When the economy is tight, travel is one of the first luxuries you think to cut out of the picture. However, because so many people aren’t traveling, the travel industry has to make travel an attractive and economical option. That’s why you’ll find some of the greatest deals on discount vacation packages right now. So, if you’d like to take a trip, but think you can’t afford to, take a look online or with your local travel agent, before you scotch the whole idea.
Let’s say you’d like to go to Hawaii for a week. Ordinarily, the flight ticket alone is enough to knock your socks off. However, you’ve got to remember the entire travel industry is feeling the pinch too, so they make arrangements with their contacts all over the world, from hotels and airlines right through to transportation and restaurants, who all would love to have your business. All of these businesses offer their best prices. The discount vacation package is born, there for the taking. When competition is stiff throughout the travel industry, everyone tries to offer the best package, so you also have many discount vacation packages from which to choose.
So where do you begin to look? I’d start with Google, typing ‘destination-name discount vacation package’ in the search box. No matter what your destination may be, you’ll get thousands of results. There are the well known online travel package sites, but you may well find the best deal with an independent travel agency, due to the fierce competition. Even some of the major airlines offer special travel packages from time to time.
If you find a great discount vacation package on a site you don’t know, check them out for professional associations and organizations of which they may be a member. These memberships are usually listed at the bottom of each web page.
Before you shop for a discount vacation package, you’ll want to know what the best price is on a round trip ticket, without the package deals. Let’s say your best ticket price to Hawaii is $600. If you find a vacation package to Hawaii, with a six night stay at the hotel, one meal a day included, along with a few days of sightseeing activities for $800, you know you’ve found a good deal. The more that package offers in the way of food, transportation and activities that you’d normally have to pay for, the better!
In better times, the so-called independent travelers were able to put together their own itinerary at a better price, if they were willing to take the time to find the deals. This year, it’s hard to beat the discount vacation packages offered by travel agents.
Go ahead. Take a look. Maybe Hawaii isn’t out of the question!