have:

Bluetooth Capability

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Power Seats

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and more!

Budget also maintains a 100% smoke-free fleetand any type of smoking (pipe, cigarette, cigar, etc) is prohibited in all our vehicles so that you can have a clean, fresh smelling vehicle.

We also offer GPS, Child Safety Seats, Booster Seats, and Moving Supplies for an additional charge. If you need directions, just ask our customer service representatives at the counter and they will be happy to help you find your way!

Look for the Budget Rent a Car sign approximately 100 ft. after the end of the 33 East on Genesee Street directly across from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on your right hand side!

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Budget Rent a Car of Buffalo offers the most diverse fleet in WNY! Choose from Economy Cars to SUV’s, Passenger Vans, and Trucks. We have:





31/08/2017

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Student Guide to London- Travel, Budget, Lodging Info #vegas #travel #deals

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Student Guide to London Travel

By Kathleen Crislip. Student Travel Expert

Before you go to London:

Lovely London, spendy but friendly, is a should-see student travel spot. Make plans before you go (scroll for all).

  • Should I make reservations in London?
    • Yes — see places to stay in London below.

    How should I pack for London?:

    Learn how to pack the basics — for London in spring and summer, add or subract clothing as you would for the Northeast US (like New York). Bring a very small umbrella and light rain anorak or jacket that can be rolled tight for toting in your day pack while touring. Bring an electrical converter — British wall plugs won t accept your electrical devices. Comfy walking shoes are a must.

    Getting to London:

    You ll find the best airfare to London from student airfare agencies like Student Universe. Watch for specials and you can save a bundle. Don t be fooled by some airlines student airfares — student airfare agencies have the real deal. Airfare sales do happen, though — check student airfares against an aggregator s roundup of regular ticket prices.

    • Student airfare finders
    • What s an aggregator?

    Air to London may be cheaper with an air/hotel package, but those stays are usually very short.

    Where should I stay in London? How much will it cost?:

    Continue Reading Below

    A West End (below) London hostel is the best way to go for budget lodging in London — funky little hotels can be charming, but London is very expensive. Ask to see a hostel room before you pay and choose a dorm (several bunks in one room) for the cheapest London lodging.

    Expect to pay $25-$35 for a London hostel bunk.

    Getting around in London:

    The London tube is a major miracle of modern transportation — learn to love it. Though it s the oldest in the world, London s subway (but don t call it that) is clean, safe and efficient. And if the tube doesn t take you close to your London destination s door, the bus (maybe a double decker!) will.

    Plentiful black London cabs have fixed prices — get a few folks to make a cab s cost equal the tube.

    British money and London budget:

    England s currency is the pound — don t plan on using euros. Exchange rate is bad (about $1.75 is normal). London is expensive — plan $55/day. Food and beds are spendy but clubs can be cheap; museums are free. You won t miss truly adventurous food by cheaply cooking in your hostel kitchen .

    What to do in London:

    London s history is long and deep — do tour the London Tower. For free music ideas, see the Free London List. Borrow someone s copy of the Time Out music/film/event guide or check Time Out online for non-free music happening in London. Consider buying a one day Original Bus Tour pass ($28) to hop on and off at major sites. Spend whole days hanging out in places like Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden. Take a great (free) Soho podcast walking tour. And check the top free things to do in London.

    Safety, crime and travel health care in London:

    The artful dodger does lurk in the London tube — consider figuring out in advance how to stash travel cash. You can feel physically safe in all of London provided you use basic travel safety precautions. Terrorism is not a big concern, despite some US hysteria over the 05 tube bombings.

    US travelers get free emergency room care in London; all else is pay as you go, though your US health insurance probably covers you. Food and tap water are perfectly safe in London. You don t need travel immunizations for London.

    London photo galleries:

    Whet your travel appetite with some London photos meant just for student travelers — most were taken on gray days because, honestly, that s the sky you may see in London much of the year.

    London s West End is backpacker central:

    Think about staying in London s West End (north of the Thames River, west of Piccadilly Circus ) — try the Wake Up London hostel for cheap, safe lodging. You can walk to nearby Hyde Park and take the tube everywhere, like outdoor markets or Notting Hill.

    Mail, Internet and Phone Calls in London

    UK mail is quite speedy — if you ll be there a few weeks, set up a snail mail address.

    • Learn how to set up an international snail mail address

    You can buy phone cards good for making calls in England for about $3-5-10 USD in UK convenience stores, major train stations like Waterloo, your hostel and airports. You can also buy a UK cell phone for $50 or less and make cheaper UK calls than with a roaming US phone — look for phone vending machines (seriously) or try a Carphone Warehouse storefront.

    The Dover Castle Hostel (south of the Thames) has free wifi, but free or even cheap wifi in London hostels is scarce. Hostel internet access (their computers) is ludicrously expensive. London does sport internet phone booths on street corners — spendy but handy. Chain easyInternetcafe, boring but predictable, can be found in places like Burger King.

    London with a Tour Group

    Visiting London is so expensive that going with a tour group is a great idea — it can be cheaper and much easier than visiting on your own. Several companies specialize in student group travel — try EF Tours for a very decent experience: I ve traveled with EF Tours, and I would again.





    21/08/2017

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  • World – s cheapest cities for budget travelers in 2015 –

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    130 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2015

    We have all heard that some parts of the world are cheap to visit while others are expensive but most people have a hard time quantifying any more precisely. That s why Price of Travel launched our Backpacker Index numbers for cities all over the world in late 2010. Now totally updated in its 5th year, below you ll find all major destinations around the world ranked by price for backpackers.

    More specific information can be found by clicking on the regional articles just below, or by clicking on the individual city names in the main list.

    There were some major changes on the list this year, mainly due to large swings in currency in much of the world. Compared to the US Dollar, all European currencies weakened, as did the Canadian Dollar, while most Asian currencies hovered around the same level all year. Once again, Asia dominates the cheap part of the list with the first 7 spots, while Europe dominates the expensive part at the bottom.

    Detailed information available by region

    What the prices below mean

    There is a longer explanation of the Backpacker Index on each of the regional pages, but the short version is that we found the price for a group of things for each destination, and then translated that into US dollars in late January 2015. While this data is meant for backpackers and budget travelers, the proportions will be nearly identical, so the list should also be useful to those with more money to spend.

    For each city this daily total includes:

    • A dorm bed at a good and cheap hostel
    • 3 budget meals
    • 2 public transportation rides
    • 1 paid cultural attraction
    • 3 cheap beers (as an entertainment fund )

    Backpacker Index: 130 global destinations for 2015





    16/08/2017

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    Cheap flights to Europe, budget Europe airfare tickets. #medical #travel #insurance

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    Cheap flights to Europe

    Europe is one of those fabled destinations you must visit at least once in your lifetime. The only problem with going one time is that you’re going to want to go again and again–there’s just so much to experience.

    Between the diverse cultural offerings that vary from each destination, and the incredible sights–both man-made and natural, Europe truly has so much to offer travelers. Because it’s such a popular destination, finding cheap flights to Europe can sometimes be daunting. When you use Webjet.com you’re sure to find cheap flights to Europe. in a matter of seconds.

    Best Times to Book Cheap Flights to Europe

    As one can imagine, cheap flights to Europe can be hard to come by during the peak tourist seasons. As the temperatures rise in Europe during the summer, so do the costs of flights and accomodations. So for the budget-conscious, booking for travel during the shoulder seasons could render some great deals.

    Shoulder Seasons

    Spring (March-June): During these months, travelers will be delighted to find mild temperatures, blooming flowers and trees, fewer crowds at tourists destinations, and of course, greater ease of finding cheap flights to Europe. Southern European destinations like Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain are ideal to visit during these temperate and less-crowded months.

    Fall (September-November): Like spring, fall is another season with agreeable weather and less crowds. As many destinations are settling down from the summer tourist rush, prices tend to fall, so finding cheap hotels and cheap airfare to Europe can be incredibly simple. Especially when you use Webjet.com.

    Airfare to Europe

    If you are coming from North America then you’ll have more choices to find affordable flights to Europe than you can imagine. Most European countries have their own national carrier and those are usually competitive with the most flights as well, but all the major US and Canadian airlines also fly daily to Europe, as do several Asian airlines that often have excellent deals themselves.

    Major airports In Europe

    London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

    London’s largest airport is also the busiest in all of Europe, and almost always the cheapest place to fly from North America. The recently added Terminal 5 has helped keep things modern, and the city itself is easy to reach using one of many shuttle services or right on the London Underground.

    Airlines that fly into London Heathrow

    British Airways dominates traffic in and out of London Heathrow Airport. but it’s far from your only choice. All the major North American carriers fly in, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines, as well as Air Canada. If you want to use a local carrier you might try Virgin Atlantic, or even Air France after a change in Paris, or Lufthansa after a stop in Frankfurt.

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

    If you are heading to the continent then it’s handy that Paris’ huge airport is a good place to look for cheap flights. Charles de Gaulle is nicely designed and conveniently just a short train ride from the city center.

    Airlines that fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport

    Air France is the major player here, and they are usually a great choice for long-haul flights with their excellent food and service. You might even find a better deal on British Airways after a change in London or KLM Airlines connecting through Amsterdam. The major US airlines also fly directly to Paris, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.

    Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

    The largest airport in Germany, Frankfurt Airport also serves more international destinations than any other in the world. It’s notoriously efficient and the obvious stop if you are coming to Germany or this region, but also a major hub for flights to everywhere in Europe and parts of Asia as well.

    Airlines that fly into Frankfurt Airport

    Lufthansa Airlines is Germany’s national carrier and the busiest airline at this airport, but you can also reach Frankfurt on KLM Airlines, Air France, British Airways, and many others including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines, and Air Canada.

    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)

    Frequently voted the best airport in the world, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is a pleasure to visit all by itself. The facility is located just south of the historic city center, and best of all you can reach the city with a cheap 20-minute train ride from the station in the basement of Schiphol itself.

    Airlines that fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    KLM Airlines is the Dutch national carrier (now merged with Air France) and they are your best bet for cheap flights to Amsterdam, though British Airways flies here after a stop in London, and American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways all fly directly here from their US hubs.





    14/08/2017

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    6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #travel #tours

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    6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

    Midwest Northeast

    Cities Served: 50+

    Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

    Northeast

    Cities Served: 8

    BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

    L.A. San Diego Vegas

    Cities Served: 4

    Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

    Northeast

    Cities Served: 4

    With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

    Northeast

    Cities Served: 3

    Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





    12/08/2017

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    20 Tips for Traveling in Peru on a Budget #easy #click

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    20 Tips for Traveling in Peru on a Budget

    By Tony Dunnell. Peru Travel Expert

    Tony Dunnell has been living and traveling in Peru since May 2009. From his base in the jungle town of Tarapoto. he continues to explore the rich culture and endless attractions of his adopted home.

    Traveling in Peru on a budget requires some discipline and smart money management, especially for longer stays. The following tips will help you stretch your Peru budget as far as possible, giving you extra cash for occasional splurges and expensive tours.

    1. Understand the Peruvian Nuevo Sol

    2. Eat for Cheap in Peru

    Touristy restaurants, especially in hotspots such as Lima, Cusco and Arequipa, are vastly more expensive than the typical restaurants frequented by regular Peruvians. Eat where the locals go and you’ll be surprised at how well you can eat in Peru on a budget (for price ranges, see How Much Does it Cost to Eat Out in Peru? ). Shoestring travelers should make the most of lunch in Peru. when big meals are available at incredibly low prices.

    4. Set Prices in Advance

    5. Cook Your Own Food

    6. Know How Much to Tip in Peru

    Peru isn’t a big tipping nation, so don’t go blowing your daily budget on unnecessary tips. There are a few occasions when a tip is expected, such as in midrange to upscale restaurants, but don’t feel the need to hand over your loose change to taxi drivers. Peruvian taxi drivers don t expect tips, and they are probably overcharging you anyway. More

    7. Keep Alcohol to a Minimum

    8. Learn How to Haggle

    Don’t be afraid to haggle over prices, especially in traditional markets. Prices generally start high, so it’s your job to settle on a price acceptable to both parties. Also, try negotiating prices for hotel and hostel rooms. You’ll often receive a straightforward no, but there’s no harm in trying. It’s easier to get a discount for stays of at least four to five days. More

    9. Eat Your Free Breakfast

    If your hotel or hostel has a free breakfast. drag your bones out of bed and make the most of it before it’s gone. Breakfasts normally start at about 7 a.m. and finish at 9 or 10 a.m. but the later you are, the slimmer the pickings become.

    10. Try CouchSurfing in Peru





    12/08/2017

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    Cheap Travel Insurance Quotes Australia – Budget Direct #go #travel #direct

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    Don’t let your dream overseas holiday turn into a nightmare

    As much as we all dream of having the perfect overseas holiday, things can go wrong. Your travel plans are cancelled. You arrive on time, but your luggage is delayed—possibly forever. Or your money is stolen, leaving you stranded both physically and financially.

    And what if you become sick or injured and need to go to hospital? Your health insurance won’t cover any overseas medical expenses, which means you could face a nasty bill at the end of your treatment.

    That’s why you need international travel insurance if you’re heading overseas. It can reimburse you for the clothes you had to buy when your luggage went AWOL, and cover those medical treatments. It can even cover your personal liability expenses if you get into legal trouble.

    Naturally, we have domestic travel insurance for your holiday within Australia too. Our beautiful country may be largely secure and safe but many of us are no strangers to theft and delayed trips. Cover to ensure that your trip isn’t spoiled by the unforeseen will allow you to relax and to just enjoy the ride!

    And while you may think you have the cheapest travel insurance, are you sure it’s the best travel insurance for you?

    When it comes to cheap travel insurance in Australia, you need to look at more than just the price. So when you compare travel insurance, make sure you’re getting the cover you need at the price you can afford. And that’s exactly what you could get with Budget Direct’s Simply Smarter Travel Insurance.

    Want 10 % off Travel Insurance? * Get a Quote





    02/08/2017

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    Off Season Budget Travel #travel #info

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    By Tim Leffel

    Stay in a castle apartment in Provence, France for an off season bargain in October, and the greens, the weather, the light, the wine, and the food are still at their peak while the natives are far more friendly than during the summer tourist stampede. Photo by Gregory Hubbs.

    Shoestring travelers go to great lengths to stick to their budget: finding inexpensive lodging, getting cut-rate airfares, and taking the cheapest local transportation. One often-overlooked variable, however, is the time of year they visit a particular destination.

    In any area that attracts a lot of tourists, high season is expensive. In some cases, downright outrageous. High season can be as long as summer, or as short as New Year’s Eve weekend, depending on the location. In any case you are sure to pay top dollar. Whether it’s a Thai party beach during the full moon, Goa around the Christmas break, or Europe in the summer, this is the time when prices shoot up and you’ll find little to no room for negotiation.

    Low season is often low for a good reason, however. Prices are cheap, but they often deserve to be. Hurricanes are blowing around the Caribbean and Florida, Egypt feels like the inside of an oven, the Andes are obscured by clouds. Many beach towns all over the world are literally boarded up in the off-season. It can be a good time to work on a novel or to meditate, but many find the lonely streets and bad weather during low season to be a downer.

    The Joy of Shoulder Season

    Shoulder season offers the chance to score a bargain while the getting is still good. This period between high and low season is when prices drop, but the travel experience is still good. Rates on everything from lodging to adventure trips often drop for reasons that are based on demand, not intrinsic value. Europe is still quite nice in the fall, but all the college kids and family vacationers have returned home. The Caribbean and Mexico still have great weather in the late spring, but prices go down because U.S. tourists have stopped thinking about escaping the cold back home.

    Most guidebooks and country-specific websites have a when to go section that describes the ideal time to visit an area, as well as the worst time. In between those two extremes is when you would ideally want to visit. You’re not jostling with hundreds of other people to get a room and see the sights, but you’re also not arriving when there is not another soul around and you can’t find a place to get dinner.

    If there is a specific time of year when you it is best to go hiking (such as October through December in Nepal), try to arrive at the beginning or end of that window. I once rented a nice little guesthouse room in Kathmandu for $2 per night in early October before I went to Pokhara to start my trek. When I returned three weeks later, at the height of the tourist season, the owner wanted $4.50 for the same room. One room we rented in Turkey was $5 per night; the owner told us it routinely went for $15 a month before we arrived. This same scenario plays out all over the world, with the intrinsic laws of supply and demand driving prices up or down.

    Following are a few specific recommendations for predictable shoulder seasons around the world, divided by season.

    While most of the U.S. is obsessed with shopping for presents, travelers can find great values at tropical beaches until Christmas week. Skiers heading to Europe can take advantage of the cheapest flights of the year from the U.S.

    Flights to Asia generally go down in the winter due to waning demand. In Japan and Korea this can mean experiencing snow-covered temples and cozy rooms with heated floors, while in other parts of Asia it’s a tropical paradise. Travelers who want to travel through Southeast Asia in particular should look for the best deal to anywhere in the region and then go overland from there.

    Despite this being the summer in South Africa, the best flight prices and package deals are on offer January through April.

    Spring Travel Bargains

    Flights to Europe start rising when temperatures do, but rates are still far cheaper than during the summer months. This can be a good time to see the tulip fields of Holland or the green hills of Ireland. If you are studying or working in Europe, take advantage of any spring breaks to travel locally.

    Starting in mid-April, hotel rates and flights to Mexican beaches and the Caribbean take a drastic drop. From Jamaica to Tulum to Tobago, the water is warm and the beaches are less crowded. Flights to Central and South America often drop in tandem — except around Carnival and Easter.

    It’s autumn in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, with shoulder season rates on flights and lodging. March through May are great months to visit hot and dry countries such as Morocco, Egypt, or Jordan.

    Summer Travel Bargains

    Summer is the toughest time to find a bargain, mostly because demand is so high from North Americans, Europeans, and the Japanese. Add June weddings and honeymoons to the mix and there are a lot of people on the move.

    However, in June and early July Caribbean and Mexican destinations are at their lowest shoulder season prices, before Europeans start filling resorts in August and rains start picking up. For budget travelers, less touristed destinations provide the best lodging and diving deals: Venezuela’s Margarita Island, the Bay Islands of Honduras, or the islands scattered off the coasts of Belize, Panama, and Nicaragua.

    June to September is shoulder season in Kenya and Tanzania, when the high season is over, but the weather is still cool and dry. This is an excellent time to go on a safari.

    In Canada, there is a short shoulder season for national parks in the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August.

    While it is summer in North America, it is winter in the southern hemisphere, but you will find beach weather without the summer humidity in Rio de Janeiro. Few Brazilians are on the move during this time, so rooms are plentiful.

    If you can stand the heat, you will find flights and hotels only slightly higher than in the spring in Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam.

    Fall Travel Bargains

    Flights to Europe usually start going on sale in October. Lodging rates drop, and with a wider selection of rooms it is easier to be choosy. In southern European cities, the weather can still be pleasant until mid-November or early December.

    The summer cruise ship crowds have mostly left the Greek Islands and Turkey, but the early fall weather is still sunny, the party kids have gone home, and hotels are open to bargaining.

    Mid-October to mid-December marks the transition from the wet season to dry season in Costa Rica and Panama; plan lush jungle trips before the big crowds arrive.

    TIM LEFFEL . a regular columnist for Transitions Abroad, is the author of The World s Cheapest Destinations. He is also editor of PerceptiveTravel.com. featuring narratives from some of the best wandering authors on the planet.





    29/07/2017

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    Budget Travel

    Budget travel is a great interest of mine because it combines two of my passion saving money and going on vacation. While the term obviously have budget coming first, I believe that budget travel is all about the experience. Without having a blast, who cares if we are saving all the money in the world right? Luckily, my experience as a salesperson allowed me to travel all around the world on someone else s dime. Having been through so many different situations overseas also gave me a chance to see many places and talk to people from different countries to find out how to save. In fact, I found so many ways to save that I wrote a book on the subject, The Little Budget Travel Book. In it, I share my secrets so you can go on vacation again and again like it is free (well, at least for a much lower cost.).

    Budget Travel

    I encourage you to consider giving the book a shot, but while you wait for the book to arrive, here are a bunch of resources you will might want to read through as they can be useful for you.

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    26/07/2017

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    Budget Travel Travel Coverage – The New York Times #travel #soon

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    Budget Travel Travel Coverage

    Latest Articles

    1. November 9, 2015

    Weak Ruble Makes Russia More Accessible for Budget Travel

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The ruble’s weak. The warnings about a complicated visa process were wrong, at least with a travel agency’s help. And current geopolitical tensions make this a good time to temper headlines about Russia with everyday people and places.

    A Tour of the Middle East, and More, in Dearborn, Michigan

    By SETH KUGEL

    A sprawling Arab museum, a detour to the Henry Ford Museum, and a Lebanese meat market, where all is not as it seems.

    Move Aside Budget Travel, Meet Chanel’s Luxury Airline

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The sky was the limit in Karl Lagerfeld’s aviation-themed Chanel show on Tuesday, which saw an entire airport re-created under the lofty expanse of Paris’ Grand Palais.

    Move Aside Budget Travel, Meet Chanel’s Luxury Airline

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    A $1,000 Day in London for $100

    Our traveler, more pauper than prince, still manages to see much of London on a full stomach and a tight budget.

    How to Rent a European Villa (and Not Go Broke)

    Stretching Dollars, and, Yes, Feasting, in Lower-Priced Rio

    For visiting Americans, due to Brazil’s struggling currency, Rio is a very different place from what it was last year.

    The Art of ‘Farecasting’ the Lowest Airfare





    26/07/2017

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    Budget your way to success

    Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

    The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

    One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

    One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

    First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

    And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

    Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

    Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





    26/07/2017

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    Budget your way to success #hotel #and #car #deals

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    Budget your way to success

    Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

    The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

    One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

    One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

    First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

    And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

    Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

    Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





    26/07/2017

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    Budget your way to success #travel #supplies

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    Budget your way to success

    Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

    The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

    One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

    One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

    First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

    And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

    Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

    Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





    26/07/2017

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    Budget Car Rental Jfk #best #deals #on #airfare

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    Budget Car Rental Jfk

    Vast Airport Consisting Of 9 Terminals Connected By A Free Airtrain

    Rent a car at jfk (kennedy airport) with budget.com. check out our specials for kennedy airport car rental. Flying in to john f kennedy intl airport in jamaica? select from a wide range of rental cars at budget car rentals. click for rates. Car rentals at jfk. finding your rental is easy at jfk. on the arrivals level of each terminal (usually near the baggage carousel), there is either a rental car. Plain text. no html tags allowed. web page addresses and e mail addresses turn into links automatically. lines and paragraphs break automatically. Rent a car in new york with budget.com. check out our specials for new york car rentals.

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    Find the best discounts and rent a car at new york jfk airport. save on your next trip with cheap deals on john f. kennedy international airport car rentals with. Cheap car hire and cheap van hire worldwide. budget offer a full range of car rental options. you can expect a high level of service with low prices. Convenient car rental locations. e z rent a car takes the stress away from getting around a new city. conveniently located in all major airports, we are with you when. Budget car rental. budget is renowned for great value, latest model fleet and quality service. for all your rental needs, budget drives your dollar further. Delays by destination: no destination specific delays are being reported general departure delays: traffic is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays lasting 15.

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    Vroomvroomvroom guarantees the cheapest car rentals in thousands of u.s. cities. we offer discounted rates from the country’s leading suppliers. Traveler’s bookmark for rental cars at jfk and laguardia international airports. includes on line reservations, low rates, auto rental links, internet coupons, car. Why you fly into nashville international airport (previously known as berry field) (bna) make your life easy by pre booking your rental car here. * some rental car suppliers may charge a credit card fee for amounts payable on arrival. When you arrive at blue grass airport (lex) in kentucky, the last thing you want to do is wait around at the rental counter trying to organize a vehicle.

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    26/07/2017

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    Best Budget Beaches – Beaches. #travel #spain

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    Best Budget Beaches

    Living on a budget. but still craving a beach vacation? Luckily, the 2 are not mutually exclusive — but you do have to plan wisely. Here s how to get the most bang for your buck.

    Buy a package of air, hotel and rental car. You usually pay less than you would if you purchased the components separately. Check the companies listed above for deals, plus Expedia. Travelocity. Orbitz and individual airline sites. Just be sure to do the math before you click.

    Check the official tourism sites of the state, island or region you want to visit. Many feature sections offering discounts on lodging, dining, activities and more.

    Think outside the hotel box. Vacation Rentals by Owners and Craigslist eliminate the middleman, and B B-cum-social-networking sites like Airbnb.com and iStopOver offer wide selections of rooms at bargain rates. Many hostels [www.hostelworld.com] now offer private rooms and cushy amenities, and some are located in prime beach destinations. For the truly frugal, there’s Couchsurfing. GlobalFreeloaders.com and Hospitality Club. whose members offer up their sofas or spare bedrooms for free. Checking references is key.

    Focus on towns or regions that feature low-key cottages and motels, or are near state and national seashores. Instead of Miami Beach, for example, try the Florida Panhandle; instead of Santa Monica, try California’s Huntington Beach; instead of Cape Cod, try Rhode Island’s South County. Info on each is below, along with a couple more of our favorite budget-friendly strands.





    25/07/2017

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    A1 Flight Group: Cheap Flights Discount Budget Flight Cheapest Economy Flights

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    Far East Special

    A1 Flight Group, one of the leading UK based travel agent offers the broadest selection of travel products and services to its customers. We offer travellers online information, pricing, availability and booking facility for air travel, holiday packages, hotel bookings, car rentals etc that fits your travel plans and budget.

    At A1 Flight Group you can find the cheapest flights around the world and if you book your flights in advance, it ends up being the cheapest way to travel. With expert customer care along with easy to use search engine, we became the preferred choice of millions of travellers who were delighted to be empowered by few mouse clicks!

    Driven by the vision to excel A1 Flight Group is there for you. We constantly look for means to reinvent ourselves and set fresh standards of quality. Whenever you want any help and wherever your requirements may be, we bring the world closer to you. Go ahead and explore the largest range of destinations, hotels and flights with world’s leading travel company. All the flights you book with us are ATOL protected, so you don’t have to worry about your trip.





    11/07/2017

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    Budget your way to success

    Budgeting sounds like a boring strategy used by our parents. For a long time, budgeting was considered the way to manage money because it helped people keep track of where their finances were going. But lots of people are choosing not to budget because it seems so needlessly complicated with little or not benefit. But there is a benefit to budgeting; the real trick is finding a budgeting method that works for you. Here is an excellent strategy to help you manage the money in your personal portfolio.

    The first thing you need to do is create a budget. Creating a budget does not have to be restrictive, but it should be a guideline to help you manage your income and your expenses each month. The first thing you want to do is list all your expenses on a month-to-month basis. The next thing you want to do it list all of your income on a month-to-month basis. Then compare. Many people who have trouble saving find that their expenses are very close to their income. So what can you do?

    One option you have is to reduce your expenses. This might mean going out with friends a little less or giving up on some luxury that you typically enjoy. Another option you have is to increase your income. Unfortunately, for many people, this is easier said than done.

    One way that you can reduce your expenses and increase your income is by using a debt consolidation loan. By consolidating many outstanding debts that are due throughout the month into a single loan with a single monthly payment you will be accomplishing several things.

    First, you will be reducing your monthly payment because you will be securing a larger loan and is spread out over a longer period of time. Second, you’ll be reducing the amount of interest you pay because you will be consolidating your many debts into one debt from one provider. Reducing your interest not only helps to reduce your expenses but also increases your income!

    And if you are able to find some assets that can help you get a secured loan, you’ll be able to spread out your payment over a longer period of time and you will likely qualify for a lower interest rate because you have some security to offer the lending institution to back up the loan.

    Now that you are actively pursuing a budget, you will need to find a way to continue to reduce your expenses over time. A secured loan will help you do that. But don’t forget that there are many ways you can also increase your income.

    Congratulations! You are assembling a budget and getting control of your finances and at the same time you are reducing your expenses and increasing your income.





    10/07/2017

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    6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U. S. #shermans #travel

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    6 Best Budget Bus Companies in the U.S.

    Midwest Northeast

    Cities Served: 50+

    Everything about Megabus is mega. The British brand’s blue double-decker fleet (each emblazoned with a smiling cartoon of a driver) now serves over 50 cities in the United States and Canada, making it the biggest player on the block.

    Northeast

    Cities Served: 8

    BoltBus is operated jointly by old-school Greyhound and Peter Pan, but it’s much hipper than its parents. For example, send a complaint via Twitter, and the issue will often be addressed by the techie team before you step off the bus.

    L.A. San Diego Vegas

    Cities Served: 4

    Sure, Lux Bus offers door-to-door service between Southern California hotels. But the line’s bread and butter is its cushy L.A.–Vegas route: leather seats, free snacks, and free beer and wine so you can start the sin before you hit Sin City.

    Northeast

    Cities Served: 4

    With service between New York and the D.C. metro area, Vamoose has options for any capital commuter. Senators can choose the $50-each-way Gold Bus (which has added legroom), while interns can pay with campus cash from local colleges.

    Northeast

    Cities Served: 3

    Tripper Bus, which runs between New York and the D.C. area, values loyalty: after buying 8 one-way trips, you’ll pick up a one-way for free. In addition, each ride includes one $1, one $5, and one $10 ticket—a steal for frequent buyers.





    08/07/2017

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    Japan cheap travel – A complete guide to budget travel in

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    A complete guide to budget travel in Japan

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    Train Travel

    The information on this page has been updated for 2009.

    The Japanese rail network is well known for its speed and efficiency. Train travel in Japan, whether on a super-fast Shinkansen (bullet train) or a more sleepy local train, is one of the best ways to see the country.

    • JR East have an excellent internet site for reserving select train seats from overseas. Visit ‘JR-East Shinkansen Reservation’ .

    It is generally expensive to travel around by train unless you take advantage of the rail passes and other discount tickets. Choosing which Rail Pass to purchase will depend on your budget, your length of stay in Japan, and which regions you plan to visit.

    • www.hyperdia.com is a really powerful and easy-to-use search tool for browsing all train timetables and train fares in Japan.

    Japan Rail Pass

    The famed Japan rail pass is excellent for visitors and backpackers who will be doing a lot of travelling around for trips up to three weeks. The JR Pass must be purchased outside of Japan. For a certain number of consecutive days, the JR Pass offers unlimited travel on all trains, except the fastest Shinkansen.

    The cost is 28,300 Yen for 7 days; 45,100 Yen for 14 days; and 57,700 Yen for 21 days. More information on the Japan Rail Pass can be found on the Official JR Pass website.

    Cheaper and more flexible options

    Travellers on a tighter budget, staying for longer periods, or those not travelling around constantly, may be better served by some of the other tickets and passes available.

    Foremost among these is the bargain basement Seishun 18 Kippu offering unlimited travel for five days on the slower trains. This is a very cheap ticket, and the five days need not be used consecutively. It is, however, only available at certain times of the year. For more information see our section on this ticket.

    Regional Rail Passes

    Each region in Japan also has it’s own version of the Japan rail pass. The Japan-guide website has an exhaustive list of them here.

    For travellers staying longer in Japan and planning to travel north of Tokyo, perhaps the most interesting of these is the JR East pass. This offers unlimited travel on JR trains in the region from Tokyo up to the top of Honshu (main island). This includes Nagano and the spectacular Japanese alps.

    This pass is available for 5 or 10 consecutive days or for 4 flexible days within one month. The latter option is great if you are planning to spend some time in different locations in between train rides. This version costs 20,000 yen for those older than 26 and 16,000 Yen for people under 26. Further details of this pass can be found on the JR East website.





    17/06/2017

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    How to travel Iceland on a budget – Matador Network #travel

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    How to travel Iceland on a budget

    Photo: Chris Ford. All other photos: Author.

    I seem to be drawn to the world s most expensive countries. Having already drained my bank account during a five-week stint around Ireland this year, the only logical thing to do next was book a three-week trip to Iceland. I regret nothing.

    It wasn t easy, but the challenge became a sort of game. I lucked out with a $450 round-trip ticket from Halifax, Nova Scotia. And the rest sorta went like this.

    When to go

    Peak season, as you might have guessed, takes place between May and September. I went in October.

    This was mostly due to the ridiculously cheap airfare I found, but as it turns out, October was an amazing time to be in the country. Temperatures mostly averaged between 5-10 degrees Celsius, off-season prices were in full effect, and we ran into almost no tourists. It was absurdly easy to meet locals because of this.

    Booze and nightlife

    Drinking and bar hopping in Iceland was by far the most expensive part of the trip, but if you re in Reykjavik, you owe it to yourself to experience the nightlife. Beer wasn t legalized until 1989, and so it seems the Icelandic folk are now making up for lost time. The r ntur (literally, round tour ) occurs every weekend in the city. Basically it s the name given to the improvised pub crawl that sends Icelanders jumping place to place in search of spirits and fun. Sometimes I didn t crawl into bed until 6am.





    14/06/2017

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    Getting Around

    Take public transport. Singapore has one of the best Public Transport networks in the world, though it’s getting increasingly crowded with recent rapid population increases (including large numbers of guest workers). Take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to travel Singapore on a budget.  The MRT is even cheaper than Bangkok’s rail transport, despite Singapore being more expensive overall. The MRT is not so dense as in Hong Kong, Tokyo or Kansai, but can get to, or near, most corners of Singapore. The train system are air-condition and convenient. You can take the MRT from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Orchard Road or Raffles Place easily.

    Alternatively, the bus network may be even more direct (though sometimes subject to traffic), and tends to be cheaper than MRT.  Unlike places like Hong Kong – don’t forget to “tap on” **and** tap off of a bus if you get an EZ-Link card as noted below.  Let a local board and get down before you, and watch what s/he does.

    If you plan to go around and see Singapore using public transport (bus or MRT), consider getting an EZ-Link or Nets Flashpay card. Easy and very handy to use. No more fumbling for change/coins to buy a ticket. Just tap on the card reader to enter the gate/bus and when you reach your destination, do the same to exit. You can get one initially for S$12 ($5 for the card and $7 as stored value). Take note that the $5 is non-refundable. Life span is 5yrs and 7 yrs respectively. Using a pre-paid value CEPAS Ez-link card also gives you discount when travelling and rebates when you hop from bus to bus, or bus to train and vice versa.

    Websites such as gothere.sg can help you plan transport routing and scheduling.  You can compare MRT + bus, bus-only, taxi, and walking times, distances, and fares between your designated “point A” and “point B”.  You are shown maps (and alternate maps for alternate routing), scheduled departures-arrivals-connections including bus stop number (each bus stop has a unique ID displayed on the bus stop shelter) for bus and MRT, costs, and can toggle between options.

    Eating

    Eat where usually a Singaporean does. Go to the hawker centres or food court. These places are much cheaper compared to fast food or restaurant. The famous hawker centres are Newton, Maxwell, Hong Lim and Chomp Chomp. Find out what are the local delicates you can find .

    Sightseeing

    There are many Singapore free attractions. Go to these places for your sightseeing. The following are some to consider :

    • Go to top of Mount Faber. It offers a breathtaking view of the southern coastline and northern cityscape. It is one of the best place in Singapore to see sunset.
    • Go to Singapore heartland town for a walk. Toa Payoh and Tampines are a few that I would recommend.
    • Visit Singapore NEWater Visitor Centre. It will be a great learning experience to see how NEWater is produce.
    • Go to Singapore largest Shopping Mall, Vivo City to do people watching. Take a slow walk outside Vivo City and looking across Sentosa .
    • Take a double-decker bus to enjoy Singapore scenery. Try taking bus 143, it starts from Toa Payoh Bus Interchange and passes Orchard Road. Chinatown. Enjoy Singapore’s scenery in a air-conditioned bus. Why not?
    • Visit the Singapore Botanic Garden. A 52 hectares Botanic wonder with Rubbers trees, National Orchid Garden and Jungle walk. It is free except admission to Orchid Garden is inexpensive.
    • Take a look at Marina Barrage. Singapore latest icon. Situated at the heart of the up and coming Marina South district, this colossal architectural masterpiece is a must-visit. Something you must do – stand atop the green roof to take in the sweeping Singapore city skyline
    • Head to the neighboring island hopping. Go to Pulau Ubin to have a look at what does Singapore look like back in the past.
    • Visit Sri Mariamman Temple. Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple located in Chinatown. Look at the beautiful decorated interiors, brightly painted Hindu deities and admired the architecture.
    • Head down to Singapore’s Southern Ridges for a 9 kilometre walk through hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park before ending at West Coast Park.
    • Go to Singapore Botanical Gardens, its free entry, huge beautiful landscape and grab a souvenir or 2 at the gift shop. This attraction is now working on being listed as a UNESCO site, so its sure worth that trip down.

    Nightlife

    Wander around from Clarke Quay to Boat Quay for nightlife. Buy a few cans of beer from 7-11 or any convenient stores and go to Raffles Landing Site or along the Singapore river to consume the drinks.

    Souvenirs

    Go to Chinatown or Little India for cheap and good souvenirs. Prices maybe negotiable and be ready to bargain to get a good offer. Another good souvenir is to take more photos. Pictures are cheap and can be kept for a long time.





    01/06/2017

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    Japan on a Budget, Tips for Cheap Travel! Japan Travel Mate

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    Japan on a Budget, Tips for Cheap Travel!

    Here s a non-exhaustive collection of ideas for travelling Japan without spending a lot of money. These ideas for cheap travel are somewhat random, and unordered, but take a look and you ll be sure to pick up a tip or two to save money on your Japan holiday.

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    Travel in off-peak times

    Now this doesn t mean you will be missing the good weather. Peak times in Japan are during the major national holidays and the school holidays.

    The best time is April. This is spring in Japan and students are at school, the cherry blossoms are blooming and the weather is great. September and October are good times also, it is autumn in Japan and everyone is back to school and work.

    Around the end of April and beginning of May is Golden Week in Japan. 4 national holidays over a week, prices for accommodation go up and shinkansens are booked solid best to avoid this time!

    Mid-July and all of August are summer holidays in Japan. which means peak domestic travel and hence, high prices on just about everything. It is easily the busiest time of year and also the hottest.

    Japan Rail Pass

    When people tell me they re going to visit Japan, the first thing I ask them is have you bought your Japan Rail Pass yet?

    The JR Pass is available to anyone on a tourist (Temporary Visitor) visa and gives you unlimited travel on all Japan Rail buses, trains and shinkansen (bullet trains) the only exception is you can t travel on the fastest express services.

    The Japan Rail Pass just flash this pass at the ticket gates and stroll on through

    At first glance, the pass may seem expensive. Last time I travelled to Japan on a tourist visa I paid about $600 AUD for a 3 week JR Pass. Consider this example: a return trip on the shinkansen (bullet train) from Nagoya to Okayama is normally about 24,000 yen (about $300 AUD). Osaka to Tokyo is much further and more expensive. I did about 6 of these trips during a 3 week stay, so I saved about $1000 AUD and saw a lot of the country.

    7, 14 or 21 day passes are available and conditions are you must be travelling on a tourist visa and you have to purchase the JR Pass before you enter Japan. Check costs and buy a JR Pass online .

    Cheap shinkansen travel

    If you can t get a JR Pass, but you don t want to take the bus, there are cheaper options for the shinkansen. You can buy an unreserved seat, which means a seat is not guaranteed. People tend to sit in the carriage vestibules and there is nothing wrong with that. Being a super fast train, you re not in for a long journey! But if you travel in off-peak times, and during the day (i.e. not the morning or evening when shinkansen is used for work travel) then you ll get a cheaper ticket AND a seat.

    JR West Shinkansen series 700.





    29/05/2017

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    Cheap flights to Europe, budget Europe airfare tickets. #direct #travel #holidays

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    Cheap flights to Europe

    Europe is one of those fabled destinations you must visit at least once in your lifetime. The only problem with going one time is that you’re going to want to go again and again–there’s just so much to experience.

    Between the diverse cultural offerings that vary from each destination, and the incredible sights–both man-made and natural, Europe truly has so much to offer travelers. Because it’s such a popular destination, finding cheap flights to Europe can sometimes be daunting. When you use Webjet.com you’re sure to find cheap flights to Europe. in a matter of seconds.

    Best Times to Book Cheap Flights to Europe

    As one can imagine, cheap flights to Europe can be hard to come by during the peak tourist seasons. As the temperatures rise in Europe during the summer, so do the costs of flights and accomodations. So for the budget-conscious, booking for travel during the shoulder seasons could render some great deals.

    Shoulder Seasons

    Spring (March-June): During these months, travelers will be delighted to find mild temperatures, blooming flowers and trees, fewer crowds at tourists destinations, and of course, greater ease of finding cheap flights to Europe. Southern European destinations like Italy, Greece, Turkey and Spain are ideal to visit during these temperate and less-crowded months.

    Fall (September-November): Like spring, fall is another season with agreeable weather and less crowds. As many destinations are settling down from the summer tourist rush, prices tend to fall, so finding cheap hotels and cheap airfare to Europe can be incredibly simple. Especially when you use Webjet.com.

    Airfare to Europe

    If you are coming from North America then you’ll have more choices to find affordable flights to Europe than you can imagine. Most European countries have their own national carrier and those are usually competitive with the most flights as well, but all the major US and Canadian airlines also fly daily to Europe, as do several Asian airlines that often have excellent deals themselves.

    Major airports In Europe

    London Heathrow Airport (LHR)

    London’s largest airport is also the busiest in all of Europe, and almost always the cheapest place to fly from North America. The recently added Terminal 5 has helped keep things modern, and the city itself is easy to reach using one of many shuttle services or right on the London Underground.

    Airlines that fly into London Heathrow

    British Airways dominates traffic in and out of London Heathrow Airport. but it’s far from your only choice. All the major North American carriers fly in, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines, as well as Air Canada. If you want to use a local carrier you might try Virgin Atlantic, or even Air France after a change in Paris, or Lufthansa after a stop in Frankfurt.

    Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

    If you are heading to the continent then it’s handy that Paris’ huge airport is a good place to look for cheap flights. Charles de Gaulle is nicely designed and conveniently just a short train ride from the city center.

    Airlines that fly into Charles de Gaulle Airport

    Air France is the major player here, and they are usually a great choice for long-haul flights with their excellent food and service. You might even find a better deal on British Airways after a change in London or KLM Airlines connecting through Amsterdam. The major US airlines also fly directly to Paris, including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.

    Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

    The largest airport in Germany, Frankfurt Airport also serves more international destinations than any other in the world. It’s notoriously efficient and the obvious stop if you are coming to Germany or this region, but also a major hub for flights to everywhere in Europe and parts of Asia as well.

    Airlines that fly into Frankfurt Airport

    Lufthansa Airlines is Germany’s national carrier and the busiest airline at this airport, but you can also reach Frankfurt on KLM Airlines, Air France, British Airways, and many others including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines, and Air Canada.

    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)

    Frequently voted the best airport in the world, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is a pleasure to visit all by itself. The facility is located just south of the historic city center, and best of all you can reach the city with a cheap 20-minute train ride from the station in the basement of Schiphol itself.

    Airlines that fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

    KLM Airlines is the Dutch national carrier (now merged with Air France) and they are your best bet for cheap flights to Amsterdam, though British Airways flies here after a stop in London, and American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways all fly directly here from their US hubs.





    19/05/2017

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