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Practically Posh Travel

October 13, 2008

In these challenging who doesn’t crave a little escape? Luckily a glam getaway is easier than you think. Yesterday in the NY Daily News I published “9 Ways to travel on the cheap”, check out the article by clicking on link below. You can also check out some tips from the feature below…. So read on, then get packing! ūüôā¬†xxxoooo, Robyn

NY Daily News Practically Posh Travel article  




¬†Sign up for frequent-flier miles¬†Not only do airline frequent-flier programs allow you to earn free tickets and upgrades, you also get priority check-in, which means you get to skip the mile-long check-in line. And you get to board first, so there’s always room for your overhead luggage.

 Be alternative Many cities have multiple airports or hubs nearby. Book a flight into a less-busy airport just outside your destination to save money and avoid delays. Looking to fly into, say, Miami? Expand your search to include Palm Beach, which is only an hour away by car.

¬†Phone home the right way¬†Never pick up the phone in a hotel, unless it’s for a wakeup call. Calling-out charges are a huge waste of money. Instead of burning through your cell-phone minutes, download Internet-calling software at¬†¬†– calls between¬†Skype¬†users are free.

 Get a home away from home If you want to see a city through the eyes of a native, renting an apartment is a great option. Check out, or even craigslist for cool accommodations. If you live in a desirable location, another lodging possibility is to apartment-swap. or

Dine at a discount¬†If you’re hankering to try out the new hot spot but hesitant to drop a lot of cash, trade in a Saturday night for a Sunday afternoon and enjoy a brunch instead. You can still check out the scene, but at a fraction of the cost.

 Shop smart Save money on food by hitting the grocery store. Stock up on meats and cheeses and enjoy a lunchtime picnic. You can also buy snacks and alcohol to have an aperitif in your room and save money on expensive pre-dinner cocktails. And definitely buy water Рgrabbing a bottle from the minibar after a boozy night out will cost you.

Avoid souvenir shops¬†Supermarkets are also the best places to buy inexpensive gifts for loved ones back home. Whether it’s artisanal chocolate or jam or locally made beauty products, these oh-so-affordable handmade trinkets are always a huge hit – at a discount!