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Traveling for Less

There’s no time like the present to see the world, or at least as much of the world as you can possible afford. Travelling is one of those experiences in life that can be first class and costly or somewhat scaled down and reasonably priced. There are many cost cutting measures to consider that will allow you to get the most out of each travel dollar.

First of all, travel off-season if at all possible. The cost of everything from hotels and airfare to admissions tickets at desireable sites and even your meals will be considerably less if you’re travelling when most of the tourist population is staying at home. Peak travel times for most of the popular destinations throughout the world include the summer months, holiday weeks and anytime a special event is taking place in a particular location, such as the Winter Olympics or the Super Bowl.

If you’re willing to be flexible you may enjoy significant cost savings as well. If you can be ready to board your airplane at 3:30 AM on a Tuesday, you can expect to find the best possible airfare to your destination. If economy lodging meets your basic needs for having a roof over your head while you’re at your destination, you may be able to cut the cost of your hotel room by one half or more.

Be patient. Unless you’re in a hurry to reach your destination on a particular day and time there is no need to purchase the first airline ticket you find. Check with the airlines several times before making a decision. Look into the various online travel sites and you might land a great deal.

Consider waiting until the last minute to make your plans. Often hotels, airlines, resorts or cruises are anxious to fill empty spaces. If there are rooms, seats or cabins available at the last minute, you may be able to make a favorable deal.

Once you’ve reached your travel destination, dine simply. Food can be one of the largest expenses involved in travelling. Don’t get carried away with dining out every night.

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