Why Is Walt Disney World So Expensive? And Things You Can Do To Make WDW A Cheaper Vacation

We’ve said it time and time again – going to Walt Disney World is an EXPENSIVE vacation and it seems to become more expensive every time you turn around. It wasn’t always like that, though. In fact, until the early-to-mid-1990s or so, price increases for tickets, hotels, etc. generally only happened once a year (as opposed to the “1 or 2 times a year” we’ve seen in recent years) and they were only moderate increases, at that.

Have you ever wondered why they made such a shift in price increases during that time frame? I have. And fortunately, I dug around a bit and think I found out why…

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Easy Way To Get AMEX Annual Fees Waived, Craziest Resort Fee Ever, More Reasons To Avoid Ride Sharing, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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TripHobo: For When You Know Where You’re Going But Need Help With An Itinerary

When you’re planning a trip, it’s easy to decide where you want to go. Paris! Capetown! Beijing! San Francisco! It’s figuring out what you’re going to do once you get there that can be the problem.

A lot of people will ask for advice on forums, groups or message boards, and it’ll often look like this:

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I’m all like, “Really?” (Joe: Those requests are definitely from aliens)

That request is SOOO open-ended. It makes me want to ask:

  • Who is “we?” Age of the people who are going?
  • How long are you staying?
  • Have you been there before? If so, what did you see? Do you want to see any of those again, or no?
  • What do you like and dislike? How do you feel about history? Walking tours? Broadway shows? Other kinds of shows? Museums? Shopping?
  • Are you comfortable taking the subway or would you walk and/or take taxi/Lyft/UBER everywhere?

But kindhearted people will give every sort of answer, from the Statue of Liberty to Harlem and everywhere in between. And the sad thing is, most of the suggestions won’t even be 2nd tier considerations for some people because of reasons.

OR you can go to a website that’s specifically made to work with you for itineraries that are custom made for the needs and likes of you and your party.

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Are Credit Card Concierge Services Worth Anything?

Many credit cards offer access to a concierge. “So what?” you might ask (I know that’s what Sharon would say) (Note from Sharon: Yup!). Well, a concierge may be able to help with your vacation plans or get tickets for shows or concerts you couldn’t get yourself. Being an obsessive planner, I never found much value added by talking to a concierge. They’ve often just sent me cut and paste lists from Yelp! or TripAdvisor, and that’s something I can do myself. But if you’re the type that’s too busy to look up good restaurants in San Francisco near your hotel, this might be an excellent service for you.

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Is This Bank Sexist?, When NOT To Go To A Hotel, Something For Free If You Use Mastercard, & More!

Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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