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Consider Vacation Loans When Planning an Affordable Vacation

March 4th, 2011 No comments

When planning a vacation it is important that you do diligent research and planning to make sure you get the best deal for your money. Below are some tips that will help you achieve your vacation goals without breaking your wallet.

Create a budget
Consider the cost of travel, transportation (to and from the airport and any sightseeing you want to do that involves traveling), hotel, drinks and food, recreational activities, etc.. Understanding all of the potential expenses of your vacation will enable to you get a solid understanding of what the cost of your trip is going to be and more importantly whether or not you will be able to cover these expenses.

Select a date
What time of year you choose to travel is critical. If you select to travel during peak travel times like Thanksgiving and Christmas you can expect much higher prices across the board (hotel, airfare, etc.). You should attempt to travel during the off-seasons and during the week. Also, enroll for travel deal alerts with some of the Internet vacation booking companies like Orbitz and Travelocity.

Choose the type of vacation
Are you looking to take a cruise? Maybe you want to go to the islands for an all-inclusive vacation? Perhaps a sight-seeing trip to Greece is what you are looking for. The type of vacation you choose and where to is going to differ greatly in cost.

What are you going to do on your vacation?
Will you be partaking in a lot of sight-seeing? Or will you be vegging out by the pool or beach? When you go away do you like to buy a lot of souvenirs? Do you like eating at fancy restaurants? Perhaps you like to party all day and night? Determine before you go away what you are going to be doing  for fun while vacationing.

Do lots of online research
As discussed above, visit sites like Orbitz and Travelocity. The online travel industry has become the number one method for consumers making their travel plans. There are so many different sites, all of which provide a wide variety of packages and deals to all over the country.and even the world! Usually, these online booking sites not only offer discounts on hotels and airfares but also car rentals, meal plans, sightseeing excursions and many other things related to your travel.

Get ideas from family and friends
A good idea would be to have conversations with anyone you know that has recently gone on vacation and find out about their complete experience. Ask where their destination was, what airline carrier they used, what hotel they stayed at, how was the food, what did they do for fun, etc.. And don’t forget to ask about costs and if they feel their vacation was worth the price. Ask as much as you can to find out if their trip may be something that fits your needs and budget.

Never limit yourself
There are so many places all around the world to choose for your vacation. If you do your due diligence and utilize all the info made available to you, you should be able to find a vacation destination that fits your needs and budget. If you are strapped for cash and are going to have a hard time covering your traveling expenses, consider applying for a small loan.

Straight Up Vacation Fun – All Inclusive Cruises Package

April 29th, 2010 No comments

Everyone deserves a good vacation, especially in today’s stressful and changing times.  A vacation is inclusive of all excitement, serenity, solitude, romantic, and luxurious happenings in a traveler’s life.  A vacation can be well planned out or just a reaction to the impulsive calls of a bored and tired feet.  Whichever situation suits you, it is always advisable to check on the latest all inclusive cruises packages the travel and tours agencies are offering.  Take note of the following guidelines to cheer you up:

  • All inclusive cruises mean a whole lot of fun, out-of-this-world, complete, filled-with-exciting-out-of-reality events, and escape from the idle reality.
  • On an all inclusive cruises, everything is included: meals, fun and games, sports, entertainment, and places to explore.  It is a floating restaurant and a floating resort at the same time.  Each cruise trip entitles you a ticket to glorious fun and excitement!

What Things Should You Consider in Buying All Inclusive Cruises Package?

If the trip is well planned out or just a flicker of an exciting and impulsive decision, it is highly recommended to be acquainted with the different cruise packages so as to get the best prize for the price of the tour you purchase.  Here are some things to consider:

  • Places to go – There are a lot of cruise packages you can get online.  Caribbean cruises are the most popular ones among Hawaiian Cruise, Alaskan Cruise, Bermuda Cruise, Mediterranean Cruise and Bahamas Cruise.  If this is your first time to take a cruise ship tour, it is highly recommended to take the Caribbean cruise before anything else.  If it is your second time or nth time to take a cruise ship, try exploring the Bermuda or Alaska for a good adventure.
  • Schedule – Always book your flights one day early before the cruise starts to whistle off the oceans.  It is advisable to be there one day in advance so you may not miss the trip.  Also, consider cruises that start on weekends—this will allow you to make the most of your last weekday for office errands, et cetera.
  • Insurance – Most of the cruise packages offer insurance—some will be given away for free and some you will have to pay in addition to your cruise travel expenses.

Additional Tips for Your Cruise Travel

  • Do not bring all your clothes.  In short, do not over pack.  Only pack the basic clothes you wear and skip the other pair of formal boots or high heels.  Flip flops are very necessary.  Bring at most two pairs of swimming attire.
  • Remember to tip.  Tipping from $3-$10 is already good, but be sensitive because some luxury lines do not allow tipping.


Australia Vacation Packages Self-Drive Option

April 7th, 2010 No comments

Getting around Australia can be done, for the most part, on motorcoach, particularly tours done on the east coast of the continent.  A self-drive option is a great way to see more of the “out-of-the-way” places that can enrich your vacation.  Many vacation packages to Australia include a self-drive option for part of the itinerary, or you can select it for the entire trip.  Here are a few things to consider for the self-drive option.

With a valid driver license you can rent a car from some of the international name rental companies such as Hertz, or you can select from local operators.  It will be important to get the maximum insurance possible, which will require a higher rental rate per day, to reduce the deductible you would pay should you get into an accident.  Be sure to read the insurance terms and restrictions to see what is or isn’t covered.  If you’re planning a long trek, be sure you can get unlimited kilometers.  Remember that you drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car.

If you’re looking to head into the Outback or want to be able to go off-road, you will need to get a four-wheel drive vehicle.  These will usually have a higher rental rate and more restrictive insurance requirements.  Being well-equipped is of utmost importance, since you’ll often be in the middle of nowhere.  It is recommended that you have several days worth of water, a tow rope, a high frequency radio transceiver, as well as two spare tires.  Remember that some roads are not passable during rain season, and some of the more challenging routes should not be done during the hottest parts of the year due to overheating and heat exhaustion.

Driving on your Australia vacation can be a lot of fun, just be sure to be highly prepared and stay safe.  The self-drive option is pretty much always at your own expense so be sure to budget for it in your vacation package.