Goodbye, Hilton. Hello, Couch?

During my semester abroad I was shocked when the doorbell rang. It was early afternoon and the flat was quiet. The only visitors we had received were the neighbors complaining when there was a noisy, late-night party. I opened the door tentatively and was surprised to find one of my roommate’s fraternity brothers standing in the hallway.  He explained that he was awarded a Watson fellowship to study the dinosaur exhibits in European natural history museums. To extend his meager budget, he asked if he could crash with us and save his hostel money. Nuestra casa es su casa; I ushered him in. We enjoyed his company and he enjoyed our sofa and shower for a couple of weeks.

Would you consider staying on a friend’s couch while vacationing?

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Guest Post: Budgeting Your Days…and Dollars

One of the biggest aspects of a vacation is planning an appropriate budget – both for time and money. A driving excursion is no exception. Fortunately, there are many new tools available which help you figure out your finances and strategically plan your stops. You also need to take actions which ensure a smooth trip. When you want to make the most of your day and dollars out on the road follow some or all of these tips.

A vacation is the perfect time to make memories with your family. Any time of year is the ideal time to go as long as each person in the family has time off from pressing chores or jobs. Then you want to make the most of every day on the road. In order to do that, you can implement some of these ideas to make it simple. Technology has advanced to such a degree that it makes every day travel easy and convenient. A general economical vacation is a good way to approach your time off. For instance, renting an RV motorhome can avoid the expense of motels and hotels, as well as give you the chance to cook simple-to-fix meals for yourself and your family rather than eating out all the time.

If you get an RV from a rental company, you will have 24/7 support and you won’t have to worry about breakdowns as the company will have your back. If taking your own car, you will want to ensure the vehicle is mechanically safe and all the fluids are at the correct levels. Take your car in and have them look it over at the shop just to be sure. It’s a small price to pay for safety.

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