Vacation & Travel

5 Ways to Save on a Vacation

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Going on a vacation is truly a blissful experience. It has the potential to entirely change a person’s perspective on life as it gives the freedom to explore yourself. During your travels, you may be able to learn new personal qualities or enhance your previous skills. Level-headedness in times when you are confused, management skills or being adventurous are just some examples of the things you can develop with your travels.

What My Vacation to Panama Taught Me About Market Fluctuations

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Earlier this year I visited Panama. It was a fantastic place to vacation. Beautiful beaches, interesting wildlife, lush mountains and great food. I also visited the Panama canal. It celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Seeing this amazing engineering feat firsthand raised more questions than answers for me. I was fascinated by all the decisions and challenges that went into making the canal a reality. It turns out, Panama’s history, both recent and past, gives us interesting perspective on market fluctuations.

4 Simple Ways to Travel More

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Do you love traveling? Do you daydream about swimming with sharks in South Africa, seeing the Great Wall of China or visiting the pyramids in Egypt? Don’t worry lots of people do. As a financial planner, people always tell me that traveling is one of their goals, but very few think they can afford it.  I’m here to tell you that everyone can afford to travel, all you need is a budget.

How to Save Money While Traveling: 10 Apps for the Budget Traveler

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how-to-save-money-while-traveling-budget-travel-apps There are some definite pros and cons to the world of technology. It’s hard to become unplugged, even on vacation; however, technology can also be a blessing while you plan your trip, especially for your wallet! Here are 10 smartphone apps that will help you save money while traveling or when you’re planning your next vacation. 

How to Save Money in San Francisco

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San Francisco may have excellent food and amazing sightseeing opportunities, but it also has expensive taste. Visitors can choose from a variety of activities–people come to hike, see San Francisco’s iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and Alcatraz, visit its famous neighborhoods, and experience the delicious food. However, the costs of visiting and experiencing the Bay Area can be high. Use these tips to help you save money on your trip to San Francisco. 

How to Save Money While Traveling: Saving on Hotel Costs

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how-to-save-money-while-traveling-hotelsGoing on vacation is intended to give you a chance to relax. However, the high costs involved can cause some major stress! Need some tips on how to save money while traveling? Trips don’t have to be incredibly pricey. Use these budget-friendly tips to help you save on hotel costs and plan an affordable vacation you can enjoy. 

Create a Realistic Budget and Stick to It

The first, most important rule is to know what your budget is and make sure you stay on track. A vacation is not worth going into debt! Figure out what your priorities are. For example, would you rather spend more money on food, entertainment, or a luxury hotel, etc? Figure out where you’re willing to spend and where to draw the line. Planning ahead and paying for your trip beforehand will also give you a lot more peace of mind. You’ll be able to look forward to your vacation without worrying about how you’re going to pay for it.

8 Awesome Apps to Save Money on Travel

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best-smartphone-apps-save-money-on-travelTraveling can be a daunting and expensive prospect, with schedules to keep, reservations to keep track of, and flights to catch. What’s more, traveling to new places means you’ll be a bit in the dark about what to do, where to go and what to see. But don’t fret, there are a number of free travel apps that will help you save money on travel. Here are 8 of our favorites:

Road Trip Tips: How to Save Money on Car Rentals

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Planning a road trip? Don’t forget to consider the car rental and the potential savings there. Finding an affordable flight and place to stay can be very beneficial to the budget, but so can finding a deal on a car rental. An advertised rental price per day, may not seem too bad, at first glance. However, once you add on the extra fees and multiply it by the number of days, it can add up quickly. If you know what to look for and the tricks behind the business, you can save money and find a real deal.