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Travel expenses you’re definitely paying too much for

Are you getting ready to plan your next vacation? Even if you’re looking to splurge a little, you probably want to save as much money as possible. After all, travel can be expensive, so it’s always great when you can cut costs, yet without sacrificing anything. Whether you’re a novice traveler or a globetrotter, it can be easy to overlook the costs of certain things, especially if they appear to be good deals to begin with. From the early stages of the planning process through the actual vacation itself, be alert when it comes to some of the following:

Airline fees

You found an awesome price to a particular destination and you’re ready to book without thinking twice—but not so fast. Just how cheap will that ticket be once you factor in some extras? Every airline is different, so be sure to research what your ticket will (and will not) include. Most people expect to pay for checked luggage, but did you know that some airlines even impose fees for carry-on bags? When it comes to certain things you can’t avoid, you might end up paying a lot more for your airline ticket than you ever expected and could have easily avoided. Additionally, if you have an airline credit card that gives you perks (such as free lounge access, priority boarding or complimentary checked luggage), you might want to just book a ticket through that airline if you plan on paying for those things anyway. And if you travel often, consider applying for a credit card that offers these types of benefits, if you don’t have one already. Not only can you take advantage of some pretty cool perks, but once you rack up enough points, you can redeem them for cheap (or free!) airfare.

 

Random hotel charges

There is a lot of stuff you could be paying for when you stay at a hotel without even realizing it, and sometimes just booking the cheapest hotel you find won’t actually save you the most money. Wi-Fi, parking, and even strange things like using the air conditioning (no, seriously) can cost you some extra dough. You could be better off booking the better hotel if it doesn’t impose a crazy amount of miscellaneous fees. Read the terms and conditions thoroughly before booking, and if anything seems unclear, contact the hotel directly.

 

Tours

If you’re not really a self-guided traveler and want to spring for the organized tours, that’s totally fine, but just be sure you aren’t overpaying. Pre-booking your tours and excursions on popular travel websites will almost always cost you more. You’re better off waiting until you arrive and booking directly with tour groups in person, depending on where you’re going and what you want to see. Most travel destinations have a specific list of attractions and sights that every tourist comes to see, and there are often tons of tour operators available to accommodate everyone. If you’d rather book in advance, be sure to shop around first and compare prices from several websites. You’re also better off directly booking with a tour operator, rather than a middleman.

 

Food

This is one cost that can really sneak up on you. Even if you’re not having fancy dinners every night, the smaller meals and snacks can add up quickly when you’re traveling. If you’re on a tight budget, this can be an easy way to overspend, even if you think you’re being careful. There are a few ways to avoid this, though. Depending on where you’re going and how long your stay is, consider lodging that includes a small kitchen, which can allow you to prepare your own food. This can give you a great opportunity to truly experience the local cuisine. Grocery shopping and cooking may be the things you’re looking to escape, but if you’re traveling internationally, it can actually be a lot of fun. Be sure to also bring some of your own snacks and drinks with you from home, which can help you save a lot of money. If cooking just really isn’t your thing, look into meal plans that might be available at your resort, which could make sense financially. Although the expense is bigger upfront, if you take advantage of it, it can help you save in the end. The same goes for all-inclusive resorts, which have rates that include all of your meals and beverages throughout your stay.

 

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Top cities for an inexpensive international retirement

There is a lot of planning that goes into retirement, especially from a financial aspect—but have you thought about where you want to spend your retirement? More and more retirees are moving overseas, and it’s easy to see why. From beautiful surroundings to cheap living, the following are some international destinations to consider if your retirement is right around the corner:

Reflection of a building in a fountain, Plaza del Congreso, Congress Square, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This amazing city might be one of the more costly places to live in South America, but compared to major cities throughout the United States, it offers a low cost of living for retirees seeking an international retirement. Not only is entertainment abundant, but the Argentinean healthcare system is also affordable and highly rated.

 

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Valetta, Malta

This tiny island country in the middle of the Mediterranean truly has it all, and at an affordable cost. Retirement in Malta will feel like you’re on vacation every single day, and the city of Valetta, the island’s capital, offers everything you could possibly need. And if you receive citizenship, you can also take advantage of the country’s terrific (and free!) healthcare.

 

Hanging houses of Cuenca historical town, Castile La Mancha, Spain

Cuenca, Ecuador

If you’re looking for an affordable tropical destination to retire in, Ecuador might be the country for you. The city of Cuenca has a lot of charm and character, and not to mention, plenty of activities for retirees. With a bustling arts and cultures scene, it’s impossible to get bored in Cuenca. Additionally, the country of Ecuador offers plenty of incentives for retirees, including steeply discounted public transit for those 65 of age and older, and the option for international retirees to enroll in the country’s healthcare system at a low price.

 

Kamala beach, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

This Southeast Asian city is not only extremely inexpensive, but is very developed and provides quick access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. With delicious cuisine costing merely a few dollars a day and luxury apartments available for just a few hundred dollars a month, it’s easy to see why more and more retirees are flocking to Thailand. Retirees can be eligible for a special retirement visa, which is renewed each year, if they have at least $22,125 in a local bank account or receive monthly pensions at a minimum of $1,800. And if you want to explore nearby countries, Thailand also offers very cheap, fast, and direct flights to some fabulous vacation destinations, including Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China.

 

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Pau, France

Living in the heart of Europe might not seem like an affordable retirement at first glance, and especially in France, which tends to be an expensive country in general. The city of Pau, however, is a much more affordable alternative to anyone who has ever dreamt of retiring in Paris. But not only is the trip to Paris a short one from Pau, but living in the middle of Europe makes it super easy (and cheap) to travel many of the neighboring countries and cities. And if you’re looking for superior healthcare for retirement, look no further than France, which was recognized by the World Health Organization as having the best healthcare system in the world.

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What you’re spending money on vs. what you could be using it for instead

Do you often find that you’re just not saving as much money as you thought you’d be? You’re sticking to a budget, you’re refraining from large and unnecessary purchases, and yet you still aren’t meeting your savings goals. Sometimes, it’s the little purchases that can add up quickly and really sneak up on you. A dollar here and a couple bucks there may not seem like much, but it’s important to look at the big picture and think about how these spending habits can add up over the course over a few months or a year, and what you could have been using that money for instead:

The expense: Coffee at a local cafe

Average cost: $2.70/single basic coffee

The big picture: If you buy one coffee every morning before work (five days a week), that’s $702 a year!

What you could be using that money for instead: If you don’t have dental insurance, the money you saved from ditching that morning coffee habit can possibly give you what you need to afford it, and then some. With the average cost of dental insurance being about $326 annually, saving this money could give you enough to insure yourself and someone else in your household.

Cheaper alternative: Making your own coffee at home might not be as exciting, but it can certainly save you a lot of money. If you’re bored with the same old thing, give your at-home coffee a little extra pizzazz so you won’t feel like you’re missing out. A little caramel drizzle, some vanilla extract, or a dash of cinnamon—these are just some of the great ways you can flavor your coffee to make it taste like a café favorite.

 

The expense: Weekday lunches

Average cost: $10/meal

The big picture: Eating out every day for lunch when you’re working five days a week can really eat into your budget (yup, another pun) and cost you about $2600 a year. Even if you ate out just twice a week, you’re still talking $1040 annually in lunches.

What you could be using that money for instead: The nationwide average for rent is $1,231 monthly. How would you like one (or potentially two) months of free rent? Cut out those expensive lunches and the savings can be pretty similar.

Cheaper alternative: Making your own lunches at home and bringing them with you will almost always save you money. Making your lunch every morning might be the last thing on your mind, so be prepared by planning ahead. Make it the night before, or cook some food in one shot that can last the entire week. You can also prepare extras for dinner with the intentions of taking your leftovers for lunch the next day.

 

The expense: Gym membership

Average cost: $45/month

The big picture: Most gym memberships will lock you into an annual contract, so you’re looking at an approximate cost of $540 a year. However, when you also factor in initiation fees and other costs, it can be as much as $800 a year.

What you could be using that money for instead: If you’re in credit card debt and used to paying just the bare minimum each month, consider putting that extra money that would normally go to your gym membership towards one of your credit cards. Anything extra that you can afford to pay each month will help you to save money overall because you’ll pay more into your principal balance. And because you were already spending that money every month, you won’t notice the difference.

Cheaper alternative: You don’t need a gym membership in order to exercise, so consider canceling it if you want one less bill to pay every month. If you know that the gym is the only way you’ll workout, then it could be worth keeping—after all, your health is very important. But explore your other options that are totally free—running outside, going for hikes, playing sports and streaming free workout videos at home are just some of the many ways you can get in your daily sweat sesh without spending a penny.

 

The expense: Cable television

Average cost: $80/month

The big picture: Cable television usually isn’t a month-to-month thing, so you’re looking at an average cost of $960 a year.

What you could be using that money for instead: How about a nice cruise every year instead? The average ticket price per person, per day is $168. That means if you nixed the cable television, you could potentially have the money for a five-night cruise with some cash remaining.

Cheaper alternative: Downgrade your cable plan by only paying for the channels you watch frequently. Better yet? Ditch cable altogether in lieu of streaming video options, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video. You’ll still be able to watch a lot of your favorite movies and television shows, but for a fraction of the cost.

 

The expense: Landline phone

Average cost: $22/month

The big picture: Just like with cable television, landline phone lines are usually something that people continuously pay for, month after month. After a year, you might spend approximately $264 on something you’re not getting much (or any) use out of.

What you could be using that money for instead: Saving just a couple hundred bucks every year can make a big difference, even if you just splurge and use it for something fun, and something you never would have spent money on otherwise. For example, you could spend the night in a luxury resort or you can celebrate a special occasion by going out for a nice dinner.

Cheaper alternative: No need to pay for both a cell phone and a landline, especially if you never even use your landline and the only phone calls you receive are from annoying telemarketers. A cell phone may not necessarily be cheaper, but if you already have one and you’re unwilling to part with it, cutting out that landline phone will save you money overall because you’ll have one less phone bill to worry about.

 

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Last minute, end-of-summer getaways on the cheap  

Summer seems to come and go in a blink of an eye, doesn’t it? With the season coming to an end once again, it’s your last chance to soak up some of that warmer weather. What better way to take advantage of the last few days of summer than with a trip? Even if you’re on a budget and planning last minute, there are still some great options to think about. If you need some inspiration, consider the following:

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Cape Cod, MA

Finding last-minute accommodations in Cape Cod during the height of summer can be difficult, to say the least—especially if you aren’t looking to spend much. Budget hotels are booked up months in advance, but if you’re going towards the end of September, you’ll have a lot more options to choose from. The weather is rather chilly, but not too cold to the point where you can’t enjoy hanging out on the beach, either. So if fewer crowds and cheaper prices are what you’re after, Cape Cod right at the end of summer is an excellent choice. And don’t worry about finding stuff to do, either—Cape Cod is jam-packed with fun activities, even when the season is over. Whale watching, Bourne’s annual Scallop Festival, and kayak tours are just some of the many activities you can choose from.

 

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Ormond Beach, FL

If you thought about visiting Florida’s beaches this summer, avoid South Florida if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. Ormond Beach is not only cheaper, but it’s also more laid-back, which is perfect if you’re looking for a mellow place to enjoy the remaining days of summer. Another great thing about Ormond Beach? It’s a great solution if you can’t decide between theme parks and the beach. Orlando, which is often referred to as the theme park capital of the world, is only about an hour or so away. This makes for an easy day trip, and allows you to avoid the costlier lodging options that are closer to the theme parks.

 

View of Mount Bellview from Gothic Campground north of Crested Butte Colorado.

Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte tends to have two different high seasons—winter being the biggest (for skiing, snowboarding, and all that other fun stuff), and summer following closely behind. By visiting at the tail-end of summer, you’ll be able to take advantage of cheaper prices before it gets too chilly to enjoy Colorado’s best outdoor activities (that don’t require snow, that is). Take a scenic hike, ride a bicycle through one of the many beautiful trails, or go fly fishing.

 

The world famous Cabot Trail on the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a beautiful place to visit at the end of summer, and can be a perfect choice if you’re over the hot weather and ready to welcome fall with open arms. Peak autumn foliage can be difficult to pinpoint, but if you visit during the final days of summer, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some of the season’s boldest colors. Cape Breton Island, in particular, offers some pretty affordable accommodations (under $100/night), even during the peak season.

 

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Samoa 

If you want something a little more exotic, but Hawaii and French Polynesia are a bit out of your price range, a beautiful (yet much cheaper) South Pacific destination to consider is Samoa. Experience some of the region’s most beautiful beaches with luxury resorts available at less than $200 a night, which is a steal compared to nearby islands. If you have airline points that you have been saving up for the right time, cashing them in for a trip to Samoa can be the way to go. With free or discounted airfare, plus cheap accommodations, Samoa can be an amazing way to enjoy summer’s final days.

 

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How to save money at Disney World

Summertime is the perfect time for family vacations, and what makes a better family vacation than Disney World? It is the happiest place on Earth, after all, and offers something for everyone. But did you know that the average family of four will spend roughly $3,000-$4,000 dollars on a four-day vacation? This can be overwhelming for a family on a tight budget, but don’t put off your travel plans just yet. If you and your family are hoping for a Disney World vacation this summer, the following are some ways you can save:

Stay offsite

Visiting the theme parks at Disney World doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay at Disney World’s onsite properties. While they are the closest accommodations to the parks, you’ll pay more than comparable hotels in the area. If you’re really looking to cut costs, explore the idea of staying offsite. You can still be very close to the parks, and potentially save hundreds of dollars on your vacation.

Skip the rental car

If you’re driving to Disney or renting a car once you arrive, you’ll need to pay for daily parking at the park. Instead, take advantage of the complimentary Disney shuttles that are not just provided by onsite Disney properties, but also offered by many of the nearby hotels.

Explore different ticketing options

You’ve got a lot of different ticketing options if you’ll be visiting the parks for a few days, so be sure to carefully consider what’s available, especially if you have plans to go to more than one park in the same day. Buying single-day passes will cost a lot more than purchasing multi-park passes that can be spread out over a few days. On the other hand, you also want to be sure you don’t purchase more than you really need. For example, if you don’t think you’ll be visiting more than one park in the same day, you may want to skip the park hopper options—even if they don’t cost that much more. The cost will still add up and go to waste if you won’t be taking full advantage of the options you’re getting. You may also be able to save money on your tickets by purchasing them in advance, or taking advantage of a membership discount—for instance, if you’re a member of AAA. Florida residents also receive discounts on tickets, so be sure to find out what types of discounts you might be eligible for before making any purchases.

Cut down on food costs

The price for food at the parks can add up quickly, so plan ahead by eating breakfast before you go. If your room has a small kitchen, consider preparing your own meals before you head out the day, which will help you save the most. You can also pack some food and snacks with you to take into the parks.

Airfare

The cost of airfare can easily add hundreds to your vacation expenses, no matter where you’re going. If you’ll need to fly and you still haven’t booked your airfare yet, there are some ways you can possibly cut down on these costs. First, be flexible with your travel dates, if possible. Weekend flights tend to be the costliest, with mid-week flights often being the cheapest. For example, check for flights that depart Wednesday and come back the following Tuesday, rather than depart on a Friday and return on a Sunday. You’ll also usually find the best airfare about eight weeks before your travel date, but sometimes you can luck out with last-minute deals and by planning far in advance. Finally, you’ll also want to make your actual travel bookings on the right days; similarly to airfare being cheaper during the week, this is also when you’ll want to book your ticket. Avoid booking your ticket on a Friday or during the weekend—this is when prices tend to skyrocket. Pun intended.

Don’t go during summer

It seems like the perfect time for a family trip—but the problem is, everyone else feels the same way. As such, you’ll pay more for accommodations, and possibly for airfare as well. Instead, consider a trip to Disney during the off-season. Not only will it help you save money, but you’ll beat the heat and the crowds, which means shorter lines and more time for fun.

 

 

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Are you in desperate need of a vacation?

If you’ve been busy with other things or you’re saving your money towards another goal, a vacation might be the last thing on your mind. But sometimes, taking some time off and getting a break from things—even if it’s a short one—can be just what you need to come back more focused. You might be ready for a vacation if:

1. You’re having a difficult time concentrating at work.

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2. You normally do love your job, but lately, you’ve felt…differently.

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3. You desperately need some alone time.

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4. You don’t really remember what sleep feels like.

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5. Or a shower lasting more than five minutes.

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6. It’s almost as if you’re a new parent….

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7. Even if you don’t have any kids.

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8. You’re beyond stressed out….

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9. …..and other forms of relaxation aren’t really working.

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10. You reach for that glass of wine every evening like clockwork.

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11. Your daily routine is extremely predictable and mundane, to the point where you’ve become bored of yourself.

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12. Making silly mistakes, forgetting important details, and so on: Your brain has basically started shutting down and is refusing anything related to work or responsibility.

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13. Your loved ones barely recognize you anymore.

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14. Lately, smiling brings you physical pain.

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15. You’re sick of looking at the same ole things, people, scenery, etc.

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8 ways to have summer fun on a budget

Looking for some great summertime fun that won’t cost a fortune? Here are some terrific ideas for both singles and families with children looking to enjoy the summer without breaking the bank.

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Check out free events

Local museums, parks, and libraries usually offer a wide range of fun low-cost activities during the summer, including concerts, readings, exhibits, and street fairs.

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Spend a day at the public pool

Most cities and townships have a number of public swimming pools where locals can spend a day having fun in the sun at a very low cost.

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Visit a National Park

The National Park Service offers both year-round membership passes and one-day passes that will enable you to visit some of our greatest national treasures.

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A day at the beach…

… Is anything better? Whether you live by the coast or in the middle of America’s heartland, spending a day by a lake or ocean is one of the greatest ways to relax and enjoy the summer season.

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Fire up the backyard barbecue

What’s more American than grilling hamburgers and hot dogs outside and lazing under the summer sun? To lower the cost, make it a potluck and have friends and family each contribute a dish.

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Host an outdoor movie night

With downloadable movies just a click away, all you need are some speakers and a projector and you can enjoy summertime under the stars while playing some of your favorite films.

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Make your own scavenger hunt

Create your own scavenger hunt for friends and family, using public transportation to explore both famous local spots and those lesser-known spots around your city.

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Vacation less than 100 miles from your home

Aching for a summer vacation that won’t cost an arm and a leg? Find a cool hotel, condominium, or lakeside cabin that’s within driving distance; you’ll save on airfare and still feel like you’ve gotten away!

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January purchases: You won’t believe how much money you can save this month!

January offers its own share of unique goods and services you can find at reduced prices. Here are just a few:

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Television sets

With Christmas sales over, and Super Bowl Sunday just around the corner, January brings some great deals on big-screen TVs.

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Discounts on tax return filings

While most folks won’t even begin to think about filing tax returns yet, big tax assistance companies like H&R Block will offer some of their best discounts of the year for early return filers.

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Health club memberships, and other fitness-related products

January, of course, is the time to make fresh New Year’s resolutions, and many folks naturally resolve that this is the year they will finally get into shape. Companies specializing in health club memberships and offering other fitness-related products will attempt to capitalize on these resolutions by providing sign-up bonuses and other discounts.

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Las Vegas vacations

Following the New Year’s holiday, prices for rooms at Las Vegas hotels typically drop through the month of February. Check out special package deals in the weeks ahead that could also include flights.

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Furniture

February is the month when many manufacturers introduce their furniture for the upcoming year. That means retailers will be looking to clear their stores of last year’s items in January.

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Pork and beef

It may at first seem odd to find reduced prices for pork and beef, but considering the winter holiday celebrations have officially concluded, it’s no surprise that many supermarkets will now offer low prices on these products!

We hope this list of discounted January items jumpstarts the savings side of your brain, and gets you thinking about all the ways you can stretch your hard-earned dollars in the weeks ahead. And always remember that J.G. Wentworth, the nationwide leader in purchasing future structured settlement and annuity payments for cash, is available anytime to discuss the specifics of your financial situation. Call us today at 877-227-4713.

5 hidden hotel fees to watch out for

Are you thinking about planning a trip? As you budget for various expenses, bear in mind that many hotels these days tack on extra fees that many people don’t anticipate. You might need to pay them as you finalize your booking, or when you’re checking out. You can often find these hidden fees lurking in the fine print, but when it isn’t clear, you’ll want to contact the hotel before making any final booking decisions. Some common hidden hotel fees include:

Resort fees

More and more hotels are adding on daily resort fees in addition to the room rate, and these fees aren’t always openly advertised. Resort fees can be up to $60 extra per day, and usually include access to things you think you’re getting for free as a hotel guest, such as the pool or fitness center. Even smaller hotels that are far from being resort-like are beginning to implement these fees, so begin to check the fine print carefully. Even if you have no plans on using the hotel’s amenities and just need a place to sleep, you’ll have to pay them anyway if the hotel imposes them.

Internet access

Most travelers require Internet access, and while there are plenty of hotels out there that offer complimentary Wi-Fi, some will charge high fees that no visitor can really refuse once they get there. It’s kind of like asking if you’d like oxygen in your room, and before you know it, you’re duped into spending tons more money just to have an Internet connection. Do yourself a favor and find out what the fees are ahead of time. Compare nearby options; because a lot of hotels will offer free Internet, going with one of those can potentially save you a lot of money.

Mandatory valet parking

Some hotels will charge a high daily rate for mandatory valet parking, and with no option to self-park for free. If you’re staying in a city where it’s difficult to impossible to find a hotel without free parking, consider ditching the rental car and opting for public transportation. 

Pets

You might expect to make a deposit (or even pay a small fee) to bring your furry friend along, but more and more hotels are imposing extra fees that probably cost more than your actual dog did. On top of a flat non-refundable fee, some hotels will also charge an additional nightly rate per pet.

In-room safes

Most hotel rooms will automatically include an in-room safe, but you could also be paying extra for it, regardless of whether you even use it. If you don’t plan on using a safe during your stay, make sure you’re not paying extra for it, or ask to be put in a room that doesn’t have a safe.

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