There’s a good chance you’re planning a vacation before the end of the year. Whether you’re traveling the great state of California, to on of the other 50 states or internationally, some travel agents are offering money-saving advice!
Skip the Views!
Shay Harrington says, “Travelers always want a room with a view! Ocean view, mountain view, dolphin view, etc. Forego the best view and save your money for activities and dining. We only spend so much time in our rooms while traveling, and at night it’s too dark to see most views. If a view is really important, go with the partial view instead. It’s still a big money saver and you get the best of both worlds.”
Make a Checklist
Wally Jones says, “Create a checklist for packing. How often have we forgotten to pack a jacket or toothpaste because we didn’t plan out what was needed before packing? Staying organized will free up spending money on food and experiences instead of things you already own that are sitting at home.”
Take Free City Tours
Wally Jones says, “Looking to save on a city tour, check to see if there are any free tours offered. Cities such as London, Paris, Venice, and Sydney all have free walking tours. (The tour is free, but you should tip your guide.)”
Plan Shorter Stays
Shay Harrington says, “No matter how much time you have to travel, sometimes if you can find a way to shorten your vacation by one day, it’s a big money saver. Of course, we want to get the max out of our vacation time, but if it’s the choice between getting exactly what we want and going over budget, it’s always worth considering dropping one day. Plus, it gives you time to relax at home before diving back into real life.”
Learn How To Tip
Annette Youngbauer says, “Know the tipping etiquette where you are traveling. Americans are accustomed to tipping. I have found, many times, that they are tipping when none is expected or normal. For example, in Costa Rica, a mandatory service charge is added to all restaurant bills, so no tipping is expected.”
See What Your Credit Card Offers
Katie Brower says, “Look to your credit card for added perks to upgrade your getaway. For example, American Express offers a collection of nearly 900 hotels worldwide that offer American Express Platinum Card Members exclusive benefits, including early check-in, room upgrades, free Wi-Fi, food and beverage credits and special amenities, among others.”
Go Cheap, Then Go Big
Shay Harrington says, “I have clients who have their heart set on a particular hotel or resort. But when they see the costs, it can sometimes cause some sticker shock. One way to make it work is to stay at two different resorts, or change room categories mid-way. Start off at a different hotel, or in a lower room category. Then, switch it up and end your travel on a high note.”
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