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What’s a ‘staycation’?

With the rising price of gas and airline tickets, many of us can’t afford to travel long distances for vacation. Try the alternative – a staycation. Staycations – just like they sound – are stay at home vacations.

One of my favorite staycations took place last fall. We visited the local zoo, the beach, a maritime museum, a casino, and tried two new restaurants. All of this was accomplished on a budget and using coupon deals.

Check out these money-saving sources when planning your next staycation.

  • Restaurant.com provides deeply discounted restaurant certificates to eateries in your own backyard. Read more about Restaurant.com in one of my recent blog posts.
  • Groupon offers discounts to many attractions in your area including sporting events, winery tours, and amusement parks. Visit their website to search by zipcode for deals near you.
  • Entertainment.com serves as a large database of printable 2-for-1 coupons to restaurants and attractions. You must subscribe to their online catalog to access the coupons.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Staycations allow you to discover treasures in your own backyard, like this WPA-era tower at our local zoo.

A staycation allowed me to discover treasures in my own backyard, like this WPA-era tower at the local zoo.

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© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

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From Geekcorps to ArtCorps…volunteer vacations are a great way to travel cheaply

You may remember my recent post about volunteer vacations, which can enable you to travel cheaply AND do something good. I just came across an article by David DeFranza on the same subject. David lists some very worthy and unique organizations that can help you volunteer your way to a free vacation.

Here are a few of the volunteer organizations David highlights in his article.

Geekcorps– use your computer-nerd skills to help people in Mali, Ghana, and Lebanon.

ArtCorps – express your creative side while assisting communities facing social problems.

Willing Workers on Organic Farms – work up a sweat while helping with sustainable growing initiatives.

Read David’s full article here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

A volunteer vacation will allow you to travel cheaply AND feel rewarded. Image courtesy of americanhiking.org

A volunteer vacation will allow you to travel cheaply AND feel rewarded. Image courtesy of americanhiking.org

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© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Jessica and her husband exploring Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Does it work? Booking an airline ticket mid-day on Tuesdays for the best deal

Here’s a travel tip that has always left me wondering…does it really work? From time to time, I’ve heard travel experts claim that the best time to purchase an airline ticket is mid-day on Tuesdays. I recently read this tip again in Conde’ Nast Traveler. Please allow me to share:

“When I purchase airline tickets, I usually do it on a Tuesday between noon and 3 p.m. Airlines tend to announce fare sales on Mondays nights, and other airlines match those sales on Tuesday mornings, explains Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com.”

Have you tried this method of purchasing airline tickets? If so, please share your experience!

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Will purchasing an airline ticket mid-day on Tuesdays get you a better deal? Image courtesty of oragami-kids.com

Will purchasing an airline ticket mid-day on Tuesdays get you a better deal? Image courtesty of origami-kids.com

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Watch out! Avoid these common travel scams

Unfortunately, travel scams are a very real issue. From money-snatching monkeys in Bali to baby-throwers in Italy, we travelers need to be on alert. Scams aren’t just prevalent in overseas destinations, though. Tourists visiting US cities such as Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando can be victims of crime.

Read this article by Budget Travel’s Ray Pagliarulo to learn about travel scams, worldwide.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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