How To Save Money On A Cruise

How To Save Money On A CruiseWe recently went on our first cruise and it was a lot of fun. We went on a seven day long cruise to the Caribbean that left from a port in southern Florida.

This was our very first cruise, and we had a lot of questions because of that. We didn’t know how anything worked, and it was even a little overwhelming since we’ve never traveled this way before.

Cruises can be expensive, or they can be a great way to travel for cheap. Below are 4 ways to save money on a cruise:

1. Use rewards points.

Rewards points are my favorite way to get a trip for free. You may be able to book your cruise on points, and you may be able to book your flight to the cruise port for free as well.

With our cruise, we were able to get one roundtrip flight for free. We didn’t have enough points for the second roundtrip flight because we booked the trip at the very last minute.

2. Be flexible with your dates.

Being flexible with when you go on your vacation can usually save you hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars. A difference of just one week can mean a significant amount of savings, so it is something to keep in mind.

You might try searching for different dates for the same cruise that you are interested in going on. You will most likely find at least some what of a price difference and this may help you save money.

It is also important to also think about the weather of where you are going to. Saving money might not be worth it if you have horrible weather on your trip.

3. Skip the specialty restaurants.

I know that some people are completely against this, but if you are looking to save money on your trip then you may try skipping the specialty restaurants on board your cruise ship where you have to pay money to eat. There are usually plenty of amazing restaurants on the ship to eat, so why pay?

We tried a few of the specialty restaurants, and I won’t lie, they were amazingly delicious, but they were also expensive to the point where it wasn’t really worthwhile.

4. Stay in an interior room.

For me, I am a room snob. I like to be comfortable and I like to spend time in my room. I know, I am boring. However, I usually work a lot on vacation so I need a room that is comfortable. Because of that, we had a balcony room.

However, if we would have chosen an interior room, I believe the price probably would have saved us a thousand dollars or more. Interior rooms are usually very cheap, and there are many cruises out there that offer interior rooms for crazy cheap prices such as $199 per person for a 4 day Caribbean cruise. Can’t really beat that!

Have you ever gone on a cruise? How much money did you spend?

 

The image above was taken of a cruise ship next to ours at a port in Mexico. I also recently came across a great article. If you are looking for ways to make extra money before you head on your cruise, please read 12 Best Ways To Make Extra Money.

Tips For A Long Distance Road Trip

Tips For A Long Distance Road TripLately, we’ve been going on a lot of road trips.

It’s been a lot of fun exploring the United States, but it can be tiring at times. Sometimes we drive right through, and the longest we’ve gone without stopping overnight is 15 hours.

That’s a lot of driving, and there are things that we do to make our road trips a little bit easier.

Below are my tips for a long distance road trip.

Be prepared to go the night before.

The night before we leave for a road trip is usually the night where we completely pack the car. This way, we can just wake up in the morning and head out. It can save anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of time in the morning, and you won’t have to run around frantically and wonder what you might have forgotten.

Get enough sleep the night before.

If you only pay attention to one of my tips in this post, please make it this one. No matter what you do, always make sure to get enough sleep the night before. This way you can be completely refreshed for your trip and not fall asleep. Road hypnosis is a real thing, so make sure you get enough sleep and that you are awake enough to drive.

I understand this can be hard. It is often hard to get any sleep the night before a vacation. At least, I know that’s how it is for me.

Bring snacks and drinks.

I always make sure to bring a lot of snacks and drinks on a road trip. It can help keep me awake to actually be doing something in the car, especially if I am by myself, and it can be a nice little refresher. It also makes it easy because you won’t have to be searching around for a place to eat.

Take breaks when needed.

Another important tip is to always make sure to take any needed breaks. Stretch your legs everyone now and then, pull over at a rest stop, and do whatever else you need to do. Breaks are helpful!

Make sure your car is ready to go.

Before you leave for your trip, you should make sure that your car is in good driving condition. This may include changing the oil, replacing the tires, rotating the tires, refilling any windshield washer fluid, and more. Having your car prepared for your road trip will make it that much easier.

Do you enjoy going on road trips? Why or why not?

 

Saving Money on the Cost of Your Holidays

With summer edging ever nearer, more and more people are now looking towards booking up their summer holidays. This is one time of year that many of us look forward to, as it is means the opportunity to relax, spend quality time with loved ones and leave the stresses of day to day life behind for a week or two. Of course, it is vital that you take your budget into account as otherwise you could end up seriously overspending when it comes to the overall cost of your holiday.

There are various different ways in which you can help to cut the cost of your holiday, which means that you can have a great time but avoid spending more than you can afford.

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You should look at a number of different factors when it comes to saving money on the overall cost of your holiday. This means looking at everything from the cost of flights and accommodation through to the amount you spend on attractions, sightseeing and entertainment. Some of the areas in which you can save money include:

The cost of flights: It is possible to get some great deals on flights these days, so make sure you take the time to compare different airlines. Also, try and be flexible with regards to your exact dates of travel, as this can make a big difference to the overall price. While you may think that low cost airlines are the natural choice, do bear in mind the variety of additional costs that are added onto the advertised flight price. Before booking, compare against standard flights that have everything included to see which works out cheaper. The good news is that low cost airlines are always expanding their routes, so while options may be limited at the moment this could all be set to change.

Accommodation costs: Another major expense is often the cost of accommodation, so this is another area you need to look at. Booking a hotel room may be the best option if you are travelling alone or with a partner, particularly if you are able to get half board, full board or all inclusive at a decent price. However, if you are travelling as a large group or family, you may find that renting out a large apartment or house in the area is a cost effective solution.

Spending money: Of course, you will need to have spending money when you go on holiday but you need to be mindful about how much you spend. Before you head off, go online and research some of the free or low cost sights and attractions in the area to help cut back on costs. Also, rather than indulging in entertainment such as going to the casino, where you can often lost track of spending, you can take your smart phone or tablet and enjoy relaxing by the pool while you play casino games at Red Flush online casino. This means you get to enjoy all the fun and excitement of gaming but in more relaxed surroundings.

These are just some of the ways in which you can help to cut the cost of your holiday this summer.

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