Spring is here, which means the summer and warm weather are not far away. One dilemma I am hearing from many Queens residents is how to take a vacation in these tough economic times. The downturn can deter travel plans, but if you want to be a smart vacationer and save money, you will have to do what you can. This week, I am going to talk about what to keep in mind while planning your vacation during a recession.
Remember that you hold the cards when booking. The hotels, rent−a−car companies and airlines need your business. Do not hesitate or be afraid to sound too frugal. Negotiate hard and ask for upgrades and better accommodations, but if you do not haggle or ask, you will not get them.
Shop around different vendors or companies. If you are going to a Disney theme park, ask what specials there are. You may get a free night at a hotel or free passes. There is always a deal being offered; if not, ask for one.
A group vacation can be fun and cost−efficient. It enables you to split costs and get a better deal on your travel and lodging arrangements because you are booking more rooms and fares. Staying with family or friends while on vacation can be a huge savings and enjoyable. Offer to pick up some expenses to be gracious. Your overall savings will still be substantial.
So How’s Business regarding saving money on vacations in these tough economic times? This economy has brought the world back to reality in that businesses are again valuing your business by offering you more bang for your buck. You may even find bonding if you group travel or stay with family or friends. Equate your vacation with the most important factor: to relax and have fun. In this economy, you can accomplish that and get a fabulous deal.
Contact Joe Palumbo at 516−297−4034 or by e−mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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