Saving money while vacationing isn’t just about finding deals and discounts. It’s about getting the most value for your money.
Here are some tips on ways to save, from start to finish.
Conceptualize your vacation
Think about what you really want from a vacation. Do you want to see the sites along the way? Or, do you want to get there quickly and then relax? Four people who are sharing the expense of a car and hotel rooms can travel for less money than two, but sometimes getting to your destination quickly is worth the cost of airline tickets.
Two great destinations apps developed by their respective government authority makes your travel planning awesomer by providing useful information on places to see, activity planning, weather, deals and lets you create your own itinerary.
Every traveler who has visited or want to visit Amsterdam would probably know about the ‘I Amsterdam’ card that give discounts on various activities, restaurants and museums around the city. They have an app now that allows you to explore this magnificent city with tons of listings on practically everything it has to offer.
This is the Official Aruba travel guide from the Aruba Tourism Authority and also loaded with information. The app provides the usual information like places to visit or attractions, details about any particular place, but there are two features that stand-out in this app: Offline maps and personal itineraries.
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Starting May 15, 2015, every international tourist must obtain a visa prior to visiting Egypt, as announced by Egypt’s ministry of foreign affairs.
Currently, citizens of a lot of countries got their tourist visas on arrival at an airport, but after May 15, everyone must obtain visas before entering Egypt. Although rules for tour groups remain the same – visa on arrival.
Update: March 22, 2015:
Carver cooperatives, safari operators, tourism association executives, and tourists themselves protested the levy of taxes just to take a carving home.
The implementing agency was to be the Tanzania Forest Services but in a much-applauded move, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, has now halted the move.
Tanzania’s wood carvings are well known in local markets and tourists alike. Among the major representatives of Tanzanian figurative art are the Makonde people, who are renowned throughout East Africa for their original and often highly fanciful carvings. Authentic Makonde carvings are made from ebony wood.
Makonde wood carving
But the cash strapped government of Tanzania has plans to fill in their treasury ahead of the upcoming general elections. For tourists purchasing any kind of wood carvings in Tanzania, there will be a tax levy applied to that.
FiveThirtyEight analyzed over 6 million domestic flights in U.S. to come up with this interactive chart that defines which airline has delays out of what airport. It’s good to know about these delays as it will help you making decisions better in terms of planning flights and avoiding slow airports for connecting flights.
Enter your airport and look at the different routes to see the average amount of time you’ll lose by flying in or out there, as well as which airlines are the fastest. Enter destination airport to see specific details about that selected route. Of course, this is not going to change your plans or itinerary, but if one airline always seems to be late, on a specific route, it’s good to know ahead of time.
Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest? – FiveThirtyEight
Some countries rely heavily on tourism for their economy, and they make changes to their systems based on neighboring countries that drive their economy. For example, Samoa changed their driving direction in 2011 to align itself with Australia, with whom it conducts most of its business. And then they changed their time zone to align with Australia, jumping 21 hours ahead in the same year, losing a whole day.
Now the tiny nation of Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean sea is jumping one hour ahead to align itself with other eastern Caribbean islands like Barbados, Guadalupe and Puerto Rico, that has Atlantic Standard Time all-year round and do not observe Daylight Savings.
The British Caribbean territory has historically followed Eastern Standard Time along with eastern U.S. states. Considering the fact that the sun sets at around 5pm in winter which happens to be their prime tourism season, Turks & Caicos will be able to provide more day light to its visitors.
Sanlucar de Guadiana, in Spain and Alcoutim, in Portugal reside across from the river Rio Guadiana. And the countries are one hour apart in timezone, which means that Spain in one hour ahead of Portugal.
Limite Zero, a new zipline connects Sanlucar de Guadiana to Alcoutim. A privately funded passion project of Englishman David Jarman, the 2,362-foot-long zipline (called “la tirolina” in Spain) crosses the Guadiana River at 50 feet above sea level.
If applied maritime exploration rocks your boat, this day and age comes with more possibilities than a single sailor could possibly visit in a lifetime. Still, in order to arrange an itinerary of connected destinations, island-based and mainland coastal, one does not have to travel far from Australia. The entire geographic region is spattered with some of the most breathtaking and unique sites in the entire world, and one should not miss an opportunity to visit them.
What better way to visit these islands than in your own boat. Contacting the right shipwright will set you on the right track and bring you one step closer to your dream. Create and organize your own journey, stay where you want, for as long as you want and, like the explorers of old, pick your own trails and courses. On the other hand, if owning your own Australian boat is simply out of the question, then do not forget that the majority of this country’s population live near the coast, and marine transportation network is a widespread deal. It is easy to find and rent or charter boats for any occasion and budget.
Planning a trip to Iceland? And don’t want to create an itinerary? Then head over to Guide to Iceland where you have licensed tour guides offering various trips from a one-day trip in Reykjavik to a 15-days trip around the island nation.
The website lists accommodation, which is not exhaustive around the country; and car rentals. They help you plan your trip by categorizing the tours offered by companies and locals, such as self-drive tours, nature tours, adventure tours and cheap bus tours. You can even select a city like Reykjavik or Akureyri and look at the tours starting from that city.
There are so many things most of us would do just out of habit while traveling abroad that could easily be misconstrued and perhaps cause problems.
If you’re curious about the unspoken rules and regulations of other countries, then check out this compilation of the important Travel Don’ts around the world created by LoveHomeSwap.com.
Planning a trip can be daunting – You need to book flights, hotels, research whether to take public transportation or taxi, costs, etc. How do you know what places to visit? When to visit? All these questions can discourage a lot of people, but Vamo makes it easier.
Just enter the cities or places you’d like to visit and the site picks the best flights (in terms of price, time in transit, and layovers) to get you to each city; the best mid-range hotels (based on price, TripAdvisor rating, star rating, and location) and the number of days to spend in each city and in which order.
There are a lot of websites that tell you when is the best time to book flights for your next exotic destination. All of these are predictions based on their data and one should always take these tips with a pinch of salt.
Apart from all the preparations you need to do in terms of documents, packing and booking stuff, there’s the flying and commute too. To make things easier, Kayak has released a travel guide that shows you the how far in advance you must book your flights, what are the best days to arrive and depart, and the median airfare for each continent.
With over a billion searches for flights in a year, Kayak has put together the data it has collected that can be a helpful guide to plan the initial stages of your trip. Arrival and departure day results from the day of the week with the lowest airfare for each and the timeline for when you should book is based on data for the booking window with the lowest airfare.
As we mentioned, you should take all this information with a pinch of salt and do your research.