With all the stress from work or school in the city, one might think of
getting away from it all during the holidays. You daydream of white-sand
beaches, nature trips, and luxurious hotels. Yet reality takes you back
and tells you that your pocket and bank account, as of the moment,
cannot afford to splurge on a very extravagant trip. Nevertheless, did
you know that an inexpensive holiday is just around the corner? All it
takes is a little bit of research on your part, and a little haggling,
Go for the Undiscovered
Popular tourist spots are very expensive since people who manage these locations know that the number of visiting crowds is stable. Some of these spots have already built a name for themselves. If you are planning for an inexpensive holiday trip, try to go to places that are still undiscovered and are still starting in attracting tourists. These locations offer the best deals and rates in town.
Another good thing about these undiscovered spots is that they are not saturated and crowded with tourists. You may even find yourself alone in a small, private beach. One does not have to go to large expensive resorts just to have an afternoon of basking in the sun. Instead of staying in hotels, you can go for villas by the beach that you can rent for a couple of days.
Research a Bit More
It is also important before booking the trip to compare prices first. Look at hotels and flights, deals and packages, and travel agencies offering holiday getaways. Check the local newspaper, travel websites, or your nearest travel agency. If you're lucky, you can even get a package that includes tourist activities like diving, city tour, and variety shows.
Last-minute booking may have its disadvantages, but it could work the other way around for you. You sometimes tend to panic and not be able to make the right judgment.
When it comes to reservations, you may want to make it 14 days in advance. This way, you can get offers for lower rates. You can also have the time to compare prices.
Some hotels may reduce the rates for standard rooms eight to ten weeks before the travel date. This may not apply to all hotels, but it's something good to remember, though. Moreover, before booking, ask the hotel if there are additional rates that may be applied to their other services. Taxes are sometimes not included in the rates.
Aside from cutting expenses on your flight and accommodation, you can also check first if taking your mobile phone to another country is expensive. Roaming charges may be applied by your mobile phone company. It would be better to call your mobile company first before embarking on a trip. Try to ask and understand the charges that you might incur during the holiday.
Renting a car may be easy once you are already in your destination. However, why not call these companies first before travelling and compare prices and book in advance? Choose a smaller car especially when you are travelling alone. Some car-for-hire companies are even giving free car upgrades. Also, go for eco-friendly vehicles. These cars use less gas, thus helping you save on fuel expenses.