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Budget Friendly Travel Tips

We all want to travel the globe but how can we when travel is so expensive?  Here are some easy and simple tips to traveling on a budget and getting the most out of your vacation.

 

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We all want to travel the globe but how can we when travel is so expensive?  Simple, travel with budget in mind and you can stretch your dollar to the max. Here are some easy and simple tips to traveling on a budget and getting the most out of your vacation.

 

Learn about currency

When traveling to foreign lands, the currency conversion can really screw people over, especially if you don’t know what stuff should cost. Knowing what normal stuff costs like taxi fares and groceries will save you money and frustration. But mainly it will keep you from getting ripped off, which is very common. Travelers often have no idea how much a cab ride from the airport to a resort should cost so they usually over pay.

 

Luggage scale

A luggage scale is a cheap buy that can save you huge in baggage fees. If you are anything like my wife and constantly over pack, you need a luggage scale. You could just learn to pack light but we all know that’s crazy talk.

 

Prepare your own food

Eating out every meal really adds up and can make a cheap vacation turn into a budget buster quickly. When I travel I tend to eat out only a few times and make lunches and breakfast on the go. This will save you major bucks and make the meals you eat out much more special.

  

Bring water filter

A good water filter can save you money and keep you from getting sick. Water isn’t always the same everywhere you go. In many third world countries the water isn’t as clean as more developed countries, so you may get sick drinking the water.

Buy a nice water filter and a refillable water bottle to save you big bucks and keep you from spending the entire trip on the toilet.

 

Comfy walking shoes

Choosing the right shoes for your trip is essential, so make sure they are comfortable and suitable for the terrain you will be walking on. Basically don’t pack flip-flops if you are going to a cold area or don’t pack high heels if you are going to the jungle.   Walking will not only allow you to see more of the area you are traveling but it can save you money on taxis.

Bring food

Airports allow you to travel with food so pack a lunch, some snacks and keep your wallet in your pocket. I’ll bring plenty of snacks in my carry-on because food at airports is ridiculously overpriced. I’m not telling you to bring your entire pantry full of food but instead just bring some snacks and maybe a sandwich.

  

Check fine print

Always check the fine print especially with airlines and hotels, they will try and sneak charges past you. If you want to save big bucks on your trip, make sure you aren’t getting screwed in the process.

 

Cheaper accommodations

Hotels and resorts are quite expensive so maybe look for alternatives to the standard hotel room. Websites like AirBnb.com and Couchsurfing.com have made travel much more affordable. Hostels are also great ways to save money. Think about it, you don’t go on vacation to spend time in your room, all I need is a nice bed and a shower and I’m a happy camper.

 

Alternative modes of transportation

Airplanes aren’t the only way to travel and usually are much more expensive over alternatives. Trains, busses and boats are often cheaper and more of an adventure so find your alternatives to airplanes.

 

Flexible with flights

Be flexible with your travel schedule and your flights won’t be so expensive.   Certain days are cheaper to fly than others so figure that out and save mucho dinero.

 

Chose a budget friendly destination

Paris is expensive so instead maybe check out Croatia, both cool destinations but one will break your budget while the other is budget friendly.

 

Travel for cheap isn’t as hard as it used to be, so get out there and find your adventure on your budget.

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Tokyo Disney Will Soon Feature “Tangled” And “Frozen” Villages

Tokyo Disneyland will soon feature entire villages dedicated to Tangled and Frozen.

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If you haven’t really ever considered taking a trip to Tokyo and checking out Tokyo Disneyland… it’s time to start considering it. Disney fans were dancing in the streets when they heard the latest news: Tokyo Disneyland will soon feature entire villages dedicated to Tangled and Frozen! Yeah. You heard me right.

The scheduled open date is for some time in 2022. It comes as part of a complete overhaul of their DisneySea attraction and will also include an extensive Peter Pan experience. Here’s a closer look at what they’re planning.

TANGLED VILLAGE

For those that are still missing out and haven’t yet seen Tangled, it’s a new take on the famous story of Rapunzel. The Tokyo Disneyland Tangled Village will include Rapunzel’s tower, the nearby forest, and the restaurant where Rapunzel and her prince, Flynn, dine and sing the wonderful song “I’ve Got a Dream.” And yes, the restaurant will be a fully functional restaurant where you can get a delicious meal. So fun!

PETER PAN VILLAGE

Tokyo Disneyland is also just straight up adding Neverland. So cool. Naturally, you’ll get to meet Tinkerbell and Captain Hook while you’re there. And there will also be a functional restaurant inspired by the Lost Boys and their famous hideout. If you’re like me and never want to grow up, this will be the place for you.

FROZEN VILLAGE

Frozen is one of the biggest Disney hits in a very, very long time. We still can’t go a week without hearing some version of “Let It Go,” whether it be the real, recorded version or just some adorable kid belting it out while their parents roll their eyes.

From the official statement from Disney, the Frozen village will be “a heartwarming new attraction that will take guests by boat to experience the story of Elsa and Anna while enjoying iconic songs from the hit film, and a new restaurant will be located inside Arendelle Castle.” Yeah. They’re building the castle. I can’t wait!

A NEW LUXURY HOTEL

The renovation will also include a brand new amazing luxury hotel. It will reportedly be “themed to Disney fantasy” and will offer amazing views of all the different areas of the new development. It will also include 475 rooms, two restaurants, and a shop where you can grab all the Disney gear your heart desires.

THE WHOLE SHEBANG

I mean COME ON! Doesn’t that just look magical! I guess we shouldn’t expect any less from Disney. I just wish 2022 wasn’t so far away. But make no mistake… I’ll be there!

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How To Do Napa Valley Right

If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying a perfect weekend in Napa Valley, you’re missing out. Let this article be your guide once you do!

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Whether you’re going for a romantic getaway, a girls weekend, or some quality mother-daughter time, Napa Valley in California wine country can be a perfect weekend vacation. As an experienced Napa-head myself, let me teach you how to do Napa right!

STAY AT A B&B OR DON’T STAY AT ALL

Come on now, people. We’re talking a weekend in wine country here. There’s no place for hotels! A charming Bed & Breakfast will only amplify the quaintness of the whole experience. There are plenty of reasonably priced options available in the area. And if you can sneak out on a Friday, it always makes for a better weekend if you can wake up at your B&B on Saturday morning.

ACTIVITIES GALORE!

I know it’s hard to believe and potentially even unnecessary to mention, but there are plenty of great activities in Napa Valley that don’t involve wine tasting. I know, I know. What’s the point, right? Well, some people like a little variety, OK? So if that’s you continue reading. If you only care about the wine maybe skip the next few paragraphs.

Oxbow Public Market: This lively market is perfectly nestled right against the Napa River. It’s full of plenty of vendors selling all sorts of fresh produce and also contains numerous delicious restaurants. So this is a great place to grab a quick lunch or get some ingredients to make your own lunch later.

The Silverado Trail: This beautiful trail just about runs the entire length of Napa Valley. It has amazing views and can be a perfect place to clear your head and get your calm on. And if you’re more of the active type, it’s great for biking!

Greenhaus Day Spa: What’s a weekend getaway without a trip to the spa? Greenhaus Day Spa in downtown Napa is widely considered the best spa in the area. Get the full treatment with a relaxing massage, a cleansing facial, and the all-important mani-pedi combo.

WINERIES ON WINERIES

Now, let’s get down to why we’re really here. If we’re talking about Napa Valley, we’re talking about wine. There are plenty of amazing wineries and vineyards in Napa, but here are our personal favorites.

O’Brien Estate: This is one of the most popular wineries in all of Napa and actually requires booking your tasting in advance. But trust me, it’s worth it! Make sure you try the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon as they are just to die for.

Pride Mountain Vineyards: This vineyard requires a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it. The whole property covers about 235 acres and has gorgeous views in every direction. When it comes to wine, their claims to fame are their Cabernet Sauvignon and their Merlot.

V. Sattui Winery: While the wine her is truly excellent, this spot is also great for a picnic lunch. You can grab everything you need in-house: the cheeses, the fresh bread, the antipasto spreads, and a nice bottle of wine and then grab one of the many picnic tables outside and take it all in.

OK, is anyone as excited as me to head back to Napa? How’s next weekend look for you? Great! See you there.


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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Visiting Vietnam

If you’re taking a trip to Vietnam anytime soon, don’t make these rookie mistakes. 

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Not many people realize this, but Vietnam is actually a wonderful vacation destination. It’s a beautiful country with a lovely culture and lively cities. Not to mention the incredible history and amazing architecture. So if you’re adventurous, you definitely need to check out Vietnam. But if you do, make sure you don’t make these common rookie mistakes!

DON’T AVOID THE STREET FOOD

A lot of Westerners will go to Vietnam and just assume any street food is dangerous and not to be trusted. But in reality, it’s some of the best food in the country. And it’s the heart of Vietnam’s culinary culture. There are, of course, some stuff that should be avoided. But as long as you stick to sweets, breads, and anything hot, you’re good. Also, you can never go wrong by going wherever the crowds already are! And these places definitely get crowded as they’re always popular with the locals.

DON’T FORGET TO TAKE IN THE SCENERY

There are plenty of amazing cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, and Hue that are definitely worthy of a visit. But while you should definitely check out at least one of them when you go to Vietnam, do not make the mistake of not checking out the countryside. There are beautiful mountain ranges, long, warm beaches, and, of course, the incredible Mekong River Delta. A vacation in Vietnam without a trip outside of the city should be a crime.

DON’T VISIT DURING TET

Get is the Vietnamese New Year. And while it can be an interesting time to visit the country, it’s probably not the best time. Why? Because almost everything shuts down during Tet. All of the lively markets, historic monuments, and breathtaking temples will likely be closed. So, unless you’re going to visit family or friends, Tet is the worst time of year to visit Vietnam.

The exact dates of Tet change year to year, as well. So just do a little research and make sure you take your trip before or after.

DON’T DRESS TOO CASUALLY WHEN VISITING MONUMENTS, SHRINES, AND TEMPLES

Vietnam has some wonderfully warm months and is a great place for a hot summer vacation filled with days lounging on the beach. But if you also plan on visiting some of the historic shrines, monuments, and temples in that same trip, don’t make the mistake of going in your bikini or board shorts. For the most part, it’s just plain disrespectful. But at some places, it’s downright against the rules and will get you kicked out.

So cover those shoulders, lose the hat, and be polite!

DON’T SKIP THE BEACHES!

The beaches in Vietnam are some of the most beautiful and relaxing in the entire world. And while there are the hotspots like Da Nang and Nha Trang, there are plenty of other amazing beaches in the country that are much quieter and peaceful. Some of the lesser-known but must-see beaches include Phu Quoc, Hue, and Hoi An.

And if you’re really adventurous, the dune-covered beaches of Mui Ne are a sight to be seen and the go-to waters for avid windsurfers.

DON’T IGNORE THE TROUBLING HISTORY

While Vietnam is quickly becoming a popular vacation destination with lively cities touting vibrant nighttime activities, there is still a complicated past to Vietnam. We’re all aware of the Vietnam War, but the Communist country has plenty of other troubling activity in their past. But, while we think we know all there is to know about America’s involvement with the country, there is a lot to be learned from the Vietnamese perspective.

So if you venture to this beautiful and complicated country, don’t be so foolish as to not take the time to learn about their own past, their own mistakes, their own tragedies. There are plenty of amazing museums and historical sites throughout the country that are worth a visit. So be sure to do a little research on wherever you end up and check out at least a few of them while you’re there.

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