We LOVE to travel!   There is nothing better than being set free from the confines of normal life and to begin an adventure on the road.   It’s then that life gets really interesting.   It’s no longer about any kind of material thing, but the experiences that you capture by seeing and doing new things together.

We have become pretty creative on how we fund these vacations and mini trips while we travel across the countryside.   From New York City, Orlando to California and beyond, we have found numerous tips and tricks along the way to save money on our hotels and accommodations so that we can take more vacations in the long run.

I think people think we have tons of money to burn on vacations because we are always taking multiple vacations a year, plus multiple long weekend trips to Chicago, New York City, Orlando, Pittsburgh and more.   It’s not that, it’s that we have just got some tricks up our sleeves!

Stay tuned for a couple to save some money on accommodations later on in this post.

Here are my tips.[Read More…]

I LOVE to travel.   One of my top 5 things to do is travel and see new places.   I think it’s built into my DNA and my curiosity to see the world gets the best of me.   We have been all over the United States as far south as South America and as far north as Canada.   I have even been to India in my travels.   Nonetheless, there is still many many places that I still want to visit on my bucket list.   If you are looking to travel on a budget, don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to spend thousands to travel.

Here are some great ways to score some high value experiences even on a low budget.

Couch Surfing is Free

So over the last number of years, there have been an increase of sites on line like CouchSurfing.com, where you can search an area of the world for people willing to host you for a night in their home.   They get to meet someone new and you get a warm place to sleep.  Sign up and create a profile.  They will ask you to verify your email, phone and postal address to make sure you are legit and not a crazy person.   At that point, just point in a direction and see who in that area is willing to host.   Connect up with them and agree on a date that you will be stopping by.  Don’t forget my 5 simple rules for couch surfing.  Simple as that.[Read More…]

I wanted to write this article because I am fascinated by the idea of couch surfing.   The idea that you can travel for free, meet cool people along the way and have a warm place to sleep at night for no charge.   What is this you Drew?   Yes it’s true.   Couch Surfing is a web site where you can sign up, create a profile and seek out people in destinations through out the world that are willing to let you sleep in their home for a night while you are passing through town for free.   They get a chance to meet someone new from another part of the world and you get a free nights sleep in a warm home.
So what are the 5 rules that you need to keep in mind if you give this a run.

1. Safety is the first and foremost important rule

Bottom line, there are a lot of crazy people out in this world.   Make sure you inspect the people you will be staying with.  Ensure that each person at least has some feedback on their profile and that there is NO negative feedback.   There are times when some surfers can be rude, so keep that in mind but for the most part their profiles should be gleaming references of themselves.  If the person has 30 positive reviews and 1 negative for having the home too cold, then you can let that slide.[Read More…]

So we decided to take another 10 Day trip to Disney in August and we did it without paying a penny for our hotel.   Here is how we did it.

We have long been fans of staying at Marriott’s when we had to stay at a hotel.   Because of this, we felt that signing up for a Marriott credit card was somewhat of a no brainer.   To our surprise, you actually earn 80,000 points if you sign up and spend $3,000 within the 1st 3 months.   Then, on top of that, if you add one authorized card user and that person uses the card within the first 3 months, you get an extra 7,500 points.   So right out the door, we had 87,500 points.[Read More…]