Category Archives: Travel

Free National Parks Apps for Your Next Trip

I love our national parks. They are one of the best outdoor entertainment values around. I save over $1000 a year by simply buying a national parks pass. There are also plenty of other ways to save money when you … Continue reading

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FTC Warns of Timeshare Resale Scams

If you own a timeshare and have attempted to sell it, you already know that it’s a far more difficult process than you ever imagined it would be. The main issue is that there are far more of these vacation … Continue reading

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Trip to Iceland: Week Eight of the 52 Week Savings Challenge

I may get some blow back for claiming that this week I was able to save the highest amount still on the sheet ($50) as part of the 52 week savings challenge. I received a last-minute invitation to visit Iceland … Continue reading

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Airport Savings: 52 Week Save Money Challenge Week Seven

This week ended up being quite simple to save the highest amount left of the 52 week savings challenge sheet. I needed to fly, and I was smart enough to buy my tickets well in advance during the Southwest $59 … Continue reading

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21 Reasons Dave Ramsey Sucks at Giving Credit Score Advice

There are huge disadvantages of having no credit score. I actually know this better than most. After living over ten years in Japan, I came back to the US naively assuming that the credit history I had built over there … Continue reading

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9 Ways to Vacation for Free (or Nearly So)

Many people think that vacations, particularly to far flung destinations, are out of their financial reach. But this isn’t always the case. While travel can be expensive, there are ways to travel for free or at deeply discounted rates. These … Continue reading

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The Well-Budgeted Vacation: Fun Money Friday

A vacation to a favorite or must-see destination is one of the most fun things you can do with money (unless you hate to travel, of course). But all the fun is sapped out of a trip when you arrive … Continue reading

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The Wave and Home: Days 144 and 145

The last couple of days of the trip sure arrived quickly. One of the main reasons that I was invited to go on this trip as a guide was because my dad and his wife wanted to go and see … Continue reading

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Bryce Canyon and Zion: Day 142 and 143

I really love the national parks in the west (unfortunately, I haven’t done much traveling to national parks in the east) and the beauty that they possess. Although I have visited them a number of times, they really do offer … Continue reading

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Free Breakfast Tipping: Day 141

I decided as part of my vacation guide responsibilities that instead of heading to the well known national parks in the area like Zion and Bryce Canyon on the first day, I would instead take them on a slot canyon … Continue reading

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Hotel Tipping: Day 140

The vacation guide gig started and today we left Las Vegas to drive to Utah where we will be spending most of this trip. On our way out, I suggested we make a stop at Valley of Fire state park … Continue reading

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Finding Those Special Spots at Fern Canyon: Days 131 – 133

After the recent house sitting gig and the amount of money I saved during that time, I decided that a short trip was in order even while on the minimum wage challenge. I opted to head to Redwood National Park … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Save Money When Visiting the Beach

With summer just around the corner, one of the top priorities for a lot of people will be to take off to the beach for a day, or for an extended vacation, when the opportunity permits. One of great things … Continue reading

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10 Travel Apps That Save Money

For those who enjoy traveling, one of the best tools that they have can often be found in their pocket. While your phone isn’t the first gadget that most people think about when planning a vacation, there are now plenty … Continue reading

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10 Reasons A Staycation Can Be Better Than A Vacation

In the past couple of years, the bad economy has forced many people to take a “staycation” instead of a vacation. A staycation means staying in your local area instead of traveling domestically or internationally. Of course, that doesn’t mean … Continue reading

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Unexpected Outing: Day 36

I have grown to learn that many of my friends call me when they have a last-minute change of plans because they know that I have the flexibility to do things on the spur of the moment that many people … Continue reading

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I Don’t Buy Gifts for Special Occasions: Day 6

My sister messaged me asking what I was going to get my niece for her birthday. She graciously included a list of really expensive gifts that my niece wanted and told me how I would be a terrible uncle if … Continue reading

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The Grand Canyon: Day 5

Today was the last day I really had the opportunity to make a longer trip while house sitting here in Arizona since it’s quickly coming to an end. I may be able to get in another short trip, but I … Continue reading

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Risking Death To Save Money? Day 2

I learned today that if you want to save money by driving your car at a fuel efficient speed on the highway to get the most miles per gallon, you do so at your own risk. You will also have … Continue reading

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Housesitting In Arizona: Minimum Wage Challenge

It appears that the first week of the minimum wage challenge will begin on the right foot. I just got word from the parents of a friend that they would like me to house sit for them for a week … Continue reading

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