Accommodations

10% off hotels at Priceline!

All you techies out there will love this coupon code! Priceline is offering 10% off hotels if you book an Express Deal through their mobile app. Use code V5T78SXY at checkout. Deal ends on 7/25/13.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Use Priceline's mobile app to save big!

Use Priceline’s mobile app to save big!

 

 

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Coupon code for 5% off Priceline.com!

Here’s a great coupon code that I use over and over again! Save 5% on Priceline Express Deals bookings by using the coupon code READYSET5 through 6/3/13. Five percent might not seem like a lot, but it really adds up when booking multiple nights!

Want to learn how to score great deals through Priceline? Check out my previous blog post.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the room for $39 using the coupon code!

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the 3-star room for $39 using Priceline’s coupon code!

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Coupon code for 5% off Priceline.com!

Here’s a great coupon code that I’ve used three times this month already! Save 5% on Priceline bookings by using the coupon code SPRING through 3/31/13. Five percent might not seem like a lot, but it really adds up when booking multiple nights!

Want to learn how to score great deals through Priceline? Check out my previous blog post.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the room for $39 using the coupon code!

My dog enjoyed staying at a La Quinta recently. I got the 3-star room for $39 using Priceline’s coupon code!

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Free Travel Apps

Check out a few of my favorite free travel apps!

Finding a clean bathroom while traveling can be a monumental task, especially when touring a big metropolitan area. I remember a trip to New York City a few years back that entailed a harrowing bathroom-seeking experience. After searching for a bathroom for over an hour, I finally decided to pop into a national coffee chain and use their facilities. I patronized the coffee chain back home, so I assumed their amenities would be satisfactory. I was wrong, however, and found a filthy, one-stall unisex bathroom strewn with endless unrolled toilet paper after a 45-minute wait. Today, thanks to the app, Sit or Squat, I never worry about facing this problem. Sit or Squat is a free service sponsored by Charmin that relies on users to review bathrooms in a given area.

Those of you adventurous enough to embark on a road trip without any plan intact will love Hotel Tonight. The free app for Androids and iPhones allows travelers to make last-minute hotel reservations at deeply discounted prices. Rates are revealed at noon on the day of check-in. Simply open the app in the afternoon to book your discounted hotel for that same evening.

It has happened to all of us at one time or another. We’ve forgotten to pack our toiletry kit or we’re hungry for a midnight snack – we just don’t know where to go. Next time, instead of going to bed hungry, try the app AroundMe. Frommers highly recommends the app, which provides a list of nearby pharmacies, supermarkets, theaters, restaurants, hotels, and more based on your location.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Looking for a clean bathroom while traveling? Try the app "Sit or Squat".

Looking for a clean bathroom while traveling? Try the app “Sit or Squat”.

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Lodging options for less than $70/night!

Lodging can be one of the biggest expenses while on vacation. Luck for us, Yahoo! Finance’s Farnoosh Torabi spoke with Laura Michonski of Budget Travel to score tips on finding cheap lodging.

Here are a few of Laura’s favorite lodging options – all for less than $70 per night!

HotelTonight – an app downloaded to your smartphone that will help you search last minute deals for the same day.

CouchSurfing – a website that connects travelers with hosts offering a free place to crash.

ConTENTment Camping – a service that will set up a posh tent (complete with furniture), often near popular theme parks or music festival grounds.

Watch the video clip and read the article here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Check out these low-cost options before you book your next hotel!

Check out these low-cost options before you book your next hotel!

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Save on hotels! Coupon code for 7% off Expedia bookings

Get ready to save on lodging!

Expedia has a great coupon code out right now- enjoy 7% off your hotel reservation by using code TRIPA7US5 at checkout.

Let me know what amazing deals you find!

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Save 7% on lodging, such as Chicago's Hotel Felix, through Expedia's coupon code.

Save 7% on lodging, such as Chicago’s Hotel Felix, through Expedia’s coupon code.

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On a budget, retirees sell it all to travel the world – you can too!

Tim and Lynne Martin are two retirees with a truly inspiring story. Last year, they sold nearly all of their possessions – including their home – and set out to see the world on a limited budget.

Lynne’s master plans have already brought the couple to several European countries. Although this may sound like a hectic lifestyle for retirees, Lynne typically books an apartment for a month or two at a time, allowing them to enjoy a leisurely stay and truly discover the destination like locals. (See my previous post on AirBnB apartment rentals here).

In this article, Lynne shares the ins-and-outs of their atypical retirement, including how they afford their adventurous lifestyle on a small budget.

Thanks to The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance and Lynne Martin for sharing this article.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Would you sell it all to travel the world? Image courtesy of 123rf.com

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Travel coupon codes: save big!

Planning a getaway? Try booking online and using one of these coupon codes:

Best Western: 10% off with code “MVP” at checkout.

Travelocity: $100 off flight and hotel packages. Use code “RetailMeNot100” at checkout.

Southwest Vacations: $125 off flight and hotel packages. Use code “RMN125” at checkout.

Orbitz: $50 off Las Vegas flight and hotel packages. Use code “Vegas50” at checkout.

JetBlue Airways: $50 off flight and hotel packages. Use code “ThankYou” at checkout.

As expected, restrictions apply when using coupon codes. Be sure to read the fine print. These coupon codes were found through RetailMeNot. Visit their website to find more travel savings.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Looking to get away this summer? Save money by using a coupon code from Southwest Airlines. Photo courtesy of http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20011748-10391704.html

Looking to get away this summer? Save money by using a coupon code from Southwest Airlines. Photo courtesy of http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20011748-10391704.html

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Score free upgrades on airline seats, rental cars, hotel rooms

Here’s a great video clip from the TODAY show. Budget Travel‘s Marc Peyser visited the studio to share his tips on scoring free upgrades on airline seats, rental cars, and hotel rooms.

What’s the bottom line? Being friendly and considerate goes a long way! 

Watch the short segment to learn more: TODAY Travel – how to get a free upgrade

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

We scored a free upgrade on a rental car by arriving late - all of the tiny compact cars were rented so we were told to choose whatever we wanted from the entire lot. We chose a Jeep, which was perfect for exploring the Everglades!

We scored a free upgrade on a rental car by arriving late - all of the tiny compact cars were rented so we were told to choose whatever we wanted from the entire lot. We chose a Jeep, which was perfect for exploring the Everglades!

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AirBnB $25-off sale ends 3/31/12

AirBnB, an accommodations service that lists vacation properties, is having a sale!

Save $25 on any booking of $100 or more through the end of March. Use the code BESTVALUES at checkout.

Learn more about AirBnB’s amazing deals through my post: https://travelingsaver.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/cozy-cheap-vacation-rentals-through-airbnb/

Visit http://www.airbnb.com/ to search for your next vacation rental.

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

The lanai of our AirBnB rental in the Florida Keys

The lanai of an AirBnB rental in Islamorada, FL

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