With holiday season coming, most of us are now planning for a Christmas vacation with the family. Although many have already booked vacations earlier to avoid high prices, it is not yet too late to plan. Enjoy a trip outside Northern Illinois, across the country, or, better yet, outside the country. With thanksgiving fast approaching, discounted prices will come your way.
One of the best ways to get discounted prices is through booking them online through a travel website or the establishment’s official website. However, for those who want to book with those who they have tried and tested already and those who are not on a budget, you may book tickets and accommodations the way you prefer to do so.
Most travel bloggers highly recommend budget travelers to just go wherever the sale is; that is if the location doesn’t matter at all. However, it I also best that you should research about the place so that you will know whether or not you are going to enjoy your stay.
If you’re planning to fly to another continent, it would be best if you fly with your preferred airline rather than look for cheaper flights. Not only will you experience the comfort of flying with your trusted airline, you will also accrue miles travelled with your carrier which can give you a frequent flyer status; some airlines have this promo where you will get free tickets in the future in exchange for your continued patronage to their services. Note, however, that you have to check with your airline first if they have this promo; if not, then you might as well go with the cheapest flight possible.
When booking hotels or motels, you can search for them on the web and book in a travel website. However, some hotels offer packages when you book your accommodation on their official website. More often than not, some of the cheapest hotels do not have a website. So if you have a friend or relatives living in the place where you are planning to take a vacation, it would be best that you would ask them about it. Or better yet, they will offer for you to stay with you in order for you to save money.
In places where you are not quite familiar yet, it would be better if you go old-fashioned; that is, through using a guidebook such as Lonely Planet. This book will provide you with the information you need for your vacation; you can even book through their website. However, it is always best that you book your reservation via phone to ensure the authenticity of your bookings.
If you are traveling with a group of people, on the other hand, you might as well go out of the box and check some house or apartment rentals; with large groups, renting a fully-furnished place to stay would be cheaper than booking a hotel. Or, better yet, be spontaneous and book an first hotel you see on the road.
When on vacation, the least of your problems would be where to eat. This is primarily because you can see fast food chains and restaurants everywhere; you can even just choose to eat at your hotel’s restaurant. It is highly recommended that when choosing a restaurant; choose those that you haven’t tried before. If you are in another continent or country, try their native dishes; being adventurous in terms of food and trying new things will definitely add to the things you will remember about the place. You may also check out Yelp or Trip Advisor for any tips on the best restaurants in town.
If you want first-hand experience, on the other hand, you might want to try reading travel blogs or travel magazines and newspapers. Most articles about travel will provide you tip on how to have fun on a budget. Recent articles will tell you what the new thing in the place is and how to get there. In fact, these are good sources of ideas as to where to stay and who to contact. Aside from that, they will also warn you what not to try out in the city. To ensure that what their blogging about is actually true, you may also verify it on the comments section of their page.