Expenses To Cut Out Of Your Travel Budget

Expenses To Cut Out Of Your Travel BudgetIf you have a tight travel budget, there are many things you can cut out to save as much money as you can. Not everything on the list below will suit everyone, but these are all things that you do not necessarily need in order to travel.

Also, just because you are cutting expenses out of your travel budget, it does not mean that you are ruining your vacation. There are plenty of ways to have fun and stay on budget! You don’t need to be rich in order to have fun while traveling.

Below are different expenses you may be able to cut out of your travel budget in order to visit your dream vacation destination:

Travel insurance.

Travel insurance can be great, but there are many credit cards out there that offer adequate enough travel insurance. You should look into whether or not your credit card offers the travel insurance you need.

I have never bought travel insurance, but I know of others who have bought it and found it well-needed. It is really up to you and what you are comfortable with.

Foreign transaction fees.

Just like with travel insurance, there are many credit cards out there that you can use in other countries without having to pay any foreign transaction fees. You may be able to find a great credit card that offers both of these options.

Extra luggage.

I always try to pack the least amount of luggage that I can. If that means that I’m cramming 20 outfits into one suitcase, I will do it. I honestly just hate having to drag multiple pieces of luggage everywhere, and I’d prefer to keep luggage on me so that nothing breaks (you never know if something will leak in the luggage area on an airplane) and so that nothing will get lost.

Skip the rental car.

In some vacation destinations, a rental car may not be that expensive. However, in other areas where off-roading is common, you can usually expect to see very high car rental costs. We once rented a car and it cost $600 for one week. I still cannot believe we paid that amount.

In some areas, you may be able to skip the cost of a rental car completely. I always like to choose a hotel in a great location so that I can avoid any sort of transportation, except for walking, altogether.

What expenses do you usually go without when you are traveling?

 

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Traveling and Bedbugs

Traveling and BedbugsI’ve done a good amount of traveling and have never once come across bedbugs. I would like to say I am lucky.

Even though I have never come across them, I still look for them every time we go on vacation just in case we need to switch hotel rooms.

If I feel one itch while I am in a hotel room, I usually start looking around a little bit more harder just in case I missed something the first time around. Luckily, I have always been wrong!

Here are different things to think about when trying to avoid bedbugs on your next vacation.

What is a bedbug?

Many people don’t know what a bedbug is. A bedbug is a small bug that sort of look like a tick. They are very small and are usually a dark red, almost brownish color. They live in mattresses and furniture (such as a couch) and bite people and animals.

Where can bedbugs be found?

Bedbugs can be found in many places. They can be in your hotel room, in a motel, on a cruise ship, in a restaurant, in a home, a hospital, and more.

How much can a bedbug infestation cost?

Bedbug costs can vary widely. Usually the total fee is anywhere from $500 to $10,000. Yes, I have actually heard of people having such a bad bedbug problem that they have had to pay nearly $10,000 to get rid of them. That is why I always look for them when I travel. I don’t want to bring any home with me!

How do I look to see if there are bedbugs?

Check the furniture and mattresses. You will want to check any area where people often sit and/or sleep. Check under the sheets of a mattress and see if there is any blood or bugs.

Examine any bites. If you wake up with bites, then there might be bedbugs in the room.

How do I avoid bringing bedbugs home?

Like I said, I always do a simple search whenever I enter an accommodation room. They don’t take long and it you don’t have to destroy anything to check for bedbugs. However, even if you don’t see bedbugs, they might still be there. Here are some of the things you can do to avoid bringing bedbugs home:

  • First, check to see if there are bedbugs. See above. If there are bedbugs, leave immediately and ask for a room change.
  • Don’t put your suitcase under the bed. Many places (such as cruise ships) tell you to put your luggage under the bed to create more space. However, this is the number one thing you should not do if you don’t want to bring bedbugs home. This is because they can attach themselves to the suitcase.
  • Wash your clothes right when you get home. The first thing I do right when I get home is to wash my clothes. I throw everything into the washer that I can.

Have you ever come across a bedbug problem? What ended up happening?

 

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Beginner’s Guide To The Colorado Trail

Beginner's Guide To The Colorado TrailThe Colorado Trail is a trail that I have been thinking about hiking for a little bit now. I’m not an expert hiker, but I would like to tackle this eventually one day. It is a great bucket list item to have!

My husband will be doing a few segments on it in a few weeks. I am extremely jealous! Eventually, we would like to go back together and possibly tackle the whole thing.

The Colorado Trail is located in the state of Colorado (obvious, right?). It is said to be one of the most beautiful trails in the United States, with all types of things to see. There are mountains, snow, wildflower fields, lakes, rivers, creeks, and more. You will pass through many beautiful national forests, mountains and more.

When is the best time to hike the Colorado Trail?

The best months to hike the Colorado Trail are usually from late June to the early days of October. This is because this is when the weather is usually best. From mid-October to mid-June, the weather is often cold and everything is usually covered in snow. It is beautiful all throughout the year, but the Colorado colors really come through in the summer time.

Where does the trail begin?

The Colorado Trail begins in Waterton Canyon (near Denver) and ends in the town of Durango. Most people start in Waterton and work their way down south. This is so that hikers can get used to the increased elevation.

How long is the trail?

There are nearly 490 miles to hike in divided into 28 segments while on this trail, with most of the trail being above 10,000 feet above sea level.

Each of the 28 segments has a way to enter and exit. They are each between around 11 to 32 miles each. The trail being broken into segments means that you can do day hikes, or you can hike the whole thing.

How long does it take to hike?

Hiking the whole Colorado Trail usually takes around four to six weeks. There is a “non-official” time from a speed hiker of 10 days though.

Camping on the Colorado Trail.

For the most part, camping on the trail is free unless you go to a campground. It can be hard though because you will have to bring everything with you. Buying and packing light weight trail and camping items are ideal in this situation.

 

What’s your favorite trail? Have you done the Colorado Trail?

 

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