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Free Vegetarian Restaurant Guide to DC

Free Vegetarian Restaurant Guide

free vegetarian restaurant guide

I love free vegetarian restaurant guides for cities.  I want to go to Washington DC one day.  I want to see the museums – especially the Museum of Natural History.  When I go, it will be handy to know what restaurants in the area cater to (or at least have options for) vegetarians like me!   I will get this free Veg DC guide  Thanks to Annette R for finding this one for me!  It has 40-pages of 400 veg-friendly restaurants, bakeries, and food trucks.   US only

I got this in this free Vegetarian Restaurant Guide to DC in the mail not even two weeks after applying for it – so it does come.  It includes restaurants in Washington, DC., Virginia and Maryland as well. If you live in any of those areas, and are looking for veg restaurants in the capitol area, you will likely find a lot of use out of this free guide.  If you are traveling to those areas, it would be a good idea to ask for this as well.

This Free Vegetarian Restaurant Guide gives you a mini-breakdown on each restaurant.  In addition to their addresses, it includes their websites and what kind of foods they offer.  I really like the website information.  It’s handy to look at the online menus if the restaurants have them.

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Free Yellowstone Sticker & Travel Guide – International

Free Yellowstone Sticker

Free Yellowstone StickerGet a free Yellowstone sticker and travel guide from the Wyoming Office of Tourism.  If you actually visit Wyoming and stop by any visitor’s information center, you can get three more and collect the whole set. I think this offer is valid internationally since the form asks for your country as well as your address.

I have always wanted to visit Yellowstone.  Recently, while visiting a friend, I noticed her beautiful photographs displayed on a prominent shelf.  Each of them were from Yellowstone.  She says it is a photographer’s paradise.

One of these days, I will get to go see it.  I know the kids will enjoy it.  For now, I will live vicariously through stickers and travel guides!  Yellowstone or Bust!

Have you ever been to Yellowstone National Park?  Did you enjoy it?

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4 Vacations for the Recession Weary

Vacations for the Budget Conscious

Budget Vacation

Let’s face it. You’re tired, the kind of bone-weary that makes every day a struggle. The recession has added to your plate immeasurably—every day is full of worry, double shifts or extra jobs, balancing work and family, and trying to make impossible budgetary magic happen. Vacations and other “luxuries” are often the very first things to go.

Not so fast. Taking a much-needed break from life’s stress can have physical and psychological benefits. According to Psychology Today, worrying all the time can inhibit immune system functions, which means you’re sick more often. You probably aren’t sleeping well and are eating worse, making you more prone to mood changes and clumsiness. Chronic stress can even cause cellular damage. Vacations, however, break the vicious day-to-day cycle of stress—you get a bit more sleep, eat better, laugh with family members and benefit mentally from a change of scenery.

How do you make it work? After a few months of saving, you can have a vacation budget of $1500 for two—the kiddos will have to stay home.

Let’s say you started saving today for a 4-day getaway (Thursday through Sunday) in mid-November. You can fly, drive or otherwise with a budget of $500; for flights try newer discount sites like hipmunk.com, which not only compares airlines, but also shows the cheapest prices over a 90-day period.

VACATION ONE: A CAPITAL WEEKEND GETAWAY

Smithsonian Budget VacationIf you’re looking for a vacation that’s full of free activities and beautiful photo ops, Washington, D.C. is a fantastic vacation choice.

Lodging: You can stay in the heart of Downtown D.C., for about $400, breakfast included. Look for online deals at large hotels and consider the hotel’s proximity to the Metro when booking.

Transportation: The DC Metro is your best bet. Purchase a SmarTrip card before you go and preload it; you can reload it at any Metro station.

Budget-Friendly Activities:

  • Monuments and Museums:  Most of the famous monuments are free to the public, as are all 19 of the Smithsonian museums.
  • National Zoo: Go visit the Giant Pandas and a host of other animals free of charge. Beware of the difference in summer and winter hours when planning your trip.
  • U.S. Capitol: With a little planning, you can get tickets for a Capitol tour, either online or from your representative—entirely free! If you can’t access a tour, you can still visit the Capitol Visitors Center.
  • Rock Creek Park: The only planetarium managed by the National Park Service is at Rock Creek Park, with showings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for free. The park also features hiking and biking trails.

VACATION TWO: TAKE A (TINY) BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE

New York Budget Vacation

While you won’t be able to full NY experience in a long weekend, you can surely have some bucket-list-worthy experiences.

Lodging: Since you’ll be spending most of your time exploring the city rather than relaxing in your room, budget-friendly accommodations in NYC focus on providing the basics—beds, baths, and luggage space. You should plan to spend at least $600, including a free breakfast.

Transportation: For $30, you can purchase an unlimited ride 7-day MetroCard, which allows unlimited rides on subways or city buses until midnight.  If you’re out past midnight, you’ll want to budget for a cab.

Budget-Friendly Activities:

  • Central Park: Be careful—you can get lost in this 843-acre wonderland.  Plan to spend some time, unless the weather is terrible, because it’s one of Manhattan’s gems.  Ride the historic carousel for $3 or pay homage to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields for free.
  • Times Square: Visit Times Square after dark to truly experience the neon glory of this landmark.  You can shop until midnight or dine overlooking this famous square.
  • The Statue of Liberty: Every visitor to NYC wants to take a look at Lady Liberty, but the tours cost a pretty penny.  Instead, use the Staten Island Ferry. You won’t get as close as the paid tours, and you won’t stop, but you’ll get a chance to say hello for free!
  • MOMA (Museum of Modern Art): On Friday nights from 4-8 pm, the MOMA opens to the public for free.  Get there early—it gets very, very busy.
  • TKTS Discount Booths: If you’re dying to see a Broadway show but can’t pay the retail price, find one of the TKTS Discount Booths throughout Manhattan. You can purchase tickets at deep discounts (20-50%) for same-day showings of Broadway and Off-Broadway performances.  Be flexible—you never know what will be offered!

VACATION THREE: WHALE WATCHING IN MONTEREY, CA

Courtesy of Prince of WhalesA stunning stop on California’s Pacific Coast Highway, Monterey offers year-round whale watching, hiking, and historical sight seeing.

Lodging: Plan to spend about $500 on a three-night stay in Monterey, including free breakfast.

Transportation: You’re going to need a car for this trip, so if you don’t live too far away, it might be a worthwhile drive. If not, you rent a car at the Monterey Airport, with unlimited mileage, for about $175.

Budget Friendly Activities:

  • 17 Mile Drive: Experience the wonders of the California coastline on this famous section of Pacific Coast Highway.  It’s a toll road, so you’ll be charged about $10 for the privilege; if you stop and eat at one of the restaurants along the road, your toll charge will be validated.
  • Hiking in Point Lobos State Reserve:  Monterey is full of hiking trails, but this one is called the “crown jewel of the park system” because of its stunning views of the coastline. Choose easy 1- or 2-mile walks or longer day hikes. Trail maps are available.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: Eat some seafood, spot some sea lions, or board a whale watching tour (if you didn’t see enough migrating sea life on your hike at Point Lobos, hat is).  A three-hour whale watching tour can cost you as little as $30 per person, with companies that have a track record for finding grey whales, killer whales, and porpoises. It’s a must-do in Monterey.

ALL-INCLUSIVE WINNER: SAIL AWAY FROM YOUR WORRIES

Budget Vacation Cruise ShipOne of the biggest bangs for your buck, especially in the off-season, is a 3- or 4-day cruise, normally to the Bahamas or Mexico. A 4-day cruise during the off-season (and on sale) will cost about $600, for an interior room on a lower deck.

What’s Included: Your cruise package includes:

  • Transportation to your ports of call
  • Lodging (double occupancy)
  • Food (including free 24-hour room service!)
  • Entertainment (shows, comedy clubs, nightclubs, trivia/games, live music, deck parties)
  • Gratuities for your room steward and wait-staff

Your cruise does NOT include:

  • Alcohol. This can add up fast, so have a plan. Some cruise lines allow you to carry on alcohol, so check the rules before you go.
  • Shore excursions. Buying these through the cruise can get pricey; research which ports require tours to access and which you can navigate alone.
  • “Extra” entertainment (i.e. casino, Bingo, etc.)

Start planning now! With a little time and research you can plan your own ideal vacation. …and now it’s time for my vacation.

Maxime Rieman is a writer for NerdWallet, a financial literacy site that helps consumers with financial concerns ranging from pet insurance cost to budgeting for that much needed vacation

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Free TripAdvisor Magnet US/Europe

Free Trip Advisor Magnet

Free Trip Advisor MagnetGet a free TripAdvisor magnet.  Just give them your name and address. Valid in US, Brazil and some European countries.  You should receive it in about 3-5 weeks.  I need another magnet for my fridge – and this will be a good one to pin my latest travel plans up in the kitchen.

I used TripAdvisor previously.  It’s an invaluable tool to help you book the right hotel at the best price.  All it takes is a bad hotel to ruin an otherwise perfect trip and websites like TripAdvisor  help avoid that.  Now, I get a free magnet to remind me to use their site!

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Free American Byways Map US/Canada

Free American Byways map

American Byways Map

Order a free American Byways map featuring 150 America’s Byways. This is valid in US, Canada and Mexico.  You know, it’s been so long since I’ve used a real map.  I’ve become dependent on my GPS and Google Maps.  Seeing this makes me miss the days where you would actually look at a map to determine which route to take.  It wasn’t just fastest route or shortest route on the map – your trip could be determined by what was near-by – or a town with an interesting name.  Maps could help you plan your trip with so much imagination.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not about to throw out using my GPS or online mapping system in favor of a paper map anytime soon – especially when I am usually looking for the fastest and/or shortest point between two distances.  Maps do not do that well.  However, the next time I want to throw caution to the wind and take a carefree road trip, I will turn to a map.  I am looking forward to getting this fold-out map featuring 150 America’s Byways.

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