The frugalfirstclasstravel Friday files – 4 October 2013

Hi Frugalistas!

This week’s Friday files is an eclectic mix of some of my favorite things – Paris, travel hacking and insider travel tips.

First, it’s off to Paris with Annalisa of City Girl Turned Suburban Mum who takes us on a journey to Paris with her children and lives to tell the tale!  Annalisa always has a great take on any situation, and her trip to Paris is no exception.

Paris with children couldn’t possibly be as good as Paris ‘without’ children could it?

Hear me out before you dismiss this question out of hand without even bothering to read :-) Under duress from my youngest son (aged 7), I finally agreed to take him and his older brother along to where mummy and daddy rush off to when they get packed off to grandma’s or auntie L’s house. What could possibly go wrong?   Join the rest of Annalisa’s fun take on child friendly Paris here……

Photo: City Girl Turned Suburban Mum

Photo: City Girl Turned Suburban Mum

Next, it’s some prime travel hacking from Micah and Jenna of Wander The Map.  Regular readers will know I love real life examples of how to get free travel with a bit of thought and application.  Micah and Jenna managed to save $6 340 on their recent trip to Iceland and Norway – impressive!

We received a whopping $6,340 of free travel by travel hacking our recent trip to Iceland and Norway–and no, travel hacking is not something bad as the name suggests! As I’ve shared before, we utilize frequent flier miles and hotel points…..Read more here.

Photo:  visitnorway.com

Photo: visitnorway.com

Finally this week, I’m including a post from my friend The Cultureur.  Nyssa is running a terrific series of travel tips at the moment, and this week’s one is a great one.  How many of us dismiss the Concierge, or even feel intimidated to use them?  Nyssa demystifies the Concierge in her short, easy to read post.

Always consult the hotel concierge for tips on best restaurants, what sights to see, all the hidden gems, and the low-down on the local culture. No better person than someone who deals with it day in day out and lives locally. Looking past the rudimentary requests such as obtaining a map or calling a cab, the hotel concierge can be your go-to for just about anything, and the best part is that they can even often make those hard-to-get reservations, get you VIP status at clubs, etc. Consider your concierge as the ultimate insider with an accrued wealth of information that can help make the impossible seem possible. Read more here…..

Photo:  The Cultureur

Photo: The Cultureur

I hope you enjoy my selection for this week.  Until next week (perhaps – I’m travelling and may not have time for much reading!)

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5 Comments on “The frugalfirstclasstravel Friday files – 4 October 2013”

  1. Pretraveller 04/10/2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Jo, thanks for sharing some great articles. Have a great trip!!

  2. Carolyn @ Holidays to Europe 05/10/2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Great reading, Jo. Happy travels!

  3. Jenna Kvidt 17/10/2013 at 5:14 am #

    Thanks for sharing our post! The other two look great–I’ll have to go check them out. Hope your trip was/is great!

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