This Yakezie Blog Swap post is from Kay Lynn Akers who writes about money and life on the way to retirement at Bucksome Boomer. Head over there to read my best travel budget tip.
Do you love to travel? Me too but the costs can add up. I don’t want to be limited to camping trips or couch-surfing in order to travel. Fortunately, my family has found a way to stretch our vacation dollars regularly by utilizing two strategies.
Travel off Season
One way to save money is to travel to destinations when the weather is less desirable to most visits otherwise known as shoulder or off seasons. This tip made our last vacation to Alaska much cheaper.
Most people want to visit Alaska during warm, sunny weather which is why June through August commands higher prices. We went on the last cruise of the season in September and saved hundreds per person. The risk for bad weather is increased, but we decided we wouldn’t let rain stop us.
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Although the sailing before had great weather, our trip encountered rain several days and missed one port. Even though the gamble didn’t result in the best of weather we still enjoyed the beauty and grandeur of the Alaska wild.
This strategy works with more than cruises. You’ll find hotel rooms, airfare and vacation package pricing all fluctuates based on the popularity of the season.
Be Flexible About Destination
It’s customary to decide where you’re going to go and then start looking at the time-frame. We ignore that conventional wisdom. By limiting yourself to a specific place, you may be missing out on deals to similar but alternate locations.
Sign up for email notifications from various travel providers to learn about special offers as they become available. If you want a warm beach, be open to other locations than the Caribbean and Hawaii. For example, you could look at Mexico or Thailand for great beaches and good prices.
A few years ago we had an excellent Panama Canal cruise that was an unexpected destination. When a family member ran across an unbelievable deal while surfing the internet, 10 of us decided to take advantage. We had a wonderful trip we talk about still for a great price!