For most Americans, vacations are an important part of the year. They give us something to look forward to, time to unplug and unwind, and a break from the monotony of our daily lives. Unfortunately, vacations also cause problems for a lot of people. Whether the stress of planning, the need to keep up with what your neighbors are doing, or the simple added expense of the vacation, vacationing can be as detrimental as helpful. To help ease some of that difficulty, here are 7 ways to find a great vacation on the cheap, helping you to maintain your budget and save yourself some stress.
- Book Early – If you know exactly where you want to go and when you want to be there, book as early in advance as you can. Companies will often offer lower rates far in advance, because they are not sure how many people will be there. As the date approaches, the plane/hotel/attraction will book up, and the company can then charge more. Booking early also means you will have access to everything, so if a hotel has various types of rooms or a flight has different classes, getting the cheapest is available when you book early.
- Book Late – If you don’t really care where you are going, wait until the last minute to book your vacation. Airlines and hotel chains will often offer significantly reduced rates right before a date if they are under-booked. An airline would rather sell a ticket at half