Why Travel Accommodations Don't Have to Cost You a Fortune

Who doesn’t like money?

I don’t think I know a single person who couldn’t put their hands up and say, “I’d like a bit more money in my life.” Except maybe Oprah, but she’s living the dream so she doesn’t have to hold her hands up and say that. I mean, heck, she could probably buy two new hands and hire someone else to hold them up if she wanted to.

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How to Get the Best Travel Deal from Price Comparison Websites

Price comparison websites are a great resource for budget-conscious travelers, with many people skipping travel agents altogether and doing the flight booking themselves. Due to the huge growth in this type of website, there are now more price comparison options than ever before. This is a boon for travelers, but there are some extra ways to go even deeper and find hidden savings.

Know how price comparison websites work

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How to Experience New York City on a Budget

New York is an amazing city that attracts millions of curious tourists each year. It’s also well known for being a very expensive place to visit, and many tourists find that they have to cut corners and miss out on enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer. With some careful planning and a bit of research, though, it is possible to enjoy the complete New York experience, on a

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9 'Oops' Moments That I Ultimately Paid For (One Way or Another)

Last week I needed to venture into my attic to check on some rat traps, so I grabbed my flashlight to help me navigate my way through the rafters. As luck would have it, the flashlight wasn’t working; the last person who used it forgot to turn the darn thing off, so the batteries died.

Oops.

Anyway, with no spare C-cells in the drawer and an unplanned trip to the store

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100 Words On: The Baffling Allure of the Eiffel Tower

Originally built as the grand entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, today the Eiffel Tower is the undisputed romantic symbol of Paris and most-visited paid monument on Earth. Even so, that didn’t stop more than 1000 travelers in a recent survey from bestowing la Tour Eiffel with the dubious honor of being the world’s most disappointing tourist attraction. So, are sightseers who diss the Iron Lady philistines — or is beauty

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Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Guess My Rental Car Bill.

It seems like every time I go to Hawaii, I always learn a valuable financial lesson.

I already shared how, during my recent summer vacation there, I was reminded of why folks should always be on their toes when shopping, as illustrated by two sizes of the same detergent being sold at a local supermarket — and the jaw-dropping price-difference between them.

And although you’d think I’d know better, that wasn’t

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100 Words On: Why Window Seat Fliers Are the Happiest Fliers

You may be surprised to know that many airlines are now charging extra money for a growing number of window and aisle seats. And while I might consider paying extra for a window seat, I’m still trying to understand why anyone would ever pay extra for an aisle seat, considering the physical abuse they often get from passing carts, stewardesses and passengers.

The bottom line: Sitting in a window seat affords

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Southwest Airlines: Website Horror Stories, Part II

Even Rod Serling couldn't make this latest Southwest story up …

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop … The Personal Finance Twilight Zone.

And I thought my recent adventure with Southwest Airlines was infuriating!

While Southwest was pulling

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Southwest Airlines: Great Prices, But Beware the Bait and Switch

Before I kick off my little pity party that’s doubling today as a do-it-yourself therapy session, let me state for the record that I think Southwest Airlines is still the best-run US domestic airline in the business.

Although I have no loyalty to any airline, I love flying Southwest. A big reason is they are generally tough to beat when it comes to low fares, but what really takes Southwest to

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Mac Users See Pricier Hotels When Using Orbitz ... So?

I’ve known for a long time that online travel agencies aren’t created equal, partly because I’ve conducted experiments that compared Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, Priceline, Kayak and Travelocity prices.

Now comes news that Mac users who visit online travel agency Orbitz may end up seeing more expensive options than folks who use a Windows operating system. I know.

How much more? Well, in an unscientific survey, the Wall Street Journal found that

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