Everyone has their own idea of perfect vacation. Maybe it's a weekend in the Big Apple, or finally visiting Atlantis in the Bahamas. Well, I've got news for you: your ideal vacation is probably someone else's as well, and these popular vacation destinations are often over-priced, underwhelming, and not what was dreamed up in your head. Here are our suggestions for alternative destinations that will save you money, but still deliver on the experience of a lifetime.
The American Express Platinum Card is the grand old dame of charge cards, chock full of prestige and benefits but weighed down by the hefty $450 annual fee. If $450/year is a deal breaker for you, we're asking you to reconsider.
Next week's Mardi Gras celebration is set to draw more than a million people into the magical city of New Orleans. After years of longing, I took my first trip there back in September, and it was one of the best times of my life. That city is truly alive in a way I've never experienced anywhere else in the world, and the people are friendly and fun. That being said, it's easy to spend a LOT of money during a trip to NOLA.
News of the Zika virus is affecting the 2016 travel plans for jet-setters across the world. The disease, which could infect over four million people by the end of 2016, is worrying mothers-to-be with potentially awful birth defects. Airlines have responded in kind with some opportunities for refunds on itineraries to affected areas.
After last weekend's record-setting blizzard, you're probably dreaming of a nice beach and a piña colada. I don't blame you, and I'm here to help. Here are my best tips and tricks for finding cheap ways to escape winter and claim your spot on the sand.
I'm car-less in Chicago, and for the most part, this works for me. Chicago has a great public transit system which I utilize daily to go to work, run errands and meet up with friends. But sometimes taking the bus or the train is inconvenient (after grocery shopping) or impossible (late at night), and I have to decide whether to take a cab or use my phone to request a ride from an Uber or Lyft driver.
As a frequent traveler (over 130,000 miles flown in the past year), my favorite and least-favorite scenarios are flight irregularities. I hate them because obviously I want to get to where I'm going, but I also love them, because they present opportunities to get "free" money from the airlines. It's usually pretty easy to get money back if the delay is the airline's fault, like a mechanical problem. But what if it's delayed for weather or other reasons beyond anyone's control? If you booked your flight with one of these cards, you may be still able to be reimbursed.
The Chicago-O'Hare airport was a bit of a mess yesterday, as tornados grounded all flights in and out of the city. While the airlines are doing their best to rebook people on different flights, the backlog has left some passengers stranded for days, subsisting on expensive airport food and stuck paying for unanticipated hotel stays.
It's a tale as old as time. I walked into the car rental company, flustered after my mile hike from the Kia dealership. My car was in the shop, and I needed a rental, stat. The young man at the counter was wearing a cheap tie and a fake smile.
Well, 2015 has come and gone. The great news? 2016 is here! With each year comes new reasons to visit different countries around the world. Here's my take on which countries you need to visit in 2016.