It’s a tough time to travel, with COVID restrictions abroad and vacation rentals fully booked here at home. So, let’s make it easier, shall we? Here are some bargain vacation tips that can help you put some thought into an affordable vacation that you’re sure to enjoy.
1. Savvy destinations based on budget
When traveling on a budget, destination matters. Flying to Bora Bora can cost an arm and a leg, while a family camping trip to the Grand Canyon can be a great bargain. Concentrate on lesser-known destinations and affordable cities. For example, Washington, DC is a tourist-friendly city where you will find year-round free entrance to many museums, government buildings, memorials and historical monuments. This includes the Smithsonian. While lodging may still be expensive, avoiding peak days and times can help you find an affordable hotel.
2. Off-season deals & cruise bargains
It may be peak season down the shore, but it’s off-season elsewhere. Traveling off-season will get you deep discounts on airfare, hotels and even cruises. Examples might include visiting Northern California in February, Tucson in July or New Hampshire in September. Repositioning cruises are another option. These one-way sailings move a cruise ship from one region to another, happen off-season and are often less crowded. You can also enjoy all of the typical amenities of a cruise at a much lower cost per night. Visit Cruise Critic for cruise deals, reviews, information on repositioning cruises, and other cruise tips.
4. C’mon, try a new travel website
Most of us have searched Travelocity to compare airfare, but there are many more websites that may not be as familiar. Here are a few of our favorites for finding a great deal.
Scott’s Cheap Flights – Scott’s Cheap Flights has a team of flight experts continuously monitoring fares. When deals pop up, they let you know. If you have a specific destination in mind, you can search the city and they’ll show you all of the current deals.
Airfarewatchdog – Set up alerts from your home airport or favorite routes on Airfarewatchdog. They search, find and share great deals and airline sales.
Travelzoo – From Top 20 deals that can be great bargains, to trending and last-minute deals as well as road trips, you’ll find it all on Travelzoo. Sign up for exclusive deals and rates.
Kayak – Kayak is a travel deal aggregator. When you’re searching, it checks hundreds of travel websites to help you find the best deal. Find flights, rental cars, vacation packages and more. You can even set a price alert.
Momondo – Like Kayak, Momondo is an aggregator that searches for the best airfare across the web. They provide an overview of available travel options with prices, and you choose the offer you prefer.
Skyscanner – Find daily deals on Skyscanner and set price alerts for flights. If you’re flexible with your travel dates, you can find big savings. You can view the cheapest day to travel within a month or even the cheapest month for a trip.
The financial tools you need for a great vacation
A low-interest rate VISA Platinum Credit Card from Benchmark Federal Credit Union is a must-have when traveling. If you’re struggling with a tight budget and need a little help making your vacation a reality, a Benchmark FCU Personal Loan may be the answer. Competitive rates and flexible terms can help with a payment that fits your budget.