Sunday, February 3, 2013

Smart Traveling

Planning a vacation? Here are a few simple steps to insure a safe and budget friendly vacation.
First you need to decide which type of vacation is right for you. Is it taking a cruise, going to an all inclusive resort, camping, staying in a hotel or taking a one day trip?
For Nature & Wildlife lovers you may want to consider going camping. If sleeping in a tent is not exactly for you. That is OK because campgrounds are no longer just for tents and campers. Most have cabins and/or cottages for extremely reasonable rates. So don't let that steer you away from campgrounds. In addition to that you can find lots of family activities for great prices. 
Or maybe an All-Inclusive Resort is more up your alley. With this type of vacation all major cost such as meals, lodging, transportation, & activities will be covered in one price. If you're going with a group of people you should think about renting a vacation home. You can split the cost and still have a bedroom of your own. Another added advantage to this is that you will have a kitchen to cook in so you won't be forced to eat out for every meal.
Once you decide on the type of vacation you will then need to decide on the type of transportation. If you plan on flying remember being flexible and scheduling your trip in the middle of the week could alone save you hundreds of dollars. You may also want to check for airports that may be a little further out. For even more savings you should skip the cabs and check for free shuttles to and from the airport. If free shuttles are not available then consider using public transportation. Now if you decide to drive to your destination you are going to want to make sure your vehicle is safe and fuel friendly by giving your car a quick check up paying special attention to the oil and having the appropriate amount of air in the tires.
Now here is one of the most important steps of all. Make sure to take the time to do some price comparison. You don't have to spend hours upon hours on this task but it is an extremely important step to ensure a safe and budget friendly vacation. By utilizing the following websites you can comparison shop airfare, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages, cruises and more within minutes:
Expedia- known for the "Thank You Rewards Program"
Travelocity- known for the "Fare Watcher Plus"
Priceline- known for the "Name your own Price-get deeper discounts"
In addition to the above there are still a few more things you can do. Like check the local newspaper and guide books for discount coupons. Purchase sunscreen, hair products, toothpaste and other necessities before you leave. Plan snacks in advance and stay away from vending machines and convenient stores. Pack light. Not only will it help eliminate irritating luggage hassles it will save you time and money. Keeping all these things in mind will help you to be a smart traveler. Happy Traveling!
April Noel writes on safe and budget friendly traveling. You can learn more by visiting my blog, Traveling On A Budget.


john mathew said...

Thanks for sharing Smart Traveling tips, can you suggest best all inclusive travel deals for me and my friends and which country is best for camping

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