If you know me, you know I loooooove to travel! But what a lot of people don’t know is that I travel on a budget so that I can travel more often. So I figured why not share what I do with you. Therefore you can travel and experience the world also!
Does you love to visit new countries? Who likes to save money while doing that? Well you’re in luck. Today I decided to write about my experience of booking my trip to Thailand to help you with tips on how to book your dream vacation and save money in the process.
The first and most important piece of the trip is deciding where to go. Maybe you have that dream spot that you’ve always been dreaming of or maybe you’re on a budget. There are a few things to consider when determining where to go.
- Safety of the location
Once you decide where to go, you need a way to get there and a place to stay. Look for the following:
- Combo deals – Book flight and hotel together. As most people know, you can often find better deals by booking these two together. When you do find a good deal, ensure the security of the site. There are a lot of scams out there these days. The reputability of the company is also important. Do they make it easy to do business with?
- Fare watch – There are websites out there like SkyScanner that will look at different dates and watch flights. You can also set up alerts on many websites. Some sites I recommend are Kayak, justfly, orbitz, expedia, etc. With many of these sites you can fare watch to see when prices go up or down.
- Read reviews – You can also read reviews of the airline or hotels on the search sites or on the main site of the hotel. I like to look at recent reviews of hotels. This will give you ideas about location, quality, food, etc. Often times, people will talk about the food or how long it took them to get to major attractions. Take it all with a grain of salt though. Different people have different preferences.
Now you know when and where you are going! Fabulous! It’s time to create an itinerary.
What do you want to accomplish when you get there? Are you looking to eat a particular cuisine, see historic sites, go on a specific expedition? I love watching YouTube videos before I go to see what the area has to offer. It also gets me more excited for the trip and shows me what I might want to do or avoid when I get there. What activities is offered in that location. TripAdvisor gives some great advice and many top lists of things to do.
Next, book your excursions. If you’re not on a time constraint, then I recommend booking the excursions when you arrive. Often times, you can negotiate a deal when you’re there rather than paying the set price they have online. Most tourist areas will have excursions available to book right at the hotel.
So now that we reviewed how to decide where to go on your next vacation, how to book a flight and hotel and lastly create your itinerary, you are all equipped with the tools and resources to create your dream vacation. I chose to go to Thailand for my next trip. Where will you go?