1suitcaseUnless you have an excess of it, money is usually the first issue to consider when deciding whether or not to take a family vacation. But travel can be affordable if you do the free stuff and know where to look for great deals.

At the second of our two June 20 Twitter parties, twitterers and our sponsor, Savings.com, shared tips on finding the best deals and other ways to make travel affordable.

HOW DO YOU FIND GREAT TRAVEL DEALS?

 

@savings:I find great travel deals by asking my friends who are travel experts…and by looking on Savings.com, of course! 🙂

 

@1dad1kid: Check multiple sites, different dates, different airports, etc. Sometimes 1 single day can = $300+ savings

 

@TeresaShaw: I scour the various travel booking websites to compare prices

 

 

HOW DO YOU SAVE MONEY TRAVELING?

 

@chaotic_barb: Renting a condo with a kitchen and bbq saves us big $ on food.

 

@NancyBerk Sometimes, big breakfast means no lunch. Saving a little $ til early dinner

 

@janettwokay: I try to travel off-season when hotel rates are cheaper

 

 

WHAT’S THE BEST DEAL YOU’VE EVER GOT?

 

@ramblingstump: Bumped off flight & put on 1st class nonstop w/ $400 in vouchers

 

@TeresaShaw: Using my miles to fly my husband to the Netherlands with me

 

@twokidsandamap: My museum pass is good deal. Paid for $50 for family pass & used it for entry into over 15 museums around US last year

 

WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO MAKING TRAVEL AFFORDABLE?

 

@chaotic_barb: Planning ahead, packing well to avoid expense buying forgotten things, printing local coupons

 

@savings: Set up fare alerts on Kayak, look for coupons on Savings.com, and plan ahead

 

@judy511: Never pay 2 go 2 top – Eiffel tower, empire state bldg

 

IF MONEY DIDN’T MATTER, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

 

@StressFreeBaby: to England for the Wimbledon matches right now. want to be there so much!

 

@babypyo: I would go to South Africa!

 

@arrowssentforth: Among many choices, an Alaskan cruise is high on my to-save-for list!

 

@suebob: Bora Bora!

 

WHAT KINDS OF TRAVEL DEALS WOULD U LIKE TO SEE?

 

@anneatcsuite:  I’d like more CLEAN water fountains in parks and outdoor places to refill bottles…DRINKS can be EXPENSIVE!


@mommytravels: Kids fly free, kids cruise free, kids eat free

 

@zwei2go: I would love to see deals for those of us that travel with kids and are single parents

@dovgame: Ones that work with more than 2 kids