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Start Planning Your Beach Vacation Now

April Serok

The long, dreary days of winter can make anyone dream of summer on a hot, sandy beach. But beach vacations can be expensive. Luckily, the dead of winter is the best time to plan a coastal getaway for less! Here's how to get the best deals.

10 Things to Make Travel Easier

Paige Estigarribia

You might be really excited about all the activities planned for your vacation, but you also may be thinking about how uncomfortable that upcoming long flight or drive may be. We've found a few products that may make your holiday traveling easier and more comfortable. Take a look!

Can Group Travel Reduce Expenses?

Debra Karplus

Are you itching to leave town for a day, a few days or longer, but find that booking a trip, transportation, meals, lodging, and activities are a bit overwhelming? Perhaps you're on your own and need a travel pal, so you don't have to venture off on your own. Taking a trip as part of a group could possibly be the best way for you to take your next trip.

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.

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.

5 Ways to Get the Best Value for Your Travel Dollar

Kristy Alexander

With the enormous expense of travel, your travel dollars need to go as far as possible. There are a number of ways to keep travel costs low to allow you more trips and longer stays without straining your budget.

10 Ways to Pack Smarter and Lighter

Linda Shapero

By now, you've probably heard or read about the extra charges most airlines are tacking on for excess, overweight and oversized baggage, which can easily run $100 or more per bag! But what can you do? It's time to learn to pack smarter and lighter for airline travel and that takes some pre-planning.

Start Your Summer Vacation Planning Now

Elizabeth Blair

It's not too early to start planning for next summer's vacation. The beauty of planning months in advance is it gives you plenty of time to research and explore your options so you can get the best deals possible.

5 Tips to Map Out a Frugal Dream Vacation


In today's economic times, planning a dream vacation may seem like an unaffordable option. Yet, experts point out that the only thing separating the "dream" from "reality" when it comes to a vacation is the right plan. Follow these tips on researching, planning and saving money for the trip of a lifetime.

5 Reasons to Skip an All-Inclusive Vacation


In an all-inclusive vacation, lodging, food, drinks, activities and sometimes transportation are part of what you pay for. But buffet meals, watered-down drinks, overeating -- these are just some of the caveats to this type of vacation. Here are five reasons to skip the all-inclusive vacation and plan an a la carte trip instead.

5 Biggest Vacation Budget Busters


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 Costly Travel Mistakes to Avoid


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.

Could you earn $50 while junior naps? Here's 5 possible extra money sources to put your naptime plans in motion.

5 Routes to Cheaper Offseason Travel


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.

6 Tips for a Fabulously Free Vacation


Savvy travelers know that if you play your cards right, you can get nearly every vacation expense, from transportation to lodging and food, without shelling out a single penny. Follow these tips for finding free vacation travel perks.

Vacation Savings

Gary Foreman

It's time to get the suitcases out of the attic and start thinking about the great family vacation! Is there a way to cut the costs a little without spoiling the trip? Sure! In fact, some money-saving ideas will actually help you have a more enjoyable trip.

How to Save Money for Your Vacation

Teresa Higginbotham

If you are scrimping and saving all the time, the idea of cutting loose and ...spending can be pretty liberating. So what are some ways to get that family vacation? First of all you need to have a plan.

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