Travel

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

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 …

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