Find Travel Bargains By Thinking Outside Of The Travel Box by Nadine583Graves


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									Find Travel Bargains By Thinking Outside Of The Travel Box
There are many bargains in travel for the person who knows where to look and how to take
advantage of existing programs. Of course, I am not talking about taking a winter vacation to
Galveston Texas and spending your weekend in a cardboard box on the beach. I am also not
referring to a tree house on the shores of Lake Michigan in the dead of winter.
Where Do You Look For Travel Bargains?
Just a couple decades ago, travel shoppers would go to their local travel agency to find discount
travel services and discount travel packages.
Many people have known for years that if you buy a plane ticket from the airline company, then
chances are solid that you will always pay full price for that ticket. However, the average travel
agency can acquire that same airplane fair at a discount - in essence so that the travel agency can
profit from the difference, but many travel agencies will pass those savings to the consumer.
Travel agencies also offer another advantage to consumers in that they have the ability to look at
airline fares from a number of different airlines. Often it can be much cheaper to fly to Chicago and
change airplanes to catch another flight to New York City, than it would be to take the direct route to
NYC. Travel agencies have the ability to see those discounts that others will not see.
Discount travel packages are often available by grouping a set of people into the same vacation plan.
The elderly and retired most commonly take advantage of this option, but they are not the only ones.
From Las Vegas, people will join together to fill a bus for the ride to Hoover Dam or the Grand
Canyon. All around the country, people will board a bus and ride it to a casino closer to home. Tour
groups frequently catch a flight to Europe and share a bus trip tour around Europe.
By getting three-dozen distant strangers to share the costs of a particular tour schedule, travel costs
can definitively be lowered. Costs are reduced because the tour can be priced according to the real
costs of the journey, as opposed to the inflated costs designed into a package to pay for the empty
seats. But, do you really want to build your next vacation around the strict schedule designed by the
tour operator?
What If You Don't Want To Share Your Vacation?
The truth is that there are plenty of travel savings out there for people who are a bit more independent
than the people who fill tour buses.
To pose the question again as to where to get actual travel savings, many people in this day and age
turn to the Internet travel companies for travel discounts.
The travel companies are in a grand advertising battle, fighting for your business. Expedia,
Travelocity, Yahoo Travel,, Orbitz, Priceline and others are fighting for your travel dollars.
But, who really offers the best travel deals?
People have many opinions about who has the best travel deals available online. If you listen to
William Shatner, you would look no further than Priceline for those travel deals. But, I am here to tell
you that if you want the real travel deals, don't stop at Priceline.
Big Dollar Advertising Requires Big Dollar Sales Markups
Consider this. In order for Expedia, Travelocity, Yahoo Travel,, Orbitz, and Priceline to be
household names, they have to spend millions on advertising to put their names into your
subconscious mind.
How much of your travel package cost will be used to sell their services to the next person? In other
words, how much are you overpaying for travel, in order to know who these companies are?
Cheaper Travel Can Be Found When You Escape The Beaten Path
If you know what to look for and where to look, you can find travel packages that are much less
expensive than you can get with a tour operator or the top six travel companies shown above - and
you will not have to share your trip with three dozen people you don't even know and probably will not
To prove my point, let me give you a couple of examples.
On the Pacific side of Baja California Sur, in the town of Cabo San Lucas, Las Cabos, Mexico, there
is a 5-Star Resort called Hacienda del Mar Vacation Club. At this resort, you can get a one-bedroom
condo for 8 days and 7 nights, and you can spend your days and nights overlooking the Pacific
Ocean. At Priceline, this package will cost $2088.38. At Travelocity, this same package will cost
$1976.59. If you know where to shop, you can get the same one-bedroom condo for 8 days and 7
nights, for a mere $645.
Located on 600 acres in the greater San Diego, California area, Welk Resort San Diego offers unique
accommodations in the form of vacation rentals with a variety of amenities and resort activities. You
can get a one-bedroom villa suite in the most complete resort setting, which provides a golf course
and a private theater. For an 8-day, 7-night package at Welk Resort, Expedia will charge $2064.43;
Orbitz will charge you $2236.40, and Travelocity charges $2063. If you know where to shop, you can
get this package for as little as $298.
In Conclusion
There is a little known secret that can literally save thousands of dollars on your next vacation,
perhaps even step up the value you receive in exchange for your limited vacation dollars.

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