It’s 2016 and that means everyone wants the best thing for the cheapest price. All are looking for great deals so that dreams can become a reality and as travel season comes swooping in, the searching goes into overdrive. Here are a few helpful insights to keep in mind as you search for deals, pack up your bags, and head off on your adventure.
Searching for deals:
- Flights can be expensive in general but the prices seem to sky rocket during the summer. However, there are ways around this! Flying on an off day is better when buying tickets (for example a Tuesday instead of a Friday) for two reasons, 1-its cheaper that way and 2-you might just luck out with less people on your flight thus getting you a better seat. Oh yeah and….BUY YOUR TICKETS EARLY!! If you are planning a vacation, go ahead and book the tickets as soon as you get the money because the longer you wait the higher the price will be. One last thing about flying is that there are small cheap planes you can get onto that are less than $100, the only downside being that they are very specifically located and if you aren’t going to that particular place, you can’t get the deal.
- If you have the time, there are other (less expensive) options available. For example, trains do still exist in America and can take you all over the country for pretty low prices. If you have the time and add it in as part of the vacation, it really is a good deal. Rolling along countryside with your significant other by your side…what could be better? Of course there are also bus systems which are even cheaper than the trains.
- Booking hotels? Sometimes if you book it with your flight you can get a better deal; saving you money. Use all of the discounts that you can-you would be surprised what family with military or AARP discounts will do to help. The least you can do is ask!
- Packing can get super stressful, depending on the duration of your trip and there are a few things to keep in mind that can help ease the burden. Some people over plan everything while others pack a few hours before and hope they didn’t forget anything. Try to fall somewhere in between. Make a list so as not to forget anything but don’t overpack.
- Paying extra money at the airport because you had to bring 10 extra outfits “just in case” is not fun. Plus, you always want to save room for any shopping you will do while you are on the trip; so weigh the suitcase prior to leaving and give yourself some leeway.
- It also helps if while you pack you also clean up, so that when you come home, exhausted from all of the travel and none stop activities, you won’t feel super stressed due to a messy house.
Pick your adventure wisely and then enjoy every moment of it because before you know it, those few days will only be a memory and you will be back to every day things. Take lots of pictures to keep your memories fresh and do the things you love but never get the chance to do. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!