Travel in the off-season
Though you might want to head to the Riviera Maya for spring break or visit the nation’s capital when the kiddos are out of school in the summer, if you want to cut cost, choosing off-season timing is a more strategic choice. Explains Michelle Weller, vice president of sales and customer service at Travel Leaders, the peak times to visit are among the most expensive and congested, making for a pricey and often stressful getaway. But go on the off-season, and you can save big bucks. For example in winter, the hip W Hotel in downtown Chicago can be had for $150 a night and the ultra chic Majestic in Cannes goes for $200 a night rather than its peak season $600. “You may not be able to lounge on the beach, but you will be able to tour all the best attractions without hoards of tourists. It also makes you feel like you have the entire city to yourself.”
Use cashback sites
Consider all of the online shopping you do in a given month—from purchasing must-haves on Amazon Prime to ordering pantry items, and scoring a killer deal on an adorable sweater during a sale, your credit card gets plenty of exercise on the interwebs. What if you could make money back with everything you buy? Travel blogger Elizabeth Blasi suggests using cashback sites, like Ebates, that automatically delivers a percentage of cash back into your Paypal account on your orders. As a bonus, travel booking websites like Expedia, Booking.com, and Groupon Getaways partner too, so you can get back 4 to 10 percent on travel. “Along with the automatic cash back, they also notify you when an amazing deal is happening on a given site and go the extra mile to ensure you’re getting a good deal,” Blasi says.
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