August 1, 2014

Hotel Amenities that Make a Huge Difference for Travelers

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Swimming pools and spa services may get most of the air time during amenity discussions, but the truth is there are other unsung heroes that make a huge difference for travelers. From lounges to laundry support, here are some of my favorite hotel perks. Appliances: Depending on how tightly you book [...]

Foodie Vacations Offer Frugal Travel Alternative

Frugal Foodie Travel

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Those who think food-focused vacation dining has to cost as much or more than their accommodation expenses may want to reconsider how they approach culinary travel. Here are a handful of my favorite ways to enjoy full-flavored travel experiences. (See also: How to Score Vacation Food at Affordable Prices) Charity: Fundraising [...]

Hotel Package Perks for Penny-Pinching Hedonists

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; If you want the best value for your vacation, it pays to shop for packages as opposed to simply considering the basic room rate. While not every hotel offers an all-inclusive travel experience, many do include exceptional complimentary items with seasonal and annual package rates. Ranging from happy hour drinks to [...]

Vacation Kitchens Offer Memorable Al Fresco Dining Experiences for Travelers

Travel Kitchens

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; In Al Ahsa, near the city of Hofuf, I enjoyed Arab hospitality in the form of a Saudi tailgate party. Lounging on hand-woven Middle Eastern carpets on the sand, my hosts and I dined under the stars amid the palm trees on dates, grilled lamb chops, chai and hummus. Our kitchen? [...]

Culinary Tourism Offers Alternative to Typically Hectic Vacations

Culinary Tourism

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; A cooking class taken with a friend while traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand took place in a serene nature setting. Slowly grinding spices for curry under the instruction of a well-known local chef was a nice break from the traditional tourist scene. Itís possible to embark on a global food tour [...]

Cost-Effective Camping Puts Travel Accommodations in Financial Reach

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; It may be getting a bit cold in northern climes, but camping is still a comfortable option in many parts of the world. When paired with bargain air fares, it can make an extremely affordable accommodation option for independent travelers. As with most vacation options, organization and infrastructure can each play [...]

Frugal Family Camping Tips

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Camping ranks high on the list of low-cost vacations. With smart planning, camping becomes even more cost-effective. Here are a few favored money-saving strategies. Cost-sharing: Workingtolive.comís Julie Rains, a professional blogger with two kids, partners with other families to share costs on meals, supplies and site rentals. This is a strategy [...]

Where to Find Great Grub for Less

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; With food costs playing a large role in vacation budgets, it pays to know where you can get great grub for less. Portugal for example, is currently the cheapest place to eat out in Europe, according to a recent price survey. Specifically, in the Algarve region, a succulent seafood soup can [...]

Top Tips for Navigating Hotel Power Outages

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; On a recent business trip, an early-morning power outage kicked my wakeup call to the curb. With a looming flight departure and several colleagues in the same boat, prompt problem solving was a must. While showering in the dark proved challenging to say the least, other hurdles proved equally interesting. After [...]

Top Tips for Eating Healthy on the Road

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Staying fit and trim while traveling is no small feat. With fast food options being the first thing you see on many street corners, it takes a fair amount of strategic discipline to navigate the food scene of virtually any destination. A few things however, are under your control. Here are [...]

Can the Finer Things Be Frugal? Food and Beverage Tips for Frequent Travelers

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; If youíd rather not worry about coupons and restaurant specials, these elegant food and beverage choices are almost always a safe money-saving bet. Sushi: Chic, sophisticated and downright sexy, sushi bars represent a remarkably affordable culinary indulgence. One example? The Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach, Florida. The hip urban atmosphere [...]

Budget Travelerís Guide to Hotel Room Meals

Trump International Beach Resort

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; We left the hotel room with plans for an affordable romantic dinner for two. Unfortunately, our spastic, but lovable Labrador had another agenda. When affection, toys and treats failed to stop her barking, we knew it was time to regroup. Our solution? Even more affordable in-room dining. But pet travel isnít [...]

Have a Fabulously-Frugal Vacation with These Hotel Freebies

Hotel Freebies

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; When trying to get the best bang for your vacation buck, it may pay to bear in mind that the biggest value may not come with the lowest bargain-basement price. If the lowest room rate available will still require you to dish out an additional $350 per day to cover meals, [...]

Making the Most of Family Resorts

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Itís a common scene for those traveling with children. Parents trying to tempt their kids away from the perfectly-picturesque pool at their chosen family resort with tickets to an over-priced theme park just down the street. A theme park that may offer only slightly more in the way of water-based fun. [...]