Your first stop should be at your local travel agent. Ask about special packages to specific destinations that don’t cost an arm and a leg to get to and see the sights. This opens the door to what is sometimes called ‘adventure’ travel. Ever been to the Galapagos Islands? This is an affordable vacation destination, as many travelers are now hearing. Costa Rica, a U.S. territory, is another popular and affordable travel destination. You have no exchange rate to worry about and by going to some of the more out of the way beach locations, you get a better flavor of the culture, enjoying pristine beaches that aren’t overrun with other tourists and at a very attractive price. Give your travel agent the parameters of what you’d like to get out of your vacation, as well as how much you can spend. He or she is going to work very hard to find an affordable travel package that satisfies your objectives and budget.
Do some research on the net, too. Scope out travel destinations you find appealing and try to get a baseline on cost of accommodations. Consider alternative accommodations, such as youth hostels, convents and monasteries (great places to stay, BTW) and residency apartments, sometimes known as ‘efficiencies’. For about the same price as a hotel, you can rent a furnished apartment, with a kitchen, cookware and bedding. It’s obvious you’ll cut your costs by shopping locally and eating at home. Affordable travel plans require flexibility.
Another strategy is to simply throw your wish list out in a Google search. For example, you’ve got a budget of $1000 and would like to get away for 7 days to a beach holiday in Costa Rica. Google it! Something like ‘travel package Costa Rica 6 nights’ ought to get you to a site offering a deal.
Your travel agent is your best ally in finding a good, affordable travel package. The agency makes a commission, but only if you buy the package! After making your own online investigations, see what your travel agent has found. It may be far better than what you were able to find on your own. Especially in difficult economic times, the sharp travel agent’s connections serve your needs well.
If you have the travel bug, you will want to visit a thousand places all around the world. Using the tips in this travel guide will help you narrow down your choices for a perfect destination for your trip.
Think about the restrictions of your travellers. When you go somewhere you should make sure that you make a list of the things that you need to bring with you for each member of your family or friends that are going with you – especially if you have young children with you. They will need the most stuff. This way you will make sure not to forget anything and have to make purchases that you didn’t plan for. Young kids will not enjoy travel destinations that require a lot of physical effort such as rock climbing in Costa Rica. Don’t forget that if you have an older relative that requires handicapped access and a climate-controlled room, ensure that you have chosen a destination that will satisfy these requirements. The best vacations will keep everyone’s interests in mind so everybody will enjoy the time spent.
Pick destinations with a variety of things to do. Prior to booking your next trip, see what attractions and sights are there. Is there going to be something to interest everybody? Does the destination in question have a lot of activities for everyone to enjoy throughout the time you are there? If thinking of a resort, does it offer a kids club or babysitting services so that you can enjoy some adult time? To keep all involved busy and happy, pick a place with something for everyone.
Think about the weather! It is important to remember that different times of the year make certain places better or worse visit. If you want to leave the country, do some research on what kind of weather will be expected. Drier months tend to bring larger crowds and higher prices. It is cheaper to travel during wet seasons but may not be very enjoyable. When choosing a destination for your trip, think about a place with nice weather so that your plans won’t be hampered by rain.
Think about the type of travel you’re interested in. All vacation trips are not the same. Each trip destination provides unique experiences for travellers, so it is important to decide. Are you looking for adventure with friends, a romantic time for you and your partner, or an easygoing trip where your whole family can just relax on the beach? Do you want an educational experience for your kids? The kind of trip you want will affect where you want to go.
Check what others have said about the destination. Once your mind is set on the perfect travel destination, it is wise to take some time and read reviews about the destination from other travelers. If you have decided on a place that you would like to travel to, talk to people who have been there to find out what they recommend for the area of travel you’ve chosen. Go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/ for lots of terrific reviews to help you select where you want to go next.