How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible to Anywhere

Travelling by flights and flying to your favorite holiday destination will get pleasant and remarkable for you only if you get to arrange the flight at a cheaper and better rate. But as cheap flights are not that easily available to one, you get to find these quite rarely and when finally you get one, the fun and satisfaction automatically gets doubled.

 

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We’ve all experienced the tiresome, repeated searching when trying to book the cheapest possible flights to any given destination. With endless search engines and continually fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking is overwhelming. Here’s some key tips that will save you time, frustration and most importantly money when booking your next flight.

1. Keep your searches top secret

You’re not crazy for thinking that a flight price has changed after searching it a few times in your web browser. Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. Always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices.

In Google Chrome or Safari, incognito is enabled by hitting Command (or “Control” if using PC), Shift, “N”. For Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, hit Command (or “Control” if using a PC), Shift, “P”. This will open a new browser window where your information is not tracked, thus not inflating prices as you search. Note: if you’re using an older version of OS X, open Safari then click “Safari” in the menu bar, and select “Private Browsing”.

Your cookies are reset each time you re-open an incognito window. So if you want to start with a clean slate for each flight search (so your previous searches aren’t “remembered”, potentially inflating costs), close all your incognito windows, open a new one, and then perform your flight search.

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2. Use the best flight search engines

All search engines have inflated flight costs as part of taking a cut from the airlines. Some search engines (e.g. Expedia) consistently inflate much higher than others (listed below). It pays to familiarise yourself with sites that offer the best prices.

Use These to Book

  • Skyscanner (our #1 choice)
  • AirFare Watchdog (good at finding sale & error fares – see tip #11)
  • Momondo
  • Cheapoair (U.S., Canada, U.K.)
    • Exclusive coupon for Thrifty Nomads readers: Up to $25 off with promo code THRIFTY25 for 2+ passengers

 

  • JetRadar (includes budget airlines, which many search engines don’t)
  • Google Flights (good search tool to quickly compare flights – not always best prices)
  • TripAdvisor

Although we’ve listed broad search engines here, note that many do not include budget airlines. If this is what you’re after, do an additional search for regional budget airlines (we’ve listed as many we know of further below).

 

See more: http://thriftynomads.com/booking-cheapest-flight-possible-anywhere/

Camping Checklist

Camping can be lots of fun, but your experience depends on how prepared you are for the camping trip. Preparation is one key to enjoy the most of your trip.

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Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip. Add or remove items to suit your individual needs. Please email us with any other items that you would include in your camping checklist.

By popular request, we’re now offering a printer friendly camping checklist!

Shelter

__Tent
__Ground cloth/tarp
__Extra stakes
__Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes
__Axe or hammer
__Mat for tent entrance
__Dust pan/brush

Bedding

__Sleeping bag
__Sheets/blankets
__Pillow
__Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp
__Air pump
__Repair kit for air mattress
__Utility bags for storage

Cooking

__Large water jug & water bucket
__Coolers/ice
__Thermos
__Stove with fuel/propane

 

See more: http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/checklists.htm

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Family Vacation

“Active families will love participating in beach volleyball games in the sand and can even try out surfing waves coveted by some of the area’s best surfers. Don’t spoil all your hard work in the gym when you finally have the time to enjoy life. Always be thinking about your health, even when you’re on vacation. That way you’ll be proud of yourself before, during, and most importantly, after your vacation ends. Try the following activities during your next vacation to get you and your family moving, laughing, and bonding.” 

I used to love to fly. What better way to catch up on my celeb magazines, eat a bag of M&M’s (that’s a must-have at 3,000 feet) and relax? And the best part of flying? Watching all those already exhausted moms and dads with all their kids and their crap shuffle past me, and knowing I wasn’t one of them.

Then I had my first child and became a member of the “Exhausted Travelers Club.” My husband and I were invited by friends to come to France for two weeks with our 1-year-old. Like rookies, we said yes. Do you have any idea what it’s like to fly with a 1-year-old for 12 whole hours, transfer in Paris, schlep across the airport to catch that flight to Nice, only to finally arrive 15 hours after leaving home? Of course you do, because you’ve made the same rookie mistake that I have—you’ve traveled with your children. It was then that I made the rule: Vacations aren’t vacations when children are involved.

Now as the parents of two children, the hubs and I have been anxious to get out of town and to show our kids the world. So I’ve tested the waters in search of the perfect family vacation that actually involves my family. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Don’t Go Far

So yeah, this kind of cuts out the Paris trip you’ve been planning or that Boston to Hawaii journey you’ve been thinking about. Your 2-year-old doesn’t really care where she is. To her, Daytona Beach and Bali are all the same—they’re beaches. Go far enough so you feel like you went somewhere, and close enough to where you don’t need heavy pharmaceuticals just to endure the trip with your kids.

2. This Is Not the Time to Restrict Screen Time

OK, your kids are basically Amish at home and watch TV once every year, but on vacation anything goes—especially if you’re flying. So charge the battery on your Blackberry, iPhone, DVD player, computer and iPad and let those kids watch Finding Nemo 400 times. If they don’t cry on the plane, neither will you.

3. Go Somewhere the Kids Will Love

Sure, you used to look at those hotels with water slides and kid camps like they were for sissies. Guess what? Those hotels keep your kids happy and engaged. So soak up that splash pad and enjoy People mag while the little one yucks it up in the baby pool. Because nothing screams “bad vacation” like taking little kids to museums that mom and dad can barely stand.

Read more: http://mom.me/blog/7910-top-10-ways-enjoy-family-vacation/

10 Active Weekend Ideas for Families

“Finding time to spend together during the course of a week can seem next to impossible for the average family between work, school, practice, homework and chores.  For those days that we have nothing planned, it helps to have some ideas so we can enjoy our time together. These activities make perfect family outings for those weekends when you and the kids need to get out of the house. In good weather or bad, you’re bound to find something to satisfy everybody.”

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Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents present have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. With a rising childhood obesity epidemic, parents are on the forefront of fighting health decline in their kids due to poor eating and exercise habits. Parents can teach healthy cooking, eating, and fitness lessons through conversation, but it is better understood through practice.

The school week is busy, especially if parents work outside the home. When the weekend rolls around, though, there are plenty of opportunities for families to get out of the house and work up a healthy sweat. Take a look at 10 ideas for making active weekend family plans:

  1. Visit a park. Enjoy being outside while providing an active place for your kids to roam freely. Set a good example by pushing your kids on the swings, climbing with them on the jungle gym and racing them from tree to tree. If you visit a park with no playground equipment, bring along a ball or Frisbee or simply let your children’s imagination create the fun. The sunshine and fresh air will enhance mood and the open space provides limitless opportunities for play.
  2. Plan a play date. Reach out to other families in your neighborhood, church, office, or children’s schools and plan weekend get-togethers. You can take turns hosting each other at your homes, or come up with a fun spot to meet. This provides your kids with the excitement of a playmate while giving you an outlet for adult interaction. This is also a great way to form strong bonds with other families in your social circles.

Read more: http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/10-active-weekend-ideas-for-families/