Browsing Tag: travel

California Dreaming

Travel is a luxury and we all need a little down time. Californians have the distinct advantage of living in a state where there are national parks, sophisticated cities, deserts, Disneyland, and everything in between. For flying Southwest Airlines is my favorite, great fares, egalitarian seating, and  you can make changes without a penalty. They may be the last airline that lets you check up one or two bags for FREE! They have several destinations in Southern and Northern California and a stop in Reno for the Lake Tahoe area. Lake Tahoe is a bargain during the spring and summers…

The Frugal Diva’s Travel Tips

These tips have served me in good stead both here and abroad. A little weird but bear with me. Save underwear that is past it’s prime and use as disposable underwear when you travel. By the end of the trip, your luggage is lighter and you have room for new purchases. Pick up water, snacks, and even lunches at local supermarkets. A protein bar will save you both money and time so you can keep exploring or relaxing on the beach through the afternoon. While you are in the supermarket search for souvenirs.  Local candies, BBQ sauce, and…

Japan – Tokyo

For years all The Frugal Diva heard was how expensive it was to visit Japan.  It wasn’t even an option. Coffee was $12 and rooms were over $400. Indeed this is true if you stay at all four star hotels and buy your coffee at their cafe. However if you travel like a middle class Japanese person this country is very reasonable. Start with hotels such as the Hokke or APA chain and book in advance, way in advance since this is a busy town. The rooms are the size of postage stamps by American standards however they…

New At AAA

As if the Frugal Diva didn’t already love AAA for all their travel discounts, they now have so many new ways to save. My buddy, Jennifer Moss of BabyNames.com, reminded me you even get a discount at Macy’s with your card.  Regal Theaters, various attractions and many others offer various ways to reduce expenses. Check your local club website for restaurant discounts in your area. AAA Club Rewards is their newest online feature where you can save on hundreds of discount offers each week from approximately 30,000 participating merchants nationwide.  In addition to these…

Spring Break Travel Savings

The Frugal Diva always wondered how to decide between driving and flying if the distance was not too great.   Jon Lal at befrugal.com has a way to help you decide and some tips for saving on your travel plans. When planning a trip, start with a free online tool to decide whether flying or driving makes more sense. The Fly or Drive Calculator (http://www.befrugal.com/tools/fly-or-drive-calculator/) factors in time taken, cost and carbon emissions. Complete your reservation to get the most for your money: 1) book online 2) use a coupons and cash…

Budget-Friendly Tips for the Cash-Strapped Traveler

Great guest post for summer vacation plans! If you’re skipping out on a vacation this year, don’t let your finances be the reason for your sacrifice. While traveling can often eat into your savings, spending a fortune on your vacation is not necessary. There are many budget-friendly travel tips that can help even the most cash-strapped globe trotter’s vacation dreams become a reality. Choosing Your Trip Traveling during the off season can literally save you half of what you would pay to travel during peak seasons. If you’re traveling by plane, consider leaving in…

Southwest Airlines Deals

Travel is a luxury and we all need a little down time. Californians have the distinct advantage of living in a state where there are national parks, sophisticated cities, deserts, Disneyland, and everything in between. For flying anywhere else in the United States,  Southwest Airlines is my favorite, great fares, egalitarian seating, no fees for one piece of luggage,  and for most fares you can make changes without a penalty. They have some great click and save fares, so it might be a good time to make plans…