We are almost in 2017. And most likely you have made New Year resolutions: exercise, eat healthy, quit smoking, etc. However, traveling more is something you can consider in the New Year. Most people tend not to travel much because they think it is too expensive, but the good news is that saving money when you travel is quite simple. In fact, traveling at a discount is now easier than ever and here are 6 tips to get started as follows:
1. Involve the collaborative economy
A few decades ago, travelers had to find accommodation in the yellow pages, book flights at the airport and plan their itinerary with weeks, if not months in advance. Fortunately, those days have passed with the current shared economy that offers travelers more options, and the competition denotes savings. And although many shared economy sites have been around for years, their growth continues to be phenomenal. For example, Airbnb had just over half a million listings two years ago, and now it has over a million. Tourists can, therefore, put the shared economy to work for almost anything, from where you sleep to meals, guided tours, transportation, etc. Some of the most popular sites include Airbnb, EatWith, BlaBlaCar and Guided by a Local.
2. Try Budget Airlines
While gas prices may be at their lowest point in years, this does not translate into regular airlines lowering their fares. In any case, they are trying to get more seats to earn more money. Fortunately, there are a lot of cheap airlines such as Air Asia, Wow and Norwegian Air that fly at low cost from Asia and Europe to the US. UU. They do the same as regular airlines, flying between continents, but without frills and at lower cost. For example, Norwegian Air operates flights from both American coasts to continental Europe for only $ 150 for a one-way flight. Once there, tourists can find their way to Asia for only $ 200 per single trip. Even more interesting is that Air Asia operates one-way flights for $ 20 in the region and if you need to visit Australia from Asia, a one-way ticket will only cost you $ 150.
3. Visit cheaper destinations
This is really obvious. A weekend stay at a five star hotel in Paris will definitely cost more than the same trip, for example, Prague. Take advantage of destinations whose economies have a lower return or those that have excellent exchange rates. Currently, some destinations that may be of interest to travelers include Greece (bad economy), India, Australia, Russia and Japan (all of which have seen their currencies fall compared to the dollar, which makes them much more affordable). These destinations have not fallen, they have become cheaper due to the fall of the currencies.
4. Book cheap tours and cruises
While it may seem risky, it is advisable to book tours and cruises at the last minute when tourism companies are probably desperate in an attempt to fill unsold places. By waiting up to a few weeks until your vacation date or travel date, you are likely to get more than 50% off the price list. With beach vacations, you can also find excellent deals if you hire a beach vacation guide well in advance of your vacation when companies sell the cheapest accommodation. Also, try to use the last minute specials of your preferred tourism company if you want to take a tour or a cruise sheet in case of cruises.
5. Visit the Nation time machine with your children
Colonial Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg are absorbing discounted travel destinations throughout the year, as historical interpreters in period costumes help modern families appreciate what life was like before the advent of indoor pipes, computers or televisions . For example, in 18th-century Williamsburg, you and your family should find the largest outdoor life history museum where children can make bricks in the summer, help weed the gardens in spring, or attend a wedding. Winter slave couple. And if you visit in summer, you can also go to Water Country USA and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Families can book a five-day / four-night stay that includes unlimited admission and accommodation for only $ 700 or less. However, if you schedule your visit in the winter, you are unlikely to have roller coasters, but you will enjoy fewer crowds and be able to join the Christmas celebrations.
6. Mexican beaches
For beach vacations, all-inclusive resorts are always the favorites of many travelers because tourists can do whatever they want, whenever they want, and there are always numerous organized activities for children, as well as opportunities for friends to make. Typically, beach vacation guides announce bargain rates throughout the Caribbean just after Easter until Thanksgiving and then again from mid-December and beyond. Mexican travel can really be a bargain and should give your children the ideal opportunity to practice their Spanish and experience a different culture.
For example, at Allegro Resorts, children can stay and live without charge until December 20 and then again during the summer months. All-inclusive rates for a family of four start at just under $ 160 per night, including meals, children & # 39; activities, sports, spirits, etc. In addition, Akumal & # 39; s Club Caribe, possibly one of the most popular tourist centers and located south of Cancun but right in the middle of the Yucatan coast, is full of diving, snorkeling and much more. of the Mayan ruins to explore. Here, rates start at less than $ 150 per day, including parents & # 39; Meals Finally, Costa Azul (an hour's drive north of Puerto Vallarta in San Francisco, Mexico) is a soft adventure complex that is ideal for both preteens and teenagers, as they can, among others, learn to surf, practice Kayak in hidden coves, walk through jungles and swim through caves. Room rates for a family of four start at just under $ 100.