How to Travel on a Budget in 2018

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Most of us make a resolution at the start of every new year that we’ll travel more, but it seems like these goals don’t always become a reality. Sometimes it’s because of logistical constraints, like work and family, but more often than not we don’t take advantage of travel opportunities because it can be extremely expensive.

By the time you factor in the cost of flights, lodging, meals, and transportation, your budget might be blown before you ever even leave home.

It’s intimidating to think about spending so much on travel, so how can you save money while still living up to your goal for the new year?

Rent an RV

One of the biggest travel trends right now is RVing, but you’re probably not going to go out and buy a vehicle just for traveling.

Luckily, you can rent an RV from owners and pay by the night in most cases. There are quite a few reasons RVing isn’t just an enjoyable travel experience, but also one that’s budget-friendly.

First, you don’t have to worry about the cost of flights if you’re driving to your destinations, and you also don’t have to rent a hotel or lodging accommodations.

What’s also great about traveling by RV is the fact that you can prepare your own meals if you have a kitchen, saving on the costs of eating out, and if you have some friends who’d like to join you, you can share the RV and split the costs of travel.

Stay in the U.S.

There are great opportunities when you travel outside of the country, but the same holds true for domestic travel as well.

There are hidden gems throughout the United States from urban areas to rural hideaways, so if you’re just getting started on making your travel dreams a reality, you might not have to go as far as you think to see pretty amazing things.

Just as an example of what you can do if you stay in the U.S. and also if you want to RV or drive to your destination are the many National Parks throughout the country.

You can see some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the world, and you don’t even have to fly or book a hotel to get to these parks.

Find Free Activities

Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, there are so many things you can do for free, including visiting museums, cultural attractions and taking walking tours.

Just as an example, many museums across the world have certain days of the week where admission is free, so do your research, and you can have a rich, cultural experience without a high price tag.

Finally, as a general rule of thumb wherever you’re traveling in 2018, try to avoid tourist hotspots.

Whether you’re in the U.S. or traveling internationally, if you only stick to the tourist areas you’re not only missing out on seeing the real authentic sights and sounds of the area, but you’re also going to pay more.

Go outside of tourist areas and you’ll find unique things such as markets and smaller, more under-the-radar restaurants and other places where you can save money and get a true feel for how people live wherever you are.

Exploring Milan on a shoestring budget

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Can one really explore Milan on a shoestring budget? After all, the place is famous for fashion and shopping, and the idea of keeping a budget check here seems a bit too far from reality. However, the reality is that there is a cultural and dynamic side of the city that is waiting to be explored, and you can make it even if you are on a tight budget. All it takes is a little tampering with your itinerary and keeping an eye on where you go, eat or sleep.

For cheaper travel

The cheapest way, of course, is on foot and spend hours strolling through the streets and markets. Enjoy the green surroundings and get familiar with the local culture. You can take advantage of Milan tram system which is fairly cheap.  Another great option is to get in touch with transfer company – Kiwitaxi, who are world famed for their cheap and affordable travel services for the tourists in any part of the world.

You may also rent a bike and bike around Milan on popular paths such as Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Martesana cycle path.

For great food

Head towards Mercato Papiniano food market for some great food options that are very affordable too. The city is loaded with coffee shops and cafés and the ones at Open are very reasonably priced too. If you want to save money, avoid upmarket restaurants and enjoy traditional Milanese food at Antiva Trattoria della Pesa. Do not miss out on the local delicacies, such as slices of pizza and biscotti. You get to taste the real Italian food on the streets and not only is it authentic but very cheap too.

Free activities

Milan is a place of beauty and filled with gardens and parks. Acquario happens to be one of the really amazing parks. The city boasts of hundreds of small art galleries, and most of them are free to enter. Enjoy window shopping on streets of Quadrilatero d’Oro lined with designer shops such as Prada and Gucci. Hop on the iconic orange trams, and they are popular public transport vehicles. It will cost you very little and take you through some lovely tree-lined avenues to Piazza Fontana, cover several Milan points through the backstreets and later down Corso Sempione and Via Vincenzo Monti. You can hop on and off whenever you like! Some of the free but amazing hot spots include Milan’s iconic cathedral, Duomo, the rather spectacular cemetery, Cimitero Monumentale or the Chinatown. If you love street art, head for the Isola district, Corso di Porta Ticinese and Colonne di San Lorenzo.

For cheap and comfortable lodging

It can be tricky to find a good and affordable place to sleep in Milan. However, if you know where to look, you can sure find some good options and last minute deals. There are hotels that keep their prices low the whole year round, and some good options are Canada Hotel and Hotel Demò.  Staying in a hostel can be a great alternative, and if traveling with a large group, you can rent an apartment that is comfortable and well-equipped.

What to do for free in New York

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New York is a great city with much to offer, nevertheless we all agree that many of tourist sites can be quite expensive. That doesn’t have to be the case though, with a little legwork, you can find that New York offers many ideal attractions to enjoy that are absolutely free.

Today we are going to talk about the some of those must-see, interesting free places so that your research doesn’t have to go that far and still you will be able to go to the city well prepared.

Let’s start with the Staten Island ferry that travels through the maritime route from Manhattan to Staten Island. This ferry is absolutely free and you can take it using the line 1 of the subway or the South Ferry station. It departs frequently 24 hours a day, although there can be a delay of 30 to 60 minutes if you take it between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am. If you travel on the ferry between 6:00 am to the 8:00 pm, you’ll only have to wait 15 to 20 minutes for the next one.

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Following this you have a great deal of places where you can take pictures that surely will please your sight as well as your social media profiles, to do this you can go near the PUBLIC library of New York , the Brooklyn Bridge, the Grand Central station and its enormous parks distributed through all the city that allow you to enjoy of a pleasent day under the sun.

You can also take advantage to know the Carousel of Jane which is contained in a crystal box that allows to enjoy it even when it’s raining. If you wish to ride it you will have to pay $2 USD to do so, if not you can still enjoy the nocturne light show that you can watch from the East River and the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.

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Another way to enjoy of a good tour through the city is using the rental car service  that allows you to travel to the nearby cities under your choice schedule. The transport systemof the city can be considered excellent, using it you can move without problems , however if you wish to go to the surroundings of New York the most advisable thing to do is to rent a car that you can reserve from agencies such as Miles Car Rental so you can get to know the city without schedule limitations and with a steady feed.

Preparing Your Jeep for the Outdoors

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Like most jeep owners, your love for the outdoors is one of the reasons you purchased your jeep in the first place. Taking your Jeep on all sorts of adventures can mean encountering different types of weather and terrains. Prepping your jeep for the outdoors is essential for comfort, safety, and performance from your jeep. Take a look at these ways you can prepare your 4X4 such as Jeep seat covers or a new top, and get out and enjoy yourself!

Seat Covers

Seat covers are a great way to prep your jeep for the outdoors. They’re not only stylish but also protect your Jeep’s interior. Whether you get caught in the rain with your jeep top down or you’ve been off-roading in a mud covered terrain, your seats will stay dry and protected with the right seat covers. You can even purchase seat covers that offer UV protection from the sun.

Bumper

Bumpers are also a great way to prep your jeep for the outdoors, especially a Jeep rear bumper. The rear bumper is essentially what protects your jeep while on the trails. You can also accessorize your rear bumper with all the gear you would need for the outdoors such as a winch, lights, etc.

Top

The top for your jeep is also an important feature for prepping your jeep for the outdoors. The material in which your top and doors are made of will provide protection from the rain, the wind, and other outdoor elements. You can also add additional features for the windows and doors that can add an added element of protection. There are a number of Jeep tops to choose from that can effectively meet your needs when it comes to protecting your Jeep interior from the elements of the outdoors.

Whatever your outdoor jeep prepping needs are, 4WD can offer you exactly what you need!

Thinking about undergoing dental implant treatment at overseas clinics?

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Many individuals who have neglected their dental care, or have missing teeth, are sure that one of the best options to obtain a perfect smile are dental implants. And, for many people, dental treatment abroad (e.g. in Croatia) might be a great solution. Indeed, dental tourism has become very popular over the past few years and visiting a dentist abroad could save up to 80% on your dental bills.

While dental procedures abroad may be more affordable,  you should consider a number of things before you finally arrange your dental appointment.  It is important to bear in mind that good and professional dentists work in every country. But no dental professional is perfect.

Do your own research, check out if an overseas dental clinic or a dentist has an online presence. Begin your investigation by using Google to search and that will bring you a lot of dental clinics’ websites or dental search engines. Web pages as dentalimplantsfriends.com gives insight into top dental implant clinics and provides you with reviews, stars, statistics and prices. Using dentalimplantsfriends you can also check out if a dental clinic has national or international certifications, a trusted clinic diploma or is a member of dental or health organizations. You can also see if the clinic of your choice has any other reviews on the Internet or in forums that will help you reach a more informed decision.  You might also want to mail or even call directly to see how comfortable you feel speaking with the dentist or customer care specialist, if there is any language issue, and what care options will be proposed for your recovery.  Bear in mind that the quality of your dental implant treatment at overseas clinics doesn’t depend just on the dentists. Check out the qualifications and experience of other members of staff, particularly lab specialists, orthodontists and periodontists and make sure they are very knowledgeable in the area of restorative procedures.  You should also investigate what dental materials and brands are used at the clinic for tooth restoration.

Before flying or visiting a dental clinic abroad make sure you clearly understand what the steps of your treatment are and that you are ready to stay abroad for the required time, to get the best possible dental care.  Make sure that you feel comfortable with the climate, culture, traditions and cuisine of your chosen country. If you desire to spend your dental holidays relaxing in thermal spas and admiring majestic architecture, then dental implant treatment in Hungary is the only way to go. But if you want to combine your procedures with sunbathing at the breathtaking Black Sea coast, then Bulgaria is the right choice.

Remember to keep all records of treatment you have undergone abroad so that your next dentist can provide you with the best after care possible. You will also need to check out other costs such as tickets, hotels, visas, food, local transport and entertainment and estimate how much of a saving you will make.

If you don’t have money to have your smile done in your own country, then cosmetic dentistry at overseas clinics may be the only option for you, just be sure that you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of dental implant treatment abroad.