How to Take More Affordable Vacations in 2014

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If you’re worried about how you can afford to take a vacation in 2014 – then you’ll want to pull up a chair and carefully read this. It could very well change the way you plan your next vacation…

It’s all you have – your memories of time spent with your family doing fun things on vacation. Your children will always cherish these memories. They’re not going to remember all the toys that you bought them, but they will always remember the vacations you took as a family.

The two biggest problems you may be facing this year are a) Not knowing what you’re going to do for your vacations and b) Not knowing how you’re going to work it into your budget. In fact, if you’re like most people, you may be still paying off last year’s vacation.

If you ever wondered what are some things you can do to make sure you take fun-filled vacations that are more budget-friendly, then you’ll want to carefully consider the following tips:

1. Take Care of the Biggest Expenses First – It doesn’t make sense trying to find the lowest priced tours when you haven’t worked on getting the best rates on your accommodations and your airline tickets – two of the biggest expenses when you travel.

2. Find the Best Prices in Airfare – In today’s economy, the airlines have taken quite a huge hit and as a result finding those bargain basement airline deals are not as easy to come by as they used to be.

Start by looking at the airlines that are going to the destination you want to travel to. Find out the ways you can save money on the airfare to those destinations. There may not be much you can do to save a lot of money in this area; however, it is worth the effort to take a little time to do the research anyway.

You’ll to go to the websites of the airlines that offer trips to your destination. Next you’ll want to go to Google and type in “How to save airfare to (your destination)” or something along those lines.

What should pull up are sites that give you tips on how to get the lowest airfares to your travel destination. You’re looking at about an hour’s worth of work, but it is worth it if you can get the inside scoop on saving some money on airfare.

The next thing you want to look at are your accommodations. Between the airfare and your lodging expenses, your accommodations give you a lot more leeway to find better deals that can save you a lot more money.

It goes without saying that a lot of people turn to timeshares as an alternative to staying at hotels – in which timeshares can actually be an alternative and can save you money…but there is a catch. The biggest pros of timeshares are that you get to stay at resorts rather than ordinary hum-drum hotels.

The catch is that there’s a contract with timeshares that is virtually impossible to get out of without losing a lot of money. On top of that, you’re literally stuck going to the same places every year unless you have enough “points” to get better destinations.

If you enjoy going to resorts but you don’t want the burden of a timeshare, a travel club can save you an enormous amount of money. Some travel clubs can even beat the best prices on Expedia and Travelocity.

Now that you’ve taken care of your airfare and your accommodations, next you’ll want to focus on the tours you’ll be taking on your vacations.

3. Plan Your Tours and Activities Ahead of Time – After you’ve cut costs on your airplane tickets and your accommodations, next you’ll want to decide what tours, sight seeing, and other excursions and activities you want to partake in.

The two biggest questions you need to ask yourself in this area are:

1. Do you plan to spend most of your time at your resort? And…

2. Do you plan to take a tour of your area and surrounding cities?

If you plan to spend most of your time at your resort, what kind of activities do you want to do? Are the activities part of your accommodation price – in other words are they all-inclusive or will you be paying out of pocket for each activity?

If you’re traveling as part of a large group (and everyone wants to do the same thing) ask if you can get a group rate.

If you want to do some sight-seeing get information from your resort about what kinds of tours leave from the resort and what travel operators do they recommend and/or contract with. You may be able to get better rates as a guest of the resort.

The time to get all this information is before you embark on your trip. By the time you get to your vacation destination you should have your itinerary planned. This will reduce your chances of overspending on your vacation and help you stay within your budget.

If you can plan well in advance for the bigger expenses like airfare and accommodations and become a member of good travel club you can save an enormous amount of money year after year – well beyond 2014. With the big expenses out the way only then should you focus on the smaller expenses like tours and excursions.

You can take affordable vacations and many of them in 2014 as long as you take into consideration the tips presented here.

Click here to learn how to save upwards of 50% or more on your next vacations…

CD Malone is a travel enthusiast and writer out of southern California.

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More Cave Articles?

Do you think I should post more articles about cave oriented adventures? Please let me know by typing in a comment below.

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Caves Aren’t Just For Cave Men

Meet the new cave man. No, he doesn’t need to re-invent the wheel or discover fire – been there, done that. Thanks to his ancestors, he now has free time to partake of a hobby he’s best suited for, spelunking, or cave exploring.

This cave based hobby is for the nature lover who likes to challenge himself in tight spaces. Although some caves are very difficult to explore, especially those located under the sea or atop steep terrains, some people have dared to enter them for scientific purposes, or for the sheer fun of it.

If you are one of those who like to flirt with danger or study this mysterious type of land formation, you might want to explore advanced cave exploration areas. The following are caving specializations for extreme spelunkers:

Vertical Caving

Many caves have huge vertical drops, sometimes thousands of meters deep, which can only be accessible through the use of a rope. To be able to explore such caves, you need vertical cave training and equipment. That can get expensive.

The vertical cave exploration technique that is widely used currently is the “Single Rope Technique”. The equipment you will need for vertical caving includes mechanical descenders, ascenders and a single rope.

Cave Photography

Anybody can take videos and pictures of the cave’s inner sections. However, only expert cave photographers can capture quality photos and videos of the cave. The challenges you will face in cave photography include difficulty in bringing the equipment inside the cave, lighting up large cave cavities, and taking pictures in dark areas.

Cave Rescue

Some folks mosey into caves without adequate training or equipment. With any action there is an equal and opposite reaction so it’s no surprise that the specialty of “cave rescue” has come into being to address this issue. A high number of “spelunkers”, who usually become cave rescue specialists, work for fire, rescue and police departments.

Cave Diving

Cave diving is one of the most entertaining cave exploration activities. This is a highly specialized field in caving for the reason that one needs to acquire training in both cave exploration and open sea diving.

You need specialized equipment and rigorous training before you can be a cave diver. It is important to note that many people who have ventured into cave diving without the right equipment and training often get injured or even die.

Finding Virgin Caves

Although there are many caves that have already been discovered, some extreme spelunkers find thrill and excitement in discovering and mapping new caves. Finding an unexplored cave usually means entering very tight holes, digging through rock and dirt, and expanding narrow crevices.

Advanced caving requires lots of training and special skills. If you want to go beyond recreational cave exploration, you need to contact spelunking associations and take on special courses and training.

Next time you think about a place to camp, why not find a place in or near a cave? Be sure, however, to have a guide and some understanding of what you’re getting yourself into. Better yet, don’t go into any cave. This article, like all other articles on this site, is for entertainment purposes only!

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