5/04/2011

Travel Savings


Traveling in the summertime can be a great way to enjoy a family adventure while strengthening valuable relationships.  With some simple strategies and the right planning, you can make that summer vacation you and your family have been talking about a reality.

Planning the Family Trip
As you plan your family vacation, there are several important things to keep in mind:

Picking a Destination
When considering destinations for your summertime get away, it is important to keep in mind how long the trip will take, the method of transportation, and how each relates to your budget; however the most important thing to keep in mind is the reason for the trip.  Pick a destination where you and your family can relax, explore, and do the things you wouldn’t normally be able to do at home.  An important thing to remember is to pick a destination where your family can spend and enjoy time together on a family adventure you will remember for a long time.  Once you’ve chosen a destination, then you can plan with detail exactly how you will make your vacation possible while fitting your budget.

Travel Trends
By selecting less popular routes and travel dates, you can save both time and money as you plan your itinerary.  For example, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday afternoons often offer the best rates on air fares because there are typically fewer people travelling. 

Flights/Airfare:
http://www.yapta.com/             

Hotels/Lodging
A savvy vacation planner should be sure to find the best deal possible when making hotel reservations.  The following are links to several popular hotel and lodging search engines you can use to find the best rate available for your vacation.

Vacation Packages
Vacation Packages are often affordable solutions when planning a family vacation, however might not offer as much flexibility as planning your own.

The AAA website has a page on Travel Planning which offers a variety of valuable tips, tools, and resources to help you as you plan your itinerary.  The article 20 Secrets to Save on Travel, lists in detail a variety of important tips to keep in mind during the planning process.

Food/Dining
For tips and ways to save on food and dining during your summer vacation, see



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