Monday, March 23, 2009

Ten Quick Tips for living the Good Life on vacation

  1. Remember to check out FREE or Pay what you want days at museums. For example, in NYC there are a LOT of museums that are FREE or by contribution.
  2. Use public transportation to get places. You'll get to see the sights for a lot less. For example - the city bus in Paris will cost you about 1.5€, whereas the Hop On/Hop Off bus will cost you 29€.
  3. Lunch will traditionally cost less than dinner. Make lunch (or a late lunch) your main meal and have a lite dinner.
  4. Your cell phone may not work in the area that you're visiting (or have CRAZY fees), why not use Skype and your laptop to phone home for FREE?
  5. If you're planning to stay in an area for a week or more, why not rent an apartment rather than stay in a hotel? You'll find the prices lower and you'll really get a feel for the neighborhood.
  6. When researching your destination, use your local library to check out guidebooks. Even if they're out of day (prices) they'll still help you plan what NOT TO MISS!
  7. Don't over plan, leave some time to relax and take it all in. Remember - this is a vacation (don't let it feel like work).
  8. If you stay at a hotel in a city that you're not familiar with, take a few of their business cards & tuck them your wallet. That way you can give them to the cab driver to let him know where you're going (great if you're in a country where you don't speak the language).
  9. Forgo the high priced restaurants and eat where the locals do. Your bill will be less and you'll get authentic regional food.
  10. Visit the welcome center or visitor's center. They may have listings of free concerts, theater, etc.
Most of all, have a great time, enjoy the good life, and if you think of it, send me a postcard!!!!


Widget by Hoctro | Jack Book


RobynsOnlineWorld said...

Great tips - especially about taking the hotel business cards to give to cab drivers!

Zippy said...

It's one of those things that I actually learned from someone behind the front desk at a hotel in Spain. I never took Spanish in school, so after doing my best Marcel Marceau impersonation, the hotelier suggested this to me. I've been using it ever since.

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Custom design by Revka Stearns of Berries and Cream Blog Design
© 2008 - present Champagne Living. Content May Not Be Reproduced Without Permission. | Contact Zippy | Privacy Policy |
Clicky Web Analytics

Champagne Living has moved!

You should be automatically redirected in 6 seconds. If not, visit
and update your bookmarks.