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June 5, 2008

The M-Network Vacation Guide – Be Flexible and Save

Filed under: frugal — Tags: , — plonkee @ 11:00 am

Being flexible when considering travelling is probably the single greatest money saving tip that you can find for vacations.

The key things to be as flexible as you can be, on are probably your destination, and the dates you travel. If it doesn’t matter exactly where or when you go then it becomes much easier to pick up a bargain.

The more constraints that you have on your trip, the more important it becomes to book in advance to get any semblance of a good deal. On the other hand, if it doesn’t matter which week in September you go away, or the exact Mediterranean country that you go to, there’s no need to book in advance to get a deal, you can use the even better last minute offers.

This is particularly true of package deals – flights and accommodation booked together through the same company – but is also true of flights on scheduled airlines. Basically, the rooms have been booked by the tour agent, and the plane will be taking off, so any money that the companies can get is better than nothing.

Of course, there are bound to be some constraints on where you travel, and you might not be able to take advantage of the best deals but think outside the box. Does it need to be a Greek archipelago that you travel to if there’s a better deal to be had in the equally historic and beautiful Croatian Adriatic islands. Can you travel from another airport, or on a Sunday instead of a Saturday? Is British Columbia really that much more beautiful than Washington state if the exchange rate is not in your favour?

Think flexible and save money.

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