Planning a fall or winter vacation? Let’s see if we can help you get out there for less.
Here are the top ways to save money while planning your getaway.
Top ways to save money on your travels this fall or winter
1. The Internet is your friend
Whatever you are looking to do, there are many websites out there that can help shop around for the best deals. But don’t just rely on one or two of the all-in-one travel websites. Compare prices direct from the airline, train, bus, car rental and hotel too; often they’ll offer their own Internet discount just for booking with them online.
2. Compare vacations packages to doing it à la carte
A pre-packaged vacation getaway can often save you money on the grand total cost of your vacation. But it only saves you money, if you need or want everything in the package. If the package includes a round of golf at a local course-but you don’t golf-or if it includes an all-you-can eat buffet every night-but you’d prefer to venture out and try the local cuisine-are you really saving money? If you aren’t going to use most, if not all, of the benefits offered through a package, you should compare the prices of just putting together a package on your own, with just the things you need.
3. A flexible schedule can be easier on the pocketbook
If you just want to get away, and can be flexible about where and when you go, you can have a great vacation at a fraction of the cost. A flexible schedule means you can take advantage of all those last minute deals and packages (these aren’t just available for flights but rail lines too!) Plus, it means you can avoid the higher costs of going to a destination during peak season when deals and discounts are harder to find.
4. Discount discussion
When finalizing your travel arrangements, make sure you mention that you are trying to save money and are wondering if there are any deals available. You don’t know until you ask. You might be surprised to find out that some places allow kids to stay or eat for free! Plus, some hotels team up with popular local attractions and offer admission discounts.
5. Membership has its privileges
If you are an auto club member, make sure you check into all of the perks and discounts they may be able to offer you. You can get breaks on rental cars, tickets to tourist attractions, maps for where you’ll be visiting and much more. Also, if you work for a big company, ask if you can book personal travel arrangements through their corporate travel agent. Sometimes they have great discounts that you can take advantage of.
6. Plan to pack lightly
Packing lightly for your travels can save you money. If travelling by plane, train or bus, you will likely be charged fees for packing too much. Surcharges for overweight bags, oversized bags, and for checking more than the allowed number of bags per passenger are an unnecessary expense.
7. Become a coupon cutter
Clipping coupons can really save you money while on vacation. Whether it is for lodging, food, or attractions, coupons SAVE money! And you can find them almost anywhere; online, in local newspapers, at convenience stores, and your hotel or motel. Also, if you’re driving across provincial or state borders, don’t forget to stop at the Tourism or Welcome Centres. You’ll usually find a coupon bonanza!
8. A final travel planning tip you can’t afford to ignore
The last thing anyone wants to think about when planning a holiday is getting sick or injured, but when you are away from home even the most minor injuries or illnesses can become a major expense. So while an accident or illness can happen anywhere at anytime, emergency medical travel insurance helps to protect you from the unexpected costs that can come with a visit to a doctor or hospital outside of your home country.
Save up to 50% by shopping around
Like shopping around for the best price for your flight, hotel or rental car, getting travel insurance can save you oodles of money-not only if you require medical attention, but also if you have to suddenly cancel your trip, or your luggage gets lost or delayed. But not all travel coverage is priced equally. In fact some travel insurance policies are downright expensive. By shopping around for your travel insurance coverage, you can save up to 50% on your travel insurance costs. Through websites, like www.kanetix.ca, you can compare quotes for a variety of travel insurance products-like trip cancellation, emergency medical or loss of/delayed luggage-from some of Canada’s top competing travel insurers.
This article was written by kanetix.ca and was reproduced with permission on tripatlas.com/new.