How to Save on Summer Travel
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How to Save on Summer Travel

Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 11:25 am
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There are two ways to save money on Summer Travel.  One is to plan ahead, so that you have plenty of time to find the best deals.  The other is to minimize how far from home you will travel this Summer.  It might be a good idea to make sure that your boss has approved your time off, or your use of vacation days, before you make any travel related purchases, just in case.

One way to save on Summer travel expenses is to make use of websites like Travelocity, or Priceline.  This is a good way to find a discount on airline tickets. The trick is to match up the time you will be traveling with the deals that are offered on these types of websites.

You can use the same websites to find a deal on a room at a nice hotel.  Sometimes, there may be package deals that combine the airfare for a particular airline with the room rental at a certain hotel.   Take the time to see what deals are available.

Are you planning on visiting Disney World?  Disney has a website http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/ that is designed to help you find out what it would cost to take your family to Disney World this Summer.  They have a special calculator that you can use to find out a total cost.  When I looked at the Disney website, it said: “Create your perfect family vacation! For as low as $68 per person, per day, enjoy a 6-night, 7-day package for a family of 4 at Disney’s All-Star Resorts!”

Have you considered traveling by train, instead of flying by plane?  It will take longer for you to arrive at your destination, but, it might end up costing you less money.  This might be an option for people who are able to enjoy a nice, long, leisurely, vacation.

Another way to save on Summer travel is to limit how far from home you are willing to go.  It won’t cost as much to visit the local beach as it will to fly out and visit an exotic, far away, beach that is located in a foreign country.  You will still be able to enjoy the sun, sand, and water, no matter which beach you visit.

Sometimes, you can cut down on travel expenses if you, and a couple of friends, do a “road trip”.  Everyone chips in on the cost of renting a car, and the cost of gas.  You could double up in one hotel room, instead of getting a separate room for each person.  You get a little less privacy this way, but it might turn out to be a whole lot more fun than it would be to travel by yourself.

 

 

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