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The Cheapest Luau on Hawaii

Cheesy as it may be, attending a luau on my Hawaiian vacation was on my bucket list.  Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I had picked the wrong island: every luau on the Big Island received average reviews at best.  I wasn’t about to pay $100 for a less-than-stellar experience so I started …

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Use Airbnb to Save Money on Vacation

airbnb big island retreat

I only recently tried Airbnb, despite knowing about the website for years.  If you’re unfamiliar with the premise, Airbnb creates a marketplace for individuals to open their homes to travelers.  Lodging options range from a room in someone’s home, an entire property for individual use, or unique stays like a bed in a treehouse. Airbnb touts …

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8 Strategies to Save Money on Hotels

If you looked at the hotel stays I’ve completed and/or reserved, you’d swear I’m scatterbrained.  I jump from hostels to campsites to upscale mountain resorts and trendy chain hotels. Sure, there are  times when I just want a basic room and anywhere will do so I look for a simple property at a low price.  However, every once in …

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My Secret for Cheap Hotels in Europe

Did you know there’s not a single Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Starwood, IHG, or Club Carlson in Slovenia outside of Ljubljana?  For the most part, this country is home to non-chain hotels and other independently managed accommodations. Despite having a healthy balance of hotel rewards points in my budget, I frequently find myself in locations without chain hotels.  Since …

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Stacking Restaurant Discounts

I’m a little embarassed to admit that I’m turning into a food-snob.  I love to cook and know my way around a kitchen, so when I go out to eat, I won’t settle for mediocre food.  Even better is when you eat well and you earn rewards! While rewards in general are something that make …

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