Tips for a budget campervan trip around the USA

Map of our road tripMy husband and I spent six months driving around North America a couple of years ago. Five months of those were spent in the USA.

To the right is a map outlining where we went.

We often look back on these memories with fondness. Never had we felt so free! We spent the days driving where we pleased, visiting a different National Park every week or so, sleeping in our van and cooking in the wilderness over an open fire. Click to read more

Is the Go Las Vegas Card worth it? Go Las Vegas Card review

5844364807_4f8ea1b712_zAs Las Vegas continues to transform itself into a destination with something for everyone rather than just gamblers and nightlife people, things can become a bit more confusing. The city now boasts a long list of unique and interesting attractions, but unfortunately many of them are quite expensive when purchased individually. This is where the Go Las Vegas Card can be a great help for some but not others.

We have reviewed close to 20 of these “city pass” cards and some of them only provide good value for small numbers of people. The Go Las Vegas Card, however, really stands out as great value for pretty much anyone who is interested in at least 3 of the 11 included attractions. In fact, this is the first card we’ve seen where it’s possible to save money by just doing ONE attraction, and if 2 to 4 of the other attractions look interesting, it’s a very easy call. However, you can’t assume that the expensive attractions are great just because they are expensive, so do a bit of homework before buying.

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Ho Chi Minh City: What you need to know & budget tips

District1-SaigonFirst up, even though this article might have Ho Chi Minh City in the headline, everyone still refers to the city as Saigon. Although the French left in 1954, the people have kept its foreign name everywhere except for on official buildings.

The name isn’t the only thing left behind by the French – you can still see the French influence in the city’s architecture, its fashion and its food.

There’s a mini Notre Dame cathedral, Saigon locals are thought to be the best dressed in all of Vietnam, and the Banh Mi sandwich was first invented with the aid of a crusty baguette.

A bustling city of more than eight million people, Saigon is a place where you can expect to stay for a year without dining in the same place twice. But if you don’t have that much time, don’t fret, I’ve outlined some of the best places to see, things to eat and locations to sleep below, especially for those of you who are on a budget. Click to read more

Price of a 5-kilometer Uber ride in 67 cities around the world

BangkokThe revolution in the taxi industry around the world has been very controversial in many cities and countries as the “ride sharing” service known as Uber has moved in. Leaving the politics of that aside for the moment, this has been a very big deal for travelers in the know.

I wrote a recent detailed article about how travelers can use Uber to save money AND add luxury to their trips, and the list below should help illustrate that point even more clearly. If you haven’t used Uber yet you might not be aware of how much easier the service is compared to traditional taxis, combined with the fact that it removes nearly all of the corruption you have to deal with regarding taxi drivers who refuse to use the meter or drive in circles and so forth. Click to read more

23 Cheap destinations for 2016 with great weather in January

Vagator Beach, Goa, IndiaAs January approaches it seems like half of the Northern Hemisphere is looking for a place to escape the cold. The good news is that there are dozens of great options in the Southern Hemisphere and the Tropics, so it’s just a matter of finding the one that suits you best.

It’s worth noting that nearly every place on the list below will have peak prices for the first week of January because people from all over the world are off work. However, by the second week of January you should be finding normal high-season hotel rates, which can still be surprisingly affordable in many of the destinations listed below.

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Is the Go Washington DC Card worth it? Go Washington DC Card review

3999436525_06fd0cb22b_zWashington DC is a classic and popular destination for both Americans and foreign visitors, but things there operate in different ways than cities like New York or Los Angeles. On one hand, many of the top Washington DC attractions are free to enter, including most of the big monuments and the many museums that make up the Smithsonian. But on the other hand, those attractions tend to be a bit dry, especially for younger visitors.

The Go Washington DC Card should be a money and time saver for some visitors, but certainly not all. The hop-on, hop-off bus tour is an excellent way to see the city in a short time and decide on which things you want to see close up later on. If you are going on the bus tour then you already on your way to saving money with this card by seeing another attraction or two. If you add in the boating attraction and Spy Museum, you are not only saving money but saving time in ticket queues. Below we’ll take a closer look at this card and see who should consider it and who probably should not.

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Cheapest Asian cities to fly into from London and Europe

MumbaiVictoriaEven after the various currency shifts in recent months and years, most of the world’s best travel bargains are still in Asia. Adventurous Europeans have known this for decades, as the beaches of Goa, Phuket, and Boracay Island are packed with them every winter. Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo are the only destinations that won’t seem cheap once you arrive. Otherwise it’s just a matter of how far down the price list you want to go.

Fortunately, flights between Europe and Asia tend to be quite inexpensive, at least considering the long distances. Part of this is due to several airlines based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha expanding quickly by competing for passengers with discounted fares. Travelers will almost always have to change planes in the Middle East for the lowest fares. Click to read more

Is the Las Vegas Power Pass worth it? Las Vegas Power Pass review

5844364807_4f8ea1b712_zWelcome to one of the most noted large cities in the entire United States, Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City. Though mostly known for its gambling opportunities and extravagant late night shows, the city is also home to many attractions and activities ranging from museums to zip lining. These activities, though they may not cost a grand amount by themselves, can add up quickly when visited all together in one trip.

This is where the Las Vegas Power Pass comes into play. Designed to save visitors money during their trip, this pass supposedly also saves time. But does it really work? We’ll find that out and more below.

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Where to go in Norway in 3 days to 2 weeks: Fjords, cities, tours

BryggenWith its remote northerly location, Norway is not the kind of country that people find themselves in accidentally. The only country that it sometimes gets combined with on European itineraries is Sweden, which is otherwise just as remote. But Norway has some of the best and most abundant natural beauty in all of Europe, so it’s worth going out of your way to get there.

The other famous issue that many potential visitors have is the cost. Ever since the beginning of its oil boom in the early 1970s, Norway has become one of the world’s most expensive countries for foreign travelers. The good news is that due to a weakening of its currency in late 2014, Norway isn’t nearly as expensive as it once was, and most things are actually good value for visitors. Click to read more

Uber for travel: Use the service to save money & add luxury

NewYorkTimesSquareCowboyThere are very few places in the world where normal taxis are cheap, easy, safe, reliable, and predictable. You are normally lucky to get two of those five traits when using taxis in a new destination, and that makes them hard to count on for most trips. As a result, travelers are normally encouraged to stay in an central location to get the most out of a visit, and that can be expensive.

By now you probably know at least something about the “ride sharing” company known as Uber, but you may not have considered about how to use it as a way to save money AND add luxury to a trip to a new city. As of mid 2015, Uber is available in over 50 countries and over 300 cities around the world, and they all work with the same smartphone app that is remarkably easy to use once you give it a try. In other words, if you are headed to a larger city somewhere in the world, Uber is probably already there waiting for you. Click to read more