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Frugal Travel Guy

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Frequently Flying - [This is the final installment of my Million-Mile Trip Report. I’ve included links to the other posts below:] United Airlines Million-Mile Trip Report: Introduction and Background Flight Review: United Airlines BusinessFirst, San Francisco to Seoul Backpacking through Europe? Cost? Helpful Information? Anything?! I have Been packpacking first time in 1976 and visited just about all the European countries. The cost steers very much where to travel. . Travelling is not that expensive if you buy an eurailpass for youth. It costs currently $634.00 for one moth travel in Austria 3, Belgium 3, Denmark 3 , Finland 3, France 2, Germany, 3 Greece 2, Holland 2, Hungary 1, Italy 2, Luxembourg 3, Norway 4, Portugal 1, Republic of Ireland 3, Romania 0 , Spain 2, Sweden 3 and Switzerland 4.

The In-Depth Guide to Buying an RTW Ticket Round the world (RTW) tickets can be a convenient way to fly. They get you where you want to go without you having to worry about booking flights along the way. You pre-book all your tickets in advance and, by purchasing them in one giant bulk package, you can save yourself money on the total price of the ticket. However, while round the world tickets are frequently advocated by many people, they are not always the best option for travelers, even if you are going around the world. These tickets come with many rules and conditions that might not work for you. How Do Round the World Tickets Work? How to convert American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood points to Hilton HHonors at a favorable ratio Following up on my post from yesterday about the challenges of converting Chase Ultimate Rewards points into Hilton HHonors points, it’s worth noting that there are economical ways to convert both American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest points to Hilton HHonors. While not everyone values Hilton HHonors points highly, I at least have a new appreciation for them. American Express Membership Rewards transfers The Membership Rewards program actually partners with Hilton HHonors, and it’s possible to convert Membership Rewards points to Hilton HHonors points at a 1:1.5 ratio. Fortunately it’s possible to do better than that by making an indirect transfer instead.

Delta Points - A Delta Air Lines Blog at This week I wanted to share with you a story from a reader. You already know Chris a little as he drove down from Detroit to take a 24 hr DeltaMileageRun with me to San Diego. This young guy is a total travel nut and I say that in a good way. How Much Does It Cost To Backpack Europe - The Aussie Nomad Every year Europe is filled with backpackers all cutting their teeth on new countries and adventures that they will always remember so surely they could help me with this. So I googled, and asked people and looked up guide book after guide book trying to answer what I thought was a simple question. How much does it cost to backpack Europe? Planning your backpacking trip to Europe is fraught with the usual dilemmas. Choosing your backpack, what places do you visit, will I make friends… and the list goes on.

Budgeting 101: Using a budget spreadsheet By Jeremy Branham on Aug 04, 2010 with Comments 6 With a struggling economy, high unemployment, and mounting debt, many people are struggling to make ends meet. More than ever, learning to use a simple budget spreadsheet can help people control their spending and pay off their debts. Deals We Like - The Latest Travel Deals for the Savvy Traveler This is part of the reader question series that I started earlier this year – you can view more reader questions here. Feel free to email me at if you have a question you’d like answered in a full on post. Reader Nathan and Regan recently commented on my post which talked about the current 25% discount when purchasing Southwest points:

Travel Hacking for Noobs: How We Save Hundreds on Airfare, Get Free Lodging, & Make Money Overseas Milligan and her monkey contemplate their favorite travel hacking tips. Photo by Courtney Baker. Advanced travel hacking is an art form. I have no doubts about that. Crowdsource Your Next Vacation With These 8 Sites The days of planning your vacation through faceless, text-only travel reviews are over. No more sifting through countless guides for desired cities; no more scrolling through generic tips on travel websites that may or may not have been planted by PR. Travel is an exciting, interactive and visual experience — and planning a trip should be, too.

How to Get Travel Planning Right - SAVE Money and Time! Last week we spoke about how to choose your travel destinations for 2014. If you’re having trouble deciding where to visit this year, go and read that post first. Now that you know your destinations for the upcoming year, or have a better idea of where you’d like to visit, let’s talk about how to get your travel planning done right! I know, travel planning and researching deals can be a pain in the butt. Loyalty Traveler - Hotel Value for Frequent Guests Today I filed my fifth best rate guarantee claim this week for my swamplands road trip of the Carolinas. Another claim denied. This time it is Choice Hotels. I am batting .400 this week with three denied claims (SPG, Hilton and Choice) and two approved claims (both Marriott).