Travel Expenses

Amazon Enters the Travel and Tourism Market

Amazon has quietly entered the online travel agent space that’s currently occupied by giants like Booking.com, Airbnb and Expedia, which acquired Orbitz earlier this February.

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Let’s All Run Away to Europe Together

The dollar is strong and the euro is weakening.

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This Weekend, Put The “Me” In Yosemite

We stayed in what was supposed to be a small hotel but ended up being a trailer on someone’s horse farm.

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Why Is Air Travel so Expensive? Because of Institutional Investors

I never knew that a mutual fund was a company (I thought it was a collection of stocks and other investments presented in a package to provide growth and moderate risk to a personal investor). I never knew a mutual fund could invest in an airline.

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The Business of Sitting on Airplanes

There is an option, sometimes, like on an airline like Delta, where you can buy “trip extras” in advance. I always buy the Wi-Fi passes ahead of time because they’re $16, rather than $34 if you’re buying them during your flight. For $15, you can buy a “priority boarding” pass, which allows you to be one of the first passengers on the plane, giving you early access to the overhead bins and allowing you ample time to get comfortable in your seat.

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Budget Travel: When Anxiety Clashes With Frugality

I often have a hard time rectifying my anxiety with my frugality.

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Traveling Lighter: Results

I spent, what was essentially a long weekend in Portland, and decided to make this my first trip where I ditched my rolling carry-on for a backpack. The results: I’m very, very glad I made the switch.

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Domestic Work and Tipping in Tanzania

When I first moved into my current house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, my roommate had recently become a godmother to four puppies.

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The Sistercation

My sisters and I decided to go to Miami one night, sitting in my living room while watching “Property Brothers” and arguing over whose turn it was to get up and get the chips from the kitchen. We had never been on a trip together, alone, and it was the only time that we had the funds to do so. The excuse was Shaina’s birthday, but really, after the ceaseless cold, the thought of sitting on a beach with the sun on our faces was too much to resist.

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