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15 Fun & Free things to do in New Orleans!

If the Big Easy is one of your dream destinations, don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing vacation when you’ve got this list of 15 Fun & Free Things to Do in New Orleans!  This city is so vibrant and has so much history and culture in it, no matter what you’re interested in you’re likely to find something you enjoy.   The best time to visit New Orleans is between February and May because the weather is likely to be the most comfortable then. If you want to enjoy all the Mardi Gras festivities then go between February and whenever Fat Tuesday falls, usually around the first week of March. Want fewer crowds, lower hotel prices, and less craziness? December and January are great months to visit.   BONUS! If you’d like a packing list to make…

Your Ultimate Guide to FREE & Cheap Travel!

Dream of traveling the globe but don’t have a lot of money to do it? You REALLY CAN travel all over the world with a very small budget and sometimes, if you plan it right, even for FREE. This ultimate guide to free and cheap travel will show you how! The Good Old Standbys 1) Credit Card Points – So you’ve probably heard A LOT about using credit card points to book flights, accommodations, etc. But what card to get? If you want to avoid an annual fee check out these possibilities and  these possibilities.  2) Frequent Flier Miles – Yes – they are really great…if you are actually a frequent flyer. If you don’t fly much it can be a little frustrating to hear people saying, “Oh, yes, I took my family of 4 to the Bahamas on my frequent flyer miles last month.” But if you…

40 Fun and Free Things to Do in New York City!

New York City ranks as THE most expensive city in the U.S. Rent in Manhattan (the most expensive borough) averages $3783/month, median home price 1.26 million. Grocery costs are 28-39% higher than the national average depending on the borough you are shopping in and restaurant prices are about 50% higher than the national average.   Does that mean that the budget minded guy or gal should wipe NYC off her list of travel destinations this year? Absolutely NOT!  There are plenty of awesome fun and free things to do in NYC!  BONUS! Want to make getting ready for your trip easier? There’s a link at the end of this post for a FREE printable packing list that will help you pack light and pack right! MUSEUMS!   OMG! New York has some of the most amazing museums. And not just art museums, either, but we’ll…

15 Fun and Free things to Do in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and gambling. There’s lots of money flying around all over this town. But as with so many other things, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money to get a lot of enjoyment and value out of your Las Vegas Vacation. If you’re trying to trim your budget and spend less, there’s still a lot you can do in Vegas for FREE!  The Casinos The casinos are full of gaming tables, slot machines, fancy hotel suites, spa treatments and restaurants where you can spend all the money you have (and they’d love for you to do so).  But several casinos also have some very cool free things you can stop by and enjoy.  BONUS! Want to have the greatest Vegas Trip EVER?!? You can grab my favorite 20 Resources that will make planning…

15 Fun & Free things to do in Chicago – Sometimes the best things in life are free!

Mini shopping spree in your favorite online store or bunch with a dear friend? Fancy new car or the 3-week trip through China you’ve been dreaming of for years? Which would you choose? Which would make you happier? Did you know there have been a bunch of studies that have shown that the things that make us happiest in life aren’t really things we have, but rather the experiences we have. When we buy things, like a new car or a new pair of diamond earrings, we may experience the giddy joy of ownership for a short while, but these studies show that that happiness we get from buying doesn’t last nearly as long as the happiness we get from spending that same money on an experience – like a vacation or a night out with the girls or a mani/pedi with…