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12 Travel Lessons we Can Learn from National Lampoon’s Vacation Movies

By Chaitanya Bala 

Summer is right around the corner, which means exciting vacations and road trips with friends and family. As fun as summer vacation is, there are always things that can go wrong. 

And no one does vacation mishaps better than Clark from National Lampoon’s Vacation Movies.

We’ve all seen National Lampoon’s collection of vacation movies, and if you haven’t, get some background on them hereStories are pretty simple: A man named Clark wants to have a great time and take his family on various vacations. But somehow, he always manages to mess everything up and the vacations go haywire.  

Ohhh, Clark…. 







But we’ve learned from Clark’s mistakes. And here are 12 travel lessons we can learn from National Lampoon’s vacation movies.


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4 Budget Travel Stories Guaranteed to Bring out Your Inner Traveler

By Chaitanya Bala

By now, you all have the tools to travel on a budget, and spend wisely while on vacation. We’ve spent the last few weeks helping you understand the benefits of keeping a budget, and even let you in on some cool apps that make budgeting easier for you. All you need now is some inspiration - To know that there really are people out there that are able to have the best vacations of their lives simply by either following a budget, taking advantage of special deals and discounts, or coming up with an entirely new strategy on their own. So without further ado, it’s story time! Here are 4 budget travel stories that will motivate you to unleash your inner budget traveler!

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5 Unique Earth Day Events around the World

By Chaitanya Bala

Earth DayToday’s a great day to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and admire the nature around us that we take for granted. Why? Because today’s Earth Day, folks! If you’re not already focused on showing some love and care to the environment we live in, today’s a day you really should – not only because it’s a good cause and we really should be doing more to save the Earth, but also because Earth Day’s a great way to celebrate our planet. This is one of the few special days in which everyone around the world engages in celebration. There are no cultural or religious implications or barriers – just the act of bringing about awareness for the environment as a community. It’s always pretty typical that Earth Day is celebrated by engaging in some sort of community service or planting a tree native to the area. But here are some other unique ways around the world to celebrate Earth Day you may not have heard of before:


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Travel Budget Series Part #3:
The 3 Best Apps to Track Your Travel Budget

By Chaitanya Bala

Mobile AppsAt last, we have approached the final portion of our travel budget series. I’ve prepared you well with tips on how to cut costs while traveling and how to actually create a travel budget. Now that you know many of the different components that go into travel budgeting, all that’s left to show you is some awesome tools where keeping track of your budget is actually manageable and not torture. (‘Cause who really wants to be crunching away numbers on a calculator during vacation, right?!) So without further ado, here’s our list of the 3 best travel budget apps to make managing your expenses a piece of cake!

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The Last-Minute AirBnB Guide to: The Democratic & Republican Conventions

By Chaitanya Bala

Democrats vs. RepublicansIt’s coming up everyone! The big Democratic Convention and Republican Convention, respectively. For the past year or so, we’ve heard some pretty convincing speeches from plenty of worthy candidates in each party and seen a few rowdy rallies in support of the front running candidates. But hold your horses, everyone! Before we can get to the Presidential Election in November, we need to select someone from each party, first. And this is why the Democratic and Republican conventions are such a huge deal for citizens all over the country. Being that the conventions hold quite a bit of importance, hotels are going to be pretty expensive or unavailable altogether. In fact, as I’m googling hotels right now, I can’t find any rooms! If you’ve bought Democratic Convention 2016 tickets or Republican Convention 2016 tickets and you’re planning to get a hotel room close to the convention sites, uh, yeah – that’s not happening. So, let us guide you to Plan B: Last-minute AirBnB lodging options. Now, I will say one thing: AirBnB hosts are quite smart. They’ve hiked up the prices on a lot of their lodging locations to at least $1000 a night. While attending these conventions is an awesome opportunity, I’m certainly not going to recommend you spend that much (unless you have cash to burn!). After doing some research, this is what I’ve got for all you convention seekers out there.


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