A Week of Free National Parks Admission Starts Saturday, April 21

It’s increasingly difficult to come up with family activities which would not cost an arm and a leg which is why I’m so thrilled to learn that starting April 21, and stretching all the way through the following weekend, entrance fees are being waived at all national parks that usually charge for admission.

The occasion is what’s become an annual event, National Park Week, which in 2012 is scheduled for April 21 to 29. It’s one of several periods during the year when normal admissions fees are waived. Other no-fee dates include Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29), and Veteran’s Day (November 10 to 12 this year).

How much you’d save on entrance fees depends, of course, on which park you’re visiting. Normal admissions fees range from $25 (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier), to $20 (Yosemite), to $15 (Badlands), to free all year-round (Great Smoky Mountains, Redwood National Park). The Parks Department likes to point out that 397 national parks and monuments, in fact, never charge admission.

So what are you waiting for?   Pack your sleeping bags and go explore your wild side.  🙂

Source: Time

Free: Lonely Planet iPhone city guides for stranded travellers

In response to the travel chaos caused by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which has covered northwest Europe in a massive cloud of ash, Lonely Planet is offering 13 of its European iPhone city guides free to stranded travellers.

With a lot of travellers stuck in unfamiliar places, these city guides will provide much-needed, practical information as well as suggestions on what to do whilst stranded.

The 13 apps are available for free now until 11.59pm (GMT+12) Thursday 22nd April 2010.

The guides can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store at the links below:


Please share this link with any friends or family who have had their plans affected by this.

Note: If you download the app for free, it is yours to keep. You will not be charged in the future for an app that you have downloaded free.

Disney World on a Budget


A Disney trip is at the top of the vacation list for most young families.  However, let’s face it, the happiest place on earth can also be  the most expensive.  Disney,  amongst all the various theme parks,  has marketing and promotions down to an art form and it can be hard to resist the pleas of the little ones as they hop up and down with glee.   But do not despair, saving money in a world designed to make your spend IS possible.  Here are some tips:

  1.  www.mousesavers.com.  The brainchild of Mary Waring,  MouseSavers finds and posts more than 300 pages worth of coupon codes and money-saving ideas on all things Disney whether it be Disney  merchandise or a Disney Cruise.
  2. Disney World DOES give freebies, such as free park tickets or free food during your stay.  http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers.  The only catch is in order to avail of these freebies you may need to stay at least 4 days AND time your trip during the off-peak season.  Be sure that concentrating your stay in Disney World is indeed what you want to do since it may come at the expense of seeing other worthwhile sites such as the Kennedy Space Center and Universal Orlando.
  3. Going as a big group?  Skip the hotels and rent a house.  You can take your pick of dedicated McMansions complete with pools, grills, and big-screen tvs.  Another big plus – you won’t be held hostage by hotel food which can eat a big chunk out of your wallet.  Take your pick of rentals from http://www.allstarvacationhomes.com/ and http://www.ipgflorida.com/.
  4. Can’t get enough of Disney magic?  The main hook of the Disney-run hotels are their extra perks – free parking and  “Extra Magic Hours”.  Be warned however – they cost at least twice as much as comparable hotels in the near vicinity.  You may still be able to get some discounts during off peak season.

With careful planning and budgeting,  your Disney vacation CAN be the best ever!  =)

Dance a Jig: Travel on the Cheap

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go see the world,  there are number of great deals which are up for grabs:


1.      British Airways is taking $250 off any round-trip World Traveller Plus ticket to London, and $100 off any ticket worldwide.  Book by January 27.

2.      Expedia is holding a winter sale with hotel discounts of up to 50% off at properties around the world. Start now by locking in an unbelievably low rate on your next hotel stay—or choose from a huge selection of special Flight + Hotel deals in all the most popular destinations. Book by February 26, 2009; travel from January 3 through March 30, 2009.

3.       Mexico’s Los Cabos hotels have banded together to offer a “Fly Me to the Sun” program, which gives guests $400 back upon check-out — which basically means a free airline ticket. Check out the website  for participating hotels and rates.

4.       Cebu Pacific is giving travellers who fly on Cebu Pacific Air between January 1 and February 28, 2009 a chance to win one of 5 round-trip tickets.  Just keep your boarding pass and complete their online survey here.   


I don’t know about you but I think it’s worth dancing a jig.  =)

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Mobile Passport Service coming to an LGU near you

Is your passport expiring this year?  Make sure that you apply for a new one at least 8 months before the expiry date.  The new machine-readable passport has had a lot of birth pains — from long lines at the DFA to printer breakdowns.  To accomodate the demand,  the DFA is coordinating with various Local Government Units to bring the DFA to the provinces and big urban communities.    Bookmark this link to the DFA page listing the monthly schedule and contact details of the LGU coordinators.

Note:  A personal appearance is a requirement for all applicants (excluding minors under 8 years old and senior citizens aged 65 and above).  The mobile passport fee is P750.

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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Cebu Pacific: 11th Anniversary Photo Competition

Share your travel photographs for the chance to win free flights! Cebu Pacific is celebrating their 11th anniversary in March and would love to see your photos published in their In-flight magazine, SMILE.

The closing date is 31 March 2007 and the winning photos will be published in the June/July 2007 issue of Smile. Send your photos in low resolution format jpegs (72dpi, 600 pixels in length or width) via email to cebu.ed@ink-publishing.com. Click on this link for more details.BTW, there’s an ongoing P99 domestic and P999 regional seat sale for ongoing destination. Click here more more details.

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Cebu Pacific goes back to Singapore!

Cebu Pacific (CEB) will resume service to Singapore daily starting August 31, 2006, as part of its regional expansion program, with promotional fares as low as P 1,499 one-way.
CEB will launch its Manila-Singapore leg with a seat sale of only P1,499 one-way, a price cut of more than 64% from the current airfare to Singapore. The promo is exclusive of surcharges and taxes and will run from July 20 to 26, 2006. Travel date is from August 31 to October 19, 2006. The best way to get tickets for the seat sale is through the CEB website (www.cebupacificair.com).
After the Seat Sale, the permanent ‘Go’ fares to Singapore will start at P 2,499 one-way. Still 41% lower than the current lowest fare to Singapore. The ‘Go’ fares are exclusive of surcharges and government taxes.