Travel Tips Roundup

First, however, let’s acknowledge that this weekend is Chocola d’Amour, a chocolate festival in the often-overlooked city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  Smak lekker!

Here’s a quick list of links to posts with useful information and cash-saving ideas….

**  Quick travel ideas from the frugal folks at Wise Bread.

**  The Millionaire Mommy Next Door has 10 ways to save on travel expenses.

**  Here’s a cool blog about cheap places to eat in Oahu, Hawaii — hat tip to Travel Post for telling us about it.

**  Travel expert Arthur Frommer says that a lot of savvy English-speaking travelers book their cut-rate hotel rooms through Wotif, a site based in Australia.

**  The Kiplinger’s personal finance magazine and Web site is also analyzing hotel prices, and they say to expect to pay more for hotels next year, especially in big cities.

**  How about 7 tips for booking train tickets in Europe from Budget Travel‘s This Just In.  I like tip #4:

“4. You can only buy a Eurorail ticket in the U.S. but it’s not always your cheapest option for rail travel in Europe. Says Mark Smith, “In theory, Eurail tickets can ONLY be bought outside Europe, as they are intended for overseas visitors. But in many cases you’ll find ordinary point-to-point tickets are a cheaper option, especially if you book direct with the European rail operators at their own website rather than through an expensive US agency, and especially if you are prepared to pre-book tickets on a no-refunds, no-changes-to-travel-plans basis so as to take advantage of European railways’ various budget-airline-beating special train deals.”

Rolf Potts reports that these days, rail travel in Europe gets even better.

**  Smarter Travel offers up five hidden, affordable beach destinations.  Don’t worry, the Miami Herald says that September is ideal for mid-Atlantic beach vacations.

**  The Washington Post travel bloggers have some survival tips from the pros.

**  Our own host BootsnAll has a great article on banking securely while traveling.

**  And lastly, from the New York Times, the Frugal Traveler’s 2007 American Road Trip across the United States takes him from New York City to Seattle.  Lucky guy….

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