Tips on How to Score the Cheapest Travel Bargains

In today’s economic status, travelling is so expensive. It requires not only a long period of preparation, but as well as a big amount of money. In fact, traveling can be considered as luxury, most especially if you would want go to other countries.

When you are aiming to have a lesser budget for your travel, try to score the cheapest travel bargains on the internet, newspapers, or magazines. Make your extensive research on the latest travel bargains as part of your travel plans. To help you more on your searching budget travel deals, follow these tips on how to score the cheapest travel bargains.

1. Search for a low cost mode of transportation.

The mode transportation plays a big part on your travel budget because this is the main expense you should prioritize first. This is usually an expensive part of your travel budget. However, you can make this less expensive by taking low cost transportation.

2. Find best travel bargains or promos

Travel bargains involve travel discounts, sales, and packages. These travel bargains are commonly referred as travel promos. Most of these bargains include back and forth transportations, hotel, meals, and other tour expenses. These were made cheaper than the regular prices.

3. Choose the updated travel promos.

When you are searching for travel promos, make sure that you are into the updated or most recent ones in order to get the latest prices. Some old travel promos have not yet updated their prices to the latest prices in the travel industry. There are instances that travel costs are gradually decreasing as time goes by.

4. Compare travel promos.

Know how to compare travel promos. Do not just stick on one travel bargain that has been advised to you by some of your friends or relatives. Have your own research on the different travel promos, and compare them with each other.

5. Know the different travel expenses.

To compare properly the travel bargains, know the different prices on different travel agencies. Make sure to know the old and updated prices in order to determine if they are increasing or decreasing over the time.

6. Make a list of your choices.

After searching and comparing your chosen bargains, write them down on a piece of paper. Prioritize them basing on its advantages.

7. Be open minded in prioritizing.

Choosing for the best means you will chose the right one for you and for the majority. This is not an easing thing to do, thus you should be open minded in choosing for the best travel bargains, most especially in prioritizing your choices. In prioritizing, do not focus only on the prices; consider other factors as well, such as safety transportation, secured place to stay-in, and their terms and policies.

8. Read travel reviews.

Travel reviews can really help you in scoring the right bargain. You can find these on the internet where there are a lot of blogs related to traveling.

9. Look for a second opinion.

Before formulating a final decision, look for another person who can give an opinion regarding your choices. Find a person that is a traveler himself, and have expert opinions in scoring for the cheapest bargains. A second opinion can serve as a guide for your final choice.

10. Contact your chosen travel agency ahead of time.

Once you have your final choice, contact the travel agency earlier as possible so that you can make reservation. Having communication ahead of time, make your plans more organized.

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Do Travel Agents Get Free Trips? Part 2

Yes: travel agents DO travel for free

There are several scenarios that could allow travel professionals to travel for free. In a previous article, I discussed 4 ways that travel agents do come out of their pocket to pay for their trips. This time around I will explain how they also save and even travel for free.

Booking Groups Could Get You a Free Pass

There are incentives for booking groups (the fact that group travel is the most lucrative bookings in the travel industry should be incentive enough). If an agent books so many rooms (hotel) or cabins (on a cruise), they cold get a free room or cabin or money (not counting the commission) that they could use toward their room or cabin. Of course this all depends on the vendor’s group policy, quantity needed and who is assigned as group leader.

Actually you do not have to be a travel agent to get this benefit I am described above. If you are not a travel agent and you decide to book a group, if you are the group leader, you could very well get these benefits (ask your travel agent they should tell you that up front). This is the only way (outside of a frequent guest program) that a non-travel agent could get perks extended to them… so if you want to get some perks out of your trip…think in groups!

Travel Contests

Another way an agent could go free could be based on sales volume for a specific property or destination in a particular niche. Some travel vendors and agencies may offer free trips to top agents as incentive or awards for sales performance. These kinds of awards are offered as contents too! I’ve seen some really exotic destinations, life a fully expense paid trip to Costa Rica (wow!) offered to contest winners in my agency, which makes it really worth trying to get your sales

Travel Perks can be Good

Agents can sometimes take advantage of extended ‘courtesies’ or perks, which is an added benefit of being in the travel industry. We call them courtesies because no vendor is obligated to extend perks just because a travel professional identifies themselves as such. If an option for a room upgrade or car rental upgrade is available, agents will ask first if of course, and it’s up to the vendor to extend free services, amenities or perks to agents up presentation of valid credentials. These perks may also include shows, attraction tickets, tours and much more.

Agents Travel Free in the Long Run

This is the part I love about being a home-based travel professional! It really is all free in the long run! How is that? Travel professionals are allowed to legitimately write off their travel 100%. Yes, they can, so regardless if you are an agent who paid for their trip, you are in the business of travel, which makes all your travel 100% tax deductable. So if you are a travel agent, the key is to document your trip and save your receipts so you can legally write off your trips at the end of the tax year!

Just to recap, there are 4 main ways travel agents can travel for free:

1. Booking groups and getting room, cabin, or monetary credit
2. Agency and Vendor Contests
3. Perks & upgrades
4. Write-off your travel 100%

Attention All Agents: save those receipts and document, document, document!

If you are not a travel agent and you are an avid traveler, you are throwing money away! Learn how to become a part time travel agent and get the benefits of owning an online travel business!

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