Nobody wants to overpay for a Caribbean vacation, but saving money on your trip to the islands means more than getting a good hotel rate and airfare. Budget-conscious travelers also need to be aware of hidden fees and costs, avoid scams, and learn the little tricks that make the difference between a good vacation value and a great one!
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It's hard to put a price on paradise, but nobody wants to spend more than they have to on their Caribbean vacation. Here's my easy guide to how to getting great Caribbean getaway deals, sales, bargains and specials, so you can spend more time on the beach and less worrying about the bill at the end of your trip!
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You may have to mortgage the house to afford a trip to Asia or Europe thanks to the weak dollar, and astronomical airfares have made budgeting for vacation a challenge. But the Caribbean remains a great option for budget travel: most islands are close to the U.S., low labor costs keep prices low in many destinations, the region is well-served by pay-one-price cruise lines and all-inclusive hotels, and there are some low-cost lodging options that can put the Caribbean within reach of even the most frugal travelers.
The current economic downturn hasn't stopped people from traveling -- more tourists visited the Caribbean in 2008 than in 2007, for example -- but tighter budgets have made saving money wherever you can while traveling even more important. Here's some budget travel tips from my colleagues at the Society of American Travel Writers, along with my advice on tailoring their advice to a Caribbean vacation...
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Most rules for getting the best airfares to the Caribbean are the same as for air travel to other destinations: be flexible in your travel planning, check the web for the best fares, and subscribe to airline e-newsletters to keep up on last-minute deals and fare sales. About.com Air Travel guide Arlene Fleming offers more helpful tips. Bargain-hunters also can increase their odds of getting deals by:
Traditionally, the Caribbean has always been a more cost-friendly destination to travelers who buy air-land package deals than to independent travelers. It's not uncommon, for example, to find hotel deals that include airfare cheaper than the published prices for airfare alone on airline websites. Read on for more advice...
Are there any set rules and truths when it comes to buying a ticket, changing a ticket or getting the best airfare available? Because not all airlines follow the same routes, there are several myths and misunderstandings that exist when it comes to airfares and airline tickets.
Just like it says: Check here to find the latest bargains on Caribbean airfare, cruises, hotels, and packages.
Calling home from the Caribbean can often seem like a choice between bad and worse, especially for U.S. travelers. The good news is that you do have a few decent alternatives for staying in touch with friends, family and the office while traveling in the islands.
Keeping travel costs down can be difficult to begin with, but it's even harder when hotels, airlines, and governments impose extra -- and sometimes none-too-obvious -- fees and taxes that can inflate the bottom-line cost of your trip considerably. Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about these charges, but it helps to be aware of them before you depart so you can at least avoid unpleasant surprises that can put a damper on your vacation.
Everyone looks for breathtaking travel bargains, and perhaps a few will pan out for you in your lifetime. But there are scores of scam artists out there who prey on your instinct to save money on travel. Pre-payment usually is required for travel products. That is why scam artists often concentrate on travelers. The Internet provides growth opportunities for such illegal and unethical activity. Read on for 10 red-flags that frequently signal a scam-in-the-making.