TOOLS FOR THRIFTY TRAVELERS SERVICES THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO SAVE ON YOUR VACATION In this month’s cover article, I discussed the ways in which I combine business travel with quality time with my loved ones. While that could probably be considered a life hack in and of itself, it’s not the only way I save on my vacations. Today, you don’t need a fancy travel agent to take advantage of off-the-beaten- path deals; all you need is a working internet connection. Here are a few services to check out the next time you’re planning a trip. GROUPON Most people know of Groupon as a way to get deals on spas, restaurants, and the like. Beyond these local services, the site also has a dedicated travel page with deals on everything from hotels to all-inclusive packages with airfare included. In fact, Dave and I used Groupon to plan our entire honeymoon. MOMONDO, KAYAK, AND SKYSCANNER Dozens of sites let you compare prices on airfare. While everyone has a different opinion on which is best, this trio always receives strong plaudits from users and critics alike. They’re an invaluable resource if you want to make sure you’re not getting hosed on airfare prices. Skyscanner also has data on when the optimal time to book a flight is. According to the service, domestic flights are cheapest 2–3 weeks before your departure date. Who knew? AIRBNB Hotels are far from the only accommodation option these days. I’ve experienced the benefits of Airbnb firsthand, using it on a number of my trips. One benefit of Airbnb is that you can really find a space that meets your needs rather than being stuck to the usual two queens or one king set-up offered by most hotels. If you wait until the last minute, when renters are desperate to get someone into their property, you can score some killer deals. Unless you win a radio contest or dominate on an appearance of “Wheel of Fortune,” traveling is always going to cost something. How much it costs, though, is largely up to how creative you’re willing to get. Dig a little deeper, and you’ll often find a vacation isn’t as pricey as you thought.
ROASTED CORN SALSA
Inspired by Bon Appétit magazine
Corn is plentiful during the summer months, and this easy-to-make salsa is sure to be a hit at your next get-together.
• 2 medium ears of corn, shucked • 1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced • 1/2 red onion, diced • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped • 1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced • Juice of 1 lime • Kosher salt, to taste
1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine.
5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.
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