Month: August 2019

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Paris: A guide to ordering beer in France

While you may think of France as a place for only wine lovers, beer drinkers can be seen sipping away on just about any terrasse you come across in Paris. Available pretty much everywhere, beer is just as popular to drink as wine at a cafe or bar. But the typical beer experience in France is a bit different from the one in North America or the UK, ranging from how pints are typically ordered and served to the types of popular beers on tap. Read on for the basics on what to expect when ordering a round in the City of Light Related: 6 Tips for buying wine in France Buying a Sim Card in France 50 Ways to save on your trip to France Tips for ordering French beer 1. Small or large? In France, you don’t just get to choose the type of beer you want, but also the size of the glass. Your bartender will ask you if you want “un demi” (a half-pint that costs about €3 to 4), or “une pinte” (a pint that costs €6-8). The demi almost always costs half what the pint costs. If you’re not a big drinker, or simply want…

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August Roundup: Best Credit Cards

There’s hardly a better way to amass a pile of miles or points quickly than signing up for a new credit card and meeting the minimum spend threshold. Credit card issuers are currently competing for customers and offering better and better deals all the time—although they typically don’t last, so it’s best to jump on an offer if it appeals to you. Here’s our selection of the top ten credit card bonuses right now: 1. IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card Pros: IHG just unveiled their best-ever offer: 125,000 points after $3,000 minimum spend in the first three months. On top of that, you get 25 points per dollar at IHG properties for the first year, plus 4 points per dollar on all other categories. The card comes with Platinum status, a free night on your account anniversary at eligible hotels, a $100 rebate on TSA PreCheck or Global Entry every four years, and a free reward night on point stays of four nights or more. It has an annual fee of $89. Cons: This card is subject to Chase’s 5/24 rule: if you’ve opened five or more personal credit cards in the past two years, you’re not eligible. 2. Citi…

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Pay Attention to that “When to Go” Part…

Every guidebook covering a destination has a “when to go” section and most comprehensive travel articles do too. The problem is, a whole lot of people never read that part. They just look at the #beautiful photos on Instagram and assume that’s how it’s going to look for their trip too. Then they arrive to […] 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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Which Credit Card Should You Use On Amazon?

If you loathe shopping like I do, you have probably transitioned to buying most of the stuff you need online. I personally go as far as having groceries delivered by Instacart and using Boxed.com for all my bulk household supplies. If that doesn’t show you how much I hate shopping, I don’t know what will. I also buy a lot of random things we need on Amazon.com, mostly because it saves me time. Items I’ve purchased on Amazon.com over the last week include chemicals for my hot tub, balsamic vinegar, and hair scrunchies for my kids. I don’t spend a lot of money and I only buy things I need, but I use the service a lot to avoid heading to the store. Which Credit Card Should You Use on Amazon.com? If you’re a big Amazon shopper, it makes sense to connect your account with a credit card that will reward you for all your purchases. Any rewards credit card will work just fine, but some offer more bang for your buck. Here are a few to consider: Chase Freedom The Chase Freedom Card offers 5% back on up to $1,500 spent in categories that rotate each quarter plus 1%…

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10 ways to save on a trip to Portugal

With its mild climate, beautiful beaches and inexpensive cuisine (including the wine!), Portugal is a paradise for budget travelers, especially when compared to other destinations in Western Europe. That said, the savviest Cheapos are always looking for new ways to save a few extra euros. If that’s you, you’ve come to the right place! Related articles: • 10 Days in Portugal: A budget-friendly itinerary through Lisbon, Porto Braga • Saving in Sintra, a perfect day trip from Lisbon • How to save on dining out in Lisbon Portugal budget travel guide Here are 10 of our best tips to stretch your budget even further in Lisbon, Porto and beyond. 1. Embrace the off-season For the best prices on flights, accommodations and pretty much everything else, try to plan your trip to Portugal any time other than peak travel dates. If you can, avoid June through September along with the Easter and Christmas holidays. Generally speaking, late January through mid-March (depending on when Holy Week and Easter fall) bring lower prices and fewer crowds. 2. Book last minute hotels For the best prices on many aspects of travel, plan way ahead (months, not weeks) or wait until the last possible moment…

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Sign up for these airline newsletters to find cheap flights to Europe

Are you planning a trip to Europe? Finding a flight that won’t break the bank is one of the biggest challenges facing budget travelers. While airfare to Europe from the US might not be cheap, there are actually more deals than ever if you know where to look. There are a number of websites that will flag interesting flight sales for you (including our flights blog!), but sometimes going straight to the source is the most effective way to score a great round-trip fare, especially when airlines announce flash sales. After all, being the first to book is almost always the key to scoring flash sale fares. Related: Airline baggage fees for US to Europe carriers Below, we’ve listed 18 airlines that fly from the US to Europe, with links to their newsletters. Signing up for all of them might be a little overwhelming (although it’s not too much for serious budget travelers to handle!). We’d recommend at least signing up for some of the airlines that serve the destinations you routinely visit. Good luck scoring some cheapo flights! Airline newsletter signup pages Here are the top airline newsletters serving Europe from the United States. Aer Lingus Best for: Flying…

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Guanajuato Mexico Tours: History, Food, and Nightlife

Are you traveling to Guanajuato at some point soon, or thinking about visiting on a day trip from San Miguel de Allende? Well it’s not so easy to find tours in English, but I’ve got you covered on that. Read on for Guanajuato Mexico tours that you can pick from, all reasonably priced thanks to […] 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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Travel Fail: Budgeting in Copenhagen Gone Wrong

When I was planning our trip to Norway for June of this year, we decided to tack on an additional four nights in Copenhagen, Denmark. Our cruise ended there so staying longer made chronological sense, but we also found that flying home several days later cost a lot less on Icelandair. We had never been to Denmark before either, so I figured we would turn it into a little side trip to see what the country has to offer. From there, I set out on a journey to find lodging and things to do during our extra time. Unfortunately, finding an affordable way to enjoy Denmark wasn’t easy. The High Costs of Travel in Denmark One of the biggest problems of travel in Denmark is the 25% VAT tax added to purchases tourists make — food in restaurants, hotels, and rental cars, for example. But this problem was only compounded by the fact that prices in Denmark were already extremely high. We ultimately wanted to stay in Copenhagen as our home base, and we wound up booking an Airbnb that was approximately $400 per night. But when you tacked on the 25% VAT tax, it was $500 per night. Worse,…

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Travel Prices in Bulgaria

In most respects, Bulgaria is the cheapest place in Europe to travel, for sure the cheapest destination that wasn’t involved in the Balkan conflict of the ’90s. Transportation for a pittance, bargain meals, and $1 glasses of wine allow you to travel well for cheap. Despite the bargains, there aren’t many tourists here outside of […] 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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6 Top budget hotels in Krakow with great locations

Headed to Krakow? Budget travelers will be very happy when making hotel reservations in this popular Polish city. There are plenty of affordable places to stay right in the heart of Krakow, especially in Old Town. If you want to splurge, you can find four-star rooms for just over $100. But for loyal Cheapos, spending around $50-70 can find you a really nice stay that would usually cost double the price in Western European cities. But not all budget hotels in Krakow are created equal. We searched the city to find hotels with excellent user reviews that won’t break the bank. Read more: A budget travel guide to Krakow Top budget hotels in Krakow You’ll enjoy planning your trip to Krakow even more once you lock down a good hotel room at a good price. There are more than 2,500 hotels across Krakow. To make your search a little easier, here are six excellent budget hotels that we like in Krakow. Hotel Jan ul. Grodzka 11, Old Town Rates from $72 Nestled in the heart of Old Town, this three-star hotel is housed in a 600-year old building. The super clean rooms come with refrigerators, tea kettles, and free Wi-Fi. Even better, a…

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