Aaron and Erin at Grand Canyon
Summer Vacation 2019: Week 3
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/26/2019 | 4 Comments
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Here’s the third, and final installment of our epic three-week summer vacation to California and back.

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Girls Inside Roots of Redwood Tree
Summer Vacation 2019: Week 2
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/25/2019 | 1 Comment
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The second week of our vacation was jam-packed with new experiences. Looking back, it’s hard to believe this all fit into one week. But it did, and it was a blast.

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The Bean
Summer Vacation 2019: Week 1
By Erin Huffstetler | 09/24/2019 | No Comments
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Phew! It’s almost October, and I still haven’t told you about the summer vacation we took back in July. Time to remedy that.

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Family Picture on Back of Caboose
Cheap and Unusual Places to Stay
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/29/2019 | 1 Comment
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Hotels can take a big bite out of your vacation budget, and that’s a shame because they’re usually the least memorable part of your trip. Book some of these cheap and unusual places to stay, so you can afford to do more and stay gone for longer.

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Side View of Car
How to Get a Free (or Dirt-Cheap) Car Rental
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/26/2019 | No Comments
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Need a rental car for an upcoming trip? Use this little-known trick to book a free (or almost-free) car rental, and you could even score free fuel and a paycheck. Here’s the scoop.

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RV Parked on the Side of the Highway With Mountains in Background
How to Get a Free (or Cheap) RV Rental
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/20/2019 | 1 Comment
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Renting an RV could cost you a couple thousand dollars a week, or it could cost you nothing at all. If you’re thinking about renting one for your next vacation, be sure to read this article before you book anything.

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Free Vacation Snacks Collage
How to Get Free Vacation Snacks
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/02/2019 | 6 Comments
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Here’s a simple trick I use to get all of our vacation snacks for free, so we don’t get suckered into paying convenience store prices for things.

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Green Ridge Lookout in Deschutes National Forest near Bend, Oregon
Places You Can Stay in a Fire Lookout Tower
By Erin Huffstetler | 02/18/2019 | 2 Comments
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Why settle for a boring, overpriced hotel room when you could stay in a fire lookout tower on your next vacation? Here are 85 lookout towers in the U.S. that you can rent overnight.

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Caboose You Can Stay In
Places You Can Stay in a Caboose or Boxcar
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/22/2018 | No Comments
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Have a kid that’s obsessed with trains, or just like to stay in unique places when you travel? Here are a bunch of places where you can stay in a caboose or boxcar for as little as $75 a night.

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Teepees at a Campground
Places You Can Stay in a Teepee
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/18/2018 | No Comments
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Staying in a teepee is decidedly cooler than staying in a hotel room, and it happens to be cheaper, too. Here are a bunch of places where you can stay in a teepee for as little as $20 a night.

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Yurt
Places You Can Stay in a Yurt
By Erin Huffstetler | 07/14/2018 | 1 Comment
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Ever wondered what it’s like to stay in a yurt? Why not find out on your next vacation? Yurts are usually cheaper than hotel rooms, and in my experience they’re quite a bit nicer.

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Pre-Trip Checklist
Printable Pre-Trip Checklist
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/25/2018 | 2 Comments
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There are so many things that you have to do to get ready for a trip! Use this printable pre-trip checklist, so you don’t overlook anything important.

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Trip Pack List
Printable Trip Pack List
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/22/2018 | 2 Comments
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Packing for a trip is never fun, and neither is discovering that you left something important at home. So, I created a free trip pack list to make the packing experience less painful. It lists 124 commonly packed items, and includes room for you to add your own. Use it to get your next trip started off on the right foot.

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City-Wide Yard Sales Graphic
City-Wide Yard Sales
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/09/2018 | 5 Comments
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Like to yard sale as much as I do? Then, you’ve got to check out some of these city-wide yard sales. Find sales that are close to home, or plan a road trip around one or more of these sales.

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Washington Monument
7 Ways We Save When We Travel
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/14/2017 | 3 Comments
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This summer we took a 12-night road trip up the East Coast. Here’s where we went:

Day 1 and 2 Colonial Williamsburg
Day 3 Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
Day 4 and 5 New York City
Day 6 and 7 Boston
Day 8 and 9 Kennebunkport, Maine
Day 10 Philadelphia
Day 11 and 12 Washington, D.C.

That’s a pretty long trip, and it included stops in several high-cost-of-living areas. So, how did we keep costs down? The same way we always do. Here are some of our tricks.

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