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Summer Travel Season: Avoid these Expenses

Summer travel season is just around the corner and it’s only getting more and more expensive to see the world. If budget is important to you then try saving major buck with some helpful tips.

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Summer travel season is just around the corner and it’s only getting more and more expensive to see the world. If budget is important to you then try saving major buck with some helpful tips. Your wallet deserves a break as well, so try to save a few bucks this summer by avoiding some extra expenses.

 

Airport parking fees

Airports can be some of the most expensive places you’ll visit on vacation. Airline baggage fees, high foods costs and now add in insanely high parking rates and you’re already breaking the bank before you even leave town.

On average on site parking at airports hovers around $20 per day, which can really add up. It’s time to get resourceful in finding a cheaper alternative to parking on site. Many hotels offer free parking with one night’s stay, so search around for some great deals.

Many people will just find a ride to the airport and leave your car at home. Car services like Uber and Lyft can be very convenient for situations like this. You of course can always ask a friend for a ride, calling in a favor is a great way to save money.

If parking at the airport is your only option then search for discount lots around the airport that will generally be half the price of on-site lots.

 

Baggage Fees

Airlines now charge insanely high baggage fees and even higher penalties for overweight bags, so make sure you pack smart. It’s good practice to weigh your bags before you go to the airport. Make note of the baggage restrictions and see how much a bag can weigh before they charge you an overweight fee. Generally the limit is between 50-60 pounds per bag. Most airlines charge between $30-50 per bag, so it usually saves you money to carry on more than you check. Reputable airlines offer two free carry-ons for free, so take advantage of their generosity. Some budget airlines charge for every add-on like carry-on bags and choosing your seat.

 

Hotel Fees

Hotels are picking up on this ala carte style of charging guests so get ready for tons of hidden fees next time you stay at a hotel or resort. Of course the mini-bar is where they get you, steer clear of in room dining in general. Hotels are now charging for early check-ins, holding luggage at front desk and late checkouts, so be aware that they will try and squeeze every cent out of you.

 

Eating Out Constantly

Eating out on vacation is where a good portion of money ends up being wasted. Try cooking or preparing one meal a day and see how much you save overall. Maybe you will be swayed to eat two meals a day on the cheap and one nice restaurant meal.

 

Rental Car Expenses

Rental cars often end up being huge wastes of money. If you are going to be at a resort the entire time, why rent a car. Most resorts offer a free shuttle service and cabs are usually so cheap.

If you must rent a car, make sure you aren’t wasting money on expenses that are not needed. Your insurance should cover your car, so avoid the rental car insurance; it’s a scam. Pay with a credit card, as they will insure most purchases and services.

 

Peak Travel times

The best way to save big on summer vacations is avoiding the busiest times. Try and fly out on a Tuesday and return on a Tuesday, Wednesday or a Saturday. Avoid holidays like the plague; they are the most expensive time to travel and often the busiest.

 

Save money all over the place if you just keep your eyes open and are ready for the curveballs that will be tossed your way.


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The Best Natural Wonders In The US You’ve Never Heard Of

No matter where you live, you can find great natural wonders that are similar to the Grand Canyon where you can visit and marvel at the beauty of nature.

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When you think of natural wonders in the United States you probably think of one place, the Grand Canyon. You’re right, the Grand Canyon is absolutely breathtaking and will undoubtedly blow you away no matter how many times you visit. But, honestly, for a lot of people, the Grand Canyon can be hard to get to. If you don’t think you can make it all the way out to the Grand Canyon don’t worry. In fact, no matter where you live, you can find a natural wonder that is similar to the Grand Canyon where you can visit and marvel at the beauty of nature.

 

 

Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon is on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. So if you don’t live in Hawaii then this beautiful canyon may not be the most accessible of the natural wonders either. However, if you ever find yourself in Kauai then make sure to visit this unbelievable wonder. This awesome site is just like the Grand Canyon except for the fact that it is in Kauai which is the most beautiful island of Hawaii. So imagine if someone transported the Grand Canyon to one of the most beautiful places on earth and voila you have the Waimea Canyon. You can drive right up to an awesome lookout or you can take one of the incredible hiking trails that run all over this beautiful place. Either way, you will not regret your visit to Waimea Canyon.

 

Letchworth State Park
This state park is breathtakingly beautiful and is one of the best natural wonders in the country. If you live on the east coast then definitely consider visiting Letchworth State Park. You will see beautiful dramatic cliffs, a gorgeous river that has some amazing waterfalls all surrounded by an unbelievable forest. You can hike, ski, bike or even ride horses through this incredible park that is sure to give you plenty of amazing views. If flying is something you’re more interested in then try a hot air balloon tour. That is a seriously sweet way to see the epic beauty that is Letchworth State Park.

 

Pine Creek Gorge
Pennsylvania’s thick lush forests run along the unbelievable Pine Creek Gorge making the views around here simply spectacular. You can hike along the Pine Creek Rail Trail which is actually a former railroad bed that has been converted into a biking and walking trail. Or if you’re a bit more extreme you can canoe or kayak down the river that runs through the center of this gorge.

 

Palo Duro Canyon
If you want to see some out-of-this-world rock formations then head over to the Palo Duro Canyon in Texas. There are a ton of trails that run along this beautiful place so you can walk or bike or ride your horses all over this epic trail. This is actually the second-largest canyon in all of the United States so it is the perfect alternative. You can enjoy the rocks and the epic views while you explore this unbelievable canyon.

 

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Visit Your Favorite Comic Books Real-Life Locations

Go visit your favorite superheroes with a trip to one of these not so fictional cities from your favorite comic books.

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Reading comic books is always a great time. There is so much action and adventure that most of us have been burning through these action-packed storyboards since we were kids. A lot of people love the mystery and imagining their favorite hero’s world entirely. Others, however, would like to experience what exactly these destinations look like in real life. Where is Gotham? What does Metropolis really look like? Well, now you can find out because through films or hints we’ve been given through the illustrations and the interviews the creators of these wonderful comic books have given we can now surmiser where a lot of these amazing locations actually are. So go visit your favorite superheroes with a trip to one of these not so fictional cities from your favorite comic books.

 

Batman – Chicago
That’s right, the Windy City is where Bruce Wayne resides and spends a huge amount of time protecting. A lot of people wrongly assume that Gotham is based on New York City but they’re wrong, Chicago is actually the home of Batman. This is why Christopher Nolan filmed his trilogy in the long history of Batman films in this super awesome city. You can see a lot that Gotham and Chicago have in common and you may even see a bat or two. If you don’t sniff out Bruce Wayne’s manor or the Joker’s Asylum then just hang out and enjoy a delicious Chicago hot dog. After that Batman won’t be your superhero, Tums will.

 

Wonder Woman – Mediterranean Sea
If you want to head to PAradise Island then head out to the Mediterranean. Maybe that is why the new Wonder Woman is played by the Israeli Gal Gadot. Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island is not given an exact location but since she is Amazonian royalty it is thought that the Mediterranean Sea is where this awesome island resides. Head over there, because let’s face it, every island in the Mediterranean is a paradise island. Right?

 

Black Panther – East Africa
Black Panther is an awesome new superhero with a film coming out in 2018. Black Panther is a super popular hero and was actually the first black superhero from Marvel Comics. He is a character that everyone loves and his awesome fighting skills make him extremely exciting. He lives in the city of Wakanda which is a fictional city but is also an insanely technologically advanced one. If you ask the author Ta-Nehisi Coats, he would tell you that the Black Panther lives in East Africa somewhere along Lake Victoria which sounds pretty sweet to us.

 

Superman – New York City
Metropolis is named after the Big Apple. This makes sense considering Superman is the one you would want watching over a giant urban area like New York City. The skyline of the original Metropolis was actually modeled after Toronto, but in future adaptations, the city slowly morphed into New York City. Does this mean Superman is hanging out with Carrie, Samantha and the gang? Only a trip to Metropolis will tell you for sure.

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Get Brewed Up At These Oktoberfests From Around The World

Well, we talked to our experienced traveling and drinking teams and they came up with their absolute favorite must-see Oktoberfests from around the world.

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Beer rules! Who doesn’t love chugging down an ice cold glass of suds every once in a while? The barley brew is so delicious and helps you unwind after a long day or for some before the long day even starts. Now that October is right around the corner you are about to enter the beer drinker’s paradise that is known as Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest festival is a ton of fun. You get to chug beer out of a giant boot and wear your tightest lederhosen all while singing your favorite German songs and sucking down a schnitzel or two. Oktoberfest is definitely one of the best festivals of the year, but where are the best places to celebrate? Well, we talked to our experienced traveling and drinking teams and they came up with their absolute favorite must-see Oktoberfests from around the world.

 

Munich, Germany
Go to where it all started by celebrating Oktoberfest at one of the incredible brewery tents in Munich, Germany. The atmosphere around this city is absolutely electric and it will have you buzzing with alcohol-induced excitement. This is where you will find the world’s biggest Oktoberfest celebration which makes sense because it is the genesis of this awesome beer drinking festival. So, get out your dancing shoes and your drinking underwear and head on out to Munich, Germany and prepare to get nasty!

 

Fredericksburg, Texas
All the Germans in Texas seem to have all come together in the beautiful town of Fredericksburg. That is why it has become possibly the best place in the United States to celebrate Oktoberfest. The best part of the celebrations in Fredericksburg is that they bring the influence of southern cuisine into the celebration. So now you can settle your stomach after a day of drinking with a big bowl of piping hot gumbo.

 

Blumenau, Brazil
When you think of Oktoberfest odds are Brazil isn’t the first country that comes to mind. Well now maybe it will because Blumenau has a huge German population. People around Brazil call this place Little Germany so that would make sense that it is home to some seriously awesome celebrations. In fact, Blumenau is where you will find the second largest Oktoberfest celebration in the entire world. So if you’re looking for a place to samba with a schnitzel then look no further than the awesome Blumenau, Brazil.

 

La Crosse, Wisconsin
Let’s face it, Wisconsin knows beer and sausage. So if you want to go celebrate at a super fun place for your Oktoberfest needs then La Crosse is absolutely the place for you. Here you will find delicious beer and exquisite sausage that will leave your taste buds completely content. But beer and sausage isn’t the only thing offered in La Crosse, you can also watch a Dachshund Dash dog race and a Miss Oktoberfest Pageant. Those are just two of the many options offered to you in this epic celebration that is sure to make your Oktoberfest one to remember.

 

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