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    Save Money On Your Next Vacation

    Save Money On Your Next Vacation

    One of the most common reasons for traveling less than we desire is the expense of traveling. While there will always be a cost, there are many ways to save. Here’s how to save money on your next vacation.

    Save On Flights

    There are lots of great ways to save money on your airfare:

    • Book your next vacation when out of the country, especially if you are somewhere that the US dollar goes farther. This alone can save you hundreds per ticket.
    • Buy your tickets at least 6 weeks in advance, 12 months in advance and you can sometimes find outstanding deals.
    • Fly in the offseason where everything from flights to accommodations and excursions will be cheaper. Just make sure you understand what that means. For example, will the weather be extreme?
    • On the flipside, if your travel dates and destination is flexible you can sometimes find rock-bottom last-minute flights.
    • Consider an off-the-beaten-path location.
    • Fly on discount lesser known airlines, just be sure you understand their carry-on and checked luggage policies.
    • Fly on regional airlines and take many small stops along the way.

    Save On Your Hotel

    Don’t get me wrong, I love staying in a cozy hotel but since you aren’t going to spend much time in your hotel room why pay more? Look at your option in modern hostels, many of which now offer private accommodations. Get the details on the local cheap motels, like Motel 6 and Super 8 which in many rural areas are quite nice. Some even have swimming pools. Last but not least, explore your options in Airbnb’s where you can rent either full places or a room in someone’s home. Sometimes the space is partially private, like an attic, basement, or on-site studio.

    Last but not least, pack light. The less you pack the less you have to spend on luggage and the easier it will be to get from one place to the next.

  • Pack Like A Minimalist
    travel

    How To Pack Like A Minimalist

    I avoid checking a suitcase at all costs and can pack for a good 10 days in just a carryon. Working as a flight attendant for 3 years taught me some…

  • Take The Train Instead
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    Take The Train Instead

    When was the last time you rode a train? Have you ever even been on a train? Here are just a few reasons why you should consider taking the train instead…

  • Give Glamping A Try
    outdoors travel

    Would You Give Glamping A Try?

    While you may enjoy the beauty and tranquility of nature, or a few hours spent outdoors hiking—you may not be up for the roughing it that comes with camping. To enjoy…

  • Hotel Room Coffee Pot Cuisine
    food travel

    Hotel Room Cuisine—Just Add Water

    I spend a lot of time in hotels, many of which don’t have a fridge or microwave. While enjoying the local cuisine is one of my favorite parts about traveling, sometimes…

  • When Travel Plans Go Awry
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    What To Do When Your Travel Plans Go Awry

    Many families have to save all year for their annual vacation, or save for several years for a dream vacation—so every second of that week or two away counts. Those who…

  • Why A Boutique Hotel
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    What The Heck Is A Boutique Hotel?

    You have probably heard the term, but if you have yet to experience a boutique hotel—you might not be sure exactly what it is. However, that is part of the fun,…