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Flying United’s Basic Economy

So you want to travel on the cheap. Don’t we all! It’s no secret that airline’s are shrinking seats and increasing fares, but for the truly cheap and adventurous, the major U.S.-based airlines have started offering “basic” fares. I was actually really excited when I heard this for the first time. I thought, “Great! More… Continue reading Flying United’s Basic Economy

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Ultimate Guide to Travel and Your Money

One of the most common questions I get is, “how can I afford to travel?” The answer is different for everyone, but the general rules apply to all. But this post is about more than just saving money. It’s just as important to spend your money wisely and keep it safe while you’re traveling, too! *This… Continue reading Ultimate Guide to Travel and Your Money

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6 Ways I Afford to Travel

Greetings, my readers! For this post, I’m addressing a question that I typically find to be tacky and even rude, unless it comes from someone who truly wants to travel, but believes it’s just too expensive. Here I’ll be sharing my tips and secrets for travel bargain hunting! 1. Flights: Sign Up for Alerts Flights… Continue reading 6 Ways I Afford to Travel

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Budget Blunders

Full disclosure: This post is not your typical “how to stay within your budget” post full of money saving advice. This is more about mindful spending. I don’t believe in budgets (and apparently neither does anyone looking for a house with House Hunters International), and even when I was single and paying for everything on… Continue reading Budget Blunders

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How to Tour the Treasury Department

It’s Museum Monday! Today I’m letting you in on a well-kept secret. You can visit the Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.! Who knew, right? I’ve lived here nearly 10 years, and I never knew until just recently that this was available. It does take a bit of planning and legwork on your part,… Continue reading How to Tour the Treasury Department

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How to Find Cheap Flights

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! I get lots of questions from friends about how to find great deals on flights. The truth is, it’s a very volatile market! Prices change rapidly and unexpectedly, and there are so many things to consider: convenience, layover time, airline loyalty, getting or giving up the opportunity to choose your seat,… Continue reading How to Find Cheap Flights

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Can I Use the US Dollar Abroad?

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, but first I’ll caution you not to assume you can use the US Dollar just anywhere. What would you do if someone came to you and tried to pay for something with Russian Rubles? Or Euros? Or Australian Dollars? You’d look at… Continue reading Can I Use the US Dollar Abroad?

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It’s Travel Tip Tuesday! This week we’re talking about why math is so important for travelers. I am NOT a mathematically-minded person. I’m a wordsmith who can write cycles around rocket scientists (and has), but it takes me more than a few minutes to figure out mathematical problems. Thankfully my husband is a numbers-loving engineer!… Continue reading Math+Travel=Success

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Strategic Splurging

It’s Travel Tip Tuesday, and this week we are talking about splurges. I am all for saving money where you can and finding a great flight and hotel deal, but occasionally, a splurge can be well worth the extra cost. Buying into Business Class Luckily for those with airline loyalty status, free upgrades to business… Continue reading Strategic Splurging

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Benefits of Airline Loyalty

Are you loyal to a specific airline or airline alliance? Is it always best to go with the cheapest ticket on the cheapest flight? I think it depends, but here are some reasons airline loyalty may be worth looking into! Everyone’s travel needs are different, but these are some of my husband’s and my favorite… Continue reading Benefits of Airline Loyalty