Place To Go Low Budget Travel

Traveling on a budget is so rewarding. Who needs 5 -star hotels, elegant restaurants and expensive extras? I’ve found that my favorite vacation spots are ones close to home, right on American soil. Since I had such positive experiences, I wanted to share a few of my favorite spots with you. Even though I didn’t have to clean out my savings account or go broke for these “on a budget” one of a kind destinations, they were well worth every penny I spent. Here are 5 of my top places to travel, whether you are on a budget or not.

1. Arizona
This American hot-spot is a fantastic place to go whenever you can get there. We all know the power of experiencing the Grand Canyon but there is so much more, Whether it’s Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter, Arizona gets an A plus from me from the awesome climate to the variety of affordable things to see and do. It can get really hot, so pack some casual clothes. because if you’re like me, the best place to be is outside. The state has done an awesome job of creating hiking trails, botanical gardens, campsites, outdoor tours and other nature-loving excursions. The state is full of big cities and tiny towns full of art, culture and history and delicious food. For example, Tucson, Arizona is full of southwestern and Mexican heritage. There is very little or no admission charge to see spots like Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Park and then head over to Sedona, Arizona for an opportunity to see 100 plus art galleries and events that are happening all of the time. They are amazing sites to see whether you are an art enthusiast or not.

2. Baltimore, MD
I’ve visited Baltimore many times and it is by far one of my favorite places to see. The seafood is fresh and delicious as is all the fare in the city, and for those of us on a budget, a dollar goes a long, long way. The steamed crabs are like no other in the world. The National Aquarium is beautifully located right on the Baltimore Harbor and a day spent there is a day well spent. The beautiful, family-friendly sights, smells and sounds are one of a kind! The Harborplace and the Gallery is located nearby the harbor and offers an amazing shopping and dining mecca where you can select what is right for your wallet and taste. Depending on the time of the year (remember Baltimore is cold in the winter) there is even free entertainment. The American Visionary Art Museum is well worth the short trip from the Harbor. They do charge a fee to get inside but the building itself and the property are full of sculptures and art to view for free. And there are so many other museums to visit during your time in this family-friendly city.

3. Hershey, PA
Hershey, Pennsylvania has become one of the most famous destination spots in our country, and it offers so many free and inexpensive things to do. There is a world-class amusement park, an infamous day spa that can be a but pricey but there are also many memorable affordable things to do. Hershey Chocolate World, is a ride that is on the Hershey Park grounds but is totally free. It is a wonderful historical ride that is both enjoyable and educational. If you are traveling with children they will get a free candy sample at the end of the ride where you are dropped off right into the gift store. There is also the Hershey trolley that will transport you around the city complete with kiss-shaped lights lining the streets. It was started by Milton Hershey while he was planning the town and continues to this day… it is well worth your time. If you have time (and I would suggest making time) visit ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, Milton Hershey School and the other fantastic museums all located in Hershey, PA.

4. Dallas, TX
In a town known for everything big, the cost to visit is not that bad. We had a bit of an adventurous spirit so we booked a city PASS that offered discounted prices into some of the city’s most popular attractions. We couldn’t hit them all but we did see the George W. Bush (he was the president) Library and Museum and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Pretty cool for adding a little culture into your vacation. My traveling partners enjoy visiting Zoos, so we went to the awesome Dallas Zoo and met two beautiful African Elephants and fed a giraffe. There are so many family-oriented events and presentations at this zoo, you might have to stay more than one day. The Dallas Farmers Market is a must see marketplace. The food, the vendors and the extremely memorable experience is like no other market I’ve visited. If you go, grab a street taco at La Ventana or a pork filled tamale at El Mero Mero. I have to mention the Trinity River Audubon Center for all you hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. This urban hardwood forest is an escape from the city into the distinctive Texas terrain.

5. Nashville, TN
Nashville, the home of country music, American history and so, so much to see and do. First, the must-see of all must-sees is the Country Music Hall Of Fame and the infamous Grand Ole Opry. Just the view from the outside of these famous buildings are a must see. When you get your fill of country music, head over and walk the beautiful college campuses of Vanderbilt University and Belmont University or go to the Adventure Science Center or the Belmont Mansion and spend the afternoon learning something new. The campuses are full of history and tradition and a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. And we haven’t even mentioned Nashville’s food. Nashville has to be is a melting pot of cuisine. There are all kinds of fare to satisfy any palate. My favorites were found on the food trucks who offered quick, delicious and budget-friendly meals on the go. If you have room for pie, I recommend the peach or pecan.

 

Tips To Save Money During Trip

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to travel at least once a year? Learning new cultures, see beautiful places and meet new people. As fun as it sounds, your money department might not have the ability to support your wanderlust. It is easy for you to travel when you have an outstanding job and can afford to spend money on luxurious activity such as travelling. However what if you are a student? Or someone who has a hard time managing your expenditures?

Here are some easy tips for you on how to save money for travel:

1. Make a list of your monthly expenses

Once you have a clear idea of how much money you spend on your fixed expenses monthly, it is easy to figure out how much money you can put aside regularly.

2. Realistic amount

Set the amount that you want to save regularly and stick with it. Don’t set the value too high cause you will never know when you suddenly get unexpected expenses. Just put aside a sum which is realistic to you. If you can have your saving account linked together with you bank account that would be great. Just set-up few saving accounts specifically for each purpose; for example name them as travel, car, house or urgency. Set a fixed date every month where money from your bank account would be automatically transferred to your saving account. If it is impossible for you to set-up several saving accounts, just have one saving account where you can set the limit on how much you can withdraw. However, DO NOT use money from you saving account unless it’s URGENT.

3. Limit going out or eating out

If you think about it, going out or eating out cost you a lot of money especially if you do it once a week. You can easily spend around 50 bucks on food or drinks weekly, it might seem okay to some people but why don’t you spend that 50 bucks on your plane ticket to Philippines or Greece for example.

4. Extra income from somewhere else

If you can get the opportunity to earn extra money by baby sitting your neighbour’s children, just do it! Even if the pay is not high, at least, you will have an extra income. So, why not?

5. Use a saving jar

If you have some extra coins or cash, just put it in your piggy bank. Make sure you buy one, where you can’t easily take the money out. If you are creative, you can even create your own saving jar that might look more attractive and motivate you to put money in it.There are a lot of DIY videos on YouTube on how to make one. You will be surprised by how much money you can save up in a year, it’s not going to be a lot, but hey its the effort that counts.

 

Features For Your Luggage

Luggage scales are a useful piece of kit to have at home to avoid issues with paying excess baggage fees. Most of the airlines set different weight allowances so it can be difficult to get it right for the frequent travellers. They are easy to use and can include a variety of features to match the specific needs.

Let’s take a look at the key features worth having on the luggage scales:

Weight capacity

Weight capacity is a major feature to consider. This needs to easily reach the maximum limits set by the different airlines. Many of the luggage scales will accept a load up to about 110 pounds, which is more than enough. Additionally, the accuracy can vary with the different units. Most have an accuracy leeway of about by 0.1 pounds. This is likely to give enough accuracy for most unless very close to the airlines permitted limit.

Screen lock

The weight lock is a user-friendly feature that will ensure the total weight of the luggage is kept on the display screen for a certain period of time. This makes it a lot easier for a single person to use the scales without having to hold the luggage and read the display at the same time.

Type of Display

The weight can be displayed using analogue or LCD. The LCD units are easier to read if the screen is backlit. Many of the low-cost models are particularly difficult to read in bright light conditions. Also, the LCD units will use more battery life. The alternative option is those built with a traditional clock dial. They do not rely on extra battery power and are still very easy to read.

Compact size

The luggage scales are typically compact in size which means they can be taken on any journey. This will give the option to weigh the luggage again before the return leg of the journey to avoid going over the permitted limited after buying souvenirs for friends or family on the travels.

Battery indicator

Many of the feature rich units have a battery indicator to give a quick reminder of the available charge left in the battery. This is great for those that travel often and need to make sure it is always ready to use.

Automatic shut down

A useful feature to save battery life is automatic shut down. This is often seen on the luggage scales with an LCD display. Most units will switch off after 30 to 60 seconds of no activity.

 

How To Get Best Travel Agent Tours

Are you planning a trip to a totally different city or state or country? So make it more adventurous by hiring a tour operator, because visiting a new place sounds really exciting, but it could be exhausting if you have no idea about the places to visit, language, food, etc. Hiring an operator will not only make your trip stress-free, but also economical because paying a fee to an operator is less expensive rather spending on extravagantly on other stuff on the trip. A tour operator will make you enjoy the best food in the city, beautiful sights, hotels, etc. If you are interested in knowing artifacts and history behind any historical monuments, a knowledgeable operator will provide you with all such enriching facts.

WHERE TO FIND A TOUR OPERATOR

If you are looking for a local operator you can contact the travelling agency nearby your area. Or there are many online travelling agencies offering the services of an experienced operator. Other than this there are many freelancer operators available online.

QUALITIES OF A TOUR OPERATOR-

There are certain qualities that make an operator different from others. An ideal operator is smart and knowledgeable who will guide you throughout the trip without any hassle. You need not worry about directions or route because an experienced operator will make you travel in most comfortable means of transport. More than this, an operator must be charismatic and amiable, so that you won’t feel like being on an educational tour with your school principal. A tour guide must have good communication skills because if you are travelling with a group, it is obvious that there will be chaos and confusion that an operator needs to manage with maturity. It is must for an operator to possess good organizational skills in order to maintain coordination among group members and stick to the schedule of the trip. He or she must be emphatic and cordial because no one likes to go on a trip with an arrogant person that sucks the whole fun out of the tour. Managing time is one of the greatest virtues that an operator must possess because you need to be a certain place at a particular time without any delay. An operator can either make your vacations super fun or can make it a horrible experience.

POINTS TO REMEMBER-

Before selecting an operator, first, make it sure the fee is within your travelling budget. Other than this, choose an experienced and reputed operator, because it is always wise to explore with someone having knowledge about that place. Always follow the instruction of your tour guide when it comes to directions, punctuality, means of transport, etc. Everyone needs a break from their hectic schedule, so plan a solo trip or with your friends or family, hire a tour operator and explore different cities, their culture, food and natural beauty.