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…]

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…]

How I Earned 30K Hotel Points with Almost No Effort

Want to read something badass? Mark stops by to share how he earned 30K hotel points with almost no effort at his favorite hotel chain.I’m in Jamaica and either sleeping or mildly intoxicated at the moment. (Maybe both) Please enjoy this post from my friend Mark at BareBudgetGuy.com.

I recently experienced the second-worst sleep of my life, unfortunately at my favorite hotel chain. I was, however, able to obtain reasonable compensation by using less than 500 written words. Let me explain. [Read more…]

How to Travel with Kids On a Budget

Family walking on the beachWhen you have young kids, travel can be both inconvenient and expensive. Not only do you have to lug car seats and diaper bags all over the place, but you also have to learn to live with higher travel expenses overall.

Obviously, this should be expected. After all, little bodies take up space on airplanes and often require pricey snacks and their own tickets to attractions.

It almost makes you want to just stay home, doesn’t it? [Read more…]

Frugal Travel: Where Would You Go for Five Days?

The view from the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto...

The view from the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto…

Do you ever think about where in the world you would travel if you had an unlimited amount of money and time?  I’ll tell you were I would go.

First of all, I’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives and I know the clock is ticking since it is basically sinking into the ocean.  And second, I would probably go to see the Great Pyramid of Giza because I think it’s crazy.  Other regions of the world I want to visit include nearly all of Europe that I haven’t seen, the Norwegian Fjords, basically all of Iceland, and several regions in South America.  Of course, parts of Asia would make the list as well.  I would love to go to Thailand, for example, and I have always wanted to see the Terracotta Warriors in China. <Fun Fact: I am slightly obsessed with the Terracotta warriors> [Read more…]

How We’re Going to Jamaica For FREE Next Year

Here we are with our Canadian friends in Jamaica....

Here we are with our Canadian friends in Jamaica….

Hey party people!  I’m currently in the midst of planning my family’s 2015 vacations and I thought I would share a little of my mad planning skillz with you.  Are you excited?  Yes?  Good. 

Now sit back and relax while I tell you how I plan to take my husband and kids to Montego Bay for Spring Break 2015 without paying anything at all.  (Okay, maybe I’ll pay a little bit).  Anyway, here’s how we’re going to Jamaica for free….and how you can do the same. [Read more…]