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

Twelve Money-Saving Tactics for Disney World

In late June, my family went on a lengthy vacation through the south, including a long stop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a large chunk of a day in Savannah, Georgia, a visit to a relative in rural northern Florida, and eventually a trip to Walt Disney World with our children. Sarah went to …

Categories: Travel

Road Trip Tips: Keys to a Cheap Summer Adventure

This summer, my family is going on a very long road trip to multiple national parks, a stop at Disneyworld, visits with relatives, and many little side trips and journeys along the way. We are going to see large parts of the United States and do it all in an automobile. No matter how we …

Planning a Great “Stay-cation”

This summer, my family is going on a fairly expensive and lengthy road trip throughout the southeastern United States. It’s definitely going to be one of our pricier vacations, all told, so we’re already thinking about ways to make a much less expensive summer vacation next year. Our plan? A “stay-cation.” We actually did this …

Categories: Travel

Have Weekend Getaways Without Breaking the Bank

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. My wife and I have three children in elementary school and/or preschool, so the opportunity for weekend getaways, which we fondly refer to as “escape weekends,” have been few and far between for a very long time. When we get those opportunities – usually …

Categories: Travel

The Finances of Showing Your Children the World

This article first appeared on U.S. News and World Report Money. My daughter has dreamed of going to Paris for as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, one of her major art projects involved a paper sculpture of the Eiffel Tower. She’s watched Ratatouille more times than I can count. Whenever she has a …

Categories: Travel

The Traveler’s Dilemma

Next month, I’m traveling from Des Moines to Indianapolis and making a return trip about five days later. At first glance, it makes a lot of sense to fly. It would take me from Des Moines through Chicago to Indianapolis in about four and a half hours. Alternately, I could drive this trip and it …

Categories: Frugality, Travel

Some Tips for Frugal Conventions

Once or twice a year, Sarah and I each take a “mini-vacation” of sorts in order to follow up on our individual interests and get a breather from the challenges of parenting three young children. During those “mini-vacations,” the other partner simply handles all of the parenting and household responsibilities for the handful of days …

Categories: Getting Started, Travel

Free and Inexpensive Things to Do in South Dakota

Recently, I took a weeklong vacation to South Dakota with my wife, my children, and my parents. As always on such trips, Sarah and I try to look for the value. What things did we discover on the trip that were really enjoyable that were also free or nearly so? Here are some of the …

Categories: Frugality, Travel

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