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Madrid Free Attractions and Cheap Food

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Museo Del Jambon in Madrid, or as the crews calls it, Museum of Ham, is the cheapest restaurant we have found. A 10 ounce beer is.7 Euro and a sandwich is .5 Euro. But the cheapest deal is 9 Euro for a Pichure of Sangria, a pitcher of beer, and four taps plates. This is enough for four people. It is an incredible deal for Europe, let alone Spain. NonRev would like to that for this great tip. See more about Madrid deals Madrid NonRev Page.

For those of you who want American fast food in Madrid, Burger King has a happy meal for you. They serve 12 ounce beers in their establishment that cost 2 Euro and can be substituted in the value meal. The only problem is you can’t supersize it. See more about Madrid deals Madrid NonRev Page.

Free Attractions in Madrid

Madrid has some great museums that are free. The only catch is that you have to know the days and/or the times. One of the best is the Muse Del Prado. Spain’s most popular tourist sight a The Museo del Prado is Spain’s premier art gallery, housing the finest works of art Spain has ever produced. See more free stuff at Free Madrid Attractions .

Tipping Correctly and Frugally

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

So after nonreving to that great destination or cruise, It seems like everywhere you go someone has their hand out looking for a tip. The question is how much will make them feel that they want to help you when you come back without spending all the money you saved. A while back we told you about what each country’s tipping philosophy  is, now we are going to break that down further for each service you may use. It is in dollars so you may have to convert the currency which we have on each individual Nonrev Pages.


Taxi 15% – This one shocked me. All these years I thought it was 20. Here is another tip to make sure they take the quickest route. Have a map out and ask questions. This will make them think you know where they are going and they won’t do anything to lose a tip.

Limo 20% – since you don’t pay them by the mile, the tip is dependent on the other services like how safely he drives and how prompt and polite. It also depends of any extra things he brings for you.

Bellhop/porter 1-2$ 2 for the heavy bags. This of course depends on the currency of the country. Those with a weaker one may expect your currency over theirs. Stay away from giving change in a foreign country. It is much harder for them to convert or for them to use.

Doorman 1$ for hailing a cab. If he just opens the door, a thank-you will do. If it is more than that, like holding an umbrella, getting a cart for your bags, or helping with bags, a tip is good manners.

Parking Valet – 2$ This tip is only paid on the return of your car, in good condition. If special care is required like with premium spot or if it is very expensive, 5-10$ for both dropping off and picking up.

Room service – The first thing to do is look for service charge. If there is already a charge, then you are not obligated. If there is some kind of set up or special handling you can’t do, then tip 15-20%.

Housekeeper – For extra soaps or folding towels into swans like on cruise, anything above and beyond, 1-2$. It is very important to put the gratuity in envelope clearly marked and sealed so there is no confusion.

Concierge – There is no tip for ordinary advice like directions or simple reservations. If they get a special reservation, then it is 5$. If it for hard to get tickets, it is 20$.

Pool attendant – No tip is needed unless extra service like reserving lounge chairs, lending reading material, inflating pool toys, or providing sunscreen. Then it is customary to tip 2-3$.

Tour guide – First check and see if a tip not included. If it is not, then a gratuity of 10 to 20% is customary. If it is an  all day tour $3 to 4$. If you are lucky enough to have a private tour, more is expected.

The other thing about tips is if you currency is stronger than theirs, it is fine to use you money. Just don’t give it to them in coins less then base currency. Giving 4 quarters in Haiti is useless because they have a problem exchanging it. A Dollar or Pound or Euro is accepted universally.

Paris – The City of Love

Monday, March 19th, 2012

What could be more romantic than going to Paris and hitting the most romantic sights in the city? If you really want to impress the one you love, take him/her to one of these places and get your hearts racing and save some money for a present. (hint, women like jewlery.)  To see all there is to do in Paris, go to  Nonrev Paris . To see free and cheap things to do around the world, go to .

The Pedestrian Bridge in the last episode of “Sex and the City.”

Guys, here’s a big hint. Women love “Sex and the City.” If you want to impress her, go right to where ‘Mr. Big’ committed to Carrie. The place is a bridge that is called Pont des Arts, or the Pedestrian Bridge and crosses the river to the Louvre. The thing that even the biggest fans of the series don’t know……. Lovers go to this bridge with a padlock and its 2 keys, write their names on the lock, and lock it to the bridge. Each takes one of the keys and throws it into the river symbolizing their love for each other. Do this and she will never forget it or you!. Check out the video at: .


Moulin Rouge

There is the movie ‘Moulin Rouge’ about tragic and romantic love, and then there is the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge which still exists and is located here in Paris.  The famous “Can-Can” was first performed and continues to be performed at the Moulin Rouge. There is more to the show than the “Can-Can”!  Make sure you get tickets early because this is a very popular spot. They do have topless costumes so don’t be too surprised.

To see all there is to do in Paris, go to Nonrev Paris . To see free and cheap things to do around the world, go to .

Crazy Horse, Burlesque

If you really want to really treat your Valentine, a very classy way to go is the World Famous Crazy Horse. This is a very sophisticated burlesque show. This show was brought to Las Vegas to show the US how a production with beautiful women should look like. Even though the women are nude, the choreography is what the patrons come to see. Click here to see the show (Adult Content.)

To see all there is to do in Paris, go to Nonrev Paris. To see free and cheap things to do around the world, go to .

Free Manchester England

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

We have found several new attractions in Manchester for you, and they are all FREE. We have listed several below. There are also several more that are already on the site at Nonrev Manchester.

Manchester Art Gallery

The Manchester Art Gallery cares for the city’s internationally renowned and designated collections of fine art, decorative art and costume, see history of the collections for more information. They also run an ambitious program of temporary exhibitions and displays, public events and education programs. See more FREE Manchester Museums .

The Lowry

As you’d expect, nowhere else in the world can match their Galleries for their vast and fascinating range of LS Lowry’s work which changes with each exhibition. However, there’s much, much more, with enticing displays of contemporary and historical art in their three exciting spaces. See more at Manchester FREE Museums .


Urbis is an exhibition centre about city life. On your visit you can explore exhibitions about contemporary art & design, the city environment and the people who make our cities what they are. See more Manchester Museums at  Manchester FREE Museums .

Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery is part of the University of Manchester. It is home to some of the UK’s finest collections of art and design including modern and historic fine art, prints, textiles and a rare collection of wallpapers. See more Manchester Museums at See more at Manchester FREE Museums .

Vegas Baby

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Don’t know where to go or what to do for Valentines Day? Why not go to a place that has all the romantic hot spots in the world rolled into one, Las Vegas. Where else can you go Paris one night, the Venice the next? Ride on a gondola then go to the top of the Eiffel Tower? Vegas has it all for her and for him. It can all be done on a budget too, just go to our Las Vegas Nonrev Page.


Vegas is known for its ability to take places from around the world, or existed in time, and bring them to life on the strip. What could be more romantic then Paris? And… no worries about the language barrier! You can take your special someone to sip wine in a French café on a Paris street in spring. Then go to the top of the Eiffel Tower and get one of the best views of Vegas. (This is a great place to give jewelry). The Parisian allows you to do all these things and more. To see more ideas like these, go to the Vegas Nonrev Page.

Venetian, Gondola Rides

Another romantic country, Italy, and one of its most romantic cities, Venice. The canals bring visions of gondolas being navigated by singing boaters while resting lovers enjoy the day. Yes, this too is available in Vegas at the Venetian, and the temperature is always perfect with no chance of rain. A great treat for you and your valentine before a romantic Italian dinner with a great bottle of wine. To see more ideas like these, go to the Vegas Nonrev Page

Playboy Club

For the ladies who want to do something for their man, there is the Playboy Club. This icon of sex appeal is a great place to go. The Playboy Club will help get in the mood and he will never stop thanking you for this excursion. Just remember to pack the bunny ears. To see more ideas like these, go to the Vegas Nonrev Page

Crazy Horse, Burlesque

If you want to really treat your Valentine, a very classy way to go is the World Famous Crazy Horse. This is a very sophisticated burlesque show. This show was brought to Las Vegas to show the US how a production with beautiful women should look like. Even though the women are nude, the choreography is what the patrons come to see. Click here to see the show (Nonrev Adult Content.)


Another tasteful show is Bite. Like Crazy Horse, it is a totally nude show. The difference is the performers go around the tables and through the audience. The show combines a play, magic, and aerial displays with music from the 70’s and 80’s. This is something you can do for your valentine to get the blood flowing. Click here to see the show (Nonrev Adult Content.)

Starbucks – Free Pound of Coffee

Friday, March 9th, 2012

While in Athens looking for free things to do, I went to Starbucks to get a Card to use in Europe. I found out that using a Starbucks Card with Dollars on it is depleted very quickly in the EU due to conversions. When I was picking one up, I found out that if you put Euros on a Greek Starbucks card in Greece, using the card in Greece gives a 10% discount. But, like those famous words, “That’s not all you get!” Put 25 Euros on the card and you get a free pound of coffee. So I got a card, a cup, AND a pound of coffee for 90% of the price of a coffee.Great deal! See more deals like this at .

4th of July Free Attractions in Boston

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The ‘One if by land, two if by sea.’ signal is said to have been sent from Christ Church at Boston’s North End. There are so many things about freedom that are free in Boston, that a trip here should not “tax” your visit. There is even a free Tour, Free NonRev Tours in Boston . A few of the free attractions are listed below.

Where Everybody Knows Your Name…
Well, everyone may not know your name, but it is still free to see where one of the best TV sit-coms got its inspiration. Why not have a beer at Sam Malone’s bar and get a souvenir? NonRev Drinks in Boston .

Worlds Oldest Commissioned Warship Afloat
This ship is one of six original frigates authorized for construction in 1794, and was commissioned by George Washington in 1797. The ships were the biggest and best armed for their time. Her first assignment was against the Barbary Pirates of France. Click to find more Free Things To Do in Boston .

Where The Revolutionary War Started
‘Don’t shoot until you see the white’s of their eyes’! Sound familiar? It is attributed to The Battle at Bunker Hill. A giant monolith, the Bunker Hill Monument and Museum is dedicated to those who stood up to fight tyranny and free all mankind from the chains of monarchy. It is an obelisk, like the Washington Monument, because the founders of the US believed it should be patterned after Ancient Greece and Rome. This is why the US calls itself a Republic. See more free attractions in Boston at the Boston section of NonRevWebsitecom. To see more free attractions from around the world, go to

Ultimate Interactive NonRev Checklist

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Did you ever have that sinking feeling when you reached your destination that you had forgotten to pack something, and it was a major item? That is why created the Interactive NonRev Checklist. Several years of travel experience has gone into this tool to guarantee nothing is forgotten. A great feature about this checklist is….it’s interactive. As you put items into your suitcase, you can check them off the list.

The Interactive NonRev Checklist is divided into 5 sections so as to not miss anything. The first section is Must Need NonRev Stuff. As the name implies, these are the tools you must have when traveling standby. It includes links to tools like a NonRev Timetable for all the world’s airlines and most trains. .

The next section is Must Need Stuff. This is also a great checklist if you are working a trip or not NonReving. It includes the basics like passport, drivers license, travel clock, etc. . It even has links to sites that help you get your passports replaced if you lose them, they expire, or you run out of room for stamps

Next there is a section on First Aid Supplies. Items such as Dramamine, Pepto Bismol, asprin….etc. It also contains items active people need on adventure vacations like BandAids and after bite salve.

Then there is the Hygiene Supplies section. All the things you need to stay clean. This includes all the things you would expect, but also includes what you might not think of, but you can’t live without if you go on a safari for example. These include tissues and toilet paper.

Finally there is an Other section. It contains the things you might not have thought of and were not covered in the other sections.

NonReving is difficult enough without forgetting something you really need. This Interactive checklist has been designed to eliminate that problem. There is even a mobile version of the Interactive NonRev Checklist allowing users to take the checklist on their phones. Enjoy this new tool and never have that sinking feeling again.

Rotation Reroute, Nonrev Negator

Monday, March 14th, 2011

I was just flew to a city where another crew from my airline was laying over. It seems they got a reroute that turned there one day layover into a three day layover. What happened was their flight, which started in the middle of the United States, had low loads for the two days after they took off. The flight from the coast to the same city also had low loads for the next two days. Operations rerouted the passengers that would have departed from the middle of the US to the coast which didn’t affect the passengers much, but hurt the nonrev passengers many ways and here is how.

The most obvious way this effected the Nonrevs who looked at leaving on the cancelled flight for their vacation had there disrupted. They had to scramble for another way to get to their destination. But who else that was effected where the commuters to the coast. Over 200 seats we use to get to work disappeared overnight. Those seats that the nonrev expected to be open, and were verified open on the company site, were not available.

The solution is too be ready the night before by finding all the flights to work. This can be accomplished by going to the NonRev Timetable . And don’t forget to bookmark this site on your phone Then just before you go to work, check your company site. Once you get to work, go right to the gate and see if there are any problems. DON’T WAIT AROUND. If there is, go to the NonRev Timetable you put on your phone.

Saving Money on Rental Cars

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

So now you have used tools like the one at to get the cheapest deals on a rental car. But there is even more you can do to save money with this type of transportation. Most of these things deal with your driving habits. Here are some to help save more money.

The first great tip is to reduce the weight of the vehicle. As stated in the blog on C5 Corvette Top 3 Free Performance Tips , reducing weight can increase performance by 3%. This also means that you increase your gas mileage 3% by reducing weight by 100 pounds. The simplest way is to not fill up the tank. Only buy what you need to get to your next destination. Every 6 gallons mean one pound. 5.6 extra gallons in the tank makes a 1% increase in mileage.

Next, is how you drive the rental car. Do not idle the car long after starting, over 30 seconds is a waste. Avoid jack-rabbit starts, pushing the accelerator more than one quarter travel waste fuel. Don’t start and stop needlessly, each minute at idle wastes as much gas as starting the engine. Finally, don’t rev the engine because it wastes fuel and does undo ware to the engine.

With these tips and the money you saved on rental car site, you should be able to save lots of money on your next trip.