Monday, October 14, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
|Scenes like this border many roads in Bucks County.|
This two-county area straddling the river (Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Hunterdon County in New Jersey) is ripe with possibilities for exploration--to name only a few, there are the Doylestown Mercer Museum, a six-story castle housing American artifacts; the eclectic shops and restaurants in the charming little towns of New Hope, PA, and Lambertville, NJ, (Actually, most any town in this area is worthy of your time.); Washington Crossing Historic Park; and tubing trips down the Delaware River.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
|Friends in Benalmadena Pueblo, Spain|
Kugel says, "Most of the countries that responded to my survey claimed that discounts are frequently given at theaters, cinemas and tourist attractions to those aged 60 or 65 and over." He goes on to list countries that recognize age with reduced public transportation fares or reduced admissions, and he gives two websites with information geared to the older traveler.
Getting a discounted price in countries that have never heard of AARP is helpful, but I think it's also valuable to plan a trip that will save you money every step of the way. My book, Europe on a Dime: Five-Star Travel on a One-Star Budget, is geared to the baby boomer, and it shows how to travel in style for less than $98 per person per day!
Use Kugel's article and my book to plan your next frugal visit to Europe.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Fort Payne, Alabama|
I wrote about these colorful accommodations a few weeks ago, and now Seth Kugel, frugal travel writer for The New York Times, has discovered them, too. On a recent trip through the heartland of America, he enjoyed staying at these roadside motels, the mom and pop places that have sometimes been in the same family for fifty years.
He found that, "... the old roadside motel has gotten an upgrade. Though they are still decidedly one-star, my experience indicated travelers can expect flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi and beds that are perfectly comfortable."
I'm sure he'd agree with me that most of these places also have character, a trait missing in most of today's motel chains.
If you'd like more details about Kugel's experiences and information about how to find these places, read Kugel's article, "Finding the Right Roadside Rooms," here. Check my blog post for additional resources.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|English Library Courtyard in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico|
In "For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico," Cave says that not only is Mexico appealing because it offers cheaper industrial costs and lower wages, it is also attractive because of its creative opportunities.
|My three-story house in Ajijic with pool and two-story casita (not visible) for $550 a month.|
|My living room which is the first floor of the three-story house pictured above.|
For more information on how to make a move to Mexico, see my book, Retire in Mexico--Live Better for Less Money.
Monday, September 9, 2013
A couple questions that arise are, How do I meet the minimum spending requirements so I earn all those credit card sign-up bonus points? And, after I've met the spending requirement, should the credit card be cancelled so I don't have to pay the yearly fee?
The Points Guy blog has answers to both questions. To find ways to meet those spending requirements click here. To determine whether it's in your best interest to cancel the credit card or pay the yearly fee, click here.
Friday, September 6, 2013
|Would you rather explore this Ajijic, Mexico, market or consult your smart phone?|
Jonathan Look says, "Comfort is sacrifice – Ultimately, everything comes down to balance. It is impossible to enjoy the full beauty of a hike from your easy chair. You can try but you can’t get the true street food experience from your dining room table. Cruise ships require shorelines. All-inclusive resorts isolate you from the locals. A homogenized 5 Star hotel in one place is at least 80% the same as a homogenized 5 Star hotel in any other place. If you really want to see and learn about a place you probably need to give up some comfort instead of sacrificing your experience."
Look, a man trying to experience the world by living in ten different places for a year at a time, lists his thoughts about seeing the world involving sacrifice in his post entitled, "Top Five Observations from My Two Years of Minimalist Travel." To read the rest of his observations, click here.
Frank Bruni also talked this week, in The New York Times, about how frequently travelers cocoon themselves in the comfortable familiarity of "home," even when they're thousands of miles away in an exotic locale. With our technology, he suggests, we can insulate ourselves from everything around us. He says:
"I’m talking about our hard drives, our wired ways, 'the cloud' and all of that. I’m talking about our unprecedented ability to tote around and dwell in a snugly tailored reality of our own creation, a monochromatic gallery of our own curation.
"This coddling involves more than earphones, touch pads, palm-sized screens and gigabytes of memory. It’s a function of how so many of us use this technology and how we let it use us. We tune out by tucking ourselves into virtual enclaves in which our ingrained tastes are mirrored and our established opinions reflected back at us."
To read Bruni's complete article, "Traveling Without Seeing," click here.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
And Rick Ingersoll, the Frugal Travel Guy blogger, wants to show you how.
|Street in Malaga, Spain.|
I've written about this before in "Fly to Europe for Free (Almost)," but now, two and a half years later, Rick Ingersoll and I are not the only ones helping people reach their fly-for-free goals.
This post will give you the basics of the flying-free philosophy and supply many resources to help you. Bear in mind this is simply an overview (Though a darned good one!) to help you get started and give you ideas. Some people devote their entire lives to this endeavor, so you will want to consult their websites which are noted throughout this post. Truly, although you may never be a multi-millionaire, you can travel as though you are!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
|Renting cars in France allows us to stop at lovely picnic spots like this one.|
While this is an opaque site (You do not know the company providing your service until you've paid, but you are told the star number or rating before you buy.), I've been using it for years and never been disappointed with the service. I always check to make sure Hotwire is giving me the cheapest price possible, and I always find it to be half to one-third the price I find on any other site.
Hotwire was started in 2000 by six airline companies anxious to sell their extra seats. It's expanded to offering hotel and vacation package reservations and car rentals. If you've never heard of them before, give them a try when you're doing your comparison shopping. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
|View of Montmarte from a window in the Musée D'Orsay.|
Hostelworld has just the thing. They list more than ninety free pocket guides for cities around the world.
Download and print the guides (They're all PDF files.) from your computer before leaving home. Tucking these into your pack, pocket or purse won't weigh you down.