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In Search Of Last-Minute Travel Deals To Save Money On Your Next Vacation

During tough economic times, people give up going on vacation to save money. they do not want to risk losing a job or dipping into their savings to pay for the vacation. However, if you are willing to travel at the last minute you can save money on a vacation for your family. When you are searching for last-minute deals on travel and vacation, it is essential to be flexible on travel dates, open to new destinations and be willing to do some research to find the best deals.

Flexibility

Being flexible on your travel dates is the number one requirement for finding great last-minute travel deals. Being able to adjust departure and return dates is essential to finding the best last-minute travel deals. Flying on odd days or even on a holiday (i.e. late on New Year's Eve) may give you the best price. Pack a bag with clothes and be ready to go on very short notice. Do not forget you may need someone to housesit, walk and feed the dog or get your mail and newspaper so plan ahead for those. It also works best if your employer is able to allow you vacation time on this short notice otherwise, you will be limited to the vacation time you already have been allotted.

Be Adventurous

You may have your heart set on traveling to some place warm and tropical; however, if everyone else is traveling there too then the rates will be higher. Consider visiting locations during the off-season to save money on last-minute travel plans. Furthermore, be open to visit places that you may not have considered because the adventure will add excitement to your vacation as well as saving you money.

Research

Once you have committed to being flexible about the date and location of your last-minute vacation, it is time to do the research and find the best vacation deal. There are websites that will help you with your search. One of the best websites for finding last-minute vacation deals is Travelzoo. Sign up for their e-mail promotion codes to take advantage of special deals they negotiate with travel providers specifically for their readers. Travelocity, Priceline and Fly.com are also good places to look for deals.

Set up a network of travel agents that can alert you to great last-minute travel deals. Travel agents may charge you a fee; however, they often have notice of deals before there are made public on the internet. Furthermore, if they have a last minute cancelation they will want to fill that quickly so they will not have to eat the cost of that empty slot.

Speaking of traveling with a group, this is often the best way to save money on last-minute travel. Search for tour groups that have empty spaces to fill right before they leave - - this could save you a great deal on the cost of a vacation. Travel agents also have access to this type of insider information as well.

Use social networking to your advantage when searching for last-minute vacation deals. Follow travel sites on Twitter, FaceBook, Myspace and other social networking sites. Do not forget to sign up for emails from each of their sites to get last-minute offers for travel. If you take vacations a lot, consider joining a members-only website for vacation deals. Sites such as Tripalertz, Jetsetter and Vacationist offer discounts to their members - - just make sure to the read the fine print before you join or accept an offer. There are also communities online that you can join dedicated to last-minute travel deals or specific locations. They are useful for information and contacts.

Set your budget before you begin searching for last-minute vacation deals. You must act quickly to get the best deals once they are offered so you will not have time to figure if your budget can handle the price.

If you have searched for deals and cannot find any, try this tip that has been successful for me. Call hotels in the business district of major cities. Because they are mostly deserted on weekends and holidays, these hotels often slash their prices drastically on those dates. You may have to drive just a few more miles to see the sights; however, the savings will far outweigh that.

By Sophie Walton - I am a bankruptcy paralegal working for a busy law firm in South Carolina. I have been a paralegal for over 20 years with experience in real estate, family law, probate and now bankruptcy. I have been a ba...  





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