I know it may be hard to imagine that spring is coming soon, especially for those us who are up here in the northern states like us. How can we be talking about spring already?

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring break! Let the warm weather in and the sun shine!

I wanted to compile a short list of options for those who want to plan a spring break somewhere warm but not to let it break the bank while you are doing it.

Believe it or not, great vacations are still within reach if you are watching your budget this sprint. It all comes down to how you approach the vacation and where you spend your money.

After we take a trip through some of these vacation destinations, I am going to walk you through a few tips on how to take a great vacation but also have some frugality to it as well.

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Trust me, I hate credit cards just as much as the next person because they have caused me a lot of grief in my life over the years since I was old enough to have one.

In fact, as I have mentioned many times on this blog, we were at one point over $75,000 in credit card debt. Looking back, I can’t even believe we were able to get out of that amount of debt. With perseverance and a lot of hard work, we did it and couldn’t be happier that being in debt is behind us.

So with that being said, I am not recommending this practice if you are already deep in debt. You should cut off all use of credit cards and focus on getting out of debt first and foremost.

On the flip side, if you can use credit cards responsibly and pay off your credit cards every month, there are a wide world of rewards awaiting you at your fingers tips that can lead you to cheap or free vacations to travel anywhere you want around the world.

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Have you decided not to go on a vacation this year because you are either saving your money or you just can’t afford it?   Well you might still be able to travel this year without spending a fortune or maybe even get paid to do it.   How does that sound?   It’s for real!  Let me explain more…

There are a number of ways that you can go about this, from volunteering, teaching, working or by organizing a group of travelers, just a little effort can go a long way to getting yourself traveling abroad without breaking the bank.

There are organizations around the world that are looking for you to come to them and help their organization out.   In return, they will provide accommodations, food and sometimes even travel expenses.   Here are a few examples:

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Wouldn’t it be awesome to do a world tour one day?  Well, it might not be that far off if your destinations are on this list.

I have put together my top 10 list of the cheapest travel destinations through out the world.   These are places where you can explore for less than $50 a day, sometimes less.     Destinations that are full of culture and heritage, beautiful and amazing sights, interesting people and unique foods.

Join me as we take a tour around the world on the cheap!

India

I visited several cities in India a few years ago and wow what an amazing experience.     First of all, I have never seen so many people in one place in my life.  With well over 1 billion people in this country, people watching never gets old here.

As an example how cheap India can be, we would grab transportation from one end of the city to the other in a auto rickshaw for less than 1 US Dollar.   India has come a long way in recent past, so you will see both very rich accommodations right next to extreme poverty.[Read More…]

Traveling is one of life’s most rewarding experiences to me.   I think it all started when I was younger and my parents would set off across the country on a regular basis in their Airstream camper, as part of the Wally Byam club with a caravan of trailers and like minded people in tow.

The open road, the unknown adventure, meeting new people along the way, seeing new and experiencing what this great world has to offer.

Needless to say, I developed a travel bug from the early days of my life that continues on even more as an adult.   I Love to Travel!   It’s pretty obvious that we have a love for travel based on the emphasis we put on it in our budget.  It’s important to us, so it receives a fair share of attention when we are “bucketing” our money, as we call it.

Yes you need to budget for vacation, just like everything else.   You have to set a goal on what you need to save in order to take the vacations you want every year.

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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…]