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By Expert Author: www.cheapfares.com

Do not assume that you are finished planning an affordable trip after a careful review of cheap travel options, including cheap fares, cheap airplane tickets, discount hotel rooms, cheap auto rentals, discount travel packages, and cheap vacation packages.

The following are tips on how to save money once on the road from Budget Travel’s readers:

• Save your free coffee drink redemptions for use at airports which sometimes charge twice what they do elsewhere.

• Get Mexico’s best exchange rate at supermarkets. All you have to do is purchase a few groceries, pay in American dollars, and then be given your change in pesos.

• Save on a cruise spa by booking a massage on a day when your ship is docked, which is typically when ship spas offer discounts.

• Get free admission to some of London’s historic sites by becoming a member of the not-for-profit Historic Royal Palaces. Membership provides free access to five of the city’s most impressive landmarks, including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and Kew Palace. Your membership card allows you to bypass long lines as well.

• Gain free admission to 70 of Ireland’s historic sites by purchasing the Heritage Card.

• If your trips will take you to destinations large enough in the United States to have museums, zoos, and/or botanical gardens, look into purchasing a membership in your home city’s counterpart which may be accepted at your destination.

• Eat inexpensively in Italy by avoiding restaurants that have a cover charge. If you desire is to enjoy a light breakfast or lunch, bypass sit down restaurants and purchase a pastry or a Panini from a bakery.

• Save money and skip lines at Florence’s top museums by purchasing a “Friends of the Uffizi Gallery” pass before departing for Florence. Membership lasts a year and covers allows free entry to the Uffizi, the state museums of Florence, the Pitti Palace, the Medici Chapels, and more. This pass allows holders to skip ticket lines.

• When withdrawing money from an ATM in Europe ATMs sometimes distribute 50 Euro notes that many shops will not accept if you are making a small purchase. Make ATM withdrawals that are not divisible by 50.

• Instead of paying airline baggage fees, consider mailing your bulkiest items a week ahead of arriving at your destination.

• If you are a member of Costco, check Costco’s website for discount tickets to theme parks. Be aware that you will find more park discounts on their website than at your local Costco. Make certain to allow a minimum of one week for your tickets to arrive.

• Free D.C. tours can be snagged by writing in advance to your state’s congressional representatives, requesting passes to attend sessions of Congress and discounted tour tickets.

• To determine where the US dollar goes the furthest, visit the Office of Allowances page on the U.S. Department of State website and click on the foreign per diem rates link. There you can find estimates for hotels, meals, and incidentals at over 1,000 worldwide locations.

• Enroll your children in a frequent flier program as soon as they start flying, regardless of their age. Remember than many mileage programs expire if the account is inactive for 18 months. Donate to charities or do some shopping on an airline’s mall website to keep everyone’s miles current.

• Save money on highway food in the U.S. by shopping at deli counters in grocery stores. The food at delis tends to be fresh, usually has a good variety, and is cheaper than most sit down restaurants.

• Clip restaurant chain coupons and keep them handy in your car so that you can redeem them on car trips.

• To avoid extra taxes and fees charged when renting a car at an airport, look into renting from an off airport car location.

• Sign up for a gas station charge card from a company with gas stations across the country. Many such cards offer a percent off rebate, or other inducement for use.

• Look into purchasing day passes sold by many all-inclusive resorts which give visitors access to the facilities, such as restaurants, swimming pools, and beach chairs.

• Instead of dealing with non-stop requests for money from your kids while on vacation, give them a travel allowance and let them pay for anything more with their own money.
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