Travel Tip Tuesday: 04.19.11

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Travel Links – New Page!

Need help planning your next vacation?  Check out my new page which lists all the travel sites I visit whenever I plan any trip.  This list will continue to grow because the internet is oh so cool!

Check  it out now!

What kind of Traveler are you?

Hello fellow travelhuggers! I’ve been M.I.A for a while.  But have no fear, I’m back.  I’m starting to get the wheels turning for my trip to Asia next year and I started to think about the type of traveler I am.  I love to plan and research about where I’m going. It’s a long process for me when I’m planning a big trip. I tend to have an excel spreadsheet with my costs, and sometimes I create an itinerary.  I don’t think I’ll ever plan anything last minute, unless it’s a trip to Niagara Falls.  That’s just me.  So what kind of traveler are you?

1. The Last Minute Traveler – if you see a deal that’s is too good to pass, you will pack your bags right away and head to the airport
2. The Excel Spreadsheet/Itinerary Planner Traveler- You plan everything, even when you take a bathroom break (I’m obviously kidding about this one).
3. Deal Guru Traveler – you are a pro at finding wicked ass deals, your friends often come to you and ask you about deals
4. Take Everything I own Traveler – You hate traveling light, you need everything you own just in case!
5. The Go with the Flow Traveler – The only thing you plan is your flight and hotel. You don’t research or plan any activities ahead of time. You simply go with flow and see where your travels take you.

So what kind of Traveler are you?

Saving $$$ for your Dream Vacation

The summer is almost over and I didn’t travel anywhere, except to Niagara Falls.  My last “big” vacation was to Paris in 2006 –  four years ago! I’ve traveled to Las Vegas, Cuba, NYC, Chicago and Orlando between 2006 and now but I don’t consider those my “big” vacations. My next “big” vacation, if all goes well, will be to Asia next year. Fingers and toes crossed man! I’m excited to go there, and haven’t really started to plan anything yet because I still need to get my finances in order. If you’re trying to save money for your “big” trip or dream vacation, here are some tips you can follow:

1. Cooking at home – I love, love, love to eat out but as you know, if you eat out too much it can add up and you start to break the bank. Plus, it’s healthier to eat at home, ’cause who knows what kind of ingredients are going into your food.  This past weekend I went to a restaurant and ordered pasta and it tasted like they used ketchup as the pasta sauce with lots of salt. It was pretty nasty!

2. Have a separate account for travel savings – It’s just so much easier when you have a separate account for travel. It’s easier to keep track of and easier to see how much you’ve saved.

3. Borrow books and DVD’s at the library – I like to read and of course watch movies. The library near my house has a pretty good selection and if they don’t have what I’m looking for, I can always request it and they let me know when it’s ready for pick up. As I said in one of my earlier posts, it’s a great way to get all our travel guides..for free!

4. Smart shopping – Before I buy most things, I tend to have a conversation with myself “Do you really need this?” Most of the time I don’t, so I end up putting the item back. I’ve also started to buy things at garage sales and thrift stores. I bought a really cute black clutch purse at a garage sale for $1.00! Not only do you save money by shopping at thrift stores, you’re also being environmentally friendly! Think about it!

5. Get a Travel Rewards Credit Card – I still need to apply for one, but this is on my list of to-do’s. A travel rewards credit card is a great way to use your reward points towards hotels and flight costs. Click here to read more about it.

Happy Saving!

Affordable Boutique Hotels in NYC

If you have ever traveled to New York City, you know that the prices of hotels are insane!!! Check out these 6 new affordable boutique hotels.

ps. Thanks littlebrownbride for sending this article to me! If you’re planning a wedding check out her blog!

My top 10 things I always take on a vacation

Whenever I go on a trip, these are the top 10 things I always take with me. I didn’t put down the passport, money and medications because those are a given. Here’s my top 10:

1. iPod – I need my tunes!  If a good song is on, you might catch me chair dancing. (I’m contemplating buying an iPod touch because they have cool travel apps).

2. Travel size containers – It’s just so much easier to put moisturizer, cleanser, gel or whatever in these small travel containers. They take up less space and also weight. You can get these at any drug store. I have the Quo travel containers from Shoppers Drug Mart.

3.  Camera – I think everyone takes a camera on vacation.

4. Travel size Purrell – I always have Purrell on me.  I never leave home without it. The one time I didn’t have Purrell I got attacked by a pigeon. Ok, I’m exaggerating but its wing touch my finger and not to offend the pigeon lovers but those things are nast!

I think I would pass out if I was there with all those pigeons.

5. Hotel Slippers – I’m a bit of a germaphobe and I don’t like walking around the hotel bare feet so I carry flip flops for the hotel.

6. Thank you cards – I started to keep a few thank-you cards when I went to Cuba.  I left a thank you card in the hotel room for our cleaning lady along with some candy and she wrote me a note.  It’s a small gesture but it can make a persons day.

7. Sony ebook Reader – such a great piece of technology.  You no longer have to carry lots of books for your vacation. You can store an insane amount of books on an ebook.  Now I know the iPad just came out but I still like the Sony eBook reader.

8. Umbrella –    If it rains, my hair gets frizzy and curly and not in the pretty way.  Think of Don King meets Side Show Bob. Yeah, that’s my hair if it gets wet in the rain. Not very pretty.

9.  Band-Aids – I’m always falling down or banging into something.

10. My Roots Village Bag (Flat purse) – This purse is the perfect size for traveling. It can hold my wallet and my camera and I can hook my umbrella on the side. I love this purse. (I also carry one clutch purse that I use for going out at night).

So what’s on your  top 10 list?

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