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Top 5 Online Travel Tips You Need to Know

Years ago I remember going to the travel agent to plan my vacation, never even considering an online travel agent. But nowadays it’s the other way around, and most people don’t even give a thought to planning a trip without a computer. But the fact is you can often get a better discount by using an online travel site. Here are 5 travel tips to keep in mind.

1. Find great travel reviews online. You can check what people have to say about these sites and be sure you are not getting a shady deal or traveling at the wrong time. People will also chime in and let you know where the best discounts and freebies are. You can find out what the locals are saying too.

2. Locate fabulous deals. By far the best reason to do your travel deal shopping online is to get all the best deals. By scouring the travel websites online you can put your vacation together as you please by comparing different prices. For example, maybe you find a super vacation package one-way to your destination with one airline, and then you find a great deal on the way back with a separate air carrier. Go for it! Mix and match. You’ll save a ton of money with this method.

3. Different times equal different prices. Last time I planned a vacation I checked airline prices multiple times a day on every day of the week. It was a lot of fun actually because the prices changed all the time. It was almost like playing a game, click on the price now and see what it is! Maybe cheaper, maybe not. But one thing to keep in mind is if you happen to stumble upon a fantastic travel deal (and you will at some point), snap it up because you may never see it again. That’s what happened to me a few times. I debated and didn’t grab the excellent deal and it was gone, never to be seen again.

4. Sign up for email alerts. Go to all the major travel sites and get on an email list for travel discounts to be emailed to you. You should probably create a special account just for this so that you won’t have them all going into your main account. Sure, you are going to get lots of stuff you can’t use but every now and then you will receive that gem of a deal. But check your mail daily and go immediately to check out anything that looks promising.

5. Buy travel insurance sometimes but not always. So you’ve found your fantastic and amazing vacation deal and now you are wondering, should you spring for insurance as well? Yes you should if you are going on a cruise or traveling with a tour group or paying megabucks in advance for your trip. These policies are an added expense, sure, but the peace of mind is worth it.


Cheap Travel Ideas and Tips

The first thing that you can do to save some money on the trip that you are taking is plan the time of the year that you will travel. Every area that you will visit in the world will most likely have a season where more tourism is expected. If you plan to travel to these areas in the off season, you will get a nice bargain for your trip. Do some research on the parts of the world that you wish to travel to and find out what months constitute the off season. In many cases, this time of the year is still a lovely time to visit.

The Internet is a fabulous resource for finding great prices on many things including your travel. With the Internet you can comparison shop and get the best prices on your airfare, hotels, locate budget restaurants and find inexpensive things to do and see while you are on your trip. All you have to do is a little bit of research and you will have all the information that you need to have a fabulous vacation for the price that you can afford.

While you are on your trip, choose to stay in a hotel or motel that has a small kitchenette. This will give you the opportunity to make some of your own meals on your vacation and save on your food budget. Simply find a local market while you are on vacation and stock up with some food to make many of your meals in your room. Search for coupon books as well that offer discounts on the local restaurants. Many hotels and motels will offer these books to their customers and they can be a tremendous saving.

Many of the areas that you can travel to will offer discount books in the travel centers. Here you may find discounts on the local hotels and motels, restaurants and even your car rental. Buying airfare, hotel and car rental in one package may save you a great deal as well. You may run into Internet Specials by various airlines that have vacation packages that are not ordinarily offered elsewhere. Keep checking online everyday and you may find the deal you want.

Watching your spending will allow you to travel to more locations and be able to afford traveling every year. It isn’t necessary to take a luxury vacation and can even be more fun to try and find the best deals on your vacation. Take some time and plan your next budget holiday. Find out how much you can really save when you put your mind to it. It might be a lot of fun if you spend the time researching the area and getting organized about your travel plans. There are bargains out there for you to use, you just have to search for them and take advantage of them. You will have to be willing to do a little research and shopping around online. Be sure to network with friends and acquaintances that travel frequently as they may offer you some tips and advice to save some money on your next trip.


Tulare, California – Day Trip to Sequoia

Tulare California lies at the gate of the Sequoia National Park, the home to the world’s largest living thing. The Giant Sequoia trees are as tall as a 25-story building and would fill a city street with their large bases. A day trip to see these giants is a great option for Tulare families.

Tulare families head to Sequoia via Highway 99 to Highway 198. Travel east on Highway 198 through Visalia, Exeter, Lemon Cove, and Three Rivers and come to the park entrance, about 45 minutes from Tulare. From the park entrance, it is still about one hour’s drive before travelers hit the key scenes of the park.Stop for a burger at Three Rivers before heading into the park. Consider an ice cream at Reimer’s, a favorite candy shop that features homemade candies and ice cream. Fill your car up with gas before you head into the park.

One of the first sights is Moro Rock, a rock with stairs and a hand guard in which you can climb and see the Golden Trout Wilderness to the east (Sequoia’s back country) or the San Joaquin Valley below. The climb is moderate but for those on a tight schedule, climb about one-third of the way up for a great view. If you feel more adventuresome at this point, do head to the top and you will be rewarded by the view.

Near Moro Rock, follow the signs to Crescent Meadow where you will be able to take a moderate to mild hike around this gorgeous meadow. You will find a treat deep in the meadow — Tharpe’s Log, once a home to a Sequoia resident.

From Crescent Meadow, travel back towards Lodge Pole. On the way, make plenty of time to stop for pictures of your car driving under a Giant Sequoia or parked on top of one. You will also pass the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman tree. Park, walk up to the tree, and take the classic tourist pictures. Stay for a while and hike around a grove of giants. Enjoy the classic flora and fauna of Sequoia National Park.

In Lodge Pole you will find a visitor’s center with more information, fast food, and groceries. Near Lodge Pole is a nice hotel as well. As at the information center for trail head information. There are several moderate trails that start near Lodge Pole.

From Lodge Pole you can continue to Grant Grove and then exit the park via Grant Grove to Fresno. The drive is far less winding than the drive from Three Rivers. In any case, plan for a long, full day of hiking and sight-seeing to take in the wonders of the park.