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How to afford summer travel to Europe

How to afford summer travel to Europe

April 15, 2012 · , ,

If you’ve put off a trip to Europe for a few years, consider 2012. The U.S. dollar is stronger against the Euro, making prices more affordable for Americans, and we’ve got six tips to help you find the value across Europe this summer. 1- Head to an off-the-beaten path location Ditch the crowds in major [...]

How to buy car-rental insurance in Europe

How to buy car-rental insurance in Europe

March 28, 2012 · , ,

It was one dinged-up rental car. Smashed driver’s-side mirror; sizable dent in the passenger-side aft bumper. And no, it wasn’t my fault — at least, not entirely. The Dublin rental agency never asked about damage when I returned the car, but I spent that night agonizing about how much insurance I had purchased and the [...]

Europe travel: Best money-saving tips

Europe travel: Best money-saving tips

March 28, 2012 · , , ,

American travelers may have felt betrayed by their national currency over the past five years, but the dollar is finally gaining some ground. Its value against the euro increased 9.2 percent between January 2010 and January 2012. Pair a stronger dollar with unsteady European economies, as well as growing tourist markets and emerging destinations, and [...]

25 ways to save on New Zealand travel

25 ways to save on New Zealand travel

March 7, 2012 · , , , ,

New Zealand’s sweeping mountain vistas, pristine beaches, unusual wildlife and fascinating Maori culture make it a dream destination for many travelers. But exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud doesn’t come cheap. An expensive long-haul flight will take the first chomp out of your budget — and once you arrive, you’ll find high prices [...]

Ryanair annual profit up 26% but warns on oil costs

Ryanair annual profit up 26% but warns on oil costs

May 23, 2011 · , ,

Ryanair said on Monday that its annual net profit rose by a quarter but Europe’s biggest no-frills airline also warned of a tough outlook as high fuel costs force it to ground planes and hike fares. Ryanair said profit after tax jumped 26 percent to 401 million euros ($575 million) during the group’s financial year [...]

Au pair reunion is good excuse for family trip

Au pair reunion is good excuse for family trip

There’s nothing like having someone live with you for a year to forge a lifelong friendship. But you can’t just drop by for coffee when that person lives across the Atlantic Ocean. My husband and I hosted German au pairs for seven years to care for our three children. And from the moment we quit [...]

Avoiding a large phone bill when traveling

Avoiding a large phone bill when traveling

August 5, 2010 · , ,

Ubiquitous connectivity has its downside, especially when it comes to the price of using your cellphone abroad. The proliferation of smartphones and the increased use of data have made it easier than ever to rack up huge communications bills while traveling overseas, even on a short trip. “Many leisure travelers with iPhones are going to [...]

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