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How To Get A Great Deal On Travel And Hotel Lodgings

Mar 13, 2008
While searching for a good deal on travel arrangements and accommodations, there are several useful tips that smart travelers have learned through trial and error that keep more money in their pockets and less in the hands of hotels and other travel companies. By adopting some of these tricks, you can get the vacation you've always wanted for a fraction of the cost you'd pay without them.

The first piece of advice for getting a good deal on your vacation is to have flexible travel dates. The prices of airline tickets to the same destination can vary hugely depending on the days of the week you intend to fly. Likewise, hotel chains adopt the same practice by making even the most basic room price increase greatly on weekends and vacation holidays. By finding the best combination of flight and accommodation prices, you can save hundreds more than you would have saved by taking the standard long-weekend getaway.

Another great piece of advice to get your dream vacation for less is to travel during the off-season or even the very beginning or end of the tourist season in the destination you're visiting. Because hotels and resorts are trying to build up business very early in the season, you can often get great deals on entire package stays. This can be true for the very end of the season as well, since the resorts may be trying to squeeze in every bit of possible business before the end of the busy season in their part of the world.

Another practice that costs many travelers a lot of money every year is not taking the time to shop around. Just as you would do your research before making a major purchase for yourself, you should explore all of the available travel options. Simply going to one or two websites and picking the best price may seem like an easy stress-free way to book a vacation, but getting a little more in-depth with your research can yield huge savings. Doing a search on one search engine isn't sufficient for finding all the possibilities for travel that will offer huge savings. Join a frequent traveler's forum where you can get advice from people who have experienced many of the ways to obtain great trips without a huge cost.

Knowing when to book your vacation is another trick that can boost the amount you're able to save. Not only do airfares and hotel accommodations vary depending on what time of the week, month, or year that you want to travel, they also fluctuate depending on what time you book the trip and how far in advance. The general guideline to get the best deals on flights is to search on Wednesday mornings when competing airlines usually reach the lowest offered fares. Doing a little sleuthing on traveler's forums can often give you additional information that proves to be equally helpful depending on where you're planning to travel.

The final tip for potential travelers is to be flexible with your travel plans. Great deals and opportunities can often come at the spur of the moment. Embrace your inner-spontaneity and save some money in the process!
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Niccolo Svengali is the webmaster of travel and hotel web sites in Palermo, Sicily.
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