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Ready to take a last minute getaway or weekend trip? Use these travel apps and get the best deals!

Going away for the weekend doesn't mean you break your budget. With a little planning and the right resources, you two can score some nice trips and still save money.

So if you're looking at getting away from it all for a few days, save this post.

Travel Sites to Bookmark for Your Weekend Getaways

There are more sites than ever for travelers. Besides snagging last minute deals on popular tourist spots, you can also discover some awesome destinations.

  • Airbnb: If you want to live like a local, Airbnb can help you find a bed or whole house for your next trip. We used the site when we went away for an anniversary trip and had a beautiful riverfront apt in Wilmington, NC for a fraction of the price of a hotel.
  • Priceline: I'm a huge fan of their Name Your Own Price feature, which has helped us score plane tickets, hotel rooms, and car rental half off the advertised prices.
  • Better Bidding: Speaking of bids, there are forums and sites online that can help you figure out what it will take to your bid accepted.

You might also want to keep an eye for flash deals with airlines like Southwest where you can score huge discounts on flights for select cities.

Apps to Help Score Great Deals and Keep Organized

With smartphones everywhere, apps have been developed to help travelers. Download these apps to help you get the best deals and explore your destination.

  • Localeur: (iOS only) Locals share some of their favorite spots in 14 major U.S. cities.
  • TripIt: With two kids in tow, I love to have one app to handle and organize all of the travel arrangements.
  • Hopper: If you like to double check the deals on flights, Hopper is great. The app analyzes tons of flight prices and can suggest when it's a good time to purchase a ticket.
  • Hipmunk: An all in one solution where you can find last minute deals and book them.

Even though you might not think of it as a travel app per se, GasBuddy can tremendously helpful if you're taking a road trip.

Thoughts on Weekend Getaways

I'd love to hear your ideas and stories. What has been your favorite getaway destination?

What has been your most recent travel deal you've taken? What travel apps are your favorite for planning?

Direct download: Travel_Apps_to_Score_Deals_on_Last_Minute_Getaways.mp3
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Feeling trapped at a job because you're dealing with debt? Find out how you can pay off your debt faster. Whitney Hansen shares how she eliminated $30,000 in less than a year! 

Direct download: More_Options_Less_Debt_Paying_off_30k_in_10_Months.mp3
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Can you really have big wins from changing tiny, but key habits? Learn the critical key steps Chris Reining took to retire at 37!

Big Wins Through Tiny Habits

Going for the big wins is smart.

Too many times, though, those big wins mean big changes and for most, it's enough not to move.

But what if I told you there are certain tiny changes that can have a huge impact?

Today's guest Chris Reining has made those tiny habits stick and he's been able to retire at 37!

In this episode, we get into

  • what pushed him to change his habits
  • how he was able to slash his expenses without feeling he was missing out
  • his system to build wealth

You can connect with Chris on his site. Don't forget to grab his free investment guide.

Hope you enjoy!

If you want to learn more about early retirement, here are some resources to check out:

Direct download: Tiny_Habits_That_Lead_to_Retiring_Early_with_Chris_Reining.mp3
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