Affordable Travel Deals Tips – Ways to Find Bargains on Airfare, Car Rental, and Vacation Packages

The internet has made finding affordable travel deals an easy process. Everybody can do it these days – there is no need to hire a travel agent. Whether you’re looking for deals for a specific trip or just want to wait until a good vacation package pops up before jumping on it, the web provides you all the tools you need for doing so.

The best bargains usually don’t last very long so you’ll need to jump on an offer ASAP. Sometimes the best deals are of the last-minute variety, and other times it is recommended to book early in advance. Most experts agree that booking 7 – 8 weeks in advance is ideal.

When looking for cheap hotel rooms, keep in mind that you should never, ever just pick the first good deal you see in a city you are not familiar with. While you will want to jump on deals quickly, you should still take the time to research the hotels and locations. If a bargain hotel does is not close to all of the city’s major sights, you could wind up paying more for your rental car or taxi rides. Does the hotel you are considering offer the amenities you need as well as free breakfast? Is it located within easy walking distance to inexpensive restaurants?

Subscribe to travel discount newsletters and follow the leading travel sites on social media so that you can stay up-to-date on all of the affordable travel deals. If you haven’t already done so, download some apps on your smartphone to receive alerts. These services are free.

As for airline tickets, it is sometimes cheaper to just go ahead and purchase one with the hotel reservation. When airlines and hotels partner together, there are often good discounts available. However, you might be required to fly out of a specific airport and stay at the hotel for a minimum number of nights.

Choosing Cars in Affordable Travel Deals

If you’re going to rent a car, select a vehicle that is in your budget range and show up at the office to pick it up bright and early in the morning. If you can beat the crowd, you’ll likely get the option to upgrade for free!

Another way to potentially save on your upcoming trip is to consider vacation rentals. Sometimes it’s a lot cheaper to rent an apartment or condo for a week instead of staying at a hotel. Travel discount sites now have a section dedicated to these kinds of rentals. Just make sure that it is located in a safe part of the city.

There are always affordable travel deals to somewhere – you just need to be patient and know where to look!

Online websites are the place to look for all of the aforementioned travel search tools. Whether you want to go on a nice cruise or a big, exciting city, you can use the site to compare affordable travel deals. Take the time to look over online coupon offers as well.

Travel Insurance for Vacation Rentals

A family booked a rental cottage last summer, arrived safely and just loved the cottage. However, on the second day of their two week stay, the mom got a call to say her father was seriously ill and not expected to live. The family packed up and returned home, and sadly, her dad died a few days later. After the funeral, the renter called the cottage owner and asked what sort of refund she could expect as they had only used 2 days of their 14 day booking. The owner refused to pay any refund with the explanation that she relied on the cottage rental income to pay the costs of her cottage and it was always fully booked through the season. She was not able to find a replacement rental party at the last minute and as the rental agreement stated; if that was the case no money would be returned. Of course the rental group did not have travel insurance, which would probably have covered trip curtailment due to the illness and / or death of a close relative. The rental cost the family over $ 4000 and they were not able to recover a penny of that money.

Many people believe that trip insurance is only necessary if there is a flight involved; where delay, lost baggage, and the risk of the airline going bust, is covered; and medical cover is required in a foreign country. It's not considered important, or not considered at all, to buy insurance to cover a trip taken by road to a self catering property in the same province or the same country.

Think again! Most cottage bookings are made several months in advance and many things could happen after you have booked to change your circumstances. Illnesses of any member of the traveling party, redundancy or a call to jury service are just a few of the situations that would be covered by a travel insurance policy. A few insurance companies also offer a 'change of mind' clause, allowing you to cancel for any reason after a booking has been made and paid in full. This normally pays out an amount sufficient to cover any cancellation fee the rental agency or owner may apply.

When you book your vacation rental property, check the property owners or agencies cancellation policies carefully. If it is not clear, ask the question. In general, most private owners and rental agencies will attempt to rebook a property if it is cancelled, and refund your money for the period they have rebooked, less a cancellation fee.

The premium paid for trip insurance becomes less significant, the more you are paying, however it is worthwhile at any price, for your peace of mind.