The 6 Best Travel Sites For Saving Big

We thought this blog was very informative because it summarizes six top saving travel sites in a way that’s easy to understand. Check it out if you have a trip coming up and want to price shop or explore your options!

Travel Relapse

Lets face it, even with air travel prices continually dropping year-over-year, jetsetting around the globe isn’t exactly cheap. Most long distance flights will run about 1200USD and that’s if you decide to go in the off season and that is just the price of the plane ticket. You’ll still have hundreds more to shell out in room, board, and other miscellaneous travel expenses. There is, however, a few ways that you can save cash. First you can book early, 52 days early to be exact. Even though this is a seemingly random number a recent study has shown this is the absolute best time to buy plane tickets, no matter the season. Second, you can plan around the peak season. Going to Europe in the summer is ideal for most and because of that demand you’re going to end up spending far more than you have to. Planning to go…

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We love Caterina’s Club

Trading Places Donation Check

Caterina’s Club is an Anaheim, California-based charity founded by a very special man with an enormous heart, Sir Bruno Serato. Recipient of the “CNN Top Ten Heroes of the Year” designation, Bruno’s untiring efforts to ensure that the many children who call the Anaheim-area motels “home,” never go to bed feeling hungry. He accomplishes this by making and delivering pasta dinners to the “Motel Kids” (as he calls them) each and every day.

The employees of Trading Places could not resist the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to his charity, especially after Sir Bruno made a personal appearance to speak to the team members about his cause.  Since that day, TPI’s generous employees have been toting bags of spaghetti and marinara sauce to the office to help fill Sir Bruno’s pantry.

On January 30, the over 500 pounds of spaghetti and marinara sauce donated by TPI’s staff was delivered to Caterina’s Club – along with a generous “dessert” of $6,000 to help them subsidize the many ancillary expenses involved in his effort. Sir Bruno, (who is also Chef and owner of the famous Anaheim White House restaurant), was nearly moved to tears over the generosity of Trading Places and its staff.

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Ready. Set. Cruise!

Wave Season Sale is underway, and we are excited to see what cruise adventures our travelers will pick this year!

Not sure what Wave Season is? We’ll tell you! Cruise companies take their best foot forward in the new calendar year, and entice cruise-goers to splurge on extraordinary vacations with exceptional offers such as free upgrades, on-board credits, and other perks. Wave Season has become the coined term for these types of cruise deals between the months of January and March, as a large percentage of cruise travelers book early in the year.

Our seasoned cruise consultants have long-standing relationships with the most popular cruise lines, and can provide you with personalized service and travel recommendations. Comparing prices, staterooms, and shore excursions doesn’t have to be confusing anymore. Plus, if you book a cruise with Trading Places Travel, you’ll receive a Dream Vacation Week certificate.*

We’re featuring the following cruise lines:

Royal Caribbean International

Azamara Club Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Let our cruise consultants assist you with your travel needs. Our Dream Vacation Week offer will be active until the end of February, so don’t miss out! Visit us online at or call 800-365-6569.

Puerto Vallarta Resort

Puerto Vallarta Favorites

Beautiful, warm, and one of the most diverse areas in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a place recognized for its history, relaxing beaches, and world class restaurants. One of our favorite activities we recommend is walking along the Malecon, which is a refurbished Oceanside boardwalk that stretches from the south end of Old Town to central downtown. This relaxing stroll exposes Puerto Vallarta’s culture at its finest, boasting many open air sculptures, shops, cafes, and entertainment. And when the sun goes down, allow yourself to get caught up in the night, hanging out in cafes or seeking out the best nightclub.

Let our exchange program take you there, as we have many resorts to choose from. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Costa Sur -Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Resort

2. The Grand Mayan Nuevo Vallarta –Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Resort

3. Lindo Mar Resort –Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Resort

Click here to view more of our Puerto Vallarta, MX exchange inventory!

New Year, New Travels
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New Year, New Travels

The New Year welcomes change in life. As you reflect on how your goals, hopes, and dreams added up in 2013, it is our wish that you find direction for 2014. It’s important to live your life with a purpose and create a pathway that allows you to find happiness.

Here are some influential travel quotes to be mindful of. Hopefully, they will resonate with you and inspire future plans to see the world. Remember to enjoy your journey because life is what you make of it.

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” –Hilaire Belloc

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” –Gustave Flaubert

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” –Danny Kaye

 “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” –Seth Godin

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Unknown

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves.” –Pico Iyer

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” –Saint Augustine

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