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Travel Tips to Save Money on Summer Vacations

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Summer is here, and people will soon be heading off to vacation destinations across the globe. With the rising cost of fuel on everyone’s minds, people are working extra hard to find a great location that also offers visitors a travel deal to make their trip budget friendly.

Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity, gives travel tips to help vacationers save money when making their summer vacation plans.

South Source: WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR ARE PEOPLE MOST LIKELY TO RECEIVE A TRAVEL DEAL?

Genevieve Shaw Brown: Traveling to a destination during its low season means the lowest prices and fewest crowds. But there's a trade off - for example, the summer is the low season in the Caribbean because of the heat and the threat of hurricanes. However, you'll save a great deal of money on both airfare and lodging if you choose to go during that time.

SS: WHAT ARE SOME WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON FOOD WHILE ON VACATION?

GSB: All-inclusive properties are a great way to get the most bang for your buck, and to save on extra costs, like food and drinks. Also, many hotels offer what’s called “value-added promotions,” which lower the cost of your total stay with a range of promotions like free nights, resort credits, or kids eat free.

SS: WILL IT SAVE MONEY TO BOOK TRAVEL PLANS FAR IN ADVANCE OR SHOULD VACATIONERS WAIT FOR A LAST MINUTE TRAVEL DEAL?

GSB: We’re expecting to see summer airfares increase, so it’s best to book sooner than later, as it’s likely that there won’t be many last-minute deals. In fact, Travelocity’s Travel Pricing Barometer analyzed four years of historical flight prices, and found that flight prices increase as departure dates near. The best way to save is to book now to lock in the lowest possible rates, as flight prices will likely go up based on historical data.

SS: WILL IT SAVE MONEY TO BOOK A VACATION PACKAGE OR SHOULD PLANE, HOTEL, AND RENTAL CAR RESERVATIONS BE MADE SEPARATELY?

GSB: Yes, booking a vacation package (flight plus hotel) is the easiest way to save on a vacation. Travelocity has found that you can save up $525 when booking a vacation package, rather than booking the flight and hotel separately.

Author: Laura Jerpi

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