Although the country may be in a recession, you can benefit from it if you’re planning your next trip soon. Hotels and other resorts are slashing their rates by more than 50% during the peak and off season which means you can take that vacation you’ve been putting off. But to do that, you have to know the different ways to save money.
Planning your vacation way ahead of time is the first way to start saving. Look to travel to unique places not frequented by tourists at that time. During the summer, head to winter resorts instead of the beaches. If it gets too cold, go to places that are warm like the tropics.
Comparing rates before buying tickets and booking reservations could save you hundreds. You may find a 3 day 2 night package that is $500 per person one place and $575 in another. You just have to look carefully through each one. Be sure to not only look at the price but also what is included in the package to find the best deal.
Those that are frequent flyers, check your mileage. You could have enough points earned to redeem a round trip ticket. As with all rewards programs, read the fine print carefully. Make sure to check that you are not planning to travel on a blackout date.
If the cost of flying is exhausting your budget, take a road trip instead. You might enjoy seeing something nearby rather than flying hundreds of miles away. Calculate the costs, including the money you pay for gas and food to see if it’s cheaper than going somewhere else. You may also consider camping out in a tent rather than staying in a hotel.
In the way of housing, you can still save money by staying in a smaller establishment rather than a 5 star hotel. You have the option to rent a condo or an apartment that are bigger than hotel rooms and even have their own kitchen which allows you to cook.
Some locals even rent out a room or have a dorm that they can offer which is great especially if you and your group are going backpacking or simply want to save your money for other thrills.
Taking to the sea can also be a great option for saving money on a vacation. Cruise packages usually include amenities, activities, meals and drinks. If you’re lucky, there could be a huge discount if there are some passengers who cancelled in the last minute which means there is room for you on board.
Chances are, you have probably made a bid on EBay or some other auction site and know the mechanics. Did you know some sites allow you to bid for a vacation?
There are ways to save money on travel. You should compare the rates and consider your options before planning your vacation.
Remembering these travel tips will help to ensure you have more money to spend while enjoying your vacationing rather than on just getting there.