I don't love travel, so destination vacation planning is not an area of expertise. But I am frugal. Planning is a key to saving money.
Plan your budget- If traveling is important to you, you've got to plan your budget. You won't be able to travel frequently if you don't save ahead, be diligent while away to track your spending and communicate with each other so you can creatively eat. Lodge and play.
Prioritize- What's the most important part of the vacation? Sun, food, touring the sites, or specific activities such as riding horses, archeology, hiking, shopping or golf? Make your budget with the priorities in mind.
Who do you know? - If you are planning on visiting a city and you have friends in the area, perhaps they can give you some idea of good places to stay and eat that are a great buy.
Six months ahead- One travel site suggested that for great rentals plan six-months ahead. Those of you who travel regularly know the importance of planning better than I.
Deals- we all hear about folks who didn't plan or who purposely waited till the last minute and were able to get GREAT deals because of last minute bargains.
Web/Blogs- start early to read what others are doing, where they are staying and how they are saving money. If you have kids, find other parents who have traveled to your destination or who simply have great ideas for amusing kids of all ages.
Marion R. Syversen, MBA - President
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