Saving Money on Family Travel

Most people look forward to traveling, whether it is for business or pleasure.  It’s nice to get away from your familiar surroundings once in a while and see a new place.  Planning a trip can be a lot of hassle, work, and stress, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting the best out of your trip means knowing where you’re going and how to save money on the way. Here are a few simple guidelines to get you on your way to a fun and safe trip:
Plan, Plan and Plan Some More

Make as many plans as you can ahead of time.  Who will watch your home while you’re away? Who will pick up your mail? Do you have pets that need care, and for how long? Will someone take your calls or check your answering machine? Who will make daily visits to show activity in the home to discourage thieves? Answering these questions before leaving for your trip will provide you with peace of mind while you are away.





Be Prepared

Plan to deal with the worst-case scenario that might occur. Carry emergency contact information, medical information, insurance cards, extra cash and identification with you at all times.

 

Schedule flights, hotel rooms and services months in advance to ensure better rates and better selection. A few days before hitting the road, confirm that your reservations are all in order before you begin your travel.

 

Coupons and Discounts

Booking your trip well in advance isn’t the only way to save money when traveling.  You’ll find hundreds of discount coupons for hotels, shopping, and restaurants online, or at local travel information centers. A few minutes of searching can save you a great deal of money in the long run.
Ask Questions

Ask questions before you depart, especially if you’re not familiar with the place to which you are traveling. Traveling to other countries without knowledge of the culture, language or social expectations can have terrible consequences.

 

If you are driving, get step-by-step directions from websites and familiarize yourself with your destination–and everything along the way. Tracking the miles, road names and estimated time allows you to travel with confidence and know where you are headed.

Visitor Centers

Don’t travel without stopping at a welcome center or tourist information booth. Welcome centers and tourist information booths have all sorts of resources, advice on the best local attractions, areas to avoid or directions on how to reach your destination.

Consider Travel Insurance

 

Some types of travel insurance can cover you in case a flight is delayed or canceled, providing you a place to stay and food to eat while you wait for another flight.  Other travel insurance can cover you in the event that the airline goes out of business.  Life and accident insurance can provide for your medical needs or for your family if anything horrible should happen.


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