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vacation- getting the most for your travel dollarsSince it is holiday season, I wanted to bring you some tips on how to get the most for your travel dollars. Many experts agree that the key to traveling for less during this 2013 will be booking a package deal. While airfares are expected to rise, cost-conscious travelers can save hundreds of dollars if they book their airfare and hotel together — a feature offered on most travel booking sites, said Sarah Gavin, an Expedia.com spokeswoman. For popular resort locations, like Hawaii and Mexico, savings can reach up to $1,000 for a week-long vacation. By lumping the purchases together, hotels and airlines are able to fill vacant rooms or flights at a deeper discount, she said.1

Moreover, if you have a flexible schedule, you’ll find that booking your airline tickets on certain days is more cost effective than others. Midweek is usually a good bet if you want a discounted ticket price. If you’re a “last minute” vacationer, don’t expect to get a deal if you traveling in the next few days. A savvy price-conscious vacationer should book 2-4 weeks before travel and shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Many vacation locations offer reduced rates for midweek shopping and arrivals. Also, avoid flying out on a Friday and back on a Sunday. These “weekend escape” prices can blow your vacation budget out of the water.

Whether you decide to visit the warm Mediterranean Sea in the South of Spain or the take in the sights of Yellowstone National Park, just remember to use your hard-earned vacation money wisely. After all, retirement cannot be only about planning dollars and cents. It is about enjoying every moment along the way.

Source: CNNMoney.com 1/23/13

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