Travel Trend Watch: Europe for Less

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The U.S. dollar is very strong right now, which makes it a very good time to travel to Europe. With the help of President George Hobica, the Tingo team has put together some of our best money-saving tips for traveling to Europe.

Airfare Tips

  • Choose your dates wisely. Airfares to Europe are still high, despite the plunge in oil prices. We've seen some better travel deals for dates before mid-June and after mid-August. However, it's good to know that there is no best time of day or week to find a flight deal.
  • Sign up for airfare alerts. You can be the first to know of great airfare deals by signing up for airfare alerts by email and by following airlines and other travel sites on Twitter.


Celebrate July 4th with 35% Off on Tingo!

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Wow, these July 4th sales deserve fireworks! Tingo is now offering hotels up to 35% off in top spots like Las Vegas, Orlando, and NYC, so book your holiday getaway today! Don't forget: If you book a room that's eligible for a Price Drop refund and the price drops, Tingo will automatically refund you the difference!


L’Enfant Plaza Hotel: A Hidden Gem in the Heart of the Capital

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If you've ever been to Washington, D.C. (a.k.a the Capital City), you know how expensive it is to stay in the center of it all. A member of the Tingo team recently visited, and she discovered L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. It's located steps away from Capitol Hill and literally on top of the Metro, which means that coming and going is the epitome of convenience.

The rooms at L'Enfant feature Dynasty pillow-top mattresses outfitted with 300-thread-count linens. The bathrooms offer a little piece of heaven—if heaven has plush white towels and other luxurious fixings. To top it off, the hotel is pet friendly.


10 Very Good Caribbean Hotels Under $199

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A trip to the tropics doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check into ten of the best affordable hotels in the Caribbean for a sunshine-filled break that'll leave you smiling—not broke. Rates listed below were accurate on Tingo when we checked, but obviously are based on availability (as in, when you decide to visit).

  • Jake's, Jamaica, $115/night—The Caribbean is full of interesting, small hotels. Few, however, have been able to top this spectacular spot on the south coast of Jamaica, with its theatrical décor and dramatic rock-top location. Good food, fascinating furnishings, convivial service, and a great little waterfront spa make this one a huge winner.
  • Ports of Call Resort, Turks and Caicos, $129/night—Every hotel on Grace Bay Beach likes to talk about their location on Grace Bay Beach, but few of them are as affordable as this agreeable, family-friendly resort. With fewer than 100 rooms, the atmosphere is intimate without being too sleepy.
  • Butterfly Beach Hotel, Barbados, $173/night—Living the good life in Rihanna's glam (and sunny) homeland isn't as expensive as you might think. A handful of solid, affordably priced hotels such as this one make it hard to pass up a visit to one of the region's most beautiful islands. The décor isn't much, but the surf-side setting in Christ Church is just too much to ignore when the rates are low.


Five Boston Winter Activities Under $50

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Sometimes winter activities can really break the bank, but not in Boston! New England weather is cold, but staying indoors to shop can get expensive quickly. Grab your hat and mittenswe've come up with five fun alternatives for under $50!

Skating on the Frog Pond is a Boston classic, but it must not be overlooked. This frozen gem in the middle of Boston Common provides endless fun and is a must-do while in the city. Circling around the ice, learning to skate for the first time, or racing your skilled competitors is always enjoyable. Enjoy an après-skate hot chocolate from the Frog Pond Cafè or try our personal favorite, the Belgian waffles with maple syrup. Adults skate for $5 and children under 13 years old are free! If you need them, rental skates for adults cost $9 and for kids cost $5. Lockers are also available to keep your valuables safe while you show off your skills.

While you're in the area, grab your toboggan and head to Flagstaff Hill. Found near the baseball diamond on Boston Common, this hill is a local favorite. The best part about it? It's free!