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An unforgettable vacation is more affordable than you think
February 6, 2018 | 5:35 PM
 
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Most people at this time of the year start dreaming of sun-filled beaches, flip-flops and shorts. Whether you want to bring your family along, get away with a few friends or explore some new, tropical destination, packing up and taking off on an unforgettable vacation is easier and more affordable than you may think. From finding deals to getting there, here is your six-step guide to a perfect break.

1. Get everyone involved. Unless you're planning a surprise vacation for someone, you want to be sure everyone who is going weighs in and has a say. This is especially important if you're going on a family trip. Giving your kids the chance to participate in planning and decision-making can help them feel more invested in the trip. For example, while the adults might choose the destination and accommodations, let the kids pick a couple activities to book in advance. This will lead to a better experience for everyone.

2. Book early. We've all heard the mantra "earlier is better" and generally, that's true for booking airfare.

3. Avoid peak travel times. If you have flexibility in terms of your travel dates, make sure you compare prices for different departure windows. Often travel can have an impact on prices, and leaving a week or two earlier or later can save you money.

4. Bundle to save. Always buy your plane ticket and hotel room together. Why? Because 1) it's convenient and saves you time and 2) you can save some serious money when you do so. Oftentimes, when going to popular resort destinations, the savings are even better, so don't leave that money on the table.

5. Fly on the right day. As many savvy travellers know, it takes a multi-pronged approach to find the best deals. Along with booking early and bundling, when you travel plays a big role in the price you pay.

6. Pack only the essentials. The beautiful thing about a beach vacation is the ability to pack light. Buy your sunscreen once you get to your destination, and opt for flip-flops and lightweight clothing that will all fit in a carry-on bag. Not only will this make life easier when you go to and from the airport, but you'll save on checked baggage fees as well.

An unforgettable vacation for you and your family is more affordable than you think. So stop dreaming and start planning! Sunshine and sand are just a few clicks away. -BPT



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