My Italy Trip Recap (and My Favorite Rewards Redemptions)

I recently got back from a ten-day trip in Italy with my husband, my best friend, and her husband. It was my bestie’s 40th birthday and they have never been to Italy before. We wanted to see the popular sights, but we also wanted to drink limoncello, do a lot of people …

Are You Avoiding Mexico City for Outdated Reasons?

Are You Avoiding Mexico City for Outdated Reasons?

There’s a fantastic Metropolis a few hours’ flight away on a plane, for often not much more than a domestic flight. Have you visited Mexico City or is there something holding you back?   Most U.S. and Canadian travelers—even experienced ones—know less about the largest city in our hemisphere than …

Beating the heat in Rome: 4 beaches accessible by train for €10 or less

Beating the heat in Rome: 4 beaches accessible by train for €10 or less

Rome gets hot and crowded in the summer, and after a few days of walking around the city and seeing the sights, you’re likely to need some rest. Why not cool down and relax at one of the nearby beaches? There are several beaches within an hour of Rome by …

Here’s Why You Should Use Airline Miles for One-Way Flights

Recently, a reader reached out to me for some advice on an upcoming trip to Europe with his wife. They had amassed a massive stash of Chase Ultimate Rewards points — 425,000 to be exact — but they couldn’t decide exactly how to book their trip. They knew they wanted …

All the Ways I Used Points for Our Italy Trip in April

As I write this blog post, I should really be packing for the next family trip — a much-anticipated journey to Italy for nine days. I haven’t been to Italy since last summer when we spent a week in Padua, Bologna, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast. It’s also been almost …

6 Unexpected Expenses to Expect for Your Round-the-World Travel Budget

6 Unexpected Expenses to Expect for Your Round-the-World Travel Budget

  So you’ve read your copy of The World’s Cheapest Destinations, read the books from Rolf Potts and Nomadic Matt, you’ve priced your tickets out on the Indie RTW Flight Planner, and you’ve been following a dozen bloggers doling out advice on traveling the world for cheap. You’ve been saving …

Pictures of the Week: Gloomy Business Trip to Hong Kong AND SOME NOODLES

I didn’t do a picture of the week last week because I hadn’t taken any pictures of note in the past week. This week I have. Click through because you love pictures of note! The post Pictures of the Week: Gloomy Business Trip to Hong Kong AND SOME NOODLES appeared …

Traveling While Broke: A Good Idea or Financially Irresponsible?

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a post on a Facebook group dedicated to travel. A young woman explained that she was recently laid off from her job and was considering canceling a trip she had booked well in advance. She didn’t have trip insurance, so she would …

Best budget hotels in Lyon, France

Best budget hotels in Lyon, France

Often called the gastronomical capital of France and the birthplace of cinema, Lyon is a dream destination for those who love food, wine, medieval- and Renaissance-era architecture, art and, of course, cinema. Luckily for our fellow Cheapos, all of this excitement can be enjoyed affordably, because there are plenty of …