Posted by travelanswerman | April 23, 2013
Extraordinary cinematography! It is a wonderfully written and stunningly photographed expose of ocean life above and below the sea! You will never tire watching it repeatedly! A great gift for the entire family!
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Posted by travelanswerman | April 10, 2013
The Language of Luxe clearly demonstrates uniquely brilliant architecture and interiors along with offering a vision of how everyone will think of the relationship between hotels and the natural landscape in the years to come.
Figuring out living spaces is not without its own set of problems for which architects are constantly looking for creative solutions. The extraordinary answers to these problems are wonderfully communicated in this book. I highly recommend it to all!
Posted by travelanswerman | March 8, 2013
Part of the joy of traveling the world is exposing yourself (and your palate) to new flavors and traditions in the local cuisine. It’s also a great way to meet and touch the local people and discover something about the culture. Use this list to find the cheapest ways to keep your tummy full, your tastebuds happy, and your wallet and stomach full. And while you’re getting pleasantly plump, you might just learn something new.
We always look forward to your favorite suggestions! People want quality grub with a cheap price! Tell us where they are and let us know why they are special to you!
Hot Doug’s: www.hotdougs.com The deal here is encased meats, as in hot dogs and more hot dogs, bratwurst and more sausages. You’ll find everything from Polish to Italian sausage. Weekly specials are really where it’s at, though. It is located inChicago.
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill: www.billygoattavern.com This is one of Chicago’s most famous and colorful burger bars. It’s a funky, no-frills kind of place and a living museum of Chicago journalism. Blowups of columns and bylines of famous writers from days past fill the place. The food is quick, cheap and burger centered (they make a good one, and it’s topped with tasty pickles you’ll want to pile on high). But don’t expect a lot in the way of service.
Shake Shack: Arguably the best burgers in New York City along with juicy hot dogs. Concretes, dense frozen custard blended at high speed with various mix-ins, make for a memorable sweet treat (a favorite is the Concrete Jungle—peanut butter, banana and hot fudge). Beer and wine is also available for quaffing at the tables surrounding the kiosk.
American City Diner of Washington: www.americancitydiner.com Want a soda? Need a hot dog? Crave liver and onions with mashed potatoes? Then this homey, folksy eatery will fill the bill, especially as it’s open 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday. It is located in Washington, D.C.
Bread Line: www.breadlinecafe.com Don’t come expecting to have a relaxing lunch, though, for this bare-bones shop near the White House is usually crowded and a bit chaotic, even after the main lunch hour. You’ll find scones and muffins for breakfast; soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. It is located in Washington, D.C.
Mike’s City Diner: www.mikescitydiner.com Mike’s is the sort of nostalgic American diner politicians choose for photo ops: Indeed, President Clinton once ate ham and eggs with grits at one of its classic checker-clothed tables, among neighborhood folks, cabbies, cops and workers from the nearby hospitals. Mike himself is no longer here, but his practice of roasting turkeys, slicing fresh-cooked ham off the bone, and never skimping on the mashed potatoes—or the coffee—continues. Bring your cash (credit cards aren’t accepted), your appetite (the huge breakfasts are served all day) or your fiercest hangover. It’s centrally located in Boston.
Pink’s Famous Chili Dog: www.pinkshollywood.com Pink’s has been slinging ripe, bursting-with-flavor beef hot dogs into fresh buns for the hundreds of hungry folks who stroll up to its takeout windows longer than almost anyone can remember (about 60 years). It is located in Los Angeles.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Que: www.foxbrosbbq.com Innovative nibbles include fried squares of mac ‘n’ cheese rolled in crumbs and deep-fried, so the cheese is creamy and the outside is crunchy. Baby-back ribs have the proper slightly pink color at the bone—the so-called “smoke ring”—that proves they were cooked over wood. The meat is tender but just slightly resistant to the bite, as it should be. Smoked chicken comes with rarely seen white barbeque sauce. Ask for some to go with the smoked beef brisket, best enjoyed sliced, not chopped. The Fox standard ‘cue sauce is medium-bodied and just slightly tangy. Pulled pork is spot-on, too. Brunswick stew and all sides are made with fresh ingredients and it shows, and don’t pass up the green bean casserole when it’s offered. Finish with banana puddin’ or chocolate pecan pie. It is located in Atlanta.
Jamaican Jerk Hut: www.jamaicanjerkhutinc.com Nicola Shirley, high priestess of island food, presides, ladling out her famed goat curry and spicy jerk chicken. From English rule there’s oxtail stew with roti (a chickpea pancake used to wrap varied fillings—another Indian influence), and, of course, jerk chicken that’s the island’s own. Start the meal with conch salad or mango salsa, heated by Scotch bonnet peppers and cooled by cilantro. Try crisp conch fritters or calaloo (a spinach-like vegetable) tarts that are one of many vegetarian offerings, such as sides of spinach with groundnuts (true African) or okra. Make yourself some rum punch, enjoy reggae tunes and chow down, but don’t forget to include a slice of Shirley’s carrot or coconut pound cake for dessert. It is located in Philadelphia.
Lankford Grocery & Market: Located in Houston. Part of the delight of the exquisite cooking you’ll find here is the unabashed modesty of the retro surroundings, from old vinyl booths to beer signs. Everything about Lankford’s famous burger makes it justly revered: the thickness of the homemade patties, the perfect grill char, the amount of lettuce and other fixings they support, even the sprinkling of black pepper that flavors each bite. With cheese melted into the bun, this two-handed burger may well be the best in town—or on the planet, some devotees would argue. Daily specials include enchiladas—these Tex-Mexmarvels rival any in town, packed with chicken and swimming in soulful chile gravy.
This Is It Soul Food: www.thisisithouston.com This latest incarnation of one of Houston’s favorite diners has the charm of a school cafeteria with freshly painted walls, faux greenery and black-and-white checked linoleum floors. But what makes this place the heart and soul of home cooking is its combination of friendly servers along the walk-through buffet line and daily specials of authentic soul food—we’re talking ham hocks, oxtails and chitterlings. Less adventurous country-cooking devotees may opt for the basics of meatloaf, barbeque rib ends, baked chicken and smothered pork chops. Soulful sides include mustard greens, black-eyed peas and candied yams. You can top off your meal with a heaping helping of peach cobbler or an assortment of homemade cakes. It is located in Houston.
The Pit: www.thepitbarbq.com On the edge of the Everglades, The Pit is an easily accessible southern respite from the din of the city as well as a must-stop after or before a day in the Glades. The verge-of-collapse shack and barbeque sauce-smothered goodies make for slightly dangerous eatin’ that evokes old Miami. The service and atmosphere may be bare bones but the idea is that that’s all you’ll leave of your ribs, too. Try the fresh-from-the-swamp frogs legs and extra greasy (extra good!) biscuits. It is located in Miami.
The Original Pantry Cafe: Sometimes, all you really want is a big, heaping plate of steak and eggs – at 3 am. For those times, there’s The Original Pantry Cafe, a 24-hour downtown institution owned by former Los Angeles mayor Richard Riordan. Since 1924, service has been speedy, prices easy on the pocket and portions beyond generous. This unassuming little diner is by no means glam, but there’s something charming about a menu selection ranging from New York strip steak to ham hocks and beans. And though it seems as if every family in the county is in the Saturday morning line, the doors never close (they don’t even have locks), so there’s never a bad time to go for a signature stack of buckwheat pancakes.
Tip Top Cafe: Owned by the DeWese family, opened its doors in 1938 in San Antonio, Texas and began serving heaping plates of fried food to customers. Generations later, not much has changed: The restaurant is still owned and operated by family members, and diners drive for miles to get their fill of all things battered and fried. Mementos of the family and the diner’s history are mounted on the wall, including the memorable stuffed bass. Onion rings and fried chicken are house specialties, but for a true taste of Texas, try the chicken-fried steak — crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and covered in rich gravy —which ranks among the state’s best.
Highland Park Diner: Since its 1948 debut, Highland Park Diner in the quaint Swillburg neighborhood of southeastRochester, New York has undergone a few changes in ownership and function, including one stint as an off-track betting parlor. But for the past 20 years or so, the local institution has remained true to the tradition of gleaming neon-and-chrome diners, serving comfort food in gargantuan portions. Breakfast-all-day specialties include a sweet cheese-topped Belgian waffle and the Highland skillet bowl, a medley of eggs, home fries, gravy and shredded cheese. The current owners have added Greek specialties to complement the traditional diner fare, but thankfully, they’ve kept the classic hand-dipped milkshakes and the renowned apple pie and coffee.
Posted by travelanswerman | January 7, 2013
World class photography allowing the reader to “taste” a people and culture!
Finally, a book that shows you what’s fun, what’s unforgettable and what is the heart of the Chinese people. Once isolated, but now one of the world’s highly regarded travel destinations. The author and photographer, Tom Carter, shows how China, despite its rapid modernization, is still a land of extraordinary contrasts that will catch some of the most savvy travelers off guard. Tom’s camera and exceptional ability to capture the true spirit of the local people and culture is at its best throughout all 33 regions of the most populated country on Earth.
China is indeed a destination of stunning wonders and sights! If you never are able to visit this amazing place, allow Tom’s book to be the vehicle which transports you across time and space. It will be a memory and treasure you will never forget!
Posted by travelanswerman | November 29, 2012
Actress Caroline Quentin, a two-time British Comedy Award winner, introduces us to a land where time has stood still…Cornwall. A place you can visit and quickly escape the rigors and stress of our competitive dog-eat-dog society. Even the locals suggest they are not really English but Cornish. With her charming wit, Caroline engages the colorful, fascinating locals and allows us to get up close and personal. Something most hosts are unable to accomplish with any degree of success. The exceptional cinematography is worth watching the DVD on its own merit!
Cornwall is one of the most beautiful and glorious regions in England. Its attraction lies somewhat in its climate. Specifically, southern Cornwall has been known as the English Riviera, with subtropical plants growing in its public parks and private gardens. Additionally, it has an abundant variety of scenery, with beautiful sandy beaches and attractive, magical seaside resorts, picturesque cliffs with dramatic coastlines which offer memorable walks along the sea with constantly changing views, tiny fishing villages and in the interior, wide expanses of rolling moorland.
The Travel Answer Man highly recommends your investment in this historically rich travelogue! You may want to contact them directly at www.acornonline.com
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Posted by travelanswerman | November 16, 2012
It is amazing how fear sells. Fear is also a highly motivational tool. If it is used by individuals with the wrong intentions, it has the ability to control people and even a nation…a few well placed words within the powerful media can control people’s actions and possibly paralyze them completely. I’m sure we can all relate and say…yes, it has happened to me.
A few months ago, there was a civil disturbance in a region of the world. The authorities were able to quickly get everything under control. Unfortunately, some elements of the media widely distributed the story throughout the world causing many to cancel their travel plans completely. The highly provocative story that was circulated caused many potential tourists to stay away. This example has been repeated more than a thousand times over the years. The financial loss is well into the hundreds of billions of dollars to the many vendors and suppliers who were counting on the business which never materialized. Unfortunately, this is followed by a certain amount of “lag” time, which means it will take many months or years for the traveler to “mentally” move on and forget any incident happened in a particular city, region or country. They just take their travel dollars and spend it elsewhere.
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Posted by travelanswerman | November 15, 2012
If you’re looking for a different train experience, it’s time to visit Australia! The country with so much to offer and a great colorful accent!
Australia is a rail traveler’s dream! Scenic railways abound. The Indian Pacific and The Ghan, both transcontinental, are famous. The Overland runs between Melbourne and Adelaide. But it’s the Sunlander that many people have found the most satisfying in recent years.
The Sunlander runs 1,045 miles and has been voted Australia’s number one rail journey and one of the top 25 rail journey’s in the world. It magically weaves its way along Queensland’s incredible coastline between Brisbane and tropical Cairns, where the Great Barrier Reef meets the timeless Daintree wilderness.
There’s no more relaxing way to enjoy the trip between Melbourne and Adelaide than on The Overland. The Overland provides a comfortable, relaxing way to travel between the cities or to ease into a great holiday in either Melbourne, Adelaide or their surrounding regions.
The Indian Pacific runs Sydney-Adelaide-Perth for 2,704 miles, including almost 300 miles along the world’s longest straight track. It gives you two oceans on one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys. But most of your cruising will be across the vast continent of Australia. From the spectacular Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor desert, where the train travels the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track (478 kilometres), see unique landscapes unfold and spot a fascinating array of wildlife from the comfort of the lounge or your cabin.
Get up close and see the sights of some of our most famous outback towns when you enjoy an optional off-train sightseeing tour. The great train offers these tours during scheduled stops at Broken Hill, Adelaide and gold rich Kalgoorlie. A remote outpost on the Nullarbor Plain called Cook presents a further opportunity to stretch your legs.
All along the Indian Pacific route, keep an eye out for a sighting of the magnificent Australian wedge tailed eagle, the symbol of this great train. It’s massive wingspan of up to two metres will make it easy to spot in a clear desert sky.
The Ghan travels 1,851 miles between Adelaide and Darwin through Australia’s Red Center. Experience one of the most fascinating great train journeys of the world. Connections are available on the Indian Pacific and The Overland for guests travelling to or from Sydney and Melbourne. Enjoy 2 nights aboard this great train in either direction. Marvel at the spectacular Australian landscapes from fertile countryside surrounding Adelaide to the rusty hues of the Red Centre, onto the tropical splendour of the Top End. The Ghan is the ultimate journey through the heart of the continent.
Service…cuisine…and a smile as big as the country. You can expect it all and more when you visit the land downunder. Bring your friend and plan to stay at least three weeks or more. You’ll find it difficult to leave.
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Posted by travelanswerman | November 14, 2012
Be patient, be personal, be informed and you can bargain successfully for anything. The real world everyone lives in is like a giant negotiating table in the corporate world, and like it or not, you are a participant. Negotiating is an area of knowledge that focuses on gaining the favor of people from whom we desire things. It really isn’t “rocket science”. What you learn today will pay great dividends in the world tomorrow.
Whether you’re traveling around the world or just across the county line, travel expenses can add up quickly, especially with rising airline and fluctuating gasoline prices. But you don’t need to destroy your savings account to have a wonderful time. There are many ways to get even the priciest of travel requirements at a significant reduction or even for free. Check out these 100 “Best Tips for Free Travel” and help get your next holiday started on the right foot. Your bank account will be glad you did in the long run.
These general tips can help you make your trip much easier on your budget.
- Surf the net for promo deals. The internet is chock full of travel deals if you know where to look. Sign up for emails and updates from comparison sites like Kayak and have the best promos sent directly to your inbox.
- Print out online coupons. There are many coupons online for hotels, dining, and attractions. Simply print them out and bring them with you when you go.
- Sign up for free travel contests. While there is no guarantee of winning, there’s no harm in trying. Who knows, you might get lucky!
- Go to timeshare presentations. While this isn’t for the weak-willed, time share presentations can be a way to get some pretty great stuff for free. The inexperienced can use this guide to keep from falling prey to the sales pitch.
- Contact local tourism bureaus. A simple letter or email to the local tourism bureau of the place you’re planning to visit can garner you some free coupons and maps of the area.
- Take advantage of discounts through work. Many businesses have corporate discount programs that can save you a lot of money on admission to a wide variety of attractions as well as hotels and transportation. Check to see if your employer has such a program; it can save you a bundle.
- Never be afraid to ask. If you want a discount on a price, just ask, otherwise you might miss out on a potential bargain.
- Be frugal, not cheap. While it’s good to be frugal with your vacation money, don’t skimp on important things. It may end up costing you more in the long run.
- Try to speak the language. Do your best to speak the language, otherwise you’ll peg yourself as a tourist and possibly get charged higher prices.
- Get cash at an ATM. Don’t exchange money before you leave home or at the airport. You will get a much better exchange rate by using your credit card at an ATM.
- Check out the rotary club. Rotary Club International offers free travel and accommodations for businesspeople on group study exchanges. You don’t even have to be a member.
- Make friends. Just like at home, having the right connections can go a long way towards getting hooked up with free stuff. So be nice, a smile may score you some free goodies.
- Be flexible. You’re more likely to get discounts and freebies if you’re willing to be flexible in your plans.
- Don’t be ashamed to drop names. Know someone who lives and works in the area you’re visiting? Mention their name; they might have friends in unexpected places that can offer you a deal.
- Volunteer. If you’re not opposed to working on your vacation, you can get free lodging in many scenic locations all over the world in exchange for varying degrees of volunteer work.
Flying can be expensive, but luckily there are many ways to help reduce the cost. Check out these tips to help you save on airfare.
- Extend a business trip. If your work has already paid for you to fly somewhere, why not spend a few days after your business is taken care of checking out the sights?
- Get bumped. Airlines reward passengers who are willing to be bumped with passes for free travel. While it might be a small inconvenience, it can save you lots of money on travel expenses.
- Cash in your credit card rewards. If you’ve got a rewards credit card, cash in the miles for free or discounted flights.
- Be a courier. If you’re willing to pack light, you can score free travel all over the world by working as a package courier.
- Ask friends and family who work with an airline. Often, employees of airlines can get family members and friends tickets for next to nothing.
- Use your miles to upgrade to first class. If you don’t quite have enough miles with your frequent flyer card to get free flights, you can use the miles to upgrade instead, and enjoy your flight from the comfort of first class.
- Bring your own snacks. Many airlines have cut out their free snack and beverage services and now charge a fee for those little bags of peanuts. Bring your own snacks and you can avoid having to buy them once you’re in the air.
- Complain if you receive poor service. While it isn’t common, occasionally you’ll have a really poor experience with an airline. If you feel you’ve been mistreated, send a letter to the customer service department. While you probably won’t get a totally free flight, you may get free upgrades or miles you can use.
- Check out rewards programs that give free companion tickets. Many credit card reward programs not only give you miles when you buy a ticket, but will also give you a free ticket for a friend to come along when you purchase a full-priced fare.
Hotels can be one of the biggest expenses on a vacation. Use these tips to sleep soundly without putting so much strain on your wallet.
- Stay with family and friends. If you have family or friends that live near where you’re traveling, see if you can stay with them for a few days. It could save you a lot of money on hotels and you’ll get to spend time with people you care about.
- Get motel coupons. For the frequent road-tripper, motel coupons can be an invaluable resource and the Motel Coupons website has discounts for places all over the US. You’re sure to find some for motels near your destination.
- Swap houses. If you’re looking for totally free accommodations and have a good amount of trust in your fellow man, swapping houses can be a great option for cheap travel. There are many services that can set you up with other people who want to do a swap and may be more reliable than those you find elsewhere.
- Become a hotel critic. For the price of a written review, you can earn a few nights in hotels all over.
- Stay in hostels when possible. While most are not entirely free, they are usually extremely cheap, especially if you’re traveling in a group. Many will even provide free breakfast.
- Be a house sitter. In exchange for helping someone keep their home and pets safe and sound while they’re away, you’ll get to stay cheaply in places all over the world. Check with some of the larger and more reliable organizations that can set you up with a home that needs watching.
- Find free hotels. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Many travel sites guarantee that they have the lowest price. If you find your hotel cheaper somewhere else, it’s on them.
- Hotel rewards cards. Many hotels have partnered with credit card companies to create rewards cards. These cards can get to free stays at the hotel, so use them for everyday purchases and cash in the rewards when you travel.
- Share hotel rooms. If you’re traveling with a friend, cut costs in half by sharing a hotel room.
- Arrange group travel. If you’re good at planning, you can score free travel by arranging group tours for others. As a reward for bringing in a paying group, companies like GlobeTours give the organizer the same trip for free.
- Take part in a sister city exchange. Sister Cities International is a nonprofit network that partners hundreds of U.S. cities with similar international sister cities. Many groups travel overseas to these cities and the cost is usually covered by fund raisers and the host family. Of course, be advised that you will have to host other travelers in exchange.
- Crash on a couch. Odd as it may sound, there are international networks designed just for the traveling freeloader. You’ll find listings for couches you can sleep on all over the world. You’ll get free lodging and hopefully make some great new friends.
- Camp out. There are few ways to sleep cheaper than camping out under the stars. In some places you may be able to camp for free, but in national parks and campgrounds, fees are usually very reasonable.
Dining out when you’re at home may just be a special treat, but when you’re traveling it may become a necessity. Try out some of these ideas to help reduce the cost of your meals.
- Look for restaurants where kids eat for free. If you’re traveling with kids, you can often cut costs by eating at places that let kids eat for free. You’ll save money that you can put towards other vacation expenses.
- Get free breakfast at your hotel. If your hotel offers free breakfast, take advantage of it. It’s one less meal you have to pay for out of pocket.
- Bring your own coffee mug or water bottle. Buying coffee and bottled water every day can get expensive quickly. Save money by brewing coffee in your hotel room or refilling your own water bottles.
- Purchase restaurant gift cards. Gift cards to restaurants can often be purchased on eBay or sites likeRestaurant.com for less than their face value, allowing you to eat at your favorite place and still save money.
- Get meals comped. Staying in Vegas? Use your high-roller status to get some free meals.
- Make lunch your main meal. Dinner menus might be more extensive, but lunch prices are almost always cheaper. Fill up at lunch so you can spend less when dinnertime rolls around.
- Make the most of freebies. If your hotel is giving out free snacks or breakfast, take a little something and save it for later.
- Bring your own food. While it isn’t always an option, bringing your own food along on a trip can save you tons of money, especially if you’re vacationing in a place with high food prices.
- Flirt shamelessly. There is no guarantee of a free or discounted meal if you flirt, but there is no harm in trying if you’re really hungry and low on cash.
- Join a diners club. Members of diners clubs often get special discounts on restaurants which can add up if you will be eating out frequently.
- Sign up for emails from your favorite places. Restaurants often send out special coupons and deals in emails, and sometimes you’ll even get gift certificates for free food when your birthday rolls around.
Getting around in a foreign city can be hard enough without having to worry about how much it’s costing you. Try out these methods for saving money seeing the sights.
- Find a ride. Websites like RideSeek and Ridester make it easy to find and share a ride to your destination, helping cut down on your travel costs.
- Check out AAA discounts. If you’re a member of AAA, it’s likely that you can get a number of discounts on rentals and services by using your card.
- Take public transportation. Most big cities have pretty good public transportation systems and often there are substantial discounts if you buy several passes at once.
- Use your own two feet. While it isn’t always possible to walk everywhere you want to go, when you can, do it. It can save you money, give you some exercise, and allow you to spend time exploring a new place.
- Bring your bike. One way to avoid having to pay for transportation is to bring your own. Biking is a great way to see the sights, not to mention good exercise.
- Avoid toll roads. Tolls can add up quickly, especially near cities. Use an online mapping program to provide you with an alternate route. It might take a few minutes longer, but you’ll save money and get to take in the scenery.
- Don’t rent a car unless you need one. If you only really need a car to get from the airport to your hotel, don’t bother renting a car. You’ll save not only on the rental fee, but gas and parking as well.
- Research free public transport. Many big cities, in an effort to cater to tourists, have some kind of free public transport between big tourist attractions. Check out your destination city to see if you can save a walk or cab fare with a free ride.
- Become a preferred renter. Most rental car companies have preferred renter programs that can save you big bucks when you go to rent a car. While most programs have fees, they will usually waive it if you send them a request.
- Use good driving habits. Save yourself valuable gas by using good driving habits like accelerating slowly and always keeping your tires properly inflated. If you’re driving a long distance the savings can really add up.
- Work from your RV. Rising gas prices have driven up the cost of an RV vacation, but you can get some of it back by becoming a workamper. There are a variety of jobs to choose from that allow you to bring in income while still enjoying the comforts of an RV vacation.
- Take part in a driveaway. If you’re going on a road trip, there may be a way to do it for free. You can participate in these programs, and get free travel between many different locations.
- Charge your rental car. Many credit cards that specialize in travel have free insurance included when you use them to pay for travel expenses. So even if you don’t purchase the additional insurance, you’ll still be protected.
- Hitchhike. While it isn’t the safest option, it is free. Use extreme caution if you plan on doing it.
Entertainment and Shopping
You wouldn’t be on vacation unless you were seeking fun and relaxation, so take advantage of these ideas on how you can save money while still enjoying yourself.
- See if second day free passes are available. Many amusement and water parks offer free or half price passes for a second day of admission which can save a lot, especially if you’re traveling with your family.
- Ask about tickets through your hotel. Many hotels offer free or greatly discounted tickets for nearby attractions as a bonus for staying with them. Ask at the front desk to see if you can save some money.
- Visit free attractions. You can often have a great time at places that are totally free like state and national parks and the beach.
- Look for free entertainment. Most big cities offer free concerts, parades, and special events especially during the summer months. Before you go, check to see if any pique your interest.
- Check out a TV show taping. Get free tickets to the taping of your favorite show with TV Tickets.com. You’ll get entertainment and a chance to get close to your favorite TV stars.
- Find out about museum free days. Most big museums have at least one day of the week when admission is free, so take advantage of the savings by planning your visit around those times.
- Don’t pay tax. If you’re traveling in Europe, you may not have to pay tax on the items you purchase if the store you shop at participates in the Global Refund program. Simply get a refund cheque from the store when you purchase your items, have it validated when you go through customs, and collect your cash back at their office or through the mail.
- Check out student discounts. Many attractions popular with tourists have special prices for students as long as you have a student ID.
- Be a trail guide. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you can enjoy a free vacation by becoming a trail guide. Show other hikers through trails at the Continental Divide or along the Pacific Northwest Trail.
The internet is one of the greatest resources for travelers looking for a bargain. Give these free sites a look before you take your next trip.
- Travlang For those traveling abroad, Travlang can be a great resource for translating and helping you learn the language.
- gas buddy.com If you’re driving to your vacation destination, check out gasbuddy to help you find the cheapest prices for gas anywhere you go.
- points.com Chances are good that if you’re a member of several frequent flyer and rewards programs, you have trouble keeping track of all those miles. Points.com makes it easy by tracking your points from multiple programs.
- WebFlyer WebFlyer is a great resource for frequent flyers. Keep track of your rewards miles, get special promotions and more at their website.
- FreeTrip FreeTrip allows you to create a customized road itinerary and map.
- Flightview FlightView can help keep you up to date with your flight, let you know if it will be delayed, and get you information for almost any airport in the United States.
- Traffic.com Don’t let traffic jams ruin your trip. With Traffic.com you can keep track of where the problem areas are and figure out alternate routes.
- ParkatMyHouse Finding a place to park when you’re away from home can be difficult but ParkatMyHouse does the work for you and finds you reasonably priced parking.
- TripAdvisor TripAdvisor can give you advice and reviews for thousands of hotels, airlines and attractions all over the world.
- VirtualTourist Get photos, tips, and reviews for travel destinations all over the world with VirtualTourist.
- 3DTracking Keeping track of your family at a crowded attraction can be difficult. 3DTracking is free app that lets you know where everyone’s at.
- TravelPod Make an online journal of your travel adventures with a free blog at TravelPod.
There are some things that even the most frugal traveler can’t do without. Give these suggestions a whirl to help you shave off a few dollars from your basic travel expenses.
- Bring along free sunscreen. Whether you’re hitting the beach or the slopes, you’re going to need to bring sunscreen along. Get a free bottle from Quality Health when you fill out a survey.
- Take advantage of online travel guides. Even big names in travel guides like Frommers have gone online. Why pay for the book when you can get the same info online for free?
- Buy luggage at a discount or thrift store. There is no doubt that suitcases are some of the most expensive necessities for travelers. Save money by getting one at a discount online or at your local thrift store.
- Make the most of free wi-fi. Some hotels will charge you to connect to the Internet. Of course, there’s no reason to pay for it when you can go around the corner to the local coffeshop and get it for free. Make the most of free wi-fi in the area and save some money on expensive hotel connections.
- Get free vacation photo prints. If you take a lot of digital photos, you can get free and cheap prints of them by using an online printing service like Adorama or Snapfish. Some offer 50 free prints just for signing up!
- Buy travel guides and maps on eBay. If you are in need of travel guides, don’t pay full price. Get them for cheap using eBay and when you get back, sell them!
- Send e-cards. It’s fun to get mail from all over the world, but you can save money on stamps by sending e-cards instead of postcards. Simply scan in or upload one of your photos and send them in special emails to your family and friends.
- Pack light. Save yourself baggage overage fees and hassle by packing light and simply doing laundry at your destination once you run out of clothes.
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Posted by travelanswerman | November 5, 2012
When most of us travel our daily exercise routine will probably be thrown off. In addition, if one takes too much time off, it may lead to lack of energy and possible weight gain. I live on the road most of the year and don’t have the convenience of the luxuries of home. Fortunately, I found something that will help me to continue exercising and is easy to do. I don’t even have to find the hotel gym or drive to a nearby athletic facility. It’s called RUBBERBANDITZ and allows me to exerciseanywhere…anytime!
The product consists of a number of resistance bands which are light weight, portable, very inexpensive and easy to use! Their exercise concept originates in weight room principles. They enhance normal body movements instead of isolating one muscle at a time. In reality, the bands’ elastic properties are a perfect complement to the way your muscles were designed to work. I really like the idea that you can carry these bands in your small carry-on luggage. No suitcases are necessary to lug around heavy equipment! This is very important to me since I never take a suitcase when flying! Even on long road hauls of up to a month around the world!
When you stay fit, life is a joy and you are at peace with the world! Here’s to your health!
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Posted by travelanswerman | October 5, 2012
Bargain traveling is easier on the wallet, but luxury travel is often less stressful and more fruitful. This list of resources will help you find unique and extraordinary destinations that will inspire you to travel in luxury every time. Sure, the yachts, private jets and champagne hot air balloon ride are very expensive, but there are treasures to be found for the budget minded traveler looking to indulge in some luxury.
- Private Jets: Avoid large commercial airports, long lines, security checks and other travelers. Charter your own personal jet to travel anywhere in the world, with as little as four hours notice.
- Chartered Flights: Book your flight on a personal jet or plane to save time, and depending on the destination, maybe even money. Travel in style and comfort, and no fighting for a window seat.
- Go High: If money is not an issue and you’re looking for something extraordinary, consider taking a classy hot air balloon ride that includes a gourmet meal and champagne.
- First Class Flyer: This website can help you navigate the mysteries of discounted first class air fares & flight upgrades. First Class Flyer, an online newsletter that also has a new blog, is also available on the site.
- FareCompare.com: An insightful fare comparison service, good for acquiring a base of information towards an educated buying decision.
- www.singaporeair.com They are consistently rated the number one carrier in the world….always on top!
- Tahiti by Gauguin: Sail this luxury cruise ship to exotic destinations. The cruise is tailored for comfort and luxury, it’s like a black tie cruise without the tuxedo.
- Charter a Yacht: Sail away to paradise aboard your own private yacht in the Virgin Islands.
- More Yacht Resources: A large and useful online resource for yacht charter enthusiasts. Yacht Charters.com is the easiest way to find yachting destination information as well as an extensive listing of yacht charter resources.
- www.crystalcruises.com Aboard the two highest-rated ships in the world, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, you will discover the hallmarks of Crystal… extraordinary service, abundant space, exceptional quality and incredible choices.
- www.silversea.com Silversea creates exceptional ocean journeys with unique opportunities to explore remote ports-of-call from an intimate haven of incomparable luxury, each voyage a unique masterpiece.
- The Orient Express: With six decadent trains, Orient Express is the emperor of luxury train travel. Travel to iconic European destinations such as Venice, Istanbul and Prague on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, to Machu-Pichu on Peru-rail, to Edinburgh on the Royal Scotsman or through rainforests and past temples of Thailand and Malaysia on the Eastern and Oriental Express.
- Rentvillas.com: Rentvillas is a California-based company with a wide selection of beautiful private rental properties throughout Italy. They have a terrific Web site and helpful representatives.
- www.kempinski.com Luxury hotels and resorts with remarkable European flair in the most fascinating destinations.
- www.rosewoodhotels.com They believe that true world-class status is only achieved when a hotel or resort combines the traditions of its host community with exceptional service, a luxury product and incredible attention to detail.
- Romantic Luxury Hotels: Affectionate charm runs rampant in this highly selective list of romantic hotels that are sure to evoke a heightened sense of passion and romance.
- The Royal Scotsman: A holiday on The Royal Scotsman is regarded as one of the world’s great travel experiences. Encounter Scotland’s ever-changing landscapes of sweeping glens, towering peaks and mirror-calm lochs as the train weaves through wild countryside and along virgin stretches of coast.
- www.fourseasons.com The Canadian-based company has, for nearly 50 years, transformed the hospitality industry by combining friendliness and efficiency with the finest traditions of international hotel-keeping. In the process, Four Seasons has redefined luxury for the modern traveller.
- www.ritzcarlton.com The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company sets the gold standard in luxury hospitality worldwide.
- www.micato.com Micato Safaris is the world’s best tour operator and safari outfitter. Its list of international awards seem endless!
- www.rovos.com Experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel on the most luxurious train in the world. Rovos Rail’s unique train safaris through the heart of Africa combine some of the most magnificent scenery with the glamour and excitement of the golden age of rail travel.
The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel. Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.
- Luxury Tips: Elegantly appointed site offering a search of the world’s best hotels with online reservations and select city guides with maps, pictures, and travel information.
- Tailored Tours: The days of luxury travel live on. This site specializes in catering to those who want to be treated well with tours planned down to the smallest detail including hotel booking, river cruises, safaris and family packages. If the amount of money you spend on a tour is not as important as the amount of pleasure you derive from it…you’ll feel right at home.
- Holiday and Leisure Travel: Safaris, cruises on luxury liners and smaller vessels, fine hotels and more all catering to the holiday and leisure traveler looking for the very best.
- Luxury Travel Tours: Recognized in the industry for years of experience in arranging African safari tours and now covering the globe with travel offerings from luxury ski packages to French river canal cruises.
- Artisans of Leisure: Artisans of Leisure tours are private and highly personalized, created for discerning travelers who expect the highest level of luxury, service, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home. Touring is flexible, with your own expert guide and driver in each destination, and each day is tailored to your personal interests, schedule, level of energy, and travel preferences.
- IExplore.com If you’re looking for more thrills in your vacation, start by exploring iExplore.com. The site offers hiking and biking trips, as well as multi-sport tours. It also boasts expert advice on “experiential travel,” such as a wildlife safari or culinary tour.
- Extreme Adventures: Whether it’s a safari in Botswana or sledding with reindeer in Norway, this site has an adventure waiting for you.
- Luxury Adventure: We offer a wide variety of rustic- luxury adventure travel options. From adrenaline-packed whitewater rafting in Chile on the Futaleufu River to family, kayaking and multi-sport adventures, we have an expedition to meet your adventure needs and desires. All you have to do is choose an expedition!
- Family Adventures: This site gives resources for luxury adventure travel tailor made to fit your family’s needs, with guided tours and experts.
- www.wildernesstravel.com Their expert Trip Leaders come from all over the world and from all walks of life—they are naturalists, authors, ecologists, archaeologists, art historians, teachers, and mountaineers.
- www.wildland.com For over two decades, they have been leading the way in adventure travel and ecotourism, not just to new destinations, but pioneering new approaches to travel that guarantee your experience with Wildland Adventures will be qualitatively superior.
- www.mtsobek.com Their adventures are planned with reasonably paced itineraries, incredible attention to detail, and the right mix of fun, learning, and challenge that ensure a memorable vacation. You will find our adventures physically active and culturally rewarding.
- www.keadventure.com KE is the one of the world’s leading independent adventure holiday travel specialist, with 26 years experience of operating small group trekking, climbing, family, cycling and school adventure holidays.
- www.geoex.com A pioneer of travel to remote and challenging destinations since 1982, Geographic Expeditions offers a varied portfolio of overland tours, treks, walks, and expeditionary voyages to the world’s most astonishing places.
- www.butterfield.com The world’s premier active travel company—designs incredible journeys to the world’s most amazing places.
- www.andbeyond.com &Beyond (previously called CC Africa) is committed to providing world-class experiences for discerning luxury adventure travellers in some of the most spectacular natural locations in the world.
- www.backroads.com Worldwide award-winning biking, hiking and family vacations, tours and trips.
- www.oars.com National Geographic Adventure magazine recognized their company as “The Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” multiple times based on education, sustainability, quality of service, spirit of adventure and references.
Travel for Food
- Vagablond.com: The globetrotter’s guide to fashionable travel. Vagablond discusses boutique hotels, food, wine, shopping and more.
- Gourmet Voyageurs: An e-magazine of luxury hotels, top restaurants, inns and other up-scale travel and food reviews.
- journeyPod Your guide to luxury travel around the world. Learn about hippest hotels, hottest nightlife and best food and wine spots.
- Luxury Travel Magazine: Magazine provides information about luxury travel destinations around the globe. Site also provides travel news.
- Gourmet Experience: Combining luxury travel through breath-taking wine regions with gourmet food and fine wines in the company of some of the world’s leading chefs and winemakers.
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