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15 Fun & Free Things to Do in San Francisco

On a budget but traveling to the City by the Bay? Check out these 15 free things to do in San Francisco!

Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” The first time I arrived in San Francisco, traveling up from L.A., it was August. The first thing I did was buy a sweatshirt because it was cold! Nevertheless, I immediately fell in love.  There was something about the air and the vibe that made me feel relaxed and yet energized at the same time.  San Francisco just made me feel good! 

Despite those immediate good vibes, I have to admit that San Francisco is pretty pricey. The cost of living in San Francisco is 62.6% higher than the cost of living in the rest of the U.S. The median cost to rent a 1bedroom apartment is a whopping $3108/month.  Eating out, even at a mid-priced restaurant, can cost about double the U.S. average. 

So if you’re on a budget you might be thinking – maybe San Francisco shouldn’t be on my travel list. NONSENSE! 


15 Fun & Free things to do in New Orleans!

If the Big Easy is one of your dream destinations, don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing vacation when you’ve got this list of 15 Fun & Free Things to Do in New Orleans!  This city is so vibrant and has so much history and culture in it, no matter what you’re interested in you’re likely to find something you enjoy.   The best time to visit New Orleans is between February and May because the weather is likely to be the most comfortable then. If you want to enjoy all the Mardi Gras festivities then go between February and whenever Fat Tuesday falls, usually around the first week of March. Want fewer crowds, lower hotel prices, and less craziness? December and January are great months to visit.   So – onto the 15 Fun & Free Things to do…

40 Fun and Free Things to Do in New York City!

Think it’s impossible to find free or cheap things to do in New York on your vacation? I can totally understand why. New York City ranks as THE most expensive city in the U.S. Rent in Manhattan (the most expensive borough) averages $3783/month, median home price 1.26 million. Grocery costs are 28-39% higher than the national average depending on the borough you are shopping in and restaurant prices are about 50% higher than the national average.   Does that mean that the budget minded guy or gal should wipe NYC off her list of travel destinations this year? Absolutely NOT!  There are plenty of awesome fun and free things to do in NYC!  MUSEUMS!   OMG! New York has some of the most amazing museums. And not just art museums, either, but we’ll start with those because they are some of the most famous in…

15 Fun and Free things to Do in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and gambling. There’s lots of money flying around all over this town. But as with so many other things, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money to get a lot of enjoyment and value out of your Las Vegas Vacation. If you’re trying to trim your budget and spend less, there’s still a lot you can do in Vegas for FREE!  The Casinos The casinos are full of gaming tables, slot machines, fancy hotel suites, spa treatments and restaurants where you can spend all the money you have (and they’d love for you to do so).  But several casinos also have some very cool free things you can stop by and enjoy.  1) Bellagio – The Bellagio, aside from having beautiful casino rooms, has a gorgeous conservatory and botanical garden inside a 50…

15 Fun & Free things to do in Chicago

Mini shopping spree in your favorite online store or bunch with a dear friend? Fancy new car or the 3-week trip through China you’ve been dreaming of for years? Which would you choose? Which would make you happier? Did you know there have been a bunch of studies that have shown that the things that make us happiest in life aren’t really things we have, but rather the experiences we have? When we buy things, like a new car or a new pair of diamond earrings, we may experience the giddy joy of ownership for a short while, but these studies show that that happiness we get from buying doesn’t last nearly as long as the happiness we get from spending that same money on an experience – like a vacation or a night out with the girls or a mani/pedi with…