Whenever we get back from a recent vacation, a question that many people ask me is how we can afford it all. Surprisingly to most, we don't spend a lot of money on our vacations. I always try to plan them out the best way so that I can save the most amount of money.
The most recent deal I received? I made sure to make the best use of my spending (always make sure you understand the rules and play around with things such as the Aeroplan reward chart) so that I could get a lot of rewards points. I was able to buy multiple round trip flights and get it for FREE.
Here are some handy tips for you to save money on your next vacation.
Compare prices and ask the hotel directly for a discount.
When it comes to finding the perfect hotel and the best price, I tend to go a little crazy. I love to travel plan, so all of this is fun to me. I will compare prices on several websites, such as Expedia and Priceline, and I will also compare them against the actual company's website.
Then, if the price for the hotel room still seems a little high, I will call the hotel directly to see if they can offer any further discounts. Usually they say yes. I always prefer to book directly with a hotel (especially of course if they price is cheaper) because I feel that the service is usually better when booking directly.
Pick your travel dates wisely.
Your travel dates are very important. Traveling to a destination during the off-season is almost always cheaper than flying during the crazy-busy season. Research where you are traveling to so that you can figure out when to buy, when to travel, and so on.
Bring your student ID.
Even though I haven't been in school for some time, I still keep my student ID in my purse pretty much all of the time. Student discounts always seem to pop up somewhere and I'm fine with saving something like 10% in exchange for showing my ID.
Live like a local.
This means both in regards to transportation and what you eat. Try the local bus (these are usually very cheap wherever you go), ride the train, or even walk where you travel to, as long as it's safe. Also, one of my favorite parts of visiting a new place is trying the food. I don't try to new places to just eat the expensive hotel food.
Ask for free internet or for the “resort” fees to be waived.
Lately, many, many hotels have been tacking on other fees in order to get more money out of their guest. Internet is usually somewhere around $10 to $20 per day, which can add up very quickly. Also, resort fees can add up very quickly. I have seen many hotels that charge $30 for their resort fee, so if you stay somewhere for five days it can make the trip much more expensive.
Before you book, ask the hotel if they will waive these fees. Sometimes if you belong to a club o
r group of theirs, you may qualify for a discount on interest and/or resort fees.
How much are your vacations usually?
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