Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Travel Tuesdays: Affordable Travel

Everyone wants to travel, but there is one big question that makes people hesitate: How much is this going to cost?

Whether you’re trying to plan a vacation on a budget or travelling for business, here are some great tips to keep your trip from breaking the bank.

Getting to your destination:

-Use sites such as airfarewatchdog.com to send you fare alerts. This allows you to buy tickets when prices are low. On that note, don’t wait forever for the perfect price- if you see a good deal, go for it!

-Try to go during the off season if possible, or be flexible within the region that you’re wanting to stay in.

-Be as flexible as you can with dates 

Where to stay:

-Check out the many discount sites, such as Groupon, that offer travel deals daily. However, make sure you read the fine print before purchasing!

-Try to find something outside of the city center.

-Pay attention to the value you are getting in terms of amenities, meals, etc.

-Check out sites like Tingo.com, which promise that if hotel rates lower before you arrive, you receive the new rates.

-Use sites like homeaway.com or vrbo.com to rent a home- this saves you money by getting rid of the middleman and doing business straight with the owner.

Eating there:

-Pack lunches from the grocery store to eat outside, or cook if you have a kitchen.

-If you want to go out for a high-end meal, go for lunch instead of dinner. You’ll save money but have the same restaurant experience!

What to do:

-Avoid cabs, and walk whenever possible.

-Try to find local transit passes for the week or the month

-Shop around online or find promo codes for car rentals

-Check out package tours, they can save you money on every part of the trip!

For more information check out: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-money-20120902,0,2853395.story. Bon voyage!

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