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Have you ever found yourself spending more than you had budgeted on your vacation? It happens all the time and to almost everybody.
This doesn’t mean you’re a poor planner.
Some people save much on every vacation. These are people who have mastered the secrets and hacks of getting the best from their trip at the lowest price possible.
And here are the secrets.
- Perfect Timing is everything
Travel when other people are not traveling. But when is that? The answer is simple when the children are in school. However, that could be a problem if you are a parent. If you do not have school going kids, that is the best time to travel for your holiday.
- Avoid the Budget Airfare Trick
Everyone tries to save their money through airfares. However, all airfares are not similar. A study was carried out at Frommers.com, and it was found out that it only save $25. In the same economy tickets, you are not allowed to carry a bag into the cabin. The cost of checking a bag is $25.
See now. It’s a trick. You save $25 on the ticket but pay $25 on the luggage.
The budget airfare tickets also come with a ton of restrictions. You don’t get loyalty points. No cancelling or changing a seat. Some airlines don’t even allow you to choose your seat. The ticket is not worth it.
- Save On Cruises
Cruises are pretty affordable vacations. However, once you get on board, they have one rule. To try and upsell everything to you. You will be charged heavily for soda. Port excursions are heavily overpriced.
Most overspending on cruises is onboard. The spa, the casino, and everything else are set to drain your pocket. You need the willpower to save money on the cruises. Only buy what is necessary and what you require.
Save On Hotels.
The best way to save on accommodation is to book your accommodation directly with the hotel you intend to spend your time in. When you pay through their loyalty program, you will always pay the least.
Use sites like Kayak.com or HotelsCombined.com to compare Hotel prices. These sites survey all hotels out there. Once you choose your Hotel, go to their official website and book directly with them.
A study through Frommers.com shows that booking directly with the hotel saved money. Sometimes it is $1, and other times it’s $50.
Always carry smaller bags. Pack the things you will need for your holiday. However, be careful not to overpack. Most importantly, have a list of your holiday requirements. Pack them one by one.
In case you forget to pack some items when going on your holiday, you will be forced to buy them. Pack smart.
Once you learn the art of saving as you travel, you’ll have enough money for the next vacation. You’ll never run out of money for traveling.