24 Cheap destinations in 2018 with great weather in September

Having wrapped up the articles for cheap cities with great July weather and cheap cities with great August weather, it's nice to arrive in a month where better bargains are available in places with manageable crowds. The savvy budget traveler skips the summer months to take advantage of better weather and lower prices at the best holiday destinations in September.

Europe in particular really opens up with some great deals in cities that actually have their best weather of the year at the end of summer. Airfares get lower and hotels and hostels get cheaper and easier to find, so this is really perfect if you've got the time off. Click to read more

Is the New York Sightseeing Pass 2018 worth it? We review prices and value here

Easily one of the most popular cities within the United States (if not THE most popular), New York City is both large and impressive with a plethora of attractions and activities that will keep you more than busy each and every day of your stay. New York City is also known for being extremely expensive to visit, but if you play your cards right, you won't end up spending all of your money in one trip. This is because there are actually a lot of great things to do within the city limits that are either free or at least on the cheaper side.

However, if you're planning on visiting the more popular sights and attractions, you'll quickly find that once added up, the end price will put a lump in your throat. That's where the New York Sightseeing Pass comes into play. This pass, designed to save you money, is a great option for visitors who plan on visiting the more expensive city attractions while skipping the free ones.

In this pass review, we'll touch on who should purchase a pass and who is better off skipping it. We'll also take a look, in short detail, at some of the more popular attractions included in the pass attraction list. But first, let's take a look at the current New  York Sightseeing Pass prices so that we can better compare them to the prices of New York City's top attractions. When researching New York City, you'll find that New York City prices are extremely high when compared to other popular cities. But, to most visitors, these prices are well worth it. When you pair those high costing attractions with the New York Sightseeing Pass, you'll find that you'll save a good deal of money. For more information on how to make this possible, continue reading below.

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Cheapest cruise lines for Alaskan cruises – 7 lines ranked by price

alaska_cruises_slide2Often referred to as the last frontier, Alaska is an outdoor lover's dream with sky high mountains, lush wilderness, glaciers, wildlife galore and a unique way of life. But because Alaska is so large, it's sometimes hard to view a lot in a short amount of time. That's where cruises come in. With a recent surge in popularity, Alaskan cruises have now become the best way to see Alaska, whether on a budget or not.

Each cruise line, much like hotels and resorts, tends to fit into a certain price category and thus have a different overall cruise atmosphere and personality. There are 7 main cruise companies (including a luxury ship) that venture from Seattle up around the Alaskan coast. The information below should help you narrow down your choices to only one or two of the cruise lines available. Click to read more

19 Cheap and warm Easter & Spring Break beach destinations for 2018

By the time Easter rolls around, usually in March or as late as mid April, everybody who lives in the north is so sick of the cold that they are dreaming of spending a week on a warm beach. Fortunately, there are warm beaches all over the Tropics, and many of them are very affordable even during peak travel weeks such as Easter and Spring Break.

The busiest week is usually the week that leads up to Easter Sunday, but some American universities take earlier weeks as their Spring Break. Families usually go in that popular week as well, so booking early is wise if you can do it. Hotels are often available at the last minute, but the cheaper flights will sell out well in advance, especially for weekend flights. Click to read more

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

Cheapest cruise lines for 2018 Caribbean cruises – 13 lines ranked by price

Miami PortThe Caribbean is by far the most popular part of the world for cruises, and thanks to a surge in popularity of the activity, it can now be explored by those in almost every budget category. Considering it's mostly an all-inclusive holiday and the departure ports are generally near cheap and popular airports, a Caribbean cruise can be done so inexpensively that it might be shocking.

However, unlike airlines that are basically interchangeable, cruise lines each tend to fit into a price category and have a personality of their own. There are 13 different cruise companies (including a few small-ship luxury outfits) that cover the Caribbean, and a scan of the information below should help you narrow your best options down to only one or two of the lines. 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 34 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