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Great Tips for Travelling on a Budget

Jan 31, 2008
A warm destination is on the minds of most people during the freezing temperatures most of us have seen this winter. We can picture the palm trees swaying in the breeze, a tropical drink in our hand without a care in the world as we gaze out at the ocean waves. Wanting to get away but short on cash? Here are some great ideas to stretch your hard earned dollars and still have a great vacation.

1. Keep your focus. Narrow down your destination to one or two places so you can spend your time wisely and you will be familiar with a great sale when you see one. Mexico and the Dominican Republic are popular destinations that give you a lot of bang for your buck.

2. Regularly check discount travel websites. Subscribe to email blasts and spend a few minutes a day and comparing rates. Check out such sites as CheapCarribean, Travelocity, BookIt and sign up for their newsletters.

3. Compare rates with your warehouse club. Most offer deeply discounted rates for hotels, cruises, and rental cars. Hold onto the coupons they mail to your home, these can usually be used on top of the already great discounted rates.

4. Make a trip to the library. Check out travel books to read and preview rather than buying them at the bookstore. This is a great way to review the books and not waste money on the ones that are not useful.

5. Search for coupons on the internet. There are many great sites that you can just type in the provider and search for coupon codes to use on the travel website. I have a friend who recently saved an extra $300 off the already great price for an upcoming Mexico vacation. Try couponcabin, couponmountain, and dealcatcher.

6. Do not over pack. Nearly all airline carriers impose extra charges for suitcases weighing more than 50 lbs. or for checking more than one bag. Usually you only need about half of what you think you will need.

7. Stock up on toiletries before you leave. Ever forget something and go to buy it at the gift shop or tourist store? Prices for common toiletry items are ridiculously priced. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, bug repellant, wipes, medication, sunglasses etc. Try discount or close out stores at home for great prices.

8. Coordinate with others. If you are travelling with other people on the vacation, plan to travel on the same flight in order to reduce the amount of cars you need to leave at the airport (better yet, have someone drop you off and pick you up). This also helps when taking transfers from the airport to the hotel or cruise ship.

9. Travel in off peak times. Try to be flexible with your travel dates and avoid the holidays. January and February are great times to travel to warm destinations as they are considered holiday hangover times, just after the busy Christmas and New Years time but before the spring break craze. Fall is another great time to beat the rush to warm weather spots.
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