Traveling the World When You’re Broke

Whenever someone says that everyone should definitely take the time to travel the world because it is so relaxing, your wallet tenses up. We already know that traveling has some sort of voodoo magic that immediately takes all the pressure and stress away as soon as you board the plane. The problem? It is not exactly an affordable hobby to take up.

But you often find yourself daydreaming about tropical paradise beaches, the Eiffel Tower, the taste of vintage wine, and the feel of the cold sea breeze. So you start looking at affordable tour packages and cheap travel insurance, you check the currency conversion and add up the total amount you need to spend. You will be cutting it close, but you feel like you don’t have enough to have a fun trip.

Indeed, budget traveling can be a little difficult, but not impossible. In this article, we will explore tricks on how you can keep travel expenses at the bare minimum.

Book your flights in incognito

Not sure if you have noticed, but cheaper prices are often shown to people who have been on a website for the first time. The same thing applies for most airlines. However, websites have a way of tracking who their visitors are through cookies. There is a huge chance that you would be offered a more expensive price because this has been your nth visit. To avoid this, clear your browser cookies and do searches in incognito or private browsing.

Consider not going to the usual tourist traps

The most common attractions are often the most expensive. Especially if you are planning to stay in a city, every movement costs money. Yes, it defeats the purpose of traveling if you cannot get into some of the popular tourist attractions. But there are literally countless destinations that, while not as popular, are sometimes far better than the usual tourist traps. Not to mention, they are a lot friendlier on the budget. What you do is to make a quick Google search of these places (there will be articles about hidden gems, for sure). If you have backpacker friends, you can also ask them the places they have discovered during their frolick.

Choose hostels

There is a lot of stigma with hostels, mainly because of the horror movie franchise aptly named ‘Hostel’. But they are actually very adorable places to stay in. Other than being affordable, you will be able to treat yourself to an authentic budget traveler, backpacker vibe that not a lot of people get to experience.

In addition, most hostels offer free food, often holding grill nights, offering free snacks and breakfast, and a whole lot more. That is one expense you will not have a problem with.

Lastly, if you are still worried about money during the trip, hostels offer to pay their guests if you work some hours for them. You can stay at the front desk or help with cleaning.

Book your travels in advance and during off-peak times

Other than the trick with private browsing, you can also book your trip months in advance during off-peak times of the year. These include the summer, the holidays, and other local events happening in your chosen destination.

As a final tip, make sure that you are traveling light so that if you are coming home with lots of souvenirs, you still would not need to pay extra for baggage. And if there are promos for flight tickets and tour packages, make sure to grab them.

Budget traveling is definitely doable, and your bank account woes should not hold you back from going out to see the world. Plan, save up, and practice restraint – you will surely have an awesome budget-friendly

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CARS 3 Out Digitally in HD on Oct 24 and on Blu-Ray Nov 7

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Disney and Pixar present CARS 3, a fast-paced new tale of Lightning McQueen, his classic CARS friends and a new spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez! Lighting finds himself pushed out of racing by a new generation of faster and younger cars and goes on a journey to discover where he belongs in this new type of high-octane competition. CARS 3- the third film in the now-iconic CARS film franchise—will cruise home Digitally in HD on Oct. 24 and Blu-ray™ on Nov. 7!

You can check out the trailer at this link: https://youtu.be/scYvJUUOHK4

And you can download activity sheets by clicking the banner below

Download Cars 3 Halloween Activities

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More Captain Morgan Jack-O Blast Cocktail Recipes

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Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast has returned for a limited time this fall season. The pumpkin spiced shot is perfect for any fall occasion from Halloween parties to football tailgates. It delivers seasonal flavors of pumpkin spice mixed with your favorite spiced rum. You’ll love it as a chilled shot, but Jack-O’Blast is also the perfect way to add some fall spice to your favorite cocktails. Look for the unmissable pumpkin shaped bottle and make sure you don’t miss out.

Last year I posted a few Captain Morgan Jack-O Blast cocktail recipes HERE and now they have come up with a few more that sound delicious.

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My favorite from last year was the…

Apple Jack-O

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
  • 4 oz. chilled apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

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Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast Shot

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
* I mixed this with whipped cream vodka and it tasted like a pumpkin pie

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Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast
  • 1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut
  • 2. oz. Cold Brew
  • Top with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a shaker with ice. Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass and top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

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Swago: Shopping Edition Is Back

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The holidays are close and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend.

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It’s a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you’ve never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

Click here to get started!

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

Shop Swago will begin on Monday, October 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.

You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value – up to 300 SB – enough for your first $3 gift card.
Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
The game ends Friday, October 27th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Also, if you sign up through me this month, you’ll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the “Swag Ups” area of “My Account”

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Include Everclear in Your Holiday Cocktail Recipes

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Pomegranate Green Tea Liqueur brings together the sweet taste of pomegranate and tea with Everclear ensuring holiday cheer is never in short supply. Combine with simple syrup and water, and within two hours it’ll be ready to bottle and enjoy with Holiday Road Punch or gifted in a mason jar with festive ribbons and labels.

POMEGRANATE GREEN TEA LIQUEUR

Ingredients:

  • 8 Pomegranate green tea bags
  • 6 oz. Everclear®
  • 7 oz. Filtered water
  • 13 oz. White simple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Combine tea bags, Everclear® and water in a sealable container.
  2. Steep 2 hours.
  3. Remove tea bags and add simple syrup. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Bottle and enjoy.
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HOLIDAY ROAD PUNCH

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except champagne in a pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Mix and chill in refrigerator 8 hours or more (overnight works best).
  3. Just before serving, add chilled champagne and stir carefully.
  4. Add ice, along with 10 lime wheels.
  5. Serve in punch glasses, ice optional.
  6. Garnish with lime wheel (also optional).
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Online Retailers with Better Reputations than their Brick and Mortar Competitors

A 2015 survey shows that e-commerce stores and online retailers have control of about 8 percent of the retail market, and there are no signs of them letting up or slowing down.

These ecommerce stores are quickly putting traditional brick and mortar stores out of business, and successfully competing against known big retail brands. Most of them are doing so due to their unique approach to business.

In this article, we’ll be looking at those ecommerce outfits that are doing well courtesy of their different approaches to marketing.

Zappos

Zappos pioneered the sale of shoes online. Sure, auction sites like eBay and the almighty Amazon were selling shoes, but no one was doing it exclusively. Enter Zappos, which was birthed when the founder couldn’t find a decent pair of shoes online.

Zappos has gone on to be become a multibillion dollar company, has been acquired by Amazon, and now sells clothes, bags and other fashion accessories. But what makes Zappos stand out? It’s their world class customer service.

In fact, Zappos boasts of having the world’s best customer service. This is thanks to their amazing staff who show a serious commitment and dedication to helping customers.

The company’s dedication to customers is unmatched in the fashion and clothing industry. This is why they are consistently growing and exceeding sales targets. The company is now synonymous with excellent customer service.

Zulily

While Zulily shares some semblance with TJ Maxx, the company’s online approach to sales has transformed them into an amazing ecommerce store.

They do this as a result of flash sales, special offers, and timed discounts on their online portals. As a result, the company generates more sales and revenue because of the buyers who hang out on the site to catch the price slash, discounts, and rebates.

Lull

Lull.com is taking on the mattress industry by providing an online store where you can purchase any mattress size you need. Lull sells and provides a wide range of mattress types, making it possible for you to shop from home.

Compared to local mattress stores where you have to order your new mattress in person, Lull makes it very easy to find the mattress you want from the comfort of your own home. However, that is not what makes this brand stand out. What gives them the edge is their free 100 days return policy.

So, you can order a mattress, they’ll deliver free of charge to your home, and you can use and test the mattress for up to a hundred nights without being charged.

If you don’t like the mattress, you can simply request to have it returned and they’ll come pick it up free of charge… no muss, no fuss. This, combined with their amazing mattress technology, exceptional customer service and incredible cost savings plans where you can save as much as 75 percent on your mattress purchase as compared to in-store purchases, makes them the go-to store for all things mattress online or offline. You don’t have to take our word for it: you can find Lull mattress reviews online at their website.

Amazon

Known as the king of ecommerce, Amazon has grown to become the leading online ecommerce and retail store in the world. Everyone who has the internet has heard of Amazon, and along with e-Bay they are virtually synonymous with online shopping. What makes Amazon really stand out is their wide variety of products –- you can find almost anything on Amazon.

But that isn’t even the big appeal. Amazon offers free shipping and same day or 24-hour delivery to certain states and for orders before 11a.m. These traits, when combined with their relentless innovation, such their experimental delivery by drone service, has birthed even better products, pushing them to the forefront of ecommerce.

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Order Your Halloween Candy from Oriental Trading

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I don’t know about you but this time of year seems to get crazy busy for me.  With the school year back I session, free time seems to be limited which is why I am so glad I can order Halloween candy from Oriental Trading.  For only $25, I was able to fill a huge bowl with Dum Dum® Lollipops, SweeTarts® Skulls & Bones, and an assortment which included Twizzlers® strawberry twists, Twizzlers® Pull ’N Peel Candy, Jolly Rancher® Crunch ’N Chew Candy, Jolly Rancher® Stix Candy, Jolly Rancher® Lollipops and Bubble Yum® Gum Candy.

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This has been such a huge stress reliever for me. Now I won’t have to run to the store at the last minute like I have done in years past.  Knowing I could order from the comfort of my home and just wait for it to be delivered to my front door without spending a fortune fits my life perfectly !!!

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Swagbucks Swago – Rake Up the Leaves

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The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big “Swago” promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, October 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, October 16th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

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Swagbucks Halloween Sale

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Now that Halloween is almost here, Swagbucks has increased cash back at a big group of their Halloween-related stores, so you can earn cash back while getting costumes, decorations, and more for the end of the month. Just click here to see the deals, and sign up for Swagbucks (if you haven’t already) to start earning cash back in the form of SB points, which you can exchange for gift cards or PayPal cash.

The sale is going through October 31st, and if you sign up through me, you’ll get a 1000 SB rebate ($10) after your first shopping purchase through Swagbucks!

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