Five Vacation Spots That Are Worth the Money

There are a lot of choices of destination when you are going on vacation. The main questions are how big is your budget, what sorts of things do you and your family love doing, and are you traveling domestically or internationally.

Ask any traveler and they will have numerous suggestions, but here are top-rated places to go that should suit every taste and budget. The overseas suggestions will be worth a visit no matter what the exchange rate.

1. Singapore

This is a fantastic island-country and city with the best food in the world at the most affordable prices. The accommodation ranges from tourist to five star, all at affordable prices. Book online for a package deal. 
There’s so much to do that you won’t be spending time in your room. The public transportation is superb, so you can get anywhere you need to go. Buy a travel pass when you arrive at Changi airport and head out for adventure. 

The tourist buses called "ducks" will take you around every attraction in the city center, plus onto the river. Nearly everyone speaks English and the British influence is still strong. Try the chocolate buffet at the Fullerton Hotel on Saturdays and the original Singapore sling at the world-famous Raffles bar. Even the height of luxury is affordable in this paradise.  

2. New Zealand

If you get a good deal from Air New Zealand during the "off season", which are the spring and fall in the Northern Hemisphere, you can head down under for a song. They also offer multi-airfare passes so you can get up to six internal flights for only a bit more than the cost of the international ticket. You will usually fly into Auckland on the North Island and branch out from there. 

For those who love the tropics, head north to the beautiful Bay of Islands for a beach holiday. If you want a spa holiday, head to the middle of the island, Rotorua. 

Are you a fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? Head to Wellington on the North Island for tours of many of the locations used. If you love skiing, head for Queenstown on the South Island to ski the Remarkables, filmed so lovingly in the movies just mentioned. 

Best of all are the backpackers hostels - you can stay in a Microtel for around 6 USD per night. The food is fantastic, as is the local wine.

3. Ireland

Ireland is full of fun, food and fabulous attractions. A flight to Shannon Airport is only about five hours from the east coast of the US. 

Ireland is full of castles, unspoilt nature, and seafood. Public transportation is easy and cheap, everyone speaks English, and they are all very friendly to North Americans. Great bed and breakfasts abound. Expect to pay around $13 for a meal and $35 for accommodation each night outside Dublin.

Dublin caters to tourists, so it does not have the real Irish feel of Cork or Galway, but it does have a fantastic amount of attractions, including Trinity College and the two cathedrals. The youth hostels near Christ Church Cathedral are clean and modern. Expect to pay $20 to $100 per night, depending on season and number of people in the room.

4. Portland, Oregon

This is a family-friendly city with lots to do and superb public transport. It is also the gateway to all sorts of scenic locations, including the glacier Mt. Hood, where you can ski all year round. The variety of restaurants is as good as New York City, but for a fraction of the price. Don’t miss Powell’s - the largest bookstore in the world.

5. Nashville

Affordable, family friendly, with lots to see and do. It beats Disneyland/world by a mile in terms of value. There are seven theme parks within driving distance and attractions of every kind to enjoy, from music to museums - all at affordable prices.

The Travel Enthusiast


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When you book with a Travel agent, They can see more flights than all of the publish prices everyone sees? Travel agents have suppliers who buy seats on a flight by bulk, thus selling them way cheaper than the published market rate. It wouldn’t be with every destination, but surely it wouldn’t hurt to check.

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Travel Enthusiast of the Week Sarah Swank!

We’re Starting our first Travel Enthusiast of The week with a woman who wears many hats, one of which happens to be Travel blogger. At the age of 25, Sarah Swank just came home after Traveling for 7 months and shares how she stays fit while Traveling, as well as great and not so great travel experiences.


Age: 25

Home Town: Indianapolis

Current Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Title: Mentoring Co-Director

Favorite Vacation Destination: Scotland

Bucket list Destination: Galapagos Islands, Iceland,Jordan, New Zealand

Tell Us About Yourself

Hello everyone! I’m Sarah, a 25 year old from Indiana. I work for mentoring program that helps incarcerated teens, and for a yoga studio in Indianapolis assisting with their boutique.

In my spare time, I run a travel blog called Suitcasesix where I write about sustainable travel for working women. I’m also an administrator for a group called Liberated Ladies which is a community for women to empower, support and connect with one another.

Luckily, most of these projects are primarily done from my laptop. This means I can travel frequently so I’m constantly exploring as many new places as possible.

How did you get into blogging?

I got into blogging after graduating from college when I started working and traveling more often. I was seeking a creative outlet that could dually help me record and reflect on my travels, and avoid spending all of my energy on work. My five best friends have all traveled the world and I’ve gotten to travel with most of then abroad at one point or another, so I named my blog Suitcase Six after the six of us.

How long have you been blogging?

I got into blogging just over 1.5 years. It’s been such an incredible learning curve, namely because I imagined Travel blogging as mostly travel, writing, and some photography. In reality, travel blogging is all that, plus social media, photo shopping, videography, web design, tech support, marketing, research and several other things-any one of which might be someone’s entire career focus. It keeps me busy and motivated to learn which I absolutely love.

While Traveling have you ever had a wow moment?

My travel have given me so many wow moments but one that comes to mind is snorkeling and seeing a Sea turtle swimming below my group. Sea turtles are my favorite sea creature and time stopped completely for me as I watched it gracefully float through the water.

What is your most memorable vacation?

Most recently, I traveled for 7 months around the world. I started in Chicago and worked my way east, eventually flying from Las Vagas back into Chicago and driving home to Indianapolis. I visited 15 countries through North America, Europe, and Asia. About half of the journey was solo, and the other half was dotted with friends who joined me from anywhere from a weekend to several weeks. I know the details of those seven months will fade, but I will never forget the experience!

Best Hotel or Resort you ever stood at and why?

In Costa Rica, I spent two nights in the rainforest in a beautiful treehouse with balcony, where you could drink coffee left in a thermos on your doorstep each morning. The environment was stunning, the room was unique and made of all beautiful wood, and the host and other guest were all so very friendly. I’d love to spend more nights in luxury places but right now, I tend to use mostly budget accommodations so I can afford to travel longer.

How do you stay fit while traveling?

I try to incorporate hikes into my travel plans to get some serious workouts in, or catch a yoga class if they’re offered at the hostel or my host’s favorite local studio. Otherwise, I try to walk whenever possible, even if it’s a couple of miles with my heavy backpack on. The exercise is great but it also saves money and allows you to see the city in a way you wouldn’t if you were in a car or subway.

Best and worst travel experiences?

My best travel experience is impossible to choose. A highlight from my recent trip was staying up all night in Denmark with some new friends, we met out on the town and watching the sun come up was we were talking. It always amazes me how easily you can hit it off with a group of people. Sometimes it can be much more difficult at home!

One of my worst experiences would be getting bedbugs from a loud dirty hostel in Munich, Germany. I spent the entire next day and about $200 when it was all said and done to clean everything and switched hotels.

Most unique experience while traveling?

In Mongolia, we got to climb up the dunes of the Gobi Desert to watch the sunset. We got caught in a mini sand storm for about a half hour trying to hold out for the sunset. I almost ruined my camera with copious amounts of sand that blew into my open backpack, getting stuck in the lens. It was an experience both uncomfortable and magical at the same time.

On another note:

On February 1st, 2019 Sarah and her team at Liberated Ladies, just launched their website and it looks amazing! Sarah designed it with ideas from the other ladies. We want to Congratulate the Team!

The difference

The difference with booking online or booking with an agent, can mean 2 very different types of Vacations.

When booking online you are left to connect the dots yourself. With an agent we connect the dots for you.

With booking online, you hope you get an amazing hotel and room, but may end up with something quite different.

With an agent, we compare various suppliers, read reviews, check the rooms and ratings and make sure you get the most for your money, with credits and insider benefits.

While on vacation should anything go wrong with booking online, you are left to fend for yourself. With an agent, you can call or text us to fight for you. We as agents are here for you, that means, before, during and after your vacation.

When booking online, you don’t get those extra special attention to details, with an agent we can set up a romantic dinner on the beach, spa, tours and any other special request you may have.

With online booking you have to print everything and make sure you didn’t miss a thing. With a travel ageny such as ours. We provide you with an app that has every detail of your vacation, from flight status to passport info to the nearest embassy and so much more.

With online booking, you see what’s there to do and book it. With an agent you can get inspired with ideas and be able to travel a different way or do things you may not have known about.

When you book with a Travel advisor, you get inside benefits, VIP Access and hosted sailings that come with extra perks such as private car and driver!

So when planning a vacation think to yourself, just because it’s cheap am I really getting the most for my money? The answer may be probably not.

By Clarice Diaz -Travel Advisor

Jet Set for Less,LLc

(863) 838-3105