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YOU CAN AVOID THE HIDDEN COSTS OF THAT VACATION

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“Good morning traveler. Many people spend time planning a vacation within their budget only to find that, once the trip starts, they are bombarded with mountains of unforeseen expenses. This can cause a terribly stressful trip not knowing what the final tab is going to be.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to seek out these extra expenses and remove them whenever possible.  Here is additional information that will help you on your mission.  Good luck traveler.”
Getting Around from the Airport.

You have landed at your destination and just want to get to your hotel, take a long shower and maybe even a nap.  So what’s the best and most cost effective way to get there?  You will come across many options, all claim they are the best and cheapest, but most seem to cost a small fortune.  This is where planning in advance will really pay off.

If you are not renting a car, check the cost of local public transportation and taxi services.  Your hotel may even offer free transportation to and from the airport.  This is also true for cruises.  If you are flying to a location to take a cruise, the airports will very often have free, or low cost, transportation to and from your ship.
When you are renting a car, most of your work may already be done.  Although, before paying for that expensive rental insurance, check with your own person insurance as well as your credit card company.  Chances are that you may already have the coverage you need.

Make sure you choose a hotel that provides FREE PARKING.  If not, some may offer valet parking which can be cheaper than pay parking.  A little trick I learned in Las Vegas is that, almost all major hotels will charge you big to park.  However, most of them offer free valet parking with only the cost of a tip.

Also check the parking fees of the places you plan to visit.  If the fees are too great, check the cost of public transportation.  You may find that taking the bus could be less costly and even more convenient.

Extras You Can Avoid and Those You Cannot

To make that trip, a real vacation, often requires a little indulgence like room service, the minibar, and even a trip to the spa.  These are optional, of course, and can be allowed if funds permit it.  Just make sure you know these expenses in advance to avoid sticker shock.

If you are going on a beach holiday, make sure you check the hotel policy on beach towels.  Some hotels allow you to use them for free while at the hotel, others will charge you.  If you have to pay rental for your towels, check out a local souvenir shop.   Use that  towel and take that towel home as a remembrance of your trip.

One of the most dreaded, and potentially the most costly, fee is the resort fee.  Locations that use these resorts fees include, but are not limited to, Las Vegas, Florida, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Mexico.  A check of your hotel’s website will often contain information on this.  If not, call the hotel directly or ask your travel agent.

 

ATM Fees

Getting cash from other banks can be expensive, even locally.  Before you leave on your trip, check with your bank to see if they have partners in the locations you are traveling to.  They may still charge you but it will be a lot less.

If you are not working for the I.M.F. (Impossible Missions Force), hidden costs can really take a big bite out of your wallet. The worst part of this being that many of these extra costs are not honestly declared in advance.  Now that you have been equipped with this special insider mission information, Use must now the information you have armed with.  Seek out and, if possible, eliminate these fees.

More on this coming in future articles.

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