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How to Find Hotel Deals and Special Rates

In the age of search engines and travel competition, hotels want to be competitive in pricing, just like airlines do. This is especially true in comparison to third-party travel agencies like Expedia or Travelocity. So when researching rates, be sure to look for the bonuses or special offers like free breakfast, or free airport transfers, as many third party sites will throw in these options, and the hotels themselves will try to match. By learning how to find hotel deals and special rates, you can save yourself money traveling.

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Tips and Tricks: Search Hotel Prices Early and Often

This oldie-but-goodie tip is born of experience. And given that we are heading into the summer travel season, it bore repeating and I had to pass it along. Last year, two times that I have had a hotel to book, I searched early and found some reasonable deals. I booked through the hotel’s website directly and waited patiently.

A couple of weeks before I was scheduled to check in, I started to check the websites again. I checked Trivago, Kayak and the hotel websites. Still no change, so I waited. Same thing occurred the week before.

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Teen Travel Chat: My Favorite Travel Photos & What I Learned

Capturing moments through photos has been something that I have taken a big interest in. I really enjoy taking pictures and am always excited when I get the opportunity to do so. There is something unique about photography, and I absolutely love it. As I am learning more about photography, I have been able to snap some shots that I have grown to love. Below is a selection of some of my favorite travel photos I have taken when traveling. I hope you enjoy the pictures as well as hearing what lessons I learned on these trips! Continue reading

Will Spirit Airlines…Break Your Spirit?

When on the hunt for low fares, it is important to keep your options open and be flexible. And this year, airfare deals have been fantastic, with trips from various U.S. cities to hot-spot destinations like Europe and Australia ringing in at a fraction of the cost. But are there some deals that don’t need to be chased? As the website The Flight Deal’s motto states, “Just because it’s a great fare doesn’t mean it’s a great deal.” Given some of the horror stories I have heard, airlines like Spirit Airlines may fall into that category.
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