FREE Disney Vacation Planning DVD

Is your family planning a trip to a Disney park this summer? Order a free Disney Vacation Planning DVD through their website. The DVD will help you assess different lodging options and ticketing packages so you can get the best deals.

Any theme park, including Disney, can be expensive. To save costs, pre-plan your meals choosing more affordable dining options or simply bring a backpack with a picnic lunch. Equipping the family with refillable water bottles will save countless dollars at vending machines too!

What other ways do you save money when taking the family to a theme park?

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Planning a family trip this summer? Order your free Disney Vacation Planning DVD.

Planning a family trip this summer? Order your free Disney Vacation Planning DVD.

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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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The 10-day, $400 road trip

I’m a big fan of the all-American road trip – especially when it means packing up the car (and husband and dog) and visiting some of our nation’s best parks. A cooler full of food and a trunk full of camping gear can make road trips a very affordable way to travel.

A few years back, we took 10 days off work and headed west. We visited eight national parks, feasted on freshly caught trout, toured a cave, photographed wild horses, saw sacred Native American quarries, and cruised around a mountain lake – all for $400 per person (including gas and souvenirs)!

Here are a few of my best money-saving tips when it comes to the all-American road trip:

1. Pack a cooler! We only dined out twice in 10 days. Otherwise, all food came from our cooler and was pre-purchased before we left home. This allowed us to avoid pricey groceries on the road. Who wants to pay $5 for a bag of marshmallows at the campground store anyway?

2. Camp! On our last big road trip we paid as little as $8 per campsite at Theodore Roosevelt National Park to over $25 at Yellowstone National Park. We would have paid well over $100 per night if we were staying at park lodges.

3. Buy a pass! – Most parks require entrance fees which can range from a few dollars to $25. Because we knew we’d be visiting so many parks, we opted for a National Park Service pass for $80. It ended up saving us about $20, plus it was good for a year so we were able to use it in Florida a few months later!

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Road trips can be an affordable way to see some our country's best natural wonders!

Road trips can be an affordable way to see some our country’s best natural wonders!

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Valentine’s Day Freebies

Are you traveling with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day? A variety of businesses are offering freebies in honor of this amorous holiday. Here are a few of my favorites:

Starbucks – buy one get one free specialty drinks after 2 pm.

Qdoba – buy one get one free meal – if you share a smooch!

Chili’s – free dessert when you purchase an entree.

See a complete list of Valentine’s Day Freebies here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Traveling on Valentine's Day? Take advantage of some freebies!

Traveling on Valentine’s Day? Take advantage of some freebies!

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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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Free travel guides

When planning a trip I typically visit numerous tourism bureau websites and fill out countless forms requesting free vacation guides, road maps, and coupons. Lately, I’ve opted for free travel guides over destination guidebooks from the mega publishers. I like the free vacation guides for a couple reasons:

1) I am a visual person and often the free travel guides have dynamic photography vs. the black-and-white layout of the guidebooks;

2) Rather than hauling around a large guidebook in my backpack, I can simply take along the smaller vacation guide – or even just rip out pages of interest.

How do I find free travel guides?

Through the website Travel Guides Free, you simply fill out one form for everything. It saves a lot of time that can be dedicated to finding your next deal, whether it’s on transportation, lodging, or dining.

Travel Guides Free a great resource. Give it a try!

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Stock up on free vacation planning guides before your next trip!

Stock up on free vacation planning guides before your next trip!

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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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Free Megabus tickets!

Get ready to plan your next adventure!

Megabus is offering free tickets to the first 200,000 customers to book travel between January 9 and February 28, 2013. I’ve taken advantage of this deal in the past, and it was great! Use promo code TRYMEGABUS at checkout to receive the discount.

Read my post about the ins-and-outs of Megabus travel here.

Book your trip through Megabus here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Receive free Megabus tickets for travel between January 9 and February 28, 2013! Photo courtesy of Megabus.

Receive free Megabus tickets for travel between January 9 and February 28, 2013! Photo courtesy of Megabus.

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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

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