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Finding the best ways to save money on your next vacation can sometimes seem difficult but if the task is broken down into sections it’s surprising how these ways can be revealed. From the flights through to accommodation and day trips; to what you decide to eat and even to the amount of money you give in tips all are worth exploring. The dollars that can saved are huge!
Depending on your preferences will depend on what or where you save can $$. And because this topic itself is huge and varied the following is only Part 1 on how to save $ without sacrificing what you enjoy.
Planning ahead can be the biggest advantage as a lot of operators will have reduced prices at the time of releasing new dates so if your prepared to look approximately 12-18 months into the future you can pick up some excellent deals when you consider.
EG: If a RIVER CRUISE is on your Bucket List, there are plenty of deals happening such as free or discounted airfares that accompany the cruise.
New itineraries for AIRLINES come out approximately 11 – 10 months prior to departure and because the plane is empty there are plenty of seats with great deals and at this time there are multiple airlines to compare with before seats are filled.
Because the standard principal is ‘The higher the demand, the higher the Price’ traveling off season has tremendous savings that are right across the board: transportation, accommodation, day tours etc so to benefit from lower prices but not be caught in uncomfortable weather shoulder season could be the answer.
EG: flights will clearly have dates to define the beginning and ends of their seasons so travelling during low and shoulder season can create hundreds of $$ in savings.
Accommodation follows a similar pattern as well as typically, Summer is in high season so once the weather begins to drop so do the tourists and too, the prices.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule such as taking a skiing vacation as we all know, their season works in the opposite. Plus there are seasonal holidays to keep in mind such as the Christmas and Easter periods where finding a deal can be practically impossible.
For some great bargains, the month prior and after Christmas are full of operators offering a deal so if those dates work for you, it’s definitely worth considering. This would have to be one of the best ways to save money on your next vacation! And…! As a bonus, no crowds!
To break the sections down is to prioritize your vacation by way of Comfort, Privacy, Security, Cost and only you will know what is your preference so you decide the order.
Make out a list (refer to the following headings of these blogs) and base it on the principal of what is important to you, make the top three or so headings/factors NOT NEGOTIABLE and the remainder can be compromised to create the savings.
To begin; list all portions of the trip with the expenses (omitting the ‘non-negotiable) and one by one eliminate or look for cheaper alternatives.
The basic principal is to work backwards from the least interested activities as these are where you’re happy to compromise without losing ‘your’ style of holiday.
Allow plenty of time ( hours) to do this research as it can take a while. Alternatively, send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as my specialty is to find you the operators that are honest reliable, value for money and importantly, will not scam you. From here you are in control of making the final decision as well as making the booking so you are always in control your wallet or purse.
As mentioned earlier, new flights are released approximately 10 months prior where at this stage there will be plenty of competition with the best ways to save money on your next vacation.
TIP: Departing mid-week is generally cheaper than Fridays – Mondays and domestic flights usually have cheaper seats in the middle of the day as opposed to peak business times of early morning and late afternoon.
Is travel time important to you? Are you happy to have long transits (layovers) or in-direct flights if you can save $$? If so, there is quite a bit of $money to be saved.
What is your preference? A 9-hour transit/layover to save $$ or get there as soon as possible?
NOTE: Airline prices are only guaranteed at the time of booking. They change constantly so at the pricing stage this can only be used as an approximate. 😊 But if you find a bargain, don’t let it go!
The topic of accommodation has a broad range of options with the best ways to save money on your next vacation. It’s usually easier to look at your preference of style and then location.
The choices regarding style ranges from hotels (2,3,4,5 stars), motels, self-contained, Bed and Breakfasts and hostels.
A relatively new player in the industry are the multiple websites/booking engines with Airbnb now a major player to consider.
Once a style has been decided, the location will make a difference with the price. Does it have a spectacular view? Is it central or in the outer suburbs? Is there public transportation handy?
Do the calculations. By opting to stay further out of the central city may be it’s a false saving if public transportation costs are phenomenal or inconvenient.
TIP: If 4-5 star is your preference why not compare Cost effective boutiques against 5-star hotels? You might be pleasantly surprised as quite often boutique hotels have great value for money and have a more personal service.
TIP: The earlier you book the better the deal.
Other ways to save money on your next vacation is the rail systems especially in Europe because of the vicinity of countries and their major cities are so close. Opting to take the train can often be the best choice as opposed to flying and this is mainly due to the stations being in the city’s central districts. it’s so easy to board!
There’s no need to worry about traveling to airports which are usually located on the outskirts.
The savings with rail travel can vary due to the style of trains and the time it takes to travel from point A to point B.
EG: The highspeed trains are generally the most expensive but choosing to take an older train can result in some excellent SS savings.
TIP: If you don’t have to make a deadline, consider other options as opposed to the fast trains. With the money saved, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner on arrivial.
In Europe there will be multiple options of which way to travel between locations which can determine the style of train.
EG: My last trip through Europe, in 1 sector only there was a savings of $100 per person where I also saved a total of 2 hours on the trip overall and I didn’t have to get up early to deal with the morning rush hour on departure. Also, the slower option kept me from worrying about negotiating my way through Paris (and the taxi wroughts) between stations at the half way mark.
That sector was the best value for money I’ve ever spent and the most relaxed and scenic!!
Dollars can be saved in so many ways. It just means that you need to allow yourself time to do the research.
If it’s not convenient for you as your time is already allocated, just send me an email as I can help you. email@example.com
The more details that’s in your travel plans the higher the opportunity there is to save $$.
Part 2 of the best ways to save on your next vacation will be following soon so keep an eye out. (To be Cont’d)
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