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34 Ways to Slash the Cost of Your Next Vacation

A guide to 34 inexpensive travel tips to make your vacation more enjoyable and more affordable.

>Slash the fare through creative strategies like using "bucket shops" (1) and charters (2), grabbing promotional fares (3), working as an air courier (4), or using a "split city" discount (5), among other methods.

Slash the cost of lodging through homestays (6), home exchanges (7), hostels (8), B&Bs (9), camping (10), bargain chains (11), apartment (12) or cabin rentals (13), coupons and other promotions (14), off-season visits (15), and other ways.

Slash the cost of attractions by participating in work exchanges (16), having a legitimate reason to be let in for free (17), using every discount you can (18), knowing where to get coupons (19)-- and by finding a myriad of off-the-beaten-track pleasures that cost little or nothing to start with (20).

Slash the cost of dining with approaches such as twofers (21), buffet meals (22), creative ordering (23), eating at the right time of day (24), cooking in (25), picnics (26), potlucks (27) street food (28), and many other tricks.

Slash the cost of souvenir shopping by looking at sale offers (29), shopping in the right places (30), buying directly from the artisan (31), good bargaining (32), barter (33), acquiring used or discontinued merchandise (34), and other techniques.

Shel Horowitz, Editor of Global Travel Review and owner of FrugalFun.com, is the author of the e-book, The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook, and the creator of the Ethical Business Pledge campaign.


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