SAVE MONEY WHILE TRAVELING!

GET AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE OF GAS COSTS!

Log on to https://beta.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 https://gasprices.aaa.com along with real-time road con-
ditions, construction, border crossings, etc. at https://michigan.aaa.com.  
Similar info is available at the State Police Travel Website at  
https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_1711-18077--,00.html

To find the cheapest place for gas, go to https://www.gasbuddy.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. GlobalFreeloaders.com is an online community, bringing people together to offer you free accommodation all over the world. Save money and make new friends whilst seeing the world from a local's perspective!


SWAP HOUSES!

Home For Exchange is a members-only home exchange for non-commercial exchange 
of houses, campers, RV's or even yachts!  https://www.lovehomeswap.com/?hfe_redirect=true

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
https://www.vrbo.com/vgdc=HAUS&preferlocale=truewhich lets you rent directly from an owner.  


HOSTELING 

Website: www.hostelworld.com 
  •  36,000 properties
  •  178 countries 
  •  Over 13 million verified guest reviews 
  •  24/7 customer service


CHECK OUT YOUR HOTEL BEFORE ARRIVING!

Go to https://www.frommers.com for hotel recommendations. Want to know which ones to 
avoid? 


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

Hotels4Truckers, LLC
PO Box 1594
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: 855-438-7275
Website:  https://www.hotels4truckers.com
For commercial truck drivers only, it's a site that gets you up to 15 to 20% off nationwide--
lodgings that have space to park your big rig.  It even gives directions about exactly where 
to park as well. Membership is absolutely FREE!


FREE SIGHTSEEING EXCURSIONS

Global Greeter Network 
Website: https://globalgreeternetwork.info
Meet up with a local in one of 200+ destinations! Greeters are volunteers that love their city 
so much that they want to show their place TO YOU; for free!
&
Not as a guide, more like a newly met friend! Greeters can show you special places that have 
a personal meaning to them and often are 'hidden treasures'.

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


FREE ADMISSION TO MUSEUMS, ZOOS & SCIENCE CENTERS

Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks 
Website: https://seaworldentertainment.com/programs/waves-of-honor
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!)


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 $80 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 and 
Tennessee Valley Authority. For more information go to 
https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html
&
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 custom-
arily charge admission will be free to the public!  
https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
Reserve National Park campsites at https://www.recreation.gov
&
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 nat-
ural and historic sites doesn’t have to be  expensive!


FIND FREE WI-FI WHEN TRAVELING

You can reduce your smart phone data fees from surfing the Web with the help
of  https://www.wififreespot.com
There you can find locations near you, including bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants 
and libraries that offer free wireless internet, both here in the U.S. and Europe!


SOBER TRAVELING 

Sober Celebrations 
7050 W Palmetto Park  Suite 15-206
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: 561-702-2312
Website: www.sobercelebrations.com 
After taking a large group trip with no fellowship available, Snow P. was determined to create 
a better experience for sober travelers. Today, she uses her personal experience with sobriety 
and years of work as a travel concierge to create safe, once-in-a-lifetime trips for folks who 
don't imbibe. At Sober Celebrations, we believe that there's safety in numbers. That's why we 
plan luxurious trips tailored specifically to the needs of recovering alcoholics. With our custom service, we take groups ranging from 10 to 300 people on trips around the world.
&
Thanks to our immense industry experience, we ensure a seamless experience every step of 
the way. We take care of all of your arrangements, from the taxi to hotel rooms, and even spe-
cial food and board accommodations. Most importantly, each and every guest is treated like 
family. Our ultimate goal is to bring together sober travelers in the spirit of celebration and 
fellowship.


FIND A SHOPPING OUTLET WHILE TRAVELING!

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


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 
round-trip 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! Website: https://www.cruisecompete.com


CRUISE SHIP CONSUMER INFO

Check any ship's sanitation practices at 
https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/pub/cdc-vsp-cruise-ship-sanitation-508.pdf

Find cruise ship inspection reports, illness prevention tips, information on 
VSP outbreak investigations, and more at https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp


LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE                           

Website:  https://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 https://coupondivas.com
http://www.familyfriendlyamerica.com

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

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


TRAVEL INSURANCE

Instead of spending time checking individual sites, log on to https://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 most comprehensive air flight trackers are: 
https://www.flightstats.com/v2
&
https://flightaware.com


AIRLINE PERFORMANCE / COMPLAINTS

Check on-time performance, baggage records or complain at the U.S. DOT Aviation Consumer Protection Division
https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer


BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR SEAT

SeatMaestro® offers airline seat information and detailed seat maps for both regular and 
low-cost flights on 178 airlines worldwide, updated daily.
&
SeatMaestro offers up-to-date airline seat maps, seat reviews and a color-coded system 
to find the best airplane seats during your next flight. For each aircraft, we provide detailed 
information on seat pitch (amount of legroom), seat recline, seat width and in-flight amenities. 
In addition, we offer airline specific information regarding Check-in, Baggage Allowance, Min-
ors and Traveling with Babies and Pets. Add a review on your last flying experience and be-
come part of our community! Website: https://www.seatmaestro.com


AIRLINE SECURITY LUGGAGE & SECURITY RULES

For the latest info, go to https://www.tsa.gov

Unclaimed Baggage Center
509 W. Willow
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Phone: 256-359-1525
Email: info@unclaimedbaggage.com
Website: https://www.unclaimedbaggage.com
Displays goods that have been recovered from unclaimed airline baggage and are being sold 
from a showroom in Scottsboro, Ala.  


COMPARE CAR RENTAL RATES

Website: https://www.kayak.com


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 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 un-
expected charge, you can ask car rental agencies how they charge and pay e-tolls and if there 
are any other charges.


COOL TRAVEL WEBSITES!

Website: https://travelregistration.state.gov/step/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.
Website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html

For foreign exchange rates go to Website:  https://www.x-rates.com

Where do you go to apply for a passport?
To get a new passport, you must go to a local passport acceptance facility. Some passport acceptance facilities require appointments.Many provide passport photos for a fee. Passport acceptance facilities can be post offices, libraries, or county courts.
Website: https://www.usa.gov/passport

Detroit Expedited Passport Service
Detroit Passport Agency
211 W. Fort 
Detroit, MI  48226
Website: https://www.us-passport-service-guide.com/detroit-passport-agency.html
The Detroit Passport Agency expedites passports for U.S. citizens and foreign residents 
who need to travel within 14 days or within 28 days if they need to get a travel visa. 
To apply at the Detroit Agency, you first have to make an appointment by calling toll-free 
at 1-877-487-2778. 
The line is open 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Appointments can also be made through the 
new online appointment system. If you are not traveling within 14 days you must apply in 
person at a Passport office. If you are unable to travel to the Detroit Passport Agency but 
need to get your passport in a hurry, you can apply online to get a registered expediting 
service to expedite your passport application in as fast as 24 to 48 hours.


TAXI FARE FINDER & RIDE SHARE COMPARISONS

Website:  https://www.taxifarefinder.com
How much do taxis and ride-shares cost? What are taxi rates in your city? Estimate your 
taxi fare anywhere, anytime. With taxi rates and prices for more than 1000 international 
locations,Taxi Fare Finder is the proven, trusted trip companion for travelers around the 
world. Our estimates are carefully calibrated based on local taxi rates & actual taxi prices. TaxiFareFinder's taxi fare estimates are known to be the most accurate of any taxi website.

The RideGuru 
Website: https://ride.guru
Your search engine for ride-shares, taxis, and limos! Choosing a ride-share option can 
be confusing. The RideGuru price comparison tool gives accurate fare estimates and 
ride-hailing information to help you get where you want to go, whether you want to use 
Uber, Lyft, Curb, Ola, Didi, or even a traditional taxi or limo service. Find available ser-
vices in your area, use filters to find just the right option for you, then hail your ride right 
from RideGuru.


IMMUNIZATIONS NEEDED FOR TRAVEL

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


HELP OTHERS WHILE TRAVELING!

PACK FOR A PURPOSE 
Website: https://www.packforapurpose.org
MAKE YOUR TRAVELS MEANINGFUL.
During this global pandemic, we must all practice responsible behavior. Now more than 
ever Packing or a Purpose will be a way to make a Big Impact where you travel.Have a 
Big Impact in the communities you visit. Simply use a small amount of space in your 
luggage to pack supplies needed by community projects around the world.
&
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! 


TRAVELING WITH PETS:

Door-to-door Pet Shipping:  

Animal Land Pet Movers 
Website: https://www.petmovers.com
With offices on 5 continents, Animal Land specializes in coordinating pet relocation services 
to anywhere in world.

Pet Airways 
Website: https://petairways.com
Pet Airways is the first and only airline created exclusively for the safe and comfortable 
transportation of household pets. On Pet Airways, our pawsengers travel in the specially 
equipped main cabin of our planes, constantly monitored by our On-Board Pet Attendants. 
With Pet Airways, pet parents can rest assured that their pets will be treated with the ulti-
mate, tender-loving care throughout their entire journey. 

4Paws on Wheels 
Website: https://4pawsonwheels.com
At 4Paws on Wheels we are the animal transport experts providing nationwide pet delivery 
that you can count on. While we are based in Texas our pet transport service provides pet 
moving and relocation services across the USA.

Pet Travel Guides / Hotels and Inns:  

PETS WELCOME
Website: https://www.petswelcome.com
Looking for the perfect pet friendly hotel for your dog, cat or other favorite furry, feathered 
or finned friend? You’ve come to the right place. At PetsWelcome, you can match the type, 
size and number of pets you have with only those lodgings that are happy to accommodate
them.

Trips With Pets 
Website: https://tripswithpets.com
Plan a Trip With Your Pet! Hotel Chains. 
Vacation Rentals. B&Bs.
Explore over 30,000 hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rentals across the U.S. 
and Canada that welcome furry travelers. Plus, if you’re looking for fun activities to enjoy 
with your pooch, browse our directory of attractions, restaurants, breweries, and beaches 
that allow your furry sidekick to join you in the fun! Start planning your trip with your pet- 
book now online or call us at 866-212-1803. You’ll never pay a booking fee with us!

Take Your Pet
Website: https://takeyourpet.com
Your place for pet friendly lodging. Takeyourpet includes pet friendly hotels and other pet 
friendly accommodations. We feature over 40,000 pet friendly places to stay. Looking for a 
hotel to visit with your dog or cat or other pet friendly lodging? You have arrived at the right 
place.
























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