Even ‘in-demand’ travel destinations experience slow periods following the busy travel season, making it the perfect time to take advantage of great, money saving deals offered by hotels, airlines and tour companies trying to increase business. In most cases the benefits of traveling during the off season outweigh any downsides. You’ll invariably secure cheaper rates (and still enjoy personalized services) and the destination will undoubtedly be less crowded. On top of all the following tips, why not go to Discountrue and check if you can find a further discount on your transportation, accommodation, food and more with a coupon or promo code.
Look For Reduced Transportation Rates
Once you have decided on a destination, you can start looking for reduced airfares. If you plan on traveling to Europe you’ll find that airfare usually drops in the fall (their off season) but you’ll also save money by paying attention to the most cost effective days to fly. Flights taken in the middle of the week are typically around $40 cheaper than they are on the weekends. Having said that, most of the cheap flights call for a Saturday night stay. For the most part same rules come into play if you plan on traveling by train, including buying your tickets ahead of time and traveling during the off season.
You’ll save money on accommodation during the off season as well, whether it’s a resort hotel that may give you upgraded rooms for the price of their standard rooms, a vacation rental, a bed and breakfast or a hostel. A lot of the hotels even provide discount coupons for local restaurants and sightseeing venues as well.
Cruise Ship Travel
The best time to get a good deal on cruise ship travel is to go when the kids are in school. In addition, you’ll be able to take advantage of the best rates during off season cruises by booking at least two months prior to sailing.
Take Advantage of Freebies
Most cities offer a wide variety of free things to do including various cultural events, concerts, free art galleries, museums and festivals to check out. Instead of paying for tours, look for free walking tours (just give the guide what you feel is an appropriate tip) and most cities offer them.
Use a No Fee Credit Card or Debit card for the Best Exchange Rates
Most banks add on additional fees, but there are a few that have international branches or partners that offer ATM cards without fees. If you do end up having to deal with international transaction fees, you can lower them by withdrawing large amounts of money less frequently. Another good option is to use a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
You can save a significant amount of money by traveling during the off season, money better spent on the fun stuff. Why not use some of the money you saved to pamper yourself with a spa treatment during your trip. Sure, you don’t need to treat yourself to something every day, but enjoying a great dinner or checking out an activity you really wanted to experience can take an already great vacation and turn it into an even better one without feeling overly extravagant.