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Save now on summer vacays

When you begin planning your vacation before the busy season, you can find discounts and bargains to make your trip less expensive. And everyone is interested in a bargain. Here are five ways to save money on your vacation this year.
Be flexible If you are willing to change the dates or the length of your trip you can find great prices on a summer vacation. Changing the day you are leaving or arriving home can save you hundreds on airfare.
Consider different destinations Consider visiting a location that is not as well known or during the off-season.  You might visit a beach destination at the end of the tourist season and find discounts on lodging, tourist attractions, or other expenses. An added bonus is shorter lines and less waiting time.
Consider local Select local independently owned places to eat and sleep. Because they don't have the reputation of better-known destinations, they often compete on price. Find some of them on online travel sites, while others you may discover when browsing through forums or blogs from other travelers.  Another option for lodging is to find a short-term apartment or cottage. It is not only often cheaper than hotels and resorts, but it can save you money on food. Buy groceries for some meals and cook at "home" while on vacation.
Look for specials in advance If you know you will be going to a specific location months in advance, search on sites like LivingSocial or Groupon to find deals that won't expire until after your trip. You can look for restaurant coupons, attraction discounts and many other amenities. A side benefit is that you may find fun activities and events that you wouldn't hear of otherwise.
Find out about your memberships Do you have an AAA membership? What about your credit cards? Even if you don't have a travel rewards card, your credit card may offer special services such as travel planning or hotel discounts. Some card companies participate in programs that may be free or at a low cost.  Bank of America has a program called Museums on Us that gives you free admission to science centres, botanical gardens and museums at certain times if you carry a credit or debit card.
About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including SEO and CEO Pete Briger.


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