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                                                Tips For Vacationing On A Budget
                                                             By Peter Shannon

   Looking for some vacation money saving ideas? There’s nothing wrong with vacationing on a
budget. Hey, we all can’t travel like the rich and famous.

You save all year to get the money for a well earned vacation. You want to stretch your vacation
budget but still enjoy yourself. Sounds like a good plan. To help you out I’ve together some vacation
money saving ideas that I hope you will find useful.

If you have a particular destination in mind it pays to plan ahead. Research the attractions and
facilities. Find out what specials or discounts they may have going. Look for other things to do or see
nearby so that you can make good use of your time and cut down on the running from place to place.

Plan your vacation for the off season. You can usually get better deals on lots of things like plane
tickets, hotels, car rentals, cruises and lots of other things.

If you have friends or relatives nearby your destination consider asking them if you can stay with them.
Don’t be a freeloader though. Even though you help pay for the groceries and other expenses your
host incurs, it’s still a good vacation money saving idea.

If you are flying try to plan your trip for when tickets are traditionally cheapest. That would be Feb thru
May and September thru December (except the week before Thanksgiving and the two week period
before Christmas). Try to avoid flying on Friday afternoons as this is often the busiest time of the week
for airlines.

Meals can be expensive at restaurants so you can save some money by packing food for the road.

When eating out try to avoid the places that obviously cater to tourists. Find out where the locals eat.
Ask around. The smaller family owned places usually have better food at better prices. You may have
to go a little out of your way but it is usually worth it for some vacation money savings.

Hotels are typically more expensive the closer you get to a major attraction. With a little planning you
can find a good balance between price and distance.

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When picking hotels don’t just go by the ratings. Compare the amenities they offer. Often you will find
that you really don’t need everything offered by that 4 star hotel and you can do very nicely at the 3
star…with a better price!

Consider buying or renting an RV. You travel at your own pace. Cooking and bathrooms are always
close by. You can meet a lot of other friendly RVers who will usually be glad to point out the best
places to go.

When traveling by car you can save fuel by renting a smaller fuel efficient model. Packing light,
reducing your speed and maintaining proper tire air pressure will also cut the gas costs.

Make sure that your car is ready for the trip. Good tires, oil change, tune-up and all that good stuff. It’s
a heck of a lot cheaper and more convenient to deal with these things before you go rather than on the
road somewhere.

Check out the local transportation system of buses, trains or trolleys. These can be considerably
cheaper than using taxis.

Camping is a great vacation money saving idea. There are lots of campgrounds around. They are
cheap and you may end up with an experience that outshines anything you can get a fancy hotel.

Plan activities that don’t require a lot of money. Hiking, and swimming are good ones. Local Museums
and historical sites are often very reasonably priced as well as being quite educational and fun. The big
theme parks have their appeal but you can really go through the cash at those places.

Plan picnics. These can be excellent vacation money saving opportunities as well as a chance to really
relax and enjoy the local area.

Avoid buying souvenirs. It’s easy to get caught up and blow a bundle on these overpriced goodies. Set
some mental rules ahead of time about how much you will spend on souvenirs and it will be easier to
stick to it when the time comes.

I hope that you find some of these vacation money saving ideas helpful. Make a plan and stick to it.
There’s no reason why you can’t have a great vacation without emptying the bank account.

The author, of this article, Peter Shannon, is the owner of the website Here you will find a large collection of vacation and getaway
ideas for travelers searchable by theme and location.

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                                        Finding the Perfect Holiday Home
                                             By Ewout Donkersloot

When you are looking for the perfect holiday home, you will want to take the time to hunt down to best
vacation destination as well as top notch accommodations. Searching for a holiday home is simple,
but finding the perfect holiday home is a more complex task. You will need to, not only consider where
you want to go and to stay, but you will also need to examine what a holiday home has to offer you
and/or your family while you are vacationing. By following some of the tips offered below, you will find
the act of discovering the perfect holiday home a whole lot easier.
Tip #1: Define your getaway budget.
Before you even begin to research the array of holiday homes available to you, you will need to define
your getaway budget. When defining your getaway budget determine beforehand how much you are
willing to pay for a home rental. You will also need to define what types of recreational activities you
will want to pursue while on your holiday getaway as well to ensure that you have enough funds to
cover your activities. Do not forget to include the costs of travel to and from the holiday getaway or the
costs of food, dining out, and entertainment as well. Once you have defined your getaway budget you
will be better prepared to make your holiday home selection based upon what you can afford.
Tip #2: Think about your destination.
Start thinking about destinations: where do you want to go on your holiday getaway? Do not limit
yourself in terms of selection: there are holiday getaway homes all over the world. The only thing that
may limit you is vacationing time constraints, or your budget. Otherwise, you can choose to go
anywhere you want to and you will have no trouble finding a holiday home that will fit nicely into your
vacationing budget.
Tip #3: Research holiday homes thoroughly.
Once you have selected your destination, check out some of the holiday homes available. You can
easily find houses, condos, chalets, Villas, apartments, even castles to stay in when you are seeking a
holiday home. Do not stop and book the very first selection you find; take time to compare the many
offers in the region where you plan to go on vacation. You should consider more than one vacation
home before making your final decision. Searching for your holiday home should feel like an
adventure, not a chore. Get the entire family in on the occasion or work with the group you plan to
travel with. By working together you can ensure that everyone is satisfied with the final holiday home
Tip #4: Talk over your choices with the family or the group you plan to vacation with.
If you are traveling with others, communication must be emphasized. You will definitely want to sit
down with your family or traveling companions to discuss where you are going and where you are
staying. Even children should be able to have some input when it comes to planning a family vacation.
 By communicating with one another, you are guaranteeing that everyone will be taking a vacation sure
to be enjoyed.
Tip #5: Book the accommodation.
After finding the perfect vacation home, waste no time booking the accommodation. It is highly
recommended that you book the accommodation as early as possible; this will ensure that the
accommodation is set for the date of your vacation getaway. You never want to wait until the last
minute to book your holiday rental; holiday homes are amazingly popular and can book up quite fast.
The sooner you plan your vacation getaway, conduct your home search, and book the site, the better
off you will be.

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