Holiday Travel

Budget Travel to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is more than just a national park – in fact, although it’s been a park since 1890 it was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Yosemite was also the spearhead for the whole concept of national parks, and remains one of the most popular parks in the United States.

As one of the popular national parks, it’s a common stop on summer family vacations – and large crowds of visitors almost always mean high prices. Unfortunately, the cost of visiting Yosemite has gone way up in recent years (mostly due to accommodation prices), so it’s important to do your research if you want to do Yosemite on a budget.

Budget Travel to Yellowstone National Park

Summer is nearly upon us in the United States, and summer for many means visiting the national parks. It’s a rite of passage that’s been the hallmark of a summer vacation for decades, and one of the most popular parks on many a family’s to-do list is Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park is mostly within the state of Wyoming, but is also partly in Montana and Idaho. It’s an enormous park, and holds the distinction of being the world’s first national park. The park’s popularity, however, means that it isn’t always cheap to visit – particularly if you want to go during the summer high season.

Here are some tips to help you do Yellowstone on a budget.

Budget Travel to Canada

If you haven’t looked a map lately, let us begin by telling you this – Canada is big.

Trying to tell someone what it costs to visit Canada is nigh unto impossible, with the varying prices from city to city and province to province – but we can give you some tips to help you save money on a Canada trip no matter where your travels take you.

>> Tips for budget travel to Banff National Park and budget travel to Gwaii Haanas National Park

Budget Travel to Gwaii Haanas National Park

One of the most remote National Parks in Canada makes up a huge part of an archipelago of islands off the northwest coast of British Columbia. The islands are the Haida Gwaii, and the park is Gwaii Haanas – a hauntingly beautiful and sacred place to the Haida people.

Visiting the islands themselves is a bit of a challenge, and visiting the park requires even more planning. Here are some hints to help you visit Gwaii Haanas on a budget.

Budget Travel to Banff National Park

One of the biggest attractions in the entire province of Alberta is Banff National Park, the oldest national park in Canada. It covers more than 2500 square miles, and is home to the beautiful Lake Louise (not to mention several other lakes), stunning mountains, and many glaciers as well.

It’s an excellent spot for a holiday, except for one thing – Banff isn’t cheap. This is why it’s important to do your research when planning a trip, so you know where you can save money on your Banff vacation. Here are some tips to help you do Banff on a budget.

Fall Festival Travel to India

For most people, a vacation is built around a desire to see a place – whether it’s sweeping vistas or specific attractions – and while nice weather is a plus, it can be easy to plan attraction-driver trips at any time of year.

If you’re hoping to catch a few of the local festivals when you’re traveling, however, you need to pay attention to the calendar. And in India, where festivals are tied to the Hindu calendar, figuring out when they occur may be more complicated.

Here, then, is some information about big fall festivals in India to help you plan your autumn trip.

>> Find out more about flights to India and domestic flights within India to make it easier to get from city to city for these various festivals.

Going to India for the Ganesh Chaturthi

Even those of us who know little to nothing about Hinduism are likely familiar with the image of the beloved Hindu god Ganesha (also called Ganesh), easily recognized by his elephant head. This popular deity is worshipped by Hindu people in India and Nepal, as well as Hindus around the world, and his popularity even goes beyond Hinduism – Ganesh is also worshipped by some from other religions as well. Because of this, the annual festival celebrating Ganesha – the Ganesh Chaturthi – is a major event on the calendar.

>> In 2011, Ganesh Caturthi runs from September 1-12.

>> Want to honor Ganesha in India? Check out cheap flights to India and domestic flights in India to see how different parts of the country celebrate.

Celebrating Onam in India

Finding out there’s a major festival going on when you’re traveling through a country can feel like you’ve won the travel lottery – so finding out there are two big festivals is even better. Visitors to India in the fall will be pleased to know that not only is there a nationwide celebration of the start of autumn – Navaratri – there’s also a huge festival – Onam – in one specific Indian state at roughly the same time.

In the state of Kerala, Onam is the biggest festival on the calendar. The festival celebrates the harvest season and the return of King Maveli, and it runs for 10 days. Legend holds that King Maveli (also called Mahabali), a type of Hindu god called an Asura, comes back each year to Kerala where it is said there was no happier or more peaceful time than when Mahabali ruled.

>> In 2011, Onam takes place from August 31 through September 9.

>> Read more about Sharad Navaratri in India, too, to find out if you can celebrate both holidays during one trip.

Celebrating Navaratri in India

It’s not uncommon for the changing of the seasons to be a time of celebration in many parts of the world, and India is no exception. Of the many festivals on the Indian calendar, one of the most important heralds the transition from summer to autumn – it’s called Sharad Navaratri.

There are actually more Navaratri celebrations at different times of the year, but the biggest is Sharad Navaratri (also called Sharana or Sharada Navaratri) held in what is usually late September and early October. The date varies from year to year because it’s on the Hindu calendar – it’s always good to check what the dates are for the current year’s Navaratri festivities, but as an advance planning rule you can count on it being a fall festival.

>> In 2011, Sharad Navaratri is from September 28 through October 6.

>> Learn more about cheap flights to India and domestic flights in India if you want to check out multiple celebrations in different parts of the country.

Where to Go This Summer

Summer’s almost here, and if you haven’t already planned your summer travels you’ve got some catching up to do. This is the time of year when people plan big trips – it’s usually when people take their longest blocks of holiday time – but summer is also a great time for lots of long weekend trips. You don’t have to let location or budget keep you from exploring a bit beyond your usual borders, and summer is an excellent time to get out in the world.

If you don’t need convincing to take a trip this summer but you’re stuck on the subject of where to go, then we’re here to help. Depending on the when you’d like to travel, we’ve got suggestions for each of the summer months below, as well as some ideas of the best spots to go in Europe and the United States during the summer months.

>> Note that when we say “summer” here, we are referring to the Northern Hemisphere’s summer. To find out where to go in the Southern Hemisphere’s summer, check out where to go in December, where to go in January, and where to go in February.