Travel

Best Hotel Rewards Programs

The best hotel rewards programs ease the burden of high-cost travel, which is a good thing since traveling with a family can be prohibitively expensive. After all, airfare and lodging for four people can be a budget-breaker. A 2013 survey from American Express showed that the average travel expense per person in the United States is …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Looking for Travel Insurance? Check Your Wallet First

Just last winter, my husband and I took a much-anticipated vacation to Jamaica with some friends. Not only was it a nice way to break up the cold Midwestern winter, but it was also nice just to get away. That’s probably why we paid so little attention to what was going on back home; we …

A Basic Guide to an Inexpensive and Incredibly Fun Family Camping Vacation

This summer, my family and I are going to be camping in northern Wisconsin for several days. We plan on camping at two different locations during the trip so that we get a chance to see and enjoy two completely different areas. Small camping trips are a staple of our summer – we usually camp …

Eight Best Places to Retire Abroad (and Enjoy the Good Life for Less)

More than 373,000 Americans had retired abroad by 2013, according to the Social Security Administration, and for various reasons. For some, the decision to retire overseas could be based on a desire to experience different cultures and surroundings. Others may want to be closer to relatives or friends. But for a certain percentage of would-be retirees, the decision to …

Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Planning a vacation and dreading all the costs? While there are many ways to spend less on vacation, there’s another route to try if you want to travel at a discount: Write off a portion of your trip on your taxes. The savings won’t be immediate, but you’ll appreciate them come tax time next year. The trick is, you’ll …

Categories: Saving Money, Taxes, Travel

Getting the Most Out of Your American Express Rewards Points

When it comes to earning points and miles, it often pays to focus on flexible, versatile points that can be redeemed in a number of ways. Fortunately, American Express offers its own flexible rewards program that allows consumers to earn travel rewards without being tied down to a specific loyalty program or travel currency. Here’s …

Three Things to Watch Out for When Booking a Vacation Online

Planning a vacation can be overwhelming if you don’t know exactly where you want to go. After all, the world is a big place with an infinite amount of beauty and culture to explore. When you can basically go anywhere, whittling down your choices can become an arduous task. Fortunately, the Internet has more than …

Five Strategies to Use Marriott Hotel Points for a Cheap Vacation

In a lot of ways, vacations can be as cheap or as expensive as you make them. If you want to stay only in high-end resorts, for example, you should expect to shell out a ton of cash for the experience. Meanwhile, if you’ll stay almost anywhere, you can save a ton by shopping around …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Repositioning Cruises: How to Get a Luxury Cruise for Cheap

Imagine finding a luxury hotel room that costs just $62 a night, a price that includes all of your meals and a view of the ocean from your private balcony. Sounds like a pretty great deal right? Well, it’s for real. That’s the kind of nightly room price you can find when booking a vacation …

Seven Volunteer Vacations for an Alternative Spring Break

If the idea of drinking and dancing on the beach all day for a solid week isn’t quite your ideal spring break, there are plenty of other options out there. And even if that is your ideal spring break, you still might feel like it’s more important to get out and do some good in the …

Are Cruises an Affordable Family Vacation Option?

As a writer who focuses on family travel, I explore a wide range of vacation options year-round. And although I never took a cruise until last year, the idea of cruising has always been on the edge of my radar. I used to be a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the value cruises offer. I’ve heard countless stories of people who …

Categories: Family, Travel

Six Cheap Spring Break Destinations and How to Save

What college student doesn’t welcome spring break with open arms? Every year, thousands of students flee their campuses for a wild week away from it all. But if you’re one of them, resist the urge to max out a charge card — opt for someplace more affordable. Affordable Spring Break Destinations Myrtle Beach, S.C.: This …

Categories: Education, Travel

Stop Suffering From Vacation Deprivation

Americans don’t always take advantage of their paid vacation days. A recent study by Expedia.com explored the vacation habits of 7,855 employed adults from all over the world, and it showed that U.S. workers, on average, receive 15 paid vacation days but only use 14 of them. That’s better than the 12 days off we took in 2013, but more than half of Americans said …

How to Use Credit Card Rewards for a Disney Vacation

If you have kids, you’ve probably priced out a Disney vacation at least once. And when you did, you were probably struck by just how expensive it can be. Basic park tickets for Disney World in Florida are, in most cases, upwards of $90 per person per day. That means that, all other expenses aside, …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Six Cheap Romantic Getaways

With the thick of winter upon us and Valentine’s Day around the corner, you might be dreaming up a romantic getaway with the one you love. But where will you go? If you’re on a budget, you might feel your options are limited. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find a ton of cheap and easy …

Categories: Travel

5 Amazing Hotels You Can Book with Starwood Points

Despite what you may have heard, you don’t have to pay for a single hotel stay in order to begin racking up hotel loyalty points. Case in point: With the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, you simply need to meet a minimum spending requirement in order to earn a boatload of points. …

Categories: Credit Cards, Travel

Protect Your Money While Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but you need to take steps to protect your money during your travels. Here is what to do before, during, and after your study-abroad adventure: Before You Go Bring the right card. Choose a credit card that’s widely accepted where you’re going. If you’re not sure, call your credit …

Categories: Education, Travel

This Website Saves Customers So Much Money It’s Being Sued

Aktarer Zaman’s mission was to make it easier (and cheaper) for people to explore the world. The 22-year-old New York City resident went about making that happen by designing a website, Skiplagged, that shows travelers the cheapest flight routes to their destinations. Sounds harmless, right? Apparently, Orbitz and United Airlines don’t think so. Zaman’s website is …

Categories: Technology, Travel

How to Take Advantage of $2 Gas

During most of the time I’ve been writing for The Simple Dollar, gas prices have stayed somewhere well north of $3 per gallon, jumping regularly to levels as high as $4 per gallon locally and approaching $5 per gallon at various places in the United States. That’s an expense that really adds up. Let’s start …

Categories: Getting Started, Travel

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