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inally, here is a website where you can learn how to save money when you’re on vacation; find the best travel deals and discounts, tips, and resources; make comments; and hear from others who have tips to share.  You can find everything you need in one place.

My name is Mary VanMeer and I am the editor and moderator of the ThriftyTraveling.com website.  That’s me in the picture, standing on a balcony overlooking the Sound And Light Show area of the Sphinx and the pyramids.

I want to travel for less money! A lot less money than “full price.”

I believe that travel, yes even luxury travel, should be available to everyone on every budget.

That is why this site is devoted to travel coupons, deals, and discounts, tips, and resources that will allow all of you as well as me to travel whenever and wherever we want without throwing our money, comfort, or peace of mind away.

Pay little.  Travel BIG!  That’s what this website is all about.  Enjoy your freedom to travel regardless of your budget, and let us know about money-saving tips and resources you uncover!

 

How to Save Money When Traveling in South America
by Laura Elise Guest Blogger   There are two main ways to travel in South America: do-it-yourself or outsource your travel planning. Many budget travelers think they will lose money if they travel with a company or tour group. And yes, you will pay more for a trip booked through a compa... Read more
How to Avoid Paying Spirit Airlines’ New Carry-On Bag Fee of $100
I used to love flying on Spirit Airlines.  They used to be so friendly, and their prices were really great to the destinations they serviced.   While they are still considered a “bargain airline,” be aware that they are charging more and more for carry-on bag fees and other hidden fees. Wh... Read more
New Free California iPad App and California Mobile Website for Smartphones
If you’re planning a trip to California, or just want to dream about it, you will love the new free California iPad app and California mobile website for smartphones. The Visit California iPad app gives travelers everything they need to plan the ultimate California vacation with the following f... Read more
Guesthouses in Tokyo: Cheap Long-Term Accommodations
by Tim Chard, an American living in Tokyo, Japan (Personal Blog: lovetravelbass.com)   Part 3 of a 3-Part Series [NOTE:  Tim, who is currently living in Tokyo and has personally explored the cheapest budget accommodations in Tokyo, will present three different options: free, short term... Read more
Short-Term Cheap Hotels and Hostels in Tokyo
by Tim Chard, an American living in Tokyo, Japan (Personal Blog: lovetravelbass.com)   Part 2 of a 3-Part Series [NOTE:  Tim, who is currently living in Tokyo and has personally explored the cheapest budget accommodations in Tokyo, will present three different options: free, short ter... Read more
Couchsurfing: Free Accommodations in Tokyo
by Tim Chard, an American living in Tokyo, Japan (Personal Blog: lovetravelbass.com)   Part 1 of a 3-Part Series [NOTE:  Tim, who is currently living in Tokyo and has personally explored the cheapest budget accommodations in Tokyo, will present three different options: free, short ter... Read more
How to Get a One-Day VIP Pass to the Tour de France 2012
For the first time ever, Discover France is offering one-day VIP behind-the-scenes access to festivities surrounding the famous bike race Tour de France from June 30 through July 22, 2012. For 225 euros (approximately $299) a guest can access the VIP area in one of the many villages along the rou... Read more
Farm Sanctuary is the Perfect Family Travel Destination
Have you ever cuddled with a cow, given a pig a belly rub, or talked to a turkey? At Farm Sanctuary, you’ll get your chance! The rescued animals at Farm Sanctuary love greeting guests as much as you’ll love touring these unique sanctuaries. You’ll discover that farm animals are much like the d... Read more
ThriftyTraveling.com Launches a Free Travel Newsletter
The first issue of Travel Discounts, News, Tips, and Resources from ThriftyTraveling.com has been published.  It is loaded with: helpful articles travel coupons and deals travel products that are on sale, and travel news you can use. If you haven’t signed up for this free travel news... Read more
2012 Earth Day Celebrations in the Florida Keys
Earth Day 2012 will be celebrated worldwide on April 22; but in the Florida Keys and Key West, surrounded by a national marine sanctuary and paralleled by the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, celebrations take place up to and including Earth Day. Here is a list of the ... Read more
5 Cool Travel Accessories
Here are five cool travel accessories that will make your next trip much more comfortable and fun.  Check them out with the links provided next to them. #1: Powerbag Messenger Bag with Battery for Charging Smartphones, Tablets, and e-Readers Do you get shaky when your high-tech tools are on 10% b... Read more
What is the Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England?
Do you ever get confused and wonder what the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England is?  And where does Ireland and Northern Ireland fit into all this?  And what are the British Isles? Well, I have come across an incredibly-helpful and amusing video on YouTube that an... Read more
How to Avoid Catching a Cold or the Flu from Airplane Germs
by Juan Vives You can protect yourself from catching a flu bug, cold, or airplane germs in a crowded airplane by following a few simple rules. There is nothing worse than arriving sick at your vacation spot or taking home a cold as a souvenir.  A few of the best healthy travel practices will help ... Read more
Cheap Eats in Bangkok: Food Courts
By Pavee Suvagondha Thailand is famed for great cheap and tasty food. Most people might only think of getting Thai food from a local restaurant or getting some from a street vendor. However, the food court is a great way to explore local eats. There are many great food courts in Bangkok. Eating at ... Read more
Free Travel Guide to Fairbanks, Alaska
Alaska is a beautiful and fascinating travel destination.  One city you shouldn’t miss is Fairbanks.  The full-color, 2012 free travel guide to Fairbanks, Alaska, is now available by mail or online. This annual publication introduces the heart of Alaska, characterized by wide expanses of tund... Read more
Greenloons.com Provides Eco-Travel That Is “Eco-Nomical”
While Greenloons.com began as an informational site to educate the world about eco-travel, it now offers certified vacations for budget-conscious eco-travelers. Calling many of her eco-travel destinations and lodges “eco-nomical,” Irene Lane, founder of Greenloons.com, says, “As the popular... Read more
Do I Need a Tourist or Travel Visa for My Next Trip?
When planning your next adventure abroad, make sure your passport and all necessary travel tourist visas are valid and taken care of prior to departure to ensure a hassle-free trip. There are different types of travel visas, but tourist and business visas are most common. Most countries do not re... Read more
Columbia Cougar Flats II Family Cabin Dome Tent Is On Sale!
Whether you’re part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a family on a budget, or just someone who would love to have a living room and bedroom when camping, the two-room Columbia Cougar Flats II Family Cabin Dome Tent is perfect for you.  If you have the kids with you, they can sleep in one room ... Read more
Travel Tip: What Do Travel Descriptions Really Mean?
What they say isn’t always what you get! When reading a tour, hotel, cruise, or any type of travel brochure, ad, or website description, watch out for those hidden words that make a special promotion or hotel sound WONDERFUL, when in reality they are "legally" though "unethically" misrepresenting... Read more
Need a Taxi at Bangkok International Airport (BKK)? Know your Price!
by Juan Vives   Here is another post to help you plan your travel, save travel money, and avoid travel scams.  Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is pretty easy to get around.  Knowing a few things about transportation at the BKK Airport will save you some travel time and money.... Read more


 
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