Monday, July 30, 2018

A Dragon's Tale Quilt

Made from a pattern called 'Dragon's Tale' by Liz Schwartz & Stephen Seifert, our daughter Ria has been visiting us this Summer, and had been busy with creating this lovely pieced quilt.





August Is Back To School Month

Back to School Month in August gears up parents and kids with going back to school .
With shorter days, it’s time to dust off those backpacks,( or maybe get a new one?) fill them up and plan for a new school year. Preparing for the new school year includes everything from checkups, planning schedules and making new friends, but also school


-With “play for a purpose” being a popular buzz phrase within the toy industry, more toy companies are developing games that are engaging and educational, while still being fun. Hoyle is helping drive this trend through their two new card games, Super Me! and Monkey May I?, which help promote emotional intelligence, self-awareness and empathy in children ages 4-6. With simple instructions and fun themes, these games are the perfect back to school activity. The games are available now, giving parents or teachers plenty of time to pick up a few sets before the start of the school year!



*Watch for more Back To School ideas coming soon!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Review: My Hoa Kai Blanket

Whenever I am sitting on the couch- whether reading or watching tv, I like to be covered up with a blanket. It just feels more comfortable. Now that it's summer and warmer though, my heated throw, even without it being plugged in, is just too warm.



I have a wonderful new blanket though that's perfect for the warmer weather. 



It's a Turkish blanket made in Southeast Turkey from 100% Turkish Cotton. This blanket is so soft and lightweight and stays cool against your body when your warm but equally it can keep you warm, when you double it up. It can be used at the beach, in the camper, for picnics too. Not just for covering up with it on the couch. ( But my favorite choice!)

The Hoa Kai site as well, also sells 100% Turkish Cotton towels, and kids ponchos. They are a brand new Kaua'i based business supporting weaving families in South East Turkey importing and distributing. Shipping is FREE within the USA for all orders over $75 and they offer great rates for worldwide shipping. 

If your looking for a great quality Turkish blanket/ towel that's not mass produced and helps families, Hoa Kai is your go to business.



Friday, July 27, 2018

The Benefits of Opening An Account Online



The internet has made life so much simpler. We can shop and play online and now we can also bank online. From opening the account to tracking our finances, the introduction of online banking has helped millions of people’s lives easier by enabling us to stay connected digitally to our accounts and our funds. 

Doing your research

Before opening an account, you need to know which product suits your needs. The bank’s website should be the first stop for all the information necessary to help make your decision. From the terms and conditions to the main features and benefits of the account, banks such as BBT have a wealth of information on their website that enables you to compare a variety of products. Once you have chosen the right product for you and confirmed that you are eligible, it’s simply a case of clicking apply and starting your new bank account application.

What information will I need to provide?

When opening an account online, the bank is required to carry out some standard checks when reviewing your application. As the process is usually automated, a decision can be provided within minutes but in some cases can take a couple of working days to be processed.  A form of photographic identification will be required, such as a passport or driving licence to verify your identity. Proof of your current address will also be requested, such as a utility bill or credit card statement as well some basic information about yourself and your income. 

What makes this a good way to open an account?

Banking online can be a much more efficient and inclusive way to apply for an account than simply making an appointment to visit a branch. With the vast majority of people leading busy lives, finding the time to get to the branch when it is open can often be challenging. Having the ability to apply online and upload any documents required from the office or at home can be a real time saver. Not only can you apply from a computer but you can upload documents using a tablet or mobile device enabling you to storeyour personal documents securely but also have them on hand wherever you are should you need them.

Managing the new account online

Once you have opened the account, managing it online can be a great option for those who want to stay informed about their finances and track their spending on the go. Online banking details can be used on the bank’s website, on their app through your mobile device and even through the phone should you ever have to call them. These multi-channel credentials make contacting the bank easier and gives you more choice when choosing how to interact with your account. Usually, you will be asked to create a memorablepassword and security number that verifies you as the account holder, keeping logging in simple and secure which is incredibly important when transacting online.




Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Enhancing Online Shopping


Most of the times, watching an advertisement in so many places on different products leads us to search out big offers and deals with them. These ads attract us and we try to go shopping online. This is more in trend day by day. People find it convenient to shop online but somewhere we have lots of doubts regarding online shopping and grabbing the alluring deals.

The offers and deals along with the product purchasing and shopping avails for more deals for us. But we are afraid of shopping online cause of its lack of quality, duplicity, fraud, and theft. Big brands and companies offer the best payback and exchange offers, and other benefits to the customer in the different mode to make them trust on shopping sites and maintain the consistency and good feedback on their sites.

Frequent Shopping Ethics for Online Shopping:

Whenever you shop on the sites check thoroughly all the deals and offers attached to it. This is will help you find the best mode to gain discounts to save your money. There are some authenticated websites which maintain their quality and accuracy and are caring for their customer's comfort.  You must carefully search for coupons, tickets, and extra cashback offers. This will help taking advantage of deals online. There some reliable E-com Payment system which also provides additional points, discounts, memberships, and cashback.

Enhancing Online Shopping:

Shopping online enhances public sharing advertisement from mouth to mouth which highly trusted mode in societies.  Big banks, E-com payment systems, and other few agencies of travel tourism, food tourism, Multiplexes have made tie-ups with these websites to give customers more flexibility in booking and shopping.

Needful heads-up:

    Make a list of the products you want to shop for.
    Compare prices and deals on them.
  Check your coupons, points, membership, discounts, and other benefits carefully.
    Always read customer feedbacks and reviews.
•    And don’t forget to ensure the free shipping or shipping charges too.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Trendy Birthday Gifts for Kids Under 12

Sometimes it may be hard to keep up with what is popular with today's kids. These things seem to be forever changing. What was in three month ago, may be out now.

When looking for fun, educational or  trendy gifts for kids, for gift giving, consider these suggestions below, that are sure to get a smile out of them.







When it’s raining outside, Lottie is quick to pull on her raincoat and boots and go on a muddy adventure. She loves the sound of the squelch of her boots in the mud, and it is great fun to find the deepest, muddiest puddle and jump up and down in it. Lottie also likes puddle jumping with her friends and having a competition to see who can make the biggest splash.



Birthday Girl Sophia is Lottie's younger sister - with the same long blonde hair as her sister, but styled differently. She is another welcome addition to the Lottie family! She loves celebrating her birthday - sharing cake and treats with her friend and family, and playing lots of games! She is dressed to impress in her silver tutu and sparkly bag, and comes with an invitation, birthday card and a thank you card!




Lottie loves to be out in the countryside riding her pony, Sirius. A Welsh Mountain Pony, Sirius is strong-willed, excitable and very determined. Like Lottie's other pony, Seren, Sirius's name is also star-themed. Sirius is the brightest star in the Earth's night sky.



Why are Lottie, Finn &a Friends the perfect Birthday Gift?

“Lottie, Finn & Friends are the perfect gift for your little one - Lottie Dolls are Inspired by Real Kids and have been created with childhood in mind! We want all kids to embrace childhood, have some amazing adventures, and most of all, to have lots of fun!

We believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability and aim to reflect that in our collection. Lottie, Finn & Friends are based on nine-year-old children and the dolls are relatable to all the elements of childhood – Lottie’s motto is Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!”

To shop the collection, or to find out more visit our Website here: www.lottie.com
You can also find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube & Pinterest!


Mo’s Nose series by Margaret Hyde-




The entire Mo’s Nose series by Margaret Hyde follows a rescued dog named Mo on several journeys as he discovers the beauty and wonder of colors through his sense of smell. The series invites readers of all ages to explore and use their many senses while reading stories that celebrate discovery, organic play and inspire feelings of compassion, service and stewardship. In Mo Smells the Ballpark, the newest book in the series set to come out in May, Mo and his friends experience all of the sights, sounds and SMELLS of the big game.  The charitable elements, charming illustrations and scent-tastic sense of adventure make Mo’s Nose the perfect birthday gift for a special little one! The series is available through MosNose.comBarnesandNoble.comAmazon.com, and select brick-and-mortar booksellers nationwide.





Barbie® Potty Training Taffy: Barbie Doll and Pet Playset-






·         Barbie® doll shows how much she loves her pets by taking good care of them

·         With the Barbie Potty Training Taffy set, you can help Barbie doll feed and clean up after her pets

·         Taffy® dog actually poops — just push her tail!

·         Barbie® doll looks adorable in casually cool capri pants and print t-shirt

·         Animal accessories include a dog food-toting backpack (attached to Taffy® dog), a doggie food dish with treats, a pooper scooper, “poop,” and a trash can!





Global Groove-



Fun hand-felted bag for your young fashionista!  Moss-green bag featuring mushroom scene, with flower and lady bugs.  A perfect garden scene for any little girl!  Made in Nepal. **Your purchase helps a certified fair trade organization that works with women, supporting and developing artisan co-ops in Thailand and Nepal.









With this extensive set you can compose a total fleet! Build a bulldozer, a fire truck, a forklift, a tow truck, a pick-up truck or a van! The cockpits, cabins, scoops, wheels and other attachments can be easily clicked onto the bars. All parts can be combined with all existing SMARTMAX® sets. Together with the bars and metal balls, you can create an endless range of possibilities.

All SmartMax vehicle sets compliment and work with the SmartMax construction sets. 








A cordless and battery-free, the boozik (bamboo + music) synergizes nature with the age of technology. Being both sturdy, compact and light, the boozik is perfect for amplifying on-the-go music, videos and phone calls. 
Watch the video- this is too cool!


Drawmaster-



They'll draw the perfect picture every time using Drawmaster™! Now kids can bring to life their favourite characters from Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America and many more from the Marvel universe.


Science4you-


Science4you's scientific and educational toys help children to develop a wide range of skills and capabilities such as creativity, concentration, social skills among many others through combining fun with real-world education by fostering curiosity and experimentation. Finally, all Science4you toys are included into the STEM toys category as they provide kids with knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while having fun.


Lumiluvs-




Lumiluvs are play friends by day and sleep pals by night! Just kiss your Lumiluvs to make it light up! These adorable pets are fun to cuddle, kiss and dream with.


CozyPhones-






CozyPhones Kid Character headphones are great for  kids. So much better than  those bulky headphones or those ear buds that keep falling out, they are made with their own built in concealed hearing pieces, and inside a cute headband perfect for young children.  Available in a variety of characters, they make a perfect birthday gift.


Shopkins Mini Packs-




Shopkins Mini Packs bring the world of grocery shopping into the minature scale. Kids love playing make believe with familiar market items like milk cartons. cookie bags, detergent bottles and more. 

Also kids can enjoy the Shopkin Shoppies that are so cute for ages 5+ to help in playing store. Each mini pack comes complete as well with 2 Shopkins inside... kids love these!



The Grossery Gang-




The Grossery Gang™ are the craziest, zaniest new collectibles with attitude!
Collect, swap and play with the coolest Grossery Gang™ characters around! Ages 5+ 






** Watch this spot for more trendy birthday gift ideas!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Save Money on Custom Writing: 5 Unusual Ways Students Can Protect their Pockets

This is a pretty common practice for students to use writing companies. These resources seem to be the real salvation for many people. They offer outstanding services and provide with multiple conveniences. Their assistance cannot be measured with words. Nonetheless, everything has its price. The matter of money is very important and sometimes, painful for students. They are forced to save money.



Most students have restricted funds. They have to count every penny and try to spend their earnings on the things that really matter. At times, they have no other choice but to buy assistance of writing websites. They may lack time, have some personal complications or don’t have the writer’s talent. The reasons are various. Most of them make helpless students seek alternatives that cost some money.


Nevertheless, this is not the catastrophe. Even if you can resolve your academic issues only with the help of writing companies, you may freely save part of your earnings. We know several prompts on how to save money on customer writing. We will be happy to share with you this information.


Therefore, make allowances for the following vital points: 
1. Order only certain parts.
2. Monetary compensation. 
3. Student discounts. 
4. Order from the same custom writing company. 
5. Collaborate with your writing company. 

You’re not obliged to order the entire academic assignment. Many students struggle with only some parts of the research paper. For instance, many folks cannot create an impressive introduction; the others are not able to pick up an effective topic or cannot craft a strong thesis statement. It is quite possible that you have only a small problem. Accordingly, you do not spend much money. Order an outline, reference list, conclusion and/or ask to edit. These things don’t require much money if they are ordered in parts. 

 Another point is not the direct saving of your earnings. It’s rather a dependable measure to ensure that your investments will not just disappear. You should secure the matter of monetary compensation. Check the reputation of the agency you wish to collaborate with. After your conditions are accepted, it is supposed to fulfill each term precisely as you wish. Under the condition, something was completed inappropriately or after the time ran out, demand refunding. Discuss this moment to secure your funds. 

Writing agencies are client-oriented. They study the market to know their anticipated clients expect from them. It goes beyond all doubts they realize that students are their main targeted audience. Therefore, look for those, which offer discounts. Students experience difficulties with money and writing agencies know about that. 

Make sure your writing agency is able to offer you flexible and reasonable discounts. There may be discounts for the most loyal clients, the newcomers, and those who place orders for big sums. Some websites likewise offer discounts when you advertise them to other people. Bring your friends with you and save more money. 

The next tip is to deal with the same writing company. In the occasion, you have found a trustworthy resource with reasonable and beneficial conditions stick to it. Do not change it. Such resources strongly value the loyalty of their clients. Those people who remain with them for the durable period of time always receive some great discounts. Therefore, don’t leave the resource, which helps you a lot. 

Another good possibility to save is to collaborate with the website. It is no secret that writing agencies require new writers. Freelancing and essay writing professions are of great popularity for the last years. There are millions of students from every corner of the globe. Accordingly, there are numerous orders from them. Undoubtedly, a professional writing website requires a huge staff of writers. They frequently employ students.

Ask whether your writing agency needs new authors. This is a huge advantage. It’s a 2-in-1 offer, which satisfies both sides. Become the part of the writing staff and you will count on discounts. Of course, we mean that you might require assistance with papers that are too complicated for you. When it comes to your writing competence, you may begin with the easiest essays that are not difficult. Let the more professional and experienced authors write in your stead. 

It is likewise possible that you may fulfill some other duties. For instance, you may help to promote a writing agency. In order to compensate your assistance, ask to craft your assignments.

Take these recommendations into your consideration. They are pretty effective. They show that you should not fear to buy essays from a cheap custom writing service available online. Use them wisely and you will manage to acquire the necessary assistance at an affordable and cheap cost. 

Some Other Things to Consider 
After we have discussed the possibilities to save your money with a writing company, we would like to shed more light on other ways to save money. 

These are: • Plan a reasonable budget; • Buy only really important products and services • Forget about unimportant thing • Seek students’ discount at every store • Seek stores with affordable prices • Find a part-time work to earn some money

Try these prompts as well. They help to avoid unneeded wasting of your funds. Of course, you are welcome to look for some additional alternatives. There are many variants for going cheap. You can survive if you know the keys to success. Try different methods and use those, which work for you.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Pitmaster Big Moe Cason’s Tips to Host an Ultimate Summer Smoking’ BBQ PLUS a Great Contest!



1.    Make It Simple
Don’t over complicate it.  Barbecuing doesn’t need to be  intimidating.  

2.    Use Your Weber Grill As A Smoker 
Create a “Dual Zone” by placing the charcoal to one side of the grill and the meat to the opposite side so there are no flare ups.

Smoke Pork For Maximum FlavorTry Pork Belly!  “Bacon demands tend to peak during the summer” which is why pork bellies are now available in superstores such as Sam’s Club and Costco not only butcher shops.

Pork Ribs cook for about 3 ½ - 4 hours at 250 degrees. Once they are done, use a probe from WalmartTarget, etc. to see when the ribs raise up to ½- ¾ of an inch. Another way to tell when they are done is to pick up the ribs with tongs and if they feel like they are about to crack or break in half, they’re ready.  Be sure to remove the membrane on the back of the rib before cooking so the back can absorb the flavors of the rub

Pork Loins cook for about 1- 1 ½ hours at 250 degrees. Once the meat reaches 143 degrees take the meat out and let it rest so it does not overcook and dry out.

    Pork Steaks cook for about 2 hours at 250 degrees to cook and should be         flipped over when there are 30 minutes left.

3.   Pair BBQ With A Big Red Soda 
Big Red is the nation’s most popular red soda and has always been a favorite pairing with the bold flavor of BBQ.

4.  Make Big Moe’s Simple Rub
Making your own rub is easy with Moe’s simple rub of salt, sugar, garlic powder, and black pepper. Moe also suggests the “8:5:2” ratio for a basic Texas rub. Eight parts of coarse ground black pepper, five parts of sea salt and seasoned salt and two parts of garlic salt. Put the rub on approximately 1 hour before smoking or grilling. 



Big Red, America’s original and best-selling red soda is kicking off the summer BBQ season with its “Get Grillin’ with Big Moe and Big Red” promotion.  From June 25 – August 17, consumers have the chance to win a Big Red BBQ party, hosted by Pitmaster Big Moe Cason, and other BBQ related prizes.  Contest details are available at www.bigred.com/bigmoe.  






ABOUT BIG MOE CASON
Big Moe Cason is a self-taught BBQ pit master. The Iowa native has participated in 260+ BBQ contests and was a season two finalist on TLC’s “Barbeque Pitmasters.” He was also a judge for Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters” in 2014 and “SMOKED” in 2013. For more information visit his Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

ABOUT BIG RED

Big Red Inc. is one of the top 10 beverage companies in North America with a history dating back to 1937. Along with Big Red®, recognized as the number-one selling red soda, Big Red Inc. also markets beverage brands Big Red Zero®, Big Blue®, Big Peach®, Big Pineapple®, NuGrape®, and Nesbitt’s® products. Distributed widely throughout the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Independent Bottlers and Pepsi Beverages Company, consumers across the country enjoy Big Red Inc.’s beverages.  For more information, please visitwww.bigred.com.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

FreeYumm Foods Review

Review by: Gerry, Monique and Ria




With food sensitivites and as well just wanting to snack happy and healthy, I am always on the look out for tasty snacks and treats.

I found FreeYumm Foods online and had to give them a try!

FreeYumm Foods dedicates itself to producing yummy foods. Most food producers pay no attention to food sensitivities. So they ignore up to 20% of the population. When 1 in 5 people can't eat what you are serving it makes sharing a bit tricky and I know this as a fact. But as well I like to buy something that not only I will like but that can be tasty for Gerry as well. And with a daughter visiting for most of the summer, and another on her way in August, and all of us loving healthier alternatives, FreeYumm caught our eye to try their snacks bars.
At FreeYumm, they elminate the Top 9 priority allergens, and they have chosen to make delicious food that is potentially accessible to over 99% of the population.



We tried the FreeYumm Blueberry Oat Bars, Raspberry Chia Bars, and Double Chocolate Cookies. Loved all of them- the Double Chocolate cookies melted in our mouths and were super chocolatey, the Raspberry Chia Bars offered a robust flavour and the Blueberry Oat Bars were just like a tasty summer treat. (Blueberries grow wild in our area too). The snacks also came individually wrapped!


If you live in Canada, FreeYumm is offering a 20% discount savings on your first FreeYumm order with Well.ca Promo Code: FreeYumm20.
Find FreeYumm as well on Facebook @freeyumm
Instagram@ freeyummfoods

Happy snackin!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Would You Travel The World If It Cost Less - A Lot Less?


There are a handful of questions we all ask ourselves on a bi-weekly basis. What is the meaning of life? Where do I want to be in five years time? Should I do more volunteering? How do I ask my boss for a raise without it backfiring? And, at the top of the pile, how can I save money on travel?

Now, we’re not going to pretend we’re some wise old woman from the Himalayas that has all the answers to all these things. Not a chance. We don’t. But when it comes to heading overseas and staying on budget without sacrificing any of the fun, well, we’re the voice of reason. Searching for money-saving tricks has almost become an unhealthy obsession of ours, which is partly because travel has shot up on our priority list over the past few years (much like it has for every other human on planet earth).

It’s that feeling of escaping the humdrum of everyday life and the stress of the wake, work, sleep, repeat routine, and switching it out for moments of exploration, joy, happiness and the chance to create super-precious memories. The problem has always been the lack of money trees growing in our backyard.

It’s not so bad if you're going away in a group of people where you can all chip in to cover the cover the cost of this and that. But if you’re going for a solo adventure, there’s unwritten need to swallow the uneconomical pressures of car rental, accommodation costs, getting about in cabs and all that sort of stuff. That’s why we’ve come up with this extensive list.

So, without further ado, here are our top tips, tricks and bits of advice to help you turn your trip for one into an incredible money-saving journey.

1. Sign-Up To Sweet Email Alerts
The one we’re a member of is Jack’s Flight Club, but there are so many to pick from - Opodo, Airfarewatchdog and Liligo to name but a few. And the way they work is so, so simple. Every week, you get numerous emails straight to your inbox with a list of cheap as chips flights to some far-flung destinations. Yup. these companies trawl the internet to find seriously cheap offers that are utterly perfect for those with a) a love for spontaneous trips and b) a bucket list that they are desperately trying to work their way through. Oh, and we’re not just talking about a saving a few bucks here and there. No way. We’re talking about saving hundreds and hundreds of bucks - at least - without having to do anything but check your inbox every so often.

2. Flexibility Is Your Best Friend
There are two ways flexibility can save you big bucks and the first is all to do with your destination. If you’re up for being flexible on your destination then the world really does become your oyster. You’re travelling alone and that means you can go wherever you want without consulting anyone, so Use search tools like Kayak, Skyscanner, or Adioso, or an app like GTFO, all of which allow you to search flights to “anywhere.” Then set yourself a flight budget and see what you can snag within that figure. Trust us: you’ll be shocked at how far you go. The other thing you should be flexible on is your dates. Even swapping an afternoon flight for an early morning one can save you a large chunk of change, so just imagine what you could keep in your pocket if you flew on a Wednesday morning instead of Friday evening. Flexibility is your bestie.

3. Pinch A Penny With Points
With the rise of Airbnb and all the choice that comes with it, the most costly part of going on a vacation is the flights. Hands down. That’s why we’ve focused on it in the first two points. But there’s another way you can reduce the cost of flying from here to there and it’s called points. Yup. Good old points, especially if you have something that’s geared towards this sort of saving, such as Chase credit cards for travelers. It’s arguably the best transferable points program on the market. It’s a rewards program that comes with a sign-up bonus (meaning a quick points boost) and it earns double points per dollar on all travel and dining purchases. But it’s not just airline purchases you get rewarded for. It’s hotels, Airbnb, taxis, Uber, and a whole lot more. Yummy.

4. From Rome 2 Rio
We know this may sound like a pretty niche travel route, and you’d be right, but it’s not actually a travel route at all. It’s a search engine and probably the best transport search engine in the world, in our opinion. The way it works is super-simple: you put in your departure spot and it will tell you how to get to your destination by all different transport methods, telling you straight up which option is the cheapest. It’s incredible. It’s nothing shy of incredible. It doesn’t matter where you’re going from or how far you are travelling, you get some idea of the best options out there.

5. Look Out For Freebies
Every city in the world is a hub or culture in some way or another, boasting a plethora of museums that could blow your mind in ways you never knew possible. The problem is, most museumgoers have to stump up a sometimes-not-so-reasonable fee. For example, the Louvre costs over $21 and the Museum of Chicago costs $36 for the do-everything pass. But not all museums are so steep. In fact, many of them are free. It’s just about knowing where to look and where to head in order to breeze in and out of an incredible museum without shelling out anything. Head to Washington D.C and there are 19 free museums and the National Zoo to visit for nothing, head to London and you can see everything from the National History Museum to the Tate Modern for zero expense. If you know, you know.

6. No How To Be Accommodated For Less
Backpacking in some hostel that rivals the one from The Beach in terms of uncleanliness is no longer the done thing, even for those travellers on a stricter than strict budget. Instead, there is a new trend of upmarket hostels that have all the comforts and chic touches of a boutique hotel for a fraction of the price. These are places that buzz with a community vibe as well as dance with some serious luxuries. Take the Tattva Design Hostel in Porto. It has a rooftop terrace complete with BBQ grills, and a DIY crepe station at the breakfast buffet and the cost for a bed is as little as $14.20. Of course, if sharing a space isn’t your cup of English tea, then there is the king of disruptive brands, Airbnb, which allows you to book a room in someone’s home or an entire place, giving you the chance to explore somewhere from a truly local base for a slice of what it would cost in a hotel.

7. Hand-Luggage Only
One of the best ways to save yourself a sack of cents and pennies is to pack light. No unnecessary pairs of extra shoes, no jumpers and no more than one pair of jeans. Why? Because you want to avoid those horrid baggage fees by travelling with a carry-on bag and nothing more. Seriously. The fewer bags you have, the less money you will have to fork out on airline fares and the easier you will be able to hop on and off public transportation when you arrive at your destination, with walking about made a million times easier too. Flip the coin over and you’ll find your cheap $47.60 flight to Rio becomes $110 and it’s all because of your big suitcase full of clothes you won’t wear.

8. Look For Enjoyable Exchange Rates
One of the secrets to having an amazing vacation for a fraction of the price is looking for currency exchange rates that will see your dollar stretch as far as it possibly can. In fact, we can’t stress this enough. Finding locations with the best exchange rate to cost-of-living ratio can add up to huge savings. It’s about taking your pretty decent US dollars and taking them to some favourable destination, whether that be travelling around the UK, Europe, Mexico, South America, South East Asia or wherever. Having a good exchange rate fall in your favour will see somewhere as beautiful as Portugal become impossibly cheap - food, lodging, travel, taxis, drinks, everything. Coming from the US, your mind will be blown, we promise.

Travel is that dream we all have. We all want to be more worldly and hold a host of amazing experiences in our storybook. The problem has always been the cost attached to it. But that belief is quickly fading and a new era of cheap adventures is sprouting up. It’s just a matter of knowing how to pinch pennies in everything you plan.