One of the biggest obstacles to traveling is money. When planning a trip, the costs can start to add up and it can be discouraging. We are no strangers to this and have done a lot of things to save up some extra cash for our trips. We also are on the lookout for things we can do for free so we don’t have to spend a lot or any money either at home or while on our trip. Every little bit helps! It helps to have a game plan when starting to save for travel. Here are 50 tips that we compiled that can help you get started saving up for your next trip.
Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience
You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience Italy from a local perspective and enjoy all of the fresh foods and wine. Can’t forget the wine!
The trip is 4 nights in Naples and 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast staying at 4-star hotels. You will get to see all the sights as well as meet local people. A highlight of the trip is the cooking class with the trained Neopolitan chefs at your hotel. There will be plenty of time for shopping as well!
For more information on the trip to Italy you can take a look at the flyers below or contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Italy 2017 Trip Poster
Italy 2017 Trip Detail
Even if you are unable to go on this trip, be sure to check out Carol’s books on how eating healthy can prevent and even reverse some illnesses. She also has some fabulous recipes that you can try!
We are not receiving any type of payment or commission from this. We just really support and believe in what Carol is doing and want to share it with you! Thank you!
The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark
When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for! All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK! In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation. It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style!
Our first stop was the evening safari on Kilimanjaro Safaris. We were able to get Fastpasses so our wait time was only about 5 minutes. We had a very entertaining safari guide so the trek started out just right. Being on the savannah in the dark is such a different experience than during the day. It was not quite dark when we arrived, but just after sunset so there was a beautiful, dusky glow. Disney added very unobtrusive lighting that allowed for great viewing. The animals were so incredibly active after sunset. It was like an entirely different safari than the daytime (which we also love!). Some of the hippos were out of the water walking around, the baby rhino was actually running with its mother. The cheetahs were awake and alert, the lion and lionesses were wide awake and actually walking around! It was such a thrilling sight. For us gals who go on the safari regularly, this was almost like going on a new safari encounter all together.
Making a List and Checking it Twice!
It is that time of year again! Gift giving can be a challenge, and sometimes we end up giving gifts that are, well, kind of stupid . The Traveling Gals are excited to share some of our suggestions for the special people in your lives with our gift guide!
Traveling Gals Tip: The key to a good gift is giving something useful!
What is on your wish list this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!
Top 10 Tips For First Time Cruisers!
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10. Fly in the night before to be on the safe side. It will give you more of a cushion in case of weather delays, lost luggage, etc.
9. If traveling abroad, look into an international call package before leaving (contact your cell provider for suggestions)
8. Stay on board on one of the Port Days. That ship will be less crowded and you can enjoy the onboard amenities and maybe have the hot tub to yourself!
7. Make reservations ahead of time for spa treatments and special dining options.
6. Pre-book special Shore Excursions before the cruise. The ones you want me be sold out once you get onboard.
5. Skip the elevator and take the stairs (if possible). This way you can burn off some of those extra vacation calories.
4. Pay attention to the time when going ashore. You don’t want to miss the ship because you didn’t realize you were in a different time zone!
3. Bring a small duffle bag or carry-on bag for the first day of arrival onboard with incidentals that you may need for those first few hours, like your bathing suit and a change of clothing. Usually your staterooms will not be ready when you first get onboard and luggage can sometimes take several hours to be delivered.
2. Bring your important documents (passport or birth certificate, visas, credit cards). Check and double check with the ship for individual requirements. You will not be allowed onboard without these!
- Enjoy every moment! The days go by very fast on a cruise and soon you will be back to reality.
What tips would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
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