Posts Tagged With: Budget Travel

Lodging options for less than $70/night!

Lodging can be one of the biggest expenses while on vacation. Luck for us, Yahoo! Finance’s Farnoosh Torabi spoke with Laura Michonski of Budget Travel to score tips on finding cheap lodging.

Here are a few of Laura’s favorite lodging options – all for less than $70 per night!

HotelTonight – an app downloaded to your smartphone that will help you search last minute deals for the same day.

CouchSurfing – a website that connects travelers with hosts offering a free place to crash.

ConTENTment Camping – a service that will set up a posh tent (complete with furniture), often near popular theme parks or music festival grounds.

Watch the video clip and read the article here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2013

Check out these low-cost options before you book your next hotel!

Check out these low-cost options before you book your next hotel!

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Six questions every traveler should ask

By now, you all know that I’m a huge fan of Budget Travel magazine. I love this recent article by Deanna Cioppa. Deanna shares six simple questions that everyone should be asking on vacation.

Here are a few of my favorite tips from Deanna:

1.  “Is there an upgrade available?” – Although it may not lead to a first-class airline seat or a pent-house suite, it could lead to complimentary parking, breakfast, or Wi-Fi.

2. “Has the price changed for my seat?” – If the price of your airline ticket drops after you’ve purchased it, certain airlines will offer a travel voucher for the difference.

3. “Are you running any local deals?” – The concierge at your hotel will be aware of any Groupon or LivingSocial deals that can be used for attractions and restaurants.

Read all six of Deanna’s tips here.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Budget Travel's six simple questions can help you save big on vacation. Image courtesy of www.socialmoms.com

Budget Travel’s six simple questions can help you save big on vacation. Image courtesy of http://www.socialmoms.com

 

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Watch out! Avoid these common travel scams

Unfortunately, travel scams are a very real issue. From money-snatching monkeys in Bali to baby-throwers in Italy, we travelers need to be on alert. Scams aren’t just prevalent in overseas destinations, though. Tourists visiting US cities such as Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando can be victims of crime.

Read this article by Budget Travel’s Ray Pagliarulo to learn about travel scams, worldwide.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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Score free upgrades on airline seats, rental cars, hotel rooms

Here’s a great video clip from the TODAY show. Budget Travel‘s Marc Peyser visited the studio to share his tips on scoring free upgrades on airline seats, rental cars, and hotel rooms.

What’s the bottom line? Being friendly and considerate goes a long way! 

Watch the short segment to learn more: TODAY Travel – how to get a free upgrade

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

We scored a free upgrade on a rental car by arriving late - all of the tiny compact cars were rented so we were told to choose whatever we wanted from the entire lot. We chose a Jeep, which was perfect for exploring the Everglades!

We scored a free upgrade on a rental car by arriving late - all of the tiny compact cars were rented so we were told to choose whatever we wanted from the entire lot. We chose a Jeep, which was perfect for exploring the Everglades!

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Don’t spend that Lincoln! Build your vacation fund $5 at a time

My friend has saved $240 in one month without even trying by following a tip from Budget Travel magazine. She will use the cash as spending money on an upcoming vacation. She swears by this money-saving trick – here are the details.

Don’t spend that Lincoln!

Each time you find yourself in possession of a $5 bill, put it into your vacation fund. My friend didn’t purposely seek out $5 bills, she simply received them as change after she had bought something with a larger bill, such as a $20. Put the money in a special place, such as a jar or an envelope, so you won’t be tempted to spend it until traveling.

The use of $5 bills

Smaller bills, such as a $5, are great for grabbing a cup of coffee, tipping a bellman or concierge, or buying a small souvenir.

© Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

Build your vacation savings by tucking away $5 bills. Image courtesy of boston.cbslocal.com.

Build your vacation savings by tucking away $5 bills. Image courtesy of boston.cbslocal.com.

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Shoulder season: low-cost RV rentals, re-positioning cruises abound

We’re approaching a magical time of year for savvy travelers – shoulder season. Typically, the months of April to May and September to October signify slow business in the tourism industry. These months fall in-between major travel events for most people – spring break, summer vacation, and the holidays. Because there are fewer travelers, great discounts abound. In this post, I’ll share interesting spins on shoulder season discounts, thanks to Budget Travel.*

RV rentals

During shoulder season, RV rental companies need to move their fleet to meet demand for the upcoming months. These companies rely on customers to move their rigs for them. Cruise America (one of the largest RV rental companies) says “From time to time Cruise America needs to reposition RV’s from one area of the country to another. By taking advantage of one of our one-way specials you can get great deals on Time & Mileage charges while avoiding the usual one-way drop off fees.” They are currently offering a 50% discount on RV rentals from Chicago to Las Vegas between May 15 and June 5, 2012.

Check their website for a list of one-way specials: http://www.cruiseamerica.com/rent/hot_deals/

Re-positioning cruises

You’ve heard of Caribbean cruises and Mediterranean cruises…but what about a cross-Atlantic re-positioning cruise? This spring, many cruise companies will be moving their ships from U.S. ports to Mediterranean ports for the summer. Instead of piloting an empty ship across the ocean, they’ll take passengers along for the ride- at a discounted rate. For example, Norwegian Cruiselines  needs to move a ship from New Orleans to Barcelona this April. Join them on the 13-night journey – complete with a stop at Portugal’s Azores Islands – for $672. My friend, Marti, is a fan of re-positioning cruises. She took a trans-Atlantic cruise from Galveston, TX to Barcelona last spring.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Cartagena, Spain. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Cartagena, Spain. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Search for re-positioning cruises at: http://www.cruisecompete.com/specials/deals/repositioning/1

*A portion of this content was inspired by Budget Travel‘s article “Secret Routes to Savings” by Sean O’Neill, published September 2009. Read Sean’s article here: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/0909_SecretSavings,4624/?src=inset

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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