You shouldn’t have to put your family in debt simply because you want to explore the countryside. Experiencing a new culture on the other side of the world shouldn’t require you to take out a second mortgage. Regardless of your needs to travel, there are plenty of ways you can save a great deal of money. As long as you’re willing to do a bit of research and hunt around for the best prices, you don’t have to settle for handing over your first born.
1. Flights – If at all possible, you want to avoid flying on days that accumulate the most attraction. Holidays, weekends and events are some of the most expensive times to travel. As tickets sales drop on Tuesdays in order to encourage travel, you could save a great deal of money by flying in the middle of the week.
Booking a ticket for a plane well in advance could literally save you hundreds of dollars in round trips. This may depend on the airline company you book passage with, but it remains true with most of them. If you’re planning a trip for a family of five, booking the tickets three months in advance or more could save you more than 30-percent.
2. Out of Season – Many destination hot-spots will have peak seasons when the prices are extraordinary. By adjusting your trip to fall on areas that are off-peak times, you could save a great deal of money. Many companies will drop their fares, rentals, and room rates to try to encourage visitors. Besides, arriving at a hot-spot during peak times puts you in the middle of a densely populated area where the experience may be less than ideal.
3. Deals in the Email - Subscribing to websites that specialize in deals and savings could be a great boon for those looking to save money on travel. While you may want to be cautious of some sites and research the validity of the content, some of them could save you a great deal of money from rooms to foods. Create a secondary email account on a free outlet such as Yahoo specifically for coupon and deal sites. In the event you come across one that perpetuates spam, you don’t have to worry about your main account being flooded by unsolicited emails.
4. Pack What You Need – The more you try to take with you, the more expensive the travel will become. Some items may be too important to let go. However, others are merely taking up space in your life and could be left behind. Simplicity is key in most aspects of life and travel is no different.
5. Reward Programs – Many hotels, airlines, credit cards companies and cruises use some kind of reward program. Essentially, these give perks the more often they are used. Even if you don’t travel very often, you could still earn enough rewards to make a future trip considerably less to take.
These are just a few ways you can save on your travel expenses. Thanks to the Internet, finding the best deals and prices may be as close as your nearest computer monitor. Don’t settle for a high priced excursion and research the best prices available. You could wind up saving a great deal of money that could be used for other purposes – such as drinkable water.
This post is contributed by Christine Maddox. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s degree from University of Texas as well as blogging for www.4nannies.com. She loves to write anything related to parenting, kids, nanny care etc. She can be reached via email at: christine.4nannies @ gmail.com.