13 North American cities by price: Backpacker Index for 2018

Downtown Los AngelesThe US Dollar has weakened in 2017 against virtually every other currency in the world, so now the US is at least a bit cheaper for most people, including Canadians. We've updated and reranked out list for 2018 and there weren't many dramatic changes except for the Canadian cities now being more expensive in USD terms.

Inflation in the United States and Canada was very low again in 2017, so nominal prices haven't shifted much. There is some good news in hostel prices, especially in New York City, where some new and popular hostels have suddenly made that city more within reach of a typical backpacker. Click to read more

Is the Philadelphia Pass worth it? Philadelphia Pass review 2018

Though Philadelphia may not be as popular as say, Miami or Las Vegas, it's still a great big city destination within the United States. And because of that, you'll find plenty of things to do and see every single day of your stay. But, at the end of your visit, you might find that you spend way more on attractions than you had planned to. This is because even though the attractions aren't outrageously priced, the numbers still add up at the end of it all.

This is where the Philadelphia Pass comes into play. With this pass, you'll have the option to pick a number of days (1 to 5) in which you'll have access to over 30 activities. Even better? There's no limit to how many attractions you can visit in a day either. You'll just want to note that there are a lot of cheap attractions on the attraction list and that visiting all of them and none of the more expensive ones will make it so that the pass isn't as good of a deal.

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Cheapest flights to the Caribbean by island and destination

St Martin Airport BeachAs we are starting a series of articles that will concentrate on Caribbean islands to help winter travelers figure out which is the best for their budget and their style, we thought we'd start out by breaking things down by the price of the flights themselves.

It's definitely true that many of the best deals to the Caribbean are part of package holidays where the flight and the hotel (sometimes an all-inclusive hotel) are bundled together into an unbeatable deal. Have a look at our list of the cheapest Caribbean islands and destinations to see where your travel money goes furthest. We'll be sorting through those deals in the coming weeks as well, but in the meantime we'll start by ranking each island and destination by the cost of the flight itself, which will also generally translate into the cost of an entire vacation package. Also consider looking into your choices for the cheapest Caribbean cruise, as those can also be great bargains. Click to read more

Is the Go Las Vegas Card worth it? Go Las Vegas Card review 2018

5844364807_4f8ea1b712_zAs Las Vegas continues to transform itself into a destination with something for everyone rather than just gamblers and nightlife people, things can become a bit more confusing. The city now boasts a long list of unique and interesting attractions, but unfortunately many of them are quite expensive when purchased individually. This is where the Go Las Vegas Card can be a great help for some but not others.

We have reviewed close to 20 of these “city pass” cards and some of them only provide good value for small numbers of people. The Go Las Vegas Card, however, really stands out as great value for pretty much anyone who is interested in at least 3 of the 32 included attractions. In fact, this is the first card we've seen where it's possible to save money by just doing ONE attraction, and if 2 to 4 of the other attractions look interesting, it's a very easy call. However, you can't assume that the expensive attractions are great just because they are expensive, so do a bit of homework before buying.

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Is the New York Explorer Pass worth it? Explorer Pass review 2018

New York, a highlight for many, is a city dripping with charm, class, excitement and culture. Known for being one of the biggest melting pots in the country, New York caters to those who wish to see it all while on the go.

New York is also known for having some of the highest prices in the country as well. Due to this, visitors often prepare themselves for high hotel, food and attraction costs. Most visualize the city as a place to learn and see a lot, but also one to spend a lot in. But that doesn't necessarily have to be the case, at least as far as attractions are concerned. The New York Explorer Pass is designed with savings in mind, but how well does it actually work? We'll find that out and more below. Click to read more

Is the Chicago CityPASS worth it? 2018 Chicago CityPASS review

Welcome to the ‘Windy City', a tourist hub and one of the most visited cities in the United States. Here you'll find attractions and activities, one after another, each showcasing a different side of Chicago. But with so many different choices, and with each costing a pretty penny, it can be hard to decide where to spend not only your time, but your money as well.

That's where the Chicago CityPASS comes in. Designed to save both money and time, this particular pass is supposed to help visitors during their trip. But does it really? We'll find that out and more below. Click to read more

Is the Go Washington DC Card worth it? Go Washington DC Card review 2018

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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Is the Go All California Card worth it? Go All California Card review 2018

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 40 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

Is the Go Miami Card worth it? Go Miami Card review 2018

Welcome to the heart of south Florida where the palm trees are swaying, the people are tanning and the heat is always turned all the way up. Miami is a gold mine for those looking for great Caribbean food, miles of beach and a place to dance the night away. But what most people don't know is that Miami is also home to great local attractions including the Everglades, Zoo Miami and more.

Most of the visitors who choose Miami aren't planning on saving money but if you're one of the few who are looking to have a great time on a dime, there might be a solution- the Go Miami Card. This card is designed to help you save money when visiting the main local attractions during your stay. But does it really work? We answer that question and more below. Click to read more

Is the Go Chicago Card worth it? Go Chicago Card review 2018

Welcome to the Windy City. Chicago is a melting pot of people from around the US and a great place to find culture, great food and a bit of science. Home to great attractions including the Shedd Aquarium and the SkyDeck, Chicago provides many different attractions that are suitable for all ages.

But as with any type of city travel, high costs are everywhere. One solution is the Go Chicago Card. This card is available for several different day amounts and helps to keep costs down by providing a flat rate to 26 Chicago attractions. But is it right for you? We'll answer that question and more below. Click to read more