Friday, January 18, 2008

How to Save Money on a Vacation and Still Enjoy It Bumblebee

Away from the hustle and bustle of life, vacations eventually soothe the tired soul. However, after a week or so of relaxation and fun on the beach, you don't want to come home to a gigantic vacation bill staring at you from your mailbox.

It's actually possible to be able to plan and execute a vacation without having to spend too much money? Aren't vacations supposed to be expensive? The answer to first question is yes and the answer to the second question is no.

It truly is possible to enjoy your vacation without having to mortgage your home. However, it takes a lot of thought and a few pointers to be able to do so. Here are some of them to help you on your way.

1. Plan ahead. The only way to truly avoid spending too much on a vacation is to plan ahead. Remember most of the expenses you incur during your travel come from convenience items that could have been avoided if you had prepared for the vacation properly

For example, if you are able to prepare for your food and lodging beforehand, you stand to save a lot especially when you consider that late reservations for lodging usually costs more than ones done in advance.

And being able to scout where to eat could be the difference between spending $100 per meal and spending $20 per meal for basically the same dining experience.

2. Beware of the season. Vacation rates depend on the season. There are off-peak seasons and peak seasons. It is better to schedule your vacation somewhere just outside the peak season. This is because during peak seasons, prices skyrocket beyond sanity, and with too many people on your vacation spot, you might find yourself wishing you had stayed at home instead for some peace and relaxation.

Off-peak prices are definitely lower than peak prices. You may want to get a good travel agent to find you the best deals around. There are also online travel services that help you find the lowest prices for the widest array a vacation options.

3. Go in bulk. If you have other friends and family that want to go on vacation to, you may want to consider having a group vacation. Group vacations warrant group rates, and group rates tend to be lower than individual rates.

Talk to your agent to find the best deals on group vacations. They are surely able to accommodate you on this regard.

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