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Tourist on A Budget: A Guide to Saving on Travel

by Alice C. Woodhouse
July 13, 2009
There are very few people who would turn down the prospect of a vacation in a beautiful, romantic island or in a booming metropolitan city. For most of us, our idea of a respite from all the crazy things happening in our life is traveling for fun! There's no better way to relax, see something new, try out exotic dishes, and meet new people from all walks of life. Traveling, especially international travel, costs a lot of money and needs to be planned thoroughly. If you're thinking of seeing a famous tourist destination or seeking a peaceful place to enjoy a vacation but you have a limited fund, here are some things to remember when trying to travel on a budget:

Book early and save

Did you know that there are plenty of ways you can save just by booking your flight early in the day or late in the evening? Airlines usually offer low price for their seats during off-peak hours. Also, frequent travelers have observed that there are also off-peak days. One helpful tip to remember is that the weekend is usually where people travel a lot and airlines have higher rates for their seats, so your best bet is the weekday especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Online Booking

Gone are the stressful times when you have to line up in an airline booking branch. All airlines have provided a convenient way for clients to inquire for itineraries and book flights. You don't even have to go anywhere and you can save even before you travel. All you need is there on the Internet, just a click away.

Travel Companies

A travel agency helps you make the most out of your travel, and they're especially designed to find you the best travel packages, lowest airfares and hotel deals as well. Though some travel agencies may have a reputation for having lots of upfront or hidden processing fees, it's up to you to be vigilant about it. Make sure you use an accredited branch and find out about their credibility. If you find a reputable travel agency, then you can take advantage of their all-inclusive promos which already include plane tickets, transportation, hotel stay, and a variety of tours.

Airline Promos

Because of dwindling customers due to the financial crisis, airlines are now practically offering the highest discounts for their seats, almost giving them for free. Competition is stiff among airlines to get more customers. So much discounts and deals are being offered these days such as the ¬"lite traveler¬" where you get a considerable discount if you travel with very little to no luggage. Several airlines offer ¬"bonus miles¬" or ¬"loyalty programs¬" for those who are frequent travelers and loyal customers.

Accomodation Deals

When it comes to hotels, inns and other accomodation, negotiation is key. There are plenty of hotels in all cities that can give you free upgrades, additional perks and entertainment discounts too. Don't be afraid to ask, but don't be too pushy either. The front desk officer can offer you so much deals when you inquire for it. Try to check out hotel websites, as it can provide you some information not only about accommodation but also discounted car rentarls, adventure coupons, and free dinners in your destination city.

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