Part III of the Vacation Savings Series. Read from the beginning if you missed a segment.
Meet me on the Lido deck.
Cruises are the most popular all-inclusive vacations. International cruises may not include port of call expenses and none cover duties on merchandise you buy. Most cruises include meals, entertainment and lodging. Some include off-ship entertainment as well.
Are you interested in cruising to a destination which hosts events for cruise passengers? Would you rather all the events held on board the ship? To control package costs, you can choose to depart from a remote airport, lowering the cost of airfare. Are you are willing to travel to an airport where other passengers are leaving for the same cruise? You get the cheapest tickets.
Cruise Clues reviews cruise ships and packages and hosts a forum for cruisers to share tips, information and expenses. Frommer’s gives excellent, informative reviews of cruise ships, lines and packages. Visiting individual cruise line websites, Disney, Princess or Carnival, gives you current and exclusive information about inclusive packages.
Many travel websites sell tickets for cruises which either can be bundled with airline tickets or include airfare. These sites are geared for the cost-conscious. Choose a flight which allows you extra time in the departure city to lengthen your vacation before and/or after your cruise.
Hobby on the Go
Hobby vacations are becoming more inclusive as they gain popularity. Websites like Adventure Center offer information and booking of inclusive vacations walking or hiking exotic locations worldwide. Golf Link, Travel Golf and PGA Travel offer reviews of courses, inclusive packages and golf tours. Fans love sport packages from Sports Traveler, Sports Travel & Tours and Go Tickets because tickets, travel to and from the game and concierge service are included.
Short and Sweet
Micro-vacations are the perfect choice for today’s busy traveler. Weekend trips used to be only to places you could drive in less than four hours. Since 1990, the number of travelers who took less than a week from work to travel has doubled. Fewer people can stay away from the job for a week or more. Booking these trips online are nearly necessity.
Use Your Imagination
Most micro-vacations center around specific locations or events. Put on your leisure suit and go to Elvis’ Annual Honolulu Tour or break out your lucky socks for a trip to Atlantic City. A trip to see the changing seasons can be a perfect respite. Spas make great micro-vacations. Take a rustic train tour. Destination 360, Vacations Made Easy or Vacation Idea hold great information about weekend getaways.
Next segment…Trains and Road Trips…Not your old fashioned vacation any more.
The Vacation Savings Series will be wrapping up soon. Have you taken the poll?
Which is best for you: cruise, hobby vacation or micro-vacation?
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