Category: Travel


Park with Us this Winter; We’ll Take Good Care of You!

This winter we’re fighting against this season’s treacherous weather with not one, but two snow plows. So this is one less thing for you to worry about while you’re traveling: you can park your car with us assured that your car won’t get stuck in our lot.

Once you enter and park your car in our lot our shuttle will pick you up car side and our dirver will help you and your traveling companions load your luggage onto the shuttle. And when you return, our shuttle will meet you in a covered area at the airport to help you board the shuttle and then will drop you off in our lot by your car and the driver will assist with moving your luggage from the shuttle to your car. No leaving keys with valets or long walks or waits in the cold necessary.

No matter the weather, you’ll be able to get in and out of our lot safely at all times. We’re glad we’re able to offer this small peace of mind to our guests.

In addition to safe entrance and exit to and from our lot, we also offer friendly staff with smiling faces, free water bottles, and kid’s packs; and if you’re new to our lot, our staff will guide you through everything you need to know to ensure your experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible.


Advances in Airport Technology

Given that we are located in an airport town and our customers are travelers who explore airports all around the globe, we understand the value of airport technology and how its constant growth and improvements benefit all travelers.

In recent years, we have seen rapid increase in the popularity of Seattle as a destination and with that, we have seen first hand the technological advancements made in our own airport (Seattle – Tacoma International Airport) and there are even more improvements in the works!

We recently discovered a tool that works as an interactive guide for some of the most technologically advanced airports in the U.S. We’d like to thank Gary Bell from AT&T Internet Service for making us aware of this resource. So, if you’re looking for airports that will make for a smoother more delightful travel experience, make sure you take a look at “Top 15 High Tech Airports in America“.


Little Actions Pay Big When Saving for Travel

“Live your best life by deciding what you want, writing down those desires as goals, creating a plan for achieving them, and refusing to stop until you reach your intended destination.”

Marelisa Fabrega, lawyer and entrepreneur / source

 

These days, saving money for the travel destination of your dreams might seem so daunting, that your grand excursion takes place only in your mind. For years, you’ve imagined standing before monumental Egyptian pyramids, going on an African safari, visiting the Eiffel Tower in France or holding your loved one’s hand while slowly gliding down Venice’s Grand Canal aboard an elegantly crafted gondola.

“Someday”, you think to yourself.

But, “somedays” never just come. You know that. Goals demand plans, and plans require actions. Luckily, for would-be travelers, little actions can quickly add up to meeting goals sooner than you might expect.

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”

John Wooden, legendary basketball coach / source

 

As we mentioned in an earlier post, one easy action you can take to get closer to your travel goals is to get a good travel credit card and use it for most purchases, and then pay off the balance monthly. The perks from this one, single action can make the different between having just enough funds for the basics and traveling in style!

Another action we previously discussed was opening a vacation / travel savings account. This has the benefit of allow you to quickly see account balances, track your progress and pay yourself first via auto transfers. Of course, segregating these funds makes it easier to keep them untouched from other types of financial activity.

So far, the actions we’ve discussed have been powerful, but there are little actions you can do every day to help save money for travel. As you construct a financial strategy that works for you, consider some of these ideas used by savvy, travel-hungry souls who save money by cutting back in the following areas:

 

FOOD

  • Stop buying morning coffee and brew it at home
  • Use and stick to shopping lists to resist impulse buying.
  • Cut back drastically on fast food. Avoid temptation by making tasty meals at home, and with the left-overs, you can…
  • …Stop buying lunch every day.
  • Eliminate buying mid-day snacks by making treats at home and taking them with you to work.
  • Fill up bottled water at home, instead of buying. Consider purchasing a water filter or filtration system.
  • Say no to alcoholic drinks to save your money and your liver.
  • Eat at restaurants sparingly.
  • Buy food and other items in bulk at Costco and other similar stores

Entertainment / Memberships / Subscriptions

  • Get movies from the library
  • Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Cable
  • Gym memberships
  • Sporting Events

Clothing / Goods / Services / Associations

  • Buy Second-hand clothing and other items from stores, such as Goodwill.
  • Make gifts instead of purchasing them.
  • Cigarettes
  • Use Groupon and other sites that offer good deals.
  • Take advantage of any available discounts of the organizations you belong to, like the military or teacher organizations.

General Ideas

  • Go generic as much as possible.
  • Pay bills on time to stop paying late fees.
  • Bring back the beloved Piggy Bank! Put in any loose change you have at the end of the day.
  • Get everyone in the family involved by making it a project in which they can participate. Consider a family meeting to strategize meeting your goals, so that everyone is excited and supportive.

Final thoughts

Of course, the above list is only a starting point to generate ideas you can use in your unique situation. And, I’d love to share any money-saving travel ideas you might have with the SeaTacPark family. Please send your tips to feedback@4cesi.com.

 

“Each step you take reveals a new horizon. You have taken the first step today. Now, I challenge you to take another”

Dan Poynter, author / source

 


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How to Benefit from a Travel Credit Card

In our last post, “An Easy Strategy to Save Money for Travel”, we focused on the benefits of opening a dedicated saving account as the first step in executing your travel budgeting strategy. In fact, this is the foundation for all the money-saving strategies executed by Kim, my eternally wandering friend who’s travel exploits are the stuff of legend in my circle.

So, with a travel savings account as the foundation, what comes next?

Grab a Good Travel Credit Card

Something I’ve noticed about Kim is that she uses her travel credit card for every purchase she makes, from gas to groceries to utilities, then pays off the balance monthly.  She told me she would spend the money anyway, but doing it this way racks up perks faster than you might expect.

Types of Cards

Finding the right credit card that works for your unique lifestyle, financial needs and travel goals can be a little challenging, but the rewards and perks are well worth the effort.  There are:

  • General Travel CardsEvery purchase earns points to use for many airlines and various travel-related services.
  • Airline Credit CardsGood for earning points and perks on your favorite airline, such as priority check-in, and companion tickets.
  • Hotel Credit CardsGood for earning points and bonuses at your favorite hotel, like free nights, room upgrades and more.

More information

Read Kari Bodnarchuk’s article, “Tips for choosing a credit card for travel benefits” for more info on selecting the type of card suitable for your needs.

Read NerdWallet’s “Best Airline Credit Cards of 2017”.  They compare travel cards, helping you make a selection based on flexibility, budget, airline preference, international travel considerations and more.

 


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An Easy Strategy to Save Money for Travel

Kim in Eternity Pool

Last year, I wrote about Kim, a creative, financially savvy traveler who tours the world enriching her life with the kind of experiences most people only dream of. I mentioned that despite her middle-class status, Kim’s budgetary strategies have afforded her voyages across the globe to Europe, Turkey, Greece, Australia and more. And, each excursion crossed off her bucket list is replaced with fresh ideas of exciting, new destinations along with plans of how to get there.

Read about Kim’s strategies

Of course, Kim’s financial tactics won’t fit every situation, so I’ve explored a multiplicity of ideas and approaches people use to save money for their travel dreams, as well as tips to spend money wisely and to keep it secure during the journey.

It’s Time to Get Started

Open a Vacation / Travel Savings Account 

When I was in high school I saw an incredible road bike that I wanted badly. Problem was, the bike was an expensive purchase for a young person who bagged groceries for tips. Nevertheless, I wanted that bike so much, that I opened a savings account. And, after every shift, I diligently walked over to the bank and deposited most of what I made that day. I worked hard every shift just for the opportunity to proudly make that deposit.

Two months later, that bike was mine.

This early experience taught me that a dedicated savings account actually made it easier to focus energy toward my goal by paying directly into the fund before I used the money for anything else – a strategy called, “Paying Yourself First”. A dedicated savings account also makes it easier to see balances, track your progress, and to make withdraws when the time is right.

Read “Easy And Practical Ways To Save For A Vacation” to discover more ways to plan for your vacation.


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