Credit cards are usually stereotyped as a bad thing. From overspending to late fees and consequent bury in debt, many have nightmares when it comes to handling their credit cards. Yes, this is true. In fact, they can be your convenient enemies.
Credit cards, however, have advantages. So long as you pay your bill timely, you will appreciate that they’re free short term loan. They enable you to track your spending easier than cash. More than that, if you are a traveler, you are entitled to enjoy impressive travel perks.
Whether you already have your credit card or planning to get one, learn more how you can take advantage of the special deals that credit card companies provide.
Airline miles are rewards that you can get from your credit cards. The more you spend, the more points you earn. Accordingly, the more points you make, the more airline miles you have the chance to redeem for flight tickets, booking discounts, seat upgrades, hotel and vacation packages, and other travel-related expenses.
Automatic Car Rental Insurance
You don’t need to waste money on insurance whenever you rent a car on your travels. Your credit card company provides secondary coverage against theft and collision. So, decline the rental car company’s waiver insurance for loss, damages and collision; charge your car rental to your card and enjoy this particular advantage.
Concierge Staff Assistance
To simplify your life, your credit card company provides a 24-hour concierge staff to assist your personal travel needs. This includes event ticket purchases, dinner reservations, business arrangements and coordination, and more.
Price and Purchase Protection
When you purchase an item using your card, you have the privilege to get a refund from an item that you see advertised for less in prints within 60 days. This excludes online purchases and certain indicated items. Also, you are protected against theft, accidental breakage and fire within 90 days from the purchase date.
Lost Luggage Coverage
There are credit card companies that cover your lost luggage costs whenever you charge your entire carrier fare to your card. This credit card benefit covers damaged, stolen or permanently lost baggage. Thus, you travel secured and insured.
Trip Interruption or Cancellation Coverage
Perhaps you get sick before your scheduled holiday trip or you get yourself into an emergency. If the trip you booked using your credit card is interrupted or cancelled, you receive a certain amount to, at least, reimburse any cancellation fee.
Automatic Extended Warranty
When you buy an item using your credit card, you automatically have extended warranty of up to one year from the date of purchase.
If you are not yet getting freebies from your credit card, know that you should be. Always remember that your credit card success lies in proper management. So, squeeze out everything that your credit card is worth and enjoy your travel.
Amazing Reads of the Week!
Getting the Heart of Fijian Island Culture on a Village Visit – The World on My Necklace
Cheap Travel: Granada, Spain, For Less Than $25 A Day – Jessie on a Journey
A Weekend In Cambridge: Day One – Everchanging Scenery
Photos of Venice, Italy – D Travels ‘Round
20 Ideas For Your Winter Bucket List – Bucket List Journey
Go Local: A Weekend in Washington, D.C. – Let’s Roam Wild
The Changi Airport Ritual – Glamourous Traveller
Travel Tips For India That You Won’t find in Guidebooks! – Backpack Me
Ludwigsburg: Fairytale Palace and Gardens – Passing Thru
Absolute-must-do Things to Do in Croatia – Chasing the Donkey
The Southeast Asia Highlights – That Backpacker
This Place Surprised us the Most on our Trip to Canadian Rockies – Traveling Canucks
Caribbean Crisis: How Eating Lionfish Can Help Save The Planet – Epicure Culture
Which Country Do You Want to Read About? You Pick, I’ll Go – Be My Travel Muse
Rome Under Wraps – Besudesu Abroad
In search of experiences noteworthy in her bucket list, Annette White takes us into her adventures around the globe. Follow her on Twitter, visit her on Facebook and connect with her on Google+. Meanwhile, let us know more about Annette and how her travel passion came to be.
1. First, tell us a little bit of yourself…
I’m Annette, the owner of a Michelin recommended restaurant in Northern California, freelance travel writer and creator of the award winning blog Bucket List Journey. As an obsessed new experience collector, my writing centers around exploring the world in search of once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
2. What gave you the inspiration to start your blog?
3. How does being a restaurateur influence you as a traveler?
4. Have you experienced some challenges to becoming both a restaurateur and traveler?
5. I noticed you mentioned that there was a time in your life when fear makes your decision, how did you overcome it?
6. What has been your bucket list experiences and what was your favorite among them?
7. How do you fund your travel?
There are two things that help support my travels. The first is my blog, Bucket List Journey. I make a teeny weenie amount of money by selling advertisements and earning commissions through affiliate programs. But, what has been most helpful in regards to blogging is that many tourism boards and other companies will sponsor my travels in hopes that I will find their activities bucket list worthy enough for me to write about. These “media trips” have been an important part to me being able to accomplish many of the goals on my list.
Secondly, my husband and I own a successful Italian restaurant in Northern California that gives me a degree of financial freedom. With that said, we have worked diligently for the past several years in order to set it up to fit around my traveling lifestyle.
Let me also say that I believe that some of the reason I can afford traveling is because it is what I choose to be able to afford, it is what I am truly passionate about. I would forgo designer clothes, fancy coffee or a manicure any day of the week if it were in exchange for a memorable experience.
8. Do you take advantage of airline credit cards to save on flights? If so, which card do you use?
9. What experiences are still on your bucket list?
10. Do you have any major travel regrets?
11. What is your advice to young travelers who are still controlled by their fear against making their travel dream come true?
It doesn’t matter how slowly you are moving towards your dream, it just matters that you are taking steps towards it every day.
The great outdoors can offer a view of the world that many city-folk may be missing. Although electronics and computers help make the world more efficient, experiencing nature firsthand could create memories that will last a life time. Be honest, how much of the amusement park vacation can you remember as opposed to various vacations in the outdoors? This isn’t saying that the family can’t enjoy city life, but there is more to the world than that of the tall buildings and merchandised family entertainment of various theme parks. Why should you pack up the family and look towards the landscapes instead of the glamour of theme parks?
Creating a Bond Within the Family
Exploring Unknown Territory
The outdoors promote a great deal of interaction with those around you. Without the diversions of everyday city life, the family is more likely to engage on an intellectual and personal level. Explore nature with your family and create an experience that will be talked about for years to come.Read More
Life is not about living happily ever after, it’s about living. Diana Edelman brings us into her adventures as she travel solo and live as an expat. Keep in touch with her through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
First, tell us a quick background of who you are…
I am a travel writer and an expat living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I run the travel blog, d travels ’round which highlights my solo female travel experiences around the world, responsible tourism, tips on being an expat, destination features, travel tips, reviews and more. I am the co-founder of the weekly responsible tourism Twitter chat (every Wednesday at 6 p.m. GMT), #RTTC, and a regular contributor to Thought Catalog and have written for numerous print and online publications.
What inspired you to start your blog?
I have always loved writing. One night after I had returned from a holiday in Croatia, my mind was wild with stories I wanted to write down. So, I turned on the light, bought a domain name and just started typing. Of course, since then it has morphed into something I never would have imagined. But, that initial inspiration just came from wanting to get the words out of my brain and onto my screen.
What is it being an expat? How was your life as such?
An expat or expatriate, is someone who lives in a foreign country. I am an expat in Chiang Mai and volunteer for Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about responsible elephant tourism.
What motivates you to promote responsible tourism?
I know that people read what I write, and if my words can help make the world a better place, then I need to do it. So many people go into their travels without taking the time to research what it is they are supporting, which harms people, animals and the environment. If I can make an impact or influence just one person, then I am happy.
I noticed you are an animal lover, how does this influence you as a traveler?
I love to get involved with animals while traveling. I first came to Thailand as a volunteer at Elephant Nature Park and I fell in love, hence my move here.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of solo travel?
I love not having to answer to anyone, but at the same time, it forces me to really get to know me. I used to have a hard time with that, and I think others can face those same challenges. Today, I like to split it up a bit, do some solo travel and also travel with others. I love my “me” time but also want to share experiences with others.
What places have you visited so far?
I have visited a lot of places — pretty much all of Western and Central Europe, parts of Eastern Europe, Morocco, Israel, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Myanmar and more.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what was your favorite?
I don’t have just one! I love Spain, Israel, Berlin, Slovenia … so many!!
How do you fund your travels?
I work. All of the time. I make money from my blog and largely from freelance writing jobs.
Do you take advantage of airline credit cards to save on flights? If so, which card do you use?
I just signed up for Chase Sapphire a few months ago and went on a charging spree to get the miles.
What places are still in your bucket list?
I don’t have a “bucket list” but there are a lot of places I would like to visit all over the world. It’s a big list!
Do you have any major travel regrets?
Not traveling and living abroad sooner.
What is your advice to solo travelers out there?
See everything you can. Soak up the culture. Meet locals. Say “yes” more than you say “no” and get some good sleep every now and then.Read More
Meet eTramping crew – Agness and Cez – best friends and travel companions from Poland.
These two are sharing their budget travel tips on how to travel the world with $25 in your pocket. Since 2011, they have been travelling the world while teaching English in different Asian countries such as China, Thailand or Cambodia. They are both photography passionate obsessed with Chinese cuisine and culture.
Although Amsterdam is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in Europe (which I as an expat absolutely agree with), it still has a lot to offer for those who travel on extremely tight budget. You may ask: what can I do for only €12 in Amsterdam? Well, surprisingly a lot – from boat ride to exploring cheese museum and taking a selfie at I Amsterdam sign located at the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein.
#1 Boat ride – €9
Start off your day with a nice and relaxing boar ride. It costs only 9 euro and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The one me, Anna of Anna Everywhere and our guest from London went for was one of the cheapest we could find. It was located at 9 Damrak and the place was called Gray Line Sightseeing Canal Cruises. Sightseeing Amsterdam by boat together with your friends or relations is one of the best tourist attractions in the city. You can enjoy a boat ride through the famous Amsterdam canals.
#2 Dutch style sandwich – €3
After your boat ride, it’s time to dig into a Dutch style sandwich. There is one cafe I always go to when I’m hungry and it’s called Singel 404. Sandwiches with salmon and goat cheese cost only 3 euro. They are filling and healthy so don’t forget to grab one when in Amsterdam. More info: Singel 404, +31 20 428 0154. Open daily 10.30am-6pm.
#3 Cheese museum – free entrance
Often underestimated by tourists, cheese museum is a great place where you should definitely go if you’re a big fan of different sorts of cheese. Dutch cheese has more than 600 years long tradition so everyone can find something yummy there. You can see and taste not only the cheese, but also some Dutch stroopwafels and candies as well as take fancy pictures of you holding a big block of cheese! The museum is open daily from 10 am till 6 pm, it’s located at Prinsensgracht 112 nearby Anne Frank House (just the opposite).
#4 Tulip museum – free entrance
Conveniently located in the heart of historic Amsterdam, near many fine shops, galleries and cafes, the museum features exhibits and films devoted to the tulip, the unofficial national flower of the Netherlands. Here you can explore the tulip’s history and discover the remarkable journey it has taken from the wilds of the Himalayan highlands to a garden like yours for free. Definitely must see place!
#5 Photo at I Amsterdam sign
This large sign that lies in front of the Rijksmuseum has become an iconic symbol of the city. You will also find many people sitting in or on the letters and getting their photo taken.
Which attraction of those 5 would you find the most interesting when visiting Amsterdam?
Agness Living in Amsterdam