Cost Effective Travel

Lesson 5: Save Money With Vacation Packages

A vacation is really a combination of many items. On the surface, it seems that a vacation is little more than a destination. This is of course not an accurate assessment. Vacations are more than just the geographic area one visits. After all, the vacation does have to include lodging and accommodation in addition to a host of other items as well. Most people do realize this and that is why they seek a complete vacation. Unfortunately, they sometimes go about it by putting together a vacation on an a la carte basis. This is a huge mistake for several reasons. Instead, it would be much wiser to purchase a vacation package that encompasses everything.


The most common items that are required for a complete vacation package are airline tickets, hotel accommodation, and car rental. There might be other specifications as well such as a hotel that accepts pets, a car that can accommodate six passengers etc. But, on a baseline level, a vacation must include a way to get to the destination, a place to stay and a way to get around. The way travelers put this together, however, can sometimes be flawed.


For example, many people will try to purchase all these items separately. They will buy an airline ticket, call their favorite car rental agency ad book a sedan and the look for a hotel they like and book that as well. Now there is nothing wrong with this method. However, it can be quite costly. Remember, such a process involves piecing together parts of a whole from companies that are operating independently of each other. As such, the ability to put together a discount package deal is impossible.


When you purchase a vacation that includes all three previously mentioned items, you will usually receive them at some sort of discount. This is often facilitated by the travel agency (both online and brick and mortar) as an incentive to purchasing the package. After all, if not additional benefit was provided to purchasing a package deal most people would probably not seek them. Also, such a purchase saves a lot of time. Instead of having to deal with various companies, the vacationer only has to deal with one. If there is a problem, it can resolve by contacting one agent, instead of three.


Really, it is a far better idea to stick with package deals rather than trying to put together a vacation on a piecemeal basis. Vacations should be enjoyable and not stressful so leave the designing to the pros.

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