This summer, people have a greater confidence they’ll go on a vacation than last year, and even believe they’ll spend 13 percent less than last year, according to Allianz Travel Insurance. Several factors, such as the emergence of a shared economy (encouraged by companies like Airbnb), have lowered vacation costs dramatically, making this summer the “summer of value.”
However, every vacation is an investment, especially when your whole family’s involved. Travel insurance can be essential for protection from cancellation, illness, assistance, and more. Check out these tips from Allianz Travel Insurance so you can save money while traveling, and be sure to do your homework about what kind of travel insurance coverage is right for your family’s next trip–a good plan can save you significant money in an emergency and can provide piece of mind that will ultimately make your whole experience more pleasant.Interested in stories like this? Sign up here for our eNewsletter New York Family Weekly Scoop
Pick a Place with Added Benefits
Hotels are competing for your stay these days, so pick a hotel that offers amenities that you will USE, like complimentary morning coffee or a free fitness center. Sites like Hotels.com can be a great resource for pre-trip planning. If you know you won’t take advantage of any of these add-ons, looking into sharing economy services like Airbnb.
Avoid Hectic Travel Days
If you don’t have to take a vacation over a school holiday, then don’t. Travel during off-peak times, days and hours to get the best rates for your flight and lodging.
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Make lunch your big meal, rather than dinner. Restaurants usually offer cheaper menus for lunch in comparison to dinner, while still letting guests try some of their signature items. Always travel with snacks and water bottles so you’re not spending extra money on items you can take from home. Also, check out these tips from TravelingMom.com.
See the City by Foot
Taxi rides can add up, especially when you’re traveling with a large group. See the city or town by foot and discover hidden gems—you’ll get some exercise while you’re at it! City Walking Guide provides walking tours of top US cities.
Not only is it usually cheaper to eat local, but you should travel local too. Be a tourist in your own city and explore new neighborhoods in your own backyard without having to drive or fly!
Do your research to find a travel-focused credit card where you can take advantage of its benefits. Use that card for booking all expenses to obtain the most return for future trips. Travel blogger Johnny Jet is a great resource for expert tips; check out his recent credit card recommendations HERE!
Off the Beaten Path Trips
Don’t follow what’s “popular” or “in.” Instead of visiting major cities and popular countries, travel to less popular locations. For example, skip Brazil and head to Bolivia!
Discounts and Coupons
Don’t be afraid to ask if there is an AAA or Senior discount when booking a hotel. Better in your pocket, right? Also, if you must rent a car, rental companies usually have coupon codes that can be used. Search the internet.
Life is unpredictable. Some trips need to be canceled.
Life happens, and oftentimes travelers aren’t able to take their trips due to an illness or family emergency. With travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance, travelers don’t necessarily have to pay for a trip they are unable to take. To see a full list of benefits provided through a policy, visit allianztravelinsurance.com.