Money saving travel tips

With summer upon us once more, the summer vacat ion season is about to hit full swing. With the economy suf fering through a recession, however, travel industry forecasters are predicting a slow season ahead as vacationers forgo their travel plans during these trying financial times.

But saving on travel doesn’t have to mean staying home entirely. Rather, there are ways for vacationers to still hit the road without breaking the bank.

• Do your homework. Good deals are out there, it just takes time and effort to find them.

Many people are familiar with the variety of web sites such as Orbitz or Hotwire that offer discounted airline tickets. While these sites are a valuable resource, they should not be your f inal destination when looking for deals.

Oftentimes, these discount sites can be better as a barometer, showing you the variety of airlines that travel to a given destination. But when you go the extra mile and visit the individual airlines’ web site, you’re likely to find a less expensive flight there then you would on the discount sites.

Also, don’t forget to check with a local travel agent for deals.

• Visit off-season. If you can’t af ford to travel during the peak vacation season, great deals can be found during the off-season.

Hotels need business during the off- season, and they will of ten provide great deals to entice travelers.

The added benefit of vacationing in the off-season is it’s likely to be far less crowded with fellow tourists, perhaps providing a more intimate and relaxing feel to your vacation.

• Subscribe to alerts and newsletters. Travel web sites and even some travel agencies provide customers with alerts and newsletters that are sent out when airlines or hotels are offering discounted rates. These alerts and newsletters don’t necessarily demand an immediate response, but the sooner you act the more likely you will be to get a great deal.

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