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Not all taxi rides are created equal. (Photo: Tom Willians/Five Dollar Traveller)
By Tom Williams for Yahoo! Travel
Taxi drivers all over Asia know how to extort both foreigners and locals. Even the most experienced traveler can easily fall prey to some of the lesser-used tricks.
And if you are taking taxis and tuk-tuks every day, the costs can add up. Let’s say you only overpay by two or three dollars per day. For long term travelers like me and partner Meg, three dollars per day adds up to over $1,000 per year total. That’s almost an entire month’s budget for us!
Of course, some taxi drivers are honest. I definitely do not mean that all taxi drivers do these scams. But to help you save cash on rides with not-so-honest drivers, we compiled a list of 16 different kinds of taxi scams that we’ve encountered on our travels throughout Asia. Most happened in India, but some happened elsewhere, as well. I’ve used Indian prices as an example, but know that rates vary across Asia.
Reality star Bethenny Frankel is always on the go, estimating she’ll spend 100 days on the road this year. If that isn’t proof enough — with a Bravo show and a new book — it’s clear that the Real Housewives of New York castmate and author isn’t slowing down. Her Skinnygirl lifestyle brand just partnered with SodaStream sparkling water to launch two flavored sparkling drink mixes: Cucumber Lime and Mango Berry. “Our flavors are all-natural and low-calorie,” says SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum. We’d like to sip one of those on a sunny beach. And speaking of warmer weather — it’s almost time to travel out to the Hamptons, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bethenny is the expert in this swanky beach town. We asked about her favorite Hamptons spots, how to stay healthy while traveling, and her future vacation. Check out our one-on-one chat with the mogul mom.
Primed to return as the Northeast’s top vacation destination, there has never been a better time to escape to the Poconos for the weekend. From fine dining to a luxe spa, this town can make for a pampering but affordable quick getaway. The mountainous area is especially great for escaping the heat in the summer, but there’s lots to do at anytime. Here, just five of our favorite activities, no matter the time of year.
Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.
Dreaming of Cuba like everyone else? This December through April 2016, American cruisers will be able to sail into five ports in the country aboard a three-masted, 49-guest schooner. Small ship company AdventureSmith Explorations is adding Cuba to its roster of destinations, which currently includes Alaska, Europe, and the Galapagos. The seven-night People to People Cruise begins in Havana and visits a handful of ports along the island’s western and southern shores.
From $4,799 per person based on double occupancy, covering roundtrip air from Miami, visa, and mandatory Cuban medical insurance.
When it comes to planning a trip to Walt Disney World, there are three important things you have to worry about: the hotel stay, park tickets, and food. Fortunately if you’re thinking of vacationing at the resort later this year, you might be able to cross food off your list of expenses.
Disney World is offering its immensely popular free dining plan promotion for stays on select dates between August 28 and December 21 – essentially giving you free food for your entire stay. That’s a savings of at least a $42 per person, per night, depending on which dining plan you choose.
It’s easy to see why people are lured to Maui year after year. Beyond the spectacular beaches and scenery, Americans don’t need a passport to visit, and they’ll enjoy all the comforts of traveling close to home — familiar language, signage, and currency. But if you look beyond the luxury hotels and wallet-busting restaurants that saturate the island, there are simple ways to save. Here are four that you can try.
May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and encourage people to spin those wheels, a number of Kimpton hotels are offering related packages all month long. The properties already offer complimentary bicycle rentals year-round, but they’ve tossed in a few extra perks and discounts for May, too. Book one of these and get pedaling.
The Channel Islands are a chain of five islands 25 miles off the coast of California, most dramatically visible from the shores of the central coast. Preserved collectively as a National Park, the islands are ripe outdoor recreation like hiking, kayaking, and camping. While it’s possible to stay on all five islands, most overnight visitors find themselves on the largest, Santa Cruz. Three quarters of it is a nature conservatory, and it features two different styles of campsites. So how can you pull this off in a long weekend? Here’s all you need to know about reaching one of our country’s most isolated National Parks:
This Memorial Day, don’t get suckered into paying premiums to travel during the holiday. Whether you crave beach bliss, action-packed entertainment, or a little dose of history, we’ve uncovered hotel deals ranging from just $106 to $239 per night. Ready to hit the road?
The Big Island could easily have been named the “The Endless Island,” with its eight climate zones and 4,000-plus square miles of mostly raw landscapes to explore. You’ll land in a terrain that looks flat and moon-like — only to step on the gas and, to the east, find yourself in a mountain rainforest zone of lush emerald-colored canopy and moss-draped trees. And while Hawaii is known to be spendy, penny savers can still rejoice: This does not have to be a terribly expensive island…if you know where to look (and once you plunk down the fare to get there, of course). Here are some ideas to get you into that aloha spirit.
Today, smartphones are arguably better navigators than those traditional GPS units that sit on the dashboard, thanks to real-time map updates and an infinitely searchable database. That’s as long as you have internet connection, of course. But what happens when you’re in a remote region here in the States without a signal — or are trying to save cash with no data plan abroad? We rounded up a few downloadable maps that allow for perusal and turn-by-turn routing, even when you’re offline.
Earlier this spring, some of Waldorf Astoria’s most talented chefs from around the world partnered up with five James Beard Foundation chefs in a competition to create the best locally inspired dish for the year. The WA master chefs helm kitchens in all corners of the globe, from Rome to Shanghai to Palm Springs, California. Naturally, we picked their brains for the best ways travelers can taste their cities. (And if you can’t make it to them all? You can now tuck into the winning truffle-laced Celery Risotto Alla Waldorf at any of the brand’s 26 properties.)
A New York to San Francisco weekend trip is totally doable, especially if you fly on Thursday night and head back on the Sunday night red-eye. (Photo: Christine Amorose/C’est Christine)
By Christine Amorose for Yahoo! Travel
Here’s one of life’s biggest ironies: Long-term travelers have all the time in the world, but not necessarily a ton of cash. When you’re working full-time, however, it’s easy to watch your bank account fill up—but feel as if you don’t have the time or ability to travel. Sometimes, it’s the guilt factor: You don’t feel as if you can really “leave,” even when you’re on vacation. Other times, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort: How much can you really see in Thailand when you only have 10 days off, and that (expensive) flight takes up two of them?
Traveling when you work full-time is possible, though. I should know, because I do it myself. Since I moved to New York City in 2012 and started a full-time position in marketing (with 15 allotted vacation days per year), I’ve visited my hometown in California twice, and also traveled to the Bahamas, Las Vegas, Jordan, Iceland, Portland, San Francisco, Montreal, Miami, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. It’s not always easy, but I’ve made travel a priority without sacrificing my beloved fixed life. Here are my tried-and-true tricks to incorporate more travel into your 9-5 grind.
For those of us who travel often, keeping our toiletry and beauty essentials within TSA limits just got easier. Thanks to the brave new world of beauty, some of our traditional mainstays now come in solid form. (This means a lighter bag, too, if you’re backpacking anywhere this summer.) These are our favorite non-liquid beauty products:
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