Just because you might be dealing with a change in circumstance this summer, doesn’t mean that you automatically have to cancel your annual family vacation. Sure, money is tight right now, but that’s actually pretty common and that means that airlines, hotels, travel agencies, theme parks, and tourist attractions alike all know that it could be very difficult for most people to make the same reservations that they always make. This puts you at an advantage because with a little work you can find some incredibly cheap vacation packages on the internet.
The first place you are apt to look—and you rightfully should—is at one of the many travel sites that are quickly available online. These sites provide many benefits. First of all, they make it very easy to compare the rates of each airline or hotels that they partner with so you can find the best prices at a glance. Many of these sites also have special contracts to offer vacant rooms at extremely low prices because hotels hate it when they have empty rooms. To prevent this, then, they occasionally offer their rooms at ridiculous rates, which you can only find through these sites.
Travel sites also market associated offers from their affiliate partners that provide you with some options that you may not have considered already. For example, you might be able to find alternate routes for your flight, routes that might be a little out of the way but are much lower in price.
Travel sites might also offer you some ideas for cheap vacation packages that are only available when you purchase your flight and hotel at the same time. This makes perfect sense since you are probably going to end up doing that anyway! You might even be able to find more deals as you add more things to your itinerary: theme park tickets, a rental car reservation, dining accommodations, etc. Sometimes, the more you add, the more you save!
Another way to set up cheap vacation packages is to try to find reservations that are all-inclusive. This means that you pay one time and it covers your travel expenses, lodging accommodations, food expenses, and perhaps a few other things, depending on the details of the package. For example, some theme parks allow you to purchase airfare, a hotel room, and tickets at a discounted price when you book them all at the same time. In many cases you will have to purchase multiple days, but this is associated with buying in bulk—buy more days and save more money.
In light of the all-inclusive idea, then, you should also make sure that you consider things like 3- to 8-day cruises in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. With these cheap vacation packages you buy one ticket and never have to worry about anything for as long as you are aboard the ship. You can come and go from your suite freely and you can eat whatever you want, whenever you get a craving.