Legendary Rush Drummer Neil Peart Passed Away and What That Has to do with Travel

The music world has lost its professor. Neil Peart is gone. His music legacy will certainly live on, but also his travel legacy. Click through because you want to know why a rock drummer eulogy belongs on a travel blog.

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Travel More This Year: 15 Guaranteed Tactics to Get You Out of Town

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After the resolutions and goals regarding exercise, diet, and finances get put on paper, one of the other most common goals people put out there is to travel more. While a third of Americans have a passport and a lot more travel on road trips, the vacation deficit is still deplorable, despite an unemployment rate […]

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What to Do in Medellín, Colombia

Travelers from around the world are finding something extraordinary in a place called Medellín, Colombia. There are three really important things to know about Medellín if you’re planning to travel here to fall in love with a Colombian city that is capturing the hearts of both seasoned travelers and “hipster” tourists.

The first thing to know about Medellín is that its setting is somewhat magical. The city is nestled in the Aburrá Valley within the Andes region of South America. Travelers get to enjoy a thriving, colorful Colombian city that is set among cloud-piercing mountains and sprawling coffee plantations. The second thing to know about Medellín is that it’s pretty big. In fact, it is second in size only to Bogotá. About 3 million people call the busy, vibrant streets of the capital of Aburrá home today. The third thing to know about Medellín is that TIME named it the most dangerous city in the world just 25 years ago. In fact, Medellín’s claim to fame for many decades has been that it is the hometown of Pablo Escobar. Fans of “Narcos” on Netflix may already know about Medellín’s past. Younger travelers may find it hard to believe that many people consider Medellín to be the cradle of cocaine culture as they walk barefoot in serene spaces or take street-food cooking lessons. Medellín stands as a transformed place today. Modern tourists will find a place that is safe, friendly and stunningly beautiful. Feeling intrigued? Take a look at a quick travel guide for modern Medellín!

Ride the Medellín Metrocable

Every city has its shortlist of must-see attractions. Medellín is no exception! What is the quintessential attraction to add to your itinerary if you have some time to spend in this Colombian hot spot? The Medellín Metrocable offers a great way to cover a lot of the city while enjoying incredible views if you only have a little bit of time. Many people actually credit the cable cars of Medellín with the city’s transformation. The cable cars have made it possible for people from all over the city to be connected in a way that they never were before. In addition, riding on these gondolas that seem to climb up the Andes is a real treat! The Medellín Metrocable actually operates four separate lines. The best part is that each ride costs less than a dollar.

Hit All the Big Attractions

It’s okay to approach Medellín like you would any big city. There are plenty of mainstream attractions, museums and public squares to keep you busy. Here’s a roundup of the totally touristy places to check out while visiting Medellín:

  • Jardin Botanico de Medellín.
  • Plaza Botero.
  • Antioquia Museum.
  • Parque Explora.
  • El Castillo Museum and Gardens.
  • Santa Fe Zoo.
  • El Tesoro Shopping Park.

One really special place to go is a neighborhood called Comuna 13. This neighborhood was once the epicenter of violence and murder in the city. It is now considered to be the main attraction in Medellín. No place speaks to the extreme transformation of Medellín the way Comuna 13 does! Today’s visitors find vibrant streets filled with vendors selling mango ice cream, kids playing soccer and musicians creating beats. Be sure to look for the famed graffiti of Comuna 13 while you’re visiting the neighborhood!

Do a Food Tour

Medellín is having a foodie moment right now. Tons of tour agencies currently offer specialized tours that will show you all of the Colombian dishes that are popular in the region. In addition, most tours will expose you to both tasting sessions and cooking lessons! The nice part about taking a food tour of Medellín is that you’ll probably meet some really fun and interesting people from all over the world as you go on a Colombian taste odyssey! One of the superstars of the Medellín food scene right now is a dish called bandeja paisa. While the dish has some variations, it typically consists of red beans with pork, plantains, white rice, ground meat, fried egg, chorizo, black pudding, avocado and lemon.

Enjoy Coffee in the El Poblado Neighborhood

Most tourists find themselves in Medellín’s El Poblado neighborhood eventually. This really isn’t a bad thing. El Poblado actually features many of the best coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars in the city. Drinking coffee is a big part of life in the city. In fact, you may want to consider adopting a caffeine habit during your stay even if you rarely touch the stuff at home. Stick to the Parque Lleras area if you’re unsure about where to go to find popular, trendy places. This lovely square lined with trees and shrubbery is full of places that serve coffees from local roasters. Keep in mind that most businesses in the city are closed on Sundays!

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for a Bargain

Medellín has some pretty incredible markets. In fact, you can’t really say you’ve experienced the true vibe of this city if you haven’t explored a few markets. You’ll find vendors offering clothing, leather goods, wool creations, jewelry and trinkets that will make great keepsakes to bring home from your trip. The big thing to know is that bargaining is totally acceptable here. What’s more, bargaining at Medellín’s markets is actually encouraged. You can typically negotiate a price down by as much as 30 percent if you’re relentless!

Take a Day Trip to Laguna de Guatape

A visit to stunning Laguna de Guatape requires a two-hour drive outside of Medellín. The journey will bring you to the real Colombian countryside. In fact, you’ll see cattle and farms during your journey to this beautiful area of lakes and steep peaks. Most people come to Laguna de Guatape exclusively to see the views from the monolithic rock that is found here. You should know that getting to the top of the monolith at Laguna de Guatape requires 650 steps. Be sure to pace yourself to avoid getting out of breath!

It’s a Great Time to See Medellín

The nice thing about visiting Medellín right now is that it’s a place that’s still in the process of being discovered by world travelers. Most people who fall in love with the city after visiting are shocked to discover that it is still so unknown in the mainstream tourism world. Of course, this city’s obscurity lessens with each day. Put Medellín on your must-visit list while it’s still an undiscovered treasure!

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A New Year and New Goals

The Frugal Travel Guy blog entered its third decade in 2020. Wow! How time flies. I started on a whim October 27, 2007 and the blog has been sharing success stories, travel tips and credit card plans that have been shared with thousands.

The hobby has changed. I’ve changed. People’s attitudes and behaviors have truly changed, yet the one underlying glue that keeps us all together is the desire to see the world at prices we all can afford. I’ll turn 70 in 2020 and I can say without hesitation, my goal of seeing the world has been accomplished. It may be my age, stiff back or the fact that we have been to 73 countries already has led me to the idea, It’s time to slow down. Our adventures have turned more domestic and grandchild centered. And those long rides in coach, or even in first class, have become a thing of the past. The idea of flying to the west coast from South Carolina is a “big deal” now when in the past I’ve considered it just a repositioning flight. I am no longer flying for status or mattress running for hotel status. The Lifetime Platinum on American I earned will have to do and I can buy status on Hilton with the Aspire card. I’m gonna be okay.

But the funny thing about this time of life is I’m still addicted to the game. I look every morning for the latest deal, am amazed at how cheap you can fly coach around the world, and quite frankly am astounded at how big this game has grown. It seems that the name Frugal Travel Guy was the perfect nickname for me.

My wife and I still apply for credit cards. We have all the miles we need so our concentration has shifted from United, or American or Delta or Avianca cards (but we still apply for them). We are concentrating more now on Membership Rewards points that we can turn into cash with a Schwab Platinum card paired with an Amex card. Every week we still add Ultimate Rewards points to our totals with an old INK card that pays 5X up to $50K per year on office supplies, cable, phone, and internet.

In addition to the switch to cashback, we are also gravitating to maximizing bonus category spend. Any airline tickets we buy are on a 5X Platinum card. Dining is done with a 4X Amex Gold and groceries with the same Gold card. And the Navy Federal 3x card when we reached the $25K grocery max with Gold. And the same Navy Federal for 3X groceries has become our card of choice for gas as well at 3X.

And with all these new-fangled phone apps, I’ve got stock coming in from Bumped, IConsumer. Earning some referrals still on SoFi Invest which pays a $100 bonus with $1000 initial deposit. A 10% guaranteed the first week seems like a pretty solid deal to me. I took advantage of both the SoFi Money and Invest accounts. Here a link to the Invest account which pays you $100 on new account opening with no fees and the ability to buy partial shares which is great for new small-time investors: I get a referral as well.

https://www.sofo.com/share/invest/2714782

And now a word of warning: There are unhappy and entitled people in the hobby. They think that sharing a deal will kill a deal. They are correct at some point, but how else do we spread the word to other like-minded individuals. And you’ll hear the folks of gloom and doom. “The hobby is falling apart. There are no more good deals”  My response is BS.  Katy and I have earned 16 credit card sign up bonuses this last year alone and earned more miles and points than we will ever need.

It’s time for us to pass the tricks of the trade, and a few miles and points of course, on to the next generation. Don’t be surprised if you are still playing many years from now. Enjoy where you are on your journey. Expect the changes coming in the future and be ready to change with them.

Happy New Year.

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Exploring Bremen: One day in this charming and affordable city

One of Germany’s 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Bremen is a handsome city filled with impressive architecture, a spectacular old town, playful public art, Brother Grimm folklore and plenty of budget attractions along the way.

Best of all, it is possible to visit Bremen’s top highlights in just one day!

And with bus fares as low as €1 from Berlin, it can make for a super cheap excursion in Northern Germany. To get the most out of your visit, we’ve come up with the ideal itinerary to guide you through the city, so you get a taste of what you’ll find in this charming gem.

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Budget travel guide to Bremen

Bremen Hauptbahnhof

Bremen Hauptbahnhof rail station is the main point of entry to the city. Photo: Sascha Ureten

Arriving at the main train station

No matter how long you’re staying or where you’re coming from, you will almost certainly arrive in town at or near the city’s main train station. This fabulous brick building with its stripes and ornate detailing is worth examining more closely. Take a few minutes to enjoy the facade and get a quick taste of the city’s history from the giant tile mural in the station’s entry hall. Here you’ll find a Rossmann drugstore, while at the rear of the station are two grocery stores (Edeka and ALDI), in case you need to replenish your supplies before continuing onward.

A small branch of the tourist information office, located on the left side of the entry hall, can outfit you with a basic town map. Just beyond this are the station’s lockers, where you can stash your luggage starting at just €3.

Bremen Windmill

The first landmark you will see is the windmill in Wallanlagen Park when walking from the train station to Old Town. Photo: berndwhv

Stroll past a towering windmill

From here, it’s a short walk to Bremen’s old city center. You’ll pass first by a beautiful, gray windmill, in the spring and summer surrounded by flowers, which (believe it or not) is the most photographed site in the city. You’ll know you’ve headed the right direction when you pass the sculpture of a herd of pigs!

Following the pedestrian zone will lead you straight to the old and new city halls, the St. Petri and Liebfrauen churches, the Roland statue and the Bremen Town Musicians sculpture, all of which is sandwiched between two weekday markets.

Bremen City Hall

Bremen City Hall dates back to the 1500s and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo: delawega

Take a tour of City Hall

The only way to see the luxuriously decorated city hall inside is to pay for an hour-long tour from the tourist information. Guides speak both German and English. Your €5 entry fee grants you admission to the staircase area, a ballroom and the main council hall, including its golden room. The free and Hanseatic city’s long history is recounted on the hall wall, while statues, intricately carved woodwork, stained glass, hanging ship models and artwork round out the display. Tours are held multiple times per day and can be purchased in advance online.

Town Musicians of Bremen

Make a wish on the donkey’s legs at this statue based on the Brothers Grimm folktale Town Musicians of Bremen. Photo: Paul Koch


Make a wish on a playful sculpture

On the west side of city hall is a sculpture of the Town Musicians of Bremen — a group of four scrappy animals, as the Brothers Grimm would tell us, who scared off a thief by standing on each others’ backs to appear larger. Hold onto both of the donkey’s legs to make your wish. In front of the city hall, you’ll find Germany’s largest Roland statue, a popular symbol of personal and economic freedom.

In temperate months, it is possible to climb the St. Petri tower for a view of this central area. Entrance to both churches is free, but the buildings’ highlights — mosaics, stone carvings, sculptures, detailed iron doors — are visible on the exterior.

Enjoy a picnic lunch with market-fresh food

On the northern side of the cathedral, there is a fountain and some wooden benches which make an excellent place to enjoy either a picnic lunch or fresh food from the daily market held here. Alternatively, a small sculpture garden situated behind the Bremer state legislature (the most modern building in this space, facing Roland) offers another quiet reprieve.

Bottcherstrasse

Keep an eye out for quirky design details along Böttcherstrasse, like these at the Ludwig Roselius Haus. Photo: Dimitar Denev

Wander the unique pedestrian zone along Böttcherstrasse

Down a well-marked alleyway toward the river (when in doubt, follow the sounds of the changing cast of street musicians parked here) is the Böttcherstrasse, a tiny, quaint pedestrian zone that was saved from Nazi destruction by the street’s patron, Bremen caffeine-free coffee magnate Ludwig Roselius. Here you’ll find specialty shops, a few restaurants and bars, two museums, an hourly glockenspiel and even a hotel — but also lots of adorable details. Give yourself a little more time to find all the hidden extras in this street.

From here, you can either:

1. Cut southeastward to wander the alleyways of the Schnoor district, taking the long way back to the train station by walking along the river on the wide riverside promenade.

2. Head along the northernmost edge of the Schnoor to visit Bremen’s Kunsthalle, a respectable collection of art with rotating exhibits of contemporary artists (€12), then following the Wallanlagen park back toward the train station.

3. Or head straight back toward the train station to visit the Übersee Museum, an excellent and extensive ethnographic and natural history collection (€7.50).

With an extra day in the city, plan in a visit to one or both of the museums you might have missed and, if it’s the right season, an excursion to the Rhododendron Park to visit its 3600 varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons.

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Valentine’s Day: Romantic hotels in Rome that won’t break the bank

Even on the continent that invented romance, few cities rival Rome when it comes to creating or fostering amore. The Eternal City is chock-full of quiet lanes for strolling, pasta dishes for sharing, and covert corners for stealing kisses.

Still need more proof? We made a list of the 5 most romantic spots in Rome.

But any good lover knows that a romantic getaway isn’t complete without a love nest. And luckily, Rome offers dozens of affordable hotels that offer romance without breaking the budget. So tell your sweetheart it’s time to go to Rome!

Here our favorite romantic hotels in Rome:

Marta Guest House: For the lovers on a budget

Vatican & Prati
Double rooms from $85

The Marta Guest House is by all accounts a simple pension, but a tucked-away location (on a side street off of Piazza Cavour) and sweet decorative touches (think wrought-iron bed frames and pretty gold fabrics), make it a great pick for a little lovin’ on the cheap. Read the full review


 

Pantheon View Rome

Nothing says romance like Champagne and flowers in your hotel room. Welcome to Pantheon View!

Pantheon View: Romantico classico

Pantheon-Piazza Navona
Double rooms from $111

A former haunt of Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and others, this charming and historic B&B embodies quintessential Rome. Each room is slightly different, but you can always expect distinct charms, such as chandeliers or candelabras, lovely balconies or even a view of the Pantheon’s dome. Read the full review


 

Hotel Giuggioli: Modern mood

Vatican & Prati
Double rooms from $77

Set on the first floor of a historic palazzo, the two-star Giuggioli takes the sleek, minimalist road. The rooms are simple yet stylish and contain useful amenities (like a mini-fridge). Some also offer small balconies. Read the full review


 

Hotel San Francesco: Extra indulgence

Vatican & Prati
Double rooms from $84

Classic meets modern at the three-star Hotel San Francesco, a former seminary in the quiet and lovely neighborhood of Trastevere. The reception is dominated by sparkling marble floors and a Baby Grand, and rooms are chic with dark wooden furnishings. Some rooms feature extras like jacuzzi tubs, and the hotel also has a lovely roof terrace perfect for cozying up to enjoy a sunset drink. Read the full review


 

Hotel Boccacio

You and your sweetheart will fall for the elegant interior of Hotel Boccacio.

Hotel Boccaccio: Sweet yet stylish

Vatican & Prati
Double rooms from $77

The homey vibe at the one-star Boccaccio puts guests at ease, and the pretty décor (each room is unique) adds atmosphere. A plant-festooned patio is the icing on the affordable cake. Read the full review


Looking for even more budget hotels in Rome? Check out our top cheap hotels in the Eternal City or browse our entire hotel catalog for Rome.

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Points and Miles 101: Don’t Waste A Good Credit Score

Many newcomers to the points and miles hobby believe that opening new accounts can be damaging to their credit score. That fear can be magnified for FICO scores over 750, leading to a situation where a consumer avoids taking on new credit.

The truth is very different. If you open new accounts at a reasonably spaced interval and manage your credit responsibly, acquiring new cards can actually improve your score. In fact, if you have a credit score north of 750 and have no plans to buy a house or apply for a mortgage, you’re wasting a good credit profile by not using it. While a new account may initially ding your score by three or five points, you’ll recover quickly with the aid of good money management.

For starters, let’s look at the components that make up your credit score. There are many different scoring systems, but most lenders rely on your FICO score, a three-digit number introduced in 1989. There are different versions of the FICO score, but the classic one ranges from 300 to 850 (the bankcard score and auto score go from 250 to 900). All of your personal accounts are reported to Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, the three major credit bureaus. Your classic FICO score is based on these components:

  • Payment history (35%): The most important thing to lenders is whether you pay your bills on time. A few late payments won’t kill you, but liens, judgements, charge-offs and foreclosures are the kiss of death, along with chronic late payments.
  • Amount of debt (30%): It’s fine to owe money, but the most important thing is how much of your available credit you’re using. A high ratio of debt to credit indicates high risk to potential lenders; most experts say to shoot for a ratio in the range of 5-10%.
  • Length of credit history (15%): This is an important factor. Lenders will look at how long your accounts have been open (particularly the age of your oldest account) as well as the average age of your accounts. For that reason, it’s important not to close older accounts even if they’re idle.
  • Credit mix (10%): Someone considering lending you money will analyze how much of your credit comes from credit cards, retail accounts, and car and mortgage loans.
  • New credit (10%): People who have opened a large number of accounts in a short period of time are regarded as a classic risk, especially those who don’t have a lengthy credit history.

When you analyze these factors, a pattern emerges: responsible people with large amounts of available credit are much better risks than those with one or two cards and a short credit history. Is $2,000 a great deal of credit card debt? If your available credit is $40,000, the answer is no—a 5% usage indicates that you understand how to manage money. If your total credit is $5,000, it becomes a very different story—your $2,000 in debt translates to 40%, which puts a red flag on your profile.

Here are the most important factors when it comes to opening new accounts and safeguarding your credit score in general.

Monitor Your Credit

Sign up for a system such as Credit Karma or Credit Sesame, which allows you to check both your score and your credit report and keep track of any fluctuations.

Apply for New Accounts at a Measured Pace

A good rule of thumb is to wait 4-6 months between applications. Make a wish list of the credit cards you want and prioritize them; otherwise, you run the risk of appearing desperate for cash. Remember that lenders also look at the number of new account inquiries on your credit report.

However, when applying for a mortgage or car loan, focus your applications in a short period of time. This seems like the reverse of the advice given above, but you could easily apply three or four times in either situation. If you file those applications within a week or two, the system will pick up on what you’re doing and count them as one.

Don’t Close Your Oldest Accounts

Age of accounts is an important factor in computing your credit score, so you want to leave older accounts open even if you’re not using them.

Keep Your Balances Low

In a nutshell, keep your balances low relative to your available credit. Other than paying your bills on time, this is the most important factor on building a solid credit profile.

Be Strategic in Your Applications

Only apply for the credit you really need. Resist the temptation to succumb to attractive bonus offers.

Whatever You Do, Avoid Carrying a Balance

This advice goes way beyond how your credit profile looks to a prospective lender. Credit card interest rates fluctuate according to the borrowers’ creditworthiness, rates of 20% or more are not unusual, and monthly charges can escalate very rapidly. If you can’t pay off your balances each month, don’t collect points and miles.

When You Shouldn’t Open New Accounts

Don’t open new accounts if you plan on buying a car or house. This applies in particular to mortgages, and you want to be very careful if you know a home purchase is on the horizon. Remember that the reverse is also true: If you have a good credit score and no plans to take out a mortgage or auto loan, you’re wasting that score by not using it.

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5 Affordable Ski Villages in Europe: The best budget-friendly slopes

No doubt about it, Europe has great slopes to offer skiers of all ages or skills. But if you venture up the most famous mountains in Austria or Switzerland, they’ll set you back a pretty penny, with expensive ski passes, overpriced food, pricey accommodation… you name it.

However, snow hounds on a budget, shouldn’t despair. Europe still has many great destinations where you can speed down snow-covered mountains at lower prices. We’ve gathered our top five spots for budget skiing in Europe, located in five different countries. We’re here to help you plan your next European ski trip, the cheapo way!


Top 5 destinations for budget skiing in Europe

1. Bansko, Bulgaria

Located about 100 miles from Sofia’s airport, Bansko has the longest ski season in Bulgaria, with snow-covered slopes from mid-December to mid-May. The town is nestled at the foot of the scenic Pirin Mountains and features a quaint old town square with stone buildings mixed in with modern lodges and restaurants that have popped up in recent years.

The ski runs are located in two main areas: Chalin Valog (3,600 – 5,250 feet) and Shilgarnika (5,577 – 8,202 feet). Although it does offer one black ski run, this ski resort is more suitable for beginner or intermediate skiers. Snowboarders can try out new tricks at the Balkans’ first snow park, complete with a half-pipe for ripping up the flakes.

Hotels: Rates start as low as $30 for a double room in Bansko. Search for accommodations in Bansko.

The Slovenian ski resort village of Kranjska Gora. Photo: Leon

The Slovenian ski resort village of Kranjska Gora. Photo: Leon

2. Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Slovenia’s best-known ski resort is located a mere four miles from the border of both Italy and Austria, but you can blaze down the slopes here for far less cash. Kranjska Gora, a narrow valley situated between the Julian Alps and the Karavanke, offers nearly 20 miles of ski slopes serviced by 16 ski lifts, as well as breathtaking alpine views.

This family-friendly ski resort has several slopes ranging from around 2,600 to 5,325 feet. Although most of the trails are geared towards the beginner or intermediate skier, the Podkoren trail is more demanding. In fact, some of the world’s best skiers compete on this run every year for the acclaimed Vitranc Cup in men’s slalom and giant slalom races.

Hotels in Kranjska Gora: Rates for four-star hotels start under $70 per night. Search over 140 hotels in Kranjska Gora.

Riding the lift up the trails of Livigno, Italy. Photo: Peter

Riding the lift up the trails of Livigno, Italy with the village in the background. Photo: Peter

3. Livigno, Italy

Because of its remote location high up in the mountains of northern Italy, Livigno ski resort is known to locals as “Piccollo Tibet” (Little Tibet). Located near the Swiss border, Livigno makes an excellent alternative for skiers on a budget. Not only are the prices far less than their Swiss neighbors, this area, known as the Spol Valley, also enjoys a duty-free status. This means you can hit the slopes, then shop ‘til you drop, before partaking in a little lively après ski party time. Most suited to intermediate skiers, Livigno does have a handful of black runs as well as a snow park.

Hotels: The village of Livigno is comprised of three original villages that have merged to create a resort town that runs about 2.5 miles long. When choosing accommodation, make sure you have easy access to the ski lift and amenities. Although the village does offer a free ski bus service, the service doesn’t run regularly and stops fairly early in the evening. Search over 350 hotels in Livigno.

Skiing down into the valley at Brauneck Bergbahn. Photo: Sebastian W.

Skiing down into the valley at Brauneck Bergbahn. Photo: Sebastian W.

4. Brauneck Bergbahn, Germany

Located just over an hour south of Munich, the ski area on Brauneck Mountain has a lot to offer skiers of all ages and abilities. A family-friendly ski resort, Brauneck has everything from children’s areas with ski schools to cross-country ski trails and World Cup ski runs.

The town of Lenggries has a storybook charm. You’ll find plenty of guesthouses off country roads that serve up local Bavarian cuisine and beer at a nice price. If you want to add some sightseeing to your ski vacation, great sights and cities such as Munich, Salzburg, Oberammergau, Germany’s Romantic Road, and Neuschwanstein are all an easy drive an hour or less away.

Hotels: Find rooms for $100 and up in Lenggries.

Skiers getting ready to hit the slopes of Zakopane. Photo: MoFA

Skiers getting ready to hit the slopes of Zakopane. Photo: MoFA

5. Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane is a ski resort nestled in the Tatra mountains, about two hours south of Krakow. An airport transfer bus from both Krakow and Katowice is possible, with prices ranging from $90 for 1 to 3 people. Most lifts in the area offer a pay-as-you-go rate. For beginners, this means lower prices than the more common day pass at other resorts, and more advanced skiers hankering to hit the slopes hard will still pay less than they would at pricier resorts in Western Europe.

Zakopane also boasts plenty of cheap eats and bargain drinks, so be sure and chow down on some pierogi washed down with a Polish Zywiec beer after your day of snowy fun. Check out our guide to Zakopane, Poland’s premier mountain resort.

Hotels in Zakopane: Rooms can be found for $50 and under per night. Search over 1,000 hotels in Zakopane.


Do you have a favorite ski slope that won’t break the bank? Let us know in the comments!

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New Travel Stories for the 2020s

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When I launched Perceptive Travel way back in January of 2006, we started off strong: in that first issue were Peter Moore, Rolf Potts, Jen Leo, Howard Stephens, and Bruce Northam. I appeared on podcasts recently hosted by two of those people and have had some great adventures with one of them since, probably connecting […]

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