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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Hawaii inter-island travel: Tips for the cheapest flights

IMG_1266 (Large)Though most travelers think of Oahu when planning a Hawaiian vacation, there are other islands to consider. In fact, each island offers a different taste of Hawaiian culture, food, lifestyle and scenery, making it best to visit more than one island to truly enjoy everything that Hawaii has to offer. Luckily, Hawaiian inter-island travel is tried and true with short scenic flights, easy to access airports, a generous amount of flight times to choose from and the availability of ferry travel.

With that said, there are a few things to keep in mind when booking flights or a ferry ride in order to make the most of your travel experience. Below are some tips and tricks to choosing the best method, time and location of travel in order to enjoy every aspect of your inter-island travel.
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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. Generally, London prices are near the highest on our cheapest European cities list, but savvy travelers and those who do their research can save a lot. As of late 2015, the London Pass now includes a 1-day pass on the famous doubledecker hop-on, hop-off bus tours, which is a great new benefit. Click to read more

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

New York City is a place everyone should visit at least once in their life, and while it has a reputation for being expensive, it doesn’t have to be. Unfortunately, the best and most famous attractions in the city are, on average, the most expensive in the world. Walking through Central Park will cost you nothing, but all the wonderful museums and tours are pricey.

The New York City Pass is an ideal solution for many people, as it allows you entry into over 50 of the cities best attractions and tours for a single price. That price seems high at first, until you do the math to see what it includes and how much you can save. Click to read more

Best cheap destinations in the world according to 22 expert travel bloggers

SiemReapMonkWalkingIt’s actually not difficult to find “cheap” travel destinations in many corners of the globe. The real trick is to find cheap places that combine low prices with gorgeous scenery, great food, interesting cultures, and/or enough of a tourist infrastructure that makes them easy to visit.

The list below features the best cheap-destination recommendations from dozens of experienced travel bloggers, so you can be sure that these places are the real standouts. Some of the choices are favorites of many, while a few choices are obscure and surprising. At the very least, the list below should provide you with some ideas of places you might like to explore where value for money is a guarantee. Click to read more

56 European cities by price: Europe Backpacker Index for 2015

London View Eye Big BenAs you’ll see below in the 5th annual version of the Europe Backpacker Index, the price of traveling around the continent varies massively depending on where you go. We’ve added 5 new cities for the 2015 installment, so now the list covers virtually every corner of Europe.

The major changes this year had to do with exchange rates. Every currency in Europe fell against the US Dollar, with some plunging far more than others. The Euro itself lost 15% against the USD, while the Norwegian Krone dropped about 20% (along with falling oil prices). If you are holding US money, Europe is now cheaper than it has been in many years. Click to read more

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