No matter where in the world my travels take me, I am always prepared to record the memories with my Moleskine Passions Travel Journal. Since arriving back last month from traveling, I have been going through my notebook, adding and pasting items that I forgot to paste in there. As I was turning a page, a bookmark fell out. Conde Nest Traveler Top 5 Secrets to Savvy Travel--I thought I would share since i found them interesting and informative...
1. Time it Right--Fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday
Traveling on off-peak days — and at off-peak times — means lower fares, a less crowded cabin, and a greater chance of snagging those elusive mileage award seats. Taking two days off for a long weekend? Instead of a Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Monday trip, save money by flying on a Saturday and returning on a Tuesday.
2. Hop Between Cities at Midday
When traveling through Europe or Asia, and want to get from one city to another; consider scheduling transportation for the middle of the day. If leaving at dawn, one might miss the sunrise--ideal for photography and observing locals, and you reach your destination at midday, when temperatures are highest, the light is at its worst for photos, and it is too early to check into your hotel. One may also fight rush-hour commuters and miss a breakfast that is included in your rate.
3. Visit Islands During Shoulder Season
Peak-season rates on islands often reflect nearby countries' vacation schedules rather than the best time to visit. Bali's hotels, for instance, fill up with Japanese in early May and with Australians in January. In low season, many businesses shut down. Shoulder season--when crowds are thinner, but the weather is still good--is the solution.
4. Sign Up For Emails
The best airfare and hotel sales are typically unannounced. Airlines and hotel companies target specific subsets of travelers, and notify them via email. This includes loyalty program members, holders of certain credit cards, and people who have registered on their website. To keep your in-box from getting bombarded, get a dedicated email address for such alerts; and check it when one is ready to start planning your next trip. If one can make quick purchasing decisions, sign up for alerts from flash sale sites that sell hotel rooms at discounts of 40% or more, such as Jetsetter, LivingSocial and Tablet Hotels.
5. Get The Best Room For Your Dollar
At luxury properties, rates vary considerably according to occupancy. A room could be $350 one week because there is a large group, and $250 the next because nobody is coming. For top-end hotels that have on-site reservations desks, call and ask the manager when, during your travel window, the hotel will be emptiest and therefore have the lowest rates. Then ask something like, "If I come on that date, would there be a chance of an upgrade to ocean-view?"