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How To Spend Less on Your Vacation

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Simple ways to save money without sacrificing fun.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes
Here's How:
  1. Be flexible with your schedule: Travel during the off-season and on off-peak days (not weekends).
  2. Go for a shorter amount of time.
  3. If driving, pack a cooler instead of stopping for expensive snacks.
  4. If flying, check multiple online travel agents for rates. See if you can get a cheaper rate by leaving at a different time or day.
  5. Instead of buying expensive travel guides, do your research on the Web.
  6. Choose package deals and all-inclusive rates.
  7. When negotiating a room, car-rental, or airfare, always ask if it's the lowest rate available.
  8. Bid low on an online cruise or vacation auction.
  9. Instead of eating every meal out, prepare food in your room if there are facilities.
  10. Use coupons (ask your hotel) that offer discounts on admissions.
  11. Set a spending limit on souvenirs.
  12. Use a credit card that earns points or miles, and apply them toward your next trip.
Tips:
  1. Don't scrimp on accommodations. If you're heading for a romantic getaway, you'll want to spend time in the room.
  2. Compare prices online at a number of different sites.
  3. Avoid "last-minute" deals -- they often sell distressed or unwanted inventory -- which could mean the worst room in a hotel.

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