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So you have decided to make the most of the upcoming holidays to give your mind, body and soul the much-needed relaxation and rest after the hectic mundane everyday work schedules. Be it a family vacation or a romantic trip with your spouse somewhere during the planning you need to ponder on the question of money. Here are some handy tips on how to plan your vacation and enjoy it even on a thrifty bargain.
Keep your travel dates flexible: Most people make their vacation plans a day or two before or after the real holiday time. Hence, save your wallet from getting exhausted to some extent by either cutting your vacation short or extending it a few days beyond the holidays to obtain cheaper flight tickets. According to travel connoisseurs even a one day difference in traveling during holidays and on the days when most people are already back home or are still enjoying vacation can result in a significant fare difference. If you cannot adjust the dates, try being a bit flexible on your travel timing opting for either the late night flights or the early morning ones as most prefer flying via the midday flights.
Make a Call before Going Online: Although online booking of flights and hotels may be a convenient option it helps at times to get in touch with the airline or the hotel directly before reserving them through the internet. Of course, calling on the hotel’s toll free number will not help you much. But requesting the manager by calling around 4 in the evening local time and stating you have something special to celebrate may cut the deal. You can refer to past deals that have been on offer at the hotel and requesting them to just check if they can give you a room that is not so much on-demand. You can also compare the total cost of booking airline tickets over the phone which will include a small fee with the deals available online which are reasonable.
Buy Tickets Separately for Large Groups: In most cases when you rummage for best deals for tickets online for groups of four or more, travel booking sites as well as airline websites will present the best price available for just the number of seats you have mentioned. Hence, if you have put down your search criteria as looking for say five tickets, you will be shown the lowest price of five seats taken together, even if there are two or three seats available which are of lower prices. Therefore, be subtle in your booking strategy and reserve only two tickets at one go rather than attempting to save your time and reserving for your whole group together. This way you might not get to sit together with your group but it may help you cash in more money.
Look for Discounts Online: Online travel websites shower you with many deals throughout the year and by registering with some of the top ones and opting for their newsletters you can even make the deals crawl directly to your mail inbox. Popular and reputed websites like Makemytrip.com offer mind blowing discounts as well through MakeMyTrip coupons which are available on coupon websites. You can directly avail the discounts by mentioning the discount code and beam to see your flight or hotel prices slash down by 10 or 20 percent in tune with the discount offer when you pay for the same through your debit or credit card.
Book Hotels Wisely: Accommodation is another major area where you need to shell a whopping amount but which, at the same time, gives you the opportunity to save if done strategically. If you are not going for the sake of simply relaxing amidst the pampering ambience of a four or five-star hotel and if your travel itinerary will hardly let you stay for long in the hotel, go for a 2 or 3 star hotel. Most leading travel websites will give you images of hotel rooms along with reviews of previous customers so that you can make your decision properly. Travel zealots and experts suggest booking a hotel which comes with a complimentary breakfast. You can stuff your stomach with a good morning meal before you go on your sightseeing tours without feeling the hunger pangs that would compel you to hit a restaurant for lunch and shell out more. It is also worthwhile checking which hotels have rooms accoutered with mini refrigerators where you can stack up some snacks and beverages for further savings on impulsive purchases. If you are vacationing with your little ones get them to enjoy along with you by booking a room with two double beds or a suite or opt for a foldout cot where you can cozily tuck them. On the other hand, if you have been associated with a particular hotel chain for long and earned good reward points redeem them to obtain a free room.
Sightseeing and Shopping: You can save a good amount on your sightseeing tours as well. Check out with tour organizers at the destination city for discounts which are showered on teachers, students, military personnel and the likes where you need to present your ID card. Treat your taste buds with food from local gastronomic joints or street food stalls rather than swiping your credit card at expensive restaurants. Finally, when shopping for souvenirs, shoes or T-Shirts typical of the place be sure to hammer out the best deal by starting with half price instead of agreeing with whatever prices the shopkeepers tell you.
The fact is even if you have stashed enough cash for the vacation, it pays to curtail your expenditures where you can and use it up in some other thing, such as indulging in a little shopping spree or pampering yourself in a spa rather than hitting a five-star accommodation or getting the costliest flight.