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Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Money and Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Tips |

Maximize Your Credit Card Rewards to See the World

Maximize Your Credit Card Rewards to See the World

Do you love to travel but don’t have the funds to finance your globe-trotting adventures? Never fear — thanks to travel rewards credit cards, you can still see the world on a shoestring budget. All you have to do is know how to maximize your credit card rewards so you can stretch each travel dollar as far as possible. To get the most out of your credit card rewards program, make sure you choose a card that offers great travel rewards and has fine print you can live with. Use your rewards credit card wisely to rack up maximum rewards, without getting yourself into debt. As long as you stay on your toes, it’s easy to beat the credit card rewards game to earn free travel for making your regular purchases. Choose the Right Card The first step towards making the most of a travel rewards credit card is to get the right card. The best rewards credit cards allow you to accumulate points for making purchases that you...

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Accommodations, Budget Travel, Extreme Travel, Family Travel, Food and Travel, Money and Travel, Outdoor Nature Travel, Travel and Health, Travel USA |

3 Great Reasons Ocean City Is the Perfect Destination for Your Next Family Vacation

3 Great Reasons Ocean City Is the Perfect Destination for Your Next Family Vacation

Taking your family on vacation doesn’t have to put a dent in your budget or your fun. If you’re staying local in the states and looking for an affordable, comfortable and beautiful spot the entire family can enjoy, consider Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City may have never been on your sight list before, but here are 3 great reasons why it’s actually the perfect destination for your next family vacation. The “Ocean” in Ocean City Who wouldn’t want to visit a place that tells you exactly what it is? The white sandy beach in Ocean City stretches 10 miles long and it’s all free, fresh water from the Atlantic Ocean. Since the water is such an important aspect of the city, there’s always numerous water sports and activities available. Spend your mornings running around and building sand castle with the kids and when they fall asleep at night, you and your significant other can enjoy the beautiful sunset right off the ocean. ( Image by m01229 ) Family Friendly Hotels Whenever...

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Accommodations, Budget Travel, Extreme Travel, Family Travel, Money and Travel, Travel Europe, Travel Tips |

7 Tips For Travel In Vietnam

7 Tips For Travel In Vietnam

Enticing, exhilarating, sometimes downright chaotic – it is easy to understand Vietnam’s appeal for the travellers. Since a first time visit to any country can be daunting, we share our tips for travel in Vietnam. Visa requirements If you plan to travel to Vietnam, a visa is required. Depending on the purpose of your trip you will either have to apply for a tourist or a business visa. Tourist visa can be valid for 30 or 90 days respectively. For Vietnam visa can be a single entry, a double entry or a multiple entry (for example we would recommend a multiple entry tourist visa if you plan to travel in the region and then re-enter Vietnam). If the purpose of your trip is business, matters are more complicated. If you plan to travel to Vietnam in order to attend a conference or to visit a Vietnamese company, your host will have to contact the Immigration Office of Vietnam on your behalf. Once the business visa is granted, your host...

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Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Accommodations, Extreme Travel, Family Travel, Honeymoon Holiday, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Travel and Health, Travel India |

Kerala – Everything the World Craves For

Kerala – Everything the World Craves For

The setting sun casts a glow over its backwaters, and, cruising on a houseboat, it would appear as if you are floating on a gilded sheet of water. Upon your arrival from a bustling modern world, its palm-shaded green will embrace you with the warmth of a mother’s arms, offering a quiet, blissful place to nestle in. If you need to feel alive again, its tea and spice gardens will awaken you. If you crave beaches, it has an unbroken shoreline of soft, white sand. It is thought of as no less than the ‘God’s Own Country’—yes, its name just popped into your head!—and it is not a phrase of chutzpah, because its people have only hospitality, simplicity, peace, and rich heritage to offer. It is Kerala, and it has everything the world craves for. On the World Map People from all over the world have ranked Kerala among the best travel experiences of their lives. For those of you who believe in numbers, Kerala had a Foreign Tourist...

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Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Budget Travel, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Travel Asia, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Greece, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Thailand, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Travel Destinations Under $30 Per Day

Travel Destinations Under $30 Per Day

Whether your vacation is for a gap year from college or as a career, choosing the most perfect travel destination can be daunting task. To some people, travel is not a choice but a luxury. However, I’d like to emphasize that traveling doesn’t always need to be expensive. There are a lot of destinations where you can travel for under $30 per day. As a matter of fact, below are the places which I personally like because of the cheap expenses I spent there : Thailand Yes, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destination. But there’s a reason why it’s famous. Not just because of the landmarks, nature, sandy beaches and beautiful girls;  but it’s also because the cost of traveling there is dirt-cheap! USD6-usd10 is the standard starting price of a budget room per night and you can always eat and drink for lesser than USD2-USD5. When I spent days in Bangkok to go sightseeing, I’ve realized that my activities cost me around USD10. For those...

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Accommodations, Food and Travel, Money and Travel, Resorts and Hotels, Transportation, Travel UK |

Secrets of the Hotel Industry – The Bed!

Secrets of the Hotel Industry – The Bed!

Everyone in the hotel industry knows how important a hotel bed is and the impact it has on a customer’s perception of the hotel. Too hard, too bumpy, too soft, or too uncomfortable – there’s a whole range of problems that go with beds and cause all sorts of problems. We all know how bad we feel after a bad night’s sleep and how amazing we feel after the opposite and hotels need to provide the former. In addition, hotel beds and hotel mattresses have to be the best quality possible so as to withstand the wear and tear that they have to undergo. In fact, the sort of beds a hotel purchases is one of the biggest decisions they make. It’s simple as this – a good night’s sleep for customers, gives a hotel a significant advantage over the opposing hotels. Hotels are Different but the Same However, an interesting thing is that a lot of the beds in hotels are actually made by the same companies and...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Money and Travel, Travel Destinations, Travel Europe, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

ATM Card—Your Best Friend in Europe

ATM Card—Your Best Friend in Europe

Planning to travel to Europe in the near future? ATM cards, credit cards, prepaid travel cards and a host of other options make your travel easier and less enduring than carrying hard cash. Tourists loaded with traveler’s cheques are now passé. Modern day vacationers in Europe are looking towards more reliable and smarter ways of handling their hard earned money, shopping in European avenues and visiting its many attractions alike. Read on for tips and guidelines that you really need to be aware of while using an ATM card in the continent. With standing in long queues in front of the counters of domestic bank and currency conversion kiosks at airports fast receding into oblivion, savvy tourists are now using their ATM cards to act as the perfect friend in need for their money conversions. More and more users are now logging into their accounts in Europe, making banking folks realize that money is fast flowing out of the numerous European ATMS—this is giving way to fees that are...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Accommodations, Budget Travel, Family Travel, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Travel and Health, Travel Ireland |

Top 12 Sights in Ireland

Top 12 Sights in Ireland

If you’ve been dreaming of cliffs, shamrocks and beer, you should know that Ireland is even more amazing than the stereotypes make it out to be. Here are just 12 sites in the Emerald Isle that you’ll never forget. 1. Cliffs of Moher More than a million people a year visit the Cliffs of Moher, the greatest and most impressive of Ireland’s craggy mountains. They reach 700 feet at their highest peak, and you can see for miles in every direction when you climb the towers to the very top. ( Image by d i a n e p o w e r s ) 2. Giant’s Causeway According to legend, the Giant’s Causeway was formed by a Titan trying to cross the sea and fight his rival. In reality, a volcano was to blame, but 40,000 basalts are impressive no matter their origin story. 3. Ring of Kerry The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive that will take you through castles, gardens, beaches and hilltop villages. It’s the perfect...

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Money and Travel, Only The Best, Travel USA |

Fa-bu-lous: 5 Cities That Welcome Gays With Hugs and Smiles

Fa-bu-lous: 5 Cities That Welcome Gays With Hugs and Smiles

Everyone wants to experience great hospitality when they’re on vacation. While the world is generally more gay-friendly than ever before, there are some American cities that have gone from fine to fabulous. Whether you’re traveling solo or with your partner, here are five cities that not only welcome gay tourists, but celebrate gay culture in their cities. Washington, D.C You may be surprised to learn that stuffy old Washington, D.C. has a thriving gay community. About 10 percent of the city’s population is gay, while 17 of the city’s elected officials are also gay. The city supports LGBT sports leagues, while the Dupont Circle neighborhood is home to many gay bars and LGBT businesses. If you’re traveling in October, you won’t want to miss seeing the city’s best drag queens competing in the two-block Dupont Circle High Heel Race. ( Image by Tim Evanson ) St. Louis Recently rated as a top gay-friendly city, the entertainment in this Midwest city has gays saying “Meet me in St. Louis”! There are many bars...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Budget Travel, Money and Travel, Travel Destinations, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips |

Budgeting for a Big Trip can be Easy

Budgeting for a Big Trip can be Easy

For some travel buffs, budgeting proves to be a great way of getting excited about a trip. This is obviously the first step in planning that much awaited vacation and increasing the levels of anticipation of a newly found destination. However, for most of us, budgeting for a trip is quite similar to visiting a dentist after gorging on sugar for months in a stretch. Remember, the act of budgeting is  essential and alleviates the concerns of running out of money halfway across a trip, finding yourself stranded in the event of  a medical emergency abroad or making embarrassed calls to well wishers back home. These simple steps will go a long way in helping you save good money for an upcoming trip and removing the stress linked with erratic cash flows—the convenient way! (image by tenerife holidays). Figure out the Figures Note down the biggest costs first—usually they will be linked to your flight/ trains as well as accommodation and car rentals. Get a rough idea about the...

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Accommodations, Budget Travel, Food and Travel, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Transportation, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, World Travel |

Budgeting for Your Next Trip – Tips for Your Next Holiday

Budgeting for Your Next Trip – Tips for Your Next Holiday

Being mindful of your spending habits and current sources of income can go a long way in helping you to save for your next trip. Taking a European vacation or trip to Asia can be possible if you stick to a budgeting system and take advantage of cost-saving travel tips. Minimizing your travel expenses can be easy if you plan your trip in advance, and here are some tips to help get you started. 1. Figure out how much you can afford to spend with a vacation budget worksheet. Setting up a vacation budget will help you avoid the pitfall of using credit cards or going into debt on your trip. Plan a trip that you can afford, so that you do not have to be stressed out when you come home from the trip. A printable vacation budget worksheet can help you determine exactly how much you can afford to spend on a trip. A worksheet will help you think about how much you will spend on airfare,...

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Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Accommodations, Budget Travel, Extreme Travel, Family Travel, Food and Travel, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Transportation, Travel and Health, World Travel |

Out Of the Box First Date Restaurants to Impress Your Special Someone

Out Of the Box First Date Restaurants to Impress Your Special Someone

Whether you are trying to impress a girl or make the night a memorable one, selecting a restaurant for your first date can be a challenge. The key is to select a place with personality. You can go for a restaurant that may be romantic and picturesque or maybe a quirky themed one. To help you with your decision, here is a list of the three best restaurants you should take that special person to on your first date and celebrate- Bukhara at ITC Maurya With its charming stonewalls, carpets and a menu made from a block of wood, this restaurant is the best first date place. The chic yet traditional decor of the place is complete with wooden furniture, earthenware and an open kitchen from where you can view the entire cooking process. The extensive menu of Bukhara is made using the best ingredients and recipes spanning over decades. From a wide variety of marinated meats and kebabs to slow cooked dal and the softest breads, the delicious...

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Accommodations, Food and Travel, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Transportation, Travel and Health, Travel Insurance, Travel Spain |

Hola Amigos- Barcelona Beckons Budget Travellers

Hola Amigos- Barcelona Beckons Budget Travellers

Barcelona—rising gently from the blue depths of the seas and set on a plain fringed by wooded hills, is the perfect summer holiday destination for young friends looking forward to some wonderful moments of togetherness. This capital city of Catalonia has the distinction of being rated among Mediterranean’s busiest ports and is a hub of bars, restaurants and clubs. Barcelona’s crowded seaside beaches, vibrant cafeterias, newly renovated stadia, sprawling malls and other centres of entertainment for budget conscious travellers are best experienced in sync with the local spirit and fervour. After stepping out of the boundaries of United Kingdoms, travellers may feel that those in Barcelona are dedicated to hedonism –but then, they are dynamic, hardworking and hospitable too. Once a Roman town and dedicated to medieval trade juggernaut, this city now takes pride in presenting some of greatest concentrations of Gothic architectural wonders in Europe. Whether it is about the ancient surreal spectacles that are appropriately capped by the church of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família or the modern wonders of contemporary times...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Cruises, Money and Travel, Only The Best, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips, Work and Travel |

A Job On A Cruise Ship : Get Paid To Travel

A Job On A Cruise Ship : Get Paid To Travel

We did mention that traveling in a cruise ship is not really traveling. Matter of fact, we’d like to think cruising as a type of vacation. But if you love adventures and think that you can’t be sitting in a cubicle for eight hours per day, then getting out of your normal life is what you may need. We do understand that some people tend to struggle raising and saving enough money for their traveling experience. But working in the cruise line industry will be able to give you the opportunity you need in order to find your budget – and at the same time, you still get to “travel” while working! Why do we say that working on a cruise ship will benefit some of you out there? Fastest Growing Job Sector It is known as one of the fastest growing job industry in the world. This is because around 5 to 10 new luxury cruise ships are being built per year, and with that rapid growth, the...

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Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Backpacking, Budget Travel, Guest Post, Money and Travel, Travel Resources, Travel Style, Travel Tips |

Stretch Your Dollar! Traveling On A Budget

Stretch Your Dollar! Traveling On A Budget

Traveling can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a strain on your budget. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money when you go on vacation. This often takes some creativity and extra planning, but it can be well worth it when you consider how much you can save. Below, Asa Christensen of Austin Passport Express in Texas has shared a few ways to find bargains when you plan your next trip. Travel Off Season If you plan your vacations during times when everyone else is traveling to the same place, you will most likely be paying premium prices. For example, holiday weekends in the summer are generally the most expensive times to travel. Not only that, but you also have to contend with crowds everywhere you go. If you can arrange to take your trip during less popular times, you can often save considerably. Hotels, resorts and airlines cut rates when fewer people are traveling. Even if you can’t travel during a different season, you can...

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