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Archive for November, 2010

Holiday Travel With a Small Budget

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Holiday travel is something many travelers dream about for the whole working year. Visit cheaper countries and find free things to do. Even in the most expensive places you can always find cheap or free attractions. Find ideas online or try to get an opportunity to meet locals and take advantage of all the information they can provide for your holiday travel plan.

Avoid the busiest peak travel times if possible. The flight prices skyrocket around popular holiday times like Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you must fly during those times, plan ahead and buy the flights well in advance, the earlier the better. When you book a flight, read the airline’s rules to make sure there will not be extra fees on top of the flight ticket price. Spend time and look for cheap flights and good holiday offers. Browsing the internet pays off! Most major airlines and travel agencies provide marvelous discounts and bargains so keep your eyes open for offers. Set a price alert online and be ready to book right away. That can save you a significant amount of money.

Many airlines charge you extra if you check your luggage in, especially on domestic flights. Avoid this fee by packing light and travel with a carry-on luggage. It makes traveling easier and faster as well. Even experienced travelers can end up in trouble, so you better get some protection. Delays and losses of luggage, accidents and getting sick. Anything can happen when traveling. Holiday travel insurance prices are cheap compared to the possible expenses in case of an emergency. Not taking a holiday insurance is the worst way to save money.

Staying at a hotel can be expensive. There are many online networks which members offer accommodation either for free or for a competitive price. If you stay with locals, you are likely to meet marvelous people and save money too. The downside is that can take some work to find a host. Have a backup plan just in case it all falls through. If you would love to explore the world for months instead of weeks, consider a working holiday trip. Many people take the opportunity to get to know a new country by doing some work during the days. That will ease the financial pressure. Perhaps your company has an office abroad? Or join WWOOF. WWOOF members get to stay at farms and the farmers provide them food and upkeep in exchange for volunteer work.

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