Travel is all about the adventure and many times that comes with a price tag. Not everyone has an overstuffed wallet, so when budget is a concern deal websites can be travel-savers. With the wide range of deal websites available to consumers nowadays, getting discounts on inclusive travel packages, experiences and restaurants is easy as pie.
How to Save Money on Travel Using Websites
When we travel I’m pretty budget conscience as we do not have unlimited funds. I try to save throughout the year, but let’s be honest. Most of the time life gets in the way. I remember being skeptical when Groupon and Living Social started popping up, even when I heard about the discounts offered. But as time has gone on, I’ve learned to embrace those incredible money-saving websites.
Save a Ton on Travel Packages
I swear the number of websites offering inclusive travel packages is growing each day. It isn’t too hard to find one that offers exactly what we are dreaming about.
Recently, I was exploring ideas for a couples only trip and boy, was I blown away by some of the cheap vacation deals. I’m talking $799 for a week long Ireland adventure or $679 for 4 nights in London or Paris. And both included air!
One of the top travel deal websites is Travelzoo. When I’m looking for air and hotel packages, that is usually my first stop. I also receive weekly emails that give me a heads up on their top 20 discounted trips.
Groupon has expanded to included vacations under their Groupon Getaways section. That is my second stop. While Groupon Getaways features many of the same packages as Travelzoo, each site offers exclusive vacations available only on their site.
Granted, flexibility is the key to scoring the best deal from any of the travel deal sites. The lowest prices advertised are usually flying out of major east coast airports, but most offer extremely discounted prices out of other airports.
Pay Bargain Prices for Luxury Hotels
After airfare, hotels are the biggest budget crusher for us. But with deal websites we can score deluxe accommodations for value prices.
Using deal websites has given my large family the opportunity to stay at three to four star hotels for what it would have cost us to stay at a two star hotel.
Earlier this year (2016), we scored a two night stay at the Carousel Inn & Suites located across the street from Disneyland Resort for under $200.
Another great deal I nabbed is for an upcoming holiday trip to San Francisco, California. We will be staying at the Argonaut Hotel located in Fisherman’s Wharf area, including breakfast and drinks for two, and it just was $150 a night.
Discover Adventure without the Cost
For my family, experiences make the vacation. We love to get out there and try new things, but the cost can hold us back. That is why I have fallen in love with deal websites.
The travel sites offer great discounts on many popular activities and tours. We have saved tons on experiences like cooking classes in Las Vegas, Nevada and Ice Land in Galveston, Texas.
As soon as our destination is set, I hop over to Living Social, Groupon and Travelzoo to see what adventures await us. Some are only good for certain dates, but most certificates are good for up to 120 days from the date of purchase.
We not only use the deal websites when we are traveling, but also for local activities like snorkeling in La Jolla, California. And lately, many popular concerts and shows such as Cirque du Soleil have been deeply discounted as well.
TravelingMom Tip: Always read the small print, because you don’t want to be surprised by extra costs such as equipment rental fees.
Dining Out Doesn’t Have to Cost A Lot
My family not only uses travel deal websites for vacations and experiences, but also for meals. We have been able to enjoy mouthwatering meals ranging from sushi and French cuisine to hole in the wall burger joints. And all at an incredible discount. Plus, I love having meals already planned and paid for before we travel!
Many of the restaurants listed on the sites are unique, local hidden gems that most would have passed by. They have delicious food to offer and are just looking to get their names out there to tourists and locals.
When looking for discounted meals, I always check to see what is being offered. Sometimes it’s $50 for a $100 certificate and other times it’s a full meal for a discounted price. Many times the full meals are for two people which are wonderful when we take couple only trips.
Restaurant certificates have varying expiration dates and some restaurants also require reservations, so I always make sure to double check before purchasing.
My family loves to travel, but the budget doesn’t always like it. Using websites such as Groupon, Living Social and Travelzoo allow us the freedom to get out there and explore new sights and surrounds. And our wallet appreciates the savings we get.