Planning a trip almost always begins with the cost; the basic costs being how to get there and the transportation while there, living arrangements, and food. There are several things that travelers can do to make their travel finances go farther while still having a memorable trip.
1. After the travel location is known, it’s time to start looking for promotion or special rates for hotels or motels. Most large chain establishments offer discount prices or free extra night accommodations if reservations are made early.
2. If traveling by air, check newspapers and airline websites for seasonal specials, early bookings, discounts or promotional rates to fly on certain days of the week or by adding an extra stop on the way. There are travel bargains available that can greatly reduce the cost of air fare.
3. If traveling somewhere without the family car, making car rental reservations in advance is another way to save money. Most car rental agencies offer good weekly rates which just might cost less than if renting a vehicle for only a few days. It’s worth the time to calculate the cost. It’s also important that the rental agreement include unlimited mileage.
4. Meals can take up a large portion of a travel budget but there are ways to reduce that cost with a few minutes of research. Most lodgings provide some form of a breakfast, from a continental coffee and Danish to a full scale self serve menu. When checking into the hotel or motel there are kiosks with lots of offers from local dining facilities that include discount coupons, early bird specials or free meals after a few visits. Another way to save money is to do a little research online for deals going on in the place your are traveling. A quick search, for example if you were traveling to New York a quick search for “restaurant deals new york” can find you a great place to eat without breaking your budget.
5. Entertainment is another large item when traveling but can be economical as well. In just the same manner as locating reduced meal costs, local attractions have discounted entrance fees displayed on stands in the lobby of hotels and motels. Tourist attractions offer group discounts, reduced pre-reservation prices, and coupons for reduced fare when presented at the entrance.
6. Souvenir and gift shops also advertize specials, sales, and coupon discounts that are in the local newspapers and on the internet.
7. Rather than traveling with a lot of cash, using travelers cheques is far safer and replaceable in the event of lose or theft. Using a debit or credit card is also preferable to cash.
If the travelers are senior citizens, generally aged over 55, a great way to get more discounts is to become a member of a national senior’s organization. There are countless lodgings and restaurants that offer reduced fares to members of these groups.
Once all the plans and reservations have been made the only thing left to do is to arrive safely and have a wonderful, comfortable trip.