“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for”
For many, traveling for vacation is the highlight of the year .. it is your mini reward for working for the man. If you neglect to give yourself a vacation, you will never be able to keep up the enthusiasm in your work.One of the major factors contributing to people’s decision in not going for vacation is the time and cost involved making their desired travel arrangements. Here are a few tips that will help you in planning a cheaper and more convenient travel plan.
Airlines, like all the other industries, are busiest during the holiday season. During this period, airline ticket prices can be raised up to 2 to 3 times of the normal off-peak prices. So, if you want to travel on a lower budget, or just save on your fares, then avoid traveling during the holiday season. By saving money on the fares, you can utilize the savings for a a more luxurious vacation ahead. This way you will not only save on travel costs, but also on the hotel and accommodation expense during the vacation .. because hotel rooms are also available at lower costs as compared to other on-season days.
Choose your destination wisely
Airlines have entire departments that continually analyze the popularity of their routes. So ticket prices are set according to demand, with the most popular destinations having the higher priced tickets. Furthermore, the demand of the popular routes also vary with season. For instance, people usually prefer colder places in summer and to warmer places in winter.Plus, tourists are also influenced by local festivals that take place at a specific time of the year, like the Carnevale festival in Brazil or Mardi Gras in New Orleans. So before deciding your vacation spot, carry out a little research on the place you want to visit .. and if you are visiting a popular tourist spot, you will likely pay more for your tickets as compared to traveling to a somewhere off the beaten path. If you are limited on budget, consider changing your destination to a quieter and less costly location.
Check for ticket prices regularly
All airlines have different formulas to determine their ticket prices .. there are a lot of variables involved, but as a rule of thumb, the ticket prices are the lowest furthest from the date of travel. They start increasing from a standardized level over time, then are at the highest usually during the week before the travel date. Some airlines may drop their fares at the very last minute, as they have to fill up the empty seats … so every extra passenger is a bonus for them. Always try to plan your travel well in advance and book your tickets at the earliest point possible .. However, keep a regular check for ticket prices on the airline websites, because they may turn around and offer a special discount for limited times where you can save up to 70% on your airfare.
Research Travel Packages
Check with a travel agent or tour package provider for special discounted packages. Travel Packages lump the costs of travel and living expenses together providing an overall discount for the complete package. Consulting with a travel agent from time to time can also help you in pulling off amazing packages for your vacation.
As the famous quote goes:
“Travel the world, your experience is far more valuable than money can ever be”
So don’t waste too much time .. begin your journey today.