by The Frugal Tourist | Jan 14, 2022 | Travel Tips, USAWith over 400 stunning national parks speckled across the country, the United States boasts an array of some of the most striking landscapes to be found around the globe. While some of these parks are free to enter, several of the major players require a reasonable fee. This can be quite prohibitive to some, especially if cash is tight. The National Park Services recently released the list of entrance-fee free days for this year. Therefore, anyone can now experience the splendor of the great outdoors, regardless of budget and income.
by Monica Fish | Mar 20, 2021 | Travel TipsWhile 7 out of 8 U.S. timeshares owners are satisfied, one-in-four Americans have trouble paying their bills. In a world of tough choices, a timeshare invoice is probably placed at the bottom of a stack of bills. Do you have an unwanted timeshare? Is the maintenance fee a financial burden? Similar to other commitments, you can’t just walk away from a timeshare company. Here are five ways you can “divorce” your timeshare legally that don’t include paying thousands of dollars of upfront fees to timeshare exit companies or to a timeshare lawyer. Read along.
by The Frugal Tourist | Feb 28, 2021 | Travel TipsTravel has been completely jolted because of the unprecedented effects of COVID19. But with the rollout of multiple vaccines that have already started arriving into people's arms compounded by pandemic fatigue (a.k.a. cabin fever), people have started to gain more confidence in mapping out their vacations in the near future. As such, demand is expected to substantially grow once we are finally out of the woods. In this post, I will go over the top search engines that have consistently generated cheap airfare, so you are guaranteed to get the best bang for your buck when shopping for plane tickets.
by The Frugal Tourist | Feb 8, 2021 | Caribbean, North America, Travel TipsConsistently recognized as having some of the world’s finest beaches, the Caribbean is considered to be a bucket-list destination for many travelers around the globe. Whether you prefer to be wholly tethered to white-sand beaches or experience an entirely different culture rich in history and tradition, the Caribbean islands have something glorious in store for you. But for the frugal tourist like myself, the expense associated with planning a trip to such a widely-popular destination like the Caribbean can be quite prohibitive. Above all, I do not advocate getting into debt just to make a dream vacation into reality. In this post, I’ll explore several strategies to assist you in mapping out your future Caribbean odyssey so you will not inflict a significant dent in your savings accounts. Let's dive in!
by Sanjana Vig | Oct 24, 2020 | Travel TipsVacations can be expensive. You're buying not only flights but paying for somewhere to stay, and activities to do while you're there. Maintaining a travel budget can be difficult. However, combining purchases, for instance, using vacation packages, can help reduce costs and maybe even get some great discounts on things to do. This blog post will do a deep dive on vacation packages.
by The Frugal Tourist | Oct 11, 2020 | MILES & POINTS, POINTS ACCUMULATION, Travel TipsWhile being a homeowner has its many rewards, it also has some costly downsides. One of the major contributors to this financial burden is having to pay property taxes annually. Sadly, there is no way to get around this hefty bill unless you are a renter or luckily living for free with family or with a partner. Thankfully, I have stumbled upon a strategy that effectively softens the financial impact of this expense. This technique involves applying for 2-3 credit cards right before property tax season in order to generate generous sign up bonuses that can be redeemed for free flights. In this blog post, I outline the steps on how you can employ this strategy yourself.