Destination Diary: Budapest

Destination Diary: Budapest

Okay, so I know we have a lot of “favorite” cities, but we’re serious when we say that Budapest is one of our favorites. No visit to Eastern Europe is complete without a stop in this city of history and hipsters.

Below, we list our favorite places to eat, drink, and see in Budapest:

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Destination Diary: Slovenia

Destination Diary: Slovenia

Nestled amongst better-known countries such as Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary, Slovenia is a place you may not know much about.

Though it’s only the size of New Jersey, it packs a lot of amazing things into one place. It’s one of Trav’s top 5 countries in the world, and we’re excited to share it with you.

Below, we list our favorite places to eat, drink, and see in Slovenia:

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Destination Diary: Denver

Destination Diary: Denver

We’ve spent a lot of time in the mountains of Colorado, but it wasn’t until recently that we made our way to Mile High City. We had a fantastic time in Denver, particularly in the hip RiNo and Five Points neighborhoods.

Below, we list our favorite places to eat, drink, and see in Denver:

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Destination Diary: Austin

Destination Diary: Austin

We’ve been traveling to Austin for several years now, and in that time we’ve seen the city change for the better. It’s now one of our favorite spots to visit (particularly to escape the frigid Philly winters).

Below, we cover some of our must-visit destination for any trip to Austin, including the best places for coffee, outdoor activities, and (of course) tacos.

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6 Rules to Crush Your Chase Reconsideration Phone Call

6 Rules to Crush Your Chase Reconsideration Phone Call

If you decide to play the frequent flyer game with any regularity, there will inevitably come a time that you will be denied a credit card. Even if you have a perfect credit score, low utilization rate, years of history with the card issuer and great standing, eventually you’ll end up with a denial letter or email. You may be tempted to hang your head and rue a missed opportunity to earn even more miles.

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How to Find and Rent Furnished Apartments While Traveling

How to Find and Rent Furnished Apartments While Traveling

The benefits of staying in a furnished apartment when traveling are innumerable – including lots of space, local insider knowledge, and the ability to stay in less touristy, more authentic neighborhoods.

However, finding a good apartment can feel overwhelming.

There are a lot of variables to consider, including price, location, cleanliness, and convenience.

This is where we come in.

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The Ultimate Guide to Packing a Carry-On Bag

The Ultimate Guide to Packing a Carry-On Bag

After years of traveling the world, we’ve come to an important conclusion: traveling lighter is better.

When you travel light, you’re so much more mobile. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or rushing through the streets of Tokyo, bringing less stuff with you opens up more room for experiences.

And by far the best way to travel light is to pack only a carry-on. To many travelers, this will seem impossible; how can you possibly fit everything you need in a small rolling bag or backpack?

As you’ll see in this guide, however, it’s a lot easier than you might think.

And once you switch to carry-on only packing, you’ll wonder why you ever needed a big, bulky suitcase.

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7 Exciting and Affordable Hotel Alternatives

7 Exciting and Affordable Hotel Alternatives

It’s no secret that I prefer airline miles over hotel points by a wide margin. Why? When I’m traveling, I enjoy staying at places that provide a more authentic experience.

Not that I don’t have hotel points; I do. And don’t get me wrong, I’d appreciate a stay at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme or the Hilton Bora Bora Resort as much as the next person.

But while those places are amazing in their own right, as a general rule of thumb I look for alternative accommodation options when traveling.

Here are 7 ways you can stay in a place that offers a more interesting experience than the typical chain hotel, while also saving a lot of money.

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Maximize Your Miles: Understanding Stopovers and Open Jaws

Maximize Your Miles: Understanding Stopovers and Open Jaws

Learning about travel hacking changes your whole perspective on travel. Instead of being content paying whatever prices the airlines want to charge, you start to look for any way you can to get a better deal. In the beginning, this usually means using travel credit cards to quickly earn miles and then redeeming those miles for maximum value After that, you may look into ways to get cheaper accommodation, such as housesitting or signing up for a hotel credit card. If you’ve done all of that, then you’re already miles ahead of the typical traveler. But what if you want to take things to the next level? What if you want to visit multiple cities without paying for extra flights, or get a free mini-vacation on your way to another city?

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The 46 Best Gifts for Travelers in 2019

The 46 Best Gifts for Travelers in 2019

Every year, for the past seven years, we’ve scoured the globe to find the most unique, most useful, and best gifts for travelers on the planet (tough life, I know).

And in those past seven years, our annual “best gifts for travelers” guide has become one of the most popular travel gift guides in the world!

So if you’re struggling with what to get the traveler in your life, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered again this year.

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Pre-Travel Checklist: 24 Things to Do Before You Travel

Pre-Travel Checklist: 24 Things to Do Before You Travel

Everyone knows the last few days before a trip can be hectic.

Whether you are going to the beach for a weekend or traveling abroad for a month (or two, or three), it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the tasks that need to be done.

To help alleviate a lot of stress and last-minute running around, we created this handy pre-travel checklist.

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16 Tips to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

16 Tips to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Walking along the beach in Bali and gazing out over the expansive water was enough to make us dread our upcoming flight the next day.

A flight that would begin our 27-hour journey back to Philadelphia.

Flying home for the holidays sounded like a great idea – until it really sunk in that we would be in transit for longer then it takes most people to plan their entire trip.

Because this was not the first time, nor the last, that Trav and I would be embarking on such a long journey, we decided to make a list of all the things we do to make long-haul flights more enjoyable bearable.

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Should You Close a Credit Card? Here’s How to Decide

Should You Close a Credit Card? Here’s How to Decide

It’s a question I get asked more than almost any other:

Should I cancel a credit card?

There are a lot of questions, rumors, and misinformation surrounding when, and if, you should cancel a credit card. And unfortunately, many people do the wrong thing! The answer, of course, isn’t cut and dry, and so I’ve broken down the main question into a few smaller ones to make it easier to figure out whether you should cancel a credit card or not

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How to Earn and Use British Airways Avios Points

How to Earn and Use British Airways Avios Points

British Airways has a bad reputation in the travel hacking community. Sure, they fly to a large number of destinations, and they have an extensive frequent flyer program. However, they’re notorious for charging fuel surcharges that can be hundreds of dollars. For this reason, you might think it’s better to just avoid British Airways altogether. This would be a mistake. While British Airways miles (known as “Avios”) can be obnoxious to use, they do offer great value on certain trips. So in this guide, we’re going to take a look at how the British Airways Avios program works. We’ll discuss what Avios points are, as well as how to earn and use Avios points for maximum value.

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15 Tips for Getting Cheap Car Rentals Every Time

15 Tips for Getting Cheap Car Rentals Every Time

Renting a car can be a pain. It’s a pain on your sanity with all the strange rules and policies of the rental companies. And it’s also a pain on your wallet, with rentals costing way more than you want to pay. I’ve rented my share of cars over the years, and in the process I’ve figured out how to pay as little as possible. Below, I share my best tips for getting cheap car rentals every time.

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How to Get Cheap Flights with Frequent Flyer Miles

How to Get Cheap Flights with Frequent Flyer Miles

To date, I’ve traveled to over 50 countries for under $100. My wife and I have flown to the World Cup in Rio for $5 (total, not each). And I’ve flown business class from Tokyo to New York for less than the cost of a tank of gas.

The secret to my exceedingly cheap flights? It’s not because I have connections in the airline industry or am some kind of secret agent. No, the answer is simple: frequent flyer miles.

Earning frequent flyer miles isn’t complex, and it doesn’t require you to spend thousands of dollars on flights. All it requires is an understanding of how the system works, and how to use it to your advantage.

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How to Find the Cheapest Flights Every Time

How to Find the Cheapest Flights Every Time

Flying can be one of the most expensive parts of traveling. Depending on where you’re going, a flight could run you anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars. And that doesn’t even include the cost of getting to and from the airport or checking luggage.

But while flying can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be if you know the right strategies. That’s why in this article we’re going to look at how you can get the cheapest flights every time you travel.

Follow these steps, and you’ll have more money left over to spend on fun things (like the world’s best gelato).

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How to Get Access to Any Airport Lounge (Without Being a Millionaire)

How to Get Access to Any Airport Lounge (Without Being a Millionaire)

After checking your luggage, getting through security, and finding your gate, you settle down for a few minutes of rest before your flight.

But how are you supposed to relax when it’s noisy, your seat is dirty and uncomfortable, and the airport WiFi isn’t working?

You glance across the terminal and see a group of people relaxing in a lounge, separate from the noise and chaos of the terminal. If only you could somehow join this elite group of people, all the madness of the airport would fade away.

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How to Get Free Accommodation with House Sitting

How to Get Free Accommodation with House Sitting

One of the most expensive parts of travel is accommodation. There are lots of ways to make accommodation cheaper, including earning credit card points and staying in hostels instead of hotels. But still, accommodation is rarely free.

However, there is a little-known way to stay in awesome places around the world for free. The technique? House sitting.

In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about house sitting, including how it works, why we love it, and how you can use house sitting to save on your next adventure.

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