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Miami PortThe Caribbean is by far the most popular part of the world for cruises, and thanks to a surge in popularity of the activity, it can now be explored by those in almost every budget category. Considering it’s mostly an all-inclusive holiday and the departure ports are generally near cheap and popular airports, a Caribbean cruise can be done so inexpensively that it might be shocking.

However, unlike airlines that are basically interchangeable, cruise lines each tend to fit into a price category and have a personality of their own. There are 13 different cruise companies (including a few small-ship luxury outfits) that cover the Caribbean, and a scan of the information below should help you narrow your best options down to only one or two of the lines. Click to read more

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Welcome to the Windy City. Chicago is a melting pot of people from around the US and a great place to find culture, great food and a bit of science. Home to great attractions including the Shedd Aquarium and the SkyDeck, Chicago provides many different attractions that are suitable for all ages.

But as with any type of city travel, high costs are everywhere. One solution is the Go Chicago Card. This card is available for several different day amounts and helps to keep costs down by providing a flat rate to 25 Chicago attractions. But is it right for you? We’ll answer that question and more below. Click to read more

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MSCDivinaAs cruising has become more popular around the world, most people are now aware that it can be a fantastic bargain because your meals and much of the entertainment on board are all included in the base price. It’s still true, but like in so many other industries, cruise ships have started to charge extra for almost everything they can.

It’s not that everything used to be included and now many things have separate fees, it’s more that each new thing added seems to come with a la carte pricing. You can still stuff yourself at the buffet for no additional cost, it’s just the new “specialty restaurants” that are available as premium alternatives for guests who choose them. Of course, internet, spa services, and shore excursions aren’t free either, nor are alcoholic drinks and some other extras. Click to read more

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It shouldn’t be too surprising that October is quite a transitionary month in much of the world for weather, with some cities changing quite a bit as the month goes on. There are many fine choices in all regions of the world in October though, so it’s just a matter of zeroing in on the places that should be nice for the whole month.

The south of Europe has ideal conditions for anyone with some time off, and there are still several places with beach weather for resort types. Asia is a bit spotty, however, since October is very rainy through most of the popular and cheap cities in Southeast Asia. Click to read more

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VisaWalletPreparing for yet another long overseas trip, I decided it was time to check my wallet and figure out which credit card was best for travel. On my last trip I spent a small fortune on foreign transaction fees, so finding one that doesn’t charge for international spending was critical. But that was just the beginning.

Finding the best credit card for travel is a minefield of confusion until you really learn about which factors are most important and which aren’t. My airline-specific card now feels almost useless because it’s increasingly hard to earn points and increasingly hard to spend them. So a “rewards card” makes more sense because you can earn points in more ways and spend them more freely as well. You also have to factor in interest rates and sign-up bonuses, depending on your credit score and if you plan on running an ongoing balance. Click to read more

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Nazca-Spider-by-funkzHeading for Peru and Machu Picchu? It is fantastic. Even though it needs to be experienced through gasping under-oxygenated lungs, and it can be a budget buster. Then what? It’s a hard travel act to follow. But there is another massive attraction just a quick hop to the south that most travelers haven’t seen yet.

In the driest desert in the world lay the mysteries and history of the Nazca Lines and the archaeology of the inhabiitants for more than 14,000 years. The Nazca Lines are famous because the figures were only discovered in 1927 from a plane. Until recently they were hard to get to and there was little tourist infrastructure to be able to fly over them for a good view. But that has changed in the last few years. Click to read more

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salar-de-uyuni-salt-flatsThe Salar de Uyuni is one of the most surreal and otherworldly landscapes I have ever walked through – an endless expanse of blinding white nothingness. It is the largest salt flat in the world and it can even be seen from space. It was formed after a prehistoric saltwater lake evaporated, leaving a salt crust several meters thick.

Exploring this amazing empty white landscape is an incredible experience and a must-do while you are travelling in South America. The typical three-day 4×4 tours of the region will also take to other impressive natural attractions in the surrounding desert, including geysers, natural hot springs, rock formations and coloured lakes that are home to flocks of pink flamingos. Click to read more

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GenevaLakeViewSwitzerland is a multicultural country sitting at the crossroads of innovation, technology, science, culture and adventure. It’s home to a myriad collection of cultures and languages from across the globe. And it shares its borders with three powerhouses in the European Union (Italy, Germany and France). If New York is the world’s melting pot, surely Switzerland is its fondue.

And this above all and anything else is perhaps the most salient reason why tourists flock to the land of raclettes and world renown chocolates. There is something for everyone here: skiing, yachting, cuisine, luxury shopping, adventure travel, academic endeavors. You name it. The Swiss have their fingers on the pulse of what keeps an active lifestyle ever exciting. Click to read more

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Having wrapped up the articles for cheap cities with great July weather and cheap cities with great August weather, it’s nice to arrive in a month where better bargains are available in places with manageable crowds. The savvy budget traveler skips the summer months to take advantage of better weather and lower prices in September.

Europe in particular really opens up with some great deals in cities that actually have their best weather of the year at the end of summer. Airfares get lower and hotels and hostels get cheaper and easier to find, so this is really perfect if you’ve got the time off. Click to read more

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AmsterdamCentraalAmsterdam, also known as the Venice of the North, is a bustling city that draws plenty of visitors every year. From the cultural to the quirky, Amsterdam really does have something for everyone, and is the biggest city in the Netherlands.

But what else does the Netherlands have to offer? Have you ever wanted to see a 13th century castle? Traditional windmills? The fields of the tulips that Holland is so famous for? There is certainly quite a bit to see outside of the major city, and thanks to the Netherlands’ size, most attractions can be day trips that are great for travelers on a budget. Click to read more