This is a guest post byÂ Patty Kleen.
One of the greatest benefits of being a â€˜seniorâ€™ is the freedom to do more traveling, but whether you want to explore the United States or the world travel is not cheap. There are some ways you can cut expenses, though, and still thoroughly enjoy your journeys. Here are five steps to take that will let you stretch your travel dollar.
Once youâ€™ve selected a destination, do some research about the area. By searching online you can often discover the locations of free museums, local festivals, and other no cost or low cost sites that you would have fun visiting. You can also get the best price for flights when you make your arrangements at least 21 days in advance.
If youâ€™re the impulsive sort, there is an exception to this rule. If cruises have extra rooms, they will often offer discount rates to fill the spaces. If you unexpectedly get the urge to say bon voyage, you could snag a great deal at the last minute.
Again, this is something you need to do in advance. Look for car rental coupons online and compare rental agencies policies and prices. The sooner you reserve a car, the better price you will get because agencies raise their prices as their fleet becomes reserved. When the available inventory gets low, the price goes up. You may not be able to get the affordable car you want and be forced to accept a larger, more expensive vehicle. You can also save as much as 10 percent by renting a car away from the airport. If your motel offers airport shuttle service, use that and rent a car when you get there.
Join Groups that Offer Travel Discounts
Groups like AARP (American Association of Retired People) and Triple A motor club offer their members instant travel discounts at myriad locations. There is an annual fee required, but between the savings and other benefits you get, you easily save more than you pay.
Look for Package Deals
You can often cut costs by finding a package that includes your flight, your room, and even some extras thrown in. Do some comparison shopping online. You could be surprised at some of the great deals available.
Ask for the Discount
Donâ€™t forget to ask the vendors you deal with if they offer senior citizen discounts. Even if youâ€™re under 65, keep in mind that many places offer those discounts to people as young as 50. It doesnâ€™t hurt to ask and you could be rewarded with substantial savings.
There are dozens of ways you can reduce the cost of traveling. Put some of these steps into practice and youâ€™ll get more mileage for your money.
About the Author: Patty Kleen is a full-time writer with a passion for travel, retirement planning, and finance. She frequently writes about money saving tips, bad credit loans, bankruptcy, credit repair, and more.
- The Frugal Traveler: How to save money on rental cars (knoxnews.com)