Win iTunes gift cards from Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn logoBe a BudJetsetter

I’ve always been partial to Holiday Inn when traveling because I’ve worked at two of them: one as a lifeguard and the other as a concierge.  They’re usually a good mix of value and amenities, and most are very family-friendly.  Children under 12 get to eat free off of the kids’ menu in the hotel’s restaurant, which is a huge savings when traveling with kids.   Even here in New York City, which is infamous for its ridiculous hotel prices, the Holiday Inn on Sixth Avenue is listed as a “Best Value Hotel in New York,” offering the “most for the money.”  Very cool for families that want to experience NYC without breaking the bank.

Holiday Inn has been making a lot of changes recently, including updating their website.  Holiday Inn wants you to be a BudJetsetter (get it? Budget? Jetsetter? Jetsetting on a budget?).  Whether traveling to see family or going on vacation with your family, there are lots of ways to fit travel into your budget.

Some budget tips that I’ve picked up myself after 8 years of traveling with kids:

  • Make sure there’s a pool.  I’ve found that my kids will skip all sorts of expensive outings to hang out in the pool all day.
  • Ask if a suite is available.  In theory, my kids go to bed a lot earlier than I do.  So when I’m traveling with them, I try to book a suite.  This does not have to be expensive!  I stayed in a Holiday Inn in Kansas City a couple of years ago where I was able to get a suite for only $20 more than a regular room.  After the kids went to bed in the bedroom, I had the whole living room to hang out and watch TV in.
  • Find a free breakfast buffet.  Holiday Inn Express is especially great for this.  My kids love getting to help themselves to whatever they want, and it usually saves us about $20-25 per breakfast.
  • Check out local children’s museums.  The admission price is usually pretty low, and even if you go to your local children’s museum a lot, the exhibits will be totally different.  And, if you have a membership to your local museum, check and see if they have a reciprocal agreement with other museums – our family membership to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum gets us in to hundreds of other museums across the country, for free!
  • You know those huge racks of fliers that are sitting in a lot of hotel lobbies?  The ones that I used to walk by quickly so that my kids wouldn’t grab them all and make a mess?  There are some fantastic deals and travel coupons in those, plus we often find out about local attractions we never would have found otherwise.

Win iTunes Cards from Holiday Inn

Traveling is always a good time for music, on the plane or in the car.  Holiday Inn is providing two of my lucky readers with $20 in gift cards for the iTunes store, so that they can make their own vacation music mixes.  When my husband and I went on our first vacation together, to Disney World (waaaay before kids and marriage), we played “Roam” by the B-52s as we set off in his mother’s car.  To this day, almost twenty years later, every time I hear “Roam” I think of that trip.

So, what songs would you put on your vacation mix?  Put your answer in a comment on this post.

You can also get one extra entry by tweeting about this contest (leave a separate comment linking to your tweet!)  Just make sure to mention what the prize is and link back to this page, or you can just copy and tweet this:

Win $20 in iTunes gift cards from Holiday Inn Hotels! Enter over on

So, that’s a maximum of two entries per household, please.  The comments will close at noon-ish on Friday, November 6th and will draw the winners.  For complete rules, please see my Giveaway Rules page.  Good luck!

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  1. says

    Free breakfast rocks. In Costa Rica last Feb, the HIE offered Costa Rican tamales on their buffet. Not our favorite dish but it was so cool that they offered something local.

  2. says

    I have to comment on this one, and not just b/c I want iTunes $$ — I love road/travel music. And mixes in general. But some songs are just great for the car, and some aren’t. Current favorites for driving:

    “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon (whistle along!)
    “Closer to Fine” – Indigo Girls
    “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles” – the Proclaimers
    “Punk Rock Girl” – the Dead Milkmen

  3. Marci says

    Being that Journey is my favorite group I would have to go with the album Any Way You Want It.

  4. says

    When I was a kid, we took a family vacation when “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was hugely popular. It was a great trip, and that song always made my mom so happy and brought back those memories later. Now I find that it does the same for me. That would be my vacation road mix pick.

  5. Christina says

    i would add anything soothing and mellow…music like john mayer, regina spektor, jason mraz, etc.

  6. says

    Okay, this is really corny but I love John Denver’s Country Road. When I play it while traveling it always reminds me that east or west, home is best :) Told you it was corny!

  7. says

    We have a pretty eclectic music collection and would include a wide range of songs from artists like Sarah McLaughlin, James Brown, Beastie Boys, Rusted Root, Red Hot Chili Peppers. The kids have inherited our love of all kinds of music from rock to soul to classical to old school Sesame Street and new school like local fave Rocknoceros! Love that we can put stuff on a mix that everyone in the car will enjoy and that it isn’t all kiddie music!

  8. Alex says

    I’m a big fan on the Counting Crows! They were always great on a road trip. Got to love “Mr Jones”. Otherwise maybe some Jack Johnson.

  9. says

    We just got my special needs son a iPhone because it has some really cool apps that will help him in school, so the iTunes card would help with that. We are a little strange in that it has become a tradition to listen to the entire broadway album of “Fiddler on the Roof” every time we drive from Chicago to Florida to visit my parents (22 hours!). My two favorite road trip songs, though, are “Radar Lov”e and one by a local band that we loved called Free Hot Lunch and their best road song is “I Hate to Wake Up Sober in Nebraska.” A classic. Thanks for the chance.

  10. jen says

    I like to pick current CD, buy it, and play it the whole trip. You associate that music with the trip then.

  11. says

    Great songs mentioned above! My husband is the mixmaster and puts together great playlists for our trips. Sometimes he has a theme that we need to guess to add to the fun. On a trip to western Illinois we listened to the Decemberists Crane Wife quite a lot, so I’d add a few songs from that CD for our next road trip as well.

    I love your disclosure policy. The term BudJettsetter? Erm, not so much.

  12. DG says

    I would put in the most random ecletic mix of songs ever such as don’t stop believin’, wannabe by spice girls, and the tide is high by the paragons

  13. says

    On roadtrips I’m all about belting out the showtunes. Some faves include Joseph, Les Mis and Evita. DH isn’t so into the showtunes, but since I’m driving and he’s not… too bad, so sad. :P

  14. says

    Way too many travel songs to choose from… but here’s a few great (entertaining) tunes for the road and/or sing-along trips:

    Tom Cochrane – Life is a Highway
    Journey – Don’t Stop Believing’
    Paul Simon – Call Me Al

    A great general travel album is Eddie Vedder’s “Into the Wild”

  15. says

    So, what songs would you put on your vacation mix?

    Hotel Yorba and We’re Going to be Friends by the White Stripes.
    Anything by Lily Allen
    Good Riddance by Green Day

    And anything 80’s new wave seems to go over well too.