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Learn How to Save Money on a European Vacation
If you are starting to think about leaving for vacation, you need to first decide if you have enough money. If you are working with a tight budget or you simply want to get the most enjoyment out of as little money as possible, you will want to check out the following tips.
Finding Discounts in Paris Hotels
There are a lot of people out there that will tell you that they have never paid full price for a hotel in their entire adult lives. Even if you have always paid full price, there is always a chance to change your habit. The first thing you need to do is to remember that there are a lot of discounts that are offered by hotels, that you might not see advertised.
You need to check with your auto insurance or roadside membership assistance company to see if they know of hotels that give discounts because you go through their company. You can also call the hotel that you are interested in staying with and ask them about such discounts. Some hotels will even give room discounts to veterans, the disabled, the elderly, and for workers of certain companies.
Bring Your Own Snacks
No, it would not save you money to bring snacks from home onto the plane. What you want to do is to wait until you have checked into your hotel room. You can then check out the local stores and stock up on a lot of food and drinks that you are going to be able to leave in your hotel room. Just remember, most hotel rooms have very small refrigerators. Therefore, you might want to stick with a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, chips, and crackers.
Check Out the Free Venues
Sure, there are going to be plenty of places that you are going to want to spend money at. However, you do not always have to spend a lot of money in order to have a lot of fun. You might want to take a little bit of time while you are at home to research all of the different fun things that tourists can do while they are in Paris, completely free of charge. While researching that, you are likely to run into a lot of ideas for things that you can do for a minimal cost.
Make Use of the Breakfast Bar
Even if your hotel only offers donuts, cold cereal, or fruit in the morning, it is usually a part of the cost of your hotel stay. Therefore, you might want to go ahead and take advantage of it. By eating for free in the mornings, you will have more money for the other meals. You could also try to eat light for lunch, so that you have plenty of room in both your stomach and wallet to enjoy a nice hearty dinner in the restaurant of your choice.
Do make sure that you are continuing to look for more money saving tips until it is time for you to leave for the airport. Also, feel free to ask friends and family for advice on cheaper traveling. You might just find yourself surprised at the wealth of information that your friends and family will have.
You will have had the vacation of a lifetime for a lot less money than you would have normally spent.
This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.