If you asked people the one thing they wish they did more often, most of them would probably say it’s traveling. We think of it as relaxation and adventure, but still, traveling is best when it’s just a little bit thought through. Here are some useful tips and tricks to keep safe, make smart choices and save money while you’re globetrotting.

Rest for the Weary Traveler

Did you know that there are plenty of options that allow you to stay somewhere for free? If you don’t mind meeting new people, you could try couchsurfing. For those who prefer not having a host, there are several house sitting sites to choose from. If you feel more comfortable paying for your stay, Airbnb is often a cheaper option than a hotel. And even if it doesn’t save you any money, you can usually get a whole apartment or house for the price of a hotel room. Finally, if your heart is set on a hotel, there are still a few things to bear in mind. Hotel rooms will generally be cheaper on Sundays. Also, certain types of hotels have special deals when it’s their off-season. Business hotels tend to be cheaper in July and August, when it’s vacation season. Beach properties will have lower prices in the winter months, or at the very beginning or end of the summer season.

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Friends, I have a confession.

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is alcoholism my confession?

This realization took a while and it’s very hard for me to admit. Yet here I am today, sitting in front of my computer screen to admit the problem that has been plaguing my life. So here it goes:

Hi, my name is Kayleigh, and I am a travel snob.

My narrative for this discovery begins with beautiful hardship and exhilarating difficulties, but then takes a dark turn into crippling comfort and incessant pampering.

Sound a little strange? Yeah, to me, too.

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The morning bell woke me from my deep and tranquil slumber. I have never been known to be a morning person, but this particular morning was different. My eyes shot open and my head sprung up, ready for the day. I looked around briefly. Doghouses lined the yard. Strange. I don’t remember nodding off at Chena Hot Springs when I visited yesterday.

A caretaker in a green uniform approached. I had a sudden urge to greet her and please her in whichever way I could. Her mouth moved and she said something I couldn’t understand; I assumed it was an alien command for me to obey. She reached down and petted my head, ruffled my cheeks, and formed a kissy face so irresistible I licked it with fervor. Startled, she retreated and moved to the awaiting dog to my right.

I felt naked but was strangely warm. I reached down to check my cellphone. It was nowhere to be found. It finally dawned on me that I had been sleeping on the ground next to a doghouse. Was I involved in some kind of cocaine party last night? I stood up to survey the yard and felt surprisingly refreshed, full of energy and eagerness to run forever. But why did it feel like I was standing on all fours? I looked down.

Hold the phone.

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