5 Travel Tips to Save on Your Next Vacation

Traveling to a new destination for a vacation can be fun and exciting, but also a little stressful. There are plenty of things to consider in the process of planning the travel itinerary and finding the best possible deals. Let’s take a look at a few of the options to help control costs on your next travel adventure:

Travel off-season

A simple solution to get the best prices on travel and the hotel is to travel off-season (also referred to as low season). Beyond the best prices for flights and a luxury hotel or resort, there will be a lot less crowds to interrupt the sightseeing tours. For instance, a trip to Europe can be delayed until September for the low-cost travel experience and the weather is still quite favorable in most parts.

Be flexible with flights

An indirect flight can take longer to arrive at the intended destination, but a flight with a stopover often leads to the most cost-effective travel option. Also, the day you fly can have a noticeable impact on the price. In most cases, a midweek flight will save a lot of money for a family vacation compared to flying at the weekend. Simply making a few minor changes like this can save literally hundreds of dollars.

Avoid high baggage fees

Make sure to weigh the luggage before leaving home to avoid the often over-inflated charges associated with exceeding the baggage limit.

If any extra items are left over with no space in the main luggage, there are plenty of ways to get creative by using a decent hand-luggage bag or even a luggage jacket. A stylish and practical luggage jacket is much like a normal jacket, but gives the extra room to conveniently pack in a few extra items to help control baggage charges.

Avoid the most popular places

A simple strategy to cut costs is to avoid the most popular places. For instance, a European city like Paris can be so expensive, but there are other great alternatives that can be just as charming, such as Athens and Budapest. Alternatively, a trip to Costa Rica is typically quite pricey, but a neighboring country like Nicaragua may be a more attractive option.

Book last-minute

Booking last-minute can help to score a great deal in certain areas of the travel market. While it isn’t likely to be helpful with airfare costs, there are plenty of tours and cruises that give great discounts if able to leave things very late. An empty ship or tour is never a good thing, so these companies will do whatever is necessary to bring in extra customers. Typically, the booking needs to be left until one or two weeks before the departure date to get the price discounts.

 

How To Save Money For Travel

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to travel at least once a year? Learning new cultures, see beautiful places and meet new people. As fun as it sounds, your money department might not have the ability to support your wanderlust. It is easy for you to travel when you have an outstanding job and can afford to spend money on luxurious activity such as travelling. However what if you are a student? Or someone who has a hard time managing your expenditures?

Here are some easy tips for you on how to save money for travel:

1. Make a list of your monthly expenses

Once you have a clear idea of how much money you spend on your fixed expenses monthly, it is easy to figure out how much money you can put aside regularly.

2. Realistic amount

Set the amount that you want to save regularly and stick with it. Don’t set the value too high cause you will never know when you suddenly get unexpected expenses. Just put aside a sum which is realistic to you. If you can have your saving account linked together with you bank account that would be great. Just set-up few saving accounts specifically for each purpose; for example name them as travel, car, house or urgency. Set a fixed date every month where money from your bank account would be automatically transferred to your saving account. If it is impossible for you to set-up several saving accounts, just have one saving account where you can set the limit on how much you can withdraw. However, DO NOT use money from you saving account unless it’s URGENT.

3. Limit going out or eating out

If you think about it, going out or eating out cost you a lot of money especially if you do it once a week. You can easily spend around 50 bucks on food or drinks weekly, it might seem okay to some people but why don’t you spend that 50 bucks on your plane ticket to Philippines or Greece for example.

4. Extra income from somewhere else

If you can get the opportunity to earn extra money by baby sitting your neighbour’s children, just do it! Even if the pay is not high, at least, you will have an extra income. So, why not?

5. Use a saving jar

If you have some extra coins or cash, just put it in your piggy bank. Make sure you buy one, where you can’t easily take the money out. If you are creative, you can even create your own saving jar that might look more attractive and motivate you to put money in it.There are a lot of DIY videos on YouTube on how to make one. You will be surprised by how much money you can save up in a year, it’s not going to be a lot, but hey its the effort that counts.

 

Money Saving Tips While Traveling

We all love making bucket lists, traveling, exploring new places and accomplishing at least one destination off our list. Traveling is certainly the best kind of hobby, it is more of like a passion which gives adventure to our soul, makes us learn certain things, expands our knowledge and even know ourselves better. One should at least plan a trip every year. Is it easy? Absolutely not. We need money. We need money for almost every need and a bit more for traveling. A lot of people I have met save some of their earnings for their traveling adventures there’s always some or other problem while actually planning things out. You can still make your journey an affordable one by simply being smart while traveling. Here are some tips:

1. Don’t book hastily:

The foremost thing that comes to our mind after deciding on a trip is indeed travel and hotel booking. A lot of times we take such huge decisions in a haste and end up falling for the wrong one. What you should do is research well. Talk to your friends who have been to the city, they will definitely give you some ideas or suggest you some affordable place.

2. Don’t get lured into rooms:

Yes, I know, we all want a good place to stay. But tell me one thing, how much time are you actually going to spend in your room? Choose a room that is affordable as well as decent for you rather than opting for luxurious one. The hotel wants to earn but you can act smart too.

3. Stay outside a city:

Often the charges in prime locations are quite high. There’s a chance for you to hardly find a budget friendly range. No need to fret. There’s always a plan B. Stay outside a city, it will also give you some peace and a room of your choice.

4. Create a budget and follow it:

Apart from the staying issue, the foremost thing you should definitely do is create a budget. Create your plans and stick to them. Don’t get lured into other things. Yes, you can cut some slack, the plan should not be too stringent but follow it as much possible.

5. Go off season:

You can find myriad cheaper options if you plan a trip off season. The plane tickets are going to be low, the staying would be easy and you will actually be able to enjoy.

Saving money is not a big deal. You just have to control yourself, put some rules and follow them.

 

Five Secrets To Scoring Last Minute Hotel Deals

In a discussion about secrets and how they pertain to the travel industry, it is no secret that everyone wants to save money wherever they can. This is certainly the case with the big push in the industry to help uncover major last-minute hotel deals. Finding a place to stay can, in many cases, make or break our trips. Whether it is for business or for pleasure, if you happen to have a bad experience with a hotel, it taints the trip. If you just also happened to have paid a bit too much for the bad experience, it really gets the blood boiling.

The travel industry, as a whole, has been changing for the better part of the last three decades. According to travel experts, there once was a time when much of the travel industry was regulated by travel agents & agencies. While they did great work & were a reflection of their times, today’s travel industry is all about many options, low-cost, flexibility, and choice. The consumer-driven travel industry has made it to where even travelers waiting until the last-minute can actually book some tremendous savings that may not have even been possible about ten years ago.

Here are a few secrets travel gurus recommend if you’re looking to score big savings at the last-minute when booking a hotel room:

1. Combination Deals – If you’re looking to stay in a hotel, you probably need to travel. While some trips can work best if you drive, many people would rather fly to their destination & rent a car to move around town. Some of the best savings you can get group all of these options into one travel package, greatly bringing down the price. You do have to be persistent in searching for these deals, but they are out there.

2. Travel Websites – Part of the persistence needed to find great combo deals includes checking websites that specialize in travel savings. These sites put together the best deals from all over the internet, thereby saving you time, and ultimately money. You can also sign-up for email reminders & alerts for new deals coming through.

3. App Mania – Whether you work with iOS or Android, you are certainly familiar with the growing number of apps available to do just about anything. Look a little further, and you’ll find apps that are specific to finding incredible hotel booking deals especially for the procrastinator in all of us. With the right combination of alerts & having our mobile devices handy, finding a last-minute deal just got really easy.

4. Midweek Travel – Most travelers try to book on the weekends, which means they contend with everyone else trying to book during the weekend. Hotel industry insiders agree that by shifting your booking to during the week, you’re very likely to secure some serious savings on your hotel booking simply because hotels want to be sure to fill their rooms even if at a discount.

5. Off-Season Travel – In the same vein of traveling midweek, choosing to travel during a time of year when others aren’t can make for some big savings. This goes not only for hotel room reservations, but for just about all other modes of travel. This can be huge for those looking at combo deals.

Last-minute hotel deals are easy to come by than you think, but it’s important to note that as much as you’re playing the procrastinator, you also need to think critically in terms of how best to get the deals you want. With all of the options you have, casting a wide net & using technology to your benefit may be the best approach to getting the savings you want next time you book a hotel.

 

6 Ultimate Discount Travel Tips

We are almost into 2017. And most likely you have made New Year resolutions- exercise, eat healthy, quit smoking, etc. However, travelling more is something that you may want to consider in the New Year. Most people tend not to travel a lot because they think that it is too expensive but the good news is that saving money when you travel is quite simple. In fact, discount travel is now easier than ever before and here are 6 tips to get you started as follows:

1. Engage The Sharing Economy

A few decades ago, travelers had to find accommodation in the yellow pages, book flights at the airport, and plan their itinerary weeks, if not months in advance. Thankfully, those days are long gone with today’s sharing economy offering travelers more options- and competition denotes savings. And while many sharing economy sites have been in existence for years, their growth continues to be phenomenal. For instance, Airbnb boasted slightly over half a million listings two years ago, and now it has over a million. Vacationers can, therefore, put the sharing economy to work for just about anything- from where you sleep to meals, guided tours, transportation etc. Some of the most popular sites include Airbnb, EatWith, BlaBlaCar, and Guided by a Local.

2. Try Budget Airlines

While gas prices may be at their cheapest in years, this does not translate to regular airlines lowering their fares. If anything, they are trying to squeeze in more seats in order to make more money. Thankfully, there are a host of budget airlines such as Air Asia, Wow, and Norwegian Air that fly cheaply from Asia and Europe to the U.S. They do the same thing as regular airlines, flying you between continents, but with no frills and at lower costs. For example, Norwegian Air operates flights from both American coasts to mainland Europe for as little as $150 for a one-way flight. Once there, holiday makers can then find their way to Asia for only $200 one-way. Even more interesting is that Air Asia operates $20 one-way flights around the region and if you need to visit Australia from Asia, a one-way ticket will only set you back $150.

3. Visit Cheaper Destinations

This is really a no-brainer. A weekend stay at a five-star hotel in Paris will definitely cost more than the same trip, to say, Prague. Take advantage of destinations whose economies are underperforming or those that have great exchange rates. Currently, some destinations that may be of interest to travelers include Greece (bad economy), India, Australia, Russia, and Japan (all of which have seen their currencies fall in comparison to the dollar thus making them way more affordable. Admittedly, while the prices in these destinations have not fallen, they have become cheaper owing to the drop in currencies.

4. Book Cheap Tours And Cruises

While it may seem risky, it is advisable to book tours and cruises at the very last minute when tour companies are likely to be desperate in an attempt to fill unsold spots. By waiting until a few weeks to your vacation date or date of travel, you are likely to get upwards of 50% off the price list. With beach vacations, you can also find great deals if you take out a beach vacation guide well in advance of your holiday when companies sell the cheapest accommodation. Also, try using the last minute specials of your preferred tour company if you wish to go for a tour or Cruise Sheet in case of cruises.

5. Visit The Nation’s Time Machine With Your Children

Colonial Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg are absorbing discount travel destinations all year-round, as historic interpreters in period costumes help modern families appreciate what life was like before the advent of indoor plumbing, computers, or TVs. For instance, in eighteenth-century Williamsburg, you and your family should find the largest outdoor living history museum where the kids can make bricks in the summer, help weed the gardens in spring, or attend a winter slave couple’s wedding. And if you visit in the summer, you can also go to Water Country USA and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Families can book a five-day/four-night stay including unlimited admission and accommodations for as little as $700 or less. However, if you schedule your visit in the winter, you are unlikely to have roller coasters but will enjoy fewer crowds and can join holiday celebrations.

6. Mexican Beaches

For beach vacations, all inclusive resorts are always a favorite for many travelers because holiday makers can do what they please, when they want, and there are always numerous organized activities for the kids as well as opportunities for them to make friends as well. Usually, beach vacation guides advertise bargain rates throughout the Caribbean just after Easter all the way to Thanksgiving and then again from mid-December and beyond. Mexican trips can really be a bargain and should provide your children with the ideal opportunity to practice their Spanish and experience a different culture.

For instance, at Allegro Resorts, children can stay and live free of charge up until the 20th of December and then again during the summer months. All inclusive rates for a family of four start at slightly under $160 per night, including meals, kids’ activities, sports, liquor etc. Further, Akumal’s Club Caribe- arguably one of the most popular resorts and which lies south of Cancun but smack in the middle of the Yucatan coast- is replete with prime diving, snorkeling, and plenty of Maya ruins to explore. Here, rates start at under $150 per day, inclusive of parents’ meals. Lastly, Costa Azul (an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta in San Francisco, Mexico) is a soft-adventure resort that is ideal for both pre-teens and teenagers as they can among others, learn how to surf, kayak to hidden coves, trek through jungles, and swim through caves. Room rates for a family of four start at slightly under $100.

 

Top Money Saving Tips And Tricks While Traveling

Your holiday confirmation email appears, launching your heart into a chorus of joyful emotions. Suddenly, taking carefree walks on the beach and shopping for fantastic bargains enters your imagination. Make the most of your holiday experience with my saving tips and tricks.

Exchange Currencies Before You Go On Holiday

Converting your currencies before traveling will avoid the costs of hefty airport fees and the hassle of exchanging your currency at your destination. This will also give you a good idea of your budget before you travel and ensure you’re getting the highest possible exchange rate.

Do Your Research!

It’s so easy to spoil yourself and your loved ones while on holiday, and the thing is, you can! But doing research about the current city or country you’ll be travelling will make sure this happens. From free public transport to free Wi-Fi access, saving a bit of cash means more money for shopping or special cocktails.

Get A Multi-Currency Cash Passport – And Use It Correctly

To make a secure transaction while paying for goods and services overseas, choose the credit option instead of debit when using your multi-currency cash passport.

Handy Hint: Use your card mainly for cash withdrawals and shopping purposes.

Dine Like A President

While traveling, food can sometimes become the best tourist attraction. However, this doesn’t mean eating at fancy restaurants for every meal. From sizzling street dishes in Thailand to local food markets in Italy, there’s a delicious meal to complement every palate.

Know Your Refundable Taxes

Many countries charge taxes that can often be reimbursed for vacationers once they depart.

Handy Hint: If you’ve done a bit of shopping at Tax-Free shopping outlets, you can also get these refunded upon departure. Countries that provide similar shopping tax refund schemes include Singapore, Japan and Australia!

Understand The Culture And Customs

Seasoned travelers are professionals when it comes to understanding the cultures and customs of the land they’re traveling in. For example, a seasoned traveler in France would know that if he dines al fresco style, there’s a good chance that he can get charged double the amount as opposed to dining inside.

Whether you’re traveling for a few days, weeks or months getting the best out of your hard earned money should always be your top priority. Hence, with these tips and tricks, you can save money and enjoy your travel at the same time without any difficulty.

 

Genius Ways To Save Money On Travel

To start the year with different travel plans is one of the finest things to do. Often we hear people complaining about how traveling around the world, is one of the things they love the most but it is too expensive. With everyday expense turns out to be a massive burden, this doesn’t come off as a surprise. However, you don’t have to give up on your travel plans because you feel that the travel costs are too high. Here we give you some excellent tips on how to save money on travel.

The Art Of Searching

Even if you are planning to travel during the busiest months, you have still significant possibilities of saving money on your trip. Search for online discounts and deals in a smart way so that you know if you can make savings. It will be great if you plan in advance and look for deals on the web. Check out the discount websites as you can find good deals there.

Be Flexible

When you are considering to save big during traveling, timing is very crucial. Even the smallest change in your plans can affect the overall costs significantly. This is particularly right if you are planning to spend for a group of people. Flexibility can take you very far, and you can try it if you can afford to travel in an off peak season. If that isn’t possible, then be flexible with your location.

Be More Creative

Ever wondered why New York and London are so costly? Only because these fall in the top travel destinations and everyone just wants to visit them. With such plans, trust me there is simply no way you can save money on travel. I suggest you think out of the box and be creative with your ideas. Alternative destinations are an excellent way of saving money.

Sign Up For The Credit Card

To be more particular, a travel specific one. Very few people are aware of this one, but you can earn a decent amount of air miles upon signing up with travel related credit card.

Pack Light

Airlines these days will do anything to make maximum profits. In this procedure, your airline can be charging you for many things that you probably don’t even realise. For instance, the baggage costs are one of these and can severely upset your budget. For this reason, my sincere advice doesn’t carry oversized luggage with you and try your best to pack light.

With these smart ways, save money on travel and explore all the wonders of this world!

 

6 Travel Tips Everyone Should Know

Several countries, thousands of flights and endless road trips. That’s the life of a travel writer, and it teaches you a lot of fair things. I would like to share some of my travel tips with you as I found them very helpful on every trip I went on.

Be Annoying

It’s time to talk to different people. The waiter, the concierge, the bar staff or that customer sitting at the next table who looks good. Ask them questions about what to see, and you will find that people will love to share their tips and knowledge with you. Trust me many people get nervous, but starting a conversation randomly and you are just a step near to the next hidden gem.

Get Out Of The Bed

This is the most difficult thing to deal with, especially for those who love to stay in bed a little longer than usual. It’s best you get up early because there is a lot that happens before the brunch time. So get out and head out to a diner for breakfast in Washington or hit the best beach in Italy before hordes of tourists reach there. Trust me you won’t regret this one; you can sleep as much as you want once you reach home.

Keep Your Phone Charged

There is nothing worse than being out of technology due to a dead battery. Keep a power bank with you so that you are never out of battery.

Join The Cloud

That iPhone is not worth any value, and that is for one main reason: pictures. Memories are the best thing you make on trips, and without them, the charm of going on a journey will be lost. Gone are the days when you use to keep the manual backup. Apple now keeps you covered with iCloud, set your cloud up and get access to every photo and video from anywhere.

Remember Your Favourites

Remember that fantastic restaurant you went to the last time you visited New York four years ago? No? That’s bad! Next time just ask your phone to remember it, in Google Maps only write the name of the place and then hit “save”. This method will help mark it with a star so you can always go back and check it out.

Carry Cash

From Amsterdam to Cambodia, being short for money is not a great deal. You won’t find an ATM everywhere, and you can’t always use your debit/credit cards to pay for hotels, bars and restaurants. Carry an emergency cash with you around $150 in USD or the local currency of the destination you are visiting.