5 free apps to help make vacationing with friends easier

The last thing you want to do when you get home from an epic vacation with friends is spend time logging receipts into a spreadsheet to calculate each person’s share of the costs. And as it turns out, you don’t have to anymore.

While the solo travel trend is on the rise, about two-thirds of millennials say they plan to travel with friends and family this year. But planning a group trip can be a headache — especially when it comes to divvying up the expenses.

Before you start planning anything, make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the general itinerary and budget. “Having an overall idea of what you’re each planning to spend on travel, meals and lodging means everyone can enjoy the trip without worrying about finances,” according to the etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute.

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Budget for travel, tips and advice: Travel’s eight most expensive hobbies

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It’s not as if travel isn’t already expensive enough. This pursuit is a pricey one. It’s the sort of passion that quickly drains your finances, that eats up the bulk of your savings.

What are you spending your money on? Holidays. Always holidays. Catching flights, staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, getting from place to place – this stuff adds up.

And then, you go and add something more to it. You combine another hobby, another passion, with your love of travel. You take something else that’s really expensive, and you make it part of your holiday experience. You add extra gear; expensive gear. You necessitate pricey locations. You add exclusivity.

I’m a huge fan of combining your passions with your holidays; however, if you happen to be into any of the following, you’ll find your finances dwindling even faster than usual.

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Need Money to Make Your Film, Play, or Series? Check Out These Opportunities

Need Money to Make Your Film, Play, or Series? Check Out These Opportunities

When trying to break into the business, it may often feel like the deck is stacked against you. But for every closed door you encounter, there is a window of opportunity—as long as you know where to look. That’s where we come in! In these roundups, Backstage will compile the best opportunities in writing, directing, and every other creative corner, to help you get where you’re going.

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5 Tips to Save Money Booking Your Next Hotel Room

Why did you end up paying $100 more per night for that hotel stay than your friend, who was a guest at the same property just a few days earlier? It’s not uncommon, according to Mike Heflin, the senior vice president of the hotels division at Travel Leaders Group, a network of 50,000 travel agents.

“Hotel prices and the perks you get can vary wildly depending on how you book,” he said. There are, however, ways to hone in on a deal and save some money. Here are some of Mr. Heflin’s best tips to do just that.

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These 6 Caribbean destinations are cheap (but amazing) for summer travel

Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

With white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the Caribbean is a dreamy destination — so it’s no surprise it has an $18 billion tourism industry. According to Caribbean Tourism Organization, 30 million visitors traveled here in 2017, the highest number on record.

Many parts of the Caribbean are cheaper to travel in summer when several islands go “off peak,” compared to fall and winter high-season prices. (Though hurricane season in the area is June to late November, most storms hit during its peak, between late August and October. Last year, hurricanes Irma and Maria both occurred in September.)

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This 22-Year-Old Has Stashed Away $10,000 in Savings While Traveling the World. Here’s How She’s Doing It

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When Amanda Fink discovered the job that would allow her to travel the world and save money doing it, she figured it was a scam.

“It sounds too good to be true, but I’ll apply,” thought Fink, who was then about to graduate college and Googling for jobs at her apartment in Orlando, Fla.

After a few interviews, the now 22-year-old nabbed the position, which involved tutoring Chinese children in English over online video conference. Over the past two-plus years, the work-anywhere job has allowed Fink to travel to the street markets of Northern Thailand, the lush beaches of Bali, and the bustle of Hong Kong — while stashing away roughly $10,000 in her bank account.

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An eco-friendly holiday can also be budget-friendly: Here’s how

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If you’re a nature lover and ardent traveller, chances are, you’ve also considered sustainable tourism. But like many others, you may have been wary of the additional costs. For a long time, sustainable tourism has been inextricably linked with extravagant experiences or deemed as something that would require a compromise of personal comfort. But this is largely a misconception. “Sustainable practices don’t necessarily call for higher expenses and compromise on comfort is a subjective matter,” says Karan Anand, Head, Relationships, Cox & Kings.

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Where to Stay in Paris: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels for Every Type of Traveler

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Whether a long-planned holiday or spontaneous weekend trip, your first time or fifteenth, an important question before traveling to Paris is: where should I stay? Known for its village-like neighborhoods, there are many quartiers with both boutique hotels and the grand dame addresses that will appeal to all kinds of travelers. The great thing is that almost every neighborhood in Paris is the best neighborhood to stay in Paris.

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You Don’t See Poor People In Travel Memoirs Because You’ve Already Assumed We Don’t Travel

But there’s the rub: Many people, when I tell them about my background — that I grew up poor, in a neighborhood where free lunch programs and social services were the norm, as a Mexican-American in a small town — figure that I never traveled until later in life. They figure that I had never explored faraway places or eaten different types of foods or that I hadn’t talked to people outside of my family and social circles until after I went to a prestigious university and got a journalism degree that opened up many doors. They figure that those experiences — the ones that came in adulthood — are the real reasons I’m so well-versed in travel. But, in doing so — in creating these narratives of poor or working class or minority families and how devoid of travel and cultural experiences we are — they belittle our experiences. They belittle us.

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