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

The 15 Most expensive museums in the world

Rijksmuseum AmsterdamUnlike most other travel costs, museum prices are particularly hard to predict until you’ve actually done the research. Many governments and private foundations continue to subsidize museums as a way to make them accessible to all, but that doesn’t happen everywhere, of course.

So here at Price of Travel we’re all about trying to help people calculate their budgets in all the major destinations around the world, and in some cases this can be a tool to actually pick your next holiday. We’ve compared taxi prices around the world, and public transportation prices around the world, with mostly predictable results. This one is a bit different. Click to read more

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

19 Cheap and warm Easter & Spring Break beach destinations for 2017

By the time Easter rolls around, usually in early to 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 2017

Downtown Los AngelesOur 2017 update of the North America Backpacker Index once again finds us with the unfortunate news for foreign visitors that the US Dollar continues to be unusually strong. This of course makes all the destinations in the United States quite expensive for those with any other currency. The good news is that Canada’s amazing tourist cities are all fairly cheap by comparison.

Inflation in the United States and Canada was very low again in 2016, 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

22 Cheap destinations for 2017 with great weather in April

Phuket Beach Chairs PatongApril is the perfect month for cheap vacations in much of the world because most people prefer tropical holidays in the months ending in March, so you can still find perfect weather combined with lower hotel prices in many fantastic destinations.

Much of Latin America has ideal weather this month, while April is (weirdly) the single hottest month in most of Southeast Asia, so that budget-traveler hot spot is really better avoided until autumn.

Those looking for a cheap beach vacation will have many really good options because even places with scorching weather can be quite bearable if all you are doing is sitting under an oversized umbrella sipping cocktails all day long, with breezes always rolling in. Click to read more

Is the Go San Antonio Card worth it? Go San Antonio Card review 2017

3108947437_cfd1a90f6e_zWelcome to Texas, the land of big hair, big burgers and big fun. But that’s not all Texas is. In this southern state you’ll find numerous attractions throughout, some focusing on culture while others on adventure. One southern city that really caters to visitors is San Antonio, home to the famous Riverwalk, among other fantastic attractions.

Because Texas is the land of ‘big’, sometimes visitors will find themselves paying big bucks for their sought out attractions and activities. Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case in San Antonio as guests have the opportunity to use the Go San Antonio Card. This card, also know as the San Antonio Explorer Pass, is designed with savings in mind and is supposed to grant each card holder access to popular city attractions at a ‘less than the gate’ price. But does it really save you money? We’ll find that out and more below.

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Is the Go San Diego Card worth it? Go San Diego Card review 2017

Welcome to San Diego. A melting pot of different cultures, arts and flavors, San Diego is a chosen destination for many people across the United States. However, due to it’s location in southern California, many visitors plan to spend lots of money enjoying the sights and attractions of this great city.

But that doesn’t have to be the case, with the Go San Diego Card, vacationers have the option to pay for all of the attractions at once rather than at each admission gate, helping to save on costs. But is the card truly a good deal? We’ll find that out and more below. Click to read more