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5 Great Travel Tips In These Recession-Hit Times

By Zaithyn Galter Published 09/22/2009 | Travel
Travelling does not mean spending through your nose or always going for the costliest services. All you need to save money while travelling is good planning before the tour and taking logical decisions during the tour. For instance, if you visit Honolulu during peak season and get the lowest price at the best hotel, you still have an expensive holiday. Here are some travel advices which will definitely give you the best value for the money you spend while travelling.

1.Rent a car wherever you go instead of opting for costly means of transport. There are various levels of car rental. Be frugal and make sure that you rent a car that is reliable. Luxury, if available within the price, is an added benefit. Moreover, if you are driving to your destination, take a car for rent as this will keep your own car from getting damaged. Upgrades are also available with some agencies for certain terms and conditions. Evaluate them to find whether they suit you.

2.For meals and snacks it is advisable to find restaurants that are cheap. Check out the places haunted by children. They are bound to be cheap. Its not necessary for you to order a full course lunch every time. Breaking it up into little snack sessions will actually save you a lot of money at the end of the day.

3.Avoid restaurants when having food at hotels. Take simple food in your room. You will save a good amount of money also on tips. If you do have to take your meals at the restaurants, avoid fancy names and try to make your day with the starters and side dishes as they often cost lower than the main dishes.

4.You should be an opportunist to travel cheap. Visit places during off seasons. They wont lose their charm, but youll definitely save your bucks as you get to enjoy lower rates at hotels and a less crowded environment. Look for these off seasons to avail big bargains on everything from hotel rooms to food. Same with travel. Try to get the cheapest mode of transport or the local mode. They always cost less during off peak season.

5.Finally, browse every possible place for coupons, codes and special offers. Check magazines, newspapers and the Internet to collect as many discount codes as possible. You can get them for cars rentals, hotel stays as well as restaurants. Sometimes, there are special coupons for reduction in the entry fees to various places of tourist attractions. But be careful to read the fine print and clear any doubt with the authorities if any point is not clear to you.

Whatever you do, make sure you do not go overboard. Research is very important before selecting any travel destination and you should decide your route quite well in advance. Also be flexible and adjust accordingly when cost is a factor. Dont just go for the cheapest if they are not according to your taste.

Matt Morris shares 5 great travel advice and tips for those who are bitten by the travel bug. To find more information visit http://tntonline.co.uk/travel/traveltips/