The first thing that comes to mind when people think about travel is unfortunately not the amazing experience they’re going to have, but instead how much it’s going to cost.
So in an effort to help alleviate some of that stress, one thing you can do is plan ahead and browse your options.
The first thing you should decide is what kind of vacation you want to take: city, beach, snow, etc. Then you can look around to see what prices are.
Here are some tips to help you save:
1. Dig into the bargain bins
Priceline, Expedia, and Orbitz are probably your best bet to get a great package deal when your destination common.
2. Stay close to home
I’ve found that right outside of every major city I’ve lived, there are great smaller towns that have so much to explore.
- Los Angeles – Santa Maria wine country (get a great discount on my favorite inn here), Laguna Nigel, San Diego
- New York – Greenwich Connecticut, The Hamptons, Montawk
- Houston/Dallas – Austin, Port Aransas, Fredricksburg, Marfa, Round Top, Horseshoe Bay
3. Consider Alternatives
The USA has some true gems that often get overlooked. A few that come to mind:
- Santa Fe
- Santa Barbara
- Park City
- New Orleans
4. Be Inspired
Two of my favorite travel sites offer big discounts on extravagant vacations. So if you’re not dead set on something, check out their options regularly. Jettsetter.com is like the Gilt of travel, posting timely sales on your favorite destinations. LuxuryLink.com auctions off vacation packages, many with a buy it now option. They also do mystery auctions where you’ll find the biggest savings.
5. Track your flights
Once you know where you’re going, use Yapta.com to track the price changes possible flights you want. Since you’re planning so far in advance, you can see if the market changes the price before purchasing.Tweet this!