Affordable Travel Guide to Vacations

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Vacations

You work hard and you deserve more than just a weekend at home watching television! Even if your travel budget will only allow one vacation per year, and even if you can only take one week off, you need that vacation time to restore yourself physically and mentally. If you’re tight for cash, you’ll need Affordable Travel to help you find vacation deals, from cheap vacation packages to all inclusive trips. We’re here to help you make the most of your vacation dollar!

We’ve searched the world for the best in vacation ideas and discount travel. It’s all right here at your fingertips. As we learn more, we’ll add more; our team of researchers, writers, and editors bravely suffer the horrors of great vacations in order to provide this service to you! Hey, it’s tough job, but we’re volunteering to do it! We’ve broken down our vacations section into easy sub-sections so that you can zero in on the type of vacation you want. And if there’s a vacation that you crave, but you don’t see it on www.affordabetravel.org, pop us an e-mail and we’ll see what our insider team can find out.

Here are the varieties of vacations and vacation packages that you’ll find on our website:

  • Cruises. Is there anybody who doesn’t love to cruise? Even people who get seasick take their medicine and go cruising! There’s nothing quite like being that far away from it all. If you insist on taking your laptop and smart phone, you can still reconnect with the things happening on land, but out there on the ocean waves, you can disconnect all you want. Cruises used to be regarded as the bastion of the retired, but not any more! These days, there are cruise deals designed for everyone, from brides and grooms (romantic cruises), to kids and their families (Disney cruises), to rock music devotees. All ages and stages love to sail, especially when there are hundreds of cheap cruises available. Making plans fast? You’ll be happy to know that last minute cruises abound; pick one and stop being a landlubber! You may opt for a Caribbean cruise or a Norwegian cruise; both are pure escapism, but with very different vistas. So, don’t snooze, book a cruise!
  • All Inclusive. This is the ultimate in surrender. No responsibility, not even taking your wallet out of your pocket or purse. Everything is taken care of. Just sit back and do as much or as little as you wish. It’s your vacation to tailor your way. All inclusive vacations take many forms, catering to individual tastes and needs: all inclusive vacation packages; all inclusive honeymoons; all inclusive resorts; and all inclusive cruises. Almost without exception, the term “inclusive vacations” generally means that one price covers everything. There are, of course, exceptions, primarily all inclusive deals that cover everything but alcoholic beverages and tips; some cover alcohol, but limit the number of drinks per meal (lunch and dinner only, unless mimosas are served with brunch). Some do not cover gratuities. Our aim is to help you sort out which all inclusive vacation packages contain the basics versus the whole enchilada. Virtually all of the all inclusive vacations include in their cost: airfare and ground transportation (to get you from the destination airport to your accommodations, but not to get you from your home to the airport before the flight); hotel accommodations; meals; and use of facilities and equipment, such as the hotel swimming pool and sports equipment like water skis. The truly 100% all inclusives cover absolutely everything. Let us be your travel guide to the world of all inclusive trips.
  • Packages. How is a package different from an all inclusive vacation? Normally, packages don’t include every last thing in their fees, but that suits some travelers, especially those who prefer a less structured itinerary or restricted environment (all inclusive deals, for example, are limited to the hotel or resort where you stay; if you venture out to a restaurant for dinner, that’s not included in your all inclusive fee). With a package vacation deal, some parts are covered in the overall price and some aren’t, giving you the liberty to explore and experience other aspects of the destination. Some people choose all inclusive trips over packages because they like the sense of security they get from being enclosed in a self-sufficient resort area with all the amenities; that applies best in cases of travel to places that may be somewhat risky. Packages normally involve flights and hotels, and sometimes tickets to attractions, but meals and beverages are extra; now and then a side trip is part of a package. It’s very much a matter of personal taste and safety. We’ll deliver the goods on cheap vacation packages and all inclusive deals so that you can make an informed decision when you travel.
  • Last Minute Travel. Few of us can pull off a last minute vacation booking, but if your life and schedule are flexible, you can make the best of last minute deals. It’s all about either picking the time you want to go away and waiting to book your trip until a day or two before (and risk being disappointed), or being flexible in where you want to go (wait and see what last minute travel deals come available), or about deciding where you want to go and having the freedom to wait until last minute getaways turn up that suit your dreams. Any way you cut it, last minute vacation deals are about maximum flexibility. That often works before for people who are retired, or otherwise not working nine to five. Last minute trips can be ideal for the self-employed, especially if your line of work mostly involves telecommuting (if you desperately need a vacation, but are willing to work some of the time, take your laptop and go!). From last minute flights to complete last minute all inclusive bargains, if you have the time and the money ready to go at a moment’s notice, this is one of the cheapest vacations you can find. And we’ll help you pack!
  • Honeymoons. You just found the right place for honeymoon ideas! All the planning and anxiety are behind you now, and it’s time to celebrate your wedding with an idyllic honeymoon destination. It just has to be as perfect as your wedding day; the last thing you need is travel hassles. But weddings are expensive and maybe you decided to save by coming up with cheap honeymoon ideas. We can help. We heave researched top honeymoon destinations and found affordable honeymoon packages that will suit you, your romance, and your travel budget. If you work it right, you’ll find a litany of honeymoon vacations that don’t cost the earth, but leave you with beautiful memories of the most special vacation you will ever take as a couple. We have also looked into honeymoon resorts and honeymoon packages that are LGBT-friendly. Love is to be celebrated at these fantastic honeymoon havens. Among the most popular are Hawaii honeymoon packages, but if you’re seeking something more intimate, exotic or unique, we have ideas for you!
  • Resorts. Resorts take many forms, from resorts in Florida to desert spa resorts to lakeside resorts that cater to families. The pivotal elements to resorts is that they are far more than just hotels. They attract people who want an active fun vacation, with lots to do if they feel like it, or plenty of laid-back time, as they prefer. How about Disney resorts for a fun-filled, lively family getaway? Or the romantic escapes that can be had at Poconos resorts (the originators of the heart-shaped bathtub). The key is that there is no pressure on you to plan or organize, or to pay extra for activities like surfing or sailing, tennis or golfing. Great vacation resorts have it all under one roof, so to speak, so you don’t need to venture far afield to enjoy your vacation. We’ll help you find your dream resort, be that for couples or singles, or in Aruba or northern Ontario.
  • Destinations. You’ve booked your time off work, you have your dedicated vacation savings account full of cash, and your travel companion ready to take a trip, but where? The world is rich with travel destinations, and the hardest part can be nailing down which one to choose. There’s an ideal travel destination (maybe more!) for everyone! Is it going to be one of thousands of beach destinations? Or a choice of hundreds of sophisticated European destinations? Are you searching for family vacation destinations, or something more private and romantic like one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations? Speaking of honeymoons, maybe you’re planning a destination wedding. The Caribbean is always popular, but how about Italy? The region of Abruzzi and its stunning beaches are becoming romantic destination wedding locations. Where is more romantic than Italy! Let is tempt you with a myriad of vacation destination options; guaranteed to either simplify your decision or really confuse you! What the heck, if you find many that you can’t resist, there’s always next year to try another new destination!
  • Tours. Tours comprise the best means of travel for people who are not experienced travelers or who want to visit an exotic location that may have its risks. Tours are also ideal for people who like an orderly travel itinerary, and want an expert guide to ensure they don’t miss anything of interest. Tours bring you together with like-minded people, often resulting in lifelong friendships and many joint future tours. They tend to be safer than ad hoc travel, and are very much preferred by senior tourists. For example, China is a vast land and for North American travelers, it can seem intimidating, especially when you don’t speak or read the language. But those who have made China part of their travel experiences have incredible stories to tell and memories to share. Why miss out! Join a travel tour to China, enjoy the benefits of seeing all of the key sights and with the assistance of a person who is fluent in the languages of China. Make the most of travel to distant lands by being part of a tour.

We’ll provide you with the vacation ideas and information that you need to help decide where to go, when to travel, and how to get there, plus find the best possible vacation deal. As our writers and editors traverse the globe, we’ll bring you more and more news and tips about vacations of all kinds. There is one, or many, that will be among the best memories of your life. Start dreaming and planning it now, with Affordable Travel as your guide.

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