Those of us who are
skillfully living the retired lifestyle know that most spending occurs in the
four categories of housing,
taxes and food/entertainment. When one travels, even for a long weekend, three
of those categories get hit pretty hard. That doesn't mean you can no longer
afford a break from routine. Some imaginative rearranging will produce rewarding
leisure time away from the mundane and still save you lots of money.
We've all gotten pretty
internet travel sites - those comprehensive travel search engines that
provide information on airline tickets, hotels, cars, cruises, and other
travel necessities. Many sites offer some of their best deals for
last-minute travel, and publish a Top 20 list of the week's best travel
deals, which the company's expert team researches, evaluates and then
recommends to you. There are hotel specials, vacation specials, cruises,
shows, events, and airfares.
Check out these travel
sites closely, and see what packages or special deals are available.
When we have lived in
both Mexico and
local airline carriers will regularly offer ridiculously cheap deals for
inner country travel
beach or a
city for dining and theater options. Combine airline deals, promotional
hotel pricing and dining coupons and you can save a bundle.
OK, so what if even with
these deals and packages, the getaway still seems out of your financial reach?
You can save on lodging by trying one of the many sites that make
options available for travel.
Extended-stay hotel sites
list affordable studios with housekeeping, in-room wifi, and kitchenettes.
The organization Couch
Surfing helps you make connections worldwide or across your state. You overnight
'free' in members' homes; stays can be as short as a cup of coffee or a night or
two, or as long as a few months. All places are rated, couch-surfing etiquette
is offered, and tips on safety for both sides of the deal are posted on the
Craigslist is also a solid
source of finding apartments, housing, temporary housing, or rooms for rent.
Simply click on the state, city or country you will be visiting and begin
You might your hand at
sitting and travel the world living like a local in someone's home while
minding their plants and pets.
There are also home exchange
organizations which allow two families to agree to trade homes for a defined
period of time. You can live like a resident, not a tourist, and save tons of
This is all well and
good, but what if you are a
woman traveling alone? The Internet is an amazing resource these days.
Check out our
Singles Page for networks supporting women travelers. Sites will give
safety tips, travel secrets, guide services, and suggestions of what to
pack. You can choose from spas, cruises, tours or eco-adventures, and
they'll tell you about women-friendly cities, how to best travel with
children, or how to go it alone.
Similarly, other sites help
women to make friends in foreign lands or just around the corner. You can travel
to faraway places or choose to have a woman stay in your own home.
And if educational travel
appeals to you, learning adventures are available across our 50 states and
around the globe with subjects including history, culture, nature, music,
outdoor activities and study cruises, whether you are traveling as
person or as a married couple.
For more on all these ideas and several others besides,
take a look at our
Links Pages and look under Travel. You'll find something to fit any budget
and some very creative approaches as well.
Gaining a renewed perspective,
especially during any challenging time, is a worthwhile pursuit. The humdrum of
daily life can push you into the doldrums, so why not break out of your routine
and come back strengthened?