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Best 15 Travel Tips To save You Money

By travelanswerman | June 14, 2009

Whether you’re traveling around the world or just across state or county lines, travel expenses can add up quickly, especially with rising airline and gas prices. But you don’t need to break the bank to have a great time on holiday. There are many ways to get most expensive travel necessities at a great discount or even for free. Investigate these travel tips and see if any can save you money on your vacation. Don’t forget, the money you end up spending is just as important of an investment as purchasing something for your home or property.

Surf the net for promo deals. The internet is chock full of travel deals if you know where to look. Sign up for emails and updates from comparison sites like Kayak and have the best promos sent directly to your inbox.

Print out online coupons. There are many coupons online for hotels, dining, and attractions. Simply print them out and bring them with you when you go.

Sign up for free travel contests. While there is no guarantee of winning, there’s no harm in trying. Who knows, you might be fortunate!

Go to timeshare presentations. While this isn’t for the weak-willed, time share presentations can be a way to get some pretty great stuff for free. The inexperienced can use this guide to keep from falling prey to the sales pitch. Remember, the sales personnel are paid a significant amount of money to complete a sale and you are their target.

Contact local tourism bureaus. A simple letter or email to the local tourism bureau of the place you’re planning to visit can garner you some free coupons and maps of the area. Do not be afraid to ask questions. You will likely be surprised how much they are willing to help you far beyond what you could have imagined. If you don not ask, you cannot expect to receive anything.

Take advantage of discounts through work. Many businesses have corporate discount programs that can save you a lot of money on admission to a wide variety of attractions as well as hotels and transportation. Check to see if your employer has such a program; it might save you a great deal of money.

Never be afraid to ask. If you want a discount on a price, just ask, otherwise you might miss out on a potential bargain. How many darts strike the target if they are never thrown. The worst that can happen is you will be turned down. You really have nothing to lose…except a possible great opportunity.

Be frugal, not cheap. While it’s good to be frugal with your vacation money, don’t skimp on important things. It may end up costing you more in the long run. Remember the old proverb, a fool and his money soon part ways.

Try to speak the language. Do your best to speak the language, otherwise you’ll peg yourself as a tourist and possibly get charged higher prices. Your best attempt, even if it is a poor one will show the locals you are trying. Many times this is all they need to see you are reaching out to them. Believe me, it helps significantly.

Get cash at an ATM. Don’t exchange money before you leave home or at the airport. You will get a much better exchange rate by using your credit card at an ATM.

Check out the rotary club. Rotary Club International offers free travel and accommodations for businesspeople on group study exchanges. You don’t even have to be a member.

Make friends. Just like at home, having the right connections can go a long way towards getting hooked up with free stuff. So be nice, a smile may score you some free goodies will definitely go a long way at making you new friends.

Be flexible. You’re more likely to get discounts and freebies if you’re willing to be flexible in your plans. Rigid scheduling will always limit your opportunities and your overall experience.

Don’t be ashamed to drop names. Know someone who lives and works in the area you’re visiting? Mention their name; they might have friends in unexpected places that can offer you a deal.

Volunteer. If you’re not opposed to working on your vacation, you can get free lodging in many scenic locations all over the world in exchange for varying degrees of volunteer work. This is an excellent way to significantly reduce your expenses and extend your holiday. You might be amazed how many opportunities are available if you will only inquire with the locals. This is also a great way to engage at a more personal level with people in the community. You never know what new life long friends you will meet along the road.


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