Itâ€™s that time of the year again â€“ when my friends at work canâ€™t seem to stop browsing the web sites of airlines for promo fares and looking at places they can go to. It got me thinking about my next vacation (surprisingly, I do not have anything planned for August!) and how I can save money and have a great vacation at the same time. Here is the list that I came up with.
Go for alternative lodging
I think that this is the one that I struggle with the most. I love to stay in nice hotels where I get pampered. Of course, I donâ€™t always get the nice hotels and sometimes, even the expensive ones do not provide the level of service that I yearn for. I have learned through experience, however, that alternative lodging can be just as good! From bed and breakfasts to backpackersâ€™ hostels â€“ these can give you very comfortable accommodations for less than half the price of some hotels!
Just because an establishment does not look immaculate and is not located in a trendy part of town, it does not mean that the food is not excellent. Trust me, go where the locals go and you will not regret it; not for the taste and flavor, and definitely not for the price.
A lot of airlines give discounts if you do not have check in luggage. For trips wherein you can bring a single carry on bag, do so! We have saved a considerable amount from doing this. If youâ€™re staying for more than a week, then consider having your laundry done at a local shop (not the hotel!).