When you’re itching to travel you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of the cost. If you’re ready to book a vacation without breaking the bank we know how to save you money on your next trip.
If you’re wondering how to find the cheapest travel deals, here is a helpful vacation guide. Continue reading to learn more!
Travel During The Off-Season
Choosing to travel during the Off-Season when there is a lull in tourism can save you money on both flight and hotel bookings. During popular travel times like spring break, popular tourist spots drive up the prices.
Plus, you’ll find that places book up quickly so you’ll not only pay a lot but the beaches and restaurants are packed with vacationers. Instead, travel during the “dead zones.” These are at least two times of the year: early December after Thanksgiving. Along with the last three weeks of January into early February.
However, this can vary slightly depending on your exact destination. You do some research to find out when peak season is and avoid those times at all cost. You may be able to call ahead and get a discount if they are under-booked.
Keep in mind that a location’s off-season might also mean bad weather. For example, Florida experiences hurricane season in September which is why this tends to be a dead zone for vacationers. It also might mean that not everything is open including restaurants, amenities or other tourist attractions.
Choose a Less Popular Destination
The most popular destinations aren’t always the best. This is especially true if you’re hoping to save some money. Tourist traps not only mean crowds but inflated prices for food, hotels, and other activities.
Look into underrated travel destinations and consider checking them out. The one downside to traveling to less popular places is that flights could cost more. This is because they’re often locations not on a regular flight pattern. So you could have to pay more with more stops.
However, there are plenty of places that you can travel to by car that are lesser-known but just as beautiful and full of adventure.
Overnights & Weekend Getaways
While we’re still in the midst of a pandemic. Getting on a flight long distance may not be an option for you and your family. That’s why opting for an overnight or long weekend might be the best option for a quick getaway.
However, even choosing the right day of the week can significantly save you money. For most, leaving Friday and returning Sunday are an obvious choice since it works with those who are on a Monday through Friday schedule.
Yet, because the majority of people have the same idea, it’s going to be the most expensive time to book anything. You could pay 20% less by simply flying out and returning a day earlier.
It can be even cheaper if you’re able to take time off during the week. Try scheduling a trip from Sunday to Tuesday or Wednesday and you’ll save big! Especially on flights.
You can use Google travel to find the cost of flights not only by day but also by each month. This lets you plan exactly what time of year and week to book your flight.
Purchase a Travel Package
In some cases, booking multiple things together can save you money. So consider a travel package when paying for airfare, hotels, and rental cars. The key is in finding the best travel package sites for booking.
You first should compare the prices of both the package and the individual separate components. It may seem like a good deal up front but buying them separately might still cost less. There may also be hidden fees once you get to the final purchasing page so be sure to look into it fully.
Another downside is that flights in travel packages end up being at inconvenient times or with multiple, long layovers. So it’s not always the best choice.
Book in Advance
Another reliable rule to follow is purchasing your tickets in advance. Waiting to the last minute can mean increased prices. For example, you should generally purchase plane tickets 50 to 100 days before departure.
Data has also shown that buying or booking plane tickets on a Sunday can also save you money. That means waiting until a Sunday 50 to 100 days in advance to put your money down. It could be as much as $85 cheaper than the overall ticket price!
If you really want to get precise, you can create a fair alert that notifies you when prices change for a specific destination. This lets you snag some tickets as soon as the price drops. On top of fare alerts, signing up for other promotional emails can keep you in the loop on the latest vacation deals.
If your goal is truly to save money then you may have to be open to traveling to a location you weren’t expecting. You’d have to be fairly flexible in your preferences along with the time-frame.
Follow Their Social Media
Another way to be on the cutting edge of the latest deals is to follow various airlines, hotel chains, and travel companies on their social media pages. They’ll update you on all of their latest deals and savings.
You may have to sift through some unappealing tweets and posts but if you’re committed to being the first to know, then it’s worth tracking them. Stick to a few companies that you like.
By being a frequent traveler with specific businesses you’re able to collect points, miles, and status. This eventually leads you to added savings. Although it is only helpful if you frequently travel. Otherwise, you probably won’t amass enough points within the year for it to matter.
A Vacation Guide to Save You Money
We hope this vacation guide helps you to find the perfect vacation deals for your next trip. Even if you have to postpone your trip, there are ways to create inexpensive getaways that are off the beaten path.
If you’re looking for more ways to make the most out of your budget, you can find helpful articles on our blog here.