Booking a vacation is always super exciting. You can finally start to dream about getting away from it all for a while and immersing yourself in a totally different culture. You'll get to explore new cuisine, see new architecture, explore a new landscape and maybe even pick up a new language. There's so much to be excited about when it comes to traveling, but sometimes the cost of it all can bring everything crashing straight back down to Earth. Everyone deserves a holiday, so we've put together some tips to ensure that you get to go on yours, without breaking the bank.
Check The Calendar Carefully
Before you book your holiday it's always worth checking if any big events are happening during your stay. Las Vegas is a classic example of a city where there's often something going on and it can as much as double the cost of your hotel. However, how many of us would consider looking at poker events elsewhere before booking? It turns out that in the world of poker, there have been some big promotions, but the biggest of them have been outside of Vegas. The only way you'd know, unless you were a massive poker fan, is if you'd checked. Always make a quick Google search as it could save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
Always Book Directly
This tip also relates to your hotel; after all, that's likely to be the largest cost involved in your holiday. Booking sites like booking.com and Trivago are brilliant for finding hotels with all of the facilities that you need, in the right location, at a cost that you can afford. However, once you've done your searching you should always see how much it costs to book with the hotel directly. Booking sites tend to take a service charge and that can be reflected in the price you pay with them. Often you'll find the very best deal by booking directly. The other bonus that you might find is that there are activities organised by your hotel that you can bundle into the booking cost. Making savings in this way is brilliant, because you'll get a specially tailored experience at a bargain cost.
Keep Yourself Entertained
Whether you're taking the train or hopping in a plane to get to your destination, there's a lot to be said for preparing some entertainment to keep you busy on the journey. Most of us are pretty rubbish at doing absolutely nothing for a couple of hours and, if we've not planned anything to keep us entertained, then we're likely to splurge on something to keep us busy. Books and magazines cost more at the airport, so bringing your own will help you to save. Similarly, whilst a cheese sandwich costs a couple of cents to throw together, it'll cost you a lot more at the train station and most of us are guilty of boredom eating. Pack yourself a lunch, grab yourself a good book and maybe download a couple of games to your phone too. Whatever is going to keep you busy is sure to save you splurging at the last minute.
Free Stuff is Fun
Although this tip should go without saying, a lot of the joy of a great holiday is simply being surrounded by new things. Taking a walk around the neighborhood that you're staying in is one of the simplest pleasures and it's totally free. If you like a little bit more direction in your sightseeing then in larger cities you can always find guided walking tours that help you to learn about the place you're visiting. Galleries and museums are sometimes free, but if not then they're generally very reasonably priced. Of course, if you're travelling in summer then one of the greatest joys of all is the beach, and we're yet to hear of a beach that's ticketed! Everywhere around you there'll be new things to discover and the chances are that most of them will be totally gratis.