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4 Money-Saving Ways To Make a Vacation Cheaper

4 Money-Saving Ways To Make a Vacation Cheaper

There are plenty of “how to” posts on ways to save money on a vacation, but what about saving money before the vacation starts? This post dabbles precisely in ways to save money before you’re even on vacation. There’s no nicer feeling leading to a vacation (aside from the vacation itself) than knowing you saved up a great deal on your trip! The words “great deal” are like music to the ears as it means more money to play with while on vacation. If you want to enjoy your vacation without having to worry about how much you spend, just implement the following tips to save money before you leave town.

1. Book flights during a major event

Booking flights during the low season is, sure enough, a good way to save money, but you can maximize your vacation savings even more by simply booking smartly at the right time. You can snap up even better deals when booking your flight during major events or celebrations that draw the world attention such as the: • NBA finals • Groundhog Day • Boxing Day • The Super Bowl • World Cup • Olympics • The Grand National • Halloween • World Series • Wimbledon • The Masters I have done the test myself by booking my flights tickets during one of these major events mentioned above and airfare has been considerably cheaper than during normal days. Having said this, to make this hack work 100% of its magic, you will want book your flights 8 weeks from the date of the major event for domestic flights within the US, and somewhere between 10 and 12 weeks for trips overseas.

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2. Keep on Eye on Airfare Glitches

Unbeknown to many people are the airfare glitches experienced by airline booking systems where they unintentionally advertise a plane fare price ridiculously low.

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Airfare Glitches

    How low? How about paying $25 for a RT (round-trip) ticket from Cincinnati to Minneapolis? Or paying $6 for a RT ticket from NYC (New York City) to Houston? Or, better still, paying nothing. Yep, Delta experienced this glitch this past Boxing Day where they sold flights for $0–and guess what? I was one of the lucky ones who got a ticket! Even if I had to pay $25 for Cincinnati to Minneapolis, it’s a still a “steal” because that trip normally costs in excess of $200. These airline computer glitches don’t happen all the time, but when they do happen it’s “Bonanza” time, I tell you. That said, airlines don’t have to honor these “glitches”; though as far as I know, they always do.

    3. Churn Credit Cards for miles

    Want to save money on your next trip, or better still, get a free flight? Simply sign up for a new credit card (a.k.a. churning) and make several purchases on it to benefit from great offers such as free air-miles, no annual-fees, or no foreign and transaction fees.

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    Air-miles

      For instance, when you sign up for a Southwest Airline credit card, you automatically get a welcome air-mile bonus of 50,000 miles, which is good for two round-trip flights. The Southwest Airline credit card is one of hundreds of credit card deals you can sign up for. All credit card companies are literary offering this type of promotional offer to get your business, which is awesome for us customers. Do make sure, though, to pay the balance in full every month and carry no debt on the credit card to avoid hurting your credit score.

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      4. Check Your Car Insurance

      Renting a car on vacation can be a convenient and inexpensive way to get around, but it can add up to a huge expense due to the purchase of car rental extras. To hack a good car rental deal, you will want to avoid extras such as rental insurance, navigation system, adding a second driver, etc. Many car insurance policies and credit cards (i.e. American Express and MasterCard) offer insurance coverage for rental cars, so be sure to look this up or inquiry this with your car insurance or credit card provider. Other things you can do to hack an ever better car rental deal include: • Hiring a car at a second-tier airport (car rental companies based at major airports and nearby charge a premium for their convenience) • Picking up a car rental on weekdays (to avoid the high weekend rate) • Hiring a subcompact car to save up as much as $15 a day • Signing up to a car rental loyalty program such as National Car Emerald Club or Hertz Gold Plus Rewards • Search for discounts online (one of the best threads I found to be very useful is Flyertalk’s “new discount contract ids coupons thread”)

      James Jones lives in California and blogs for My Travel Guide Posts. He has written topics such as things to do in Uruguay and tourist attractions in Southern India.

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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