Flight Travel Deals – 9 Tips For Traveling on the Cheap

Flight travel deals are out there, but not many travel industry insiders are offering them up, without you first asking about them. So, if you want to get the best flight travel deals, you are going to have to do some research on your own. This article will go a long way toward helping get you started in that direction. The following basic tips are available to anyone (i.e., they don’t require “insider connections” to achieve good results).

1) Book in advance. So basic and well known, I almost feel guilty offering it as a tip. Nonetheless, it can save you big money. Reserve your flight a month in advance, optimize your discount. Reserve your flight the week before, expect to pay premium prices.

2) Don’t fly during regular business hours. Airline flight is a supply-and-demand business. If you insist on flying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. – when available seats are at their minimum – then plan on paying higher prices. Flying “the red-eye” – when LOTS of seats are available – can greatly lower the cost of your ticket.

3) Check the prices for flying out of/into an alternate airport. Sometimes, you’ll get a better deal by driving to a larger, metropolitan area, rather than insisting on a flight departing from your local “community” airport. On the other hand, Los Angelenos, for example, know that driving to one of the smaller airports – NOT known as LAX – can save them mucho dinero.

4) Ask the airline to adjust the price of your ticket to reflect the current price they are charging – IF, that is, prices have gone down since you booked your ticket. Few people do this – or even KNOW about this – but the airlines will adjust the price if you ask them to. Just don’t expect them to do it without your prompting them first.

5) Don’t park your car at the airport, if possible. Parking fees amass quickly – and might even offset all of the savings you managed to get through your other money-saving efforts. I once took a trip to Hawaii when I was fresh out of high-school (about 30 years ago…gulp!), and upon returning to Denver after two weeks, the cost of parking the car for all of that time came to over $100, leaving the four of us who went on the trip arriving home with nothing but coins in our pockets and fumes in the gas tank by the time we completed our 300-mile car ride home from the airport. Obviously, not parking at the airport isn’t always an option. So, at the very least, consider the cost of parking your car in your budgeting plans.

6) Try to fly “off-season.” Granted, flying to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday sounds very appealing when your home is under several feet of snow, but flying there in the summer can be much cheaper. I, for one, found Hawaii in July to be very enjoyable – especially with that extra cash for Mai-Tais on the beach.

7) Check into package deals. Sometimes you can save a lot of money by purchasing a package deal, where you buy your flight, your motel room, and possibly even a rental car all in one “package deal.” You might even get some extras thrown in, like a luau (in Hawaii), or a Broadway show (in New York City).

8) Bulk discounts. Sometimes organizations or communities arrange trips for their members, saving each individual some cash in the deal. Senior communities commonly do this with trips to Las Vegas, for example.

9) Check with the aggregators. These outfits – aggregators – will compare multiple airlines and travel agencies, at once – finding you the best deal from all the places they dig around into. Of course, an aggregator can’t possibly check ALL travel outlets, so try a few aggregators, and then try going directly through the airline that the aggregators deemed cheapest. You may find that the “going direct” to the airline of your choosing might reap better discounts for you, through frequent-flier programs, and such – not to mention allowing you to bypass the travel agency fees (minimal though they are).


TV on the Road – Entertainment Systems For Travel Trailers and RVs

Travel trailers, fifth wheels, RVs – call them what you will but for those of us that love to live in them they are home. And one likes to surround oneself with the amenities of modern living whether the home is mobile or not. Some place the priority of mobile living on escape – going to the country, finding the quiet and relaxing. Others want to embrace the RV lifestyle while remaining connected to current events and their favorite television programs. Still others, especially those with children, find that it is important to bring along with their home TV, music, Internet and video games. The priorities of entertainment vary and are as numerous as the models and options of travel vehicles.

These days technology is certainly on our side. The entertainment system options in RVs have changed dramatically in the last few years. Television screens alone have made an amazing difference to the necessary efficiency of travel trailers and RVs. Where before a small, relatively speaking, 19″ screen required a much bigger devotion of space than do the massive screens of today. Doing away with the tube was perhaps one of the biggest advances in RV entertainment technology. In addition to efficiency of space these flat screen TVs add the possibility of multiple televisions. This is especially helpful for a family traveling with kids.

Often new RVs and travel trailers come equipped with entertainment systems. When shopping for a new vehicle it is important to understand what is included with the quote. Often one sees a show model which is outfitted with the fullest package while the quoted price does not include the full entertainment system displayed. While entertainment system upgrades are generally available make sure that the hike in cost is realistic when compared to the actual cost of the additional components. This is an important consideration when one considers that electronics stores often offer great deals on the various components of an entertainment system. However, the additional cost can be worth it for a vehicle that is fully equipped and ready to roll on day one. A professional or factory installed entertainment system can save a lot of space and do away with the eyesore and hassle of the cables and connecting hardware of additional equipment.

If one already owns a travel trailer or RV and is looking to upgrade the entertainment system it is important to consider such things as size, storage and compatibility. Certain questions should be answered. Can this component be hooked up with minimum hassle such as pulling out existing components to get at the plugs in the back? When not in use can it be stored while respecting the efficiency of space? Can it be plugged into and powered by the existing power sources of the RV?

The options for entertainment on the road are vast and today’s technology makes them incredibly flexible. Finding the right options for you and your travel companions is important. Take the time to make the right choice.


Education Travel – Holiday and Learning Simultaneously

Despite economic stagnation in Asia and Europe, travel industry is expected to grow with a rapid pace. In recent few years, more and more people have been exploring options both in domestic and international locations, thanks to the inspiring novels, online travel portals and well- enhanced facilities available. Several innovative and interesting biz ideas are also coming into market, which give boost to the industry on large scale. Education travel is one such idea in the box that promotes tourism among students and educational professionals.

Universities in the U.K. & U.S.A. attract galore overseas students. This is not only because they offer high quality courses, but also more attractive things to explore the career exposure of students in respective countries. Quality accommodations and delightful amenities are some other reasons why students head on to these western countries. But one thing quite prominent in this matter is the education travel biz a number of companies pursue worldwide.

The companies promote tourism, providing quality travel info and customized deals for students, individual as well in educational institutes, on both domestic and international tours. The major motive of education travel is to build a stronger and more enduring connection between students and the communities they visit. With strong guide interpretation, experiential programming and substantive involvements, education travel makes the trip worthwhile.

While searching before writing this blog, what I found is that education travel is on its way to become the most significant part of travel industry. Many new players have forayed into this specialized market, which according to experts is recession-proof and has great potential in Asia and Europe. The biz offers something interesting for students of all segments – playing and learning activities for kids, while educational programs like historical and language tour for high-school students. Health and safety of students is kept on priority, while attempts are made to bring their interests and skills out.

Recently, during an historical tour, students from a collage of Delhi University were taken to the Qutub Minar in Delhi and then to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Students were divided into groups and then given a task to find similarities and difference between the two monuments, both structurally and symbolically. A photo contest was also fixed among interested candidates, and the winner got financial aid for the trip up to 70 % of total cost. The photos taken at the trip were later used for discussion questions and classroom activities. Literally, it sounds pleasurable, interesting and great learning. Doesn’t it?

Since education travel is blooming and many travel companies offer customized arrangements for, you can easily plan a trip for you. Determine your requirements like number of people in your group and your travel theme etc along with how much you’re ready to pay in advance. Now contact a reputed travel company to get a deal that matches your needs and budget. A wide range of education travel packages are however available online to choose from.