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Holly Johnson

Holly is a financial expert, blogger, and award-winning writer with a focus on personal finance, travel and credit.

Latest articles by Holly Johnson

How to Take a 7-Day Cross Country Road Trip for $350 or Less

We all want to hit the open road and drive across the country, but costs can add up quickly. Luckily, we found a way to do it for $350 or less.

How to Score a European Cruise for $1,000 or Less

If Europe is on your bucket list, but you need to maximize your time and your budget, a cruise can help.

6 Ways to Find Child Care While Traveling

Traveling with your kids is a great way to bond as a family, but there is such a thing as "too much" togetherness.

You're Denied a Credit Card Due to Too Many Hard Inquiries. Now What?

Hard inquiries ruining your rewards game? When you can't get approved for new cards, these strategies can help you make the most of what you've got.

How to Decide If Airport Lounge Access Is Worth Paying For

Airport lounges provide a quiet escape from the madness of airport terminals, but access comes at a cost.

2-Minute Read: What You Need to Know About FICO Scores

Here's everything you need to know about FICO scores, and it'll only take you two minutes to read.

10 Money Lessons Your Kids Can Learn While They Travel

Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean your kids can't learn valuable lessons about money.

How to Make Flying With an Infant Less of a Nightmare

Flying with an infant can be seamless or a nightmare, and it may all depend on what you bring.

How to Get a Great Seat on Southwest

Southwest won't charge you a baggage fee, and they won't let you choose your seat during booking. Here's to find the best seat possible when you board.

Do You Need Credit Monitoring to Protect Your Credit?

With data breaches everywhere you turn, credit monitoring seems like a smart thing to get. But do you really need it?

How Emergency Medical Coverage Could Save Your Vacation

Travel insurance through a credit card can help protect your trip, but will it protect you if you face pricey medical bills abroad?

How to Spot a Hotel Booking Scam

The internet has made it easier to research and book your own travel, but scams continue taking over the hotel booking space. Know how to spot those sketchy red flags.

When Should You Pay a Credit Card Convenience Fee?

You may need to pay a fee to use a credit card in certain situations. This is when paying a fee to use credit is a good idea, and when it's not.

How to Turn Your Wedding Expenses Into a Free Honeymoon

Your wedding expenses don't have to be a waste. Use these strategies to turn your wedding bills into a free trip.

Does Your Teenager Really Need a Credit Card?

Does your teenager actually need a credit card? Probably.

Credit Card Signatures Are Going Away — Should You Be Worried?

Major credit card networks are eliminating the need for signatures at the point of sale. What does that mean for you?

5 Laid-Back Girls' Trip Destinations Anyone Can Afford

If you're looking to take a relaxing vacation with the girls, these destinations will fit your chill vibe and your budget.

5 Budget Destinations Where You Can Learn to Scuba Dive

Scuba diving can be an expensive hobby, but in these five destinations, you can explore the depths of the sea without busting your budget.

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Credit Counselor

Credit counselors can help solve credit and debt management issues, but be sure to ask plenty of questions before you hire one. Some are more expensive than others.

How a Family of 4 Can Book a Disney Vacation for $1,000 or Less

Disney World is known for being a budget buster. But luckily, there's a way for you and your family to get in and out for under $1,000.