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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Avoid This Foreign Currency Ripoff At All Costs

When you’re traveling outside of your home country, figuring out how much things cost in relation to your home currency can be difficult. You need to know the current conversion rate between the two currencies and then apply that to the purchase price. Sometimes you can eyeball the price when it’s a simple ratio. US Dollars to Japanese yen is usually somewhere around 1:100:

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If I was buying something that cost 1000 Yen, I’d know that’s about $10 or a little less. Things get a little more tricky when traveling to the United Kingdom.

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If you’d see something that costs £100, it also costs $128 USD. So just think that everything is 30% more expensive than it appears to be and you’ll be fine.

What about if you’re going to Thailand. One US dollar equals 30 Thai Baht. Try doing that math in your head all the time.

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Imagine if your hotel, or restaurant or gift shop offered when you handed them a credit card if you would like to pay for the charge in local currency or your home currency? If you’re tired of doing math, I’d bet you’d jump at the chance to pay the amount in your local money, right?

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However, If you ever get this question, ALWAYS PAY IN LOCAL CURRENCY!!!

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Ways To Avoid Baggage Fees, How To Get To The Gate Without A Ticket, Ways To Make A Disney Vacation Cheaper, How To NOT Drive A Plane, & More!

Happy Wednesday 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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You Might Be A Travel Addict If…

Nearly 30 (Thirty? UGH!) years ago, comedian Jeff Foxworthy released a comedy album called, “You Might Be A Redneck If…” It peaked at #38 on Billboard. The album included a segment of examples of how you might be a redneck if you do these things. Here’s a TV spot with the routine from 1989:

Of course, the same thing goes for traveling…

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How To Avoid Getting Counterfeit Money When Traveling

Counterfeit money has been around for a long as money has been around. It’s big business, especially when you’re talking about money from Europe, the U.K. (even the coins! Which also explains why our money “expired”) China, India and many of the countries in the Americas.

Governments have gotten wise to counterfeiters and in recent years have made it more and more difficult for them to copy “official” bills (and coins). Which doesn’t mean the counterfeiters don’t keep trying. So here are some things to pay attention to and to look for when you’re dealing with foreign currency…

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