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Going on vacation is one of life's most rewarding luxuries. However, if you are not careful, you can end up thrusting yourself into an irreparable hole of debt. Going on a holiday can be very expensive and it is very simple to cave into the temptations of spending more money than you planned on. If you are utilizing credit cards for making purchases, and your spending gets crazy, you are going to have a very big problem.

Even though though vacations have some money spending pitfalls, that does not mean you should not treat yourself with a trip. You just have to be spend wisely. This means setting a budget for yourself, and sticking to it. Below is some advice that you can utilize to ensure that you have a pleasant vacation, that you can afford.

The business of tourism is very competitive. It is very common for hotels and tour operators to offer vacation deals and packages. It is important to note that you will likely have to ask about such offers, otherwise they will not be presented to you. You should also inquire about upgrades on transportation and/or your hotel room as well as discounts on travel tours and attractions. It will not work all the time, but it does not hurt to ask!

Avoid high volume tourist areas
Having to deal with big crowds is the last thing you are going to want to have to do deal with while on vacation. You will not have a good experience and will likely end up spending way too much money for your trip when traveling to a 'tourist trap'. Before booking any trip, do your research. There are plenty of sources online that will help you find a beautiful, less traveled destination. Doing this will allow you enjoy your experience, while saving money.

Make sure you have everything you need before you go away
The cost of traveling necessities are going to be expensive no matter where you go. So make sure you buy all of your sunscreen, Tylenol, film, and everything else before you travel. A good idea would be to make a list and determine what you are going to need prior to your departure.

Try and obtain coupons for meals
Any time you visit a new city or town, the first place you should stop at is the visitor centre. You will likely be able to get a hold of coupons for great discounts at local restaurants.  Using these coupons will allow you to save a tremendous amount of money. Also, if there is a fancy restaurant you want to go, go for lunch. Lunch prices are usually much cheaper than dinner prices, and the food is exactly the same.

Bring your own food
Besides the cost for travel and hotels, eating is going to be the most expensive expense. If you can, bring non-perishable goods with you, especially for eating snacks. Try and find a hotel that offers microwaves and/or stoves. Being able to cook for yourself is a big money saver. Even if you do not bring food with you, you will be able to visit a local supermarket and stock up on all the items you want.

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