• Tips for finding last-minute deals


    With the sun finally shining again and the world abuzz with people casting off the fetters of the long, hard winter, vacations are on the minds of many. Although it's prudent to book trips in advance, the travel industry recognizes that sometimes, there's no choice but to wait until the last minute to finalize plans. The Los Angeles Times reported that the following travel tips are useful for sniffing out deals and discounts, no matter the deadline:

    Shop for packages
    Rather than trying to tether together separate bookings, such as hotel rooms, flights and exciting things to see and do while away, the source suggested looking for joint deals. Deals that come in combinations like these make good travel sense because everything is typically close together, making them easier for senior citizens, families and people who are unfamiliar with the area. The source also noted that it's possible to save up to 10 percent - even for trips to the Caribbean or Hawaii.

    Know where to look
    While stumbling upon deals can happen, it's worth scouring the Web for bargains. Sites like LivingSocial and AmazonLocal sometimes have coupons for inexpensive day trips, whereas major airlines can feature deals right on their main page. Travelers who are social media savvy can also find discounts simply by following the right brands. Syncing up to these will send information directly via email, too, allowing individuals a first glimpse at the kinds of packages that are available.

    Look for iconic locations
    The Washington Post reported that travelers shouldn't shirk the big-name destinations out of fear for their prices. While they might be expensive at full price, discounts and coupons can take a majority of the sting out of their overall cost. Cruises, especially, are often featuring major deals as the weather warms up, and according to the source, Celebrity Cruises has a "Pick Your Perk" promotion that allows individuals an opportunity to tailor the experience to their tastes.

    Consider the Islands
    Now that the weather is just right, a vacation on the U.S. Virgin Islands isn't so far-fetched. The Washington Post noted that this location is also featuring a few deals at varying prices, but because of the warm weather, last-minute bookings are perfectly reasonable. Explore beaches with a volunteer trip and save $100, simply by picking up debris here and there. The rest of the time, travelers enjoy all of the amenities of the Westin St. John Resort.

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