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Tips for Saving Money Before & During Vacation

When it comes to traveling, one of the biggest, if not the biggest, concern that individuals, couples, and families have about their trip is the budget and how much the getaway, vacation, or honeymoon is going to cost them. And that’s a very fair and real concern to have. We understand that it can be stressful to plan and fund a memorable vacation and not need to eat cup noodles for months to financially recover from the trip. If you’re in the planning stages of your next getaway and want to find some cost-cutting measures to enjoy your stay without breaking the bank, we’ve got you covered with these simple tips.

Be your own chef

One of the easiest ways to blow through your travel budget is to eat out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Worse yet, some people take the opportunity to go off the rails of whatever diet or meal plan they’ve been following prior to the trip, opting to eat like a hobbit. Have you caught yourself asking your partner if you could get second breakfast? Elevensies? Lunch, supper, dinner? A simple way to open up your budget for better accommodations, or fewer but more luxurious meals, is to make most of your food and meals at your rental condo or hotel.

This can be extended to before your vacation as well. Rather than buying lunch during your shift and heading out to your favorite eatery in the evening, start meal prepping on the weekends so you can cover all of your lunches in one cooking session. Is it the most exciting thing for the week? Not really. Will it help you budget for that incredible dream vacation? Undoubtedly.

Cash out

If you aren’t dead set on any particular location, you can always look for ones that have an exchange rate that will benefit your wallet. Plenty of destinations will pay you more per dollar, meaning you’ll have more money to spend once you get there. Now that’s making your money work for you.

Anywhere, anytime

In addition to not having any one destination in mind, if you don’t have any particular time of the year that you need to travel, take a look into heading to your desired destination during the offseason. You’ll get the entire place to yourself! Say goodbye to wait times, traffic, and standing around. If you choose warmer locations, you likely won’t mind the “cooler” season either as it still gets hot.

Celebrate

Keep an eye on the calendar, both domestic and local to where you’re traveling. You’ll likely be able to score a great travel rate and cheaper accommodations since no one will want to be traveling at that time anyway. Additionally, there may be local events happening that you can attend to fill up your schedule while you’re on your tip.

Consult a professional Denver travel agent

The easiest way to learn more about cost saving measures before and during your next vacation is to talk to the professionals who know the ins and outs of travel, booking, and making the most of your vacation. Contact our Denver travel agency today to speak with a representative who can go over all of our destination and travel packages and help you plan the perfect trip for your timeline and budget.

The Best Vacations Post-Quarantine

We know you’re tired of reading news about COVID-19, sheltering in place, social distancing, and everything else that goes with it. While it’s obviously in the best interest of people across the US and the globe, many people are bitter about needing to cancel their vacations and trips to celebrate honeymoons, anniversaries, or just an excuse to get away for a bit. Travel restrictions won’t exist forever and even now, cities across the world are beginning their reopening strategies to work towards a return to normalcy. Some restaurants and shops are open and soon, things will be like they were before COVID-19 hit.

When the reopening is in full swing, you’ll likely want to capitalize on the vacation you had to defer – and we understand that. We want to help you plan the perfect getaway for every occasion. Once restrictions are lifted, however, doesn’t necessarily mean the virus will be completely gone and some people may want to continue to the social distance to avoid possibly contracting the virus. The good news is there are a few vacations and destinations to choose from to get away from the stresses of everyday life without being thrust into densely populated areas, shopping centers, and crowds.

Tropical getaway

Picture yourself on the beaches with no one else around, soaking up the sun as the waves lap at the shore mere feet away from you, or meters if you’re outside of the US. There are plenty of resorts that have private bungalows to stay in that keep you far away from other guests, or residents of the town/island so that you can escape and have isolated peace and quiet. If you’re a fan of beaches, snorkeling, grilled foods, tropical drinks, and fun in the hot sun, consider booking a tropical getaway. We’ll be happy to help you pick the right destination for your budget and timeframe.

Mountain resorts

Do you love to ski and snowboard, or do you just enjoy being in a frozen wonderland where you can bundle up and get cozy in front of a roaring fireplace? You should consider a mountain getaway. There are plenty of hiking, climbing, and outdoor adventure opportunities in the colder climates where populations are limited and other guests don’t often go. If you love the cold, snow, cozy inns and cottages, and slow cooked comfort food, you should choose a mountain and chilly getaway for your next vacation.

Countryside cottage

Do you just want peace and quiet in a little village where you can forget about the business of day to day life? Book a trip the the countryside; Europe has plenty of small little towns where you can cozy up and rest to get away from it all. Take in local sights, scenery, cuisine, and more without feeling crowded, or claustrophobic. No need to worry about social distancing when there aren’t enough people to make it a concern!

We hope these three destinations have inspired you to think about your next vacation and have helped you envision yourself there. We’re happy to help go over the benefits of each location, what you can expect when you get there, and how to keep yourself and others safe while on your trip as the world recovers from the pandemic. Contact our offices today to learn more about our vacation package offers and how we can make your next dream vacation a reality.

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Best Ways to Enjoy Your Beach Vacation

Ah the beach! When packing one’s bags for an amazing vacation is there any better place to go than to the beach?! Offering a relaxing respite from the challenges of today’s world the beach would appear to be the ideal spot to kick off your shoes and truly Travel N Relax!

But then like an unwelcome wave, the world crashes in and the headline arrives telling of the thousands of buried glass shards that were found spread across hundreds of yards of coastline at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Suddenly such news makes one aware that perhaps a beach vacation also requires thought and attention to the details that will allow your vacation to be ideal.

So what are the critical items to be aware of when heading off the to beach?

First, as the headline above would convey, be sure to take a long a good pair of sandals or beach shoes. Protecting your feet in this way will allow you to stay safe from the hidden hazards and dangers some may attempt to cause.

Also, sunscreen is of course critical to protect you from the hidden dangers of the sun. Along with this would be a tanktop for men and a good sun hat that protects your neck and face. However you prepare be sure to lather up so that you do not get burned – the number one reason peoples beach vacations get destroyed. Also remember the closer you are to the equator the more important it is to wear sunscreen. Don’t forget also to lather up the often forgotten spots like your ears and nose.

For relaxing a good book is must along with a beach towel or sand free mat if beach chairs are unavailable. Also don’t forget your sunglasses so your not left squinting at the pages!

For those who are more active you may want to bring along a frisbee or kite to play with on the beach and beach tubes and toys to take into the water. All of these can be packed into a mesh bag that will prevent a car full of sand on the way home!

A water cooler filled with water bottles and your favorite snacks and drinks is a must to stave off your hunger and thirst pains.

When it comes time to hit the surf don’t forget to stay surf safe.

This would involve such things as checking the local tide conditions and times and looking into any dangers like rip tides that may be in the area. Possible sealife like jellyfish and the like should also be determined. These can often be determined by lifeguard flags or personnel or nearby signs posting possible dangers. Beachside hotel staff may also be able to direct.

A must for children is a good life jacket to keep your little one afloat when they run into the surf. Beach goggles or a snorkel and mask can also be useful.

Finally, while it may seem like a no brainer don’t forget to pack your bathing suit! Often in the rush to prepare to leave this is an item many forget.

For other packing and travel ideas, Travel N Relax can help you take care of all the details so you can truly enjoy your vacation to the beach or elsewhere. By being prepared your vacation will truly be exceptional no matter how others may plan to interrupt it!

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