New vacationer? Looking to experience your dream vacation without breaking the bank? Here are some basic lifesaving tips!
1. Compare your options. Before you book a flight, hotel room, or vacation package, check the price on each of the individual vendor’s sites. Oftentimes, cutting out the middle man and booking separately is cheaper than buying a package on sites like Expedia or Orbitz. Furthermore, buying directly from the airline gives you more flexibility to manage your flights, and calling the hotel can result in unadvertised savings (especially during low season and if you are celebrating a special occasion). Remember, third party sites require full payment up front, so do your homework before throwing down money that you may not be able to get refunded.
2. Consult a travel agent before going on a cruise. Don’t book a cruise on any of these consolidation sites. A travel agent specializing in cruises is always a better option because they have relationships with cruise lines, which means discounted rates; and they can score you deals on the cruise ship and other parts of the trip (i.e. shore excursions). Most importantly, an experienced travel agent can help organize all the moving parts, such as flights, transfer to the ship, etc. and if anything goes wrong, they can use their connections to fix it. Meanwhile, if you’d booked your cruise via an aggregation site, you’d be helpless.
3. Beware of ads. Oftentimes, hotels or airlines labeled “top picks” in the search results of your booking site aren't necessarily of higher quality or value. Rather, they simply pay the booking site for that label in order to boost their sales. It's the same thing with many first-page results on Google.
4. Rent expensive equipment as opposed to buying. Want to bring a DSLR camera on your trip to Greece but don't have one/ don't have enough room/don't want it to get stolen or ruined? Visiting a location to film stuff but don't have room for all your tripods and accessories? Simply rent all your vacation needs when you get there! Lendr is an upcoming app that makes it easy to quickly locate and compare any item you may need within its user-friendly interface, sign up now to receive early access to the app when it gets released!
If these tips have helped you out, or if you have anything you'd like to add, leave a comment down below!