6 Golden Rules to Have Your Dream Vacation at a Much Less Cost
While traveling lavishly is everyone’s dream, who doesn’t want to save? And if you will be getting the comfort you are looking for, for a reduced cost, won’t you go for it? Here are a few such tips that will offer you a great travel but at a discount.
1. Find Last Minute Deals
If you have not determined to go to a particular place and any place with a great beach or mountain, good infrastructure and food and pleasant atmosphere is fine for you, booking it on the last minute is definitely a great way to save some decent cash for you. Tour operators start by offering packages at almost fair market value; but as the departure date starts approaching, they would prefer reducing their prices to letting rooms sitting empty. You will find many last minute travel discounts and other travel service discounts if you search keenly. So, the same lavish tour package, but for a reduced price!
2. Book Early
This is just the opposite of the first tip and it’s obviously for a place you have set your heart on. While last minute deals will benefit you for any random place, if you have decided to go to a particular place, booking early will save money for you. This is because prices go up as packages start selling and availability becomes limited. So, you can’t tell if the tour operator will have a great number of rooms available or only one or two left which they are offering at a premium price.
3. Find Off-season Deals
If you are not much bothered about weather and festivals, and are fine with sightseeing in just any season, whether it’s roaming around in Cuba in July or in France in December, you can get a great money-saving deal. Peak season in Europe is obviously summer when most people plan vacations in warm weather and atmosphere in the continent is the most delightful, while for the Caribbean, it’s winter when thousands of arctic-residents escape the snow and chilly weather. You can go against these popular trends to get dirt cheap prices for the same comfortable travel.
4. Divide and Rule
Though all-inclusive is nearly always the best choice while traveling to the Caribbean, it’s not usually the best money-saving way in other parts of the world. Excluding only the lowest stratum of bargain-basement operators, you will nearly always save some cash by planning a vacation on your own in destinations like Asia and Europe. In this way you can save on tour radar, for example, where numerous deals are available for Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and more. Check flights, hotels, rental cars etc. separately and then compare the rates with the package deals; you will get a higher flexibility and choice with the former and you will almost always save money.
5. Narrow Down Your Searches
By knowing what exactly you want, you can not only save money, but time too, by narrowing down your searches. For example, if you decide to find whatever is available in a city like Bangkok or Boston, you will be overwhelmed with the huge range of options. In that case, if you narrow down your search to a 3-star hotel in a particular neighborhood for $175 a night or less and with a 3/5 or higher rating, you can get more specific results. If nothing is available for your requirements, you can adjust your requirements accordingly but won’t have to go through it all.
6. Beware of Hidden Prices
Though getting a rate from a site is usually quite easy, getting the whole rate may be pretty harder. This means that a certain website may not always reveal the whole truth. E.g. certain airline websites show only the airfare but not the taxes, which are commonly as much (or sometimes even more) than the base sum. Also some carriers charge extra for baggage and even charge an extra fuel-surcharge and these costs are mentioned on the last page of the booking process. Therefore, make sure you know the entire truth and that you are comparing apples to apples.
Follow these golden rules and you can enjoy your dream vacation at a much less cost!