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Travel Spice Kit: Cooking while Traveling with the Family

Updated November, 2017 Cooking While Traveling – Save Money and Experience Grocery Shopping One of the best ways to keep family travel budgets in check is to cook your own meals. What parent hasn’t seen their travel money rapidly swallowed up by restaurant charges? Equally of value is the cultural experience of shopping for groceries…

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How Much to Budget for a Disney World Family Vacation?

How Much Does Disney World Cost

Wondering how much it costs for a family vacation to Disney World? In his article on Finance Yahoo, What it Really Costs to Go to Walt Disney World, Brad Tuttle compares four sample family trips to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. (If you click to the Finance Yahoo article link, scroll down below the second…

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Tips for Using Dallas Light Rail with Kids

Dallas Public Transportation Light Rail

Using big city public transportation is key to our family travel budget. Besides just being pretty fun for kids to experience the ride and the scenery along the route, navigating the transit maps and the ticket options and payment systems becomes a lesson in geography, math, and technology. My kids are teens now and very…

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25 Best Disney Websites to Save You Money

Disney Saving Money Websites

While searching the internet for Disneyland Anaheim-area hotels with rooms big enough for a family of 5 or more, I came across so many wonderful websites devoted to helping people visit a Disney park (or cruise) without spending too much money.   See our Sleeps5 hotel pages for large family rooms for Disney World in Orlando,…

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See Venice via Google Treks and DK – photos and maps

Imagining Venice: Stunning photos help us visualize our travel plans. I usually purchase a few travel-guide-books, sometimes even used-travel-guide-books to save money. (The landmarks won’t change much year to year, and I use the internet to get updated visitor info.) Often those books have plain pages, or perhaps black and white photos. To help us…

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Discount Airlines in Europe

European Discount Airlines: A lot of non-Europeans are unfamiliar with the discount European airlines. Our family found them to be an easy and inexpensive alternative to the train and the big name carriers. Buyer beware however, a number of the bigger budget airlines start with low teaser rates but then tack on fees and surcharges…

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How to Book Your 5 Person Hotel Room

How to Book a Hotel for Family of 5, 6, or 7

Sleeps5 lists hotels, guest houses, aparthotels, and hostels with accommodations suitable for a family of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or even 10 guests. The best travel cities are included, such as Paris, London, New York City, San Francisco, Rome, Tokyo, Singapore, Montreal, and many more. Sleeps5 adds cities and hotels continually. Unless otherwise noted,…

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Avoid extra credit card fees for purchases outside your country

Leslie McFadden, of Bankrate.com, describes the foreign transaction fees that are a percentage of every purchase, from shops to restaurants, outside your home country and how to find the credit cards that will save you money. I’ve found that some internet purchases, such as used travel books, from providers outside my home country (US) also…

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Resources for Family Travel – Cell Phones, Credit Card Foreign Fees, Kids on Planes

Great advice from the experts: Three links for your international family travel. (photo is of my experienced-traveler-kids) 1. Prevent unexpected cell phone chargesJD Rinne, of Budget Travel, explains Europe’s cell phone network and how to determine your best options from roaming fees, disposable phones, disabling features, voicemail charges, and service providers. Links to other sources…

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