Five Vacation Planning Travel Tips to Save You Time & Money on Your Vacation

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					Five Vacation Planning Travel
Tips to Save You Time & Money
on Your Vacation.
Vacation planning is fun and easy so you don't need to get overwhelmed. The first thing I
want you to do is to take a deep breath and don't panic. If you've never done this before,
relax. I am here to help you with some simple steps to plan a great vacation.

1. Determine Your Budget.

There are many ways to go about determining your budget, but I usually set a price of
how much I want to spend (per person) and then go from there to determine how to find
the best travel deals based on where I want to go on a cheap vacation. You need to be
reasonable regarding what the budget will be for your vacation or getaway. A very
realistic and reasonable budget for a cheap vacation is between $800-$1200 per person
including airfare, hotel, car rental, food, tips, and airport parking. I've traveled all over
the country on business and the average budget for a two-to-three day business trip is
about the same amount so it's a very reasonable for a cheap vacation for an entire week
(especially when it involves air travel and a much longer stay).

2. Choose Your Destination.

Here's a little insider travel secret. I've traveled to some amazing vacation destinations
at amazing prices, but I don't usually choose my destination. The destination chooses
me. It can get a little frustrating but I can tell you that if destinations did not chose me, I
would never have went to Jamaica and seen a live starfish swimming underwater when I
was snorkeling off of a beach in Negril, climbed the Great Wall of China, traveled through
the Panama Canal or met a baby sloth at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica just for starters.

I went to those vacation destinations not because I had a deep desire to travel to
Montego Bay, Beijing, Panama City, or Puerto Limon, but because I was chasing a travel
deal. Now, vacation planning via chasing a deal is a great way to get cheap vacations and
save a lot of money. I have been on some incredible trips and gone to vacation
destinations I never would have had at the top of my travel destinations "bucket list," but
I realize chasing the travel deal has prevented me so far from going to Tahiti's island
paradise of Bora, Bora (my life long travel dream) and I still want to do the "Sound of
Music" tour in Salzburg, Austria. So you usually have a choice: chase the best travel deal
or choose your travel dream.

3. Book Your Airfare, Hotel, and Car Rental.

When you're vacation planning, the best way to save hundreds of dollars on your
vacation is to book everything together as a complete travel package. I don't have any
technological reason as to why this saves you money, but it does. Feel free to
experiment with your own online travel booking engine of choice with this concept by
making queries separately and then as a package, but it's been done before and proven
to save you money. I do know that Rovia Travel has the best online price 68% of the
time as compared to Travelocity and Expedia according to a recent independent survey
by Topaz International so you may want to check them out.
4. Research Your Vacation Destination & Plan Your Travel Itinerary.

Researching my vacation destination and planning great itineraries is one of the things
that I sort of excel at in vacation planning because I love researching the hot tourist
attractions of the vacation destination I'm visiting. I know some people just like to "wing
it," but that lack of vacation planning can really add hundreds of dollars to your trip.

There are two great ways to do your research. First, there are so many online tools at
the local tourism offices of the areas your visiting that have all the main information at
your fingertips, plus many have coupons or travel deals you may not have been able to
find in other ways. The second thing I like to do is pick up a great guide book for the
destination I'm going to. Frommer's Travel Guide Books and Rick Steves' Travel Guide
Books for Europe are very well researched and written and these authors update their
books almost yearly so you know you have up-to-date information.



5. Make Two Checklists.

Now you need to make two checklists for your vacation planning. One is a list of things to
do before you go on vacation. This includes finding a pet sitter, getting a neighbor to pick
up the mail, calling your mobile phone service to arrange for a text/email package while
you're away if you're traveling internationally, secure a passport or visa (if you need
them), get medical vaccinations if necessary, call your credit card companies to let them
know you'll be traveling and what cities or countries to expect charges to come up on,
and things like that. The second list for your vacation planning is a list of things to pack.

Now that wasn't so bad, was it? Now you see how simple vacation planning is even for an
inexperienced traveler. These are the basics of vacation planning and now that you know
how to plan your vacation, we have a lot of extra bonus travel tips my travel website
(see below) to help you discover a world of ways to see the world. Bon Voyage and have
a fabulous vacation.

				
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