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Small Tips for Holiday Travel

  If you are getting ready to travel this holiday season, you’ve probably researched flights, hotels, and rental cars. It’s so easy to get caught up in the big things that you may forget to do some of the little things that can add up and save lots of money. If you are getting ready to hit the road, consider these small tips before you leave. Turn Down the Thermostat-Don’t forget to turn your thermostat down when you leave for a trip. You don’t want to turn the heat off in case it gets cold enought for your pipes to freeze, but you don’t need to heat the house for your furniture and clothes when you’re gone. We usually turn ours down in the fifties. It doesn’t usually get that cold in our house because we have a good amount of passive solar heat, but even if it did, things wouldn’t freeze. Bring Snacks- I especially like to bring snacks for the airport. Since you are a captive audience, they can charge whatever they want.  This also works well for road trips. Convenience stores can be almost as expensive as airports unless you are getting the 2/$1 chili dogs that have most ...

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How To Have a Cheap European Holiday

 The following is a guest post from Pauline Paquin, a French girl who has recently started to blog over at Reach Financial Independence.  Pauline blogs about how she has been traveling the world for the past 10 years, while trying to build wealth and achieve financial independence, and how you can follow your dreams and reach your goals too. You can follow Pauline on Twitter @RFIndependence. Pauline and I are blog swapping today, so head over to her site and read my post about ways to take care of your eyes when traveling. If you would like to guest post, please see the guidelines and contact me, and you still have a few days to enter the giveaway for $100.         Traveling to Europe doesn’t have to be expensive, even though the Euro is pretty high these days. With some careful planning, you can secure good deals on flights, accommodation, and attractions.  Find a Cheap Flight to Europe First, search until you are blue! Depending on the day, the time, the length of you stay, and the route you chose, you can find great variations of price. For example, I just flew from Brussels to Cancún, Mexico. Flying from Paris ...

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Fun, Fabulous, Free Things To Do in My Favorite Vacation Cities

  When you look at needs versus wants, travel probably fits into the latter category. You won’t starve, freeze to death, or stop breathing if you can’t take a vacation. I do believe it is important to see the world in whatever capacity is possible for your situation. I always need to have some sort of trip planned, even if it is only a camping trip a couple of hours away. It makes the hectic and often motonous routine of daily life more fun knowing a break is in sight. Transportation and lodging cost money in most cases, but you can find tons of free things to do in some great cities. While I am no world class traveler, these are some fun, fabulous, free things to do in my favorite vacation cities. San Diego We’ve been to San Diego several times. It is within a day’s drive from where we live, and has great beaches, which are always free. Some of my favorites in the area include: La Jolla Shores-This is an amazing area with ocean cliffs, a swim beach, and the harbor seals. If you’ve never seen a seal that wasn’t in the zoo or at Sea World, this is a must for ...

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Why You Should Visit a National Park

Arches National Park

  One of my life goals is to visit every single national park in the United States. Whether it is the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, the gentle giant trees in Redwood NP, or the stalactites and stalagmites of Mammoth Cave, natural wonders abound. I admit that I am not well traveled. I got a late start. My husband’s and my parents rarely left town. As a result, there are lots of places we hope to see, and we are trying to give our daughter great life experiences. National parks offer something special.  With the right planning, they can make a very affordable vacation or weekend trip as well. National Park Costs National park entrance fees vary, but are usually around $10. Admission is usually good for seven days and is per car load, not per person.  The most expensive entrance fee I’ve seen is for the Grand Canyon at $25. I imagine the more popular parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite are similar. The National Parks Service offers several free admission days throughout the year. For 2012, the remaining days are this Saturday, September 29th and Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12.  In some parks, there is a volunteer program where you can earn ...

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Save Money on Vacation (Rednecks Go to Hollywood)

  Sometimes it is really easy to save money on vacation by having absolutely no idea what you are doing. I’m feeling a bit preachy after my last post, so today, I’ll go in a different direction and poke fun at myself a bit.  At the suggestion of Average Joe from a comment I left on his post about his first fancy hotel stay, I’ve decided to share some life lessons I’ve learned from my first major travel experience. I grew up in rural Kentucky (population 3000). There were many wonderful things about living there like the sweetness of the people, KY wildcat basketball, and iced tea, but nobody ever really traveled.  People from my hometown only went to Panama City, Gulf Shores, or Myrtle Beach for vacation.  You never went to a city unless you had a doctor’s appointment. My parents always thought our hometown was the best place in the world. Besides the two obligatory trips to Florida, we never really went anywhere. I’ve always been adventurous. I felt for a long time like I was switched at birth, but I look just like my dad. Maybe they dropped me on my head when I was a baby. ...

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