There are two ways to book an affordable trip. One is to opt for an all-inclusive holiday. If you can find a good deal and make sure that there are no hidden extras, it’s a simple, low-maintenance way to escape the real world. But if you’re the type that requires more granular control, then we’ve got your vacation action plan all ready to go. Let’s start at the beginning.
Budget and start planning as early as you can
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Scope out the destination
Who is going?
Finding the best airfares
A great tool for trying different options is Google Flights. You can search by all kinds of criteria including looking at prices over a period of time in graph form. If you're stuck with specific dates, you can set up airfare alerts. And if you're undecided about a destination, you can explore different areas by cost.
Don't forget to search for alternate/nearby airports as they may be significantly cheaper.
Booking the best flights for your trip
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Finding the right accommodations
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Pro-tips for booking accommodations
To get the best deals on hotels or hostels, check prices online in a variety of places. Many hotels will match lower prices found on the big booking websites. You may even be able to score lower rates if you call the hotel directly (not the 1-800 number).
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Local transportation (on every leg of your trip!)
If you're considering a rental car, check into insurance costs as these can easily double your rental costs. Question whether you really need a car 24/7. If you decide to get a rental car, use a website like Expedia to get an idea of rental costs. Then double-check the rates on the rental company's website. Airport locations will be the most expensive. You can save a significant amount by renting from other locations in the same city. Booking in advance is always cheaper.
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Picking out fun activities and excursions
It’s all about the planning and research before you depart
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