by Resa Fast
For those who love to travel but have trouble affording it, a good idea is to plan your vacationaccordingly. There are numerous ways of finding low priced accommodation, cheap flights and/or other transportation. One of the easiest ways of achieving this is to travel when others don’t.
Most people travel during the big holidays, making it far more expensive than other dates. Staying clear of these, high priced, travel dates will lower the cost of the vacation substantially. But what if these are the only times the entire family can take time away from school, work or even kindergarten? Then, it’s time to use the internet to find the cheapest vacations available.
Depending on what time of year you are traveling, some trips will be cheaper than others. In the winter many wish to ski, snowboard or do other snowy and wintery activities, making trips to ski resorts more expensive. Oddly enough this applies to sunny vacations as well as many of those who dislike cold and snowy weather choose to travel to the sun.
Even though most traveling is more expensive during the more common holidays, some trips are far more expensive than others. As mentioned people tend to fly to either the sun or the snow, depending on what they like. There are, however, destinations which lack the climate to attract many visitors during the winter, mainly destinations that don’t have snow nor mountains, but still are way to cold to call sunny.
Many of these destinations have a wide selection of activities not dependent of the weather. This is, of course, an excellent way of avoiding the high prices hotels and airlines can charge during the holidays.
This approach is much easier if you are traveling alone, or perhaps as a couple, but if you are traveling with the entire family, make sure the kids are well aware of what activities they have to choose from. Not all children love museums, theaters and operas and to avoid a highly stressful vacation with angry and annoying children, it is advised you find a few activities they like as well.
At low season, you can often find fairly priced accommodation even at luxurious hotels, and the same applies to many activities. Most companies – be it hotels, airlines or what have you – will raise their prices during high season, only to lower it during the low season. Taking it advantage of these price difference can make a huge difference in the vacation budget.
If you travel in Europe, there are plenty of developing tourist destinations still very low priced, mainly in the former eastern block. Around the black sea there are a number of smaller destinations still waiting for their boom, making them far cheaper than the traditional Mediterranean destinations in France and Spain. Even though the might be slightly less developed, they often try really hard to provide excellent, but still affordable, service to each and every tourist who visits them.
No matter which destination you choose, and what activities you like, you should always try to find a place where it is not high season. This will save a great deal of money.