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Thrifty Travels!

Thrifty Travels!

Thrifty Travels! (part 2)

Traveling is one of the great joys of life. There are so many incredible experiences to be had, people to meet and cultures in which to immerse oneself. The only drawback is that sometimes those trips can put some major wear and tear on the wallet! However, it’s possible to take those dream trips without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. With a little creativity, pre-planning and resourcefulness, you can save hundreds on your vacations. Of course, this means you may not be able to travel like the Clooney’s or Beyonce and Jay-Z, but that doesn’t mean your experience can’t be just as fun and, perhaps, even more meaningful. We’ve compiled some helpful travel budget hacks that we hope you’ll find helpful! If you love traveling and like saving money, you may want to read on!

Travel Off Season

When my friend retired from teaching, I asked her what the best part of retirement was. She didn’t skip a beat, and said, “I can finally travel off season!” Indeed, traveling during peak times can be very expensive, as everything from flights to car rentals go up in price! A great way to avoid these high prices is planning to travel off-season. You’ll be amazed at how much lower the prices for flights and hotels are (and almost everything else)!

One thing to keep in mind is that not all countries share the same off-season times. So, when you decide on which part of the world you’re going to visit, you’ll want to do a little google research to find this out. A bonus to traveling during the off-peak times is that there are fewer tourists around, providing you with a more authentic travel experience. I recently visited Paris in January, and it was such a joy to be able to walk right into galleries and museums that during peak times would be at least an hour or two wait!

Avoid the Traps!

Whether you’re traveling during peak times or not, one thing you can always do is avoid the touristy areas. In these places, everything is more expensive! I’m not suggesting you bypass iconic places altogether. If it’s your first time in New York City, for example, you’ll want to visit Times Square and The Statue of Liberty, but I’d highly recommend not eating or shopping in those areas, as you’ll pay far more than you should!

Memories Over Money

At the risk of sounding preachy, I would suggest curtailing the shopping and collecting fabulous and meaningful memories instead! The most indelible memory I have of my visit to NYC was not shopping for expensive items on 5th Avenue, but rather a spur-of-the-moment picnic in Central Park eating the most amazing bagels and locks bought from the world-famous Zabars! So, unless you want to travel like the Kardashians (not me!) I would forgo excess shopping and opt for memory making!

Book Ahead!

It’s a general truth that the earlier you book your flights, hotels, transportation and car rentals, the cheaper their rates are. Don’t be a last-minute Lucy! Book ahead and save!

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Love Around the World

Love Around the World

From Provence to Central Park

This past Valentine’s Day had us in a romantic mood, and it got us to thinking about the most swoon-worthy places in the world. We all have that one place–a particularly romantic far-flung spot that left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. Perhaps it was a vacation with the “one that got away,” the “one you dodged,”or your current love.

Long Tables and Short Romances

I have particularly fond memories of a long-table dinner on an antiquated farm in Provence, France (buckets of Rosé!) and a sweet summer picnic in New York’s Central Park. While those exes have faded, the memories of those perfectly romantic al fresco moments are as clear and intact as ever.

 

Our Best Selves

There’s just something about travel and romance that go hand in hand. The setting, the cuisine, the lack of stress, the drinks–we’re often the best versions of ourselves when abroad (and tipsy)!

 

Every Day is Valentine’s Day

So, whether you’re in a new relationship or you’ve been together forever, we thought we’d share our thoughts on some of the most romantic destinations in the world. It may just inspire you to infuse a little love into your travel! When you’re on vacation, every day can be Valentine’s Day!

 

Beautiful Bali

A tropical beach getaway is always a good recipe for romance (as long as you have a few months to get into bathing suit shape)! We suggest one of Bali’s best-kept secrets: Echo Beach. Located below a series of outcrops, this beach is secluded and a welcome respite from the crowded tourist beaches. Let romance bloom away from the masses.

 

In Brugge

If beaches aren’t your thing, we’d highly recommend the enchanted and fairytale-like Brugge. For those unfamiliar with Brugge, it’s in Belgium. You know, the place with the greatest chocolate in the world!

 

Cobblestones and Canals

Quite simply, Brugge was made for Romance. With its winding cobblestone streets, open public squares, picturesque houses and stunning architecture, there really is only one word that adequately describes this town–quaint.  To really amp up the romance factor, we suggest taking a boat ride through the canals and perhaps a romantic dinner for two at the famous De Karmeliet (make sure to reserve well in advance).

 

Endearing India

For those of you who are a bit more adventurous with your romance, you’ll want to consider Kerala, India! As if from out of a romantic Indian myth, cruise the picturesque Kerala backwaters from a luxurious and comfortable houseboat! The Taj Mahal isn’t the only romantic edifice in India!

 

Hotel Wailea, Maui,

Hawaii is an obvious choice for a romantic getaway, but if you really want to up your cupid game, we’d think you may want to look into Hotel Wailea! The Relais and Chateaux is a breathtaking romantic sanctuary set on 15 acres of gardens, 300 feet above sea level, boasting views of three islands. This place was built with romance in mind with its deep soaking tubs for two, private lanais, stream-side gazebo massages and so much more. Another perk? It’s an “adult only” hotel. We love kids, but let’s face it, nothing ruins the mood more than a screaming kid!

 

Share the Love!

There are so many more places we could mention, but we’d have to write a book! We’ll have to save the rest for next Valentine’s Day! If you have any romantic getaway locations you like to share, we’d love to hear about them!

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