Money Saving Tips
As Thursdays around here are all about saving money and Travel/Cruising why not read over this little tip sheet! Many travelers dream of a luxurious holiday but believe they simply can’t afford it. In fact, there are many easy ways to maximize the buying power of your vacation budget, enabling you to afford more luxury than you might think. Here are some insider tips to get you started. Also you may wish to check out my Free E-Book with the help from our Friends at CruiseSource on great tips for Saving Money While Crusing which you can access by clicking here
1. Flexibility is Paramount
Be flexible with your travel plans. At destinations, consider traveling off-season when your vacation budget will go further. If you enjoy skiing, consider booking a holiday trip to Canada in March. There will still be snow on the slopes but far fewer tourists. Resorts will be offering special incentives to attract your business during the off-season. Likewise, look at tropical getaways and cruise holidays during the summer months. The prices drop substantially, allowing you to upgrade your accommodations or enjoy more entertainment for the same amount of money.
When traveling by air, if you can be flexible about which days you travel, you can also save a bundle on your airfare. Check out the Flex Search Features on most any of the major airlines websites, or someone like FareBuzz. Enter in a date span of one month to see which days are cheapest to fly. You might have to leave on a Monday instead of the weekend, but you’ll still be able to request time off from work in advance, and you could save hundreds of dollars doing so!
2. Travel Auctions
Travel Auction sites are a great way to extend your travel budget. Many offer travel packages around the world at the most luxurious resorts, but at a fraction of the price. Not only will you save up to 65% off the regular price of a holiday at these top-notch resorts, they will also throw in special perks, such as spa packages and meals.
Websites such as eBay also offer many different holiday steals, from airfare to accommodations around the world. You can also bid to win entire packages that include airfare at a substantial discount off the published and even seasonal discounted prices. With auctions you’ll need to be very careful about reading all the small print. Make sure the dates you want to travel are available before you bid.
3. Travel in a Group
A fun way to save money is to travel with several of your friends as a group. Did you know that on some cruise lines it only requires as few as five staterooms to qualify for discounted fares? Hotels will offer a discount off multiple rooms, or you could consider sharing a house or villa. While the price of a holiday villa may seem outrageous, when you’re travelling with several of your friends the price per person is usually less than if you stayed in a hotel. Contact us at Sail Away Cruise Holidays, as we ALWAYS check first to see if there is a potential group cruise that one of our over 250 franchisees have put together, that we can include you with, so that we can maximize the travel value power of your dollar!
4. Condo Rentals rather than Hotels
Many travelers are surprised to find out they could have rented a condo for less than the price of a hotel. Find out what condos are available to rent in the destination you’re dreaming of. We maintain listings of condos for rent worldwide. You’ll need to check with us to make sure the dates you want to travel are available. When you rent a condo, you’ll also save money on food costs, because each unit contains a kitchen. You’ll be able to prepare your own meals at home, saving a bundle on what you would have spent in expensive restaurants.
5. Sign up for Mailing Lists
If you’ve got your heart set on a certain hotel, sign up for their newsletter and wait for a sale. You should also sign up with your favorite airline. Many travel websites will notify you of deeply discounted travel specials, and you’ll be the first to know about a sale in your desired location, but you’ll need to act fast because these specials usually sell out very quickly. Speaking of Money Saving Contacts; Have you signed up for our Travel Club to get information on our amazing destinations, rates, and above all be able to have our Thurzday Sail-Urz’s Bulletins which only contains discounted travel of 65% off, or more each week sent right to your email box. Just click here and then merely select the “Join Us” Box. (Be sure we have your email address for the weekly bulletin).
When making your travel and cruise vacation plans IT PAYS to book early. Most every cruise line and destination resort or property will offer you a sizable discount “with many even offering a best price guarantee when working with us” when you book your reservation early. This means that if they ever drop the price lower than what you have paid, they will give you the same price. Depending on exactly what type of vacation, Early Booking could mean as little as 90 to 120 days for a resort property , or to get the absolute very best price on your cruise vacation up to a year out, as I said it just all depends.
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