25 Cheap destinations for 2018 with great weather in January

Vagator Beach, Goa, IndiaAs January approaches it seems like half of the Northern Hemisphere is looking for a place to escape the cold. The good news is that there are dozens of great options in the Southern Hemisphere and the Tropics, so it's just a matter of finding the one that suits you best.

Those who live in North America and Europe should start by considering the Caribbean, as it's far faster and easier to reach than the cheaper options in Southeast Asia that appear lower on this list. Best of all, the Caribbean comes in all price ranges, at least once you pay for your flight. Particularly in the Dominican Republic, you can find all-inclusive resorts that offer amazing value, even in high season like this. Click to read more

25 Cheap destinations in 2017 with great weather in December

Phuket Beach ChairsThe final month of the year marks the time when people in northern climates start looking around for an escape to the sun. Fortunately, there are big parts of the world that have their best weather of the year at this time, and are very cheap as well, once you get there.

Most of the destinations below are in Latin America and Southeast Asia, so depending on where you are starting from it might be a rather long flight to get there. Many of us can take two weeks or even more around this time of year, but that fact means that all of these places do get crowded and raise hotel prices for the weeks around Christmas and New Year's. Speaking of that, we have a separate list of cheap and warm places to go over Christmas and New Year's, only listing beach areas around the world with affordable hotels during that period.

It's best to book as far in advance as possible for both your flights and hotels, since so many people have the same idea and prices generally just keep going up as it gets closer. Click to read more

23 Cheap destinations in 2017 with great weather in November

If you have a flexible schedule, or if you just happen to have some time off in November, you are in luck. This is honestly the best month of the year for finding cheap destinations that also have fantastic weather. Since most people don't start their winter travel until mid or late December, it means crowds are small and hotel prices are low through huge sections of the travel world. Those wondering where to go on holiday in November have many great choices at bargain prices, although airfare may cost a bit.

Of course in November you can pretty much forget about Europe if you want warm weather and little chance of rain. Fortunately you can go almost anywhere in Latin America and through many parts of Southeast Asia on a cheap flight, and you'll be in the sun with shockingly low prices, easily making the flight duration and cost worthwhile. The best holiday destinations in November are found all over the world, which you'll see on the list below. Click to read more

Things to do in Mexico City: Attractions, neighborhoods, and best sights

With its reputation for crime, most first-time visitors are surprised at just how safe they feel whilst strolling the streets of Mexico City. The majority of tourists enjoy a trouble-free visit to this cultured, colorful and often overlooked metropolis. If you take the precautions that you would in any major city, you are likely to have an enlightening, fun and fascinating time.

Mexico City is blessed with an abundance of museums. In fact, it is home to more museums than any other city in the world. Furthermore, many of them are free or cost a mere few pesos to enter. The city offers exceptional value to visitors, whether it be accommodation or delicious street food and the Metro is one of the cheapest underground systems on the planet (the equivalent of 28 US cents per trip). It’s easy to use and the perfect way to get around the sprawling capital.

It would take months to experience everything this absorbing city has to offer. The chances are that when you discover Mexico City’s delights, one visit won’t be enough. Click to read more

Top world theme parks and their 2017 admission prices

 

For most around the world, summertime is time for kids to explore, play and learn a little bit outside of the classroom. It's also a time for family vacations, with most parents taking a few weeks off of work so that they can treat their family to a trip of a lifetime. Though some families decide to stay within their own country for their vacation, others choose to explore another piece of the world. During this exploration, it's very common for families to take a day or two to explore an internationally recognized theme park, creating fun for everyone involved.

In fact, there are literally thousands of parks around the globe and in 2015, over 420.4 million people visited the top 10 theme park brands worldwide, throughout the year.

But because it would take a few lifetimes to visit every single amusement park in the world, and the fact that not all of them are worth a visit, we've complied a list of the top theme parks in the world. In addition to a short summary detailing what you can discover at each theme park, we've also included their summer rates for both children and adults, giving you an idea of what you'll end up paying once you visit. This particular list, crafted by using past attendance rates, ranks the parks from the highest priced admission rates to the lowest.

An interesting fact: Theme parks, over the last few years, have steadily seen an increase of admissions, meaning that more and more families, couples and singles are choosing to visit one of the many theme park options available around the world. Each year however, Walt Disney World has still come out on top, holding on to its title as the most visited theme park in the world. Even with admission rates continuing to increase, it looks as if the Magic Kingdom at Disney World will continue to hold on to its crown.

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Is the Walt Disney World FastPass worth it? Walt Disney World FastPass review

Florida is home to sunshine, white sand beaches, clear ocean waters and famed attractions like the Everglades and the Crystal River Springs. It's also known for the city of Orlando. But why is this centrally located city so popular? It's known the world over for one reason- the 4 theme parks that call it home. Noted as the land of Walt Disney World, Orlando attracts visitors from both the United States and those from nations around the globe, making it one of the more popular international attractions.

When visiting one of the 4 theme parks, you have a few choices when it comes to admission. You can buy a 1 day pass or a multi day pass. You can even go ahead and purchase a year long pass if you'll be returning multiple times. But did you know that you can also get a Walt Disney World FastPass+ with your park ticket? These passes allow you to skip the lines at 3 pre-selected rides, attractions or events, making them ideal for families on the move. But is the pass worth it? We'll explore that and more, below.

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22 Cheap destinations in 2017 with great weather in October

It shouldn't be too surprising that October is quite a transitional month in much of the world for weather, with some cities changing quite a bit as the month goes on. There are many fine choices in all regions of the world in October though, so it's just a matter of zeroing in on the places that should be nice for the whole month. Needless to say, the Tropics are full of hot places in October, and the list below will show which are the ones that are also dry.

The south of Europe has ideal conditions for anyone with some time off, and there are still several places with beach weather for resort types. Asia is a bit spotty, however, since October is very rainy through most of the popular and cheap cities in Southeast Asia. Click to read more

25 Cheap destinations in 2017 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

Top US theme parks and their 2017 admission prices

For most families, summertime is often thought of as the best time of the year. These fun filled warm days are made even better with trips to the beach, summer camps of all types, ice cream trucks and family vacations. Though lots of parents choose to venture outside of the Untied States with their kids for their long awaited yearly two week vacation, even more decide to stay within the country, instead opting to spend a few days of their vacation time running around one or more of the nation's top theme parks.

In fact, there are over 400 amusement and theme parks within the US, with each of them differing from the next. Some focus on water fun, some on animals and wildlife and others on themed adventures. And of course you can't forget about the famed Disney parks that attract hoards of visitors throughout the entire year to both Florida and California.

But because you'll never have enough time to visit each and every park scattered across the US, and the fact that not all of them are worth visiting, we've gone ahead and complied a list of the top US theme parks and their admission prices below starting with the highest priced theme park at the top. This list has been created by using past attendance rates. Some of the names are quite familiar, while others might be new to you.

An interesting fact: US Theme park attendance has steadily gone up within the last few years and has more than doubled in Orlando, Florida over the past 20 years, meaning that you'll find yourself surrounded by large numbers of like minded people each and every visit. Click to read more

Where to buy unclaimed luggage, and why you should

Like many other people, I used to think that “lost” luggage from airlines was auctioned off in a dramatic manner as on the early seasons of the show “Baggage Battles.” I'm still not sure where those suitcases came from, but it turns out that every American airline has a contract with one company, and they sell all the best items individually out of their fascinating retail store in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Thanks to a recent visit to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama as part of a press trip, I got the full story and I can't wait to go back. It turns out that things work differently from how I expected, which I will explain below. It also turns out that the Unclaimed Baggage Center is one of Alabama's top tourist attractions, with over 1 million visitors each year. Click to read more