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5 Biggest Vacation Budget Busters

Bankrate

You know the little voice in your head that says, "I work hard, so I deserve this"? It's just one of the psychological games we play that can get us in financial trouble on vacation. Read on for five budget-busting vacation lies and advice on how to find true happiness during time off without going broke.

7 Ways to Travel the World for Free

Dr. Arnaud Prevot

Your friends have just come home from a trip to New Zealand or Europe. You wish you could do the exact same thing but have no money or you're on a budget. I'm here to tell you that there are great opportunities for you to travel the world for free. It just takes a little planning and a little perseverance.

5 ways to save aboard a cruise ship

Bankrate

Cruise travel can be economical with accommodations, entertainment and most meals included in your cruise fares. But bear in mind, cruise lines will entice travelers to indulge in extra experiences, including specialty dining, shore excursions, premier entertainment offerings, enrichments classes, beverages and alcohol. Here are tips to save on board a cruise ship.

Take a vacation on your credit card rewards

Bankrate

A few years ago, Rene DeLambert and his wife, Lisa, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by spending two weeks on Grand Cayman Island. A big bulk of this trip was on their airline and credit card issuers' dime. Not an extreme traveler? Even non-frequent fliers can use these strategies to take a trip on points.

What if I lose my driver's license on a trip?

Bankrate

A driver's license is handy identification for so many purposes, but driving, of course, is the key. In most states, you can be cited for driving without a license in your possession. But if you needed to drive and got stopped by law enforcement for some reason, you could offer your passport as identification and a copy of any report you filed (such as with the airline or Transportation Security Administration), stating that your license was lost while traveling.

7 costly travel mistakes to avoid

Bankrate

With a spring thaw approaching, it's easy to have a getaway on the brain. And while a trip can provide a well-deserved break, if you're not careful, you can rack up a lot of charges by making simple travel mistakes. Fortunately, taking the time to do a little legwork can help you save substantially. Here, experts weigh in with advice on how to avoid costly travel mistakes when on vacation.

Cut Travel Costs with FlightCar

Video - Gary Foreman

In this video interview by The Dollar Stretcher editor Gary Foreman, Gary interviews Rujul Zaparde, founder of FlightCar.com, a company that assists car owners with renting out their car while they are off on vacation to travelers in need of a rental car.

Packing Cheaply

Video - Jeff Yeager

Don't let an upcoming relaxing vacation get you stressed over baggage fees and other travel expenses. This week the Ultimate Cheapskate shows us how and what to pack for a frugal trip, as well as some helpful travel tips!

How to Find Cheap Lodging in a Lighthouse

Debra L. Karplus

If you are like many people, some of your favorite vacations are those by water, either a river, one of the five Great Lakes or a smaller lake, or by one of the oceans. Perhaps it is the recreation, fishing, swimming, boating, skiing on water skis or jet skis, or rafting that draws you to the area and probably the beauty of water-side vacation spots. Or maybe you are intrigued by the variety of lighthouses that greet boats along many harbors. Did you know that you can find lodging in a lighthouse? There are many options for fanciers of America's many lighthouses with a wide array of prices and amenities.

Multi-Family Vacations

Joanne Guidoccio

Traveling with other families can be fun. Costs are shared and the children have ready-made companions. However, without careful planning and open communication, all that togetherness can quickly become toxic and undermine long-standing friendships and relationships. Consider the following "Do's" and "Don'ts" before planning your next multi-family vacation.

Travel Savings

TDS Guest Blogger

A Dollar Stretcher Guest Blogger shares tips and tricks for saving money while traveling in the near future.

5 Routes to Cheaper Offseason Travel

Bankrate

Many travel destinations often have months that are busier and more popular than other times of the year. The slower months depend on several factors. Unfavorable weather, closed attractions, construction and renovations in progress all contribute to making a certain time of year the off-peak season. But the benefits of a slow season might just outweigh whatever the downsides are. You'll almost always get cheaper rates and more personalized service, plus your destination will be less crowded and safer during offseason travel.

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