Friday, May 22, 2015

Budgeting Your Dream Vacation

Planning a vacation is extremely important, especially if your goal is to save as much money as possible. If this is the case, you must start the wheels in motion on your plan several months before you want to depart. This is because some of the biggest savings you can get come from advance bookings. Along with this, you must consider other details, rather than wait until the last minute. In order to create a budget and stick to it, it is important to know exactly where you will be going and how long you will be staying there. Here are some of the ways to go about budgeting your dream vacation.

1. Hotels

As mentioned earlier, there are substantial savings to be had, provided you are prepared to make your reservations early enough. Take a look at many San Diego hotels to see which ones offer the biggest discounts for booking a room in advance. Find out if the discount goes up the further in advance you book your room. If this is the case, book your room as far in advance as is necessary to get the biggest discount.

2. Plane tickets

This is where it is vital to make your booking in advance. Airlines have no sympathy for people who book their flight at the last minute. Ideally, you should book your flight three to five months ahead of time. However, find out how far in advance you will need to book your hotel in advance, then book your flight for that specific time. The money you will be able to save on your hotel and airfare will be very significant. 

3. Rental car

When you book your flight and hotel, you should also book your rental car. Not only will this allow you to get a discount on when you will pay for the rental car, it will also ensure that they will have the exact rental car that you want for your particular trip. Keep in mind that if you plan on dropping off your rental car at a different location than where you originally rented it, you will be forced to pay a lot more than if you bring it back to the same location. Therefore, it would be wise to rent a car, do some sightseeing in an area, bring the rental car back to the same location and then take a bus to your next destination.

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