How to Save on International Holiday Travel

There are loads of people who love to travel on the holidays, but most of them pay a premium to do so. If you want to travel for the holidays 2016, your window of time is well open. There are many techniques that you can employ to score some awesome deals, whether you want to go someplace in particular or if you have no particular destination in mind. With more than a year before you leave, this is when the best deals will still be available.

If you just need to get out of town, and want to go somewhere that’s outside of your home nation, you will do best if you pick a place that has different holiday traditions than your own. If you’re like many of our readers, you live in a nation where most citizens celebrate holidays that happen in November, December, and January.

This is typical of so-called “first-world nations” for many reasons. Marketing and national economy realities make it efficient for all people groups in a nation to get their celebrating out of the way within a period of a few weeks. This enables the larger economy to move along with minimal interruption and infrastructure strain.

Much of this strain comes in the form of travel burden. In the United States, there is more travel on the road and airways during November and December than in most other months of the year combined. This results in higher costs for all. Airlines have to pay more fuel and operating costs as more people move through their facilities. More personnel demands, more delays, more things to repair: it’s all part of the holiday season. These costs get passed down to consumers, who are already paying more to get seats on crowded airplanes.

While this aspect of late-year airline travel cost can not be completely avoided, it’s possible to fly for less simply by traveling to a nation which doesn’t have widespread December holiday culture. It may seem hard to believe, but more than half of the world is a good destination contender for this kind of holiday. If you want to get out of town while the rest of your nation is celebrating Christmas or some other Judeo-Christian holiday (or another holiday that happens around this time), just go someplace where people don’t celebrate those as much.

The only other way to save on holiday travel is to make plans for times when so many people aren’t moving around the planet by air. The other savings alternative is to buy your tickets well in advance. We’re talking a year or more in advance. It may be outside of your nature to plan a trip that far in advance, but this is how the pro savers do it.

You could also make a habit of practicing travel savings strategies using credit cards. There are many top finance blogs which will give you better tips than I could fit in a short post like this. But suffice to say, this is one of the main ways that people make their international holiday travels a lot more affordable. Whichever of the above methods you choose, I hope you find a way to get a great deal on your holiday travel.

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Travelling to Vanuatu? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Vanuatu is arguably one of the best destinations in the Pacific. With its pristine beaches and serene environment, Vanuatu can be the perfect place to spend your holiday this year. For those planning to visit Vanuatu, here’s what you need to know:

Best Time to Travel to Vanuatu

The busiest season in Vanuatu is from April to October because of the pleasant weather. Airfares during this time of the year are also the most expensive. They are cheapest from November to March because weather is humid and water temperatures are not so ideal for swimming. February and earlier are a little slow, which means that there may be some fantastic deals available. However, there may be fewer people to meet or locals to make friends with during this time of the year. Depending on the season, you can take advantage of travel deals and discounts when you booking online. ­

While the changes in climate are not so drastic in Vanuatu and you can actually travel there any time of the year, choosing the date of travel will really depend on what you want to do during your trip.

What to See and Do

In Vanuatu, you can go scuba diving, go on a village tour, roam around Port Vila, go hiking to the Mele Cascade, visit Chief Roi Mata and the National Museum and Cultural Center, fly to the “Mystery Island” where you can hike and swim in the beaches, go boating, soak in the hot spring or go fishing. Vanuatu offers landscapes, rainforests, diving/fishing spots, and stunning island views you will truly enjoy.

Shop for a Holiday Package

Vacation packages are not difficult to find if you know where and how to look for excellent travel deals. It is possible to find all-inclusive vacation packages with discounted prices on hotels, car rentals and even flights. Save yourself some money by taking advantage of holiday packages to Vanuatu.

One thing you need to realize is that not every holiday package is the same. Some may look like a great deal when it actually doubles the actual price. Ultimately, you can save tons of money by choosing among great holiday packages to Vanuatu than booking everything one by one starting from your hotel room to your airfare. It can save you time and money—guaranteed. The trick is that travel companies are aware of the best airfares and hotel rates better than you do. Also, they buy in bulk so their offered rates that are much lower than the rates offered to you when booking everything individually.

Money Saving Tips

For those exchanging money, Port Vila (capital of Vanuatu) offers the best rates. If riding the bus, save huge amounts by getting one heading to the Cascades for only 500 VUV and 2,500 VUV for entry price. For those on a budget, avoid the resorts if at all possible. Resorts tend to overcharge for everything from services to food. Opt for a local hotel and pay for a fraction of the price. While prices in Vanuatu are relatively lower than in other more well-known destinations in the Pacific, saving even more money from a vacation is always good.

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How to Enjoy a Romantic Paris Getaway on a Budget

Dubbed the World’s Capital City of Love, Paris can be really as magically romantic as you choose to make it, whether you have a fortune to splash or working on a budget. This article is especially for you who is looking for ways of planning and enjoying a romantic, low-budget getaway to this great french city. Check out our tips below:

1) Plan Your Trip Ahead

First of all, you need to decide on the trip and how you get there. There are some great offers that can let you save a lot, for instance, with the Orbitz coupons. Also, the choice of places to tour are some of the major factors that can affect your romantic trip to the City of Lights. Being one of the most expensive spots on the planet, price can also be another major setback. It’s good, therefore, to do some homework and research on all these factors before the actual visit to ensure that you get the best at affordable costs when the actual day of your romantic getaway comes.

2) Time to Visit

With fewer tourists, the fall and winter are the best times of the year to visit Paris both budget-wise, as well as in order to avoid large crowds of tourists at places like the Eiffel Tower. If there is a significant difference in time-zone between your home country and France, before leaving home it is also important that you have at least a few days of adjusting your body system to this change by shifting your dinner and sleep times to roughly conform to Parisian time.

3) Accommodation and Dining Deals

Just like in any other city, you will find a myriad of tourist traps in Paris with people wanting to rip you off by selling you expensive food. Avoid these pitfalls by visiting sites like Groupon, KGB Deals and to find places you can dine and make room reservations on a budget. What is more important is that you can also get discounts, coupons and points by using the services of these sites and lower the cost of your stay even further.

4) Get a Paris/Metro Pass

You should consider acquiring a Paris Pass whenever you are visiting Paris. It is reasonably priced considering the fact that it can help you avoid queuing at more than 60 major attractions, monuments and museums including the Seine River Cruise, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe (unfortunately excluding the Eiffel Tower). In addition, the Paris Pass offers you unlimited travel on the Paris metro, buses and the RER within the city’s CBD; as well as a guidebook and the most important thing to your pocket, coupons to dine and shop on a budget! A daily/weekly Metro Pass can also help you save some cash since you will not have to buy each pass individually whenever you need to move around. Keeping track of the places you go to also becomes much easier.

5) Places to Tour on a Budget

The city of Paris has hundreds of places that you can tour by either spending very little or nothing at all. For instance, you can have a romantic stroll by the Champs Elysees, shoot romantic photos outside of Notre Dame or on the Seine bridges, enjoy seeing the sculptures outside the Louvre or even tour the world-famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery. You could also consider a romantic Seine Dinner Cruise, a Trocadero horse-&-carriage ride, or just enjoy panoramic views of Paris from atop the Sacre Coeur!

6) Romantic Eateries to Visit

For a place to have an intimate candle-lit dinner, accompanied by a bottle of French champagne, beneath the stars on a romantic Parisian night, there are hundreds of hotels, restaurants and cocktail clubs in the City of Love that you can take your lover to. Some of the most popular choices here include Flute l’Etoile, Hotel Taylor, Le Baron Rouge, Hotel Avalon and La Dame de Canton.

Enjoy your trip!

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4 Essential Items You Need for Your Adventure in Europe

No spring break is complete without a fetching trip to Europe. While looking to soak in some culture and importing an air of je ne sais quoi, it is important to keep in mind of 4 essential items that can either make or break your European escapade. All of these will help you enjoy your trip better and keep you on your toes. Here is the list of the things you need to live it up and stay safe while holidaying in the Member states of the European Union:


Ain’t no sunshine when money is gone: this is probably the first and most important thing you will need. While this one is a no brainer (Travel without money? We’re not yet Christopher Supertramp), it is important to keep in mind about the destinations you plan to travel. As of right now, the Euro is the currency in 19 member states out of the 28 member states in the EU. Now, with the Schengen visa, you can also travel to non EU member states like Switzerland and Norway. This would mean you should carry a little bit of the local currency. While it is not much of a hassle these days to convert currency, it may help to have small batch in case of emergencies.


The European Union has 24 official and working languages as of right now. Of these 24 languages, there are 4 languages that are most spoken. According to a special Eurobarometer report published in June 2012, German is the most widely spoken language. After German, it is Italian & English and then it is French. While there is a very good chance that you may find someone who can understand English, why not pick up some local flavour and speak in the native language? Carry a translator or a dictionary to help you out when the words don’t come so easy. If nothing else, add yet another feather to your cap for trying to learn a new language!


The European Union is made of multiple small countries and crossing them is only a matter of hours. It is good to keep a variety of adapters for the plug points and connectors you may come across while on travel. For example, your favourite flat iron and your trusty DSLR’s charger need to have adapters. Phones, laptops and cameras by themselves can run on the different voltage levels found in the EU though. Bear in mind, if you plan to travel to the UK, you will need to carry yet another adapter. UK has a different style of plugs as compared with the bulk of Europe.

Maps and Guides

Some of the counting charm of Europe can be experienced by walking around. This is a great way to see the thriving street art, the local culture in action and get around new experiences while travelling. Most of the member states are very friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. Keep a map or a guide handy to know what to look out for. There is always a lot to see while taking a walk. So keep your wits about and carry your camera too!

This was just a brief on what to look out for when taking a trip to Europe. Keep your head up for the basic needs of travelling too, like hotels and flights. In Europe, with the influx of people and tourists, there are a variety of options to consider for stay and travel. In this season, you are likely to get a very good deal with major sites like and its easily accessible Orbitz coupon codes save on deals at Orbitz. Relish these like fresh gelato.

Bon courage, mon ami!

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Travel Blogger Interview – Betsy Wuebker


Authors of PassingThru, Betsy and Pete left their comfort zone and pursued their dream of becoming location independents. Learn how they achieved their travel goals by following them across social media channels: Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter



  1. First of all, tell us a quick background about you as a couple…

We’re a boomer couple, empty nesters with no grand kids (yet!). We’ve been location independent since 2011, and now are completely nomadic. After we were married in 2006, we quickly realized that we were not going to have the kind of traditional retirement our parents had enjoyed and that many of our peers look forward to. There were no pensions and very little savings. We took some unexpected hits in real estate with the recession, etc. So we decided we’d better play offense as well as defense. Since we’d be still working in our later years, online business seemed to be a good fit. And, as we really loved to travel, we decided to try to combine these interests into a group of diverse income streams, figuring this would make us less financially vulnerable if something didn’t pan out.

  1. Why Passing Thru?

We envisioned PassingThru in 2008 as an online hub around which the other businesses and income streams would revolve. The blog chronicles our travels, thoughts and experiences with online work, location independence and the type of mindset you need to develop to be successful with this type of lifestyle. It also links into our other efforts – our online stores, the books we’ve written, our business resource recommendations, and our consulting services. PassingThru, like many other lifestyle blogs, is a window into who we are and what we do.

  1. What is your travel style?

Our travel style has evolved. When we were dating and first married, we camped a lot. Gradually, we decided we liked a few more creature comforts, so got rid of the camping equipment and changed to hotel stays. We collected a lot of hotel points that have served us well throughout our travels. We road-tripped around North America using Pete‘s vacation time before he quit his day job, testing our ability to work on our businesses from the road. Then we took a fateful trip to Hawaii and decided we wanted to move out of the chilly midwest to paradise. So we sold everything on the mainland and did just that. For a year, we just exhaled on the island of Kaua’i and didn’t travel anywhere. Then we made an epic journey to Europe and traveled over land to Russia for the Winter Olympics. While we had a blast, we realized that a faster pace just wasn’t us anymore. It’s no fun packing up and schlepping to a new location every few days. When we returned home to Kaua’i we decided we’d travel the world for two years, which would allow us to stay longer in each location.

  1. What places have you visited so far?

By the end of 2014, together we’ll have visited 36 states, 5 Canadian provinces, 3 continents and 16 countries so far. Our goal is 7 continents, 50 states together (anything we did separately before we were married doesn’t count!).

  1. Have you experienced challenges being location independent entrepreneurs?

So far we’ve liked just about everywhere we’ve been, and would have liked to stay longer than planned! We’re hoping that slowing the pace will give us the time we want to get to know places in more depth. It’s amazing how conditioned we all are to compress our travels just as if we have a limited amount of vacation time. Breaking out of that mindset has been liberating, but still we tend to lapse.

  1. How do you fund your travels?

We have both business and investment income sources. We’ve reduced expenses significantly since we became “deliberately homeless,” as you might imagine. People mistakenly think you have to be rich to live this way. Actually, we’re spending less traveling as we do because we’re not maintaining a traditional lifestyle with all the expenses associated with that. Additionally, we’re house sitting when we can, caring for pets and property while homeowners have a getaway themselves. This eliminates accommodation expenses. Once those are gone, it’s really amazing how little you can get by on.

  1. Do you take advantage of airline credit cards to save on flights? If so, which card do you use?

Yes, we do! Our favorite airline miles card has been the U.S. Airways Mastercard, which will soon roll into the American Airlines program as part of the merger. We’re looking forward to that because we think the program will be more flexible in terms of international flight planning.

  1. What are the things that you cannot travel without?

Our technology! We each have a MacBook (Betsy an Air and Peter a Pro), iPad and iPhones. We carry along a Time Machine for daily backups, and a network modem. We also have various accessories – surface chargers, bluetooth mouse, converters, etc. It all comes along in “The Office” a wheeled compartmented business case, which gets carried aboard.

  1. What are the places that are still in your bucket list?

Is “everywhere” an acceptable answer? 😉 Okay, to name a few: Trans-Siberian Railroad; Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda; a Southeast Asia run to include Thailand. Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam; a Scandinavia/Baltic circle tour – Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway. We’re also planning on returning to Europe starting with a visit to Spain next year and would like to walk the Camino de Santiago.

  1. Do you have any major travel regrets?

Only those long past. We’re trying our best to live regret-free these days. You tend to think you have all the time in the world when you’re younger, so you pass up opportunities. Fortunately, we’ve been able to put some of those regrets to rest. We’re very aware that, at our age, we’ve got a finite amount of time. More recently, we were invited by a couple we’d met on the street in Prague to join them for an early lunch. We declined because we’d just eaten. We should have said yes. We’ll never pass up an opportunity to get to know local people again.

  1. What is your greatest learning in travelling?

People are people. We are most assuredly not our governments. We all want similar things in life: health, happiness, safety and freedom. Most people are good-hearted. When you project loving kindness you receive it back.


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