Guest Post by Keira Robilotto
If you know anything about me, you know that I love to travel. More importantly I love traveling on a budget, but I don't want to sacrifice luxury to save a buck. If that sounds like you, I've got some great tips to help you travel like a boss and not break the bank.
Book on Shoulder Season
Many people are reluctant to book travel during "low season" because of the possibility of bad weather or closures. That's where the shoulder season comes in. Shoulder Season is the very narrow time frame between high season and low season. The weather is not too bad and many attractions are still open. Most of the best prices on hotels and airfare can be found during this time. If you always wanted to stay at a five star resort without the matching price tag this is a great time to go.
Enlist the Help of a Travel Professional
Most people these days are reluctant to hire a travel professional and I don't blame them. We can buy travel packages with a simple click of a button. However, if you want the benefit of true luxury service, it's easier to use a travel professional. You don't have to pay them (they get paid by the hotel and airlines) and they can save you HOURS of searching. Is that $50 saved worth 14 hours of web research? Not likely. Also, most hotels know that people who book with TA'S are looking for better service and they are willing to provide that to a travel agent's clients. Upgrades and concierge service are often included when you book with a TA. How's that for traveling like a boss?
If you are dead set on going to a particular location during a very specific time, you are probably not going to get the very best deal. However, even if your time is specific, you can always adjust your location to find a spot that might be in shoulder season. If your location is static but your timing is flexible, you can search for the best prices of your dream hotel!
There are always great last minute deals, but the best way to get the most bang for your buck is to book in advance. Availability will be more open and the age old "supply and demand" prices won't be in effect just yet. The best part about booking in advance is to get a head start on tours and experiences. With plenty of time to plan, you can scout out the very best tours at your favorite times.
Are you a travel boss? Would love to hear some of your suggestions!