Useful Tips For Low-Cost Vacation.
Going on vacation to places we dream of visiting is always in our plan but when it comes to traveling cost, it often becomes a (big) problem.
I'd like to share some tips how to plan a vacation which are supposed to help you squeeze your traveling cost . I'd also like to share my own experience in traveling so that this hub can be made richer in contents .
1. Plan it as early as possible.
Make your vacation plan 3-4 months earlier is better. You can make your preparation during this time including looking for the cheap tickets, where you stay, and the itinerary of your trip.
Normally the early you reserve the ticket the cheaper and vice versa, it will be more expensive if you buy it near departure.
The early planning also enables you to anticipate if there are sudden alterations.
2. Chose The Right Time.
Try to avoid going on vacation at peak seasons like Christmas, New Year, and other long holidays that your country has. In my country, besides those two seasons, Eid Al Fitr, School holidays in Junes and Decembers are also peak seasons.
The demands of tickets of all modes of transports as well as hotel occupation are high at those moments that make their prices above normal.
Many tourism sites are crowded too at high seasons which also make your holidays not really enjoyable.
3. Keenly Check The Ticket Price.
There are two ways to check the plane tickets: through the internet and/or contact your travel agents.
Some flights regularly promote their budget tickets in the internet. To check the price of tickets you need, just type your flight schedule, number of seats being ordered, then click search. The prices will be displayed for just in seconds. Do it frequently until you find the price which fits your target budget.
The second way is call your travel agents for the price checks. The agents will surely help get the best price for you. You can compare the price they offer with the price offered by other agents, or with rates of your own search in the internet.
It's wise to consider the rule of thumb that the price is always cheaper to buy it through the internet or your travel agents than purchase it directly at the airport.
4. Where to Stay.
Besides the hotels, there are some alternatives for the places to stay during vacation. you can consider your relative house (why not ,as long as you get their consent ),
If you plan to go to another country without family, staying with local people can be another experience and offers thrift too. First you need to register to join the community at www.couchsurfing.org to be acquainted with people in the country of your destination. You can select your host based on your preference like age, location, gender and other factors. Couchsurfing is actually a social network which has more than 2.4 million members in 245 countries.
Think again the purpose of your visit.
What's the purpose of your visit ?
Are you going to visit places of attractions in the area ?,
or you just want to enjoy the cosiness of the hotel as much as you can and spend most of your time there ?
If the first purpose is your real intention, meaning that you will spend a lot of your time exploring the attractive places in your destination then staying in moderate hotel will be a wise choice. You'll save your budget significantly from the margin price staying in a more reasonable hotel, of course this budget tightening shouldn't sacrifice your need for good rest and sleep.
Expensive hotels surely offer more comfort and luxury while lower class hotels do not offer the indulgence equally but offer budget maximization, so the decision to choose the class of hotels can be made in line with your itinerary.
5. Don't Play It By Ear.
Good preparations, including reserving hotels, prior to your travel are of course much wiser and economical than if you do instant check in on your arrival.The same thing you should do for the ticketing; the more time for reservation the better.
You certainly don't want to have the experience my family and I once had when we visited Bali in 2008. Confidently made no reservation, we landed at the airport at 11:15 pm. I called up some hotels on my list but all gave the same news: fully booked. I didn't have idea where to stay since the hotel rooms which I thought readily available were mostly occupied. We were still dragging our luggage a long the street at midnight before we finally got a room an hour later for a price they couldn't compromise !.
You can check all hotel lists and their prices all over the world by searching them in the internet. For asian countries you can click www.asiarooms.com and for other countries you can check them out at www.venere.com orwww.magicaljourneys.in .
Another way to enjoy your travel is go by train. European countries offer comfort for train travelers and tickets bought by reservation are much more economical. Click www.eurail.com to make the reservation. It is important to know that buying the tickets some days in advance in the internet is much cheaper than if you buy it at the last minute at rail station.
6. Package or not package ?
Going on holidays on your own arrangement is basically cheaper than if you take a holiday package provided by travel agents. Many travelers, by the way prefer to take tour package for destination, security, and comfort reasons.
I had a valuable experience about the importance of taking a tour package, especially when we deal with new places. It happened when my family and I tried to get some attractive destinations of a city but ended up wasting my time in the street asking several local people for directions every time I met intersections just to find the right ways. We really regretted that moment for having lost much of our time and energy on the way.
Again, the prices offered by travel agents need checking and compare them one another is the best way before you decide which agent to chose.
7. When shopping time comes.
- Go to a shopping center, shop, or market without your guide. The shopping centers, shops or particular markets have to spare some cost for the guide commission which make them increase the price.
- Go to unpopular, not tourist-center shopping places, shops or markets. Popular and tourist-center shopping places (including shops and markets) tend to be more expensive.
-Sharpen your bargaining skills. Many shopping places offer unfixed prices, so they are open for negotiation. Although it's not a common rule, many products (handicraft, clothes) can be negotiated down to 1/2 of the prices offered, and car rentals are also negotiable subject to length of rent.
-Bring cash, use credit card only in emergency situations, will help you control your extravagant shopping.
Enjoy Your Holidays !