Due to the tough financial times, it is possible you were going to forgo this year’s vacation or perhaps spend drastically less. If you are a budget-minded traveler, this article is for you!
Even on an international flight, you should be able to provide your own needs. And items you may need, such as a pillow or blanket, should be packed before your flight. Also think about bringing snacks in order to guarantee yourself that you’ll have something you like to eat.
When taking a cruise that you have to drive to the port city of, stay in a hotel or motel, that provides free parking, the night before. Even if they don’t publicize the service, it can’t hurt to ask about free parking deals at your hotel.
Hotel staff like room service staff and the bell hop are paid meager salaries and tips are very much appreciated. The bell boy should get a bare minimum of $1/bag, and housekeeping should get at least a couple dollars a day. You will find that this simple act will make your stay overall that much better, and the people who work there will go out of their way to please you.
Try taking a mild sleeping aid during your red-eye flight. For many people, sleeping on a plane is almost impossible, between the uncomfortable seats and the noise level. If you want a surefire way to make it through your flight, try taking a sleeping pill in order to relax, calm down and sleep through it. Your best bet is to wait to take the pill after the plane takes off. If a delay should occur, you don’t want to feel exhausted before your flight takes off.
Make sure that your passports are valid. Most countries have passport regulations with which you must comply. You may not be allowed into their country if your passport is expiring in a certain amount of time. Many countries require that your passport is valid for more than six months after entering their country.
As soon as you can, find out if you need a visa for entry to the country that you plan to visit. It is a good idea to apply for a visa months before you have to travel, as the processing times for visas can be quite long. Remember, without the appropriate visa you will be refused entry to some countries.
Subscribe to the e-newsletters of the major airlines. These e-newsletters usually provide you with the opportunity to take advantage of money-saving bargains, such as last-minute offers, select discounts and other exclusive deals. Yes, these e-newsletters may mean more inbox clutter, but the savings you can receive make it worth it.
Due to the downturn in the economy, you may feel like you should skip this year’s vacation. Armed with the suggestions from this article, you should have no trouble making your next trip as affordable as it is memorable.