You can’t expect to get a discount from hotel and car rental owners at random. In fact, sometimes these discounts don’t seem worth it unless you are traveling off-peak season, when you will only receive a maximum 50% reduction. Let’s be honest, peak season is when most people travel because they have the time. If you don’t have the time to travel during peak season and are unable to travel at all because of it, then why wait for the hotel’s off-peak discounts? Instead, take initiative, find ways that will save money and create your own travel discount.
There isn’t a ‘best time to book’ but there’s an approximation of the best period to do so. In general, travel agents offer the best deals on hotels and flights six to eight week before the departure date. This may explain why one survey found that booking 53 days in advance is the most ideal time.
When you ask, you can check out other detours than just the one straight flight. If you book two flights, the overall price will be cheaper. This has allowed some people to save up to $2000.
When you can, buy your food from the supermarket and prepare it at home rather than going to a restaurant every day. It’s not a good idea to use all your money for food. You can find cheap, unhealthy food in restaurants. Cooking your own is a great way to save money and your health.
– Visit places that have a natural beauty, but lower living costs. Prices are usually lower. Consider the Philippines and Malaysia, which both offer great tourist attractions, but without excessive prices. The native English speakers are also an added bonus for these two countries.
Ask for a discount on your stay if you plan to stay longer than one week. This can be a percentage off the room rate or even “a free day”.
If you combine airfare with lodging, it is usually less expensive than paying separately. You can even find trio deals that include hotel, car and airfare.
You can find special discounts and coupons that are only available online. These may be offered by hotels or airlines to those who book their reservations on the web. This can help you save up to 50% of your travel expenses.
This tip may seem difficult to implement, but you will never regret it once you have mastered it. You can save time waiting at the luggage carousel and avoid paying baggage fees by only traveling with hand luggage. If you want to go shopping while on vacation, you might prefer to travel with only hand luggage, and then return with your hold luggage.