How We Save Thousands of Dollars on Airfare (And You Can Too)

We haven’t always been savvy on how to save money on airfare. In fact, it took traveling to 21 countries for us to realize that maybe it was time to open up frequent flier accounts. Yikes. Luckily for our bank accounts, this past year saw us investing some time and energy into learning how to purchase tickets wisely. And you know what the best part was? It didn’t even take that much time or energy. With just a few simple steps, we’ve literally saved thousands of dollars on our airfare purchases. We want to share how we do it. For full disclosure, we are by no means the experts. We don’t do mileage runs. We don’t read forums or research promotions. But we’ve still been pretty successful. Plus, at the end of the post we’re going to direct anyone who wants to take their travel hacking to another level to an awesome resource.   The Basics There are a few super easy ways to save money on airfare. Many of these you might already be doing, but let’s go over them just to make sure:   1.    Be as flexible as possible Be flexible with the dates you are flying. Be flexible with the times you are flying. If you can, be flexible with the airports you are flying into. It’s amazing the difference a day can make in the price of a flight. Typically mid-week flights are less expensive as the demand for a Tuesday flight is less than that of a Friday flight; however, it’s always best to check all your options. We recently saved over one...

A week in Sicily

Due to its versatile landscapes and rich history, it is no wonder that Sicily captivates so many that travel there. Full of cultural treasures, sparkling seas and vast mountains there is so much to see and do. However, what if you only had a week to explore this region? Sicily has an area of 25,711 km², so it may be hard to explore the whole island in just a few days. We suggest it might be better to focus on one particular area, for example, you can choose to visit the west coast of Sicily, or devote yourselves exclusively to the Etna area or the Temples in Agrigento. Those wishing to choose the west coast will be able to see a lovely handful of things to fill up your time. The ideal starting point is the beautiful town of Marsala, then heading towards Trapani, while taking mandatory stops in Erice and Sav Vito Lo Capo, and then continuing northeast towards Palermo. Before arriving in the capital of Sicily, which can be visited rather summarily in a single day, you should spend some time in the ancient Segesta, in Scopello and Castellammare del Golfo. If you have some time after the whirlwind tour in the centre of Palermo, you can use it for a quick trip in Monreale. Alternatively, Marsala, which is just 13 km from the Trapani international airport, can be the base of a memorable journey to the south-east in the direction of Agrigento. Among the approximately 135 km separating the two cities, lie the beautiful Mazara del Vallo, the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Sciacca and Porto...

A Couples Guide to Croatia 

Picture crystallized waters with a backdrop of gently sloping green hills. Other than the lapse of the waves, the world falls silent. The sun sets on a long summer day. Sounds romantic, huh? In Croatia, such fantasies become a reality. Whether you’re a couple content on lazing by idyllic beaches or one craving a more adventurous getaway, this Adriatic gem will leave you starstruck. ​ Image by Shadowgate, used under Creative Commons License (CC by 2.0)   Explore the Dalmatian Coast  From a bird’s-eye view, the Dalmatian Islands are a luscious cluster of vegetation and glistening shores across the calm sea. Its coastline plays host to quaint fishing villages, and the historic city of Split. Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the heart of the Old Town. Built for a former Roman emperor, your visit here will leave you culturally enriched with dreams of a distant past. Always fancied yourself as a bit of a daredevil? Croatia is notorious for its dizzying cliff jumps, but if nothing else, these drops make a great Instagram snap. Not far from Split, Krka National Park has scenery that’ll leave you dazzled, particularly its waterfalls. Few things top an afternoon here soaking up the sun – the perfect way for you and your partner to experience a side to Croatia you’ll cherish for years to come.   Image by Mario Fajt, used under Creative Commons License (CC by 2.0)   Discover Dubrovnik When some people think of Dubrovnik, they think of the American TV show Game of Thrones. A walk around the historic Old Town will take you back to Kings Landing, but its charms don’t stop there. Hire...
Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers

Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers

Just two weeks from now and we’ll all be sipping on egg nog and mimosas, with wrapping paper flung all over the floor, and Frank Sinatra’s Christmas Hits lulling softly in the background. While some of you may have had your Christmas shopping done ages ago, others haven’t even given one thought to the idea. That’s ok: we’re here to help. This last minute Travelers Gift Giving Guide is jam-packed with the BEST gifts every traveller will drool over on Christmas morning.     The Ultimate Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers   The Raw Spice Bar   Have a foodie traveler in your life? The Raw Spice Bar is the perfect gift. Customize any monthly package and bring the world right to your kitchen. Each month, you’ll receive 3 freshly-ground flavor packs, ready to be mixed with fresh, local ingredients to create a meal that reflects the unique flavors of various regions around the world. This is the ultimate way to experience cuisine from all over the world in the comfort of your own home.   The DJI Osmo   I am in love with this camera! With all the adventure and outdoor activities we do it’s nearly impossible to film anything without the camera shaking violently. The Osmo is a powerful, handheld video camera that uses top-of-the-line stabilizing technology to deliver a smooth, clean shot every time. With the Osmo, you can enjoy your surroundings without the constant focus on keeping a perfectly steady hand. The Osmo adapts, allowing for perfectly steady, 360-degree video with the convenience of a compact, handheld camera. The Osmo retails...
4 Unique Shopping Experiences In New York

4 Unique Shopping Experiences In New York

4 Unique Shopping Experiences In New York The big apple is packed with opportunities for romance, adventure, and fun. New York is one of the most exciting vacation destinations in the US, if not the entire world. If there is one thing New York is famous for it’s the incredible shopping. Buckle-up and get ready for the ride of your life: these 4 unique shopping experiences in New York are the perfect way to get ready for the holiday season in the most memorable ways.   1. Hit Up The Brooklyn Flea Market The Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of top vendors, all selling tons of antiques, unique collectables, out-of-this-world furniture, and random gizmos that will make your head spin with excitement. This is the perfect place to get lost for hours. In fact, this famous flea market has so much to offer it has been called one of the greatest urban experiences to be had in New York.   2. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market This incredible flea market is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind item you know you wouldn’t find anywhere else. If you’re thinking you’re only going to find dusty old knick-knacks like the ones sitting on your grandma’s dusty shelves, you can think again. This flea market is known to have celebs and fashion designers wandering around its streets looking for the next best grab. Located near the Port Authority Bus Station, and open all year long (even in the winter,) you’re sure to find some unique, exciting buys here.   3. Green Flea In Manhattan Green Flea is a top-of-the-line flea market located in...
How To Find Deeply Discounted Hotel Rates With Sears Vacations

How To Find Deeply Discounted Hotel Rates With Sears Vacations

  This post is sponsored by Sears Vacations     We love learning about free resources to save money on travel, specifically when it comes to hotels and accommodation. I mean, who doesn’t want to get the cheapest price possible when booking their hotels? Most people think that if they head to sites like Expedia, they’ll automatically get the cheapest rate possible. However, that’s not always the case. If you know where to look, you can get insider deals and discounts far lower than any advertised price. So when Sears Vacations approached us to take a look at their free hotel search engine—promising prices lower than any other third party booking site—we were immediately intrigued. And after a bit of time tinkering around in the booking engine (and using it to make hotel reservations for our own upcoming trip), we can say from experience that they have the best prices around. Some of the hotels we found with Sears Vacations were discounted by 39% when compared to other booking sites. That’s worth taking a look at! If you’re interested in a free and easy way to rack up savings on your upcoming travels, we recommend checking out Sears Vacations free member pricing. Here’s everything you’ll need to know:   How To Save Money On Hotel Reservations Through Insider Pricing     The key to accessing discounted rates with Sears Vacations is to sign up for a free membership. If you just head to their website and search through their hotels as a ‘guest,’ you’ll see the same prices you would find on any third party booking site. However, sign...
Five Awesome Reasons To Teach English Overseas

Five Awesome Reasons To Teach English Overseas

One of the best decisions we ever made was hopping on a plane after college graduation to go teach English in Taiwan. At that time, we didn’t even know where Taiwan was, let alone what life living on a small island in Asia would be like. However, those two years teaching English overseas were in many ways what allowed us to set out on a nomadic lifestyle, work for ourselves, and otherwise design the life of our dreams—far removed from the standard 9-5 in a cubicle. Thinking about making the jump but still not sure if teaching English is right for you? Then take a look at our five favourite reasons to try it: 5 Reasons To Teach English Overseas An in-depth look at another culture We love traveling slowly as it provides more of an immersion experience than flying through a destination without any real understanding of the people or the culture. We taught English for two years, and even that wasn’t enough time to understand all there was to Taiwanese culture. If you want more than the cookie-cutter backpacker experience, then consider teaching English for at least a year. You’ll make great local friends and have countless life changing experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be available. A sustainable way to fund long-term travel One of the questions we receive most often is how we fund our lifestyles overseas. While now we run our own business, when we graduated college, we were broke newlyweds. Teaching English overseas was the perfect way for us to fuel our wanderlust while also making a bit of money to fund said wanderlust. Teaching...