Save Money on Your Next Road Trip

Traveling by car is a great way to see the country and build family memories. Use these simple tips to help save money on your next road trip.It is the middle of summer and the heat is on! Now that we’ve hit the halfway point of summer break, the kid’s summer activities have pretty much wrapped up and families are planning their last-minute vacation road trips.

I remember the good old days, taking a road trip in the back seat of our family’s 1984 maroon Chevy Impala. Once the arguments with my two siblings over who had to sit in the middle finally subsided, we had a great time cruising down the road, counting Wall Drug billboards and listening to tunes like Free Fallin’ and Fast Car. It was a fun and frugal time, and one that I’ll never forget.

Taking a road trip to your family vacation destination can be not only a fun experience, it can be a great way to save a few bucks on travel. But, if you aren’t careful, that savings can quickly be gobbled up as you make your way down the road. There’s a lot more potential for hitting financial potholes during a road trip today than there was when I was a kid. Convenience stores and restaurant chains litter the highway exit ramps. Sure, they are convenient, but they can also turn your frugal travel plans into travel budget disasters. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your travel expenses low on your next family road trip. [Read more…]

The Complete London Pass Review 2015

Is The London Pass worth it? We think so. Check out our complete London Pass review and learn how you can save money on sightseeing in London.Ah, London! The history. The majesty. The culture. I LOVE me some London!

Sure, I live to experience new places and adventures…but there is something about London that just keeps pulling me back. I could visit London a gajillion times, and I’d never get tired of being there – or run out of things to do and see. London is my favorite city in the world, and I just can’t get enough of it!

Though my love for London knows no ends, it isn’t exactly cheap. In fact, it is downright expensive. Consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, a trip to the UK’s capital city can be a drain on your pocketbook. Prices on everything from food to lodging are going to run you more than you expect. Since all the prices are listed in British Pounds (obvi), costs can really sneak up on you fast if you used to seeing American dollars. Just thinking about it is enough to make this frugal traveler’s stomach a little queasy!

But, don’t let the prices scare you off. There are plenty of ways to see London that can fit within your budget. If you want to get the most bang for your sightseeing buck, your best bet is to purchase one of my favorite city passes of all: The London Pass. [Read more…]

8 (Surprisingly) Cheap and Beautiful Travel Destinations

Finding cheap exotic vacations has become easier than ever. But where do you start? Try these 8 beautiful travel destinations for your next trip!With so much information online, finding beautiful travel destinations that fit your budget has become easier than ever. The places you can go without breaking the bank may surprise you.

But where do you start? Sometimes the sheer number of cheap vacations available can be overwhelming. Instead of hitting the beach and letting go of your cares, you can spend hours stressing out about which cheap exotic vacation to choose.

Never fear! Club Thrifty is here to help. Without further ado, here are 8 cheap and beautiful travel destinations that for you to check off your bucket list without breaking the bank! [Read more…]

Our Frugal Trip to Canada and Niagara Falls

This weekend we took a great frugal trip to Canada and Niagara Falls and we were able to do it cheaply thanks to our friends and credit card rewards.This past weekend, Greg and I took the kids for a frugal weekend trip to Canada and Niagara Falls. Well, I suppose it was more than a weekend thing. We did leave on Thursday and were gone until Monday night. Still, even though our trip was short, we had a ton of fun. Fortunately, it was also cheap – partly because we’re cheap but also because of the generosity of our friends. Here’s how it went down: [Read more…]

Travel Hacking Our Way to Italy

We love to travel and we're making our way around the world through travel hacking. This Fall, we'll be in Italy. See how we used travel hacking to do it!Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to visit Italy. Aside from the obvious reasons I would want to go, one thing that put Italy on my radar is the fact that my mom went there after college. She’s told me dozens of stories about her trip through Europe and the time she spent in Italy, and she remembers everything – where she stayed, what they ate, and funny things they saw.

Anyway, since I have basically wanted to go forever, I decided to make it happen this year. Here’s how we did it: [Read more…]

How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind

Want to go on vacation without losing your mind? Trust me, you do. This list of must-do items can help make that happen.It’s 8:00 a.m. as I write this, and I’m running on fumes after getting only 5 hours of sleep. Our flight home from Jamaica was supposed to land in Indianapolis at 11:05 p.m. last night, but it was delayed, so we didn’t get home until almost 1:00 a.m. Grrreeeaaatttt…..

I scrambled to get my kids out the door this morning before turning my attention to the 5 suitcases of dirty laundry and other stuff we brought back home with us. But once I got the first load in, I breathed a sigh of relief. Why? Because the house is clean, my work is mostly caught up, and I left for vacation with my life in order.

People ask me all the time how I go on vacation so often without losing my mind. Because, let’s be honest, travel – especially with kids – can be just as stressful and complicated as it is relaxing and carefree. Not only do you have to plan your trip, but you also have to plan for everything that needs to happen in your life when you’re gone.

How to Go On Vacation without Losing Your Mind

Here are some of the steps I take before vacation that lead to a much smoother transition once we return home: [Read more…]