Is the London Pass 2015 worth it? We review value and prices here

London is a very peculiar city for budget travelers. If you just turn up with little preparation you are guaranteed to think that it’s the most expensive place on earth. Unlike most other large and famous cities, the center of London feels like a trap built to suck all the money out of your wallet and your credit cards. Every turn brings another outrageous expense, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’ve previously discussed London budget travel tips, and if you follow that advice you can actually cut your expenses in half or so, while having just as much fun in the process. In fact, London prices are fairly reasonable cheapest European cities list, mostly due to the free attractions and relatively cheap hostel beds. Click to read more

Hawaiian Islands price comparison: Which is the best value?

Long white sand beaches, encounters with dolphins, sea turtles and whales, drinks on the cliff side, treks through jungles to hidden waterfalls. These are just a few reasons why the Hawaiian islands are some of the most visited islands in the world. Time and time again, visitors fall in love with the islands, returning year after year.

But what of the prices? Even though the islands together are a prized destination, individually they are their own unique world, each with different prices for the same thing. This, for some, is a deciding factor on which island to visit that year. But with so many different prices listed online, it’s difficult to judge exactly what you should budget for each island. To make this process a bit easier, we’ve complied a little bit of information regarding general prices for tourist activities, food and accommodation for each of the four main islands- Big Island, Oahu, Maui and Kauai. Click to read more

Is the Go San Diego Card worth it? Go San Diego Card review 2015

Welcome to San Diego. A melting pot of different cultures, arts and flavors, San Diego is a chosen destination for many people across the United States. However, due to it’s location in southern California, many visitors plan to spend lots of money enjoying the sights and attractions of this great city.

But that doesn’t have to be the case, with the Go San Diego Card, vacationers have the option to pay for all of the attractions at once rather than at each admission gate, helping to save on costs. But is the card truly a good deal? We’ll find that out and more below. Click to read more

Working on a cruise ship: Pay, hours, conditions, and secrets

CrewPhotoHave you ever wondered what it would be like to work on a cruise ship? If so, you are obviously not alone. Even for those too young to remember “The Love Boat,” it looks like a glamorous and interesting job. Throw in all the “free” travel and it seems hard to beat, but cruise ships are also notorious for long hours and modest pay.

I’ve always wondered about all of this myself, so I recently asked a friend and fellow travel writer about her experiences after doing two 7-month contracts working on a cruise ship starting in Europe and ending in the Caribbean. Some of the answers are probably not what you’d expect, but it’s all interesting. Click to read more

Is the Go San Francisco Card worth it? Go San Francisco Card review 2015

San Francisco is a California favorite and a destination spot for people from around the United States as well as a few international visitors. It’s also one of the most expensive places to visit in the US due to high hotel, meal and attraction costs.

But there is a way around paying all of those admission fees to your favorite attractions- the Go San Francisco Card. This card, designed to save money, is a weapon of choice for many when it comes to lowering vacation costs. Click to read more

iPad prices in 39 countries around the world: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and more

iPadAir2Apple has just announced the new batch of iPads along with some other updates, and they are launching them in late October, 2014 in most of the world at the same time. As we’ve done in the past, we checked the prices in all the Apple online stores around the world and converted them into US dollars for instant comparison.

If you haven’t researched this in the past you might assume that prices are lowest in countries with lower average incomes, but Apple is like most other companies in that they don’t really discount anywhere. So as before, the cheapest iPad Air 2s and iPad Mini 3s can be found in the United States (at least in states with no sales tax). Canada joins several Asian countries as next cheapest, while Europe has most of the most expensive iPads in the world. Click to read more

Iguazu Falls: A Cheapskate’s guide to visiting

IguazuMainOne of the most impressive natural wonders in the world, Iguazu Falls is where the Iguazu River goes tumbling over the edge of the Parana Plateau. The name comes from the Guarani words meaning “big water” and that description is an understatement. This is not just big water, it is water on a scale that is difficult to comprehend.

The legend goes that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed “Poor Niagara!” when she saw these thundering falls for the first time – and you can’t blame her. Approximately three times taller than Niagara and surrounded by a lush jungle setting, Iguazu Falls are a truly awesome sight and a must-see while you are in South America. Click to read more

Is the Go Boston Card worth it? Go Boston Card review 2015

Welcome to Boston, the heart of the Northeast, where you’ll find thick accents, rich history, old buildings and great food. You’ll also find that Boston, being one of the oldest and largest cities in the United States, also is home to a number of different attractions and activities including the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

With so many different attractions available, just visiting a few of them can send your overall trip cost through the roof. Luckily, there is a solution- the Go Boston Card. Designed to allow visitors the chance to visit many activities during their stay, the card helps to keep costs low by providing a flat rate to 51 different attractions. But will it work for you? We answer that and more below. Click to read more

Barcelona for students: Discounts, advice, and strategies

ModernismOne of the most popular locations for study abroad students or young people of this age is the city of Barcelona, Spain. Not only is it a great combination of history and of modern society, but it is also a place where you can end up stretching your dollar quite a bit.

There’s a lot to see and do and there are a lot of student discounts, so you shouldn’t feel the need to skip a trip there if you are worried about paying for it. Click to read more

Norway: Prices for food, hotels, alcohol, and more

BergenHarborIf you follow this sort of thing at all you have probably heard that Norway is at or near the top of every list comparing prices for food, housing, and many other things. That seems like bad news for budget travelers, or even those who are looking for good-value holiday destinations, but there is more to the story and Norway is definitely worth a visit for many.

In September, 2014 I had the privilege of spending 9 days in Norway to investigate the situation for budget-conscious travelers, and some things really stand out as good value. Mainly it’s just food and drink prices that are shockingly high, and beyond that it’s not nearly as scary as you might have heard. Click to read more