I'm going to be completely honest here: I went to Puerto Rico during spring break last year, but the trip was definitely not an exercise in frugality.
If you've traveled by plane in the past five years, you may have seen a separate TSA line clear security much, much faster than yours. This is TSA Pre-Check, a special program that takes a large suffering out of traveling in the United States. How do you get into TSA Pre-Check? Read on, dear readers!
The very idea of being frugal at the consumer-driven free-for-all that is Universal Studios Orlando is almost laughable. Between the hundreds of branded restaurants and shops selling overpriced (but inarguably amazing) swag, there's the cost of buying your tickets, booking a hotel, and, of course, the cost of actually getting yourself to Orlando.
Ah, the sweet smell of spring! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and oh, what's that? I have three weddings to attend this year? Cue the sweet sound of my savings account drying up faster than a California puddle.
I used to be like you -- sitting in those uncomfortable airport chairs next to your departure gate, watching person after person scurry through smoked glass doors with a smile on their face, boarding pass in hand. "Those people must be rich, to get into the lounge," I used to think to myself. "It's expensive to fly first class!"
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.