County Kerry is far from the bright lights of Dublin or London. But this section of Ireland's southwest coast offers much to travelers in search of value.
From ancient archeological sites to sweeping cliff-side vistas and picturesque villages, County Kerry pleases tourists from around the world.
That value can be elusive at times, because prices are not always as affordable as other parts of Europe. You'll need a strategy to see these places on a budget.
So as you plan summer travel, consider County Kerry on a Budget. The effort will be richly rewarded.
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. Winter Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: discounted airfares to Europe, a sale on British train tickets and a pair of spring travel offers.
Room rates are among the keys to a budget trip. Find a discounted rate, and you've cleared the way for lower bills.
But some innkeepers are more than happy to offer a low room rate if they can collect on extras once you check into the room. Will you bite on the expensive parking, over-priced bottled water or satellite movies?
Take a look at some budget-busting hotel charges and make plans to bypass added expenses.
Last week, Delta announced it will revamp its SkyMiles loyalty program in 2015. It will adopt a model similar to Southwest, JetBlue and several other programs that rewards money spent rather than miles traveled.
This will benefit big spenders, mainly business travelers who book the most expensive refundable tickets. There are many nuances to the Delta changes, so it's difficult to say how individual travelers will benefit or lose ground.
But programs like this are set up to build brand loyalty, not necessarily to provide budget travel options. Miscalculating such things is one of 8 common frequent-flyer mistakes. Find out how you can avoid these simple errors and gain the most from your rewards program.
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. Winter Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: an offer for an all-inclusive beach resort, a sale on weekend car rentals and discounts on spring and summer travel packages.
There are benefits available to senior travelers in the form of discounts. Some of these benefits go to people you might not consider "senior."
For example, some age-related discounts start at age 50. For others, a senior is defined as someone age 55 or older. Age 62 is a common point for discounts to begin flowing with many companies.
Some readers take these definitions personally, because they imagine the age designations are my ideas. Far from it. I don't think anyone accurately can define a senior traveler with an age number.
But as a 54-year-old, I'm more than happy to accept any discounts that are coming my way, senior-oriented or otherwise. I suspect most of us see it that way.
So here are some Senior Discounts for Budget Travel for various travel categories that could make budget travel possible for you, a friend or a loved one.
Many of us associate travel bargains with a rock-bottom airfare, a low-cost hotel stay or a budget-friendly destination.
Catching up with those bargains can be difficult. They come and go in the marketplace, sometimes rather quickly.
But others are less flashy, remaining in place through seasons and years, and adding value to budget travel without attracting a lot of attention.
So let's focus on 5 travel bargains under $20 that will enhance your experience. See how many of these you can incorporate into your next trip.
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. Winter Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: Eurostar discounts, prepaid car rental specials and a sale on Caribbean cruises.
Bad weather rarely has impacted the trips I've taken. Even if inclement weather strikes, I have found it generally passes before my trip is devalued in any significant way.
But my next itinerary could be disrupted by rain, sleet, snow, heat, cold, high winds, or some other condition. The more you travel, the more likely that a rainy-day scenario will unfold.
It pays to have some strategies in mind -- a Plan B -- that will prevent disappointment and allow you to get the most from your visit under the circumstances. Consider some rainy day budget travel tips.
No one I know wants to buy an airport, but there is such a thing as an airport discount.
Let's say you have a choice of several airports at either end of your flight. One will offer top convenience, but will it offer the cheapest fares for your trip? Many times, the answer is no.
Sometimes it's worth driving an extra hour on the ground to save hundreds or thousands of dollars in the air. The savings will depend upon the size of your travel party and the usual pricing factors for tickets. But if you're not searching fares for multiple airports whenever it's practical to do so, you could be paying far too much for your flight.