Hikers enjoying sunny trail

9 hiking essentials for the perfect day on the trail

Tricia Goss  |  May 23, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Hiking can be an excellent way to get exercise and spending time in nature can improve your …

Skiers using a ski lift to get up a mountain.

How to fly with skis like an expert

Emily O'Brien  |  May 16, 2022

Picture this: You have a trip planned where you’ll want to bring your snow gear for all your favorite outdoor activities. The only problem is you don’t know how to fly with skis. You might be wondering if it’s even possible! Don’t worry, we’ve taken care of all the research for you so you can …

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This couple lives full time on cruise ships—here’s how

Tricia Goss  |  May 12, 2022

Have you ever wished you could go on a permanent vacation? How about a never-ending cruise? For one Washington couple, retiring early and living on a cruise ship made sense. In 1992, Angelyn Burk took her first cruise and fell in love with ocean travel. When she met her now-husband, Richard, the couple discovered they …

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Can you sleep in compression socks?

Tricia Goss  |  May 6, 2022

Your health care provider might recommend wearing compression socks following surgery or to help with a health issue. Or, you might buy them yourself for comfort, to use when playing sports, or as a way of preventing medical problems, especially for air travel. But the best compression socks for men or women can feel tigther …

Kids enjoy camping trip

14 tips for having a fun and comfortable camping trip with kids

Tricia Goss  |  April 21, 2022

Taking your family camping is a fun and affordable way to enjoy some time off together in the great outdoors. Camping as a family has so many benefits, as spending time in nature is healthy for a child’s (and an adult’s) body, mind and spirit. However, before you head off on your first family camping …

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This top-selling crossbody bag is up to 70% off right now on Amazon

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 20, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you’re looking to replace your heavy purse with a bag that won’t weigh you down, this …

Preschooler enjoys ride at Dollywood

Dollywood Theme Park is offering free 2022 season passes for preschoolers

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 18, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you’re still planning your summer vacation and aren’t sure where to go just yet, it’s worth …

Why you should always wear compression socks when you travel

Tricia Goss  |  April 14, 2022

There are lots of things you must remember to bring on a trip, such as your ID, medications and chargers for your devices. Perhaps there is one other item that you don’t usually bring with you — but should. Experts say that wearing high-quality compression socks when traveling is something all adults should do. How …

The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is seen at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure theme park.

Universal Orlando tickets: Get 2 days free when you buy 3

Clint Davis  |  April 1, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.After spending the past couple years more or less cooped up, I think we could all use …

Tempt Me one-piece high neck swimsuit

This best-selling size-inclusive swimsuit costs as low as $20

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 28, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Spring is officially here, which means summer and warmer weather are just around the corner! If you’re …

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US airfare is expected to increase 7% each month until June

Newsy  |  March 26, 2022

About Newsy: Newsy is the nation’s only free 24/7 national news network. You can find Newsy using your TV’s digital antenna or stream for free. See all the ways you can watch Newsy here: https://bit.ly/3pg9eur Airlines won’t be seeing relief for their fuel costs anytime soon — so you can expect to pay more for a flight this …

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Free Fishing Weekend 2022: When you can fish for free in every state

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 10, 2022

If you’ve ever considered taking up fishing as a pastime but would rather try it out before getting a license, you won’t want to miss this year’s free fishing weekends. Free fishing weekend happens every year around the country on different dates, depending on the state in which you live. On free fishing weekend, you …

Frontier Airlines’ new routes just started

KOAA  |  March 2, 2022

American low-cost carrier Frontier just began flying around 18 new routes that the airline announced last year. Frontier said that it would be offering three new routes to Cancun, Mexico, from Hartford, Connecticut, Buffalo, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island. Those routes started Feb. 17 with Hartford, then Feb. 18 for Buffalo and Feb. 19 …

Amtrak train goes by field of flowers

Amtrak has a buy one, get one free ticket offer right now

Tricia Goss  |  February 11, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you have any spring or summer travel plans and would enjoy taking a trip by rail, …

Spirit Airlines merging with Frontier

Frontier is buying Spirit Airlines to create a major budget carrier

Tricia Goss  |  February 7, 2022

Frontier Airlines announced on Monday that it would purchase Spirit Airlines for $2.9 billion in cash and stock, saying that it will combine the two to create America’s most competitive low-fare airline. According to the Wall Street Journal, Frontier will own about 51.5% of the combined company once the deal closes. The merger will make …

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Canceling a vacation due to COVID-19 can be costly

John Matarese  |  January 31, 2022

Many people have started booking spring and summer vacations. However, there is a lot of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jan Ball recently canceled a trip to visit friends due to the spread of the omicron variant. “We decided because of the virus that we didn’t want to take that risk, bringing something into …

Arches National Park, Utah at sunset with La Salle mountains

Veterans, Gold Star Families now have free lifetime access to U.S. national parks

Tricia Goss  |  January 10, 2022

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you or someone in your family has served our country in the military, it’s time to …

Amtrak train goes by scenic station

You can take a trip around the entire U.S. by train for just $1,000

Kathleen St. John  |  December 1, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.The travel bug is biting hard these days. Nearly two years of pandemic stress has many folks …

This company will pay you $2,000 to drink beer

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 8, 2021

If you consider yourself a beer aficionado and love trying new brews, there’s a chance you can now get paid to drink your way through one of the country’s best cities for beer. Move.org is looking for someone who can help them decide which of the beer capitals of the U.S. deserves the title most. The …

Cruise ship sails on sunny day

If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll have to buy travel insurance in order to be allowed on certain cruise lines

Jenn Fields  |  July 15, 2021

Unvaccinated passengers sailing out of Florida will soon have to buy a travel insurance policy before they can board a ship in the Carnival Cruise line. Carnival’s new COVID policy requiring unvaccinated travelers to show proof of travel insurance goes into effect for trips that set sail from Florida starting July 31. The cruise line …

Submit your kid’s drawing for a chance to win a $10,000 family vacation

Kaitlin Gates  |  June 29, 2021

If you haven’t decided where to go on vacation yet this summer, you might want to try looking at your children’s artwork for inspiration. Now through July 9, Travelocity is giving away vacations based on children’s drawings. Five families will win a trip valued at $10,000 each simply by heading to TravelocityTripsbyKids.com, submitting your child’s …

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Best Camping Journal 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  June 28, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.While some people feel that writing on paper is a lost art, it can be a relaxing, …

Nominate a couple to win a dream honeymoon ‘do-over’

Tricia Goss  |  June 24, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.According to a survey by Brides, 66% of engaged couples had to postpone their wedding due to …

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Best beach bag with cooler 2021

Danielle Smyth  |  May 25, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.No one wants to deal with awkwardly lugging around too many things on a beach or pool …

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Get paid to move to these U.S. cities and states

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  May 24, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.With more companies now offering their employees the option to work remotely from anywhere in the U.S., …

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Sea World is offering free admission for active and retired military families

Marie Rossiter  |  April 29, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.After a summer of COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, many of us are looking forward to family vacations …

Suitcases in airport ready to travel

Avelo Airlines launches this month with fares from $19

Tricia Goss  |  April 13, 2021

For the first time in nearly 15 years, the U.S. has a new mainline airline — and it’s launching with a promise to make flying affordable. With the tagline “Refreshingly Smooth Travel,” Avelo Airlines claims to be ushering in a new era of customer choice and everyday low fares. And with airfare starting as low …

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Amtrak tickets are buy one, get one free right now

Marie Rossiter  |  April 12, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.After a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, a lot of people are itching to travel. The Centers for …

Wine country dream job comes with free rent, 30 cases of wine and a salary of $10K per month

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 12, 2021

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your love of wine into a career, there’s a job opening in California that you’ll want to check out. The dream gig includes $10,000 a month, free rent and, of course, plenty of wine! Wine brand Murphy-Goode is looking for someone to live out their ultimate dream job in …

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Frontier has one-way flights for $15 to some major destinations

Marie Rossiter  |  March 11, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Thinking about spring or summer travel? With COVID-19 vaccines becoming more available each week, many people are …

Southwest Airlines sale: One-way flights are as low as $29

Bridget Sharkey  |  March 2, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you need to travel in the next few months, Southwest has some good news: From now …

Get two free theme park days with Disney World’s four-night room package

Marie Rossiter  |  January 7, 2021

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.After a year that saw Disney World shut down for an extended period of time, you may …

Visit the national parks for free on 6 dates in 2021

Kaitlin Gates  |  December 10, 2020

With most of 2020 spent staying inside, 2021 may be the perfect year for heading out and exploring places full of expansive beauty — like America’s national parks. To entice you even more to enjoy nature next year, the U.S. National Park Service is offering six free days for all 108 national parks, monuments, historic …

Veterans and gold star families now get free admission to national parks for life

Brittany Anas  |  November 13, 2020

United States military veterans and the families of service members who were killed in action can now receive free lifetime passes to national parks and other federal recreation areas, including wildlife refuges and forests. The new program is a way to thank America’s veterans and gold star families for their contributions to the country. The …

Spring 2021 travel plans in limbo for millions of Americans

DWYM Staff  |  September 26, 2020

Back during the initial COVID-19 shutdown in March, most of us assumed thought things would be back to normal by the start of next year. It was our pandemic travel dream: the virus disappearing and travel to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe returning by New Year’s. But now, it’s not looking that way. Carnival …

Get paid $50,000 to explore the national parks for 6 months

Marie Rossiter  |  September 21, 2020

Have you ever dreamed of getting in an RV and driving around the U.S. to experience our country’s national parks? What if you could actually get paid to explore the great outdoors, photograph the parks and drink some beer? If this sounds appealing and you have six months free, consider applying for Michelob’s newest position: …

American Airlines and MGM Resorts to lay off thousands of workers

Marie Rossiter  |  September 2, 2020

Two major travel companies recently announced huge layoffs that will affect thousands of workers. On Aug. 29, American Airlines announced it will cut more than 40,000 jobs by October 2020 if federal aid dollars do not come through. Of these 40,000 job cuts, 19,000 will be through layoffs and furloughs. Another 23,500 workers agreed to …

You could buy a house in this ‘COVID-free’ Italian town for just $1

Tricia Goss  |  June 19, 2020

If a cozy villa in an Italian mountainside village seems like a pipe dream, you might want to reconsider. One community in Italy has homes available for about $1. And, by the way, this little village has allegedly remained free of COVID-19. Enticing Newcomers To Rebuild A Community Cinquefrondi, Italy translates to “five fronds” in …

What you need to know about getting a refund from VRBO

John Matarese  |  May 4, 2020

Millions of Americans are now canceling their spring and summer travel plans. Most are getting refunds. But if you booked through Vrbo — Vacation Rentals By Owner — it’s complicated. Kathy Saalfeld is one such frustrated renter. She spends her days now tending to her spring flowers at her home. Until COVID-19 hit, she was …

If you visit Sicily this year, the government will help pay for your flight and hotel

Kate Emswiler  |  April 29, 2020

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.The idea of traveling internationally — especially to Italy — might seem unimaginable right now, but the …

DOT warns airlines to issue refunds instead of vouchers for flights cancelled due to coronavirus

Marie Rossiter  |  April 7, 2020

After numerous complaints to the federal government by angry air travelers, the U.S. Department of Transportation warned airlines on April 3 that they have to issue refunds to passengers whose flights have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you’re immediately going to see a refund if you had a ticket …

These comfortable slip-on sneakers have over 3,500 reviews on Amazon

Marie Rossiter  |  April 3, 2020

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.Finding a pair of shoes that brings together the all-day comfort of slippers while still allowing you …

What to know about canceling your travel plans because of coronavirus

John Matarese  |  March 12, 2020

Amanda Stewart was planning a big Disney World trip for her family this spring, booking flights for her family on Southwest Airlines. But in recent days, this nervous mom decided she’d rather stay home for now. “With coronavirus popping up in the United States, we started getting worried,” she said. “So, we just wanted to …

Reddi-wip is looking for an amateur barista to work just one day for $15,000

Kaitlin Gates  |  March 11, 2020

If you’re not a barista but you love to watch these coffee magicians whip up lattes and cappuccinos like works of art at your local coffee shop, Reddi-wip is looking for you. Now through March 22, Reddi-wip is on the hunt for a special someone to become the brand’s first-ever Everyday Barista. The ideal candidate …

Some airlines are raising baggage fees—here’s what you need to know

Margeaux Baulch Klein  |  March 6, 2020

If you want to save money on your next flight, it might help to pack lightly or plan in advance. United Airlines announced that it will increase the fees for checked bags by $5, starting March 6. This increase will apply to both domestic flights as well as to short international flights to Central America …

Amtrak tickets are buy one, get one free right now

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 14, 2020

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.If you forgot to get your love a gift this Valentine’s Day or want to make the …

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 45th Anniversary to Colorful Fanfare

Disneyland and Disney World are raising ticket prices again

Kate Streit  |  February 14, 2020

The “Happiest Place on Earth” and “The Most Magical Place on Earth” both just got a little more expensive to access.  Although a visit to Disneyland and Disney World has never been cheap, both resorts will be raising their park ticket prices in 2020. In 2019, Disneyland increased their park ticket prices by more than …

This all-inclusive resort is offering 40% off and free nanny service

Tricia Goss  |  February 14, 2020

The products and services mentioned below were selected independent of sales and advertising. However, Don't Waste Your Money may receive a small commission from the purchase of any products or services through an affiliate link to the retailer's website.You could really use a break, but you can’t quite swing a nice vacation right now — …

How you and a coworker can each win a free trip to Belize

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 4, 2020

Could you use a vacation? Do you know someone else who could, too? If so (and I’m assuming the answer to both questions is yes…), you’ll want to note that the Belize Tourism Board is giving away free trips in observance of National Plan for Vacation Day. The holiday was created by the U.S. Travel …

145th Kentucky Derby

Here’s how you can become the first official Kentucky Derby menu taste tester

Kaitlin Gates  |  January 29, 2020

If you consider yourself a “foodie” and spend a lot of your time thinking about food or perhaps cooking it up yourself, Churchill Downs Racetrack has a contest you’ll want to consider entering. The racetrack is looking for someone to be their first-ever “Official Menu Taste Tester of the 146th Kentucky Derby.” Now through Feb. …