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

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

Retiring Abroad? What You Need to Know About Health Insurance

So you want to pack up all your cares and woes and retire overseas. The world is full of possibilities, from hundreds of thousands of miles of warm and habitable coastline to mountain towns and cosmopolitan cities on six continents. Your retirement benefits including Social Security will travel to your destination. However, one thing that …

Are Credit Card Rewards Really Worth It?

A friend recently mentioned that she wished she had more time off work to travel – and more money to travel with. “I don’t see how you do it,” she said. “Airfare is crazy expensive. And then you have to pay for your hotel, rental car, and food!” She was right, but I quickly reminded …

Why You Probably Don’t Need Rental-Car Insurance

Your bags are packed, you’ve found a sitter for the dog, and you’ve suspended your newspaper subscription for a few days. That can only mean one thing: You’re going on a trip. This year, consumers will take 1.6 billion leisure trips across the United States, reports the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group. Nearly eight in …

Vacations You Can Take With Credit Card Rewards

The average vacation for a family of four rang in at a staggering $4,580 in 2014, according to a recent study from American Express. That total includes the cost of lodging, transportation, food, and entertainment, and of course the excessive taxes and fees that are levied on every component of your travel itinerary. Furthermore, a recent …

Categories: Credit Cards, Family, Travel

What the U.S. Could Learn About Business From Other Countries

Put the word “dream” after any country other than “American” and it just doesn’t sound the same. There’s no Italian Dream. No Canadian Dream. No Israeli Dream. No Norwegian Dream. The American Dream was responsible for bringing many immigrants to this country. But is the American Dream really all it’s cracked up to be? Is there still such …

Categories: Small Business, Travel

Best Travel Insurance for 2015

The best travel insurance can help cushion the financial blow in case of situations that can upend an expensive, carefully planned trip. Whether you’re suddenly dealing with an unexpected illness, a death in the family, a missed flight, or even a lost suitcase, all of these scenarios have the potential to cancel or ruin your …

Categories: Insurance, Travel

Seven (Extreme) Ways to Go to College for Half Price or Less

College-bound students can be excused for their looming fears of dealing with student loan debt after graduation. We’ve talked about ways to get your student loans forgiven, but what about not having student loan debt at all? Here are a number of options to drastically reduce your tuition costs: Attend a Tuition-Free College This may cause the 40 …

Categories: Education, Travel

Disney on a Budget: Managing the Magic for Less

I’ll admit it – I have a serious Disney addiction. Not as bad as some, it’s true. (I know a woman who logs in to online meetings at work as “Cinderella.”) But for moms like me, there’s nothing like a Disney vacation, especially around the holidays. Literally the whole family has fun. Decorations, cookies, and …

Five Family Vacation Spots on Sale for Winter Break

The holidays are rarely the cheapest time to travel, as airlines hike fares to make the most of increased demand and space sells out quickly to hordes of travelers visiting relatives or taking advantage of school vacation. In fact, between an improving economy, lower gas prices, and some quirks of the calendar, this holiday travel season is set to be …

How to Make Money as an Airbnb Host

Anyone who has stayed at a nice hotel in the past decade knows it’s not cheap. When was the last time you stayed in a major city for under $100 a night? Or under $200 for that matter? There is money to be made in the lodging industry. And it’s never been easier for average …

Saving Money While You Travel, Part 3

In our past two posts, we’ve looked at ways to save money on flights and lodging. Now we’re going to talk about essential apps every traveler should have on his or her smartphone to save time, money, and headaches. I’m going to assume you have more than enough apps on your smartphone already, so the last …

Categories: Saving Money, Travel

Saving Money While You Travel, Part 2

After sifting through the matrix of flight options, it always feels like a winning a hand in Texas Hold’em when I finally find the flight I’m looking for, click purchase, and shine the smile that says, “YES, I just saved a couple hundred bucks on airfare.” And while getting a bargain on a flight, eating a good meal at home before I leave, …

Categories: Saving Money, Travel

Saving Money While Traveling, Part 1

I’m writing this post from a coffee shop in Jerusalem, less than a week into a month-long trip to the Middle East. This trip is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, ever since my last visit here in back in 2004. There was always a hitch, though — too much work and not enough time, or too much time and not …

Categories: Saving Money, Travel

Guide to Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a general term for taking classes toward a college degree in another country. Program choices vary – you can find study abroad opportunities through your own college or through other colleges, organizations, or companies.We’ll take a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks, the costs (and how to keep them down), and …

Categories: Education, Travel

Around the World With Travel Insurance

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, by land, air, or sea, travel is fraught with perils. That may be a bit hyperbolic, but the fact of the matter is that travel introduces some risks that you wouldn’t normally have to be concerned with. Regardless of whether you or a loved one plans to backpack across the …

Categories: Insurance, Travel

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