Ask anyone what their five three dreams are. Mostly, travel will be included in the list. The trip of a lifetime is a common dream, but people would love to travel more often. Lack of money is the main reason people do not realize their dreams. How would it be if the cost of travel could be reduced? Here are a few tips for finding lower prices travel options.
Several Components make up travel costs: Traveling to the destination, usually by air, accommodation and meals at the destination, land transport in and around the destination, and entry, guide costs etc. There are also personal costs on any vacation.
Getting the best value flights usually require flexibility by the traveller about travel dates and times. Gather information from online portals, airlines and travel agents. Take care to compare like with like. A good travel agent can add value to the process by suggesting alternate routes. When creating an itinerary, always travel in the same direction to cut the overall costs of transport.
Some airlines offer discounts to students and seniors. Ask the travel agent about possible price reductions. When traveling in Europe check prices of different modes of travel like air, train, coach and hire car. For example, if traveling in a group, a small overnight coach might be better value.
Next consider the accommodation and meals. There are many levels and room types available. There are several factors that affect the cost of accommodation. Location, standard, and inclusions are the main factors. Generally, the nearer the establishment is to the city centre or important points of interest, the more expensive it will be. The standard is usually advertised by the star rating. Treat the starts as a guide. The inclusions vary from swimming pools, restaurant, spas, Wi-Fi, and meeting rooms etc. Choose only what you need and you will save. Other options for accommodation include Bed & Breakfasts and personal hires as found at websites like www.9flats.com and www.airbnb.com
Sourcing meals from budget restaurants and cafes will save money. Ask fellow travelers where the bargains are located. Many people buy groceries and prepare light meals in their rooms. Whatever you do, always try to enjoy the food of the region.
There is not much that can be done to reduce the cost of entry to sites, unless you are a senior citizen or a student. Take documentation to show your status-there might be some savings.
Finally, manage your personal expenses by choosing budget items and buying bulk if possible. Understand the exchange rates, so that you do not make unnecessary payments. Carefully select mementos and gifts for your family.
In summary, always look for ways to travel to your budget. Reputable travel agents can save you money in many cases. Tell them what you are trying to do and be realistic.