Find Online Travel Deals

Online travel deals are surprisingly easy to find and easier to land. The trick is finding one that suits your purpose. There’s always a cheaper option available. Rather than focusing solely on the economics, it would serve you better to enquire why the deal is so cheap and what you would be foregoing in order to avail the fabulous low prices. Often you might prefer to pay a bit more and enjoy a modicum of comfort and arrive safe.

The simple secret to getting a good travel deal online is to shop around. Often a you can find price differences between sites. If you are willing to do your homework, a better rate can usually be found. Another well known secret is that if you choose to book during off season periods you will definitely get fabulous rates whether it’s airline fare or an amusement park ticket. The use of certain credit cards for online bookings also helps to get discounts, as those adding up those air miles and points rewards.

Travel arrangements from booking airline tickets to fixing an itinerary, hotel accommodation, tickets for various events and venues are done online these days. The more you surf, the more choices you’re faced with. Eleventh hour bookings have become the norm, and there is a whole genre of travel sites focused on this type of clients. This has indeed grown to be a substantial part of online travel arrangements for most people.

Most of the major online travel sites in the US and Canada, such as Expedia, Travelocity and others, have fantastic package deals that give you more bang for your buck. A package deal does not mean a group tour, but rather a deal where airline tickets, accommodation, and sometimes even a car rental all are “packaged” together for usually a lower price than you would pay for separately.

Booking hotel accommodation online can get you good discounts even at star hotels. Be careful however, some deeply discounted bookings may not be refundable in the event you decide to cancel so always check the fine print. Another option for discounted hotel prices are Hotwire.com and Priceline.com. Both are both popular discount travel sites that offer attractive discounts on hotel rooms. Referring to itself as the king of online travel, the Priceline’s claim to fame is the “name your own price” where the buyers are free to fix their rates for hotel rooms. With either company, you pick the price, quality, amenities, and neighborhood you want, but you are not able to choose a specific hotel. With Priceline, you bid on the hotel which meets your needs. You then find out if the price you choose was accepted and if it was, your hotel is booked. In contrast, when using Hotwire, you don’t bid on your hotel and the prices are displayed.

In all, finding travel deals has never been easier, what you do need to watch out for is the fine print. Do your research, compare prices and always read the terms and conditions – happy holidays!

 

Finding Budget and Affordable Travel Deals

Finding reasonable budget travel is not always easy! Affordable accommodations and ways to travel often leave you trying to find last minute vacation deals or booking over a year in advance (which is not always possible when vacation dates may change). It is also hard to travel during the peak summer getaway season when everyone is looking for an affordable vacation. The good news is that budget travel does not need to be that hard to find anytime of the year! Here are a few helpful tips to finding budget and affordable travel deals for transportation and accommodations in popular travel destinations all year round.

The place many people begin their search for affordable travel deals is online. Travel websites like FareCompare and Travelocity are definitely helpful and allow you to be flexible while searching for airfares, car rentals, and hotel accommodations; but they can’t always find the best budget travel deals. This is because their databases often do not search many of the discount airlines or local vacation rentals that offer the best prices to vacationers.

Visiting budget airlines’ websites directly and comparing the cost of their flights to the flights you find on large airfare search sites is definitely one way to make sure you are getting the best affordable travel deals. It is also very time consuming and by the time you finish comparing flights, the price you wanted could have long flown away! The problem is only compounded when you then have to find and book hotel or vacation rental accommodations and ground transportation for sightseeing and tours at the best price during your stay. If you factor in the cost of your time and energy that you have spent planning your vacation, along with flights, tours and accommodations, now you are getting expensive.

There is a way around the hassle of piecing together affordable travel: you can contact a professional travel consultant or tour operator whose job is to find the best deals and combine them into package offers! A traveler might expect the cost of a travel consultant to add to the cost of a vacation, but tour operators have several advantages to offering the best budget travel deals. In many cases, tour operators have long term relationships with cruise lines, airlines, tour guides, motor coach companies, hotels, and resorts. These relationships were built over time and allow tour operators to get the best prices from their travel associates and pass the savings on. Another key budget friendly fact about tour operators is that they have buying power! Since group travel dealers buy in bulk, the savings they receive can be passed on to you, just like other wholesale sellers.

If you are looking for affordable travel deals, make sure to sign up for tour operators’ newsletters and deal alerts so that you do not miss vacation packages to destinations you want to travel to. Tour operators work yearly to create escorted vacations that showcase every season and are the easiest way to find budget and affordable travel deals.

 

The Adventures and Risks of Geocaching

Have you ever gone treasure hunting? Do you remember playing hide and seek growing up? While on vacation, do you enjoy sightseeing, but sometimes like doing it independently instead of the being held hostage by the constraints of tour groups? An old game called letterboxing has influenced a modern, digitized and mobile game, using GPS-enabled devices, called geocaching.

Geocaching, a recreational outdoor activity gives participants the ability to use their mobile and other GPS-enabled devices to hunt for geocaches. Geocaches, or caches (waterproof containers) can be placed anywhere around the globe. These caches can contain a logbook and writing instrument, allowing the seeker to sign the log and return the container exactly as it was found. Sometimes these boxes contain items that can be used for trading. The geocacher, the person participating in geocaching, enters the date they found the cache and by using an established code name, signs the log. There are several types of geocaches depending on whether or not you want something traditional or daring. The different types include a multiple locations cache, an event cache with multiple participants, or an initiative involving a geocaching community, just to name few.

This techie-driven adventure can introduce unique experiences, while exploring new and exciting destinations. There are also risks involved that geocachers must be aware of. In light of local and national security, law enforcement officials find the placement of certain caches problematic. They may be placed in hidden spaces where the container looks suspicious or threatening. Depending on locations, other risks tag searchers appearing to look a little shady especially if they are seeking around buildings, structures, residential areas or near schools. Placement of these containers could also be considered in some situations as littering. Precautions must be taken when placing these containers in designated areas so that geocachers are not encouraged to trespass or find themselves in harm’s way (near high voltage or risky locations).

Could geocaching become the new modern-day tour guide? Clues are used to reference landmarks and other caches. For the independent, recreational tourist this will certainly introduce them to a new adventure, by discovering unique destinations locally and around the world.