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Save on summer travel

June 17, 2009

Summer is almost here, so before you load the kids into the car to escape town, there are few money-saving tips you might want to consider.

When traveling internationally:

  • Visit destinations where the U.S. dollar is closest in value to the local currency.
  • Look for all inclusive packages, such as resorts or cruises and pay upfront in U.S. dollars.
  • Ask your travel agent about locations that may be less costly as they are in their ‘off season’.

Save money on hotels:

  • Ask your travel agent about upgrading your hotel reservation to a room with two king size beds instead of getting two hotel rooms when traveling in groups or with kids.
  • Ask your travel agent to find hotels where kids stay for free or cheaper when traveling with kids.
  • Ask your travel agent to find a hotel room with a kitchenette so you can take care of a few meals yourself instead of eating out for every meal.
  • Your travel agent can suggest properties that might offer complimentary breakfast or heavy hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon.

When traveling by car:

  • Pack the car as light as possible – the more weight, the harder the car works and the more gas you use.
  • When renting a car for a large group of people, renting one SUV saves on gas mileage vs. renting two smaller cars.
  • Make sure tire pressure is accurate so that gas is spent efficiently.
  • Use only the grade level of gas that your car owners manual calls for, nothing more.
  • Use cruise control to run the engine efficiently and save on gas.

Save at home while you are away:

  • Turn the air conditioning off or down.
  • Put your lights on timers.
  • Unplug large appliances like TV’s and computers.
  • Turn off automatic sprinklers.

Other Tips:

  • Buy travel insurance: it may cost more upfront, but has the potential to save you thousands.
  • Fly in and out of airports that may be farther outside of the city to get cheaper flights then take public transportation into the city.
  • If a family member has a business trip, consider adding your vacation onto the end of the trip so there is one less plane ticket to pay for.
  • Consider a volunteer vacation–the volunteer portion of your travel may be a tax write-off.


  • Australia is in their off season at the moment and the US dollare always stakes up well against the Aussie dollar.

    As well as it being the off season the economic downturn has also drove prices down in the travel industry. Shop around and you’ll get a world class experience at very low rates.

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