August 1, 2014

Florida’s Charlotte Harbor Charms on the Cheap

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; On the western coast of the Sunshine State lies a stretch of coastline which has successfully sidestepped the theme park overload and skyscraper congestion that have plagued other parts of the peninsula. Charlotte Harbor’s preserved oceanfront parks, community concerts, secret seafood hangouts and century-old working ranches offer a taste of vintage [...]

Explore RV Travel for Less

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; While many dream of hitting the open road with their family in a bus-sized recreational vehicle, the thought of the gas bill and loan payments as high as a traditional mortgage can dampen the enthusiasm of actually giving it a go. If you’re willing to think outside the box with regards [...]

Great Getaways for Couples

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; If you and your boo are due for some time away together, you have a number of vacation experiences to choose from. Active itineraries, vineyard exploration and remote stargazing venues are just a few of the options available. From Sonoma to South Carolina, here are some of my favorites. Sports: If [...]

Beaufort, SC Boasts Vintage Charm, High-Value Vacation Options

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; A popular filming location for Hollywood pictures, the town of Beaufort, South Carolina offers period charm that’s within financial reach for penny-pinching travelers. Here’s how to get a great bang for your buck when visiting this low-country town. Activities: ARTworks, a local organization which supports performing and visual arts, offers a [...]

Thrifty Travelers Trek to Thailand for Touring, Retirement

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Even with all of its break-through success in recent decades, Thailand remains one of the best travel bargains in the tourism industry. Suitable for indie backpackers and luxury travelers alike, the Kingdom of Thailand boasts beaches, ancient architecture, affordable spa services, lush scenery and a low cost of living. What are [...]

Dubai for a Dime

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is a city known around the world for its lavishness. However, serious savings are possible in this opulent city. You just need to know the experts. Here’s what our sources had to say about seeing this Middle Eastern city on a shoestring. Accommodation: The folks [...]

Culinary Tourism Offers Alternative to Typically Hectic Vacations

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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. It’s possible to embark on a global food tour [...]

Step Back in Time with a Trip to Mackinac Island

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Free of automobiles and reachable by Shepler’s Ferry for a mere $22 per round-trip ticket, Michigan’s Mackinac Island is the epitome of time travel on a budget. Horse-drawn carriage taxis and delivery carts, picture-perfect period buildings and bicycle liveries abound, making for a couple’s or multigenerational family getaway you won’t soon [...]

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley Takes Wine Tourism to a New Level

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; A hidden gem of the British Columbia tourism experience lies in a picturesque wonderland known as the Okanagan Valley. A myriad of boutique wineries and charming bed and breakfast establishments, combined with a noteworthy culinary scene make this a travel destination to take seriously. Here are just some of the ways [...]

Affordable Tips for Embracing the RV Lifestyle

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; After months of shopping for an affordable tow-behind recreational vehicle to use for family camping and North American exploration, a manufacturer of custom cargo trailers caught our eye. When David and I pulled in to see if the cargo trailers could be modified for RV use, the business owner gave us [...]

Simple Tips for Saving on Summer Vacations

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Afraid that recent price increases in critical budget areas will cramp your warm-weather travel style? Relax. With these simple saving strategies, your summer fun is in the bag. Weekends: If taking a few weeks off isn’t in your work schedule, cheer up. Chances are you can have a wider range of [...]

Theme Park Activities for Grownups

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Children aren’t the only ones who can have a good time while vacationing at the world’s theme parks. Many of the larger venues around the world offer a multitude of entertainment options that adults can enjoy too. Indulgence: Many theme parks offer spa access. For example, Hershey Park in Pennsylvania boasts [...]

Voluntourism on a Budget

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; After a typhoon on Guam, I struck up a conversation with a fellow world traveler on the beach. Her itinerary? Disaster recovery as a volunteer with the Red Cross.  Retired and liberated  from traditional employment, she was able to respond to international disasters quickly. In exchange for assisting locals with relief paperwork [...]

5 Savvy Ways to Soak up Local Culture

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; Hitting the highlights and attractions is all well and good, but for those who want an actual sense of the place they’re visiting it pays to take the time to pick up the local vibe. Here are five fab ways to soak up local culture. Festivals: We love seeing the sights [...]