On Monday, I told you about some hotels offering discounts for late check-in. On day two of off-the-beaten-path travel tips, the founder of trip-discount site Yuupon.com, Mary Song said bulk-admission passes are the way to go.

Tip 2: Bundled Passes

We travel to see the sites — the museums, the amusement parks, the landmarks.

If you are heading to one of the most-visited cities in the U.S., Song said you may want to get a city explorer pass.

The passes, sold from places like Smart Destinations and CityPASS, can get you in to the most popular destinations and attractions in the city you’re visiting for half the price if you were going to do it all yourself. They give you extra bonuses too, like front of the line access and discounts at gift shops.

I’ve blogged about the CityPASS in the past, and can tell you firsthand, I was a very happy customer when I purchased one for New York City. I got to take a 3-hour boat tour around the island, got into the most popular museums without waiting in line, popped up to the top of the Empire State Building and more — all at a discount.

Check around to see if there are other reputable “pass” websites that let you see the city at a discount. There’s one in Minnesota if you are planning a stay-cation called ‘The Big Ticket‘ (has admission to zoo, amusement/water parks, aquarium, science museum, etc.) Click here to see my blog mention of that last week.

Stay tuned tomorrow for tip three!

If you know of any off-the-beaten-path travel deals, share them with other ‘Good Lifers’ in the comment section and they may be featured in an upcoming blog. You can also read more money-saving blog posts here and text WCCODEALS to 84816 for a ‘deals of the week’ reminder.


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