• Saving money on summer travel is a game of patience and flexibility

    2010-04-09

    Over the past several months as the world began to climb out of the economic recession that deeply affected industries across the board, air lines and flight providers across the world began cutting prices and offering travel deals in an effort to drum up business.

    With the economy now in a better place and sales slowly returning to their pre-recession levels, prices are also bouncing back. But there is hope for travelers aiming to fly on the cheap, as the New York Times claims bargains are still available for patient and flexible vacationers.

    One way to keep the costs down is to make a list of possible destinations as opposed to setting a firm selection. This flexibility will allow for a wider fare search and increase the chance of finding a decent ticket price.

    Another suggestion is to research public transportation at the intended destination. Staying off-site can save a ton of money on international vacations, and a strong public transit system opens up a world of possible hotel choices.

    Travelers would also be well advised to research bargain destinations through consumer review sites and travel blogs. These could help some avoid the tourist traps and chintzy restaurants in favor of a unique location that less informed travelers might miss.

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