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

San Juan, Puerto Rico: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you

The prized city of Puerto Rico, San Juan is a popular Caribbean destination fueled by its love for life, food, culture and shopping. Visitors from all over the world flock to San Juan for a taste of the good life as well as to learn about old island culture.

Below you find a few examples of why San Juan is admired by so many and considered one of the top Caribbean destinations. Click to read more

Luxury in Bali at backpacker prices: How to live it up on a budget

Pool-at-Bisma-EightBali used to be the place to go for a cheap holiday but as its popularity has grown, so too have the prices. In recent years, after Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts hit the movie theatres, tourists flocked to Ubud in Bali to experience their own journey of healing and peace.

Higher footfall has equated to higher prices and Bali is no longer one of the cheapest places for tourists in South East Asia.

Don’t let this put you off though. Bali is still a beautiful island, full of kind people and stunning beaches, mountains and scenery. It’s the perfect spot for a holiday – whether it’s a family getaway or a honeymoon – and it is still possible to find luxurious places to stay, delicious meals to eat and interesting things to do at affordable prices. You just have to do your research… or let me do it for you! Click to read more

Negril: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you

Lively Negril is considered to be one of the most popular Jamaican destinations year after year. Here you’ll get the opportunity to walk one of the highest rated beaches in the world, swim among marine life, zipline through the canopy, cliff jump and more before partying the night away.

Below are some examples of why Negril just might be the perfect spot for your next vacation. Click to read more

Aruba: Why it might be the best Caribbean destination for you

Located in the southern Caribbean just north of South America lies an enchanting island that beacons visitors from around the world. Known for having a continuous string of return visitors, Aruba offers first class vacations that combine the perfect amount of excitement with relaxation.

A trip to the island is memorable for many reasons with some of the top being its specially designed honeymoons, its rich culture and sightseeing activities, the many casinos that dot the island, its world famous and sought out wreck and lastly the clam retreat you’ll find in many of the island’s spas. Click to read more