I remember how I felt when I heard the simple idea that has changed the way I travel. I was trying to save money everywhere I could and ended up spending more time getting from place A to place B or not buying something that would make my travel easier or more enjoyable. I’ve stopped worrying about every little expense and my travels are much better because of the change. I don’t stress over every decision. I don’t spend hours figuring out travel plans when a simpler plan that is a little more expensive is available.
I realized that Sharon and I have been making these decisions that deal with our bigger travel plans for years. What flights will we take? Which hotel should we stay at? What size car should we rent and from who? As we’ve gotten older and traveled more, we realize that it’s often best for us to spend a little more, but to pick our spots where we’ll get the best return. All of these factors are the same if I’m booking with cash or with miles and points.
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When the very first Disney Cruise set sail in 1998, it was an immediate success. The Disney Magic sailed on three- and four-night trips to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, and introduced cruise enthusiasts, who were used to ships that mainly catered to adults, to a new concept they called “family cruising.”
Cruises on the Disney Magic were so popular that more Disney Cruise ships were added in 1999 (Disney Wonder), 2011 (Disney Dream) and 2012 (Disney Fantasy). This has allowed Disney to offer cruises of a variety of lengths to a variety of ports. Three more Disney Cruise ships are on the way in 2021 (Disney Wish), 2022 and 2023.
Disney cruises have set industry-first standards. For example, most of their cabins have balconies and most staterooms have bathtubs, which was not the case of most cruise ships in the late 20th century. They created a rotating dining experience instead of the traditional “same seat in the same room every night” that most cruise ships offered. They were the first cruise line to launch the “soda card” concept. And, of course, Disney ships were planned with kids in mind, instead of adults (although there are lots of adult-only areas onboard).
Disney ships still offer traditional cruise amenities such as movie theaters, spas, arcades, fitness centers, shopping, beauty salons, numerous bars/lounges, laundromats, etc. The only thing they don’t have that people have come to expect to see on a cruise ship are casinos. There are no casinos on any Disney cruise ship.
Disney cruises have become so popular that some people go back time and time again. In fact, I’m sure some people would love to live on a Disney Cruise ship. But Disney cruises aren’t cheap and can you imagine what it would cost to just live there? Well, no worries…someone already did the math for us…
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When you’re at an airport, you’re kind of a captive audience. That’s all well and good, but unfortunately, the airport knows that just as much as you do. Now granted, there are some things you really can’t help but buy at the airport, especially if you’re stuck there for a long time (BTW, if you ever are, remember there are lots of free and cheap things you may be able to do while you’re waiting). But if you’re going to be at the airport for a so-called normal amount of time, and can plan ahead, DO IT. It’ll save you a bunch of money.
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Walt Disney World evokes a lot of emotions in people, to the point where many of them really, REALLY would like to live there. In fact, it’s not unusually for superfans of the resort to say they’re going “home” when they make another visit.
Some people have daydreamed about living at Disney. But have you ever wondered how much it would actually cost to live there, say, for a full year? Fortunately, so has someone else who’s done all the math…
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As someone who has been going to Walt Disney World (WDW) since 1979 and to Disneyland (DL) since the early 1990s I’ve seen a lot happen with the U.S. Disney parks. And, not surprisingly, there have certainly a lot of price changes along the way. But have they just gotten too expensive? Here’s how I see it…
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