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San Francisco Travel - 8 Common Mistakes

Sunday April 20, 2014

San Francisco is a world-renowned favorite of travelers. Many who arrive in the city by the bay make mistakes that cost money.

As with most cities, these mistakes are easily avoided and costs can be controlled. From the cost of a good seafood meal to the price of a cable car ride, good decisions can add value to your trip.

Don't be afraid of San Francisco's expensive reputation. Do your homework and find affordable ways to experience this great destination. Start by considering 8 common mistakes for San Francisco travel.

Deals for the Week of April 21

Saturday April 19, 2014

Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: a pair of airfare sales, as well as discount codes for hotel bookings and Disney visits.

All-Inclusive Pricing or Hotel-Only?

Saturday April 19, 2014

As you search for a room at a resort in many parts of the world, you'll discover properties that want to sell you more than merely a place to sleep.

All-inclusive pricing is growing in popularity. Naturally, the terms of these deals will vary greatly by destination. At the very least, they cover the room rate and most or your dining. Sometimes there is more included, such as recreational activities, tours or special programs.

These offers sometimes make sense for budget travelers. But there are cases where the only advantage goes to the resort. They simply take a greater share of your travel budget.

Approach any all-inclusive pricing offer as a negotiation. As such, you must decide if the benefits of such an arrangement are strongly in your favor.

Think about questions to ask about all-inclusive pricing and be prepared to explore this possibility on your next trip.

Top Vacation Spots in the South

Sunday April 13, 2014

As you plan summer budget travel, don't overlook the southern U.S. It offers some incredible vacation spots.

Naturally, it's possible to overspend in these places. But with some careful planning, the South can be quite kind to your travel budget.

Take a look at some top vacation spots in the South.

Deals for the Week of April 14

Sunday April 13, 2014

Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: discounts on France Rail Passes, a sale on beach vacation packages and an offer for taking a long weekend getaway.

Celebrate U.S. National Park Week, April 19-27

Sunday April 13, 2014

Few budget travel visits compare to a tour of a national park. In the U.S. national park system, there is an opportunity to get better acquainted with the natural wonders the parks preserve during National Park Week from April 19-27.

For the first two days, April 19 and 20, parks will waive their entrance fees. Note that you'll still pay regular fees for park services such as campsites or tours.

The waived entrance fees are a nice perk if you can travel next week, but the everyday prices for visiting national parks are well worth paying and represent great values.

There will be more admission free periods for U.S. parks in 2014: Aug. 25 (National Park Service Birthday), Sept. 27 (Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day).

While we're on this subject, did you know there are some U.S. national parks that never charge admission fees?

Ground Transportation - 8 Common Mistakes

Sunday April 6, 2014

If you're a frequent reader of this blog, you know that we've recently examined common train mistakes and common car rental mistakes. But not everyone uses these modes of ground transportation.

So it's also worth examining your overall ground transportation strategy. Are you using too many taxis? Do you pay too much for parking or speeding?

Consider 8 common ground transportation mistakes that are easily avoided.

Deals for the Week of April 7

Sunday April 6, 2014

Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Spring Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: a 10 percent discount on Air Europa flights, a gift card offer from BedandBreakfast.com and spring discounts on Go City Cards.

Dublin on a Budget

Saturday April 5, 2014

Dublin is an important starting point for travelers in Ireland -- and beyond.

Its Ryanair hub makes Dublin a European gateway for trans-Atlantic travelers who land here and then hop on budget flights to other cities.

But Dublin deserves much more than a brief layover.

The city is brimming with historical sites, great museums and wonderful music. It is a place to savor. Find out more about visiting Dublin on a budget.

Asking Credit Card Questions

Sunday March 30, 2014

Air travel reward credit cards are popular with budget travelers. It's great to save money on travel when you spend on essential items like groceries, clothing and food.

Two main types are the bank-based cards, which are not tied to an airline, and airline-branded cards.

There are some important questions to ask before you choose either type, because a reward credit card is not always the best choice for every budget traveler. Consider seven questions you should ask yourself before you choose a travel rewards credit card

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