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Hotels and rental car owners don’t just offer you discounts at random, you have to ask for it. Sometimes these discounts aren’t even worth it, unless you’re looking at travelling during off peak season where there is at most a 50% discount.
But let’s face it, we travel during peak season because this is the season when we actually have time to travel. So aside from waiting for your favorite hotel's tirade of discounts during off peak season, when you can’t really travel and then end up not travelling at all, why not take the initiative and find your own ways to get cheap travel, make your own discount.
** Check detour flights other than the straight one you’re bound to get when you inquire. You can get cheaper overall prices if you choose to book two flights instead of one. Some people have been able to save as much as $2000 by doing this.
Food is always an expense you will have, no matter where you go. However, with a little thought, there is money to be saved. Visit the local supermarket or deli. Grab some rolls, cold meat, salad, whatever takes your fancy. Find a seat at the waters edge and you can have a wonderful relaxing meal and have the same million dollar view as the people sitting behind you in the expensive restaurant. You can do the same thing in the local park, at a lookout, in the town square and do some people watching.
Also some restaurants have cheap meals before a certain time. Say between 5.00p.m. and 6.00p.m.. So if you are prepared to eat early you can save money if you want to treat yourself and eat out. Also don't be afraid to just order an entree as your main meal. They can be just as filling and half the price.
** Travel to places which have lower costs of living, prices here tend to be lower. Take the Philippines or Malaysia for example, both have great views and tourist spots but come without the hassle of overpricing, English speaking locals are also a plus for these countries.
**Use Travel Greeters--
A lot of big cities have travel greeters. They are volunteers. Local people who live in the cities and are happy to show it off to visitors. They will give you a personalised tour of the city and show you places that other tourists might not get to see. You can find them by doing a search on the internet or contacting the city council of where you will be visiting.
If you want to save some money on accommodation, do a house swap. Either join a house swap club or if you know someone really well, swap houses with them for a week or more. They might be in the next town or a different country. It doesn't hurt to ask them and they might be just as excited to stay in your place for awhile.
Use saving coupons wherever you can. You will be surprised how much money you can save. You can find coupons for everything, accommodation, meals, attractions, all sorts of things. To find coupons, do a search on the internet, look in the local papers where you are, in tourist magazines, in "what's on this week" booklets, on the back of supermarket dockets. These are just a few of the places to find coupons.
If you can organise to get away at the last minute, you can save a lot of money on accommodation. Hotels would rather give their rooms away for less money, than to see them go empty. Again you can do a search on the internet for last minute accommodation for the place you want to visit. Don't think that it will be hard to find something because everything will be booked out.
To help you save hundreds on your next vacations accommodation, take a look at the great range of cheap & discounted hotels.
Just as an example, at Easter, I found a real bargain. On Monday 2nd April, I did a search. I found a 5 star hotel, 3 nights for less than the price of one night normally. I stayed Friday night, Good Friday, 6th to Easter Monday, 9th. There are plenty of bargains to be found out there.
** If you’re planning to stay for more than a week, call the hotel that you’d want to stay in and ask for week long stay discounts, these can range from, percentages off your room price or even a “free day.”
** Package deals usually save a lot, airfare and lodgings combined into one are usually cheaper compared to paying for them separately. Some travel agencies even provide trio packages which include airfare, hotel and car rental, you can save a lot if you have the time to shop around.
** Find web-only discounts or coupons which some hotels and airline owners provide especially for those willing to reserve online. You can save as much as 50% on your travel costs by going this way.
It is not usually wise to be traveling during holidays as these are the times when almost every other person in the world is travelling. It is of course best to plan ahead or book ahead and go to your destination early to avoid all the hassle but if you’re one of those last minute people or probably one of those who can’t really avoid it, you should follow the next few tips for a better journey and maybe a cheaper stay.
** Holiday travel packages were never made with only one person in mind; no two people are alike, keep this in mind because the agencies that packed them have kept these in mind, use this fact to haggle your way into cheaper or sometimes better deals. Even if there are ready made packages, you can ask for extra perks especially if you’re staying for more than a week.
** Travel agents may give you the best deal for your package, which normally include airfare, lodgings and transportation, but a really good agent can be really flexible. One example would be if you want a rental car for the first half of your trip but you want to get rid of it by the second half, a good agent can arrange this for you, sometimes for a cheaper price.
** Be sure that the package you want is available, you don’t want to get pulled into something that ends up being sold out, some people give out too-good-to-be-true packages which end up being “sold out” in the end, so before you make a deal or transfer a morsel of cash, make sure that it is still available.
** Be sure to know exactly what airline and route you are taking, you won’t want those unpleasant layovers which can be a real pain, not to mention delay your schedule.
** A good sign of a good package is one that is very flexible, as said before, no two people are alike, and a good package should reflect that, it should allow you to choose between destinations, as well as brands and lodgings without changing the price. A choice in which rental car to take is also a sign of a good package.
** Finally, it’s good to ask for discounts that you might get if you do certain things, like stay in the hotel for more than a week, or sign up on the internet instead of by phone. Research first before you cough up the money for that deposit; make sure you’ve exhausted all possible discount generating ways before you decide on a package.