Summer vacations hold a special appeal to us all, remembering back to the excitement heard by that final bell on the last day of the school year so many years ago. But now that we are grown up and have to do the leg-work to plan the trip, we often find ourselves exhausted before we get out the door. So off to research we go but with a bevy of online resources dedicated to travel planning it can make it hard for us to make a decision. How do we know when we’ve found the best use of our vacation dollars?
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Before you dedicate a week to checking every travel deal site on the net, these consolidators scour the Web for the best deals so that you don’t have to!
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Not Sure Where You Want to Go: If you don’t have a specific place you want to go or travel date set, using the Internet to find a good deal or a great resort can be particularly overwhelming. One way to get inspired: keep an eye on Travelzoo’s Weekly Top 20. It’s a collection of the best deals from airlines, hotels, cruise lines and travel consolidators like Travelocity, Cheap Caribbean, and many more. They sort through all the travel deals posted to the net each week and then present the “best of the best,” all in one place.
Drawback: The best deals can sell out fast, so if you know you’ve found what you’re looking for don’t delay. You can sign up for the Weekly Top 20 to be emailed to you when it’s released if you want to be sure not to miss out.
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Have a Plan in Mind: If you already know where you want to go, Kayak does a quick search across hundreds of airline and travel agent options for your specific trip needs. You’re then presented with a list of results tailored to your specific trip that Kayak has filtered to put the best deals first. If you want to be sure that you have done a thorough scouring of the net, Kayak offers a one-click simultaneous search across competitor travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Bookit and more, so you can compare the best offers all at once.
Classic Disney Trip: Planning to do Disney? Believe it or not, there are ways to save if you know the insider info. Check out Mousesavers for a collection of the best deals on all things Disney. In addition to tips on how to get the best price on tickets, dining, and special Disney experiences, discover where to book to get the best rates on hotels, what you can expect on Disney cruises, even what’s planned for upcoming park, resort and ship improvements.