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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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      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

        Why You Need a Vision

        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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        How to Create Your Life Vision

        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

        What Do You Want?

        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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        Some tips to guide you:

        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
        • Give yourself permission to dream.
        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

        Some questions to start your exploration:

        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
        • What qualities would you like to develop?
        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
        • What would you most like to accomplish?
        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

        A few prompts to get you started:

        • What will you have accomplished already?
        • How will you feel about yourself?
        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
        • What does your ideal day look like?
        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
        • What would you be doing?
        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
        • How are you dressed?
        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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        Plan Backwards

        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
        • What important actions would you have had to take?
        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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