Even with the price of gas skyrocketing there are still plenty of bargains to be found when travelling in 2012. During the last few years many people have learned that using the internet is a great way to find great deals, especially at the last minute. Here are a bunch of excellent tips you can use to save money on your next trip, whether it’s across town or around the globe.
Book a Hotel at the last minute. Sounds crazy, right? It isn’t so much anymore however as younger travelers have started treating going on a quick vaca like going to the movies. Hotels have had to adapt to this and there are now plenty of great, last-minute rates all over. Check Expedia and Priceline before you go and you’ll be surprised at what you find. (Of course don’t do this on major holidays and peak season.)
Go where the money isn’t. Countries that are in deep financial trouble, like Greece, will have much lower prices as they try to attract tourists and their travel money. It’s slightly risky but you can find some incredible deals.
Travel where they are building lots of new hotels. More hotels mean more competition for your dollar which equals better rates. In Berlin, Germany that’s what’s happening right now.
Go where the big celebration was. After Mardi Gras, the World Cup, the Olympics, the Superbowl and other huge festivals and major sporting events the price of everything drops as the city where the event was held goes through withdrawal. Their loss if definitely your gain.
Take the bus or the train, especially once you’ve arrived at your destination. In Europe you can travel practically anywhere by train and they’re clean, fast and safe. If you’re keen to see all the major landmarks of a certain state or country take a bus tour. Either way will save you a ton over flying.
Take a vacation close to home and use the car. Sure gas prices are crazy but, if your destination is within 6 hours drive, you’ll spend much less than on air travel and have a mode of transportation when you’re at your destination.
There you go. Plenty of travel tips for 2012. Now go out and have some fun!