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How to Start Travel Hacking: Fly for Little or Nothing (Even in First Class)

This July, I’m flying my family of four from Portland, Maine to San Antonio for a family wedding...for free. Had I paid for the airfare, the cost would ring in at over $2,000. Also awesome: I’ve gotten free first-class upgrades on about six out … [Read more...]

“Tap Watergate” to $50 Carry-Ons, How Spirit Airlines Justifies Sky-High Fees

There's one good thing about flying on someone else's dime: If the airline socks you with hefty fees, you can expense it. But my mom, who grew up in the Great Depression, taught me to be frugal with other people's money, too. So when a corporate … [Read more...]

How to Save on Getting to and From the Airport

Sure, it’s great if you’re able to find ways to save on flights. But that’s only part of the battle. You’re also facing costs of getting to and from the airport and to your destination once you land. Here’s a guide to dealing with the the costs of gro … [Read more...]

Why You Should Travel While You’re Young at Any Cost

One of my friends recently shared a Humans of New York photo on Facebook. It was a portrait of an elderly man and he had told the photographer, “Travel while you’re young. Even if you have to borrow money to do it." I couldn’t stop thinking about t … [Read more...]

Compare Airline Fees: What it Really Costs to Fly

Everyone loves finding cheap airfare. But as airlines struggle to stay profitable by moving to a la carte style pricing, the ticket price that looked so low on a booking site may turn out to be the starting point, not your final price. Before you … [Read more...]

Protect Your Money While Traveling Abroad

Protecting your money while traveling is always a priority, but it’s especially important while you’re traveling abroad. Taking a few simple precautions before your trip and during your travels can ensure a safe, enjoyable trip and can keep your mo … [Read more...]

Rotten Customer Service? The Smart Way to Handle Companies that Waste Your Time

Some interesting commentary appeared on The Huffington Post this past week, and I'm not one to read that online publication expecting anything original. (If Arianna Huffington has earned any journalistic reputation, it's for borrowing copy from every … [Read more...]

How to Use a Mobile Phone Abroad (Without Getting a Crazy Bill)

Using a cell phone abroad can be a little tricky. You might have heard horror stories of visitors having no way of getting in touch with people while traveling because their phones aren't working. Or even worse, returning home from their trip only … [Read more...]

International Travel Checklist: What to Pack for Your Trip Abroad

Packing for a trip overseas can be intimidating. You don't always know what will be available in stores abroad if you forget something and need to buy it ... and if you don't speak the language where you're going, that prospect becomes even more … [Read more...]

Using a Credit Card Overseas: 15 Things to Know

Carrying a credit card or debit card when you’re traveling abroad is a no-brainer. Using a credit card overseas allows you to track your purchases, cancel it if it gets lost or stolen, and earn rewards on your purchases that you can put towards f … [Read more...]