10 Cost-effective Ways to Shop for a Vacation


Adapt or Risk Paying More

Canoeing in the mountains might not have been  your ideal, but it can still be amazing!
Canoeing in the mountains might not have been your ideal, but it can still be amazing!

When you plan your holiday, take the time to research two and possibly three alternate destinations. You may have your heart set on a specific locale, but being adaptable will give you some wiggle room when searching for the best bargain. Being flexible about the dates you travel and the length of your stay can often help you save, too. Fun in the sun doesn't have to mean Hawaii -- unless you're visiting relatives there. The more flexible and open you are, the more likely you'll be to find the style of holiday you want at a price you can afford.

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