Is the Go All California Card worth it? Go All California Card review 2016

5365713615_3f53732ea0_z More and more, Go Cards and City Passes are becoming a travel staple and a ‘must have money saver’ for city vacations around the United States. Most of them however, only focus on one city and can only be used within that city. Changing the game is the Go All California Card which covers three different cities- San Fransisco, San Diego and Los Angles- all in one. This card allows you access to attractions around the state, which is great for those who fancy a classic California road trip.

In fact, the card allows access to 30 attractions and activities in total, which really allows you to plan your prefect dream vacation. Now with that said, it is important to keep in mind that some of the attractions in each city are pretty far apart, let alone the actual cities themselves. In order to make sure that the Go All California Card really is the best value for you, we’ll take a look below at what the card is, how not to use the card and how to pay and receive it. We’ll also provide a look into a few sample itineraries to give you a better idea of the savings involved, if any. Click to read more

174 World cities by latitude: Things line up in surprising ways

While this site mostly deals with the economics of world travel, we’ve also included typical weather and climate information for each destination for each month of the year. Hopefully this is useful to those who are planning a trip so they can compare what to expect weather-wise between each destination with just one click.

So building on the weather part, I always thought it would be interesting to see exactly where all the major tourist destinations of the world line up with regard to latitude (distance from the equator). The data below might contain some surprising facts, as it seems like most of us picture the globe in ways that may not match reality. Click to read more

Is the Go Los Angeles Card worth it? Go Los Angeles Card review 2016

MagicMountainThe Go Los Angeles Card is an interesting way to save money while visiting the biggest attractions in the city, but it’s not ideal for everyone. It covers 37 different attractions that are spread over a great distance within Southern California, and the first thing you might notice is that it does NOT cover Disneyland. However, it does cover almost everything else, and visiting Disneyland on your own on another day is simple enough.

It’s easy to get confused when looking at the list of attractions on the Go Los Angeles Card website, especially if you’ve spent little or no time in the area before. So as someone who grew up in Los Angeles and knows all of these places (plus the distances between), I’m going to help you decide whether this pass is good value for you or not. Click to read more

Is the Berlin Pass 2016 worth it? We review prices and value here

Berlin is now one of the most visited cities in all of Europe, and one way of seeing a lot of the city in a short time is with the Berlin Pass. Similar to other city passes, it includes free admission to the top museums and attractions as well as an unlimited public transit pass. It’s a good deal for many people, but certainly not for everyone.

In 2016 they made the card much more valuable by adding four new premium attractions and making the transit card optional, so it’s now an excellent deal for families and even groups of adults. Unlike most other huge capitals, Berlin doesn’t have a great number of “checklist attractions,” and the city itself is the primary highlight. Fortunately, the Berlin Pass includes all of the most popular attractions, as well as 4 different (open-top bus, river, bike, walking) tours. Each visitor’s goals will determine whether the pass is right for them. Click to read more

27 Cheap destinations for 2016 with great weather in June

Since June is an extremely popular month for vacations in the US and Canada, it can make for some interesting situations since nearly all Europeans wait until July and August for a long summer retreat. This means that many places have excellent weather and yet are not nearly as crowded as they’ll be the following month.

This also means that hotel prices are often lower, and planes are cheaper and less crowded, so a June trip can be the best of all worlds if you’ve got the time off. We’ve listed 27 cities from all over the world, so hopefully one or more are within your reach. Click to read more

Family friendly Oahu: Things to do and see around the island

IMG_2519 (Large)Welcome to your dream Hawaiian vacation! On the island of Oahu, which happens to be the most visited island in the chain, families will find a large assortment of things to do and see that are both adult and kid friendly, making the vacation more enjoyable for all parities involved. Though Waikiki and Honolulu are where you’ll most likely be staying, there are fun things to do around the entire island that are only a short, yet beautiful road trip away. To get you started in the planning process, here are our top choices for the best family friendly things to do and see on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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23 Cheap destinations for 2016 with great weather in May

Anyone looking for an affordable destination with very good weather during the month of May will be happy to know that the list of possibilities is long. There are fascinating cities in most regions of the world that are worth a look, as well as many affordable beach areas for those looking to relax in the sun. Many people are just interested in where is it hot in May, and the list below will answer that question as well.

The list below is broken down by region to help you narrow the choices of holiday destinations in May more efficiently, and there are also links to pages with information about the cheapest beach destinations in the Caribbean and in Europe, which both are loaded with bargains this time of year. Of course for each city mentioned there are plenty of smaller cities nearby that are usually even cheaper, so hopefully this gives you some ideas. Click to read more

23 Cheapest European cities and airports to fly into in 2016

Budapest RiverviewSo many of us starting in the US or Canada will be visiting multiple cities when we tour Europe that we have the luxury of flying into several different destinations. But with the airline business changing so rapidly, how do we know which are the cheapest cities to fly into?

Not too many years ago the cheapest flights into Europe were almost always into the largest and busiest airports, which are in London, Frankfurt, Paris, and Amsterdam, but times have changed. Now those are sometimes the most expensive airports to fly into within Europe, so savvy travelers on multi-stop trips are better off starting elsewhere. The cheapest international flight destinations from the USA are largely in Latin America, but many of them are also the top cities in Europe. Click to read more

Europe 3-Star Traveler Index for 2016: 56 cities from cheap to expensive

While many of us have been backpackers and we all know at least a few luxury travelers, most of us are stuck somewhere in the middle. This is why we continue to update this Europe 3-star traveler index, since it gives a more realistic overview of costs for typical visitors to Europe.

Totally updated for 2016, the list of 56 cities below has been re-ranked to show quite a few bargains that were more expensive the previous year. Some softness in the Europe travel market has led to lower prices at many good hotels. All currencies in Europe once-again declined against the US$ in 2015, so now the whole continent is quite a bargain for Americans. Click to read more

Is the Rome & Vatican Card a good deal? We review value and prices here

RomeParliamentThe Rome & Vatican Card is one of the more confusing city passes that we’ve reviewed here, but it’s also among the most useful and best values for most visitors to Rome. Unlike many of the city passes that include “free” admission to 30 or 40 obscure museums along with the 4 or 5 that most people care about, the Rome Pass pretty much covers exactly what most people want to see, and little else.

In other words, this 3-day pass covers nearly all of the things that first-time Rome visitors will actually see and do, without charging more for things that you probably won’t do. However, what makes it a bit confusing is that several of the things it covers are “Fast-Track Entries” that allow you to skip the (usually) very long ticket queues. Two of these attractions are actually free if you don’t mind standing in the long queue, watching so many other people admitted before you. Click to read more