Vacations may be fun, but they don't come cheaply. Thankfully, there are a handful of tricks that enable us to explore the globe economically. When shopping for a travel deal, it's wise to shun ridiculously expensive airplane food, be flexible about flight times, and compare apples to apples, but how can you really cut costs?
Kiplinger offers an incredible specific list of 21 Secrets to Save on Travel. Highlights include:
- Check TripAdvisor.com for 25 million property reviews from real travelers and professional critics. For details on cozy and often less-costly venues, go to BedandBreakfast.com.
- Visit Hotels.com every Thursday for its new last-minute deals. While you’re there, watch for other rate sales and package specials.
- Book directly through the hotel's website. Many places offer special online booking and prepaid deals. You can also opt in to hotels’ free rewards programs and receive emails about special promotions and discounts.
For a slightly unorthodox saving tip,
- Book blindly for rock-bottom rates. The auction-style booking pushed by William Shatner’s Priceline Negotiator in the popular commercials really can cut up to 50 percent off regular hotel rates (and 40 percent off airfare and car-rental rates). And Hotwire.com’s Hot Rates can knock up to 60 percent off retail room prices. You can specify your length of stay, preferred neighborhood, and minimum star class, but you won’t know the exact hotel or location until after you pay – an especially big risk when visiting unfamiliar areas, particularly overseas. (Blind booking is a safer bet for car rentals; a sedan is a sedan is a sedan. But it’s a big gamble for flights because you won’t know exact flight times or airlines.)
Check out the full 21 Secrets to Save on Travel. What's your secret travel saving tip?