SAVE MONEY WHILE TRAVELING!

DRIVE FOR MUCH LESS TO YOUR VACATION!

Auto Driveaway is a vehicle relocation service in which all you need is a valid driver's license and a $350 cash deposit which is returned to you when the vehicle has been delivered satisfactorily.  Drivers are expected to cover about 400 miles a day and arrive at their destination by a set time.  You can fit in some sightseeing but side trips are not allowed. After your initial gas allowance, you pay for your own fuel, food and lodging.  Auto Driveaway says it is the only U.S. company letting outsiders drive its cars.  Spring and fall are especially busy times as vacationers move north or south
for the season.   Call 800-346-2277 to sign up!

Also you can try calling rental car companies about one-way deals to relocate their vehicles!

Would you rather drive a Motorhome?  When a company "repositions" its vehicles to a different part of the country,
this is called a "fleet move".  You can save 50% or more on rental costs on one of thee vehicles and you won't have
to pay a one-way drop-off fee.  Try Cruise America at www.cruiseamerica.com (800-671-8042) OR El Monte RV at
https://www.elmonterv.com.  (888-337-2214).  In late fall, Cruise America often has one-way deals as low as $24 per
day on used RV's that need to be driven from the company's base in Phoenix to resale markets. You can also go to www.GoRVing.com which lists about 400 rental companies. 



GET AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE OF GAS COSTS!

Log on to www.CostToDrive.com and get a free estimate of how much you'll likely spend on gasoline--plus pointers
to the cheapest stations along your route!  You can also see a map and learn your estimated travel time and for
trips over 200 miles, the cost of a round-trip ticket between the closest airports.  The AAA offers a similar service
at www.fuelcostcalculator.com along with real-time road conditions, construction, border crossings, etc. at www.michigan.aaa.com.  Similiar info is available at the State Police Travel Hotline at 800-381-8477.

To find the cheapest place for gas, go to www.gasbuddy.com

To locate low-cost stations selling alternative fuels in your area, visit www.altfuelprices.com.



STAY FREE WITH OTHERS!

If you want free places to stay around the world and are willing to play host as often as others host you, sign up
at www.globalfreeloaders.com.  Most locations are peoples homes, or apartments and of course is a good choice
for a budget shopper.


SWAP HOUSES!

Home For Exchange is a members-only home exchange for non-commercial exchange of houses, campers,
RV's or even yachts!  Click on link to the right for more info!    www.HomeForExchange.com

If you are traveling with three or more people, you'll almost always save money by renting a house instead
of a hotel room....so find a vacation rental at www.homeaway.com OR www.VRBO.com which lets you rent
directly from an owner.  HomeAway also posts photos, descriptions, and renter's experiences.


                                
HOSTELING

Elderhostel changed its name recently to Road Scholar and now the nonprofit booster for lifelong learning
& travel offers thousands of educational trips for older adults.  Some are very exotic but many are also close
to home.   Call 800-454-5768 OR go to www.roadscholar.org.



RENT A TIMESHARE!

Many cost less than hotels, are located on resort properties and have two or more bedrooms, kitchen, pool access
and other extras!  Check out the Timeshare User's Group website where owners who can't use their property, often
list it for rent up to 45 days in advance.  Website: www.tug2.net/



CHECK OUT YOUR HOTEL BEFORE ARRIVING!

Go to www.frommers.com for hotel recommendations. 
Want to know which ones to avoid?  Go to www.hotelchatter.com.


Website:  www.BedBugRegistry.com
The Bed Bug Registry is a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States
and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations.



CHECK TO SEE WHAT FREEBIES YOUR HOTEL OFFERS!

Priceline now has a webpage that show shows you which hotels around the world are offering freebies,
such as free parking, free breakfast or upgrades, free spa credits, free golf credits, etc.!  Go to
http://travela.priceline.com/hotel-freebies.



HOTELS FOR COMMERCIAL TRUCK DRIVERS

For commercial truck drivers only, it's a site that gets you up to 20% off lodgings at hotels and
motels nationwide--lodgings that have space to park your big rig.  It even gives directions about
exacly where to park as well.  Membership is $10 a year.  www.hotels4truckers.com



AVOID BOOKING FEES

Use your computer!  Every U.S. airline adds a hefty surcharge if you book by phone or at the ticket counter.



AVOID BORDER DELAYS

Check the latest wait times at U.S. border with Canada at http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt.



FREE SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS

For free sightseeing excursions with a local resident's perspective, you can visit www.globalgreeternetwork.info
for selected cities around the globe. 
 

Find out about free guided tours by park rangers and fall events in nearby state or national parks at www.StateParks.com and NPS.gov/bicy/index.htm.

Get directions for nearby scenic routes that'll take you past fun roadside attractions at www.Byways.org
and www.Weather.com/activities/driving/scenicdrives.

Visit local farms while traveling that offer tours as well as learning events at www.LocalHarvest.org/organic-farms/visiting.html.



FREE ADMISSION TO MUSEUMS, ZOOS & SCIENCE CENTERS


Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks (including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place Parks)
Website: www.HeroSalute.com
Offering free one-day admission to military personnel and up to 3 dependents!   (HINT: if the service member
is in uniform or has an article of clothing on referring to them being in the military, you & your guests may very
well be invited to a private "behind-the-scenes" tour with some pretty special surprises and experiences!)


Walt Disney World / Disneyland Resorts
Website:  www.DisneyWorld.com
Members of the military save up to 40% on their hotel stay and also can buy discounted park passes!


Knott's Berry Farm (CA)                  
Cedar Point  (OH)
Cedar Fair 
Servicemen and women with military ID get FREE admission all day on Memorial Day 2012! 



GET A LIFETIME SENIOR PASS FOR FEDERAL RECREATION SITES!

Available to U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years and older that provide access to recreational
areas managed by five Federal agencies. The cost is $10 and is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner.  The Senior
Pass admits pass owners and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owners
+ 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. Children are always admitted free.  The Senior
Pass also provides the pass owner a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching and guided tours.  The Federal Agencies who honor this pass are the Forest Service, the National Park
Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation as well as the Corps or Engineers andTennessee Valley Authority.  For more information go to http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html.
AND
100 National Parks around the country will have FREE entry dates each year!  Check the website for those free
days each year! More than 100 parks and monuments that customarily charge admission will be free to the public!  www.nps.gov.  Reserve National Park campsites at www.recreation.gov OR by calling 800-365-2267.
AND
If you can’t travel on one of the fee-free days, there are 394 national parks and monuments that are free to the public
365 days a year. Just a few of these include Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC; the Pony Express National Historic
Trail in Colorado; the Presidio in San Francisco; Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida; the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in Ohio; and Boston’s Longfellow House. For more about national parks and monuments near
you, visit the National Park Service Web site. Touring America’s many natural and historic sites doesn’t have to be  expensive!
AND
The State park pass is now called the Recreational Passport and costs $10.  Get it when you renew your license plate
or from a state park.  Call 517-241-7275 OR go to www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.  Reserve state campsites by calling 800-447-2757 OR go to www.midnrreservations.com.  Reserve Michigan private campgrounds at www.michcampgrounds.com  OR call 989-619-2608.



FIND FREE WI-FI WHEN TRAVELING

You can reduce your smartphone data fees-by surfing the Web with the help of www.wififreespot.com.  There you
can find locations near you, including bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants and libraries that offer free wireless
internet.



SOBER TRAVELING

www.sobercelebrations.com sponsors "gratitude" vacations and cruises to Alaska, Dubai, Ireland, the Caribbean
and more and all attendees have the main goal of staying sober while away on vacation. 



FIND A SHOPPING OUTLET WHILE TRAVELING!

While you are traveling, you can find outlets across the U.S. www.premiumoutlets.com, OR www.tangeroutlet.com
Be sure and visit these websites before your trip so you can sign up for their VIP clubs to get extra coupons and discounts!



TRAIN DISCOUNTS

Amtrak cuts 15% off most fares for riders 62 and over and Via Rail Canada offers 10% off the full adult fare
for travelers over 60.   Go to www.amtrak.com for more info OR call 800-872-7245. 

For VIA Rail train travel in Canada, go to www.viarail.ca OR call 888-842-7245. 

RailServe.com is an independent website with a directory of 19,000+ rail travel, hobby, and industry websites
and events.



CRUISE DISCOUNTS

Did you know that in the fall and spring ships move from Alaska to the West Coast or from Europe to the Caribbean
as cruise lines rearrange their fleets for the changing seasons? "Repositioning cruises" can cost up to 50% less
per day than a regular roundtrip cruise, depending on when you book (they are cheaper when they are first offered). These are generally 14 to 22 day trips and you'll typically have more time at sea and fewer port stops than on a regular cruise. Ask about these discounts when inquiring with cruise companies!  OR go to www.CruiseCompete.com.



CRUISE SHIP CONSUMER INFO

Check any ship's sanitation record at www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/default.htm.



LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE                         

Website:  www.duolingo.com
You may be surprised to know that you can start learning a new language right away, for free! Duolingo is an
innovative website that teaches Spanish, German and French while also helping to translate the Web.  Just sign
up with an email address, Facebook or Twitter account and start with some beginner lessons and practice. Then
you can start translating websites to earn points and master practical use of your new language.



CHEAPER EATING

Kids eat for free or at a discount at dozens of CHAIN restaurants but check ahead, because many times the kids
must be under a certain age or you must order from special menus at specific times.  You can find these spots
while on the road at www.coupondivas.com OR www.familyfriendlyamerica.com.

To make reservations worldwide for dining, go to www.opentable.com.

GROUPON offers one to 10 deals a day in more than 100 cities nationwide including special prices on restaurant
meals, gym classes and spa treatments.  Savings range from 50% to 90% off.  This is free! www.groupon.com.

Find 17,000 vegetarian and vegan restaurants all over the world at www.happycow.net



SAVE MONEY ON AIRFARE

These sites lets you choose your destination and dates, then sends an alert if the price drops!
www.farecast.com, www.travelzoo.com, www.hotwire.com and www.ShermansTravel.com and
www.farecompare.com.

www.airfarewatchdog.com
This site also lets you check seat availability and lists Web-only fares.  It also shows unadvertised
and short-lived fare prices.

www.yapta.com
This site will help you get a refund if you buy a ticket and the price later drops.

Code shares which is when you buy a ticket through an airliner for a flight that is actually operated
by another carrier, is becoming quite common and they can help you get the same flight for a cheaper
price.  First find the flight you want, then go to a website like www.FlightStats.com and put in the flight
number.  It will reveal any code shares with other airlines.....just use the cheapest one to save!


On Overseas flights, AARP members can receive discounts of $75 to $400 on British Airways round-trip
tickets from the United States to the United Kingdom or beyond.  Restrictions do apply.  For details go to
www.ba.com/aarp.


NOTE: Noon on Tuesdays is the optimum time to find the cheapest domestic fares at www.kayak.com,
www.hotwire.com and other bargain travel sites!



"LAST MINUTE" TRAVEL SAVER!

At www.LastMinuteTravel.com you can score rock-bottom deals on last-minute plane tickets and cruise fares!



GET CASH BACK ON PLANE TICKETS!

Instead of going directly to Orbitz, Priceline, Expedia, or Travelocity to buy your tickets, log on to www.ebates.com
first, then click through to your travel site of choice.  You'll get up to 4% cash back!



TRAVEL INSURANCE

Instead of spending time checking individual sites, log on to www.InsureMyTrip.com which supplies you with quotes
from dozens of providers, some as low as a few dollars per day.  Just add in your age, destination and travel dates.



TRACK A FLIGHT

The best mobile-app tracker is considered to be www.kayak.com.  Most comprehensive trackers are
www.flightstats.com and www.flightaware.com.



AIRLINE PERFORMANCE / COMPLAINTS

Check on-time performance, baggage records or complain at the U.S. DOT Aviation Consumer Protection
Dividison at https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer
OR call 202-366-2220.



BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR SEAT

Website: www.seatmaestro.com
Before choosing your seat, check out whether its a good one!  This comprehensive site lists 184 airlines
and 1,143 seat plans.  Updated daily!



AIRLINE SECURITY LUGGAGE & SECURITY RULES

For the latest info, go to www.tsa.gov  OR call 866-289-9673.

Airline lost your luggage?  Visit www.dot.gov, the U.S. Transportation Department website, to determine how
much you can claim.  Usually you can claim up to $3,300 for a domestic flight.  If the airline is dragging its feet
about paying, keep calling the airline and TAKE NOTES on each conversation.  After 48 hours, you can file a
missing-luggage form with the airline and the Transportation Secuirty Administration, if the airline won't
reimburse you, the TSA might.  Also, ask for compensation right away if your luggage isn't on the carousel.
Some airlines pay on the spot for toiletries and other essentials. 


Website:  www.UnclaimedBaggage.com
Displays goods that have been recovered from unclaimed airline baggage and are being sold from a showroom
in Scottsboro, Ala.  The site promises to offer online sales soon! 



COOL TRAVEL WEBSITES!

Website:  https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/index.aspx
Travelers who are going abroad can register their travel plans with the U.S. State Department at this site. 
Then if something goes wrong, it will be easier for U.S. Embassy officials to help you!

For travel warnings from U.S. State Department, www.travel.state.gov  OR call 202-647-5225.

For foreign exchange rates go to www.x-rates.com.

Learn how and where to apply for Passports & Visas at www.travel.state.gov OR call 877-487-2778. 
The Detroit U.S. Passport Agency is for last-minute passport needs and is located at 211 Fort Street, Detroit MI. 

Website: www.fairsandfun.com
Shows events, fairs and festivals in every state!  Find out what's going on while you're passing through a state!



UNUSUAL TOURS!

Website:  www.Gidsy.com
Offers tours and activities in nine cities (including New York, Amsterdam and Istanbul) but has plans to expand. 
It charges travelers and guides small fees for playing mediator. 

Website:  www.Vayable.com
Helps visitors find knowledgeable locals who offer unique tours or other experiences, usually at affordable rates.
The site lists 1,500 guides worldwide, all of them pre-screened.  Experiences range from a $37 walking tour of
San Francisco street art to a $310 motorcycle tour of Versailles. 



DISABILITY &  ACCESSIBILITY RESOURCES!

To check whether your destination is disability friendly, go to www.ustravability.org OR  www.access-able.com.

Website:  www.TravelinWheels.com
Disability-relevant information about destinations, hotels, restaurants, airports and ground transportation.

Website: www.EasyAccessTravel.com
Cruise travel and land tour arrangements for people with physical disabilities.

Website: www.Endeavour-Safaris.com
Accessible tours/travel in Africa for seniors and people with disabilities.

Website:  www.CitySegwayTours.com
Group tours on Segways in cities nationwide.  You must be comfortable standing for several hours.

Website:  www.sath.org   Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
Tips and information about accessible travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, books and more. 



RENTING CARS & E-TOLLS

States are frequently using e-tolls now--roads equipped with electronic sensors that collect tolls by sending
a radio signal to an "e-pass" device on the car.  Some rental agencies let you rent an e-pass from them,
which pays these tolls for you.  Other rental agencies wait until they get an e-toll bill in the mail and then
add $25 to $50 "administrative fee" per toll and charge it to your credit card. To avoid getting hit with this
unexpected charge, you can ask car rental agencies how they charge and pay e-tolls and if there are any
other charges.



TAXI FARE FINDER

Website:  www.taxifarefinder.com
This is a useful site that gives you the estimated taxi fare from place to place in 45 cities in the U.S. and
Canada.  The estimate covers the fare, tip, and tolls so the traveler can get a feel for about how much the
trip will cost without committing to anything or giving out personal information.



CAMPING RESOURCES

Website: http://freecampsites.net
                www.RVDumpSites.net
                www.RV-camping.org
                www.FreeRVcamping.html


IMMUNIZATIONS NEEDED FOR TRAVEL

You can check recommendations by country at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website
at www.cdc.gov/travel.  Your doctor, county health department or a travel health clinic can give you more
recommendations. 



HELP OTHERS WHILE TRAVELING!

Save space in your suitcase when you travel to developing nations so you can bring a box of pencils,
a soccer ball, medical supplies or other items to benefit local children and families.  This site connects
travelers with lists of needs at community nonprofits in 45 countries!   www.packforapurpose.org



TRAVELING WITH PETS:

Door-to-door Pet Shipping: 
www.petmovers.com
www.petairways.com
www.flypets.com
www.4pawsonwheels.com
www. wemovepets.com


Pet Travel Guides / Hotels and Inns: 
Need to know the hotels, resorts, etc. that will be "pet-friendly" while on vacation?
www.petswelcome.com
www.tripswithpets.com
www.takeyourpet.com


Airline Travel Policies, Airline and Auto Travel Products:
www.pettravelstore.com
www.pettravel.com
www.aspca.org




















This page was last updated: December 27, 2016