Month: July 2019

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Paris: 50 Do’s and Don’ts guaranteed to improve your trip

Looking for advice about how to act or what to do during your upcoming trip to Paris? The amount of “advice” online can be daunting, with endless lists about how to act like a “real” Parisian (whoever they are!). The truth is, there isn’t just one type of Parisian, nor is there one way to act when visiting the city. But you know us — we couldn’t resist creating a jumbo list of our own. However, we’re listing only friendly do’s and don’ts that will help you make the most of your trip and your budget. Do… keep reading! Related Paris reading: • 10 costly mistakes that tourists make • 10 Ways to prepare for your Paris vacation • The best SIM Cards for a trip to France Browse the cheese, but don’t forget to say hello, er “bonjour”, to the shopkeeper. Photo: LEAF Project Basics 1. Do say “Bonjour” when engaging with another person. This includes all salespeople, servers, front desk, etc. Bonus points for adding a “Monsieur” or “Madame”. 2. Don’t worry about not speaking French beyond the basics. However, do learn a couple of words. Bonjour. Au revoir. Merci. Monsieur. Madame. Oui. Non. Voila — you’ve got it. (Want…

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Italy: 5 Budget tips for exploring the Amalfi Coast

Famed for its sweeping vistas of the deep blue Mediterranean sea, picturesque hilltop villages, and an abundance of Southern Italian charm, the Amalfi Coast is a destination that any lover of beauty and romance should experience at least once. Of course, a seaside location this idyllic is also full of budget-busting traps that can quickly bring your focus away from the scenery and towards the lightening of your wallet. To help you and your budget cope, we’ve come up with a few tips that can help you enjoy the natural delights of amazing towns like Capri, Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi — without it costing you an arm and a leg. And did we mention the surprisingly affordable hotels on the Amalfi Coast? Read more about saving in Italy • 11 Simple ways to save on your trip to Italy • Avoid these common tourist mistakes in Italy • 10 Best cheap hotels in Florence How to save on a trip to the Amalfi Coast Despite its spendy reputation, this beautiful part of Italy is within the reach of Cheapos. Read on to find out how you can save on your vacation to the Amalfi Coast. Picnics are a tasty and cheap…

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International Health Insurance Options for Expats

You’ve found your perfect place to live abroad or a beach where you can live a nice life in retirement, but there are still nagging details that go along with the fun. If you’re going to move abroad for an extended time, one of your first questions is probably going to be, “What am I […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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You Can Use Your Citi ThankYou Points Towards Your Student Loans

If you have credit cards that earn points in the Citi ThankYou program, you probably already know just how versatile these rewards can be. You can use points from cards like the Citi Premier and Citi Prestige to book travel through the Citi portal, redeem for gift cards, cash in for statement credits, or shop for merchandise. Most importantly though, you can transfer your points to airline partners like Air France/Flying Blue. If you dive into the Citi ThankYou program handbook, however, there are actually more ways to redeem your points than you might expect. Some of the redemptions that caught my eye include: Payments Toward Student Loans According to Citi’s terms and conditions, you can “redeem points for a check to pay your student loans” in denominations of $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1000. Checks are payable to your financial lending institution, and they’re valid for 180 days. Payments Toward Mortgage Loans You can also ask for a check to your mortgage lender in the same $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $750, and $1,000 increments. These checks are valid for 180 days and you can mail them alongside your regular mortgage payment. Make a Charitable…

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Picture of the Week: the incredible resolution of the Fuji GFX100 and, also, a bee

I’ve been absolutely in love with my Fuji GFX100 since I bought it almost a month ago.  It’s extreme, absurd, too much, and a bit ridiculous, but that all seems to go away whenever I see the images from it. Which brings us to just now.  I was sitting there saying to myself “man, I need a picture of the week, I’ve been slacking on those” as I was walking into my condo.  My next door neighbors have some beautiful decorations on their balcony area including some railing planters with seasonal flowers.  I noticed some honeybees flying around doing, you know, bee stuff and had an idea. So, I don’t own a macro lens for the GFX…yet.  But what I do own is a 250mm telephoto lens (roughly 200mm on a full frame camera) and have 100 megapixels to play with.  I grabbed my camera to set up for a shot.  I digitally zoomed in to make sure I was focusing on the bee which would’ve worked perfectly but then the bee filled the screen and AHHH BEE.  I calmed down, focused, and shot a few quick shots. To show you the full power of this awesome camera, I’ve compressed…

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My Top 10 Pictures from 5 Years as a Photographer

Well here they are: my top ten photos from five years as a photographer. Click through because you want to see if your favorite picture of mine made the list! The post My Top 10 Pictures from 5 Years as a Photographer appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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The Best Bottles of Tequila for Under $15 in Mexico

My advice is always to look for the local bargains wherever you go in the world. In Mexico that includes good tequila for a good price. For a whole lot of brands, you can expect to pay half what you would in the USA. Sometimes less. I’m promoting Mexico from an “honorable mention” to a […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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10-day Itinerary in Spain: Touring Barcelona, Seville & Madrid, with budget tips

You’ve got a bit more than a week to spend in Spain? Lucky you! As a resident of Barcelona, I’m of course tempted to say that you could easily spend the whole time in my city, but most visitors try to see more of Spain than just the northeastern corner when they come. Indeed, you’ve not quite seen Spain if you’ve only been to Barcelona. Many tourists come here and ask where they can find the following: bullfights, flamenco and sangria. In Barcelona bullfighting has been banned. It’s not part of the Catalan culture, and neither is flamenco for that matter. Can you see a flamenco show in Barcelona? Oh yeah. And go for it, but keep in mind that it’s from the south of Spain, and you should head to Seville if you’re truly interested in experiencing “real” flamenco. In fact, why not travel to Madrid too, one of the finest cities in the world. So with an average, 10-day vacation, where should you go in Spain? There are many itinerary combinations you could concoct, but here is one suggestion that includes highlights of things to see and do along the way: Famous architecture by Gaudi is a must-see…

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Five Lessons I’ve Learned in Five Years of Photography

I cannot believe it’s been five years since I got my first “real” camera. Here are some things I’ve learned since. The post Five Lessons I’ve Learned in Five Years of Photography appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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What’s Your Favorite Way to Use Citi ThankYou Points?

While my favorite flexible rewards program will always be Chase Ultimate Rewards, I still like the Citi ThankYou program. For those who don’t know, you can earn points in this program with cards like the Citi Premier and Citi Prestige. I like the Citi ThankYou program because you can redeem points in several different ways, including booking travel directly or transferring to airline partners. I don’t currently have the Prestige, but I do have the Premier and have had the Prestige in the past. I actually have around 130,000 Citi ThankYou points to burn across my husband’s Premier account as well as my mom’s. She owes me some points — it’s a long story. How I Redeem Citi ThankYou Points Recently, I cashed in the remainder of my personal stash of Citi ThankYou points for a few different excursions in London — specifically, I used 10,620 Citi ThankYou points for a tour of the Tower of London with my husband and kids in July and 6,275 points plus $29.50 for the four of us to visit Westminster Abbey. This wasn’t the best redemption option, but I was really just using up the rest of my points for stuff we planned…

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