Five Best Budget Tips for Travel

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Five Best Budget Tips for Travel

Updated 3 years, 7 months ago

If you think that you can’t afford to get away on a vacation this year, we have some great tips to help you find a getaway that fits within your budget.  Whether you want to explore domestic locations and get to know North America better or if you would like to go overseas, there are many ways to travel affordably if you know where to look for the best deals.

1.  Fly Off Season

When it comes to booking travel, don’t follow the crowd on popular travel dates and even destinations. What you need to remember is that if a time of the year (such as Spring Break) is very popular for carriers such as Air Canada then the demand for travel services in that period is peak. When it is in high demand you are not going to get the best deal. Schedule your vacation for a month when few people are taking a vacation like April instead of March, or September instead of August. Not only will you have access to better deals, you will find your flight and travel destination less crowded too allowing you to enjoy it more.

2. Book Early

For most people, scheduling a vacation means some advanced preparation. Shopping for and booking your ticket early is the most important trick you can use to help you find the best air fare.  In order to have passengers book ahead of time for occupancy requirements, all airlines offer substantially discounted fares. Don’t worry about your seat going on sale and paying more. Most airfare aggregate websites offer PDP (Price Drop Protection) which means that you will be refunded the difference should your seat become further discounted after your purchase. It is a winning policy for travelers and airlines who can ensure their occupancy requirements are met before the departure date.

3. Package Deals

Sometimes a package deal offered by a tour company and affiliate is the best deal for a budget vacation. All inclusive vacations offer amenities such as meals and beverages as well as flight and hotel accommodation. If you have never visited an all inclusive resort, consider it to be a one-price vacation that is convenient, fun and affordable. Simply pack your bags and a bit of spending money for cab travel and entertainment and you can have a great vacation at a limitless number of destinations around the world.

4. Travel Light

Packing every outfit you own isn’t a good idea when you are travelling on vacation. Depending on the type of vacation you are going on, chances are you will need far fewer changes of clothing than you think. Don’t over pack!  Save yourself the extra cost of baggage fees and the inconvenience of pulling a heavy bag around. Go light and save!

5. Discounts and Loyalty Programs

Do you have some extra air miles or other loyalty points that you have not used yet? Find out how you can use these points to upgrade your flight to business class, or to receive a discount on meals and accommodation. While you may not have enough miles for a free ticket, there are many other amenities you can enjoy with your points.

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