13 Cheapest Caribbean islands in 2016 for all-inclusive resorts


As of late 2015 there are almost 300 all-inclusive resorts spread around the Caribbean, with more being constructed every year. More than 100 of those are in the Dominican Republic, with nearly 100 others in Jamaica. The Cancun/Playa del Carmen area has a few dozen, and the rest are spread among other islands.

With so much competition it’s getting more clear that the Domican Republic is the value leader and the best choice for most people. The Punta Cana area is home to dozens of newer resorts that have a thousand or more room each, and the new airport and new highways make it the easiest and most efficient place to reach as well. But those looking for something smaller and more exclusive also have choices, so we track all of the islands that have more than a few all-inclusive resorts. Click to read more

Cheapest Caribbean Islands: 32 destinations by price in 2016


Extremely popular with both North Americans and Europeans during the winter months, the Caribbean is filled with islands and destinations that range from cheap & basic to posh & exclusive. You’ll also find islands where English dominates, but also where Spanish, French, or Dutch are far more common. This list has been totally updated for 2016 to include changing hotel rates and airfare differences.

Ranking Caribbean islands and destinations by price is challenging for a variety of reasons, so we simplified it by including only a cheaper 3-star hotel room for a week and two cheap flights from New York City. Generally speaking, islands with cheaper hotels will also have cheaper meals and diving etc.

Updated for 2016

We’ve completed re-run the numbers and have updated all of the information below in late 2015, just in time for the start of the busy early 2016 season in the Caribbean. As some large new resorts open up in some places, the rates at the other places sometimes come down. The list below should be accurate through all of 2016. Click to read more

24 Cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world in 2016

Medhufushiwater_villa400Show a person a photo of an overwater bungalow or water villa and suddenly they have a new goal in life. Unfortunately, most of the 140 or so resorts that feature overwater rooms are quite expensive, usually well over US$600 per night, even in the off season.

Well, there is a bit of good news then as it turns out that not all of them are priced only for the super-rich. Thanks to the overwater bungalows and water villas guide, which lists every overwater resort in the world, we know that there are some affordable options out there.

Updated for 2016

The list of 24 resorts below has been totally updated for 2016, and all room rates are current for this year. Some resorts only have one rate, while most of the larger resorts offer the lowest rates only to those who book well in advance. Click to read more

Should you buy a 2016 Eurail Pass? Here’s how to decide

Munich Train stationAt least a decade or two ago, the dream of anyone planning to travel around Europe was to buy a Eurail Saver Pass. They were almost certain to save money, plus they allowed for a freewheeling style of travel where you could go anywhere you wanted at a moment’s notice. But things have changed, and Eurail Passes have some new restrictions along with fierce price competition from discount airlines, so whether or not to buy a pass is a complicated issue.

You could spend several days hunting down the point-to-point prices and creating a spreadsheet to determine how much your possible routes would cost with each type of travel, but for the majority of people it’s possible to ask a few questions and the answer will be clear. Having done extensive pricing research, and having traveled around Europe both with and without Eurail Passes, we have boiled the main decision down to the key elements below. Click to read more

24 Cheap destinations for 2016 with great weather in March

Pokhara Boats HDRThe month of March is one of the better ones on the calendar for budget travelers since it’s well before the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter crowds in the tropical areas are starting to thin out at the same time. Through much of Latin America and Asia you can find perfect weather with off-peak hotel prices and reasonable crowds.

For those starting in North America or Europe you’ll find that most of these places will require a fairly long flight to reach, but that’s the price you pay for warm weather this time of year, and those staying for at least two weeks can easily justify the airfare by the cheap prices they pay once they have arrived. Click to read more

Hoi An, Vietnam: Visiting this beautiful city on the cheap

An-Bang-beachHoi An is a magical place in Vietnam and I’ve yet to meet someone who didn’t enjoy their time there. It has a much more laid back vibe that the bigger cities like Saigon and Hanoi, and being along the coast means you can spend days relaxing on the beach.

But it’s the old town that truly steals the show in Hoi An. Its beautiful lantern-lined streets make it feel as though you are walking in a movie set at night time, with the old buildings lit up around you and local women punting their small wooden boats down the river that flows through the town.

Hoi An became a UNESCO world heritage listed city nearly twenty years ago and has grown in popularity since then. As the town gets busier, it’s best to visit before it turns into the Venice of South East Asia.

Although a UNESCO listed town, Hoi An is still a cheap place to visit and accommodation options are more inexpensive than those found in the center of Saigon. With street food on every corner and free walking tours to enjoy, a visit to Hoi An can be very inexpensive. Click to read more

Flying to Hawaii: Your options and money-saving tips

6490554989_bcd39f16d4_zTropical destinations serve as a dream vacation for many. Often times trips are booked to the South Pacific and the Caribbean. But what about those who wish for a tropical paradise closer to home? Though technically the Hawaiian islands are far removed from other civilizations, they are still a part of the United States, meaning that a passport to visit is unnecessary. In fact, the Hawaiian island chain is very easy to reach with flights in and out daily.

But when should you fly to Hawaii? What part of the year offers the best flight rates? What islands can be flown directly into? What about connection flights within the islands? In order to help with the planning process, we’ve answered all these questions and more, below.

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Is the New Orleans Power Pass worth it? New Orleans Pass review

BourbonStreetNew Orleans is easily one of the best tourist cities in the United States, and it’s unlike any other city on the planet. Fortunately, hotel and food prices are quite reasonable in this town, but the prices for the popular tours and attractions can seem a bit high. This is where the New Orleans Power Pass comes in.

Depending on your situation, a New Orleans Pass might be the best money you’ll spend in this city because it covers literally everything that most visitors care about. You should definitely do the bus tour, whether you buy the pass or not, because it’s by far the best introduction to this amazing place. Once you’ve factored in the bus tour price you’ll see that it doesn’t take much more to make this pass worthwhile. Still, it’s not for everyone, and we’ll discuss that below. Click to read more

22 Cheap destinations for 2016 with great weather in February

Phuket Beach TreesBy the time February rolls around in the Northern Hemisphere, nearly everyone is so sick of the cold weather that they are willing to pay almost anything just to get out of it for a week or two. Fortunately, the world is actually filled with cheap and warm areas that are waiting for your February visit.

The one complication for many people is that the flight itself might be quite long and fairly expensive to get to Southeast Asia or Latin America, but you’ll see fare sales and low prices popping up in December and January so don’t give up if they look too expensive at first glance. Booking as early as possible is usually wise, though plenty of the places on this list will have a wide range of available resorts even if you book closer to the last minute. Click to read more

Is the Boston CityPass worth it? Boston CityPass review

7158516663_e75a0de9f1_zCertainly one of America’s finest cities for tourists, Boston is somewhat unusual in that it has almost no famous “checklist attractions” that everyone flocks to on a first visit. Instead, the city is more about the architecture and neighborhoods rather than standing in lines to see specific things.

Still, Boston has many great museums and other interesting attractions, and if you are in the mood to visit more than a couple of them then you should consider buying the Boston CityPass. You’ll see below that it’s a pretty good deal for pretty much anyone wanting to visit at least 3 different attractions, and it’s a great deal for anyone wanting to visit 4 or 5 of the included attractions.

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