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From California to Florida, theme parks can be found throughout the states. These parks are great for all ages and group sizes. When most plan a day at their favorite park, they usually just prepare themselves to pay a flat rate at the ticket booth.

But did you know that there are other options? Theme park passes are available for purchase at most ticket booths as well as online. Below is a little information explaining the ins and outs of a theme park pass as well as whether one would be a good fit for you. Click to read more

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MunichTrainBoardMost things in the world of travel tend to change at a glacial pace if they ever change at all, but trains in Europe have totally changed their booking systems in the past handful of years, and a new strategy is critical. Only a few years ago I wrote a post on this topic and the advice was that you usually DON’T benefit from buying European train tickets in advance, and now the advice has reversed.

The short version of the story is that nearly all European countries now price their intercity train fares similar to how budget airlines operate. This means that the fare starts off very cheap when it first goes on sale (between 1 and 6 months in advance), and the fare keeps going up as more seats are sold. As a result, you’ll often pay a fortune if you try to buy just before the train leaves, while tickets can be amazingly cheap if you book very early. Click to read more

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TravelDogMore than 56 million households in the United States have at least one dog, and over 45 million households have at least one cat. Considering the number of Americans that travel each year, chances are high that at least some of these people are going to want to take their pets with them instead of leaving them at a kennel or even at home with a family member or pet sitter.

Perhaps you are one of those people, wondering how you are going to take your dog on vacation to see the Grand Canyon or your cat to visit your family in New York? We have good news for you. You have options, some of which are quite budget friendly. Click to read more

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 Centered in the heart of the Caribbean, Jamaica is one of the top tropical vacation destinations in the world. Here you’ll find endless beaches, clear waters, shopping, culture, history, boundless outdoor activities for all ages as well as a great place to relax and catch up on some reading.

When booking a trip to this intriguing island, it’s important to keep in mind what exactly you are looking for out of your stay. Also, it’s key to understand the differences between all-inclusive resorts and other accommodations as well as whether purchasing a packaged vacation suits you better than researching and detailing the trip yourself. Click to read more

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NightTrainPlatform400Overnight trains in Europe can be a way to save money and also maximize your sightseeing time, but until you’ve booked and ridden on one of them, they can be quite mysterious. Night trains (as they are usually called) operate within their own network, and there are many important quirks in the system that are important to know.

I frequently get questions about whether a night train is a good option for travel around Europe, especially from those who are deciding on buying a Eurail Pass or not. The answers can be complicated, so I decided to cover as much of it as possible below, and make it easy to scan so you don’t have to read the whole thing. If you have additional questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll take a shot at answering. Click to read more

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Machu-PicchuThe Inca Trail is arguably the most famous hike in the world. The four-day trek begins at a spot known as 82km along the Inca Trail and finishes at the most famous ruins in South America – Machu Picchu. If you’re going to Peru and like to hike, then you have to do the Inca Trail. Skipping it off your list is like visiting the Louvre and not stopping to look at the Mona Lisa.

But how do you choose a tour? There are many choices and many prices, so it can be difficult to know where to begin. Having completed the Inca Trail last week, after booking the ticket last minute in Cuzco, I’ve managed to learn from my experience and hope to share some of the money saving tips with you now. Click to read more

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LondonThamesViewRecently I updated and expanded my article from last year showing the cheapest European airports to fly into from the US and Canada. You might find the list itself interesting, especially as this year I also broke it down into the 10 cheapest destinations from each of the major North American cities.

By popular demand, I added Atlanta to the test, which was otherwise made up of only the largest cities in the US and Canada. I’d heard many times before that fares from Atlanta are unusually high due to the fact that Delta Airlines has almost no competition on those routes, especially those to Europe. Still, it was shocking to see that flights starting from Houston and Los Angeles are that much cheaper to Europe than those starting from Atlanta. Click to read more

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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 22 cities from all over the world, so hopefully one or more are within your reach. Click to read more

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Originally the term safari was coined as a word to represent an overland journey. This was often referred to as a trip within Africa. Today however, the term safari has grown to represent any trip, whether overland or not, that involves the observation of wildlife in its natural environment. Safaris have also grown to vary in duration and price. Many of the original tours were only available to wealthy ‘explorers’ who wanted to scope out an area for future existence or hunting. Nowadays, prices accommodate all budget levels, allowing for easier access to the destination of your choice.

There are many different types of safaris to choose from, some take you into waters full of marine wildlife, while others take travelers along rustic hikes through sand and mountains. Of course there are still many classic safaris available that lead straight into the heart of Africa. With any safari that you take, remember to keep your eyes open and camera ready. Click to read more

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MunichTrainStation400Shopping for train tickets in Europe was very easy only a few years ago, because fares were typically the same no matter when you bought them. But now all the national rail companies have pricing schemes exactly like low-cost airlines in that they start low and keep rising as the journey draws near.

Complain all you want about the higher prices for buying on short notice, but fares for those who book at least a month or two in advance are now actually quite a bit lower than they used to be. In other words, train travel around Europe is now very cheap for those who can lock every (non-refundable) trip long in advance, and yet it’s extremely expensive for someone buying tickets on the actual travel day. Click to read more